I tried a fountain pen ink sample subscription.
Read 31 books
Created an Adobe Indesign and PDF tutorial that now has 8600 view on YouTube
Rags & Bones – Short Stories
Conversations with Myself – Nelson Mandela
Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
Callanish – William Horton
Fred Green Tomatoes – Fannie Flagg
We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas
I’ll Give You The Sun – Jandy Nelson
The Executioner – Chris Carter
4 Jan – Pete got locked in bathroom
10 Jan – RIP David Bowie
14 Jan – RIP Alan Rickman
17 Jan – Walk around snowy Bletchley
19 Jan – stationerygeek.com
30 Jan – Sara Hennesey’s 40th
7 Feb – Bought paintings for bedroom and dining room from The Range
14 Feb – Whaddesdon Manor
18 Feb – Laura left AFB
18 Feb – 5 Love Languages
20 Feb – Mole removed from chest
28 Feb – Homebase sold
6 Mar – New Vivarium for Vash
7 Mar – Wine tasting @ H.M.S. President in London with AFB
10 Mar – Skin Cancer diagnosis received
13 Mar – Beili Helyg B&B, Brecon Beacons, visit Goodrich Castle on way
14 Mar – Hill Walk – Four Falls Train in Brecon Beacons
15 Mar – Penderyn Distillery
15 Mar – Marine Hotel, Aberystwyth
19 Mar – Painted tree on dining room wall
22 Mar – Brussels airport and metro attack.
25 Mar – Hill Walk – Ivanhoe Hills
27 Mar – Easter Sunday egg hunt
29 Mar – Dad’s broke leg falling off ladder
1 Apr – Dad knee surgery
2 Apr – Build cross trainer
3 Apr – Sand and stain IKEA Moppe draws to convert to apothecary drawers, Pete repaired outside room roof
4 Apr – Elena resigned
8 Apr – Dinner @ Banana Tree when I got date wrong for dinner with Laura
18 Apr – Bath plugs fit on the overflow #mindblown
21 Apr – RIP Prince
23 Apr – Left arm tattoo by Philip Milic
28 Apr – FS Awards – The Belfry
1 May – RIP Keegan van Staden
2 May – Tring Museum
4 May – Pete invited me to business conference call by accident
5 May – Won full Tombow Brush Pens set
10 May – Pete’s pay rise
12 May – Wide Local Excision * Sentinel Lymphnode Biopsy
18 May – Third Massdrop gift box 3
19 May – Mattress for guest bed
20 May – MK11 night out
21 May – Massdrop gift box 1 & 2
25 May – Morning with Digital Design Team
28 May – Parents Arrive
3 Jun – Last day working with Elena
3 Jun – Biopsy results clear
4 Jun – Family Reunion
7 Jun – Smart Metre installed
8 Jun – Orlando night club massacre
8 Jun – Berwick
9 Jun – Elgin, Scotland
10 Jun – Loch Ness, Fort Augustus, Culloden Battlefield
11 Jun – Fort George
11 Jun – Eddie’s 70th party
12 Jun – Berwick
14 Jun – Mum & Dad made shelf above desk, wall mount TV, new curtains
15 Jun – I scratched girls car at Dunelm
16 -19 Jun – Arthur & Sue visiting
18 Jun – Dinner @ Swan for Dad’s Birthday & Parent’s Ann. Arthur ill.
19 Jun – Parents 45th Anniversary
24 Jun – Brexit
24 Jun – Parents Leave
Jul – Camp NaNoWriMo – 10,000 words writing in July
3 Jul – New shed
15 Jul – France massacre
18 Jul – Resigned from AFB
24 Jul – Drink with Tom K @ The Three Trees
26 Jul – Mum wrist surgery
28 Jul – Corner cabinet for dining room
30 Jul – Lisa’d wedding, Rugeley
1 Aug – Annetjie knee replacement
5-6 Aug – Stranger Things on Netflix
6 Aug – Back to red hair
12 Aug – Shadow had his teeth removed
13 Aug – Diner & drinks @ Tom’s house
21 Aug – Pilot Vanishing Point
29 Aug – Stowe visit
31 Aug – Last day in AFB
1-6 Sep – Galway, Ireland
2 Sep – Sainsbury’s buys Argos
3 Sep – Beth & Alan’s Wedding
4 Sep – Beth & Alan’s cottage
8 Sep – Start in Digital
21 Sep – Massdrop giftbox 4
28 Sep – My first bath bomb
1 Oct – Swatched my fountain pen inks
7 Oct – Pete’s climbed Skaffel Pike
9 Oct – Made new friendship bracelet
10 Oct – Hive installed
