Bullet Journal // 2017 Review & 2018 Set Up


I started using a Bullet Journal style notebook in 2015. {check out here and here}

I used the same type of notebook for 2017 (made by Japanese brand Ca.Crea, & purchased at Zulily) and made a few changes for my setup.

My setup is very simple! I don’t do overly detailed pages or embellishment on pages. I set it up to be as useful as possible and the best part is as a blank notebook, it can be changed in any way as the year goes on. If a layout isn’t working or I need a different kind of list, just flip the page and start. I love this part of the Bullet Journal concept most, versus being confined by a date book/planner.

I also like that it is more of a record log that I can refer back to when working on memory keeping projects.

See photos below for more detail of what worked for me in 2017 and what I am changing for 2018. The blank set up for 2018 is pictured below.

Check out the video for a more detailed look with my thoughts:


bujo what worked

bujo what didn't work

bujo New 2018

bujo pilot pen

Pilot Multiball pen

bujo gratitude



bujo layout

bujo recipes




bujo stabilo

bujo pen



My Word for 2018 // Center

I’ve been choosing a word for the year for quite some time. Check out here, & here.

Generally my word for the next year starts to emerge in my world in October or November. What I mean by that is it’s something that keeps coming up in conversations or books or podcasts or anything I am listening to or reading. I definitely let my word choose me versus my trying to pick it.

I didn’t (or so I thought) have this happen last year and was mostly resigned to stick with my same word (expression) from 2017. I felt I wasn’t yet done with it and I would continue with that and the same sub-words (which I’ve had a couple of years now): focus & light. I wanted to move focus a little more towards the center where I thought it needed to be.

During December Reflections on Instagram with Susannah Conway, I even declared my same word for 2018 and wrote out my feelings on that.

December 31 Insta post

In the beginning of the calendar year I always pull back a bit, practicing silence, signing off and out of social media apps. I read, slowly get back to my routine and mostly rest. This time of year always has a way to get me back to my center.

I was listening to the audio book The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer, and he was discussing the journey to transcendence and made a statement about centering or being centered and something else about releasing. Aha! Centering. Or center. It was there all along. In my Instagram post about my word expression. In the meditation mantra I’ve been using this year of “I am”. In the idea of moving focus more to the center. It hit me just like that. My word for 2018: Center

Ok, so now I have a word, what does it mean?

Once this happened, I was working in Susannah Conway’s workbook Unravel and was able to go a bit deeper into what center would mean for me. For one, it is about focus as well. It’s about awareness, self-awareness. Centering ties into other virtues I try to adhere to, like with contentment (niyama: Santosha).

So what do I do with this word?

Well for one, I want to be aware of my center. I talk a lot about duality. Darkness & light, ebbs & flows. And I work at being aware of emotions & thoughts, and keeping a balance. I try to find myself in that center. So being aware of extreme emotions, not being overly celebratory or egocentric, and yet not melodramatic or sinking into the lows. For me awareness & recognition always lead to a change in habits & growth.

And how exactly do I put this into practice?

Awareness is another word for meditation or practice for me. A consistent yoga practice helps, asana practice (or postures) is very centering for me. Meditation gives me a chance to recognize what is going on in my head, heart & body. Only with recognizing what is happening, can I then see where adjustments need to be made. All of these practices contribute to centering.

Keeping my word visible helps. Even a simple sticky note in my general eye line at work helps.

I’ve also felt a desire to focus more on the heart chakra (anahata) which is the center of the 7 chakra energy centers.

It’s energizing when the universe leaves these breadcrumbs and even more miraculous when I actually am aware & start to collect them!

Have you chosen a word for 2018? How will you practice your word? Do you do any sort of scrapbook projects with?

I am planning to make a page about my word.

Roller Stamp Storage – Magnetic Solution

Roller stamp storage, magnetic

I recently revamped my studio a bit. I had to get rid of some furniture that just wasn’t working. Even though it was good storage, my old computer chest was taking up too much room. Getting rid of that helped me purge a lot of supplies. I replaced it was a wall cabinet. I will do a studio tour soon.

But as I was moving things around, I needed somewhere new for my roller stamps. I have too many to keep them in my Harbor Freight revolving tray.

I read somewhere that they are magnetic, so I thought I would try to find some heavy duty magnets to attach them to the side of my drawers. My drawers are actually a rustic (think industrial farmhouse) sideboard I purchased from World Market that is no longer available.

I ordered some magnets from Amazon that were small and round. Then on Zulily one day I saw the square cube magnets and order them as well. It ended up working better with the cube magnets and I didn’t need to glue them or anything. They are strong enough to adhere the stamps to the sideboard just by the positioning of the cube.

Magnet roller stamp

Roller stamp

The cube magnets can be found at alaboard.com and I’ve also seen them in Paper Source.

I have a few extra I am using on the fridge.

Roller stamp storage

Happy Stamping!