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Moving into a Happy Planner

Moving into a Happy Planner

To fulfill my need of change, I’m leaving the “pure” bullet journal system for a while – I’m going to try a combination of a happy planner, business planner and my “happy book” for everything else.

I got the happy planner mini. I’m a bit worried, as I start planning it feels a bit small, but on the other hand, I wont’t have as much in there as I had in my Filofax notebook. So far I got this:

My goals for next year, and the word for 2019: Harmony.

A budget for 2019, to make sure I can pay my bills every month.

A collection of blog posts.

Monthly overview – preprinted.

My client workflow, and my client list. I actually have clients for 2019, but I haven’t transferred them yet 🙂

Project list and project planning. Again, preprinted – but with a little tweak.

And I will have weeklys and dailies when I need to, also preprinted.

I have absolutely no idea how this will work out…But we’ll see soon enough! 



Time flies!

Time flies!

I can’t believe it’s bee two weeks since I visited my blog! Well, you know what they say – time flies when you’re having fun…

A little update:

November is here. 

I have a small obsession about leaves right now. The color, the shape, the texture…

My first school assignment is done. I haven’t got my feedback yet. Kind of nervous. I handled the nervous energy as I always do – turned it into something creative.

And I soon found out I needed dividers in my yellow “Happy book”. Fixed it myself!

And I got water! Running water, hot and cold! I’m in heaven…

Maybe the most important thing: my neighbor cut the grass. We now have no less than THREE big fields to train on. Niiiiice!

Oh, by the way: even if this blog has been silent, my Instagram is very much alive. I have three main accounts:

TheCreativeKelpie  if you’re all about planner stuff

KelpiePhotography if you like dog photos

and the brand new Kelpie.asa if you want to follow my life in general.

I’ve even learned to use Stories… 😀

Vacation is over – goodbye summer, welcome fall!

Vacation is over – goodbye summer, welcome fall!

I’ve been fully back at work for three days, and I feel that this fall is going to be so much fun! I have a lot of projects and new collaborations cooking 🙂

But first: let’s have a look at what happens in my journal as August leaves her place for September:

I’m changing my social media tracker, to be able to see what part of my business is more busy and when. I’m not sure this will do the trick, but it’s worth a try.
A new memories-page, to highlight what’s been going on in my life. I really like the overview of september so far! Easy to get a quick look at when I’m free and what needs to be done.
These are pages I needed but didn’t have for August, so I added them after awhile. This month they’re there from the start. Let’s see if I use them!
I’m keeping my weekly layout for another month, they work really well and are very versatile.
My current project-page. Some new will be added, and some will be done. Hopefully I will need to redo this page soon. That’s a good thing – it means that my projects are moving forward!

September: I’m ready! Bring it!

Goodbye July, welcome August

Goodbye July, welcome August

This last day of July is a perfect day to review the month. I’m changing my layout a bit, and as July has been a good month it feels like a good idea to finish it off with a memory page.

I need a master task list and a list of good ideas that I want to think about.

August is vacation month. My bucket list is as important as my “must-do” list, to keep me sane. All work and no play makes Åsa a dull girl…

A monthly overview, to quickly see what goes when.

And I added a Future Log over this autumn. I looove my Filofax – this is now my second page in my notebook 🙂

My weekly spreads will continue to look like this for some time. I have gotten used to the horizontal layout, and it works well!

I’ve got so many fun projects planned! This is turning out to be a GOOD year 🙂


Goodbye June, welcome July!

Goodbye June, welcome July!

I sat this morning on the front porch with my coffee and my Bullet journal. The dogs were in the grass, resting. My husband still sleeping. A moment just for me.

I really enjoy my morning routine. I love to start my day by looking at what I need to do, updating my list, checking ahead. Making sure I don’t miss anything, that everything gets done in time. It’s a great start that gives me motivation and reduces stress.

Looking back at June, it has been a stressful month – the last weeks of school, buying one house and selling another, and the eldest dog got sick (she’s well now!). So I made a “goodbye June, welcome July” that included feelings I want to leave behind and replace with new feelings.

Kind of like an affirmation: repeat it and my brain starts to believe it. Out with the old, in with the new. Oh, and my theme for July is butterflies 🙂

I’ve started my planning for July. Social media got a tracker, to see how often I post. I’d like to post at least five times/week.

On my master task list is a lot of fun stuff, and on my feel-good list I have three portraits that I’ve wanted to paint like forever – one of each dog.

Some pep talk for being my own boss, and a plan for how to get money. Unfortunately, I still need to pay for food and things. And a view of the month. The focus for July is moving from one house to another, and rebuilding my websites to make them suit my needs even better.

And I’m doing the BohoBerry challenge in July! It’s all about creativity, lots of fun!

And I still love my pink Filofax…

Moving into a Filofax

Moving into a Filofax

There are two reasons to why I decided to leave my Rhodia only halfway through and start a new Filofax.

  1. I get bored and want to try new things.
  2. The idea of movable pages spoke to me! I love my weekly layout and seldom change it – I could make a template and print it! And save a lot of time!

Said and done. Meet my new companion!

