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.
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.
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.
We also like the Leuchtturm Lined Notebooks for new graduates. We’ve written about these high-quality stylish books lots. Hard cover, great paper quality, two fabric page markers, and an elastic band to help your grad keep it all together. Black is shown above – and we have many other colors and styles.
Of course, there’s nothing saying you have to give the graduate in your life a serious gift. Brush Dance has you covered! The 401K Retirement Plan Coin Purse shown above measures just 4″ x 3″ – perfect for your life’s savings, yes?
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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 #bujoto see the latest – it’s what I do when I’m looking for some fast inspiration.
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!
Last week a few of us got together to talk about the future of our website. Expanding our site to include products that we ourselves didn’t produce was a huge decision for us. We never want to detract from our own calendar and plannercollections, and at the same time, other than our beautiful journals and thoughtful cards, we weren’t seeing a lot of visitors to our site between February and July.
Adding new products has been The Best Decision Ever. You can buy with 100% confidence that we are choosing the best of the best. We only carry products that Brush Dance employees actually use in our every day lives. These items are high-quality, durable, and have gone through months of real life testing by us. We only sell what we love.
The items in this post are Shawna’s favorites. Shawna is our director of operations. When asked to describe what she does, I quickly reply that she does everything. In addition to being responsible for keeping things going smoothly at Brush Dance, Shawna is also a wife and busy mom to two kids. As a former chef, she enjoys planning and hosting dinner parties. She is busy.
Shawna keeps track of various projects and planners in the Leucchtrum1917 Journal. She prefers the dot grid, but we also carry them in lined versions. While she’s used different systems over the years for managing it all, Shawna is currently embracing the popular trend of bullet journaling. The paper in her journal holds up very well to a wide variety of pens and markers, including the the Microns shown above and the colorful Staedtler Tri-Plus below.
As for that Hellraiser pouch shown above? I don’t know what to say about that (other than the fact that I have one, too!). Oh, and it is just $6.49 on our website. Want a closer look? Check out our quick video (there’s no sound – safe for work!).
Thank you for sharing your favorite items with us, Shawna!
Shown above are the Pantone colors for Spring 2017. We’re embracing each of them in own way at Brush Dance.
Finally, we are on the other side of winter and heading fast into spring. Winter isn’t my season. Spring – yes!
We have had so much rain in the San Francisco Bay Area this winter. It’s nothing like the snow in other parts of the US, but it does make everything just a little more of a challenge. I’m looking forward to those easy breezy days.
Get that bright pop of color you’ve been looking for all winter.
Want to be on-trend with color, but not spend a lot? Brush Dance has the answer. Most of our items are under $20, many under $10.
Take a trip to the beach with this gently scented candle from Aquiesse. Just $5.99.
How is the end of winter going for you? Surviving? Thriving? We’d love to hear all about it.