Let's Celebrate— It's Doodle Day!

It's Doodle Day

It’s Doodle Day— time to really get your creative juices flowing and unleash your inner artist! In honor of the day, I wanted to share this page from my Hobonichi, complete with this amazing stamp of Jack’s face from Paper Afternoon on Etsy. It’s one of my favorite crafting items right now. The lego stamps are also from the same shop and I love them because they are so unique and super super cute! I also had tons of fun using my stencil ruler to create little silhouettes and stars.

Sitting down this morning and drawing out some of my favorite things was super calming and a great way to start off the busy weekend. Doodling can be a great way to help you focus, bring a little extra creativity into your life, and brighten up your day.

Doodle Day isn’t just about making beautiful, random creations in the margins of books or notes in meetings. Although doodling can be an excellent way to organize your thoughts, pass the time, and focus on what’s going on around you. Here’s a quote from www.epilepsy.org that I really found powerful and inspiring:

“Doodles show what kind of people we are because we are free to doodle what and how we like, and we show our individuality through all the choices we make in life. Our clothes, friends, work and interests all say something about us, and so do the language and gestures we use. Doodling is an uninhibited form of self-expression.”

At this point, you might be wondering, what does doodling have to do with Epilepsy? Well, the whole purpose of Doodle Day is to raise support for Epilepsy Awareness. I don’t need much of an excuse to doodle, but who doesn’t love making random art for a good cause!? If you want to know more about how to support Epilepsy awareness or make a donation yourself, you can find out more here: https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/doodle-day

Be sure to share pics of your doodles and let me know, how do you build creativity into your everyday?

10 Creative Ways to Fill in Your Journal

10 Creative Ways

As much as I love spending quality time journaling and decorating my pages each and every single day, sometimes life gets in the way. Even though I’ve made it a part of my daily practice to carve out at least 10 minutes to get creative, I find myself falling behind. Clusters of blank spaces pop up throughout my pages. In the past this is when I usually abandon a project (or sketchbook…. I have tons that I started strong with the first few pages, but have just left me feeling as empty as the neglected blank pages that follow). Sometimes we just need simple solutions to play catch up. Get into the mindset of using your supplies, feeling the freedom of putting beautiful things to use instead of letting them sit in a forgotten desk drawer. Sometimes, the simple solutions look best. It can be easy to overthink the process. Instead of thinking about what will look exactly right or perfect, focus on what you like and what looks good to you. Sometimes, it might be that sparkly washi tape that you just really like or a cute sticker shaped like a happy strawberry. Whatever it may be, pay attention to that initial reaction– does it make you smile when you look at it? If so, chances are that it belongs in your journal.

10 Creative Ways
  1. Add stickers. In the past, I hoarded them for the perfect occasion, not wanting to use them up. Just like any other craft supply however, these are meant to be used! If you don’t have good stickers, I highly recommend my sticker book or the Pipsticks sticker subscription. Use the code CRAFTLOVE for 15% off your first order.

  2. Cut up magazines. There’s no wrong way to do this. That pile of dusty magazines in the corner of your living area is definitely begging to be carved up. It’s a great way to fill up those empty spaces in your journal. Plus, once you’ve harvested all you can get from a magazine, you can declutter and send the leftovers straight to recycling! If the choice between cleaning or journaling comes up, ask yourself, why not try for both?

  3. Add things you get in the mail. You know the inserts you never asked for; the inexplicable mailers you don’t remember signing up to receive. Sometimes, the unasked for papers actually contain hidden gems.

  4. Movie stubs, business cards and other things you picked up throughout your day. You know all those things that end up at the bottom of your purse?  Well, they could be the missing decorations you need to complete a page or spread.

  5. Cute doodles. The most important thing to remember with this is that doodles aren’t supposed to look any specific way. They are unique, imperfect, and great for filling up those open spaces. You can use any pen or marker to draw them and if you want inspiration, look at instagram or Pinterest to see other doodles people have created. I have a favorite doodle book if you're looking for even more inspiration. Remember, it doesn’t have to be complicated. A heart, flower, or star can look really good in the right place. You could even try memory doodles. Sketch out a specific thing you remember from that day. It can be as simple as the cup of coffee you drank in the morning.

  6. Washi Tape. In times of doubt, keep it simple. This is what washi tape is for! It’s inexpensive and there are so many beautiful designs. If you want to get more creative with it, layer the washi tape or create your own design with multiple types of tape.

  7. Printed photos. You know those photos you get at some events? This is the perfect place for them. Or if you want to print them at home, I love using the Prynt Pocket or HP Sprocket because it’s a sticker print. The Instax printer is great too, but is slightly thicker than other prints. Small photos make it easy to fill up a blank space. Plus, these images are often very meaningful and hold special memories.

