diy: 5 minute stamps!

Stationery is so pretty and fun, but it can be really pricey. If you’re crafty, you’re gonna love this! It’s really simple and cheap, and perfect for journaling or decorating notes.

I made 4 in half an hour, on both sides of the eraser.

Materials:

  • Plastic eraser (the cheapest, the better)
  • Wood carving tools (you can use an x acto knife or cutter instead)
  • Water markers (Crayola fine tips are fine)
  • Paper
  • Pencil

Steps:

  1. Choose a design that fits on your eraser, I recommend simple shapes, especially if it’s a small one. I drew a bunch of ideas before, and filled in the shapes to picture how it would look like.
  2. Draw it with your pencil on the eraser, keep in mind that when it transfers, the shape will be mirrored.
  3. If your design is smaller than the eraser, cut it, so you can use the rest for another one.
  4. Start carving all around your shape. You want to leave the design untouched, and the rest about 3mm deep. I used the curved carving tool for the silhouette (this can be really tricky, do it slowly), and the flat for the rest, carving horizontally.
  5. Once you’re done, paint with the marker on the shape and stamp it. Fix any details you don’t like, until the stamp looks like you want it. And done!

It’s kinda hard to make a perfect shape, so don’t feel frustrated.

Note: NEVER put your fingers on the way of the blade. Keep them on the side towards you, and carve away from you, or you’ll be asking for stitches!

I used the little circle to do a pattern with different colors, and it looks like a cute washi tape, can’t wait to make a few more with other shapes!Feel free to ask any questions on the comments, and share if you make them!

Bullet Journal vs Planner|Why I switched

Hi there! Today I would like to share with you my personal thoughts about the different methods of planning I’ve tried throughout the years.

It wasn’t until 2015 that I first learned about the bullet journal method. It seemed so appealing and cool, I wanted to try it right away, but I already had bought an agenda for 2016, so I stuck with that, and decided to try it on 2017. So, the day came and I was ready, the only problem was to choose a notebook. I picked this one, even though it was blank because I liked the thick paper and the little doodles for coloring it had. Anyway, I liked it very much.

I loved how customizable it was, how every week looked different, and the fun I had doing it. So, why did I buy an agenda?

Around summer 2017, I started to notice the big fault in the way I used my bullet journal. I was using it mainly for school, so my problem was that Sometimes the teachers would assign homework a month or two ahead, and I didn’t know where to write them down. Other times I couldn’t get the time to make my spreads, and I was left without any place to schedule my daily activities. This was the main reason why I decided not to continue. It bummed me out, cause I really enjoyed it, but I needed something more stable, where, no matter how far away or how busy I was, I could plan ahead. This really gave me peace of mind, which for me, is one of the main goals.

So I bought the agenda of my dreams, the Bando Agenda. And I really love it. I try to decorate it and make it look pretty, which is really fun. Still, I do miss some features of my bullet journal. My weekly notes, expenses, and sleep trackers. The lists and the satisfaction of looking at the finished spreads.

I know that most people recommend to keep the journal simple, and I know the goal is to be organized, not artistic. But, truth be told, I really care about the way it looks, that’s one of the reasons I get motivated, so I couldn’t keep up.

What I’m trying to say, is that, if you procrastinate, and have a busy schedule, probably an agenda is a better option for you, as it was for me. It doesn’t even have to be expensive, it only needs to get the job done. I really would like to give journaling an other chance, while keeping a simple planner for work/school related stuff. Another option I really want to try, is the happy planer. I love how customizable it is, and all the accessories that they sell.

I would love to hear what is your method, and if you have any tips for me!