As you know, I have been playing around and experimenting with a bullet journal system to keep track of my day to day scheduling. I have been learning modern calligraphy as well as participating in some Instagram challenges to push myself creatively.
Through one of the challenges, the #planwithmechallenge, I have found a whole new, wonderfully crazy community of planners. Planners Gone Wild has been the most active community so far. A couple of times a year, they host a #Wild30 challenge: 30 days of learning and creating different skills or just providing a fresh and new perspective on what you’re already doing. The course options this semester were Creative Planning, Holiday Planning, Budgeting, and Meal Planning. They are $20 and you can only enroll in one course at a time so that you can completely focus on the one course. I decided to enroll in the Creative planning course.
Creative Planning 101
I wasn’t 100% sure what I was signing up for so I went in with an open mind. I just about freaked out when I realized who was leading the class. Her name is Michelle Baxter (@quirkyheart on Instagram) and she makes the most incredible spreads. I stumbled across her account and fell in love with her work. Her background is scrapbooking/memory keeping and she has managed to incorporate this into planning.
Throughout this course, we will be learning colour theory, stamp techniques, doodling, colouring, stickers and washi tape, stencils, watercolours, etc. I’m already familiar with some of these concepts and techniques but I’ve only used it on thicker mediums. This course relates to planners and bullet journals.
So with the first week down and already a significant difference in my comfort level, I’m excited to see what the rest of the course has to offer. I’m most excited to learn about watercolours (pens and pencils). All of my favourite Instagram accounts are using this technique combined with modern calligraphy. It’s also something I am not even remotely comfortable with which fits my mantra right now.
I still have a long way to go and right now the “creative” part applies to figuring out the best way to hide my mistakes. The hardest part of this course is silencing my inner critic. This is one of the core requirements and she will call you out if you break that rule. But again, it’s all part of my mantra to move away from perfectionism and open myself up to new experiences.
This is my first layout using concepts from the course. I stamped the background using a Studio Calico stamp set and a Brilliance pigment ink stamp pad. It takes a while to dry but it doesn’t bleed through the page. I then went in and used my favourite Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen and lined my boxes. The letters and shadows on the boxes are coloured with an Artists Loft dual tip brush pen (the felt tip end). I used my favourite Midliner highlighters to colour in the stickers and colour over the weekdays. The stickers I used are from a dollar store. The paper wasn’t the best quality but I got the look I was going for. This layout is part of the week 2 of this challenge. We had to do a rainbow (too scary and too much colour), or a monochromatic layout. I chose orange for Halloween. My fine liner, white out, and white Uniball gel pen are the real heroes hiding most of my mistakes. The white gel pen is fast becoming my favourite tool as I have been making A LOT of small mistakes.
I will be posting a blog update as the course comes to an end but if you’re interested in the process, follow me on Instagram (@mydaubimilllife).
Please feel free to comment if you would like more information or if you any additional resources that I should look into.