Leuchtturm1917

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Leuchtturm1917 Dot Grid Notebook

One of our big promises to you is that we will only carry products that we ourselves use, and it’s true! From funky fab fun BlueQ Socks to hilarious Emily McDowell Mugs, everyone who works here uses and loves everything we sell at Brush Dance.

Every now and then, though, there is a product line that comes along that we are all crazy-coco for. One of those lines is Leuchtturm1917 Journals and Notebooks.

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Leuchtturm1917 Special Edition A5 Notebook in Copper

Why do we love these Notebooks and Journals? Let us count the reasons (in no particular order)  . . .

Paper Quality – thick, beautiful paper with just the right amount of toothiness (this means that that paper isn’t super-slick and smooth – and this means that it’s suitable for a wide variety of writing instruments from ballpoint pens and gel pens to fineliners and fountain pens).

Options – holy smokes, the options have options!

Colors – brights (like red and orange), muted (nordic blue and emerald), and traditional black.

Sizes and Cover Choices – The handy A4 with a hardcover is my favorite. Others here prefer the bendy B5 with a softcover.

Lined? Dot Grid?  We got them both.

Numbered Pages and Index – both of these things make it easy to find important notes later – love, love, love.

Special Editions – Leuchtturm regularly develops super-popular special editions, including the Some Lines A Day five-year Journal shown below.

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Five Year Journal from Leuchtturm1917

For a very limited time, all Leuchtturm Journals and Notebooks are on sale.  This is the perfect opportunity for you to give them a try. Or, if you’re like me, this is a great time to stock up on your favorite styles.

How Will You Spend This Summer?

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Embrace the Chaos Journal

How will you spend this summer?

At Brush Dance, early summer is our busiest time of year.  We are shipping orders out to our largest customers, coordinating time away (because even though we’re crazy-busy at work, everyone deserves a break), and working quickly to finish up our 2019 (!!) calendar designs. It’s busy!

In my personal life, I have already traveled some to see friends and family, and there are another couple of trips on the horizon.  I won’t even mention our home remodeling project. When it’s like this, there’s only one thing to do – Embrace The Chaos.

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2018 Mindful Living Karma Planner

Actually, I like to think of it more as “Embracing the Organized Chaos.”  I am the kind of person who enjoys making lists, being organized, and knowing what is coming next. I don’t mind if the plan changes last minute because I know that I can fit any priority item into my schedule.

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2018 Pathways Wall Calendar

Priorities. That’s the key, right?  Figuring out what is most important and then setting things up so that we can treat those things like the priority they are.

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2018 Inspired Living Wall Calendar

In no particular order, my priorities for this summer:

  • Brush Dance projects
  • More practice with drawing/watercolor
  • Visiting with family and friends
  • Play board games (we like Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, and Boggle)
  • Goal: Complete an entire week’s worth of NY Times Crossword puzzles with my husband
  • Watch trashy TV (reality show junky right here)
  • Create some quiet moments
  • Say Yes.  Accept what comes. Embrace the Chaos!

 

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2018 I’M Perfect Wall Calendar

Hoping you have a perfectly imperfect summer!

 

Getting Started With Your First Bullet Journal

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Leuchtturm1917 Dot Grid Notebook for Your Bullet Journal

This is the second post in our series of Bullet Journaling.  Our first post was a  list of resources and now you’re ready to dive in.

People who Bullet Journal (BuJo) include the following kinds of pages in their notebook. You do not need to include everything listed here – include what works for you. The whole idea behind a Bullet Journal is that it is your custom-made planner.

Let’s dive in!

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Bullet Journal Index Example

Table of Contents/Index: so you can find important pages in your book. I always have the best intentions of keeping my Table of Contents organized. If you want an Index, reserve several pages at the beginning of your book and number all of the pages of your notebook.

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Future Log: I like to reserve pages at the front of my notebook (or sometimes at the very end) for my Future Log. This log is used to keep track of, you guessed it, future projects, tasks, and topics. Here, I use one page for every two months. I’ll use an entire page for December (it’s a big month around here), and another entire page titled “Next Year.”

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Topics: each page in your BuJo will have a title. Titles might include the name of a project you’re organizing (Kitchen Renovation, for example), or simply today’s date.

