I’m still wondering where April did go… But I do have a lot to share for this new edition of my monthly inspiration post.
I discovered a lot of new things last month, including some amazing paper goods and super inspiring digital tools. And as always, I’m also sharing my top 3 Instagram accounts to follow.
I was already writing about my bullet journal sidekicks back in March but there’s already been changes since then! As my gratitude and food journal left the team, a new notebook joined: it’s a Minbok discbound notebook that Marie-Li, the creator of the brand sent my way a few weeks ago, so that I can test it.
I’ll make it short: I love this new discbound notebook! I’m using it to take notes during meetings and I like everything about it: it’s classy, professional look, it’s hard cover, it’s thick creamy paper and how versatile it has proven itself. I can write in it on the go and rearrange pages later to create categories for all my projects and clients.
I already had reviewed the Atoma and the Filofax notebooks last year but wasn’t totally convinced by my experience. With the Minbok notebook, I may have found the perfect sidekick I needed to hold my notes.
The orders for the Minbok notebook aren’t opened yet, but you can subscribe to stay tuned for the release date to be announced over here.
I also plan to write a full review of the Minbok notebook to show you all it has to offer. In the meantime, if you’re interested in the discbound systems go read the Filofax Notebook vs Atoma blog post!
Stencil by Ink by Jeng
I’m still wondering how my perfectionist self managed to live before I bought this bookmark stencil from Jeng’s shop… I now can quickly find my current daily log and draw perfect checkboxes and mini circles in my bullet journal. It’s just taking the cleanliness of my spreads to the next level and makes my heart sing!
I’m amazed with Jeng’s creative skills: all the items she creates are great. I can’t wait to see what will come next! In the meantime, I’m saving my money to be ready to fell for the products to be released in her shop.
Even though I love to keep lists in my bullet journal, there are some of them that call for special tools. I’m using the free app Mapstr for several months now and it’s just perfect to keep the list of my favorites places to eat, have a drink or shop. It’s basically an interactive map where you can log places you like or places you spotted and want to visit later. You can also share your map with your friends and see their lists as well.
I especially use it on the go when a friend tell me about a restaurant or café: it only takes me seconds to log it for future reference. This app really makes my list of places to try much more easy to keep up to date. It simplify the process of adding an entry as I don’t need to pull my bullet journal out of my bag, look for the right page and try to write cleanly in it. I also use Mapstr when I’m abroad. With the shared map feature, I can easily access my friends favorites places in the city I’m visiting as I’m exploring it.
In the bus, while I cook or work, my playlist is all about podcasts
I used to listen to the radio but I’m definitely not interested in all the shows featured. So just as I decided to drop TV to VOD services, I quit radio to listen to podcasts : this way, I can pick the programs I really want to hear and take advantage of the hours I spend in public transportation to listen to inspiring talks. My favourites podcasts are currently the ones about business, entrepreneurship and feminism. They’re all topics I need to get into or I want to explore further, and I really feel like podcasts are an easy way to get started!
It wouldn’t be relevant to give you shows names as I only listen to French podcasts… But I wanted to share my podcast fever with you anyway. And if you have any recommendations for nice podcasts to listen, please share them in the comments!
For this April inspiration post, my Instagram accounts selection is focusing on stationery brands. Brands accounts are the perfect places to get some set-up inspiration or new ideas for your bullet journal layouts. Among all the stationery brands I follow on Instagram, I find some of them especially inspiring. Here’s my top 3!
I’m pretty sure most of you already know Passion Planner. I love their feed and the inspirational posts it features. The lettering spreads are just stunning (I mean, look at the picture above if you’re not convinced yet!). I also love the Passion Planner products generally speaking and I’m seriously dreaming of having one for myself… I’m pretty sure it could suits me and maybe replace my bullet journal.
I was already tempted to come (if not move) to the US just because of Passion Planner but the Appointed stationery line may convinced me to do it in the end… The Appointed co Instagram account features beautiful pics of their notebook and paper goods. Every time I see one of their post, I just feel like opening a notebook and get to work. It’s also a great place to take inspiration for your bullet journal layouts if you’re in a planning slump.
Favo is a young British brand that sells notebooks, and especially notebooks with dotted grids that seem to be perfect for bullet journaling. I like pretty much everything on their Instagram account: the clean and minimal look of the pics and the perfect pastel colours.
This post is not sponsored by any of the brands mentioned. If you see a star* it just means that I received the product for free with no obligation to post about it.