Pixie of Productive Pixie | Bullet Journal Feature

This month's feature is Pixie because her content is super cute and she has a great story to tell! Let's get on to meeting Pixie of Productive Pixie!

This month’s featured bullet journal is Pixie of @_productivepixie on Instagram. I chose Pixie for this month’s feature because her content is super cute and she has a great story to tell! To stick to talking about her bullet journal content, it is obvious her favorite color is pink and boy does she pull it off so well! Anyway, let’s get on to meeting Pixie of Productive Pixie!

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Meet Pixie of Productive Pixie

Hi, I am Pixie, the blogger behind Productive Pixie! I blog about bullet journaling, productivity, fashion, and lifestyle. I love bullet journaling (Of course!), blogging, knitting, ballet, and doing calligraphy. Pretty much just anything and everything creative!

Facts About Pixie

  • I would love to travel to see the Eiffel Tower someday.
  • I am learning French just for fun.
  • My favorite color is pink! (It is probably rather obvious)

Pixie of Productive Pixie Bullet Journal Journey

Bujo Beginnings

I first heard about bullet journaling from a friend. I thought it was a great idea, but I had just bought a pre-dated planner, so I decided I would try it out later. Fast forward a few months (I had already failed my planner) I decided to start a bullet journal. I started in a composition notebook and made tons of tracker layouts. Well, after three months, I stopped using it because it took too much time to make a layout. So I went back to using a planner, but this time it was a ring-bound planner, and I made my own pages.

Getting Bored & Making Changes

Around a year went by, and I started feeling bored with the uniform printed layouts I had designed. I knew I couldn’t design new layouts every week or whenever I wanted to add a new page to my planner. Plus, I wanted to be more creative with my planner. It was back to the drawing board again!

I decided to start printing out dotted pages. And this worked great… for around half of a year, and then I started procrastinating. I didn’t want to make new pages. Further, I kept telling myself I would print out new pages the next day, the next week. I kept telling myself that bullet journaling in a binder was the perfect system because I could add and remove pages, have sections in my bullet journal, and use different types of paper. But, I didn’t really want to add and remove pages in my bullet journal. I didn’t use different types of paper, and I didn’t really need sections. So I decided to buy a new journal.

A Fresh Start

At first, I thought I would only use it for my bullet journal collections, but then I realized that I had no use for two bullet journals. So, I made the decision to only use the new one, which was a traditional style bullet journal. I also realized that I loved the paper quality and having dots on every page in my bullet journal! Lastly, I love sitting down to make new layouts!

This is where I am now in my bullet journal journey, but I know that my journal style will always be changing, so I just need to find what works for me at the moment!

Tips from Productive Pixie for Bullet Journal Beginners

My bullet journal journey is going to be different than yours, and I am definitely not a pro, but I have a few tips for you if you are feeling ready to dive into the wonderful world of bullet journaling.

Your Journal Does not Need to be Perfect

If you try to make your journal absolutely perfect, then it won’t be as fun, it might become stressful, and it will become time-consuming. The purpose of the bullet journal is to make your life easier, not harder, so don’t stress about imperfections and mistakes.

I like things to look perfect, but in the journal I am using now, I have been trying to draw and write things more freehand instead of doing everything in pencil first. I still sketch the general layout in pencil, but I don’t draw in all of the details like I used to.

Also, I tell myself that if I make a mistake, I can always fix it. One of my favorite bullet journal tools is to use a white gel pen to cover up mistakes. If you are a perfectionist, and you are hoping to break free from always having everything perfect, then buy yourself a white gel pen and start drawing freehand. If you make a mistake, you can simply cover it up and move on. I wish I had known about using a white gel pen to cover up mistakes when I first started bullet journaling.

Don’t Force Yourself to Bullet Journal Every Day

If you force yourself to bullet journal every day in the beginning, then most likely, it will turn into a chore, and it won’t be fun anymore. Form the habit of bullet journaling gradually, so it isn’t just another failed planner.

If you need a break from bullet journaling, then take it. Bullet journaling is supposed to help you have a more fulfilling life, and if it is not helping you to be happy, then take a break and come back later.

Find Supplies You Like

If you don’t like your journal, how motivated are you going to be to use it? I like to think of my first bullet journal as a “trial run.” Start out in any old notebook, but if you decide you like bullet journaling, then invest in a notebook and a pen you truly love.

It will make a difference! If your pen is scratchy and your pages are so thin, the ink bleeds right through every time you write anything, then it won’t be enjoyable to use. The supplies you buy don’t have to break the bank either! The notebook I am using now cost me less than $10, and I enjoy writing in it. If you love it, you will be more likely to use it. 🙂

Find What Works for You

It doesn’t matter if your journal isn’t like anyone else’s, because. if it works for you, then go for it! When I first started, I made almost every layout I could find. I went on Pinterest and read just about a million articles about bullet journaling. This is definitely unnecessary, and in the long run, it was what caused me to stop the first time. All those layouts were too much to keep up with.

