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Thursday, 26 October 2017

Time for a Guest Post! (@Kirbycat.bujo)

You guys, this is probably the most excited I've been in a while! WE CROSSED 1000 FOLLOWERS ON INSTAGRAM AND 100 ON TWITTER!!! THIS IS THE BEST WEEK EVER!

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And to add to this amazing week, my lovely Instagram friend KirbyCat was so gracious as to agree to guest post for us!!! For those who don't know her and her work (Seriously?) you need to go check out her amazing Instagram feed full of magical drawings and journal spreads!!!

But enough from me, without much further ado, here's the amazingly talented (and really really nice so nice it hurts) KirbyCat!

Hello! I’m KirbyCat from kirbycat.bujo and I’m so grateful to get the chance to write this guest blog post for the lovely Srish I really love her Instagram account and she is such a talented girl. In the following I’m going to give you an insight in my drawing progress and my bullet journal.

The Start
A few months ago, I got some inspiration for bullet journals and hand lettering on Pinterest. My first thoughts: This is absolutely lovely and if I’d start, my bullet journal would never look as great as the ones on Pinterest. Wrong. If you want to do something new – DO IT! I mean, nobody’s perfect and we all have to practice. And who decides what’s perfect and what’s not? The more you practice, the better it will be in the end.

After a few weeks thinking about starting my own bullet journal I decided to practice some doodles, my handwriting and [fake] calligraphy. For my birthday, I got a “starter pack” for bullet journaling and then I just started.

My Supplies
My notebook:
  • Leuchtturm 1917 dotted in Anthracite
The pens that I’m using so far:
  • Farber Castell Pitt Artist Pens
  • Staedtler Pigment Liner 0.05
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens
  • Zebra Mildliners
  • Pentel Water Brush Pen
You might know that you don’t need all of these supplies for bullet journaling. Mainly all you need is a notebook that works for you and a pen. But I like to add some color and drawings in my bullet journal. I’m also learning to draw floral designs and that’s why I have a small variety of pens.

My System
As you might have noticed I’m a beginner at bullet journaling and drawing. I still try to find a system that works for me. Something I can tell you: Just because it works for other bullet journalists doesn’t mean it will work for you. That’s what I learned in my first two months. A perfect example of this is my first habit tracker. I tended to add too many habits in my tracker and I didn’t finish it. Now I have a little tracker in my weekly spread and that’s what works better for me. Something I’m going to take in every month will be my cover page, my monthly spread, my weekly spreads and my Instagram page. I add a few more pages to every month with spreads like bucket lists, goals, my packing list or something that fits that particular month. Next month, I’m going to start studying and for that I’m going to add some pages that work for students. Examples for that will be a timetable, a semester planner and a spending log.

My Inspiration
Inspiration is so important for me to create my own bullet journal or drawing. Some artists may be able to think about something and just draw it, but I need to see the inspiration on websites like Pinterest, Instagram or something similar and then I can recreate it with my own personal touch. As I said, I'm learning how to draw floral designs, and there’s an Instagram challenge you can participate in. The name of the challenge is #floralsyourway and that was a great start for me to learn how to draw different flowers. I usually search for some inspiration and then just try to draw it. In the future, I’m going to work with the amazing book “How to Draw Modern Florals” by Alli Koch.
But for now: Sometimes I like how it turns out, sometimes not. But that’s okay. You are your greatest critic.

To share some of my favorite inspirations you should definitely check out @paperlemons, @thedanishplanner, @bumblebujo, @bonjournal_ and the hosts of the #floralsyourway challenge @sketchyminx, @heysailor_ and @kryslauren_loveletters . Their feeds are amazing! And you should definitely know that I enjoy so much more feeds, the ones I stated are just my most favorites.

Srish asked me what’s my favorite drawing or bullet journal page. For the drawing I’ll chose this rose, because I absolutely love roses. That’s why I practice hard. Someday I want to create my own mobile phone case – that’s a little goal for me. In my bullet journal, I have two pages I really love. The first one is a weekly spread that worked for me so well. It was the first time I included a mini weekly habit tracker. I like the design and the layout of this spread and maybe I’ll recreate it in another month.

The second page is my birthday tracker. Inspired by @bumblebujo  I recreated it with my own ideas. I added leaves around it, some color and now it’s the most successful post on my Instagram page. I never thought so many people would like what I do. And I’m so grateful for every of my lovely followers.

If you ever thought about starting a bullet journal, calligraphy, drawing or something like this – just START! It’s absolutely human to make mistakes or to be a beginner. Everybody started. If you ever have a question, an advice or a recommendation – feel free to contact me via direct message on Instagram. I hope you like my short guest blog post and may get some inspiration or just  the motivation to start your own bullet journal/calligraphy/drawings from this.
See you soon, KirbyCat

Wow, that was so informative and super inspiring! Honestly, I hadn't even heard about the #floralsyourway challenge, but I might just join in for October (if hopefully they have one out!). But isn't that some amazing art for someone who just decided to up and go for it? Guess we all can learn from KirbyCat's example that you can indeed do absolutely anything you put your mind to! For more of her work, remember to check out her Instagram for more of her beautiful journal!

Thank you so much, KirbyCat for being here with us and sharing some amazing inspiration, it means the whole world to me and, I'm sure, to my readers as well!

And thank you my lovely readers for being here! I love you guys so much, and I'm so grateful for all your love and support!

P.S.: Do you want free downloadable art and stickers and planner inserts delivered straight to your inbox every month? Sign up to my mailing list right now! 100% spam-free I promise. I will only e-mail you once a month!
All my love,

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