Bullets: this is your list of tasks, events, and notes that are related to your topic. These are usually short entries. As you can see above, I’ve listed out some of the items that may be involved in a kitchen reno.  I also place an underscore just before each item – while I don’t see this used in all BuJo, I do this for all of my big lists.

We like the Leuchtturm dot grid notebooks for Bullet Journaling, but you can use any notebook. Brush Dance also carries the lined version of Leuchtturm and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with using those. See all of the Leuchtturm notebooks right here.  These high-quality, hard cover books have the following features that seem tailor-made for your Bullet Journal:

  • a handy index at the front of the book
  • 249 numbered pages
  • two ribbon bookmarks
  • a useful pocket at the back of the book
  • an elastic band closure to keep it all together

That’s it! With just a few basics, you’re on your way to your first Bullet Journal. Next time, we’ll take a deeper dive and look at some of the (many) ways to customize your Bullet Journal.

Bullet Journal Resources

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We’ve talked briefly about Bullet Journaling here. It’s such the thing right now – all of the cool kids are doing it.  Karma does it. Shawna and I dabble, too.

Today, I want to give you some resources so you can learn more about Bullet Journaling and decide if it’s for you. In a future post, I’ll talk about how I use mine.

The original Bullet Journal system was created by Ryder Carroll. He has an Official Bullet Journal Facebook Page (with nearly 80,000 followers!).

Other Facebook Groups include…

Bullet Journal for Moms

Bullet Journal for Mindfulness

The Boho Berry Tribe

 

My favorite place to look for inspiration is Instagram.  Here’s a quick list of some of the people I’m currently following there, but really, just search #bulletjournal or #bujo to see the latest – it’s what I do when I’m looking for some fast inspiration.

planningroutine

showmeyourplanner

my.life.in.a.bullet

craftyengineergirl

 

On Pinterest, there are at least a jillion ideas for Bullet Journaling.

There are some really amazing people out there blogging about Bullet Journaling. Some of my favorites include…

Tiny Ray of Sunshine

Boho Berry 

Christina

So. Where to start? All you need is a notebook, a pen, and a short list of things you want to do today or in the future. I like Boho Berry’s series of posts/videos for BuJo newbies. Her handwriting is insane and her page spreads are perfect-perfect. That’s a little intimidating, but she’s also has a down-to-earth and realistic approach to getting started.

 

I hope you’ve found this helpful. I’ll be back soon with more about Bullet Journaling and how I’ve made it work for me and my busy days!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Hello Love Journal

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.

We usually keep it casual at my house. One year, we might exchange small gifts, the next just a card. We were once in Las Vegas for Valentine’s Day – along with about a million other people (won’t be doing that again). This year, we have a houseguest arriving.

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Duchess of Sassy Town Socks

I can imagine my husband giving me a a bouquet of pretty wild flowers – or a pair of hilarious sassy socks from Blue QHe gets me.

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Maybe you have a Galentine’s Day party instead (or in addition to?)

P.S. All of our 2017 Calendars are on sale at huge discounts.

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In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.

Leuchttrum – Available Now

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Leuchttrum Notebook – Red, Dot Grid

At Brush Dance, we’re picky. Picky paper people. Our Weekly Planners, for example, feature luxurious 120 gsm paper that holds up well to most types of pens. We like quality.

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Leuchtturm Notebook – Blue, Ruled

Years ago, I tried my first Leuchttrum Notebook and have been using them ever since. I love all of the features – the elastic band, sturdy covers, ribbon markers, numbered pages (!!), and a handy index – but I really love the paper quality. Pencil, pens (including fountain pens), fine liners – nearly every writing instrument works well with these notebooks.

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Leuchttrum – Lime Green, Ruled

In carrying these versatile notebooks, we are keeping our promise to you – to only sell you the very best items, items that we ourselves actually use.  At $19.50, these are more expensive than your usual back-to-school notebooks. However, if you are looking for a truly satisfying writing experience, Leuchttrum Notebooks will not disappoint.

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Leuchtturm Notebook – Black, Dot Grid

We’re carrying the popular “medium” size (A5) in a variety of colors. We have them lined and with dot grid paper. Check Them Out Here.