Friday, June 30, 2017

20 Ways to Fill up an Empty Notebook

June 30, 2017 2

If you are anything like me, you have a dozen of notebooks sitting at home. Empty. They look so pretty and you don't want to use them at school. What are you ever going to do with them? If you are even more like me, a lot of these notebooks have been collected when you were younger because you loved stationary since as long as you can remember and never wanted to use those notebooks/notepads. 
I have come up with 20 different ways you can fill your notebooks! 



Don't want to sit and read this entire blog post? Watch my video covering this entire blog post in just a few minutes below!



1 | Travel Journal

You can write about every trip you have been on and add pictures, your flight tickets, anything that's related to that trip and can be inserted in your journal. However, you don't have to go across the globe to be able to make a travel journal. Your journal can have memories and writings of local places you have been to with your family, friends, or loved one. Adding a picture of the map, or drawing the map of the place can also add a nice artistic element to your travel journal. If you don't mind your journal not being completely flat, you can currency of the place (if the place has slightly different currency e.g. quarters of different states, or if your trip was international) like coins and/or bills. You can even add packing lists before you go on the trip to one page and then write about the journey and the trip on the next pages.

2 | Collections

Nail Polish Collection
This is inspired from the famous YouTuber, Ann Le (Anneorshine). You can make a book of collections of different items you own in different colors/types. For example; nail polishes, eye shadow shades, eye makeup, different pens and highlighters you own (if you love stationery), and so on. All you have to do is basically make small swatches on the page and you can write the shade, company, etc below or beside the swatches (as shown in the picture). If you own plants you can even draw the different plants you own, the nutrients they need, how often you need to water them, etc (especially if you are a new "Plant Mother"). If you want to up it a bit, you can even take pictures and add them to the pages instead (e.g shoes you own, etc). If you buy a lot of stuff from shops like Etsy that you need to keep buying every now and then (e.g. planner stickers), you can make a collection of that too and write down the shop name so it's easier to find when you need to order the item again. It's your own collections journal so you can add as many collections you want, no one is judging, darling! 

3 | Assignments Tracker

If you are in high school or college (or simply want to track any important assignments) dedicate your empty notebook to writing down your assignments so you don't forget to complete and submit them before the deadline. It's a great idea to also write down what chapters/modules were covered in class so it's easy for you to know what to revise that day and/or what to go through next for the next day's lecture. A great way to remain organized and on-time for everything! You don't have to have a table like shown in the above picture, you can have a simple layout with headers like a planner too.

4 | New Language

If you are learning a new language, whether on your own or in class, it's a good idea to dedicate a notebook to it so you can write down the basics (especially stuff you are likely to forget) like regular and irregular verbs and their conjugations, pronouns/possessives, etc. (Also, if you are learning a new language, it's a good idea to learn beginner phrases and phrases like "could you please talk slower, I don't know much [language name]"). You can even make a list of common nouns and adjectives. Create a page for the contents at the beginning. Dedicate 2-4 pages (depending on how big your notebook is) for the index at least so you know where everything is in your notebook and you have enough space for your contents page.

5 | Lists

This is a very broad topic, so you can literally make any kind of lists. Lists of what items you want to save up for, where you want to travel, a bucket list, grocery shopping list, whatever list you need to make! I suggest using a notepad for this one so you can easily tear off lists you don't need anymore (like when you are done buying the groceries, for example) and also to save space since the lists won't normally be very detailed, but at the end, it all depends on what you need. 
(The notepad in the picture above is a random notepad, this post isn't sponsored)

6 | Bullet Journal

If you have been to my blog before or seen any of my YouTube videos, you know I love Bullet Journals. If you love to plan and add various elements to your book to make it more than just a "planner" then you should definitely try making a Bullet Journal. You can visit the official Bullet Journal page and find out the basics and you can also click here to see my bullet journal setup or watch my June and July monthly set up videos below to get an idea of what a Bullet Journal can look like:




7 | Dream Journal


If you like keeping track of your dreams, or like the idea of doing so, you should consider having a Dream Journal. You can write down your dreams as soon as you wake up. You can do this if you just dislike the feeling of forgetting a good dream after a few minutes of waking up or want to decipher your dreams in a way if you believe the have some hidden meaning(s). You could also just do it for fun. You can record your dreams every day or when you want to, it's up to you.

