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Dingbats Earth Collection Dot Grid Notebook

Hello, Journalers! I’ve got the inside track on a brand new dot grid notebook for 2019 and it’s a winner! I’m really excited to show you guys this one. Dingbats* has just come out with a brand new line of their iconic eco-friendly dot grid notebook and they were kind enough to send me one to put to the bullet journal test! After spending some time going over every detail, I have a lot to say and a lot to show you about this new edition to the notebook community.

If you’re looking for a new dot grid notebook to start journaling in the new year, this is a great option! Read on to get all the juicy details one of the best dot grid notebooks of 2019!

The New Dot Grid Notebook From Pad & Quill!

Whether you’re a journaling expert or a newbie, the search for the perfect notebook is a never-ending quest. Luckily, now that dot grid notebooks have become all the rage, there is always new contender right around the corner. As someone who journals every single day, I am always on the lookout for high-quality notebooks that can withstand vigorous use. So when Pad & Quill sent me their very first line of notebooks, I was so excited to see how they measure up! I mean really excited – like twirling around squealing excited! What can I say, I’m a notebook geek. Would the Pad and Quill notebook become my new favorite journal? Or a heartbreaking disappointment?

Bullet Journal Pens 101

The first step of any project is to gather the necessary supplies. The same is true when you start a journal or a Bullet Journal. You’ve got to have a dedicated notebook and pen ready, or your journaling dreams are toast. Now as I’ve said before, there’s no wrong way to choose your notebook and pen. The only thing that matters is your mindset about keeping a journal.  But I’m of the firm opinion that starting off with high quality ( and pretty!) supplies keeps you more motivated over the long term. So what are the best bullet journal pens?

In an attempt to make your life easier, I’ve done the work for you! I’ve been bullet journaling every single day for over 2 years and I’ve field tested dozens of different notebooks and pens. ( To see my top picks for notebooks, click here! ) in the selection below I’ve picked the not only the highest quality but the most affordable pens on the market now. So scroll down and get started on building your ideal journal kit with any one of these 8 sure to please pens!

I’ve been a part of the journaling community for a few years now. In this community, we share ideas, techniques, and best of all, our pages. I’ve seen thousands of different layouts from hundreds of different people.  Being the psychology nerd that I am, I’ve unearthed some patterns. While everyone’s journal is unique to them, your personal style will usually fall into one of six categories.

What’s your Bullet Journal style? I’ve designed a super fun, fast and easy quiz to help you discover where you fall on the Bullet Journal spectrum. Click below and discover your planner personality!*

Time for a showdown! If you’ve been reading my blog this year, you know I’m a big fan of the famed Leuchtturm1917 notebooks. In 2 years of journaling every single day, I’ve gone thru 3 different Leuchtturms – and I loved them all. But recently, as Bullet Journaling grows in popularity, I’ve noticed some new kids on the block. The Scribbles That Matter notebook has caught my eye and as a legendary wrecker of notebooks, I’ve decided to put them to the test.

I’ve been journaling every single day for the last 6 weeks in my new Scribbles That Matter notebook. The spine has endured countless opening’s and closings – the pages have met with every pen imaginable and even some watercolors! I’ve dropped it, stuffed it in my purse, spilled things on it, etc. Needless to say, I have “scribbled” all over this bad boy.

Finding the perfect Bullet Journal notebooks can be a daunting task. It’s not always easy to find a dot grid notebook, and once you do it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the details.  I’ve been Bullet Journaling every single day for over 2 years now, and I’ve tried a lot of notebooks along the way.

I’ve narrowed down your search to the best and the brightest. These 5 notebooks have stood the test of time and are sure to please options for every variety of journaling. So if you’re looking for a sure thing – look no further. I’ve got you!

Anybody who scrolls through Pinterest on a daily basis knows – washi tape is the sh**. There seems to be no end to how you can use this hip and colorful tape to create oodles of creative projects. Though I love a good mason jar craft as much as the next girl, I longed to use my growing collection of tiny tape in a more practical way. Being the planner obsessed girl that I am, I found a way to use washi tape to boost the productivity of my planner and not just its beauty.

Enter the washi tape index! Today I’m going to show you how I use washi tape as a DIY index for my planner. It’s simple, easy and way more fun than writing everything out. And who doesn’t want another excuse to buy more washi tape, right?

Let’s get started with the basics. What is washi tape and why does it rock?

What’s the best part of being a blog-aholic? The free printables! Yes, we all love a good freebie. But sometimes our freeloading joy is marred by poor options for application, especially if you’re a bullet journal junkie. What do we print our goodies on? Do we just tape them in our notebooks? Glue stick anyone? Huh, now that doesn’t look as pretty as I thought it would. Well, today I’m going to show you a strange and wonderful solution. When I was hit with the tape and glue blues I did some research and found a cool way to make a DIY sticker for my planner. The answer was, oddly, Avery Shipping Labels.

Since I first started sharing my Bullet Journal on social media in 2016, I’ve gotten so many questions about the pens I’m using to create my headers.  I’ve also been asked many times if I’ve been formally trained, taken any courses on hand lettering and the like. Well, today I’m gonna give my readers the goods. The juicy secrets of handwriting success, if there is such a thing.