Goodbye to the old and Hello to the new

For the first time in nearly forever I have actually filled a planner! No stopping halfway through a year because I just couldn’t be bothered anymore. 12 months in and I admit I still love my bullet journal and the system just works for me.

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I really would have liked to start my new journal in January but space didn’t allow and that’s the beauty of a bullet journal – start when you are. So without further ado, here’s to my new journal and how I migrated.

I started off doing some searching into migrating to a new journal and ended up mainly using the tips from BohoBerry and Page Flutter. I created a spread of what I wanted to move, spreads to create and spreads to move to my ‘Long Term Collection’ TN insert.

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Then I just cracked open the new book and got started!

Trying out a new format for my Future Log. Stuffed it up by not doing it pencil first and what I planned didn’t fit in the space I had. Stickers to the rescue!!

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Next spread is Birthdays and Holidays I need to remember in the next 12 months

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I’m going to try the Year in Pixels spread and see how it goes instead of tracking my moods weekly. I’ve also set up a tracker for my period, cause you know, it’s good to track these things. Oh and I can track the relationship between my headaches and my cycle.

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I was going to do a step tracker but I am yet to find an idea I like to track my daily steps for 12 months. At this stage I will keep tracking them on my weekly spread. Another go at the 26 Pay savings challenge. We didn’t get very far this year due to a few large purchases. I’ve left the next 2 pages blank as I’m planning on adding a 2 page moon phase spread similar to the one I saw on this post on Boho Berry.

Then we’ve got my shipment tracker cause I love to keep track of all my purchases online. After all that we’re into my November pages. I’ve kept my monthly the same as previous but plan on trying a few new weekly spreads over the coming months. November’s weekly spreads are based on this one. I’ll be tracking the daily weather, my daily housework tasks, what we ate for tea as well as leaving a little space for random notes. Upside so far is that I’ve done the layout for the whole of November.

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Make your own Travellers Notebook

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I’m a bit in love with my Traveller’s Notebook I bought off AliExpress BUT I can’t fit my LT into it – which was the main reason I wanted to buy a TN. So what’s a girl to do? Why go look on YouTube for inspiration and see a video about converting a ring binder to a TN!

Looked like a project for me. I had a pink planner and a lilac Kikki K gathering dust so thought I’d try it out on the pink one first. So after some searching on YouTube I found a video that showed how to remove the rings without drilling. You can check it out here. And then some more searching on how to thread the elastic (this video). Now I am the proud owner of a TN that fits my LT.

At this stage I have my new Emerald LT, my long term collections TN insert and my new garden TN insert (which I am currently making).

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Later I’ll be sharing how I migrated from my first bullet journal over to my new LT and my new spreads for the month.

Sheffield Medieval Fest

One of the many things I’ve wanted to do for years is to do a Ren Fair and the Sheffield Medieval Fest is probably the closest I’ll get.

It’s held annually and hosted by The Sovereign Military Order of the Knights Templar Tasmania.

The day was amazing, we had the best weather (and even got a little sunburnt in the 27C day!)

We saw jousting and knights in armour.

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and snakes

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but the birds of prey were definitely the favourite. I’d love to do falconry.

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There was a wide variety of stalls too from the show bags and pony rides to archery and the SCA; basket weaving, lots of handmade goods and I got to meet local witchy author Jo Green. She was lovely and I ended up purchasing her first book S^ord, which I am enjoying so far.

Really looking forward to heading back next year and hopefully making it a yearly family outing.

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July & August bujo bits

Just sharing my July cover and some of the bits I’m trying out this month

Got some new feather washi so I decided to go with a feathery theme for my cover

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At the end of the month I added my little tribute to Chester Bennington. Little digi doodle by me and the lyrics to One More Light.

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August I’m trying a few new things but first my cover…

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tying it in with my tribute page with the candles and August is also Miss A’s 3rd birthday. Instead of doing a full page tracker I’m trying boxes and I’m also adding a weekly mood tracker sticker to track my moods. Wil see how it goes and if I continue this way next month.

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101 in 1001

I did this way back in 2011 to 2014 (you can see that list here) and thought I’d love to give it a go again. So I’m starting on the 1st of August.

The mission – Finish 101 things in 1001 days.

Starting – 1 August 2017

Finishing – 28 April 2020

The following is copied from Just a one girl revolution and I love how she worded it so I’m adding it here 🙂

“the criteria: Tasks must be specific (i.e., no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e., represent some amount of work on my part).

why 1001 days?: Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple goals such as new year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.”

You can check out my new list here

Celebrity deaths

Wrote a huge post on this and then deleted it. It was too sad (& a bit lot personal)

RIP Chester. I hope you are in a better place. The world will miss your amazing voice.

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“Who cares if one more light goes out?
In the sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
Or quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do”

(image from http://chester.linkinpark.com/)

Midyear check in

It’s Winter Solstice so time for my midyear check in of how I’m going on my List of 100 Things for 2017.

