Day 277 of Project 365: Journal flourishes.

I’m experimenting with some additions to my Bullet Journal, some functional and some just for fun. Clockwise from the upper left: a rubber stamp to add some flair in a boring corner; a weekly list that I tipped in with washi tape; and a sticker from an ephemera set I found at Flax Art & Design many years ago.

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Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: the whir of the laptop fan.

Day 271 of Project 365: Book Darts.

As part of an ongoing attempt to wrangle my ever-growing task list, I have been searching for a simple way to earmark important tasks that may get buried in the Bullet Journal format. Then I remembered Book Darts, little pieces of paper-thin metal that slide onto the edge of a page.

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Every morning, I slip a Book Dart next to each of the day’s three Most Important Tasks. Book Darts slide on easily and don’t budge, even on thin Tomoe River paper, until I slide them off again. Simple, reusable, and elegant.

Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: “Reunite” by Isbells.

Day 252 of Project 365: Analog vs. digital.

I love my notebook, but on days like today I worry that my analog to-do list isn’t capable of handling everything I throw at it. Occasionally I flirt with a digital task manager …

And then I think of all of the ink I’d be missing out on.

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Writing from: my study in Portland. Listening to: FunkyPlaid watching NFL.

Day 245 of Project 365: Hand-lettering.

I managed a little hand-lettering practice before bed tonight. Cristina Vanko’s “Hand-Lettering for Everyone” is great stuff, especially for the typography basics.

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  • Ink: Diamine Ancient Copper
  • Pen: Conklin All-American (1.1mm italic nib)
  • Paper: Bloc Rhodia No. 16

Writing from: my study in Portland. Listening to: the freight trains.