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5 reasons to start a bullet journal today

Get organised

Having a bullet journal allows you to write down all your appointments and lists in one place. You can also keep an eye on your habits, moods, housework, spending … whatever you need to. It’s a great place to track how your goals are progressing too.

Be creative

You can make your journal as simple or as fancy as you like. It’s your journal to do whatever you want. You can change your mind along the way if necessary. Not every page or spread has to be the same each time, so you can experiment with different styles.

Record memories

Sometimes you might want to expand on an event in your journal, and that’s perfectly ok. You can just make a quick note in your weekly or daily spread, then reference it to the page where you have written more about it. This is one reason why a bullet journal has page numbers and an index.

Plan ahead

It’s not just a diary, it’s a planner too. You can create a “Future Log” of upcoming dates, create birthday calendars, make a note of your goals, brainstorm blog post ideas, or plan for something specific like a holiday.


Unlike a pre-printed planner, a bullet journal adapts with you. You create the pages and spreads as you need them, assigning them the space they need. You create the index as you go, which makes keeping track so simple.

Go on then! Have a look at my Journal Along With Me series for more inspiration. Once you start your journal you will love it.

A pile of notebooks
Thanks to @HopeHousePress for making this photo available freely on @unsplash 🎁

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Paper Bunting | Paper Hearts | Craft Owl Challenge 🧡💗🦉

I have used my paper die cutters from The Works to make this bunting, but you could use your own template.

I cut four large hearts and four of the next size down (there are a total of five in the set). I also cut three of the smallest size and used these to hide the ‘blue-tack’ which is holding the bunting up.

The hearts are threaded on to Dovecraft bakers twine, but thin ribbon, yarn or plain string would also work.

This was a very quick and easy project. I love the combination of the pink and orange together and the bunting brightens an area of our hallway where we haven’t got round to redecorating yet.

You can still enter the challenges at Craft Owl Blog. The next theme will be published after 14th February.


What will you make?

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Reviving the art of writing letters

I think most people would agree that receiving a handwritten letter brings a smile. Years ago the Royal Mail in the UK had a advertising campaign with the slogan “I saw this and thought of you” to encourage people to use the postal service more. Sending a letter can be considered a random act of kindness.

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Journal along with me | Creating a future log

One very obvious reason for having a planner or [bullet] journal is to be able to see ahead.

Upcoming events and tasks are recorded in a future log. You can create one for any period of time you choose. You could make one for the whole of the coming year, or for the month ahead, or anything in-between!

I would recommend starting with the month ahead.

A future log is useful for remembering things like birthdays though, so jump right in to the year ahead if you want to be very organised.

Decide how much space you need for each day. You don’t need much detail at this stage because you can put more detail into your weekly spread as it comes round.

You could divide your month/year into columns for different things, depending on how busy you are. Mine is very basic.

Remember to update your index

My example above shows a full six weeks and has space for notes or a quote at the top. I’ve used my favourite calendar stamp in the top right. I can use this as a tracker or to highlight important dates …. Or just to cross off the days as they happen.

I do hope that you are finding this series helpful. Please share your planners and journals with me.

My Journal Pinterest Board

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Journal along with me | Creating a weekly spread

In the first post in this series, I wrote about buying a notebook.

Now you have your book you will probably want to start writing in it straight away, but that can be quite daunting.

My best advice is to skip a few pages

Leave yourself some space to come back to. I will make some suggestions for those blank pages later in this series. Number a few pages then start writing on page 3 or 4.

I suggest you make yourself a simple weekly spread first, because you can get your immediate time organised straight away.

Even if you’re starting your journal in the middle of the week, it doesn’t matter. Draw yourself a grid for seven days.

Beginning on the Monday, write the dates in and fill in your appointments for the week, including those you have already been to.

Add a to-do list with check boxes ☑️ so that you can keep track of your important tasks. At the end of the week, transfer any unfinished tasks to your new to-do list for that week.

I have created a space to write important reminders for the following week too.

