by Mia M.
Hello, beautiful people – how you all doing today? Good? Fabulous, let’s talk about me. By this point, we all know that I have an unholy obsession with stationery. Thankfully, considering the fact my bullet journal posts are some of my most successful posts, so do you guys. We’re just a sad little corner of the internet, aren’t we?
Jokes aside, I do genuinely love things like bullet journals and diaries (although all my diaries had comics and drawing and doodles, so were they diaries or scrapbooks? Who knows? More accurately, who gives two shits?) because they allow me to look back over my life.
A lot of memory, in my experience at least, just needs to be jogged. You could ask me “oh, didn’t you have that friend when you were 11?” and I’d turn around and say “who the fuck is that?”. But I’ll read a single page of my diary and a whole month’s worth of memories will flood back and hit me in the face.
Naturally, I want to remember everything I can about my ‘lil adventure to Australia . . . and I also want to keep my stationery affiliate earnings topped up. (I could lie, but why bother? We all know I’m a capitalist robot. Literally here to write fun things, sell you shit, earn some dough and sit on the beach.) So it goes without saying that I’m going to be journalling my time over in Aus.
And so, with that extremely lengthy introduction, we reach the point of today’s post: setting up my travel journal. Let’s do this. Watch the video! (I put a lot of effort into this one, so I hope ya like it!)
Papaya Art 17 Month Planner – The Paper Parlour – £23
Don’t hate me, but . . . I’m actually not using a bullet journal. Oh, lord, I felt that gasp. Some Southern lady in Texas just clutched her pearls. Don’t disown me yet, I’m still kind of bullet journalling.
If you remember me talking about my 2018 blog planner setup, you may remember me mentioning how much I love Papaya! planners. I had one back in . . . oh lord, it must have been 2016 now. (That’s not terrifying or anything.) Anyways, they’re literally works of art and I love them – but, somewhat annoyingly, they only started making the 18 month calendars from Aug-Dec. So when I went to purchase a Papaya! planner for 2018 . . . there was none to be found.
Anyways, the world (well, that and targeted advertising) conspired to reveal the latest Papaya! planners to me – conveniently August 2018 to December 2019 – and I fell in love. However, I’m a bullet journaller. A lazy scapbooker. I want my memories to be creative, not just writing in an albeit artistic and beautiful planner. So I tried to resist.
However, in my nosiness for what’s inside the covers, I did Youtube the planner to see if anyone had done a flickthrough. They hadn’t, but one of my favourite content creators had done a flickthrough video from last year’s planner and . . . well, I like her. So I watched.
Final nail in the coffin. Why? She didn’t just do a flickthrough, she shared how she was using it as kind of a scrapbook/bullet-journal and I. Was. Hooked.
The thing about bullet journalling, while I absolutely love it, is that it can be time-consuming. Now, I don’t mind this – it’s blog content and a creative outlet – but when I’m in Australia I want to be able to record whatever I’m doing instantly if I need to. That’s what I like about this planner: it’s pretty enough that, if I do just want to write and go, I can without it looking plain, but there is the space to create my own layouts and still do my bullet journalling.
Now, I could pretend that you all watched my video – but, let’s face it, pretty much none of you did. And let’s face it, I don’t blame you. I mean, it’s like 8 minutes – that’s a long video, especially for me. So for those of you who did skip it, here’s a ‘lil flickthrough of the pages I’ve set up so far. And I’m moderately drunk, so I can’t be bothered to explain them. If you care, watch the freaking video.
A cutout from this Instagram photo!
(Follow me, bitches, I shall lead you to salvation.)
Vintage Map Large Washi Tape – £2.51 – Aliexpress
40pc Floral Vintage Stickers – £2.05
WHAT I USED:
50pc Vintage Background Papers – £5
WHAT I USED:
Bamboo Washi Tape – Etsy – £2.19
Leaf print washi tape – Etsy – £1.95
I’m extra, so there are naturally many more pages . . . But I’m also drunk. And tired. And I can’t be bothered to write an outro, so goodbye beautiful people – I hope you enjoyed my Australia travel journal and the ‘lil glimpse into how I’m going to be using it! Let me know your thoughts down below!
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About Mia M.
I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.
tattoo lover, plant hoarder, DIY addict and overall stoner grandma
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