Minimizing Paper Goods: Magazine edition 

issuu magazines, digital magazines, reducing paper clutter

Believe it or not, I used to be quite a hoarder myself. My collection included anything with pretty paper. Magazines, catalogs, scraps of patterned paper or mailings, and of course, scrapbook paper. I still have a desk drawer full of card making things including paper, but I have since given up my magazines and catalogs and (most) scraps of paper! In my journey of simplifying, I have realized I don’t want to completely cut out material items such as magazines that have brought me so much joy in the past. I have also learned a little bit about myself and why I even like paper goods so much! Instead of being sold items in catalogs, I love to see how the styling is done- how a scarf is tied, what patterns are paired together, etc. and how the photos are taken. As for magazines, I enjoy so much reading short stories of different viewpoints and adventures, and seeing the accompanying photos. I will never completely cut these acts from my life, nor would I want to! But now, when I finish reading or looking at a magazine or catalog, I cut out my favorite images and create a collage in my journal. It adds a fun inspirational page and then I get to minimize by throwing the rest of the paper away!

Another trick I have learned with minimizing the paper clutter is to browse magazines on issuu, a digital publishing platform (for free!). Sweet Paul has always been a favorite magazine of mine, and it actually started as a digital publication through issuu. Supporting someone else’s “passion project” is so fun, and it’s amazing to see what talent is out there. There is so much design inspiration to be found flipping through the digital mags! Here are a few of my favorites:

issuu magazines, digital magazines, reducing paper clutter 1. Wilding 2. Vanalogue 3. Chickpea 4. Minty 5. Simply Hygee 6. My Magazine

 Do you have a favorite magazine?  How do you feel about online magazines?  I’m curious, since there is something to be said of actually sitting down with a magazine in hand.  It’s a bit of an adjustment!

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Favorite Journals and Planners (+thoughts on Bullet Journaling)

bullet journaling with spiral bound lined paper

Bullet Journaling is a trend I’ve been very intrigued by lately, as I’m sick of carrying around multiple notebooks everywhere (a planner and a journal) to fill my needs of planning, note taking, and list making. And is it just me or is productivity positively linked to writing tasks down and crossing them off? I like my planner to have a daily view over what’s going on- but I don’t like that I’m limited to the little printed boxes, and I need a journal to write down thoughts, blog ideas, lists, inspiration, etc. I’m always working on simplifying my life so why not simplify my notebook situation? Yes, I do realize “there’s an app for that” but I just love all things paper too much to go completely digital.

So, bullet journaling seems pretty perfect for me. It is a notebook system, usually in a grid notebook, where you layout yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily tasks in page spreads. Spreads can include tasks and trackers to help complete goals. But my favorite part is that it can be laid out as simply as possible or as in depth as you want. I can include journaling pages, inspirational collage pages, or whatever my little heart desires in a planner. It is part scrapbook, part journal, part planner, and part notebook! For me, that is- someone else’s “bu-jo” may look completely different.
The usual notebook to use is a Leuchtturm1917, which is a dot grid, thread bound notebook. My current choice of a lined, spiral bound notebook was because I want to use what I have before purchasing anything else, and to see if I actually DO love the system. Also, I love spiral bound notebooks, so that limits the usual bu-jo options. I did find some fun ones with spirals that are completely customizable from Minted (no dot grid paper but their graph option would work nicely) and Erin Condren (dot grid paper is an option, as well as changing the metal color of the spiral, covers, and adding tons of fun accessories) But like I mentioned, I am not allowing myself to buy a new notebook until I use the ones I have! (But one of these may make it onto my Christmas list, just saying!)

For those of you who prefer to have a planner already laid out but like the idea of extra note pages and pops of fun inspirational images here and there, the day dreamer planner by thimblepress (below) is such a fun option!
Do any of you have a bullet journal? Do you have tips or thoughts for me?

personalized journals and notebooks from minted1. aperture notes notebook

2. dainty notebook

3. abstract watercolor notebook

bullet journal erin condren personalized dot grid spiral bound notebooks

1. Marquee Notebook

2. Watercolor Floral Notebook

3. Floral Heart Gold Metallic Notebook

4. Metallic Shibori Notebook


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Fall Favorites at The Farmstead

Fall is my favorite season and it feels like it flies by in just a blink of an eye.  There are so many fun colors, activities, sights and smells to enjoy during the season.  Just a cool brisk walk boasts a heightened sensory experience with the perfect crisp scent and crunch under your feet.  

One of my absolute favorite Fall activities is the corn maze. We are fortunate to have access to a quite a few options close by!  One is The Farmstead.  There’s a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, lots of games and kid friendly activities, and of course, the corn maze.  Lucy enjoyed playing in the corn kernel “sand box”.  It was so funny to watch her!  She also got a pony ride which was pretty darn cute. 

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