8 | Brainstorming



I love brainstorming. It really helps me come up with a lot of ideas and helps me evaluate those ideas or add ideas to those ideas if that makes any sense. If your job or hobby (or whatever it is that you do) requires a lot of creativity and coming up with ideas, then a Brainstorming Notebook should be your buddy. 
You can make spider diagrams, flow charts, anything you like. I recommend you use a dotted or grid notebook for this one but if you have an empty lined notebook it won't stop you from brainstorming, I promise.

9 | Gratitude Journal



If you don't know, a gratitude journal is basically a journal full of things you are grateful for. Thanking God/the universe/any force you believe in (if you believe in one) for the privileges you receive every day. If you have read or watched "The Secret", you know exactly what this is. It's simple to do. You can choose a number of things you want to write down that you are grateful for every day (e.g. 5 things per day) and write why you are grateful for each of those things/people/events/etc. Writing regularly about what you are grateful for will make you happier...I guess because you are saying out loud that you are happy with everything you have.

10 | Doodling & Sketching

I find doodling/sketching very therapeutic. I'm not that good at drawing but I like to believe I can draw decently (kinda) but that doesn't stop messy doodling from helping me de-stress. You don't have to be good at art to have a doodling/sketching/drawing journal. Just try to create new stuff, designs, cartoons, whatever you want to and let your creativity take over. If it helps you become relaxed and enjoy your "me-time", then who cares if you can draw or not? 

11 | Study Notes


If you are serious about studying and create your own notes, then use that empty notebook lying around to make a notes-book. Since it isn't being use at school, you can take your time, make it neat and add extra information if needed. Make it proper in one go so you can always rely on the notes for upcoming exams and don't have to sit in between 2 textbooks and a study guide and your school notes to study for one test.

12 | Year Overview

You can write about how the previous year was, you can write about the month and your feelings and what happened in that month, like a monthly overviews. You can then sum up the entire year in the end and add any thoughts, reflections, etc. You can pictures, news articles, etc. depending on what you are writing about and what you want to capture and remember from the year. It could be kind of like a rarely written in diary.

13 | Memories





I love the idea of adding Polaroid pictures and text together. To me it seems kind of like the perfect combination for a journal. What's better is when you can write about memories and have pictures that can be associated with them - so you never forget it. Polaroids are back in trend and I ain't mad at it. In fact, I absolutely love it. You can make a cute, vintage looking (or not, you can add normal printed pictures cut to size) journal with loads of memories and pictures to go with them. You can write about events, trips, people, etc. There are so many good events that happen in your life even when you are going through a rough time. You should find those even if they are hard to find. Write them down so you can feel how lucky you are and look back on those memories, know exactly when they happened, and re-live them.

14 | Recipes

Love cooking/baking? Make your own homemade recipe book out of your notebook. Make sure to have a table of contents in the beginning and rate all the recipes as you write them down on each page. You can also add other elements like a sign for whether the meal is non-vegetarian, vegetarian, or vegan or if the meal is healthy or not. You can dedicate a section of each page for these indicators so you can quickly spot the "meal type" and decide on what to make. You can even divide the notebook into sections for example; Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner or Meals and Desserts, etc.

15 | Personal Diary

I don't really need to explain this, it's pretty self-explanatory. Pour your emotions onto the empty pages!

16 | Vision Board/Inspiration Board

You can create a vision board and/or inspiration board notebook! You may have different goals every month and different inspirations depending on your life. You can keep adding stuff to your notebook as and when you finish reading a magazine and want to add images from there or when you develop a new interest/passion.

17 | Statistics/Budgeting

If you want to be more budget-conscious but spreadsheets are just not your thing, use your blank notebook for it! You can start out with a page of your monthly budget goals followed by pages for your expenses and earnings. Make sure to create a table if you want all your numbers to be organized. An alternative idea would be to use it for statistics. If you are on social media and trying to make or have a business on it, you can use a notebook to record your weekly or monthly statistics, whether it is the increase in your followers/subscribers or any other insight. You can have a regular log made in your notebook. You can even plan what your goals for the month are in terms of growth and compare that to the end of the month statistics.