15 Oct – Hononichi Techo
15 Oct – New fireplace grate
22 Oct – PS4 & The Last of Us
23 Oct – Walk in Emmerson Valley park with MacBook
30 Oct – Adam Hills @ MK Theatre
5 Nov – Garden shredder
9 Nov – Trump wins US election
12 Nov – Mini sewing machine
16-20 – Sigrid visit
23 Nov – switched to using a menstrual cup.
25 Nov – Hip spasm
17 Dec – New dinner set
Wow 2015 has been INSANE! Overall it’s been an amazing year.
5th Jan – Pete started a new job in Digital Operations
7th Jan – Gilbert, a long standing friend of Pete’s father, passed away.
9th Jan – Contracts were exchanged to purchase our first house
16th Jan – We got the key to our new home.
23rd Jan – MOVED INTO OUR FIRST HOME!
28th Jan – Saw Cirque du Soleil @ The Royal Albert Hall, London
16th Feb – Shadow the cat adopted us
3rd March – Jimmy Carr @Milton Keynes Theatre
7th March – Nikki Hall/Larwill’s wedding
22nd March – Bought my MacBook Pro
25th March – Internet Retailer Expo for work
24th April – bought huge nail varnish haul from colleague
? – Pete started a new Jiujutsu class
29th April – Pete went to the Abode Conference and saw Brian Cox, Benedict Bumberbatch & Bastille
3rd May – Reginald D Hunter @ MK Theatre
13th May – New dining table delivered
28th May – Amanda Palmer & Neil Gaiman @ Hackney Empire
30th May – Dylan Moran – Off The Hook Tour @ Hammersmith Apollo (Great train ride home! Simon Murray lost his friend Chris)
22-26th June – BUDAPEST
2nd July – Rescued abandoned baby hedgehog
4th July – La-Z-Boys deivered
16-28th August – FAMILY HOLIDAY with the in-laws. 1 week cruise around the Mediterranean & 1 week in Croatia.
28th September – Joined a yoga class (short lived)
2nd October – Got MacBook Pros at work
3rd October – Rugby World Cup @ Campbell Park
4th October – New Ikea mattress delivered
8th October – Mark turned 40.
1st November – Put black streaks in my hair
12th December – Pete bought his BMW 325i
12th December – Karen’s 50th
This year I got a bit more serious about learning about Buddhism and started a daily meditation practice.
I expanded my interested for fountain pens, inks and nibs.
My Bullet Journalling really came into it’s own. This system is so wonderful!
Shadow truly became a part of our family and we absolutely love him.
I read/bought some great books. Highlights were:
The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
I was still painting my nails; and I finally swatched, photographed and catalogued ALL 340 of my nail varnishes!
I focused of improving my hand writing and lettering
I coloured stuff in
I probably spent
way too much not enough money on stationery, but it was a creative year thanks to it!
WHAT A TRULY AWESOME YEAR!
If there was ever one thing I should blog about regularly it’s Bullet Journalling. I’ve been using Ryder Carroll’s Bullet Journaling system for a year and half now (I blogged about it when I first started) and it is the only system I’ve adopted that fits my needs so perfectly. It’s flexible and adaptable and the community has grown massively since I first started and provides a wealth of inspiration, tweaks and ideas. It’s wonderful! So here’s a current look at my set up.
My lovely husband bought me a Midori Traveler’s Notebook in Aug last year for my birthday and I’ve been using it ever since. I love the flexibility of the inserts, which come in a variety of styles (lined, grid, blank) and the paper is fountain pen friendly. I have 2 sections inside, one for my bullet journal with tasks on monthly/weekly/daily entries and a second for collections and lists. My insert of choice is the grid for my BuJo and lined for collections.
