bullet journal

handmade long stitch bullet journals by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

new bullet journals for the new year

handmade long stitch bullet journals by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

Thanks so much for your wonderful response to last week’s blog post of tips and resources for beginner bookbinders! I truly appreciate all the messages and likes you send my way! As I also got to answer quite a few bookbinding related questions, I came to think of making another Instagram Office Hours session happen sometime soon. Maybe even with one-on-one feedback/coaching with a few lucky bookbinders on Instagram! What do you think? Want me to look at your book photos and tell you everything you’ve been doing wrong? Just kidding, I’m actually pretty nice, and I’m good at giving actionable feedback.

handmade long stitch bullet journals by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

This year I have every intention to spend more time away from art and bookbinding. To most people that sound like a terrible idea, but not to me. I’ve mentioned before I’m writing my second poetry book, and writing requires more room for breathing than I had last year. I was invited to perform at a local poetry club last Tuesday, so I had a pretty good reason to go into editing mode and finally put together something that resembles a near-finished text. It felt great, the performance went really well, and I had a fun night afterwards. So, now I hope to pick up from where I left on Tuesday and assemble more decent text now that I’m on a roll.

Between the hours of rearranging text both in files and as a cut up mess on the living room floor I made some new bullet journals for the shop. There are still some bullet journals with kraft paper pages left from the earlier lots but the situation with the white dotted grid journals was getting desperate. To ease the situation there are now six large bullet journals and two slimmer ones now available.

handmade long stitch bullet journals by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

These slimmer bullet journals are just the thing for people liking the tall and slim Traveler’s notebooks but wanting something more unique. The measurements aren’t identical, though – the slim books measure 13×20,5×1,2cm / 5.1″x8.1″x0.5″, giving you a bit more width than the Traveler’s notebooks. The larger bullet journals measure 14,4×20,5×1,2cm / 5.7″x8.1″x0.5″ and both have 72 pages of off-white 90gsm drawing paper with grey 5mm dotted grid. You can find the larger bullet journals here, and the slim ones here. As always, only one in each colour was made, so speed is your friend if you’re after something particular!

handmade long stitch bullet journals by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

Funnily enough I seldom get papercuts while binding books, but poetry gets me every time… And my next project is a mixed media related one, and one that will most likely give me bleeding fingers, too.

Tallenna

handmade blue longstitch bullet journals by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

the first ones and the ones still to come

handmade blue longstitch bullet journals by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

The whole concept of a new year as a fresh start doesn’t really do it for me, but as I read about other people’s resolutions, some of it rubs off on me, too. Not to the point of making actual New Year’s resolutions, but to the point of me sitting down and writing down some of the things I hope to accomplish/make/experience in 2017. None of my personal goals include weight loss, an even healthier diet, or quitting anything fun.

handmade blue longstitch bullet journals by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

The first books of the year tick many boxes in my 2017 plan: more bullet journals, more varied longstitch designs, more blue, more patterns. After having a serious blue period in my teens I haven’t used much blue at all. So, in the name of variety, I decided it was time to embrace blue as a valid option to my go-to-hues every now and then. (These three books are now available in my Etsy shop.)

handmade blue longstitch bullet journals by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

Also on my list for 2017:

  • finish writing 2nd poetry book
  • make an edition of artists’ books
  • create more tutorials for the blog
  • write a blog post for beginner bookbinders
  • explore new bookbinding structures and techniques I haven’t used in a while
  • finish one full leather fine binding (a variation of this one)
  • make decorated edges (it’s been a looong while since my last)
  • sew some fancy endbands just for fun
  • make some one-off books with mixed media covers
  • use gilt linen on books
  • make some larger mixed media pieces
  • make more mixed media jewelry
  • find out what you’ve hidden under the bed (there’s tons of bookbinding stuff there from my student days)
  • use that trusty bullet journal religiously and it’ll all work out okay

handmade blue longstitch bullet journals by Kaija Rantakari / www.paperiaarre.com

What are you most looking forward to seeing here in my blog? Anything you think I should add to my list? And what did your write on yours? (I know you wrote one, even if just in your mind while reading this post…)

Tallenna

get organized for 2017 using a handmade Paperiaarre bullet journal - www.paperiaarre.com

get organized for 2017!

get organized for 2017 using a handmade Paperiaarre bullet journal - www.paperiaarre.com

You think I’m getting ahead of things mentioning 2017 already? Sorry, can’t help it! Living in Finland, making books for mostly US customers means I’m always a bit ahead of things because shipping takes its time especially around the holidays. And I do think just about everyone could live with less stress around the holiday season, so, why not get things done in time and ease all that stress!

Using a bullet journal to organize my to-do lists, meetings, blog post ideas, orders, and even general life goals, has made a world of difference in my productivity in 2016 (actually, if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you can’t have missed it). So, maybe you should give it a go, too! Or maybe you want to get organized about the holidays in particular and give better presents? Put together a bullet journal gift set for someone who needs to get more organized, harness their creative ideas, and just get stuff done! It’s a wonderfully thoughtful yet practical gift. It’s easy, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune!

So, whether you need to get your own act together, or know a friend who would enjoy using a bullet journal to get creatively organized, here’s what you need to put together a great starter kit:

get organized for 2017 using a handmade Paperiaarre bullet journal - www.paperiaarre.com

Some bullet journalists have boxes full of journaling supplies, but a good journal and a nice pen go a long way – all the rest is extra! My new favourite pen is this really thin erasable pen from Muji (the acrylic ruler, too). I do like the ability to erase whatever mess I made, but still have something more substantial than plain pencil. Pilot’s FriXion pens are another great erasable pen option – they come in various colours and there’s an erasable highlighter option as well.

get organized for 2017 using a handmade Paperiaarre bullet journal - www.paperiaarre.com

Add a roll or two of pretty washi tape for decorative purposes. Maybe some stamps and an ink pad – you can find a calendar stamp set like mine here, and Versafine ink pads here. My Short list sticky note is from a set by Paperchase.

get organized for 2017 using a handmade Paperiaarre bullet journal - www.paperiaarre.com

And of course you need a journal. That’s where Paperiaarre comes in. The bullet journals I make really are of superb quality, handmade, and unique. And they’ve got those practical dotted grid pages to help keep things neat and organized.

This really is a moment where I can’t help but say: if I can get my act together by using a bullet journal, so can you. Keeping track of projects and tasks, and all the details that matter to you on a daily basis, helps break down massive projects into manageable tasks. And because it’s your journal, you make all the rules. You decide what needs to go in there and what doesn’t. It’s also a very forgiving way to plan ahead – whatever you haven’t managed to finish by the end of the day, you can just migrate to a date where it may be possible to get it done. I reschedule stuff all the time, guilt free, but eventually everything does get done. And that’s not much short of a miracle for me.

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