18 | Quick Notes/Ideas


If you have a small notepad/notebook, this is probably the perfect use for it. Take it with you on the go for any sudden bursts of brilliant ideas or if you need something quick to write on if you are meeting an adviser, for example. I always have random ideas at the most random times and I usually forget about them even if I write them in my phones' memos. So if you are like me, a small notepad would be great for this.

19 | Cathartic Writing

Everyone has their tough times and everyone has something they want to express/say but you can't always say everything to someone or sometimes you don't have someone to say the things too. Cathartic writing really helped me through some of my toughest times and if you are going through something you should definitely consider writing it down. I always heard people say that you should write down your feelings when you are sad or going through something but I never considered it till a teacher I'm close to suggested it to me when I sort of opened up about something I was going through. I gave it a try and it helped me so much. Ever since, whenever I'm upset about anything, I write down, very quickly every thing I'm feeling, in the messiest handwriting ever and get it all out. That's just how I do it. So if you have any suppressed or built up emotions, try cathartic writing (or maybe even painting/drawing). Find what makes you calm and peaceful and if this is what it is, then do it.

20 | Secret Compartment





If you honestly cannot think of anything to do with your notebook either because you've already tried the above 19 methods (or for that matter any other ideas from other websites), then my fellow reader, get your X-acto knife/cutter out and make a secret compartment out of your book (You can even use an old reading book you don't care about, actually). Even if you don't have anything important (but not too important) to keep in that compartment, it's still sort of fun to pretend like you have something to hide.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Changes in a Relationship

June 27, 2017 0

Kind of like a sequel to "Ctrl + Z" and "A Million"

[By relationship, I mean it's definition - the way in which two or more people or things are connected, or the state of being connected. Not necessarily (i.e. not in the context of my personal point of view) but also possibly including a romantic relationship.]


There comes a point where everything changes between you and a person. You feel different - not in a good way. You feel alone. It feels like the loss of a person.


The intuition

Somewhere in the back of your head, you have this feeling but you suppress it into the very back because you are in denial. You don't want it to be true - no wait, the thought doesn't exist, right? It was just one of those weird moments. It means nothing. It's all okay. Just brush it off and be happy. "Feel on the surface, don't question things or it'll get complicated," you tell yourself. If you doubt it, forget it. You're still best friends and you will still shower him/her with love because that's what you both do. Wait. He/she hasn't done that really. Bad thought. Forget. Best friends forever.

Mixed feelings

The inner thoughts become controlling but only of your subconscious. Denial still persists. You begin to do things and say things but you don't know why. You don't want to know why. You avoid the person one day and but then want to talk all day the next. You don't know what you want. You decide to distance yourself so that you can maybe find out what you want because you don't want to be so moody and indecisive. So many feelings overpower your mind that you stop feeling; you become numb to emotions. Going along with life trying to avoid that person because you can't tell what's right or what's wrong and you can't deal with all these thoughts that have flooded your mind because you pushed them back so far as if mimicking natures' tides.

Over thinking

You remind yourself of all the times you were not happy with the person. All the thoughts you neglected now mean so much. You feel the emptiness in the relationship and you think "Was I a fool to believe we were on the same page? Did he/she ever care or was it actually genuine in the beginning but faded with time?"
They say time heals but it doesn't seem like that to you. Every day you are emotionally drained by thinking about why he/she doesn't care or why/she doesn't have the same feelings as you have for them. You are exhausted from all the thinking and all the energy you have put into it. You almost want to surrender and just pretend like everything is okay and go back to him/her and "forgive and forget" but somewhere inside you, you know that isn't what you should do. That'll never work in the long run.

The blow-up

Fighting and arguing and now it's actually real and not in your head. Now it's you fighting against him/her and fighting your own mind. It's two against one. You want apologies from the other end and you want a meaningful message to end this once and for all but things don't happen in reality like the way they do in your mind. It's actually the complete opposite. A few weeks of not talking and a few days of crying, but nothing changes. Everything is brought up in conversations like lava brought out from Earth's core. Actions - regrettable. Words - irreversible. The events are engraved into your mind. The relationship's structure changes and you can do nothing about it.

The storm calms

You both decide to be the bigger person and move on from the events. There are two main thoughts. "This is a relief and I am so happy" & "Can I ever move on?". It's you being indecisive again but as if at a lower intensity. There are neutral conversations to try to bring back up your relationship to where it was again; like setting the second foundation.

