Probably Obvious Tip #3

The Bullet Journal Addict Probably Obvious Tip #3

Yes, this is probably the most obvious tip yet, but I’m always amazed at how much cleaner lines are drawn with a ruler.  Ok, not surprised, but much happier with the result.

There’s definitely a time for freehand-drawn lines, and if that’s your thing, go for it.  I do both but, most of the time, even when I think I can manage a nice line between two dots, it’s like I’m suddenly drawing with my left hand (I’m right handed) and it goes all wonky.  It’s pathetic.

The set that I bought is very similar to this one:

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I bought it at Office Max for under $5.  Of course, literally the second day of ownership, I lost the straight ruler and it still hasn’t turned up. However, the straight edges of the triangles are still perfect for drawing lines.  I have used the protractor for banners and things, but I end up using the straight edge for lines more than anything else.

Also, I recommend a clear set over an opaque one.  Maybe it’s completely psychological, but I think it’s very helpful to see the area you’re working with as you go.

Do you currently use a ruler?  Or do you think rulers are for wimps?  🙂

 

Probably Obvious Tip #2

Bullet Journal Probably Obvious Tip #2

 {Quite often, little tips go through my mind that are probably very obvious, and yet I still manage to make the same mistake over and over. These are so small that they don’t deserve a full blog post and I’m too impatient to wait to have several to post together.  So, I will just post these as small posts, randomly as I encounter them.}

When you draw a line from left to right, your hand will cover your ending point and you have a greater chance of over shooting it. It may feel counter-intuitive, but you will draw a neater line if you start on the same side as the hand you are drawing with.

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Probably Obvious Tip #1

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{Quite often, little tips go through my mind that are probably very obvious, and yet I still manage to make the same mistake over and over. These are so small that they don’t deserve a full blog post and I’m too impatient to wait to have several to post together.  So, I will just post these as small posts, randomly as I encounter them.}

I shared this one at the end of my 5 Tips post, but it deserves its own Probably Obvious Tip post with a little more explaination.

Whether it’s a new monthly, weekly or daily spread you might be trying out, or some kind of fancy header for a collection, use a nice mechanical pencil (so you always have a fine point to work with) to map out where you want everything to go.

It’s much easier to erase your lines or lettering when you’ve realized that you’ve counted wrong and everything is off centered, or there’s a much better chance of avoiding spelling errors in a header when you sketch it out in pencil first.

Also, be sure to pick up a good eraser so you don’t rip up your pages.  I use a kneaded eraser like this:

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You can pick one up at any art supply store or in the fine art section of Michael’s, usually with the pencils. It’s soft, kind of like silly putty, and you stretch it out over and over to clean it,  so it’s also good for stress relief.  😉  It also doesn’t wear away like the pink eraser at the end of a pencil would.  If you don’t want to go the kneaded eraser route, just pick up a white eraser like you might have used back in elementary school.

My mechanical pencil and kneaded eraser are just as important to me in my bullet journaling supplies as any of the pens or rulers I use!