Juli 11 2021

That’s some Mojo…

Or in other words: Tadaaaaaaa!

Mojos for Steve

Friday morning was cold and rainy, very much like an autumn day infact, so I sat down with a cuppa and my knitting and finished Steve’s new pair of Mojos. They brightened my mood to no end. Other than that, I added a few more rows to my scrap blanket that unfortunately, I haven’t taken a photo of yet.

Journaling

I’ve spent some more time with my bullet journal, have completed the August layout, and have started working on the September layout.

Here’s August:

August front page
August photo tracker
August weekly layout

I guess the theme’s pretty obvious, even though my lighthouse looks kind of strange. That’s what happens when you draw something from memory without bothering to look at actual pictures first. I’ve put my daily photo tracker on the second page, the idea is to colour one segment in a parasol for each daily photo I take. Each parasol has six segments but August has 31 days, that’s why there’s a tiny folded parasol to the right of the beach chair. That’s the last one to be coloured. Well, hopefully, that is.
I chose another dutch door solution for the weekly layouts, with the days of the week written on the left, and a mini calendar going from left to right on top. I’ve left the right page of the layout blank, I might add to do lists, creative ideas, a few short notes or maybe even the odd diary entry, I don’t know yet. My book list, or to be more precise, the list of books I’ve read or listened to in August, is on the last week’s page.
To be honest, I wasn’t quite happy with my drawing, and am growing tired of dutch doors, so I decided on something different for September:

September front page
September goals / notes and book list
September weekly layout

This is probably as minimalistic as it gets for me. I used some of my washi stickers (theme: „Forrest Fog“, which seemed so appropriate, considering that I woke up yesterday to a November sky, all grey and foggy), a few scraps from an old envelope, some black washi tape and a few newspaper scraps. I included the daily photo tracker on the front page, I’ll use the tiny polaroid frames to track my progress. I don’t know yet if I’ll just colour them, stick some washi tape in, or maybe cut some colourful scraps from magazines. We’ll see.
The pages for goals / notes and my book list are next, again, I’ve used scraps from envelopes, a tiny newspaper scrap, black washi tape and a white gel pen. Quite minimalistic, but I like the „no nonsense“ vibe.
I’ve also set up the first week for September, again, polaroid frames to be filled with events, plans, dates, whatever. I’ve left the top and the bottom on the right side empty for now. I don’t think I really need a mini calendar, and I’d rather have some space left for to do lists, notes, or maybe a sticker or drawing. I’m seriously considering getting one of those tiny printers that you can hook up to your smartphone, and print your own photos on sticky paper. That would be a nice addition to my journal. Then again, those printers cost an arm and a leg but lack in quality so I suppose I’d be better off getting some nice quality sticky paper for my regular printer, and print my photos from my desktop computer.
All in all, my September layout is my favourite so far so I think I’ll stick to it for the rest of the year. Less drawing, more scraps and washi tape and stickers.
In case you want to know – I’m using an Amazon Basics notebook in size A5, dot grid, 120 g /m². It’s an okay quality, the paper is quite smooth and white, and my usual brush pens and very thin fineliners don’t bleed through. Only the calligraphy fineliners do (the one I used to write the „36“ in the first September weekly) but I don’t mind too much. I haven’t yet tried watercolour or gouache paint on that paper, I suppose it will warp a bit – but then again, it’s just a notebook, not an artist sketch book, so there will be limits to what the paper can take, and that’s totally fine. I chose this notebook because it comes in a set of two (one blue, one black – the black / grey were sold out *bummer*) and is rather cheap. If I stick to bullet journaling, I can still buy a better quality one next time.

And that’s it for this week. Or, as Steve put it: „It’s only July, why in the world are you planning ahead for September?“ Because August was already done and dusted, dear.

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Veröffentlicht11. Juli 2021 von Ella in Kategorie "The Posts

22 COMMENTS :

  1. By Liz (Highlandheffalump) on

    Wow those look like such fun socks. Your bullet journal pages are so pretty and so professional looking. I don’t make mine pretty as all, and follow the same format each month. It must be a pleasure to open yours each day.

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  2. By Jennie on

    Those socks look fabulous and so vibrant. It’s really interesting to see your bujo too, I’m thinking of returning to bullet journaling after a few years of using a printed planner. Do you track your crating projects in it at all?

