Liv’s Pink and Purple Custom Planner

Liv ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. Her planner is a purple Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dotted Hardcover. The primary colors used for Liv's notebook are blue, green, yellow, and gray. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, index, key, future log, bill tracker, year in pixels, goals, monthly overview, and weekly log. Here you can read more about Liv's planner.

Liv ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. Her planner is a purple Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dotted Hardcover. The primary colors used for Liv’s notebook are pink and purple. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, index, key, future log, bill tracker, year in pixels, goals, monthly overview, and weekly log. Here you can read more about Liv’s planner. 

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Here you can learn more about the layouts for Liv’s custom planner.

Watercolor Title Page

This spread opens the notebook with purple and pink watercolor. The background of the concept includes a light purple watercolor circle. Then, over the edges of the circle are four pink and purple watercolor flowrs. The header is “Liv’s” in black brush lettering and “2020 Bullet Planner” in black print font.

Index

The next spread is a three-page index. The index has a bold pink and purple header and includes each layout and the pages they are on. The page numbers are in the left column and layout title in the right column.

Key

Following the index is a simple key page. The header is in a purple script, and then the essential items are in the center of the page. The legend is within a bold box, including several key items specifically requested by Liv.

Future Log

The future log spread includes two months per page. The monthly headers are in pink or purple brush lettering. Below the headers are mini calendars. Further, below each monthly section is a combined section for both months for events and deadlines by date. Dotted lines border each section area.

Bill Tracker

Following the future log is a year long bill tracker with sections left blank for bills to be inputted for each month. The areas where a header is inputted are highlighted in pink or purple.

Year in Pixels

Next, Liv requested a year in pixels spread to track her moods as well as to total her moods for each month in the year. There is a square for each day of each month. Additionally, there is a square for each mood to be totaled each month, and for the full year.

Goals

This goals spread includes four sections to clarify a main goal, steps to reach the goal, and a reward for reaching the goal. Headers are in pink or purple brush lettering.

Monthly Overview

The left page of the monthly overview includes six sections. The sections are for goals, events, stuff to plan, reading list, watch list, and reflection. Then, the right page includes a monthly calendar and notes section, and next month section. The headers for this spread are in a pink or purple minimal script.

Weekly Log

Finally, the week log includes an area for each day of the week as well as for “next week.” Further, each section header is a minimal script highlighted in pink or purple. Additionally, the far left section includes the main header, mini calendar with that week highlighted, habit tracker, budget tracker, and a daily gratitude section. The main header is in pink or purple brush lettering.

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3 Essential Tips for Moving Into Your First Apartment

Here are 3 tips for moving to your first apartment. With these tips, you can focus onthe excitement of the process, instead of the stress.

Everyone has to spread their wings and leave the nest eventually. Moving out of your family’s home is a major step in adulthood. As exciting as the experience is, however, it’s also nerve-wracking. Here are three essential tips for moving into your first apartment that’ll ease your anxieties.

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Research Beforehand

Don’t rent the first place you find online. Even if you’re desperate to go out on your own, you must put careful thought into the decision. Set up multiple tours of venues before you sign on the dotted line. If you don’t feel comfortable visiting a ton of places right now, ask the landlord to set up a virtual tour. Also, research the area where you want to live in. Look up reviews on the internet so that you ensure it’s a safe and welcoming location.

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Create a Budget

People must get their finances in order before they move into an apartment. You should sit down a few months before you sign a lease to figure out where you’re at financially. See what expenditures you can cut back on to save some pennies. You’ll need money for rent, utilities, and furniture. Apartment living is costly. Make sure you’re in a good spot financially before you sign a contract.

Dust Off Your Decorating Skills

Decorating an apartment is much different than decorating a house. For starters, apartments are significantly smaller than homes. You must figure out how to decorate a small bedroom so that it complements your style. Renters need to determine how to beautify a place they can’t permanently change. Most buildings won’t let you paint the walls or change the finishes. Instead, get creative with household accessories and furniture to make the spot feel like your own.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world as we know it. Sadly, some people will have to put their moving dreams on hold. Nonetheless, everyone should try to see the glass as half-full. You can spend this time in self-isolation planning your big move. Follow these tips for moving into your first apartment, so things go over smoothly. When all is said and done, it’ll be worth the wait.

