As we’re nearing the end of August - we thought we’d brainstorm some ideas for next month’s spread in our notebook. Here’s a look at what we’re thinking.
We usually start off our month on the left page, as our eyes move from left to right, and this also keeps a loose structure for each month. This also helps us when jumping through the months. Plus, it’s a full double spread which gives us a distinctive starting point! The second page, on our right, is usually our overview page of big calendar space where we can jot down a few events and have a quick look at where we’re heading - it also eases us into the full month of varying tasks and goals.
Then, we move onto the more segmented pages - which have a lot of varying and rather crucial content for us. This page is usually fairly full - with short term and long term goals along with a couple of areas to look at/ keep an eye on for the month. We usually include more brush lettering to break up the rhythm of ‘the to do lists’ bringing a lighter feel. We’ll add more display pages with full page lettering (as it’s what we love to do!). Usually a motivational quote here and there keeps us all going and is always a relaxing one to letter.
The theme for September is autumnal - our first ages says September in big lettering just to make it super obvious which month we’re in - which is useful when flicking through the pages. For this month, we’re using a lot of browns, light browns - more like a burnt orange along with the trusty black Tombow!
For the first page of the month (see snap below), we’ve aligned the design in the centre of the page with our illustration positioned underneath the lettering. We can also place the illustration (sprig etc.) at the left or right of the lettering with our lettering slighting off centre but the overall design layout with be central. We’ve complimented the brush script style of ‘September’ with sans serif as to keep the emphasis on ‘September’.
Our first calendar of the month is big - it catches the eye simply because of the scale. We usually don’t add too much colour as to not distract us from the more important and functional elements of our notebook; such as keeping track of our deadlines/ appointments.
Putting things in boxes automatically separates things in our mind. This helps us focus on specific tasks in hand - ones which require our attention. A good one for goals! Plus, we have a bit more lettering to both fill the space and also if we have just a load of boxes on the page, it can become a little repetitive.
We had an awesome day in Manchester last month hosting our PlannerFest Brush Lettering Taster workshop! This first PlannerFest event for lovers of all things stationery and journalling was a great success - the venue was the iconic Uppercampfield market on Deansgate Manchester - a perfect setting with a lovely touch of vintage quirkiness - just the best vibe!
We were kindly invited to host the PlannerFest Brush Lettering Taster workshop with Tombow to an inspiring audience of planners and journalers (the loveliest friendly bunch!). As the session developed, we witnessed some truly awesome 'hands' and saw some really great Brush Lettering! Keep going now guys!
From the truly creatively crafted journals and notebooks we saw, to the the fabulous range of stationery sellers throughout along with the interesting and inspiring speakers - it was a extraordinary event showcasing how to organise daily life and goals into things of function and beauty with a lot of fun and revelling in all things stationery. We at Mellor & Rose Modern Lettering were delighted to be part of this first PlannerFest event with Becki and her team - we enjoyed a fabulous full day doing our hand lettering / Calligraphy spot and hope the lovely folks lettering with us enjoyed it too.
It was perfect timing also for the launch of 'Simply Lettering' magazine who supplied a free copy for everyone who attended - looks a fantastic mag for letterers and highly informative. A simply fabulous and well organised event - thank you Becki and your fab team, Jill, Helen, Jessie as well as those great guys on the sound and visuals. Thank you for asking us and here's to the next PlannerFest x
Ps. To all who attended the PlannerFest Brush Lettering Taster workshop, we would like to thank you for coming and we hope you enjoyed it! Please let us know how you get on with your lettering - if at anytime you fancy coming along to one of our regular workshops to learn little more about lettering; whether dip pen, brush pen, or chalk. Our sessions friendly relaxed and slightly more cosy affairs with 8-12 people per session. We hope to see you again v soon!