As you can see I actually have 3 inserts here. The first is a full BuJo insert and I just haven’t taken it out yet as I still need to migrate my forward planning calendars. I also need to bring the monthly tabs at the top up to date.
The first thing I have inside the cover is a Kraft File insert. I keep a Year Calendar to track certain tasks, and also a Spencerian reference sheet.
The first few pages of my BoJo are for forward calendars. One for birthdays and anniversaries, and the second for future events.
At the beginning of each moth I insert a calendar for the month printed from My Life All in One Place. They are the Month-to-view Diary inserts. I will then input everything relevant to the month from my forward planning calendars I have at the front.
This is a typical weekly spread I will prepare at the beginning of each week. On the left I would then migrate any tasks from the previous week that were not completed, and add any new tasks as the week progresses. As I complete a task I put it on the relevant day on the right and use the right to log any other notes from the day. I’ve used this style for many months and it’s worked really well for me as I don’t have lots of mandatory tasks to do for each day. I also try to maintain a gratitude journal here and list 5 things each week I am grateful for.
THEN I DECIDED TO TRY SOMETHING NEW….
Ok so after explaining my monthly calendar and weekly spread above, this month I am trying something new! I have gone back to the traditional BuJo method of the monthly spread with the month on the left and tasks down the right. I have still copied birthdays and events from my forward planners.
And then I’m trying out ditching my weekly spread and just keeping daily entries. This has come with some pros and cons. Pros: I like having as much space as is required for each day. Some days are just a few lines and some are a whole page. Cons: I miss having a weekly tasks view and I find I’m not flipping back to the monthly spread very often, so I’m finding the tasks out of sight, out of mind. I’ll have to figure a way around this next month.
Another new thing I’m trying is daily logging, inspired by Austin Kleon, and I’m really loving it. Though as a result I find i’m not writing in my diary as often as I used to. I haven’t decided if this is good or bad yet.
Onto the Collections insert (badly labelled “notes”).
The first 2 pages in this insert is reserved for the Index. This lists the collections in the following pages and the relevant page number.
Here’s an example of a collection. This one is really simple and lists the movies I want to watch or have been recommended. This one is pretty simple in it’s layout but others are more creative and intricate depending on what it is for.
So that’s a really quick overview on how I’m using my Midori and the way I layout my inserts. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about my methods of layout 🙂
When I read that Moleskine would be releasing a range of limited edition Alice’s Adventured in Wonderland notebook I knew I’d be placing an order for some.
There are 5 notebooks in the range in total:
Large themed canvas hard cover ruled notebook (limited to only 5000 prints)
Large themed white hard cover ruled notebook
Large themed black hard cover plain notebook
Pocket themed pink hard cover ruled notebook
Pocket themed blue hard cover plain notebook
I ordered the 2 available large ruled notebooks just because that is the format that I prefer. The quality is consistent with what we’ve come to expect from Moleskine and therefore they do not disappoint. As always my only gripe with Moleskine is their paper quality because I like to use fountain pens and the paper is too thin (only 70gsm) to be fountain pen friendly, but for everyday writing with a ballpoint or gel pen it is fine.
Each notebook comes with a colour matched ribbon bookmark and elastic closure, as well as themed front and back inside covers.
The first inside front cover features the Alice in Wonderland original Dodo illustration by John Tenniel with the quote: “Everything’s Got a Moral, if Only You Can Find it.”
The second inside page (adjacent to the Dodo) features an original Alice and Cheshire Cat illustration by John Tenniel and a space to enter “In case of loss” details.
Over the page on the flyleaf is a copy of Lewis Carroll’s original handwritten manuscript of his classic Alice in Wonderland.
The inside back cover has the standard expandable pocket with colour themed side and inside is the usual leaflet about Moleskine, the spine sticker for indexing, as well as limited edition playing card suite stickers.
Another feature of these notebooks is that the paper band around the notebooks can be folded and glued to create a themes bookmark.
Other than the covers and colour theme the only other difference I have noticed is that the canvas covered notebook is stamped on the front “in case of loss” page with the issue number out of the 5000 printed. This came as a pleasant surprise as this isn’t mentioned on the Moleskine Online Store.
On to what you are really here for! The photos…