I planned to start next week, with June, and made a nice layout:

I especially like the “feel good list of tasks”. Still in the middle of moving, and I need to do something FUN besides cleaning and fixing things…

But I couldn’t stop…A week later, it looks like this:

I think this one is a keeper! Until next time I get bored…:D

From the sickbed…

From the sickbed…

I have a cold, and I feel really sorry for myself. Fever. Sniffles. The lot. The only good thing about it is that I don’t have the energy to do anything that requires movement (like go to work), but I DO have the energy to draw and write!

That means that my printables for February are already in my shop! YEY!

I long for spring and I love butterflies, so that was an obvious theme. These are printed on an ordinary printer (not expensive in any way), on ordinary paper (there are even holes…), and the colors still come out looking vibrant and the lines are crisp. No bleeding or ghosting from the print. You can even print on both sides, if you like 🙂

The format is A4, and the designs (except the cover page) are made with A5 in mind: just fold the paper. Perfect!

I got this question after I released my last training pack:

I love the templates, they are amazing, but do you have any tips on how to put them in my BuJo?

Of course I do!

  • Glue. I use TomBow glue-tape, works perfectly.
  • Trace the designs onto the page. Hold it against a window as a lightbox.
  • Use a binder instead of a notebook.
  • Use washi to tape it in your BuJo.

Welcome to the shop!

Finally some time to spare…And BIG NEWS!

Finally some time to spare…And BIG NEWS!

First thing’s first: the December themes!

Theme for the second week was nose work, and I thought we were training to find tea or coffee, but it turned out she was training to find any scent that was different…:D

We had a lot of fun and something to keep doing in January! Spoiler: the training will involve a LOT of diversion scents…

This week is the third week, and the theme is Body Awareness. I chose rebounds and lifting both legs on one side. The problem with rebounds is that we can only train that outside, and the weather has been…a bit wet, to say the least. So, no rebounds yet. But two legs up is working fine!

Note to self: this is physically hard and she works with new muscles. Keep the sessions short and rest between.

And now…One of the reasons this blog has been a bit quiet lately:

I have finally finished my printables for dog training!

Eleven templates for dog trainers, that you download as PDF to your own computer and print over and over again…

You find the English versions divided into two packs – planner pack and training pack – in my brand new Etsy Shop.

If you prefer Swedish versions you find them in Glädjeklicks webshop.

Want to know what they look like? Here’s a film (Swedish, sorry, but hey – you can still see the designs!)

I can promise you there is more to come, I have big plans for my little shops 🙂



Today is the last day of October, and the last week I have thought about a theme for November. Winter is NOT my thing, and I just couldn’t come up with anything…So I went ahead with “nothing” and made zentangles in black and white:

This is my teacher-BuJo, and I also added a monthly overview and a future plan for upcoming lessons.

Zentangles are a lot of fun! It’s a bit like meditating, and I did this in front of the TV when my mind was too filled up with impressions and needed some calming down. It worked! It’s basically different patterns that repeat themselves in different fields on the paper. I think I’m entering a “zentangle-phase”…

My Midori is a different format, and it has been something of a challenge to find a monthly spread that works well. This, however, I’m quite pleased with!

School on one side, my own business and personal life on the other. I will skip the weeklys all together, but my dailies are essential and this week is blue:

I have a feeling the next week will be zentangles…:)

If you have anything nice to say about November, please leave a comment. November is the worst month, and I need some encouragement…Oh well, it will surely pass this year too!

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Review Kuretake Gansai Tambi water colours and starry colours

Review Kuretake Gansai Tambi water colours and starry colours

I have taken up painting with watercolours, and absolutely love it! I can’t remember it being this fun, or actually kind of easy…But maybe that has something to do with the paints and brushes I’m using. (Or the fact that I’m a lot nicer to myself now than I used to be, I no longer need to be perfect 🙂 )

Before buying the first paints I could find (like I normally do), I did my research this time. I wanted colours with lots of pigment, to use with much water. I like when the paint covers the paper completely, so I had to be able to put it on very thinly. And one more thing: I wanted metallic colours to blend in as highlights.

I found the perfect match in Kuretake Gansai Tambi. Normal colours, pearly colours, and starry colours. I know that the glitter effect doesn’t show in the photos, so I tried a small film. It doesn’t do it justice – it’s even more beautiful.

The pearly ones are just as beautiful, but different colours of course.After a few tries, I knew that I like using water brushes better than ordinary brushes and water. Water brushes are filled with water, and it flows constantly. I like to use much water – perfect!

After a few tries, I knew that I like using water brushes better than ordinary brushes and water. Water brushes are filled with water, and it flows constantly. I like to use much water – perfect!

I can’t paint with only glitter, so I got the 36-set ordinary colours as well. To be honest, I think 24 or even 12 would be enough…They blend very nicely, and I can use as much or as little as I like.

This is made with one brown, one green, a touch of one blue, mustard-yellow and starry copper. And a little silver to make the “wind”. The pen is a pilot hard brush pen (my favourite!).

I use watercolours in my Leuchtturm, my Nuuna, and my Midori (as seen above) as well, but I’m careful not to use a lot of water. It looks very nice, and the pages get a bit wavy the way I like it. This painting, however, is made on an aquarelle pad, as I knew I wanted to splash a lot…