Creative Journals

Bullet Journal: Christmas Countdown

Hello, everyone! How are you?
Today we are going discussing a new bullet journal entry- Christmas Countdown! However, before we begin I’d like to preface this by saying this entry was inspired by two different photos I saw on Pinterest.
I will link both these down below for you to check out! It was difficult trying to re-create such brilliant designs. Honestly, I felt like I didn’t have a creative bone in my body while I was done it, but I got there in the end… almost. So again, full credit goes to these creative individuals!
Read on!

Archer & Olive:
https://www.archerandolive.com/blogs/news/7-very-merry-christmas-bullet-journal-page-ideas
@Maud_maes
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/0a/dc/b3/0adcb3958364e21fc3d3fe7d7582b7ab.jpg

Materials:

  1. A bullet journal (Or any journal that is either plain or lined)
  2. A sharpened pencil with an eraser
  3. Coloured markers/texters
  4. A ruler
  5. Gel pens

Where to Buy:

These items can be found in the following places:

  1. Art stores
    http://riotstores.com.au/
  2. Newspaper agencies
    In-person store*
  3. Typo
    https://cottonon.com/AU/stationery-living/stationery/?prefn1=brand&prefv1=Typo
  4. Reject Shop
    https://www.rejectshop.com.au/
  5. $2 Store
    In-person store*
  6. Kmart
    https://www.kmart.com.au/category/home-&-living/home-by-category/stationery/350010
  7. Officeworks
    https://www.officeworks.com.au/

Suggested Buys:

  1. White Out
  2. Black Fineline pen
  3. Highlighters
  4. Scotch tape
  5. Fountain pen
  6. Smudge tool
  7. Stickers

Creating the Final Look:

Step 1: Drawing the Baubles

This was absolutely ridiculous, outstandingly ridiculous. Words cannot describe how hard it is to draw such a simple object. I never thought there would be a day where I would curse whoever figured out we could draw circular objects. Outrage I say, outrage.
This took me quite a long time, a very long time. But when we got there I felt like I had not progressed from which we had begun. It looked dreadful, but when you’re on a time crunch and you forgot that this post needed to be up in a matter of two days, you had to rush. Then it became one day by the time I had finished drawing and I had surely given up. I didn’t care what they had looked like, I was ready to fill them in and call it a day. So I did. I am a glass half full type of girl after all.

Step 2: Drawing the Header

The header took me several attempts as I had to move the head across the page to be able to fit the words and to be able to fit a decoration. This was difficult as I was terrible at planning and visualising, but finally, I got there in the end.
This wasn’t even all of the attempts, next was trying to figure out the right amount of cursive that still made it where I could read the title. This was difficult as I am terrible at writing. Truly terrible, really.
But alas, we got there in the end, folks. We have a half-decent title that is somewhat readable. Nailed it.

Step 3: Adding the Details

I mastered this step like a young Kung Fu Warrier. I smashed it out of the ballpark, actually. All I had to do was add little glistening thingos on the baubles and little knobs on the top, and hey-presto.

Step 4: Adding the Decorations

This is by far my favourite step, as I finally get to see it all come together. To begin with, I filled in the header with a green texter, as it was the easiest step, and I wanted to actually get to the fun stuff. Then I started the next step by deciding all the colours I wanted to use for each bauble, before I began, starting with the smallest one before I worked my way up.

Make sure you don’t press too hard, because, as you can see, it doesn’t give the shaded effect, it gives the “I started to do a rainbow and left it at one colour” effect. Like number eight.
Another tip, make sure you do press hard enough that it does show up, as number 5 looks like there isn’t even any colour. There is.

Next, I filled in the little star, using a yellow pencil first, followed by a yellow marker to make sure it stood bright before I outlined it.
After this, I did the mistletoe, which is my favourite decoration on the page by far.

Finally, I completed the snowglobe.

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Pros:

  1. Colourful
  2. Decorative
  3. Contrastive
  4. Pretty

Cons:

  1. Not unique
  2. Baubles are not circular
  3. Lacklustre Header
  4. Black marker

Highlights:

I do love how the different colours pop on the page, especially with some of the shadings on the baubles. Honestly, I think the little decorations around the heading makes the page look even better, I do wish though I added something under the header.

I think a good highlight of the page is the representation of each colour that stands strong on its own, but contrast against the others. If that makes sense. It brings vibrancy to the page that I am truly lacking on my other bullet journal entries.

Finally, I just find it pretty. The true creator of this design is so creative, I wished I had that type of mind. I hope I added something to their design that made it worth it, or even just gave it a bit of life.

Dislikes:

To begin with, I wish I had created something like this but different from my own creativity, but I just couldn’t get the image out of my head and had to re-create it. So one of my dislikes is that it isn’t mine, and it isn’t an original.

Argh! I cannot stress this enough, I tried so hard to create circular baubles, but I spent so long that eventually I just had to go with the closest shape to a circle. Which is what we got left with, half munted circles. In my defence, it did original look more circular in pencil, but going over it in texter ruined the shape.

The header isn’t the worst, but it also isn’t the best. If that makes sense, it’s readable but it also looks messy, but it’s straight. It’s a massive contradiction and I don’t like it. It works for what it is though.

Thank you all for reading through my creative journey. Today’s blog actually took me two nights to complete as it was quite frustrating, however, as I had a rough guide I had a little help!
If you have any tips and tricks for how to do bullet journals, feel free to comment them down below! If that doesn’t work you can go to my Instagram or my Twitter which I will also link below!
Thanks for reading, see you in the next post x

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