The temporary bounce back

You are ecstatic and filled with hope...so glad this could work out. You fall in love, again, with the idea of being close to him/her. But that's the problem. It's only the idea. You actually are torn between reality and your imagination once again - but you don't realize it just yet.

Back to reality

Once the initial feelings fade you realize that it isn't the same. You just made yourself feel that way because that's what you wanted. The idealism of your relationship is not the reality of your relationship. You have now become the Pip of Charles Dickens you called a "fool". Estella was never meant to be yours. You feel different about him/her and your relationship.

Acceptance

It definitely is different than before. You haven't talked about it, but you know. There are no sparks. You do have fun when you're together and you still may have some kind of relationship but there's no depth in it anymore - it all washed away with that tide.

It isn't over but neither is it solid anymore. It's that in-between area that you never knew existed. It makes you feel like you're hanging. Good news is that you understand the reality now and accept it. You don't waste time thinking about it or spending energy on ways to fix it. You let it be, because it was never meant to happen. You occasionally think about it, but you've come to terms with it.



Saturday, June 24, 2017

Unique Floral DIYs you need to try this Summer!

June 24, 2017 0
Background image from Unsplash.com

I am not someone who absolutely loves color. My wardrobe is 75% black and neutrals (the rest just being colorful items I bought years ago). I do use color while planning in my planner but if you saw my Bullet Journal Setup for this year (click here to see that), you'll see that it's minimalist and black and grey (except the book which is a blue - not a big fan, but I'm about to buy a new one). Anyways steering back to the topic...
Summer is represented by color and florals and beaches, etc. I don't mind the florals and the beaches, kinda mind the bright colors. I've thought of some Floral DIYs that you could make with any color palette of your choice - whether you want it in gray-scale or filled with neon hues, it's up to you.


1. A Frame Calendar
An idea of how your frame-calendar could look like!
I thought of this idea when I was trying to make a custom calendar in PowerPoint with different images from Tumblr. So here's how you can make your own aesthetically pleasing and functional DIY Calendar for the summer:

  • Select a photo frame of your choice.
  • Print out or draw (your choice) the layout of the month or months you intend to use on paper sized appropriately according to the frame size. (FYI, It doesn't only have to be for summer months, keep reading for more ideas). 
  • Collect flowers, leaves, etc. of your choice and decide on a general arrangement that won't completely cover your calendar but overlays a little bit.
  • Add a very small piece of double-sided tape (or loop a single-sided tape) to the back of your flowers/leaves but make sure it's barely visible if it is. Stick it to the calendar.
  • Insert the calendar page with the stuck on florals into the frame and smush it between the glass of the frame and backing board. 
And there you go! Now all you need is a dry erase marker to add notes/events/reminders/etc to your calendar. If you have some important events you already know of you can write it on the paper before putting it inside the frame.

Tip: You can use this idea all-year long! It's evergreen in a way! If you have a particular aesthetic/stylistic choice, you can use that for each month and make it one single theme. You can add orange leaves in the fall, cut out snowflakes and add those to the winter months, the possibilities are endless!

2. Aesthetic Display Clipboard
This one is again very flexible to your aesthetic!
You can add polaroids, quotes, flowers/leaves (fake or real, though real flowers will probably not last long), reminders, and so on.
Here's how I would make it:


  • Take a clipboard of your preferred size. You can get one with your color choice, or if you don't find one that's the right color, spray paint it whatever color you desire! Remember to tape the clip if you want it to remain the way it is.
  • Take some good pictures, either aesthetically pleasing or great memories. It doesn't have to be a Polaroid it could be a simple printed picture as well (though using photo paper will make it look way better if you decide to print)
  • Print out a quote or two and cut it out. You can add anything to it, you can even make it a vision board/inspiration board.
  • Add the elements to your board. You can do this in two ways as shown in the picture above:                   1) If you want to make it have a clean look, add double-sided tape or any tape to the back of your elements                                                                                           2) Stick them to the board using washi tape/a thin duct tape or use bulletin pins (you may have to hammer them a bit so they don't fall out. This will work if you have a wooden board, but you'll probably crack it if you are using an acrylic/plastic one).
You can put this up on your wall using a nail. If you live in a dorm or if you are not allowed to drill holes into your wall wherever you live, you can place it on your desk at a slight angle or on a shelf and it'll look just as great!

