Last year I was introduced to Antou Design and their amazing Magnetic Binder System of planners and notebooks. I was so blown away and incredibly excited when I heard from them this year about their Book 3.0 NOTA Products.
Antou Design and their BOOK NOTA planner is a reinvented notebook and personal organizer with flexible modulating features and magnetic binding technology, keeping your ideas organized and your daily carryings simple.
In this special Year in Review video, join me as I take a deep dive into a year’s worth of bullet journaling, notebooks, their pros and cons, and exciting plans for the new year! I will share my honest insights and reflections on the tools that have been my creative companions throughout the year.
Notebooks Used: I’ll discuss the various notebooks I’ve used over the past year, from classic journals to specialized options. See how different paper quality, sizes, and styles have impacted my journaling journey.
Pros and Cons: Get an in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of each notebook. I’ll talk about what worked exceptionally well and what I found challenging, helping you make informed choices for your next bullet journal.
2024 Plans: Discover my exciting plans for the upcoming year, including new layouts, themes, and journaling techniques I’ll be incorporating. Get a sneak peek into the goals and creative ideas we have in store for our bullet journal in 2024.
Whether you’re a seasoned bullet journalist or just starting your journaling journey, this Year in Review video is packed with valuable insights and inspiration. Join me as I reflect on the past and look forward to the future.
Crew! Are you ready for something AMAZING! Today start my Notebook Review series. We are looking at the Antou Book NOTA Series planners. These innovative planners have a magnetic spine that works with magnetic binders that hold planner paper, sheets, accessories, travelers’ notebooks, and more! We are going to review the new WORK notebook, now on Kickstarter, along with the Daily series available now.
I’m a big fan of @Matt D’Avella and have learned a lot from his approach to Minimalism and productivity over the years. I was really excited to see his approach to the Bullet Journal Method. I didn’t know what I was in for when I started watching, and WOW was I surprised where things ended. What did you think about this video? Let me know in your comments below.
Email is such an important part of our daily lives, like it or not. If you use it at work, it is likely your primary mode of communication. Personal emails tend to get out of hand so quickly and feel super unruly. So I had to find a solution, and I did.
A follower on Instagram actually told me about the Stack Method a few months ago. I looked into the method and fell in love! It has seriously changed the way I manage my emails for work, and now for home too.
In today’s video I introduce you to the Stack Method, its creator, and the process for using this method in your work and/or personal email. I show you, step by step, how it works and show you how I used it to take my 1,200+ email inbox down to ZERO!
You can check out more on the Stack Method online and take a deeper dive into method and hear from the creator himself.
I hope that the Stack Method can work for you in your daily email ongoings! Drop a comment on the video and let me know it works for you!
It’s been a minutes, or 8 months, since my last Hobbyist Hangout Podcast episode. It’s been a busy 2021 and this is one of those fun hobbies that got moved to the back burner – as most hobbies tend to do. We find something new, more exciting, and focus all our energy there.
Well, the podcast is getting moved back up front, and in this episode we are talking about the hobby of having a YouTube Channel. While most people thing that Youtube is their ticket to super stardom, for the rest of us, we know it’s for fun. My experience has been very much a slow moving hobby. From starting with just my iphone and desk light, to now having a more professional camera and lighting – it’s been a learning process. It didn’t have the space or budget to spend a ton of money, so spending time learning first then buying is how I went about it.
I’m so excited that my daughters are starting to become just as interested in notebooks, journaling, and stationery as I am. I guess it runs in the blood!? I just posed a new Youtube video yesterday which is a full flip through of my daughters 2021 journal
There was zero expectation for her to use this journal as a bullet journal. While I think that a bullet journal would be great for her, she’s not ready, and honestly not overly interested in starting one for her day to day. But this notebook was perfect for her. Up until I gave her this notebook, she was using a small pocket notebook to jot down her daily steps. Her daily ritual was right before bed to check her fitbit and tally up her steps.
Overtime, I started to notice that she was also jotting little notes and doodle in there too. She was coming up close on finishing out the little notebook and her birthday was coming up too, so it was a perfect time to start getting it all together.
Here’s my whole set up of her journal
What’s great about setting this up, for me, is that I get to also use all the stationery that I otherwise would never really use for myself. I love, and feel so fortunate, that I have been a part of the Archer & Olive design team, and have received a lot of different items over the year. Stickers, washi, and so much more that now, I get to use in my daughters notebooks.
These notebooks have been so fun to create for them and the video are becoming so fun to record and review with them. I am so pumped for the future of these journals with them, and also the creation of more journals and fun with my girls.
What a difficult headline to write. I still can’t believe that I made the choice to not reapply for the team. It’s been an amazing time working with Bonnie and the entire amazing and talented team at Archer & Olive. I love everything that the company stands for. Mental wellness, spreading creativity, having fun! I mean, their notebooks are so amazing and special. But after being on the team for a full year, I decided that I need to take a break.
Being on the design team has been one of the coolest experiences of my stationery “influencer” life. I got the chance to provide input on products, sneak peek things to you, and to just appreciate the love of cool notebooks and stationery with like minded friends. The community is fantastic. All my spoiler friends, creative crew, stationery lovers – we are all here for the fun and excitement and fandom of something cool like A&O. But along with the fun, it’s also work too, and on top of a full-time job, family, and trying to keep my own ship afloat, taking on any extra work can get a little overwhelming sometimes.
Let me just say, Archer and Olive is the most caring and supportive group of people I have ever had the chance of working with yet. That’s not saying other people and brands are not, but from my time with the team, it’s given me the opportunity to really get to know Bonnie and her team. The team has always been flexible with time and the needs of the design team. But the reality of this design team, or any design team, is that you have responsibilities and expectations of you. This design team is a paid partnership. You are compensated for the content you create. Videos, Blogs, Printable content, it’s a part of the expectation – and I am firm believer that if you are given an opportunity like this, you hold your own and do what is right.
I will still be an Archer & Olive affiliate. I will always cheer them on and share my love for their products. At any point, if you want to trying something out, please feel free to use my discount code to save some extra money. MENWHOBULLET10
I hope to be a part of the design team in the future, if they will have me. I really do think that they are doing everything right in the community. I stand by that 100%. And I am thrilled for the new team to come in and I will be their biggest cheerleader!
If you are interested in learning more about my decision, I have a video I just posted to Youtube today.
I can’t wait to share with you what is next for me and new opportunities that might be coming my way.