Saturday, February 16, 2019

Digital items now in stock!

I have been bullet journaling for 2 years now.  I love that I am able to spend time organizing my thoughts and keeping track of all of the things I want to get out of life.  I found that after setting up 3 individual journals, I set up journals for 6 months at a time, that I was spending so much time trying to replicate or create new layouts that I had no time to actually fill in any of the information I was looking to track/record.  One day I came across a digital version of the bullet journal on Instagram, and my mind was blown.

After watching a few tutorials on new programs (keynote, goodnotes, and procreate) MY eyes were opened to a whole new world!  So I started by making myself a 6 month journal and testing my abilities.  I think 6 months into it I've found out a bunch of new information and created a habit in which I can truly dive into.  I love making and drawing, but find that I run out of time, or find the time when I don't have my supplies.  This is where my new iPad Pro has been a wonderful addition to my journaling life, along with my professional one.

Digital journal coming soon! However, I have been able to add my sticker book and now my first set of stickers!

Check out my Etsy Shop Listing:
Digital Post it Note Stickers

I use post it notes all the time in my everyday life.  I use them to the point where i have about 4 different colors- which are selected based on task. Along with about 3 different varieties of size, you never know where you may need to add a note!  I think this comes from my background in stage management and stage organizations, and my love of school supplies.  Having a black white page is lifeless and boring, but adding these digital post it notes added my usual pop of color to my notebook!  This week I chose red in support of Valentine's Day!





I am so happy with the sticker book I created!  I used Keynote to create a clickable PDF, this PDF has 52 clickable pages, including a cover page, 48 linked chapters, to be named as I create new stickers!  IT also includes a clickable index button, back cover including 3 colorful post it notes, and a black page to insert new pages to each chapter.  So far, I'm on chapter 14.  Someday I hope to be able to share this entire book filled with stickers!




White and Grey Digital Sticker Book

Check out this listing is the store!  I am so excited!  New works in progress every day!










Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Hello 2019!

Here is to the start of a New Year and a New Book!

The New Year marks the start of a New Bullet Journal.  This time 100% Digital.  As per last year’s first journal entry, it’s time to set my Goals for 2019.



Thank you to my parents for my wonderful Christmas Gift!  I am now the proud user of an iPad Pro and Apple Pen, which have improved my journaling 100%!  I spent every spare second I had over winter break creating a brand new Digital Planner/Bullet Journal.  My son, the 8 year old, saw me writing and asked to try it out.  He created his own coloring book, which I was able to add to his 2nd gen iPad, and he is using my old pen, though he says the apple pen is much nicer.  He has created several pages in is goodnotes book, and loves the chance to use mine when possible.

Looking back at last year’s Goal Layout, I have kept some things the same.  Though this year I’m going to try to keep things simple.  Scale back a bit, and keep the things that make me happy.

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 Wrap up!

Where did 2018 go?

Last I knew it was August.... and I was sailing into September.  

My goal for 2018: 1 blog post a week, I have to admit, that was a bit too adventurous.  Instead I settled on one blog post a month, which I was almost able to accomplish, minus April, and September, October, November...  

Having a newborn, starting back to work, and keeping up with the blog (and the rest of my activities) proved to be a bit too much.

So, I took a break... from the blog... but not from making, and not from my journal.

Last time we had a chat I was just diving into a Digital Bullet journal, which I loved.  I was able to cut down on how much I was carrying around with me, I didn’t need a ruler, or washi tape, and highlighters... don’t get me wrong, I still love all of my supplies and use them regularly, but didn’t feel the need to always use them.  I could make notes on my phone, iPad, and laptop with ease.  

I was also able to incorporate my work schedule, childcare pickup schedule, weekly recipes, grocery store trips, and more, without having to recreate, or print and tape into my book.  Things seemed to work seamlessly.  I made my grocery lists while watching my 8 year old at ninja class, including recipes, then simply print out the page and take it to the store with me.





So how did I start this journal?  I started noticing digital journals on Instagram, and found that artists were using #keynote and #Goodnotes, so I started with Keynote.

Over the years, I’ve had students use keynote and create slideshows, and was amazed at how they were able to navigate through each presentation using links on symbols for page selection.  So after watching a few YouTube tutorials and googling a lot of questions, I came to create my own Keynote Slide show aka Bullet journal.

I then uploaded my keynote PDF to GoodNotes and started writing.  I was able to create clickable tabs, to section out the journal.  I even started a sticker book, which helps me track my layouts and drawings.

I haven't ventured into image stickers yet, but have been playing with Procreate a bit this holiday and hope to be able to create a few fun designs to get me started.




The downside I had was my tools.  I am very fortunate to have been given an IPad mini a few years back, and that paired with a new stylus https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Compatible-Samsung-Capacitive-Touchscreen/dp/B07528YXC1/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1546228814&sr=8-3&keywords=Digital+pen

I was able to create some amazing layouts.

However, there was a lag to my penmanship and things sometimes looked sloppy, and I had a difficult time lining up corners and lines.

This Christmas I was fortunate enough to recieve a new Ipad Pro and Apple Pen, so Look out 2019! 

I'm headed into the new year with new tools and a positive outlook!

Keeping it up in 2019!  More to come!

Happy New Year!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Welcome to the digital age of August!


ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS AUGUST WAS AWESOME!  

I AM STARTING A NEW ADVENTURE AND THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO COME!



I am beginning the process of a starting a digital bullet journal!


This is where the old journal and the new journal have combined.  I call it the merge!  Looking closely, You can barely tell where I wrote originally in my journal, and where I started writing digitally on top of the image of the page!




I began August with my standard journal... however, with school starting, a new baby at home, pumping at work, and trying to keep everything straight.... I didn't have enough room in my bag or mind for my journal, highlighters, stickers, and washi tape....  Though I love them!  So I am shoving everything into my ipad... and let me tell you.... So Far, I love it!

I am slightly obsessed with making new layouts and learning new programs:
Goodnotes
Procreate
MagicEraser
Keynote

All of these programs are amazing and I'm having so much fun!  For those who like my layouts!  You will be able to buy them in my shop in the new year.  If anyone want to beta test them for me:
email me at janie@janiegirlcrafts.com

ITEMS AVAIALBLE IN OCTOBER!

I'll be sending out layouts and stickers over the next few months! Hoping to have digital journals, stickers, and layout pages available in the NEW YEAR!





























I love learning new things!