As somebody who has been collecting bullet journaling inspiration for years, I’ve found that most bullet journalers and their pretty spreads can be lumped into five major categories or personalities. Originally, I was going to fit each of these “personalities” into one post, but found I had much more to say about each of them—these personalities have their very own strengths and pitfalls. Finding out which one you lean toward can help you leverage your bullet journal to its greatest potential and minimize its weaknesses. So, up first: The Minimalist.Read More
There was a time in my life when I thought I didn’t need a to-do list or system, and I could keep track of everything in my head. This was naive; after all, you don’t know what you don’t know—and you don’t remember what you’ve forgotten! Things fell through the cracks. Maybe your life is simple enough that you really keep it all tucked away nicely. If that’s the case, most of us wish we were like you. This article isn’t for you.
It’s for the rest of us non-geniuses, who just need a little bit of help keeping track of all the details. If you’ve been thinking about getting a little more organized (but keep forgetting, because you’re not all that organized), I have one recommendation: bullet journaling.Read More
Once you have a very basic lettering style mastered, you can start to alter it. Many people like to develop their own “personal style” of lettering—this can help set you apart from other calligraphers, and keep you from just copying everything on Instagram and Pinterest. Though I do have a primary "go-to" calligraphy style that I've made my own, I think it’s very handy to have several different styles up your sleeve. That way, you can letter in many different contexts. For instance, you'd use a casual, fun style for a chalkboard sign at a kids' birthday party, but you might use a more formal, oblique script for a formal event like a wedding. The wall art that you design for a modern, professional-looking flat is going to be pretty different from the style you'd use to create a piece of art for a boho loft.
So, you need lots of different styles—but how do you create them without just copying? How do you go about finding your own personal style?Read More
Have you ever felt like some calligraphy workbook pages are a little too fast-paced—like they're moving on before you've mastered the current page's technique? It may be that the workbook pages are too short and that muscle memory hasn't kicked in—or it could be that you're making the same mistakes over and over without correction, so you reach the bottom of the page without having made much progress. So, what's the solution, and how can we all stop wasting our time and make the most of worksheets?Read More
To DIY or not to DIY—is it better to invest time, or invest money instead? If you’re anything like me, this question haunts you when you think about crafty projects and home decor. When are you going to find time to learn how to make that white macrame wall hanging for the bedroom, or should you just hop on Etsy? (Literally my current dilemma).
If there was ever a skill that you should spend time learning to get the best bang for your buck, I submit: You should absolutely learn some kind of hand-lettering. Calligraphy’s uses are wide-ranging and money-saving. You don’t have time not to learn hand-lettering! I say this at least half tongue-in-cheek, but still, here's some reasons why, illustrated with real-life examples from some of my favorite people on Instagram.Read More