Hello my Bumblebees!
So glad to have you here. I’m Kimmy and I am a bullet journal enthusiast living in beautiful Melbourne, Australia. I have a background in construction finance but I am currently a stay at home mum to 3 beautiful kids. I am a self-taught artist who believes in learning through doing. Through my experiences, I’ve come to realise that art is an expression of yourself, there is no wrong way to do it, just your way. I’m hoping I can help teach you all to come to this same realisation.
So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride with me!
Why I created this blog
I decided to create this blog as a way for me to connect on a personal level with other like-minded people. Instagram, where I originally began, is great for appeasing the eyes but it doesn’t always leave much space for the explanations behind the pictures. I wanted a place where I could thoroughly go into depth the reasoning behind my processes. I also wanted to help teach others about Art and Bullet Journaling (if you don’t know what a bullet journal is, you can read all about it HERE). How to incorporate both and have them work harmoniously together.
I hope to bring you a constant stream of ideas and inspiration to help you on your planning journey. My ultimate goal for this blog is to turn it into a great resource tool for all those who love to learn about art, hand lettering, planning, and goal setting.
How I discovered bullet Journaling
I’ve always been one of those people who buy a new diary at the beginning of each year, then I proceed to fall off the wagon a few months in! I’ve tried many different diaries throughout the years, always tending to gravitate towards the pretty ones, but none of them ever quite ‘fitted’ me. There was always something missing, but I just didn’t know what it was. I didn’t realise what I needed until I came across the Bullet Journal system in 2017. It was love at first sight.
Like most people, I first stumbled upon bullet journalling while I was randomly browsing Pinterest late one night. I came across a beautiful hand-drawn spread, it piqued my interest so I clicked on the link and it opened up a whole new world for me! From that moment on, I fell into an aesthetic bullet journal abyss! I resurfaced a week later having binge-watched and frantically reading all the blog posts about bullet journaling. I couldn’t get enough. The more I saw, the more I knew that this system was exactly what I’d been searching for.
My bujo philosophy
For me personally, a planner needs to be both functional as well as pretty. That is why I like to keep my spread layouts fairly minimal, less clutter means I can focus more easily on all my tasks at a glance. However, I also wanted to incorporate some sketches into the spreads to give some points of interest. I love to draw, being able to draw and play with pens makes the process more enjoyable (you can read all about my Essential Supplies list to find out what tools I love to use the most). If it’s enjoyable, it means I’ll continue to keep doing it, which would, in turn, keep me motivated to continue using the journal.
My bullet journal style is quite unique. If you follow me on Instagram (I’m @bumblebujo, you can check out my feed HERE), you would know that I generally prefer a minimal style layout, but with a pop of art. I am a big fan of line pen drawings, so most of my artwork will be very monochrome with just a pop of colour. I’ve recently been trying to learn and experiment with watercolour. It is a very different technique to line drawing, there is less precision and more fluidity which I am also fascinated to learn and explore.
What Bullet Journaling has done for me
I’ve always loved arts and crafts since I was a little girl. I still fondly remember at my primary school graduation, my grade 6 teacher had pulled me aside and lovingly told me that I should look into a career as a Graphic Designer when I grew up. At the time, I had no idea what that career was, but it spoke volumes about her faith in me. She saw creative potential in me, even at that young age, when I couldn’t even see it myself. But as I grew up, I’d lost my way and sidelined my passion for art. I followed my head and got into finance when I should have followed my heart and practised my art. Since discovering the bullet journal system, it has reignited my passion for drawing and creating. It is a place where I feel the most comfortable, the freest to really express who I am.
The bullet journal allowed me to have a structured yet unstructured place where I could keep all my planning and to-do lists in one place, while also providing me with the flexibility to change things up as my life changes. It has also introduced me to the bujo community, a supportive network of like-minded people who help support and encourage each other. I’ve made so many friends through bullet journaling, as well has been given so many exciting opportunities I wouldn’t have had if I never discovered the Bullet Journal.
Bumble Created shop
Bullet journaling was my way of de-stressing after a long day, it was my only creative outlet. I loved thinking up different and unique ways to draw up my spreads, to really try and push the boundaries between art and functionality. After much encouragement from my Instagram followers, I decided to share my art with the planner community and help them bring some beauty into their own personal planners. That was when my Bumble Created Etsy shop was born! You can shop my stickers HERE. Creating stickers for the shop helped encourage me to experiment with my art, to push boundaries and to try new things. But also at the same time, it will allow me to share my work with other people.
My ultimate goal would be to help people add some prettiness to their daily planning. To help free their time for other important things which they love. The most rewarding thing would be to see my art adorned in someone else’s journal, to see it utilized in creative ways. Art has shown me that it’s never too late to pick a new career. That you can reach for the stars and follow your dreams. The magic is in seeing where it can lead you.
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Final words from me
If you’ve read all the way through to here, thank you for sticking with me til the end! This is all a learning curve for me, so I would always appreciate your comments and suggestions to help improve the content! I hope you’ve enjoyed the site so far and please help spread the word by sharing this article.