Journal Your Way to Joy
It’s ironic that I am MDK’s foremost advocate of the art and science of bullet journaling. My own bullet journal (or “bujo” as we say in Bujo Fam) is a gloriously messy place that will never be ready for prime time. But it saves my life, day after day, for over seven years now.
I don’t go in for many of the artistic journaling practices. My templates are few, and strictly utilitarian—they’re just lists, really. But the simple practice of making my daily, weekly, and—when I’m really on Top Kay Bujo Form—monthly lists, is magic. I get more stuff done (with more calm), I record more memories and conversations, and I have a Source of Truth to turn to when I need a confirmation number or a date something happened. My shelf full of battered and be-stickered bullet journals, interleafed with ticket stubs, birthday cards, and other ephemera, is a monument to the hard and soft and just regular days of a full and loved life.
Every year, the MDK Holiday Shop features choice items to enhance your journaling practice. They make excellent gifts—to yourself, of course, and to friends who might be a bit hard to shop for. Most people have a use for a notebook, and they appreciate a well-designed one, the kind with the good paper. Perfectly pointy pens are an everyday moment of zen. And washi tape is just plain fun.
This year’s selections are terrific. Let’s take a look.
Start Here: MDK Journal
We chose bright colors, to make it easy to see your journal when stacked on a desk or packed into a knitting bag. The pages are numbered, the easier to make an index (cheat sheet) to where you’ve written what. The pages are not dated, which means you can fit a whole day onto one page, or spread a big day over several pages, or cram a bunch of days onto a single page. This flexibility is key, especially if you use your bullet journal to keep everything in one place: work things and all the sketchy doodles of knitting and life.
Our new paper tape was designed by Hannah Jones, whose playful way with knit stitches and log cabin dishcloths makes us smile on the regular. This set of five tapes provides ample opportunity to have a great time—seal a gift, decorate your journal, or cover your house in knitterly decoration. The adhesive is effective but gentle, easy to reposition.
Don’t say I never made you anything! That is a direct quote from me to handknit recipients who had to wait a long time for me to get my needles going for them.
Pens Glorious Pens: Stabilo Fineliner Pen Set
Here’s where I quickly get out of my depth, as a clicky rollerball from the drugstore, in bog-standard blue or black, is as adventurous as I usually get. But given all the sighing from Hannah, Cristina, and Chris over this elegant Point 88 Fineliner Pen Set from Stabilo, in a rainbow of colors that comes with a snazzy hard case, I bow down to them as the greatest pens ever. I find myself wanting these pens, and wondering what I would do with them myself, as one of the lesser lights of draftsmanship around here. Hey, now—temperature blanket record-keeping could be a lot more fun with a set of these!
Disclaimer: all the bullet journaling featured in these photos is a daydream of what a bullet journal could look like, if it were Hannah Jones’s bullet journal. Twice a year, when I crack open a new bullet journal (I’m verbose in addition to sloppy, so I fill up two books per year), I indulge in a few minutes of thinking my journal will look like Hannah’s, or Cristina’s, or Ashley’s—anybody’s but mine. And then I get busy and make my own Baby Bear of a bullet journal, which is just right—for me.