Essentially, bullet journals allow you to have a to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and/or diary with just a notebook and pen. Along with a few specific symbols and modules, notes and tasks are simplified with the hopes that this "rapid logging" method will allow you to put more effort into completing the task, rather than explaining what you need to do on paper.
We fell in love with this simple concept even more after coming across @breeeberry's Instagram a month ago. Entries in her bullet journal are simple yet colorful with the crafty use of her favorite markers and planner stickers. Make sure to follow @breeeberry on Instagram as well -- a little birdy told us she's hosting a GIVEAWAY with a special prize from Cool Pencil Case!
That's why @breeeberry is this month's #CPCPlannerGirl! Her creative spirit makes even the most simple of concepts more fun to work with. Read on to see what her planner tips are and see which Cool Pencil Case item is her current fave!
1. Describe your love of stationery to us.
Stationery has always been a massive love of mine, I remember getting so excited at the start of a new school year during high school because it meant I could buy new planners, pens, rubbers, workbooks and basically everything else that the stationary shops stocked haha. I think growing up, pens were always my favorite stationery item, I loved trying new pens and making all my workbooks pretty and neat with all different colors. Funny story, my math teacher loved my workbook so much that he ended up getting his own set of colored whiteboard markers so that he could set out the board just like my book.
2. Tell us about your favorite and most used planner accessory (bookmark, gel pen, stamp, etc).
Hmmm, I think my most used planner accessory would be highlighters. I love highlighters, if I have the opportunity to use a highlighter I will gladly take advantage of it. I use highlighters to help distinguish urgent and important tasks, to organize events and tasks into subgroups or to just pretty up my page by creating headers with them.
(Included above: Arrow Planner Tabs, Heart Lollipops Washi Tape, Fruit Eraser Collection - Cherry, Double Color Craft Pen, Smart Pastel 0.5 mm Mechanical Pencil)
My favorite Cool Pencil Case product are the Double Color Craft Pens, oh my gosh they are seriously so cool! I love how they have a dual tip of two colors, it makes creating borders and headers for my planner so much fun and it looks absolutely gorgeous. I definitely need to get some more colors of them.
4. Can you give some tips on those who love decorating their planner pages but are on a budget?
I think with social media nowadays, we all get caught up in the aesthetics of posts and we all believe that we need certain types of products or brands to make our planner pages look pretty or up to an ‘Instagram worthy’ post. You can utilize anything you have at home and turn it into a way to decorate your page, one cool thing I remember doing throughout high school was printing some images or designs I created on the computer, cut them out and use a glue stick to stick them into my journals or planners. This is a really inexpensive way to pretty up your planner pages and add a different element without breaking the bank.
5. When did you start using your planner and how did it change the way you prepared for the day/week/month?
I started to properly use a planner throughout high school when we were given a school diary to record our homework and prioritise our time to complete tasks. During my final year at school being organised and staying on top of your work was so vital in order to succeed and achieve the goals you had set for yourself, so that’s when I really began to organise and prepare to plan my days and weeks. Doing this allowed me to prioritise tasks and ensure that I had enough time to study, finish my homework and include some lovely leisure time to myself.
6. How do you organize all of your stationery and supplies?
This is definitely something I need to re-organise because at the moment there isn’t much order to my stationery supplies. I have some drawers set aside in my study where I store all my stationery supplies such as pens, markers, pencils, stickers etc etc.
7. How do you decide how to design your planner layouts? How long does it usually take to complete your design for the week or month?
I decide on planner layouts purely through trial and error, seeing what worked in the week before and what didn’t and apply that to the following weeks layout. Places like Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest have so many wonderful and incredible planner designs that have been created by talented people and it’s so fun to incorporate new layouts you’ve seen and tweak them in a way that works best for you. Setting up pages doesn’t normally take me too long, I think if it begins to use up a lot of time then it isn’t that beneficial for me as I like to utilize my time effectively. In saying that creating a page and spread takes me anywhere between 5-20 minutes.
8. How has the planner community on instagram supported your love for stationery?
The planner community has supported my love for stationary in so many ways, I can’t say my bank account feels the same way… haha. Being able to share experiences, likes and dislikes with one another is a great way to learn about new products and the functionality of those products. It’s so great to share experiences and thoughts with other likeminded people.
9. Name us three of your favorite planner girls/guys that our Cool Pencil Case fans should follow!