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Minimal Archer & Olive Custom Planner for Danielle

Danielle ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. Her planner is an Archer & Olive A5 Dotted Hardcover. She requested muted tones of colors and bold, easy-to-read fonts. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, future log, year at a glance, monthly cover pages, monthly overview & habit tracker, reading log, monthly log, and weekly log. Here you can read more about Danielle’s planner. 

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Here you can learn more about the layouts for Danielle’s custom planner.

Watercolor Title Page

The title page Danielle requested is far less traditional. In fact, she requested a peice of art instead of a title or header. So, for her layout I did a black and white sunflower sketch-style art page.

Future Log

The next layout she requested is a future log based on a layout she sent me. This log is in a column style with brush lettered headers and a line for each day of that month. Further, for each Saturday and Sunday I filled in the date box with the assigned color for that month. Each page includes two months.

Year at a Glance

In addition to the future log, Danielle requested a year at a glance with the calendar grids appearing in a circular way around the main header, “2020.” Further, all sub-headers are in brush lettering.

Monthly Cover Pages

Next, she wanted a one page cover page for each month. Each cover page is a similar format including a black circle in the center of the page with seasonal imagery in it. Then, the header is brush lettered across the bottom of the circle image in the color assigned to that month.

Monthly Overview and Habit Tracker

Immediately following the monthly cover page is a section for goals and for six habits to be tracked. The goals are in the top section of the page and habits are in the bottom portion of the page.

Monthly Log

This monthly log is very minimal including a simple calendar grid with minor shadows to each box. Further, the headers are in brush lettering.

Reading Log

This layout is primarily black with the exception of the header which I did in a black brush lettering.

Weekly Log

Finally, the weekly log includes a column on the left side, 5 full size boxes for weekdays, and two half size boxes for the weekends. Further, there is a mini calendar at the bottom of the week column box.

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3 Tips to Get Prepared For Your Final Year

While it might be terrifying, you can still take steps to prepare for your final year to make it as straightforward and comfortable as possible.

Your final year is an exciting but also terrifying time. It feels like your educational adventure is hurtling towards the finish line. As much as you’re looking forward to entering the real world, you’re also terrified. 

While it might be terrifying, you can still take steps to prepare for your final year. These steps can help to make the transition as straightforward and comfortable as possible. You’ve made it this far already, and so you owe it to yourself to ensure that this final stretch goes as you planned. 

Start Working On Your Final Project Now

If you already have an idea of your final project, you can begin by getting in all of the research, prep, and basic planning. Getting ahead will make each stage of the essay more manageable when you come to it. Of course, you can’t always get an idea of what you know about your project until you speak to your tutor. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still lay the groundwork. 

This is because it’s best to have a slight idea than nothing at all, even if you don’t use this idea. Should you find the idea isn’t suitable for what you want to do, you at least know how to approach the project. You are then more prepared for the planning stage so you can find success in whatever topic you focus on. 

While it might be terrifying, you can still take steps to prepare for your final year to make it as straightforward and comfortable as possible.

Know What You Should Expect 

A lot of your final year involves stuff you are used to. But there is always something that comes along that you never expected. This can throw your self-made schedule off course and could affect how you can stay focused on the more critical tasks. 

However, it doesn’t need to throw you off. knowing what to expect will make every step more manageable. From exam preparation advice that you can find here https://mygreexampreparation.com/ap-statistics-textbook/ to the social aspects that come with the end of the year, including graduation and celebrations abound. You can plan before it happens, and make all the necessary arrangements. This allows you to ensure the unexpected and unknown doesn’t disrupt the rest of your year. 

Get Your Mind In the Right Place

No matter how tough you think you are, the stress is bound to get to you at some point during the year. This is especially true if you spend your time cramming all the information you can. These late nights and early mornings will only lead to burnout, and this will have terrible ramifications for your final results. 

You need your mind to be in the right place. Give yourself a break, work hard, but not too hard, and remember to get some exercise and eat well. Doing so will make it easier for you to manage the stress that you will encounter and help your final year be as successful as possible. 

Ready for Anything 

It feels like a lot is going on when you arrive at your final year, and that’s because there is. To ensure that you don’t get too overwhelmed, start preparing right now. By preparing right now, you will have less to worry about throughout the summer and as your year goes on.

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Learn A New Hobby in Isolation | 3 Tips for Taking Better Pictures

Follow these 3 tips for taking better pictures, and you’ll be an expert by the time things return to normal. You can be productive in self-isolation.

