Time’s flying by so quickly that I’m still wondering how it comes that October AND November are (almost) over already. As I didn’t released my October favorites, I’m giving you a double shot of inspiration today with everything that inspired me in the stationery and bullet journal worlds over the last two months.
I came across a lot of nice things and I hope it will bring you some inspiration as well!
Quo Vadis x Papier Tigre stationery line
The end of the year is just around the corner, and I’m seriously starting to think of which notebook I’ll use as my bullet journal for 2018. Even though I like the size of the one I’m currently using (A5 Leuchtturm with softcover and dots), I may migrate my journal into a smaller size next year. My top choice for now includes a A6 notebook from the Quo Vadis x Papier Tigre collection.
I had the opportunity to attend the launch event of this new line in September and I fell in love with its colourful and unique notebooks. I was already fond of the work of Papier Tigre, for their audacious patterns and colours simply make me happy. This collaboration between these two French brands really gives a trendy touch to the very classical looking products.from Quo Vadis.
The notebooks are the perfect mix between the quality of Quo Vadis’ products (and the Clairefontaine paper they’re made of), and the touch of eccentricity provided by Papier Tigre. Beyond the look, the planners’ set up has been updated for a more modern version, and the notebooks (both A5 and A6) come with a dot grid and some special funny pages.
So if you’re still hesitating about the organisation system you should adopt for 2018, it’s the perfect time to discover these stationery wonders and their nice French touch!
L’Atelier Nota features the finest French stationery products and a wide range of pens – Paris (credit for blurred pic: my talented self!)
What’s following will be of special interest if you plan to visit Paris or if you’re living there. I discovered a super nice stationery shop located near the Sacré Coeur in Montmartre, l’Atelier Nota. L’Atelier Nota is a small shop full of amazing stationery products: notebooks of all sizes, planners, pens and pencils, calendars… I was with a bujo friend the day I visited the shop and Sarah, the owner, gave us both a super warm and friendly welcome!
Besides the friendliness of Sarah, I have to admit that I’ve been impressed by the products displayed in the shop. The finest stationery products I know were all there, and some of my favourite brands as well: Quo Vadis notebooks and planners, Le Carnet de Projets from 23h59 editions, notebooks and writing tools from La Petite Papeterie Française, and Paper Republic’s travelers notebooks. I also discovered Papelotte during this shopping session, and fell in love with their super simple notebooks.
So if you plan to visit Paris any time soon, I highly recommend to go to Montmartre, not only to see the Sacré Coeur but also to pay Atelier Nota a visit and shop some of the finest stationery French brands!
Where to find the shop:
10 rue Ramey
The Forest app helps me to stay focused and productive.
Forest is an app that aims to help one to stay focus as it prevents the temptation to unlock the phone. When you launch the app, you can decide how long you’ll put down your phone and “plant a tree”. The tree will grow as long as you don’t touch your phone, but will be killed if you unlock your phone. The goal is to create your own forest one session at a time.
The app features limited functions (set the timer, plant the tree and check on your forest); and that’s actually what I like about it: it’s a simple tool that helps me focus for a few minutes or several hours. I personally use Forest to help me with the Pomodoro method that I use at work.
Minimalism : a documentary about important things
I came across this documentary by chance as I was browsing the Netflix library for something to watch on a lazy afternoon.
The film presents Joshua Millbun and Ryan Nicodemus’ quest of a simpler lifestyle (also known as The Minimalists), among other stories that all question our consumerist society. I discovered the “tiny houses”, and closets with only a few pieces of clothing that belong to people who have already started their path towards a minimalist lifestyle. The documentary also shows Joshua and Ryan’s tour across the United State to sensitize the public on their new ideal.
For Ryan and Joshua used to take part of this consumerist society. And that’s what I found interesting about this documentary: the focus is on people and their life path. They all share an experience, and crossed a line at some point, that triggered the willing to change their lifestyle.
I really enjoyed how the documentary shows that it’s possible to live with less but better items as I started to take that path myself. But I can’t say that I mastered minimalism yet and this film gave me a serious blast of inspiration to put more effort into it. It’s definitely going to be part of my 2018 goals!
My bullet journal discoveries on Instagram
Last but not least, I also wanted to share some Instagram accounts I recently discovered and that give me daily inspiration for my bullet journal spreads!
It’s more an account that I discovered again, as I was already following Coco Rae’s bullet journal adventures on her personal account (that features her tattoo work) a few months ago. So I was thrilled to see this new bullet journal dedicated account she has.
I love her minimal and very neat spreads, and the black and white look of her pictures.Everything looks pretty simple and effective!
Sandra-Olivia’s account has a touch of scandinavian style that I really like. The spreads are pretty simple but full of subtle touches of colours. I also like the overall look of her feed, very consistent yet not boring at all.
Her spreads are minimalist but certainly not severe and that’ what I like about them!
Rose’s feed reminds me of @penpapersoul’s one and that’s definitely for the best. Rose’s layouts are much more sophisticated than the original bullet system’s one but still look pretty simple to set up and use. Everything is delicate and neat, her bullet journal itself, and her study notes that she also shares on her account. Another super inspiring feed!
On the cover picture :
– A6 Quo Vadis x Papier Tigre notebook
– Le Memo Quo Vadis x Papier Tigre notebook
– A6 Papelote notebook shopped at Atelier Nota
– The Forest app and my current blog journal in a TN from Paper Republic