While it is good to know the basics of bullet journaling, you don’t need to know it all. Your journal does not need to be perfect. Just find a cute notebook, which you like, and then take it from there. Your handwriting and layouts will improve over time. I know mine has!

Last Words

Thank you so much, Elizabeth, for this opportunity to be featured on your blog! I really appreciate it, and I enjoyed writing this article! 🙂

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If you like Pixie’s planner or want to check her out, head on over to her Pinterest Here!

If you are interested in becoming a featured bullet journaler, check out the details and apply here!

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Dee of @heraldeecreates | December Featured Bullet Journal

This month's featured bullet journal is Dee of @heraldeecreates on Instagram. I chose Dee for this month's feature because her content is amazing and she is such a sweet and reliable person! To stick to her bullet journal content, it is picturesque and satisfying to look at! Anyway, let's get on to meeting Dee of @heraldeecreates!

This month’s featured bullet journal is Dee of @heraldeecreates on Instagram. I chose Dee for this month’s feature because her content is amazing and she is such a sweet and reliable person! To stick to her bullet journal content, it is picturesque and satisfying to look at! Anyway, let’s get on to meeting Dee of @heraldeecreates!

Meet Dee of @heraldeecreates

Hello lovelies, it’s Dee from Heraldeecreates! I’m so excited to tell you how I started my bullet journal journey. But before anything else, let me give you a little background about myself.

Facts About Dee

  • My full name is Heraldee but you can call me Dee for short. I was named after the Christmas song “ Hark the Herald”. However, unlike the angel Herald, I seriously can’t sing. (too bad HAHA) 
  • I love staying indoors. If I go out you can either find me in a bookstore or a craft store. Well, sometimes I visit new places but that’s very rare.
  • I’m a dog mom. I have a 1-year-old rescued black labrador and he’s such an angel.

Let’s connect on Instagram or Pinterest!

Dee of @heraldeecreates’ Bullet Journal Journey

My Backstory

Last year, I had to quit my job from Hawaii and move to the mainland. My husband is in the Military and due to the nature of his job, we have to constantly move. Our move went as planned and everything settled perfectly. But the problem is not about the move, the problem is about me. 

I felt like I’m alone. My family is in Hawaii and I had no friends or relatives here. Getting a job is also difficult because we have to constantly move. I lost my sense of purpose and from then my confidence just went downhill. As the days went by, I found myself being crippled with loneliness and anxiety. 

How My Bujo Journey Started

One sleepless night, as I was scrolling through social media, I saw a post about bullet journal for mental health. I started to research more about it and decided to give it a try. My bullet journal journey officially started in May 2019. And from then on, everything changed for the better. 

I slowly regained my inner peace. My journal helped me empty my thoughts and clear my head.  I was able to narrow down the things that I have to do and I started achieving my goals. From then on, I became more productive and organized. It also opened a creative side of me that I never thought I had.

Aside from that, the bullet journal community is incredible. There are a lot of social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook groups that encourage each other. I gained a lot of friends who share the same passion as me. It truly is life-changing. 

Sharing the Good News

Bullet journaling brought such a huge positive impact in my life so I decided to take it to the next level and started blogging about my journey. I created Heraldeecreates to encourage creativity and positivity to my readers. 

Tips from Dee for Bullet Journal Beginners

Be You

There are a lot of gorgeous bullet journal spreads all over the internet. And honestly, as a beginner, it can be pretty overwhelming. But before you exhaust yourself in creating the “best” spread, take a step back and create something that reflects your style. Don’t try to replicate and match what other people do. Strive to create a journal that shows who you are and what you like. It doesn’t have to be lavish, start on something simple.

Don’t Strive for Perfection

When I first started my journal, I wanted everything to be perfect. I always get a ruler and try to make things straight and polished. If I mess up a little, I discard the page and do it all over again. It was exhausting! My obsession to make everything perfect caused me to be more and more frustrated with my journal. 

So please, don’t strive for perfection. Who cares if your lines are not straight? Who cares if you colored outside the lines? Don’t burden yourself with making everything perfect. Making mistakes is part of the journaling experience. Don’t stress too much about it. Accept it and move on.  

Just do it!

The new year is about to start and somehow you might still be on the fence about starting your journal. My advice for you is simple – just do it! Stop holding yourself back. If you know that journaling will be helpful to you, take the step and begin your journey. Stop worrying about the “what-ifs”, believe in yourself. I know you can do it!

Last Words

I hope I was able to inspire you with my story. If you have any questions, feel free to check my Blog or message me on Instagram or Pinterest. I’ll be happy to help.

Happy Holidays to you and your family!

If you like Dee’s planner or want to check her out, head on over to her Instagram Here!

If you are interested in becoming a featured bullet journaler, check out the details and apply here!

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