Sales on Ebooks and Online Classes!

Happy Thanksgiving, American friends! I hope you’ve had a fabulous holiday with people you love and food that was delicious. Canadian Thanksgiving was several weeks ago, but as you read this I’m on my way to surprise someone I love this holiday weekend. Good times.

So, let’s buy experiences and not stuff this weekend, yeah? (Or, let’s buy stuff and also experiences?) I’ve got some awesome sales for you of the experience variety – treat yourself!

(Some of the following are affiliate links. I never recommend things I don’t actually think are ace!)

 

Online Craft & Cooking Classes at Craftsy

All Craftsy online classes are $17.99 or less during Black Friday weekend!

First up, Craftsy’s having their biggest sale ever. Through Monday, every online class – there are well over 1,000 of them! – is $17.99 USD or less. Here are some I particularly recommend (do browse around the site – there are so many classes):

 

Online Classes at CreativeLive

CreativeLive is also having a sale from Black Friday through Cyber Monday, with up to 40% off classes. (Including my class: Embrace the Ugly: How to Break Through What’s Holding You Back in Business!)

 

My Ebooks and More!

Through Monday, take 15% off the ebooks in my shop using the code notstuff2016!

And get over 15% off the Daily Making Jumpstart + Year of Making e-course and ebook bundle. It’s never the wrong time to establish a solid creative habit. Take advantage of this deal, and you’ll already be well on your way to meeting your 2017 resolution… before New Year’s even comes!

 

Small Format Bullet Journal: Trial & Error

Small-format bullet journaling – http://kimwerker.com/blog

I've been bullet journaling for nearly three years, and over that time I've toyed with straying from the format, I've experimented with different layouts, and I've tried different kinds of notebooks.

Over the summer, my friend emailed me a link to a Kickstarter that combined two of my loves: notebooks and organizers. I backed the project immediately. I'd always used a medium-size notebook for my bujo, and hadn't considered ​using an infinitely more portable tiny notebook for the job. Nothing like a fancy/functional case to make me consider something new, eh?

Something else the campaign got me to consider was whether it might be helpful to keep a separate notebook for each of the major projects I work on. The PocketDoJo organizer is designed to hold three notebooks, see, and as it happens there are three major kinds of things I do: my work, client work, and advocacy work.

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I was super excited when my PocketDoJo arrived, both because new notebooks are super exciting, and also because the organizer solves the problem I always have with pens. Pens are never attached to my notebook, which means I never quite have one on hand when I need it.

I set up each of the notebooks and got down to it.

Ish.​

You can see in the image above that the notebooks (now sold by the company formed after the Kickstarter ended: Efficiency Supply)​ are designed well for bullet journaling – no need to make your own checkboxes.

But there's something about the notebook design that, though totally functional, doesn't appeal to me. It's possible I've become a design snob while I wasn't paying attention. ​And also? There's simply no reason to keep a separate notebook for each project I do, because my bullet journal is mostly a notebook full of to-do lists.

Small-format bullet journaling with PocketDojo and Field Notes – http://kimwerker.com/blog

Though I intended to finish each of my three ​new notebooks before abandoning that system, I bailed after only a few weeks.

But two great things came out of this experiment:

  1. I do love the PocketDojo case. I always have my pen handy (even my fountain pen!), and the case can hold other things if I need it to, like additional pens, or business cards.
  2. I don't feel like I've sacrificed anything by using a small notebook instead of a much larger (heavier) one, so it's easier than ever to have my bullet journal with me at all times.
Small-format bullet journaling with PocketDojo and Field Notes – http://kimwerker.com/blog

Having discovered that size doesn't really matter, I've bitten the bullet (see what I did there?) and signed up for the Field Notes quarterly subscription. Their notebooks are exactly the right size for the PocketDojo, their design appeals to the snob that seems to have spawned inside me, and the stories behind their limited editions are awesome (I'm in love with the lunacy notebooks they made this fall – watch the video!).

Do you keep a bullet journal? What size notebook do you use? Do you find that bigger is better, or that smaller gets the job done just fine? Any tips for maximizing the small approach?​

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(Here's what it looked like when I looked up from the bench where I took the photos of the notebooks for this post. I love Granville Island so much.)

Granville Island, Vancouver. Small-format bullet journaling with PocketDojo and Field Notes – http://kimwerker.com/blog

Small-format bullet journaling with PocketDojo and Field Notes – http://kimwerker.com/blog

A Photographic Break

On an arch in Utah.

I mentioned in my email last week that this month has been bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

Not in a tragic way, thank goodness, but in a many-things-on-fire-all-at-once way. It’s left me little time for play, and even less time for rest.

Last night, Greg shoved this photo (from our road trip last year) in my face, and it was exactly what I needed. (That, and some whiskey, The Americans, and a few minutes in my art journal before I collapsed into bed.)

My Trip Back East, Summed Up in One Video

Nothing like travelling with a five-year-old clear across the continent, and getting laryngitis the day after arriving. Fun times!

We’re on a two-week trip visiting family during my son’s spring break, and it’s been a whirlwind of visits, activities, illness and work. This Periscope broadcast I did yesterday morning pretty much sums it up, I think (featuring most of my immediate family!).

Whew.

Introducing the Maker Concierge!

The Maker Concierge will give you a plan for how to start making something you don't know how to make! Tutorials, classes, books, and more. It's free!

 

You know how there’s a fancy person at nice hotels whose job it is to make sure you have an awesome time? The concierge. They’re whom you ask for advice about fun activities nearby, or about where you can get an awesome vegetarian meal that’s accessible by transit, or what shows are playing in town.

And, kind of unrelated to that, you know how somewhere in the depths of your mind you have a fantasy about making some kind of particular thing? Maybe it’s something super special, or maybe it’s just something you’ve always had a hankering to do? But you just have no idea where to start, or even where to look to get info about starting? (Or maybe it’s just that the prospect of your fantasy even touching the edges of reality is just too much…)

Well, enter the Maker Concierge! (That’s me.)

You tell me the thing you dream of making, and I’ll make a plan for you to start making it. Not, like, a written-in-blood plan, but the kind of plan a hotel concierge might make for you if you ask them for something fun to do. I’ll send you links to a few ace tutorials, some titles of good books, some tips to get you started, and if you tell me your city, I’ll include info about local-to-you classes and supply shops if I can find them.

Easy peasy, amiright?! I told you this was going to be fun!

All I need to make your plan are your answers to a few basic questions. Answer those right here to get started!

   ASK THE MAKER CONCIERGE!