3. Simple floral arrangement
3 different preferences! From minimal to all-in (and a lot more variations in between!) 
This next one is very common but there are endless possibilities on how you can customize it. The selection of glass, flowers & leaves, etc.
Personally, I prefer the glass type shown above (simple and sleek looking) and the first arrangement (left). 
Here are a few additions you can make to this DIY (I recommend using fake flowers/leaves if you do any of the below):

  • Add resin or clear candle wax to the vase after arranging your flowers to give the effect of water (you can add stones before adding the resin/wax too).
  • use masking tape to make a shape/stripe across your vase/glass and paint or spray paint the exposed part
  • spray paint the flowers  a color of your choice. White and/or black is what I would do (minimalist and my aesthetic).
  • add pebbles or sand (or both) to the bottom of the vase/glass
4. Floral Tiles
All you need for this DIY is resin, a mold and your flowers (you can use real or fake but using real flowers looks way better in my opinion). You can make these tiles just for decorative elements to your room or you can use it as coasters.
Here are a few variations of this kind of DIY:
  • add a thin layer of resin and flowers/petals/leaves into a boring tray to make it stand out and look bee-oo-tee-fool.
  • make a small version using tiny flowers and make it into a pendant or key chain
  • make it into a pebble/rock shape (or any shape with one flat side) and use it as a paper weight.
  • Instead of resin use glycerin and make a soap with the flower petals/leaves inside (you can use flowers/herbs with beneficial properties like lavender petals or hibiscus petals)
I hope you enjoyed these simple and easy floral DIYs!
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Little things that make me happy

June 13, 2017 0
I decided I wanted to try something new but the problem was that I didn't have the right laptop for this kind of editing and I didn't have the right software nor the right skills/experience. I wanted to do stop motion. I'd never done it before but I thought I would give it a go, and I did. With my laptop constantly hanging and my software too, it was a bit of a struggle, but I really wanted to get it done since I had already started and spent so much time taking so many pictures. I completed it. It took longer than it should've because I used a basic software, but that's okay because even if you have the most basic video editing software, you can still do it. I've never used the right kind of software for anything, I just make with what I got and I've done that for as long as I can remember. I hope you like this video (below) and please feel free to leave any feedback in the comments below as I did this for the first time and don't know if it was good for a first try. The video is called "Little things that make me happy"


I have been feeling really grateful for a lot of things and I thought I'd put up a small compilation of the little, simple things in life that make me happy. Enjoy!


Sunday, June 11, 2017

15 Last Minute Easy Father's Day Gift Guide! - The ONLY listicle you will need for a simple gift!

June 11, 2017 0

Here's a quick list on last minute and easy Father's Day gifts you can give to your Dad!



1. Etched stuff 

it can be a keychain, a pen, anything you know will be useful for your dad!

2. A Keychain 

dads need keychains all the time! He may have 2 sets of house keys, office keys, bank keys, keys to your safe, on and on. Have 2 dads? Get them matching ones!

3. Limited Edition Merch 

Is your dad a business man /owns a company? Give him his own one and only merch! Only one in the whole world! Print his logo on a t-shirt, a cap, maybe a mug? You can even give him a frame with his company name/logo/brand on it. There are endless possibilities!

4. A "You're welcome" card  

If you absolutely can't think of anything then try to get something easy like a mug and pair it with a "you're welcome" card. You know...a dash of sarcasm can't hurt. A little humor always brightens the day. If sarcasm and humor are your things, this card is for you!

5. Amazon gift card 

If all else fails and your dad is anything like mine, he loves to shop online for new gadgets or simple functional inventions even though we really don't need it. Give him an Amazon gift card! Use his money to buy it of course (JK, JK)


6. Car related stuff 

Your dad loves his car? Great! Give him a customized "car accessories kit". Throw in car fragrances, a fragrance diffuser, a new pillow or new mats if the ones already in the car are in bad shape. Maybe even a little dangly thing to hang from the rearview mirror.