Everyone has more free time on their hands right now. While self-isolation is tough, everyone must stay inside to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Staying indoors doesn’t have to be entirely boring, though. People can take up new hobbies, like photography, to help pass the time. Here are three tips for taking better pictures so that you’re a pro by the time things return to normal.

Research Equipment

Please, don’t just buy the first photography equipment you find online. Instead, do some research to ensure that you’re purchasing top-of-the-line devices. For starters, you must know what to look for in a light meter. First, decide if you want a handheld option or one that’s built into the camera. There are pros and cons to both choices, so make sure to investigate thoroughly. Also, buy high-quality lights that’ll improve the quality of any shot. People that are genuinely interested in becoming better photographers should look behind the scenes, as well. Research the companies who made and tested the equipment before you buy anything. The more you know about the devices, the better.

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Choose Unique Subjects

Yes, we’re all stuck inside for the time being. However, that doesn’t mean you have to take boring pictures. Select interesting subjects for your photos. Open your windows for some fresh air and take some photographs of the people outside. If you have pets, stick the camera in front of them and see what happens. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to take risks. This applies to camera techniques, too. Try taking some portraits as well as some landscape shots. The more pictures you take during this time, the better your photography will be.

Go Online for Advice

One of the most essential tips for taking better pictures is to utilize the internet as much as possible. Start by watching videos posted by famous photographers. These experts will likely have insight that will help you on your journey to becoming a skilled photographer. Also, post on forums if you have any questions that need answering. It’s important to maintain community during this challenging time. Luckily, the internet is a beneficial tool that can keep people connected and provide support to those who need it.

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Staying inside for an extended period can have a significant impact on anyone’s mental health. That’s why it’s crucial to reach out to your loved ones when needed. Also, try to take up new hobbies that will distract you from the craziness of the world. Photography is the perfect hobby, and if you follow these tips for taking better pictures, you’ll be a pro in no time.

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Katie’s Gray Moon & Dream Bullet Journal

This custom bujo for Katie includes moon and dream layouts such as mood phases, monthly log, monthly memories log, and monthly dream and lunar log.

Katie ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. Her planner is an Essentials Dot Journal. The primary color used for Katie’s notebook is gray. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, mood phases, monthly log, monthly memories log, weekly logs, and monthly dream and lunar log. Here you can read more about Katie’s planner. 

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Layouts Included

Here you can learn more about the layouts for Katie’s custom planner.

Introductory Spreads

Monthly Layouts

Weekly Spreads

End of the Month Spreads

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3 Ways to Practice Self-Care with a Makeover at Home

Follow these ways to give yourself a makeover at home if you’re looking for a change. Your loved one won’t even recognize you when things return to normal.

The world is unrecognizable at the moment. We all want to help flatten the curve of the coronavirus. However, staying inside is easier than it seems. People are all over the country are struggling with complex emotions that come along with social distancing. Anyone wondering how to lift their spirits while in self-isolation should follow these ways to give yourself a makeover at home. Show yourself a little love during this uncertain time.

Choose a New Fashion Style

Social distancing provides the perfect opportunity for anyone to rebrand themselves. Start by researching all the different fashion styles, so you can determine which is the best fit for you. Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box, either. Experiment with different looks until you find one that works for you. The best part is, no one will see you! You don’t have to show anyone an outfit that you’re uncomfortable wearing. Play around a little. Once you find a style that works for you, set up a nice little photoshoot in your living room and post the pictures on social media. Your followers will give you nothing but compliments if they believe you’re confident in the look.

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Order Beauty Products Online

Sadly, many retail stores across the country are closed right now. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t improve your beauty routine while you’re at home. Order beauty products online. Lots of stores have an online chatting option, so you can speak to a consultant if you have any questions. Be sure to inquire about the shop’s return policy before you purchase anything, though. That way, if you try an eyeshadow that you don’t like, you can return it and find the perfect shade. Not only is ordering materials online a crucial step of an at-home makeover, but you’ll be doing your part to stimulate the economy and maybe even help small businesses in need.

Watch Tutorials

There are only so many shows on Netflix. Do yourself a favor and turn off the TV every once in a while. Instead, watch beauty tutorials online that’ll help you achieve the makeover of your dreams. The old saying is true—practice makes perfect. If you want to impress people with your new look when things return to normal, watch expert videos online about how to improve your beauty routine. Many people online can show you how to correctly apply makeup or what to do with curly hair. If you watch these videos repeatedly, you’ll become a professional in your own right.

