Flatlay is all the rage in the creative, inspiring, colourful or monochromatic insta world, and looks like it’s here to stay. I believe that everyone can flatlay, because there is no right or wrong in the rules of flatlay styling. My flatlay reflects the two things that I love: stationery and colours. But how do you make a flatlay that looks easy on the eyes? The answer is balance and harmony. Even if you are into messy flatlays, you still need to have balance. I will give you some tips on how to flatlay, and this time it’s about colour-grouping.
At the beginning of this year, my focus is to find a goal planner to help me achieve my 2017 goals. I like planners that are systematic and functional, and I prefer the layout to be simple and non-distracting. I came across two planners that caught my attention: MiGoals 2017 A5 hardcover Diary in mint and undated compact Passion Planner with Paradise Blue cover.
I have heard so many good things about both of these planner brands. It seems like each brand has their own cult of followers. I’ve had friends telling me that Passion Planner is the planner that actually works for them, and MiGoals is the go-to brand for planners and notebooks in Australia.
I purchased MiGoals 2017 A5 Diary from Notemaker for AU$32.81 including discounted shipping (I’m a loyalty member) and Passion Planner directly from their online store during a 50% off SALE for US$26.99 including shipping. It took almost one month for my Passion Planner to arrive.
One of my goals for this year is to make more money and spend less. To make that happen, I need to keep track of my spending and income, and that’s when a budgeting journal is needed. The planner that I’m using this year doesn’t come with a budgeting pages, and I haven’t been able to find any budgeting journal that’s right for me. I’ve decided to create my own budgeting bullet journal layouts.
Last year, I tried to get into bullet journaling as a weekly planner. It did not go well because I find that a lot of my time was wasted by trying to create the perfect layout for the week. So my Rhodia A5 Webnotebook was abandoned, even though I actually loved that notebook. The paper is buttery soft, and I love the fact that they’re dotted. It certainly is one of the best journals I’ve ever used.
I’ve decided to dusted off the ol’ Rhodia journal and put it into good use. For my budgetting journal, I’ve decided to do monthly layouts so that I only need to create new layout once a month.
Pages in my budgeting bullet journal:
Index page (not pictured)
Investment property book keeping (not pictured)
Ways to Save & Bad Habits
Monthly Income Stream
Monthly budgeting layout which includes a calendar, cash flow boxes, no spend habit tracker, budget tracker, weekly income/outcome notes
For certain ‘big’ things like investment property, I need to have a few pages just for itself to keep track on rent income, mortgage outcome and any other cashflow happening for the property. It’s important to lay out pages for monthly bills and subscriptions, so that you know how much you will definitely spend in a month/year, and you can make adjustments to your spending or income.
For my monthly budgeting layout, I use a lot of colour-coding using my Kikki K felt tip pens and Tombow dual brush pen to create a more organised and clear view of my budgets.
Hope you like my budgeting bullet journal setup! If you are a bujo addict, feel free to share your budgeting layout in the comments.
I always thought that giving the gift of chocolates and sweets on Valentine’s day is a bit overrated. This set of Love Notes notebook covers could be an alternative to traditional Valentine’s day gifts. Because let’s face it, stationery is better than chocolate!
What you’ll need: Adobe reader (FREE DOWNLOAD), colour printer, 3 A4 printing paper, a stack of plain paper, cutting tools, long stapler or other binding material
After a somewhat crazy 2016 that left me very little time to do work, 2017 is the year I’m getting back to work. This year, I’m going to get my life in order and start working for what I want in my career and personal life. Previous years have proven that there’s no use for planning if it’s not followed by hard work and execution of the step-by steps.
When I was deciding on which planner I should use in 2017, I stumbled across Get to Work Book on instagram and felt intrigued. After reading some reviews, watched run through videos, and found their Australian stockist (I purchased this planner at Up & Atem), I decided to purchase Get to Work Book as my primary planner in 2017.
Get to Work Book is created by Elise Blaha Cripe, who has been blogging over the years on eliseblaha.typepad.com about her daily musings, goal settings and insights as a small business owner. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband and two daughters. I haven’t really read much about Elise, but I love the fact that there’s a background story about the creator behind the product I’m using. Go to Elise’s blog to read more about her.
After using Get to Work Book for one month in January, I am more convinced that this is the perfect planner for my year of getting back to work. Read my full Get to Work Book planner review and more photos after the jump!
Chinese New Year falls on the 28th of January this year, and we are welcoming the year of Roosters! Here’s our annual printable red packet or hong baos for you to download and print, and give out to family and friends.