  8. Look up favorite quotes on Pinterest and write them in. This is one of my go-to methods. Certain quotes can capture how you felt at the time, important things you want to remember, and ideas that are especially meaningful for you. Try out new fonts and colors. You can place tiny quotes in the margins, fill entire pages with quotes. Get creative. Get messy. Try out new things. Check out my "Word" Board on Pinterest for inspiration and ideas!

  9. Practice your lettering by recording motivational or inspiring quotes that fit your mood. This is a little like step 8, but I recommend looking in different places for this one. Do you have a favorite motivational book, podcast or TED Talk? Whatever form it may take, refer to it as you work on your journal or planner and copy down the quotes or segments that speak to you the most. You’ll be surprised at how meaningful this can become. Use colorful markers and pens. You can add texture and pattern with various colors and drawings. Adding diagonal lines, diamond patterns, squares, or even cross-hatching can enhance any empty spaces in your journal.

  10. Have a friend or loved one add a note to your journal. If your creative juices are a little tapped out, ask someone to write something for you! A simple little note or thought can add so much to your pages and take off some of the pressure.

As you work on your notebook, journal or other awesome paper project, just remember, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts - in other words, done is better than perfect and when you look back on your work, you’ll be so glad you got things recorded. Which of these 10 tips are you most excited to try? Let me know in the comments and be sure to take a look at the video!

Makers Gonna Make

Amy Tangerine x Brit + Co

Decided to make a fun little spread in a new Brit + Co planner I got while visiting San Fran last month. Used fun supplies from my shop (the floral stamp repeated all over Makers Gonna Make is from the Gratitude set) along with my latest collection, Hustle & Heart. I used my favorite Tombow brush markers to create a list of Crafty Projects I want to make.

Amy Tangerine x Brit + Co
Amy Tangerine x Brit + Co

Brit + Co planners and goodies can be found exclusively at Target. They also have a great little article up called Planner Goals: How 6 Boss Ladies Stay Organized and Personalize Their Planners that I was interviewed for here. I also shared a bit of the process of decorating this in my latest Favorites video on YouTube. What's on your list of crafty projects?

In

Bullet Journal

Biting the bullet and I am going to try bullet journaling this year! My mom was in Florida and went to one of our favorite stores, Whim So Doodle, where it's basically stationery heaven. If you are ever in St. Pete, you must go to this store! She got the exact journals in the two colors I was deciding between when I toyed with the idea of starting a bullet journal last year. I decided to start with the yellow one for the first half of the year and move onto the pink one this summer. She also got me this awesome ban.do pencil pouch which matches perfectly.

I spent a little too much time yesterday perusing YouTube and Pinterest and then decided to just jump right in to start setting up my bullet journal. I spread out on my dining room table so that I could still hang out with my guys. You can get both inspired and overwhelmed at the same time if you look under #bujo on Instagram or even Twitter. Thanks to these awesome communities though, I am excited to approach this with my own twist. The system has to work for me and my needs. And I know it's only the 3rd day of the year, but I am feeling really good about it. I tend to have strong starts and inevitably life gets in the way, but my love for analog and dedication to sustaining a system that helps me live my best creative life is what will hopefully assist in following through for all of 2017. I used to use a very similar system since the planner I loved stopped being made. I will go through those and share them on my YouTube channel soon. The notebooks are a fun look at the evolution of journaling and memory keeping, and what continues to work for me. I was hesitant at first, as there are plenty of things I journal about but don't share those pages or spreads in public. In fact they are for my eyes only. After seeing some blurry screens and hands over pages, I am going to try my best to write and be authentic in my goal setting, tasks, and life stuff, while also being mindful of the personal things that should only be well, personal. I'm sure you understand!

Someone tweeted me this article about The 8 Stages of Bullet Journal Addiction and I laughed out loud as it is all too relatable. So what do you think about bullet journaling - do you do it and do you have any tips or tricks? And what stage are you in? :)

New Days of the Week Stamp

Amy Tangerine planner stamp

Pretty sure this is the tiniest that my brush lettering can get. As far as rotary stamps go, I figured this would pair nicely with a regular date stamp for all you planner lovers out there. Love playing around with my new stamp from Oh Happy Life. Going to try and film a planner video for you soon as it has been too long! Most of my planner spreads in my Day Designer have been not so good looking lately, but I am working towards making something more share-worthy soon. Decorating just makes mundane tasks seem more delightful, don't you think? Find all the supplies below.