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Anyone who needs a little self-isolation pick-me-up should follow these ways to give yourself a makeover at home. There’s so much uncertainty in the air right now. All of this doubt can get a person down in the dumps. So, please, do whatever you can to make yourself feel better; whether that’s trying new hobbies, connecting with friends, or giving yourself a makeover. Try your best not to focus on the negatives. We’ll get through this together.

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Grid Pocket Calendar for Melissa in Green

Melissa's planner is in a pocket calendar with a brown paper cover. The primary color used for Melissa's notebook is green. Read more...

Melissa ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. Her planner is in a travel planner or pocket calendar with a brown paper cover and grid pages. The primary color used for Melissa’s notebook is green. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, year at a glance, monthly calendar, and monthly notes. Here you can read more about Melissa’s planner. 

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Here you can learn more about the layouts for Melissa’s custom planner.

Pocket Calendar Cover

The cover of this planner is brown paper stapled together in a similar fashion to a travel planner. Additionally, “2020” is in white on the upper right hand corner of the front.

Cover Page

In a simple print font, I wrote “Melissa,” then underneath a simple line I wrote “2020.” 

Year at a Glance 

This year at a glance features 12 months, January 2020 through December 2020, in a calendar format.  Further, the months are in green pritn font with the first three letters on the left of the mini-calendar and the month number to the right of the mini-calendar. Then, “2020” is at the top of the page in a feminine print font. Lastly, “overview” is in a green print font.

Simple Monthly Calendar

For each monthly layout, I used a simple grid calendar. Then, the header is a bold green print font. Additionally, the header is located vertically down the right side.

Notes Page

This final page is primarily blank with a small, green print font header in the upper right-hand corner. Then, the header connects to the left side of the page with a black line. The header is in green.

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Ways to Keep Up Friendships During Social Distancing

Social distancing is, unsurprisingly, hard on social lives. Learn ways to show friends you care and support them without breaking social distance rules.

Social distancing is putting a real damper on just about every part of social life. College students are now home and separated from friends they’ve gotten used to living just a few steps away from. While you can’t get together with your friends right now or even meet up anywhere, there are still a few ways to keep your friendships strong. Check out these ways to keep up friendships during social distancing.

Covid19 Resources:

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
WHO: https://covid19.who.int/

Write An Old-Fashioned Letter

You most likely have a lot more time on your hands now than you used to, so why not sit down with a fancy greeting card and write a little note to your friends? This means a real note on a real card that you send via snail mail. You’ll get to look forward to them receiving it and you will brighten their days by letting them know you’re thinking about them—plus, you put in extra effort by mailing a real card, rather than sending a text or direct message.

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Schedule Virtual Hangout Nights

More than a group video call on one of the countless video calling apps, schedule a video call with a purpose. Taking the time to schedule an actual activity for you and your friend group to do together can allow you guys to bond the way you would in person. General virtual hangouts that are just about checking in can get old, since everybody’s day was about the same—isolated and low-key. Here are a few ideas of activities you can schedule with your friends.

  • Charades: There are apps you can use to play charades at a distance, where one person guess what the others are acting out.
  • Slideshow presentation battle: Ask each friend to prepare a 10-minute slideshow presentation on the funniest subject they can think of and present to the group.
  • Show and tell: Have each member of the group bring the item they own that has the best backstory and share the stories with each other.

Drop Off Packages

If you’re lucky enough to live near your friends, try putting together little care packages and leaving them at your friends’ doorsteps and texting them to check their doors. These packages are a great way to keep up friendships during social distancing. You’ll get to retain your social distance (don’t tell them to check their doors until you’re safely back in your car) and give your friend a fun surprise. You can include simple items to keep them entertained and show them you care and are thinking about them during this tough time. Here are some ideas of things to include for your friends:

  • Face masks: These are a fun way for your friend to relax and practice some self-care.
  • Coloring books: Coloring is a fun activity that can be calming and help pass the time, all while creating something beautiful.
  • A good book: Including a copy of a book you love can show the time and effort you put into their package and give them something fun to do.

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Must-Have Resources for Students

Today, students can obtain knowledge beyond the library with plenty of online resources and tools. Here is a list of must-have resources for students.

Knowledge is one of the main pillars of modern society and information is as much of a tool as it is a weapon used by different countries. Today, students can obtain knowledge beyond the confines of the library with plenty of resources and tools available online. However, so many options can be overwhelming. We did the hard work for you to make a list of must-have resources for students.