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Jennie. I don’t exactly track crafting projects (other than my daily photo project) but I note down ideas for future projects – like what yarn I’d like to use, a certain technique I want to research, patterns I’d like to try out next (often with a reference to what yarn I have in my stash that would be suitable) – and keep track of when I’ve finished a certain project, and dates I’ve published blog posts on, and what I’ve blogged about. I don’t use Instagram or Pinterest much, other than for inspiration, and try to use Ravelry more as a tool for pattern finding than for procrastinating. I’m still in the process of merging my craft diary with my bujo though, so tracking and note keeping might change in the future.

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  3. By Nicky on

    Those socks look amazing — so happy!

    I’m totally in awe of your bullet journal — I tried but can’t draw so my efforts didn’t look as pretty as yours so I went back to using a standard calendar. Your layouts are making me want to try again!

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Nicky. What really helped me with my bullet journal was watching Youtube tutorials. There are some amazing people out there who explain how to draw in great detail, and I just picked an old notebook and tried and tried until my drawings began to look like the picture in my mind. Except for the lighthouse, of course. LOL. By the way, most layouts are just boxes in various shapes and forms, all you need is a ruler and a pen. Add some stickers and washi tape, maybe a few fancy letters, and you’re done. You can even print a fancy handwriting and glue it in, or use copying paper to copy the outlines into your bujo, and then colour it in, if you feel more comfortable that way. Besides, a bujo is supposed to be a tool, any art you add is optional, so please don’t let that keep you from making your very own calendar.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Maureen. Mojos are so much fun to knit, they’re just as easy as vanillas but less boring.

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  4. By Marsha on

    Those socks are fabulous. My hubby now wants to try a pair of them. (sigh) Guess I will be looking for that pattern. Love, love, love you bullet journal. You have great imagination.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Marsha. You can find lots of Mojo patterns on Ravelry, some are even free. Basically, it’s just k2 p2 ribbing and ripples, usually k 5rds, p 5rds. I know from experience how many rows I have to knit for the foot, the gusset, the leg and cuff, and just try to space the ribbing and ripples so that they match the rows I need. It’s really simple.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Lucy. Knitting Mojos is so much fun, with all the ribbing and ripples.

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  5. By Cinna Knits on

    I love your journal/planner! I’m in awe of the details in yours. But your response to Nicky makes it seem so simple! Maybe I’ll have to try it.

    Also, I really love the FO socks! They are so whimsical, but I bet with all that ribbing, they will fit perfectly!

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Cin. It really is simple. Since there has been so much interest in my journal, I think I’ll write an extra post and link to the tutorials and Youtube channels I’ve watched, and maybe some of the supplies I use.
      The Mojos might be about the ugliest socks imaginable, but the fit – well, not like a glove, actually even better. LOL.

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  6. By Mary-Anne on

    Those socks are a hoot!. I would love to see them modelled on the recipients feet. Your journal project is amazing.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Mary-Anne. I’ll ask Steve if I can have his feet for a modelling job. LOL.

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  7. By Anne on

    Really cool socks! The colors are great. Thanks for sharing your journaling – I love seeing new ideas and yours look really useable. Have you looked at the Sprocket from HP? I think I got mine for around 60 USD and it came with a supply of the small 2 x 3” paper with an adhesive back. Not super expensive and you can Bluetooth it to your smartphone. I successfully have used mine for a variety of things but it was PERFECT for passport photos when I had mine renewed a few months ago.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Anne. Yes, I’ve looked at the Sprocket and it’s way out of my budget, at least for now. Also, the paper for that one is quite expensive, compared to the size A4 paper for my regular printer. I think I’ll try using my regular printer first, I don’t usually print „on the go“ from my smartphone anyway (mostly because my smartphone keeps complaining about how it’s running out of space whenever I take a photo).

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  8. By Jen on

    Great socks! The colors are so bright and cheery. Love your bullet journal pages. I’m just starting mine up again. I need something to help get me organized. Your layouts are great!

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Jen. Bujos are great tools for getting organized, I really love mine.

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    1. By Ella (Beitrag Autor) on

      Thank you, Laura. You can find the pattern, or rather, various versions of the pattern, on Ravelry, just search for Mojos.

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