as soon as i saw the two versions of the papertrey ink moments inked planner for 2016, i knew i was leaning toward using the binder for my day to day scheduling. but i couldn’t just leave the spiral unused! those wide open day boxes on the weekly spread got me thinking and almost immediately, the idea of a creativity journal came to life.
one of my number one goals this year (and always) is to do something creative every day. technically i do that for work. but back when i started blogging, i was really good at taking time to create a new card almost every day just for fun. i've also completed two full years of photo a day challenges with my doll collection and i play instagram challenges often. but more recently, i've been more sporadic and less intentional. it's those kinds of just-for-fun projects that keep my creativity moving forward. and then the work stuff flows more easily.
to that end, i've decided to use the spiral journal and the wide open-ended day spaces to write things down and make myself more accountable. many of my ideas and plans are simply what i've done before. but like a 365 project, i'll be recording my efforts. and i'll try a few new things, too.
for starters, i've been using january to play along with #listersgottalist. the undivided boxes are perfect for lists! i printed the prompts out and put them on a dashboard for reference. many listers have monthly journals, but i kind of love the idea of less space for more clean and simple lists.
in keeping with clean and simple, i decided to set the title prompts apart from the list by adding a little color with paper mate flair ultra fine pens. this may evolve a little in future months, but for january, my goal was to get it done and not get caught up in too many design details.
for the lists themselves (and writing in my planner in general) i like to use a super fine ink pen. the one pictured is a pengems crystal pen (to match my white and gold binder!) outfitted with a uni-ball jetstream refill ink cartridge in black with a 0.5mm tip. i also really like the pentel energel needle tip 0.5mm ball. i find that a finer tip makes writing in small spaces easier and neater. besides thinking creatively about the prompts, i also hope to work on my lettering.
although clean and simple is my go to style, i do like to add a few embellishments here and there. above you can see where i added in moments inked: boxed die cut washi tape paper and a speech bubble to showcase the hashtag. i did the same on a pencil die cut a few photos up. the side bars and bottom portion of the page lend themselves well to this kind of simple embellishing. i'm not sure if i'll do lists for the whole year. i may decide to focus on instagram challenges or doodle or lettering challenges one month here and there. but that's the beauty of the open-ended, unlabeled boxes. i can fill 'em with anything! here's to a year of possibilities - i'll keep you posted!!