Meagan (@theillustratedplanner) is on the blog today to help you get organized in your journal by showing you how to design a time tracker.
Kelly Creates Supplies: Creative Journal, Sticker Book, Metallic Jewel Brush Pens, Metallic Jewel Bullet Tip Pens, Multicolor Bullet Tip Pens, Black Fineliners, Project Pad
For the month of June, I wanted to go with a layout that was purely functional! Normally I incorporate some type of illustration, but the theme of this month is time management, and I wanted to prove that you can make a fun layout without illustrations.. Not all journal or planners need to be super decorated!
With summer approaching, I decided I wanted to track how I spend my days off. I’m a teacher so those summer months off can really become a blur. I’m also going back to school for my Masters degree, and I want to make sure I leave time each day to study, but also save time for my art work.
I used black paper from the Kelly Creates Project Pad and glued it to the left page of our spread. Next I used the Jewel Brush Pen in Gold to create some fun hand-lettering. Of course I love doing modern calligraphy with these pens, but a funky all caps style is great if you want big letters but don’t have a large space to write them in.
Using some stickers from the Sticker Book, I added some details in the top right corner. If you look through the rest of the book, there are a ton of fun stickers that could also be used (even some great gold ones if you’re not in the mood to do your own lettering for the title page).
I used the metallic Jewel brush pen again to write “June” and then used the Jewel Bullet Tip in gold to number the days of the month down the page. Last, I used the bullet tip again to create a border next to the dates and across the page.
Now for the part of the layout that took the longest! Using the Fineliner Pen in Size 03 (you may choose to use a smaller size like 01) I wrote the hours of the day next to each date. I get up at 5:30 every morning (welcome to the life of a teacher) so I started my hours on the left with 5.
Helpful tip: I wrote the hours across next to the 1st of the month. Then starting with each hour, I wrote the same number ALL the way down the page. This way I was less likely to write the wrong number since I was just writing the same one over and over again.
Using four colors from the Kelly Creates Bullet Tip Pen pack (I chose Breeze, Waterfall, Palm, and Wildflower) I chose what I wanted to track and created a key at the bottom of the page.
At the end of each day track your time by highlighting the hours with the Kelly Creates bullet tip pens. This layout is a great way to see how you spend your time and where you can set time management goals!
Don’t those teeny tiny numbers make you swoon? I also love the contrasting black paper page with the bold gold lettering. Thanks again for helping us get organized, Meagan!
For more journaling ideas and creative illustrations, follow Meagan on Instagram @theillustratedplanner.
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