Sketchnote: Genogram Symbol Key

When I took the class on family therapy in grad school, I fell in love with the visual language of genograms. Since making this genogram chart at the start of that course, it has been one of my most shared sketch notes across multiple platforms. Scroll to the bottom of this post to purchase a…

Bullet Journal Travel Layout

Bullet Style Travel Journal – Free Printable Layout

Travel journalling is HARD. Every time I try to keep a regular journal on the road I give up- it’s way too much effort. Bullet Journalling, though, has been a perfect companion to travel. Most of us take lots of photos when we travel, but I created this layout to record the experiences and memories…

Bullet Journal Layout for Mental Health tracking of triggers

Bullet Journal Mental Health Trigger Tracker – Minimalist Layout

I began bullet journalling while in school for my masters in Counseling Psychology. In one of the bullet journaling forums I followed, a visitor posted about possible ways to track triggers and got zero responses- so I set out to take what I’d learned in grad school about trauma, mindfulness, and the value of self-advocacy…

mindfulness bullet journal layout

Mindfulness Bullet Journal Layout – Minimalist Printable Version

I’ve been slowly revamping some of my bullet journal layouts in the last few months. I’m still loving the content, but finding bullet journaling is more fun and less overwhelming for most people when putting together a layout doesn’t require a large amount of time just to prepare a page to begin journaling. Instead, I’ve been focusing…

Cheat Sheet of Super-Simple Handlettering Fonts

  You don’t have to be a master of Spencerian handwriting or embellished and flourished scripts to add hand-lettered charm to your bullet journal or classnotes. Recently I took a few minutes to catalog 21 different ideas for non-script hand-lettered fonts that build on basic handwriting (rather than requiring a light box and penciling in…

Hand Drawn Laurel Wreath Doodles

Laurel wreaths are (one of) my recent doodling obsessions. Although I’m working my way through Umoto’s Drawing Cute Animal Illustration Book, I keep coming back to laurels in my sketchnotes and on the scrap pages in my notebook that I doodle on when a speaker is reviewing, answering questions, or telling stories. In my sketchnotes and…

Cheat Sheet of Hand Drawn Banner Doodles

I volunteered at a counseling conference at school this weekend. The material presented was fantastic, but also a lot of review from courses I’m in or have taken at school, so I didn’t take very detailed notes. I always like to keep my pen and paper at hand for when a new idea is presented…

Pony Coloring Book Pages

A few years ago I created these dog and pony line drawings for a friend, which evolved into black and white coloring book pages I’d keep in my office for kids when their parents were visiting. They were based on my horses and a a friend’s horse, so while they have lots of sentimental value,…

How to use Bullet Journal Style Doodles to Create Engaging Handouts

Occasionally in my grad school, a professor requires a handout as one of the course assignments. Typically the handout is done as an accompaniment to a research paper or presentation that can be shared with other students in the course. I think making short handouts at the end of a research project is very helpful.…

How To Draw Bullet Journal & Doodle Note Accents – Part 2 of 2

In Part 1 of Doodling Journal Accents I demonstrated how I add light bulbs, blue ribbons, thumbtacks, and spiral bound calendar pages to my notes and journals. In part two, I show my process for doodling lightning bolts, award medals, gears, question marks, and check marks. All helpful accents for bullet journals, visual notes, or…

How To Draw Bullet Journal & Doodle Note Accents – Part 1 of 2

Today I wanted to add a quick tutorial for doodling a few of my favorite bullet journal style accents. I primarily use these in doodle notes in the classroom- to draw attention to key concepts or just to fill empty space to create a visually balanced page of notes. Initially I sketched these step by…

A Mindfulness Bullet Journal Layout – Living Present Printable

Often as I rush through a day I am tuned out to much of the world around me, and my overloaded senses begin to numb as I rush from project to project. This year, I’ve been trying to live more aware of my senses- noticing and naming the sensory experiences that bring a sense of…

How to use grey shading in notes, doodles, and bullet journals 1

How To: Make Your Doodles Pop with Grey Shading

When I first began taking elaborate hand lettered notes I experimented with using lots of colors and varying pen styles, but I found through trial and error that the more action on the page, the more overwhelming my doodle notes were when I went back to study them. Over time, I’ve found my style is…

Bullet Journal Mental Health Layout: Tracking Triggers

[Februrary 2017 Update: I now have a minimalist version of this bullet journal layout available]   Recently someone in a BuJo (Bullet Journal) group I follow asked if there was a bujo layout to track mental health triggers. When her query had no response, I decided to draw on my own experience long-format journaling about…

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