The next step is to create an index. I start mine in the back of my notebook. On the left hand side of the page, write the title of your spread eg “weekly spreads” and next to it put the page number. When you add more weekly spreads, just write the page number next to the title, so it will look like this:

Weekly spreads ….. 3, 10, 15

Update your index every time you create a new page.

If you would like to share your “before the pen” pages with me, I would love to see them.

Journal weekly spread

Either leave me a link below, or comment on my pinboard 

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Snail Mail ideas to help new penpals join in with the revival

The aim of this post is to provide some inspiration to anyone wanting to become a penpal.

You don’t have to start by writing to strangers – why not start by writing to someone you already know? I am sure they would be very pleased to hear from you!

There are some great reasons to send someone a letter:

  • Just to say hello
  • A nice surprise – better than a bill or junk mail
  • Send a smile – let someone know you’re thinking of them
  • It’s more personal – handwriting is so unique
  • Keep old traditions alive
  • Share good news

Like many hobbies, if you go and buy everything you think you need, it can become very expensive. I would recommend that you start with just a few basics, see how you get on, and then maybe think about what you really need to buy.

Here’s what I suggest as a good starter kit:

  • Plain A4 computer paper: you can use as writing paper and also for envelopes
  • A nice pen: one of those 4 in 1 biros are brilliant (like the one in the picture above)
  • Paper clips or staples: clip or staple things to your letter
  • Sellotape and glue: needed to secure handmade envelopes and for sticking pictures to your letter
  • Scissors: for making envelopes and for cutting up things to stick on
  • Magazine cuttings and paper scraps: make your own embellishments and envelopes
  • Envelopes of different sizes (I am going to be sharing how to make an envelope on my craft blog in a future blog post)
  • Plain white address labels: for the front of the envelope and the return address
  • Postage stamps!!!!

Once you have got your stash together, you may need some ideas of what to write. You don’t need to write anything too personal, especially if you’re writing to a stranger. You don’t have to write much to begin with either. Try these ideas:

  • Start with the date and time and what the weather is like
  • A favourite quote
  • Movies watched
  • Books read
  • Lists of anything
  • Use doodles and magazine cuttings to decorate the page and the envelope

You could draw a template and photocopy it at your local library if you are sending lots of letters.

Here’s an example from Pinterest:

Stay safe! Be sure that you can trust the person you are giving your personal details to!
When sharing photographs of mail you have received or are sending, remember to disguise any personal details (yours and those of the sender/recipient)!

When you have finished your letter, make sure your envelope is addressed correctly, properly sealed and include a return address. Check that you have paid the correct postage as your recipient will be charged the excess otherwise.

I will be sharing some examples of things I have made so please subscribe to my blog if you want to see more. There are always lots of pretty things on Pinterest and Instagram if you need inspiration. I would also suggest you subscribe to my friend Lavrax as she is a newbie penpal, and I just know her ideas are going to be fresh and exciting!

My snail mail pinboard


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Save this for later on Pinterest!

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I was browsing Pinterest and saw this beautiful design. I thought it was such a simple but effective idea for an Autumnal card for someone.

Image from Pinterest

I have several ideas inspired by this, including doodling some hearts, and using sequins instead of 3D paint.

Let me know what you think, how you would do your own interpretation and who you might send it to.

I’m sharing this here as part of #Blogtober, and I will post my design on Craft Owl later.

Thank you so much for reading.


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Snail Mail Revival

If you’ve seen my posts on Craft Owl Blog then you will know I make my own envelopes and I like sending letters.

I wasn’t sure if Royal Mail had any guidelines regarding patterns on envelopes, so I sent them a tweet.

They responded quickly with this handy link:

How to address your mail

I was pleased to find out that it is perfectly acceptable to send my handmade envelopes in the post! I just have to make sure that the address is written in black ink on a white background (a sticky label would be fine) and in the correct format.

I had been putting my envelopes inside a white envelope before posting them. Seems a shame to hide them if I don’t need to though, right?

Let me know in the comments if you are a fan of old fashioned letters, and especially if you are pen pals with anyone.

Thank you for visiting!