7. An expensive pen 

This another one of the "if all else fails" (after all this is a last minute guide). Get him an expensive, sleek, nice looking pen to keep in his pocket when he goes to work or keeps on his desk if he works from home. (If your dad is a blogger or has any such type of job this may or may not work for him - you know him best so make sure what you gift him is relevant!)


8. Cologne 

"I don't need any more perfume" - said no one ever. Or maybe some did. I'm not actually sure....not a perfume person. (Hey! No, I do not stink!). Back to the topic. Cologne (pronounced co-log-nuh. JK) is something he'll use every day or very regularly if he's the cologne type of guy. If not, maybe you can give him a room freshener or anything like that too. It also doesn't have to be cologne it could be a unisex perfume or even a women's one - no one's gonna judge fam, it's his choice! (Plus I hate the smell of "manly" cologne so I wish my dad wouldn't wear strong colognes)

9. Father's day gift set 

Make a combo out of the above and below points. OR you can go online and just buy those typical fathers day gift sets (you know, the ones with "world's best dad" written on them. Mugs and pillows and a table clock or pen, etc etc.)

10. Spa day 

Have a spa day with your dad! take him to a massage, a facial, a manicure-pedicure, whatever he likes!

11. Office essentials kit 

Another combo! Throw in a pen, a notepad, those notepads with the dashboard like things with allll colors of sticky notes on them, a small clock, a pen stand, a small whiteboard or bulletin board. There's so much you can add! Just put it in a basket or, better a file cabinet or some small storage like that so it can be used as well!

12. Laptop accessories 

Do you know what laptop skin your dad has been eyeing for a long time? Get him that! Does he need a new mouse? Get him that! Mouse pad? Get it! I'm not saying get everything, but you can get what you can afford.


13. New phone/laptop/tablet 

Okay, so I know this is extreme and not all of you can afford one with your own money (I can't either) but I put this is just in case some of you can. If you know your dad needs a new phone or his laptop/tablet is about to just fall apart and you can afford one - get him a new one. 

14. Shirts or hat 

If your dad has amazing taste in clothes - you are very lucky. If he doesn't, do him a favor and get him some nice shirts for office or for casual wear. If your dad is a hat fanatic like mine - get him one or two!

15. Bake or buy a cake 

Nothing says you care more than a DIY, but if you cannot bake for the life of you, buy him a cake with a personalized message. It won't break your bank and it'll still be a sweet gift - literally!


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

Minimalist Monochrome Lookbook 2017 - Forever 21, StalkBuyLove + more // Miscellaneous

June 02, 2017 0
This is my style. I like casual, minimalist and neutral tones. In this particular video, I show you what is majorly part of my wardrobe - black and white and grays. I tried to link some of the places where you can get what I am wearing but I couldn't find places for the majority of what I show you in this lookbook. I hope you liked this video and please subscribe to my blog and youtube channel if you wish to!




Welcome to my blog!

June 02, 2017 0

Welcome to my blog, Black & White & Wise!

I hope you find my posts useful and entertaining! This is basically a Lifestyle Blog and here's an overview of the series I have on here:

Photography Album

I have various albums with various themes on this blog, ranging from nature to human life on this planet. However, I usually photograph nature/animals/whatever you like to call it. I have more compilations and themes to come!

Planning

This series contains posts related to bullet journal-ling, planning, etc. Tips and tricks, flip through's, set ups, free printables and much more are yet to come! I got you!

College Talk

A series I have one or two posts on as I'm writing this and will be updating as my college life begins! As of now, I have applied, been selected into, and enrolled in University! I have and will be posting lots of tips and tricks and useful advice, etc.

Health/Beauty

Beauty tips, life hacks, and more is what you'll find in posts under this series!

Life

Some long writing work based on my life and events that have occurred. It's kind of like cathartic writing and also to entertain you guys. Perhaps some of you can even relate to what I write.

DIY

DIY - Do It Yourself. That's basically all it is. Posts under this series range from clothes to food and more! As I'm writing this most of the DIY posts are still drafts but they will be posted soon!

Social

Blogging tips, Instagram hacks, and more!

Miscellaneous

This category is quite self-understood. Things I don't want to put into a whole new category because that requires commitment and I probably don't want to dwell too much on the specific topics


Hope you guys enjoy everything on my blog! Be sure to comment and share posts if you like them! Thanks for visiting!