(bold is started, strike thru is finished & red isn’t done )

  1. Organise Pinterest boards better
  2. Blog a new recipe each month
  3. Try something I’ve pinned and blog the results
  4. Monthly blog back up
  5. Blog everyday for 1 month (not for #30Lists)
  6. Do #30Lists (March, September, December)
  7. Cull facebook groups that don’t bring me joy
  8. New design for Nightwolf Scraps
  9. New design for Nightwolf’s Den
  10. Sort bookmarks (not really blog or SM related but oh well)
  11. Work out what vegies to plant and then plant them
  12. Start a Garden Journal.
  13. Finally get gazebo up
  14. Do Declutter 365
  15. Finish laundry reno
  16. New laundry storage (cupboard)
  17. Organise garage & office
  18. Get solar panels
  19. Redo my herb garden
  20. Get floors polished
  21. Have my parents over for dinner
  22. Have in-laws over for dinner
  23. Get an updated family photo
  24. Write a letter to Miss K to open on her 18th
  25. Write a letter to Miss A to open on her 18th
  26. Sort & cull movie folder
  27. Update wills
  28. Sort and cull TV folder
  29. Work on family tree
  30. Create a family binder and get some routines happening
  31. Watch a documentary every month
  32. Anzac Day dawn service (marking this as done even though it was the 11am service because both kids were involved)
  33. Have a family movie night (complete with popcorn & choc tops)
  34. See more of Tassie
  35. Spend a day at the beach
  36. Visit QVMAG
  37. Set up the Xbox & use it
  38. Sort photos
  39. Go on a picnic
  40. Sort and cull double ups on music drive
  41. Get BAS in on time
  42. Keep work accounts up to date
  43. Work through the Business Goddess e-course
  44. Upgrade RAM & Hard drives in laptops
  45. Sort EHDs and make sure there’s no duplicates
  46. Work on better backups of important files
  47. Do the Raise your rates mini workshop
  48. Christmas club savings
  49. Work emails to zero each week
  50. Pay extra into super
  51. Finish JYC 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  52. Scrapbook with mum more
  53. Finish wedding scrapbook
  54. Organise all my paper scrapbook supplies
  55. Scrapbook with others more
  56. Backup digital Project Life supplies
  57. Project Life date at least once a week – PUT IN PLANNER!
  58. Do some more classes & make sure I finish them
  59. Create a scrapping binder
  60. Organise craft group days
  61. Create a mini Goddess altar
  62. Re-join the shining life & biz academy when renewal due
  63. Work through (& complete) Creating your Goddess Haven e-course
  64. Celebrate the solstices
  65. Read at least 3 books with a spiritual focus
  66. Do the Creative goddess course
  67. Meditate more – find a good app
  68. Buy a set of oracle cards
  69. Create a spiritual journal
  70. Investigate essential oil companies and buy some new oils
  71. Write a letter to myself to open on my 40th
  72. Keep a gratitude journal
  73. Get a massage
  74. Make a list of 30 books I want to read & then read those books (6/30)
  75. Personal email inbox to zero
  76. Get to bed earlier – have been trying to get to bed by 10:30 each night
  77. Drink more water
  78. Learn to crochet
  79. Learn brush lettering on the ipad
  80. Do my nails at least once a month
  81. Cook more with the thermomix
  82. Renew Thermofun membership
  83. Make beef jerky
  84. Create less waste – recycle more
  85. Learn a new recipe each month
  86. Create and more YIAH recipes
  87. Learn to make different types of bread
  88. Go berry picking
  89. Go to the Harvest market more
  90. Use more whole foods
  91. Do something different for Afternoon Teal
  92. Do Frocktober or something for Frocktober
  93. Write in family journals more often
  94. Make time to do something with others
  95. Star Wars
  96. Have a board games night
  97. Buy Cards Against Humanity
  98. Play Cards Against Humanity
  99. Visit the tessellated pavement
  100. Take the kids to Tazmazia

In the Den Kitchen–Bread

I love bread and I love making bread. I have a bread maker but it’s gathering dust since we got our Thermomix.

I’ve just signed up to do a free 7 day course with Sophia at Thermomix Baking Blogger to learn how to make 7 different types of bread. I’m really looking forward to it and sharing the results with you all.

It doesn’t start until August so you have plenty of time to join if you wish to bake along too.

Check it out here

Talking bout planners….

I’ve been using my Bullet Journal now since mid October last year and I’m definitely sold! I love how flexible it is and how I can just add what I like, I’m not stuck with a set layout each week. It can be as fancy r as plain as I want it to be. But recently I started thinking…. I’m nearly at the end of my first journal and I don’t really love the idea of having to migrate half finished collections to my new book. So what’s a girl to do?

Then Kara at Boho Berry posted a video on how she’s transferring her bullet journal to a traveller’s notebook set up (you can read about it and watch the video here). This really sold me on the idea and I thought this could be the solution to my planner problems. I can keep using my Leuchtturm, add an insert for my collections and have an insert for my scrapbook planner which is lying abandoned somewhere in my room because realistically I can’t use more than one planner.

Now to find me a cover and some inserts, maybe have a go at making my own.
ETA: before I decided to hit post I had a go at making my own insert using this tutorial and using this YouTube video for the binding

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Will your still here I might as well share some spreads I’ve created since December.

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