Evernote

This is an app or tool that makes it to almost any list of useful tools. The versatile tool allows you to manage your time, organize your life, helps to write a book, and much more. Its wide range of uses and functionality makes it irreplaceable for users who have tried it.

Its core feature of note-taking makes it quintessential for any student pursuing any degree. It will sync flawlessly on all of your devices throughout multiple platforms. Apart from taking notes, you can also snap pictures, copy pieces of texts, write with your hands via stylus, and more.

PaperWritings

With the rising cost of higher education in the United States and student debt being one of the looming crises faced by the country, student mobility programs have gained a lot of steam. More people are looking forward to studying abroad. However, it also brings a disadvantage, inadequate language proficiency.

PaperWritings is a service that offers students academic assistance, editing, proofreading, and more to help them write essays and complete assignments. It helps students to close the gap left in academic standards of writing due to a lack of language proficiency.

GoConqr

GoConqr is an indispensable resource for students who have a knack for visual learning. It is a unique platform that has everything from flashcards and flowcharts to notes and quizzes. It is community-driven where you can access libraries created by other users, or you can even create your own study material to share it among our fellow peers.

Coursera

Coursera has plenty of online courses in different fields made in collaboration with leading universities. The courses range from humanities and art to business and computer science. You get certificates after completion of the courses and eventually, they may add up to a degree. Moreover, the courses are interactive with quizzes, projects, and videos.

Open Culture

Last, but definitely not the least is Open Culture. Students can use this treasure trove of a resource for both personal development and research projects. It is a non-profit project that has an overwhelming collection of MOOCs(Massive Open Online Courses), free lectures, and more from various universities. A lot of them even come with certificates and free materials including audiobooks, textbooks, language lessons, etc.

Grammarly

Grammarly is an amazing resource for writing assistance. I have the premium option which I absolutely love; however, there is also a free option that helps to improve your writing skills. The free version and premium versions also integrate well with Microsoft documents, google documents, most websites, most browsers, etc. This is a must-have source for any student who has to write essays or papers.

MyHomework

If you struggle with time management and keeping track of your assignments, MyHomework is an amazing application and website to help you keep track of your homework. This resource allows you to track your homework according to class, priority level, due date, and more. This resource was a must-have for me in college and will surely be a must-have for you!

Learning is something that you can never get enough of. With education becoming more expensive, these resources for students help the further proliferation of knowledge and enable them to pursue academic excellence along with organization and convenience. However, these resources aren’t just limited to students who are pursuing higher education, but for everyone who wants to indulge in lifelong learning.

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Hannah’s Custom Pink & Peach Bullet Journal

This custom planner was created for Hannah in an Anthracite Leuchtturm1917. She requested a pink and peach theme with floral and houseplant mood trackers!

Hannah purchased a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. I created her custom planner in a Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dotted Hardcover in Antracite. Hannah requested pink and peach colors for the interior of her planner. Further, the layouts involved include a cover page, future log, books tracker, monthly log, mood tracker, and weekly log. Here you can read more about Hannah’s custom planner. 

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Watercolor Title Page: 

Hannah’s title layout is a blue watercolor title page. For the header, “Hannah” is in a black calligraphy font. Then, on the second line, “Micah 6:8” is in an all-caps print font.

Future Log

This future log includes 12 months. Each page features three months each with a row. Then, each row has a mini-calendar. Finally, the headers for each month are in pink and peach script lettering.

Books to Read Bookshelf 

This page is a black and white bookshelf filled with blank books. There are no headers. Hannah will fill in each book with a book she wants to read or has read.

Monthly Log

For each month, I used a simple grid calendar. The lettering for this layout is a pink or peach print font. Additionally, there is a column to the right of the calendar. The column is labeled “goals.”

Monthly Themed Mood Tracking

The mood trackers are different each month. The most apparent difference is the theme or picture chosen. The images are broken into enough parts so that there is a part for each day of the month. Then, each day, the image parts get filled in. Each mood is assigned to a specific color, design, or shade of a color. Next, Hannah can color in each part according to her mood or moods for that day. For Hannah, all themes are floral, succulent, or cactus.

Weekly Grid Log

The weekly grid layout is a weekly layout that encompasses seven days. Further, each page includes eight squares that make up the grid. Seven of the boxes are for the days of the week, and the 8th box is blank. For the headers, the lettering utilizes a pink or peach print and brush lettering.

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