I wanted to share some images of the monthly challenges that I participated in in July and show you which ones I am working on for August. These challenges make me especially proud because they are the first challenges that I have ever actually completed and I have my bullet journal to thank for that. It keeps them right in my face and removes a lot of excuses.
One of the things I love most about bullet journaling is how you can use it in any way that you want. I like to do challenges on top of the day-to-day list making.
The first challenge that I tried was the #ptldoodles ocean-themed doodle challenge hosted by @passion.themed.life on Instagram. I used my Staedtler Fineliners* and vowed to not look at reference pictures (except for the different shells that I had no idea what they looked like). I am really happy with how it turned out. To keep myself going it is important that I not go online to look at reference art. I immediately get lost in how it “should” look rather than what I can do.
The second challenge that I did was a zentangles challenge hosted by @mindfulcreativity called the #ZenArtChallenge. I saw the zentangles floating around the world but never gave them a try. My first impression with the challenge was that I wasn’t going to like it since there were pre-determined patterns to recreate every day and I somehow thought that would mean I didn’t feel very creative in my endeavors. I was completely wrong. The patterns gave a great start and I could elaborate on them or not however I wanted to. I am now a big fan of the zentangle as it helps me find a little calm amidst my chaotic day, even if it is just for a few minutes.
The final spread isn’t exactly a challenge but it is one of the things I do every month. July was different for my daily gratitude because I set it up like a calendar and tried to do one highlight for each day. Around the 20th I got a few days behind and for the life of me could not recall what I’d done that day so I skipped it. It is good to look back and remember what a certain day was all about just based on what I was grateful for that day.
In August I will once again be doodling, zentangling, and doing daily gratitude. I am also going to add a daily lettering practice challenge to the arsenal that is not going to be in my bullet journal but instead I have it in a graph composition book.
My doodling challenge is the #DoodleWithUsInAugust challenge hosted by @christina77star and @alexandra_plans. The theme is camping. They usually set up their challenge so that you can do it without squares and by the end of it have a whole doodled scene. This month the theme is August. I already had my squares drawn out so it won’t be exactly the way it is intended but fun nonetheless. Next month I will hold off on setting up my doodle page until I see which challenge I will actually be doing.
Once again I'm excited to announce our Instagram challenge for the month of August. It's the #doodlewithusinaugust challenge created by me and Alexandra from @alexandra_plans ! The theme for August's Prompts is ''Camping'. As we did last month, all the doodles are part of one pig comprehensive picture. Imagine each day to be one piece of the puzzle. So, at the end of the month you will have one big doodle picture! 🙂 If you decide to follow this way, you'll have to create a table with 5×6 + 1 boxes and you shouldn't add the days on the top. You can also make the boxes and dates in pencil, if you don't want the lines to obscure the end result. It's totally up to you. You can also download the printable page you can find on my website, with all the boxes and the prompts ready for you. If you want to join, but you prefer to draw the doodles in the tradional way, that's absolutely fine as well. The important thing is to have fun! All you have to do is to draw something according to the day's prompt, take a photo of it, and share it with us. Don't forget to add the hashtag #doodlewithusinaugust. 31 days of doodles that will hopefully get you to be creative and have fun! We're excited to see what you share! For more information head on over to my blog and read the post! (link in bio)
The Zentangle challenge is the same, just new designs to conquer.
My gratitude spread is going to look differently. I plan to write out a short entry for each day and if they are long or short they are perfectly fine.
The lettering challenge that I am doing is by @letteritwrite and is specifically a beginner’s challenge so it is really breaking lettering down to its component parts. I am looking forward to seeing if I notice any progression with my lettering by the end of it.
Are you ready for this #letteringchallenge ?! Let's get our lettering on!! I was going to post a demo video tonight for tomorrow's prompt, but I was in the ER with my baby! What?! But, don't fret. All is well. What the doctor thought might require surgery only required stitches. We are good!! SO…tomorrow I'll post a demo video…. wahooooooooo!!!!
What about you?
What challenges are you including in your bullet journal for August? Tag me at @sariecherries or #sariecherries so I can find you on Instagram and see what you’re up to!