dotted paper

technology related sensory memories from my childhood

  • sliding the metal cover on floppy disks
  • the slight resistance of inserting cassette and video tapes
  • ripping off the strips of holed paper off of dot matrix printer paper 
  • rolling the wheel on a disposable camera to take another photo
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Sketchy Behavior | Hellen Jo 

Never afraid to speak and/or draw her mind, Los Angeles based artist and illustrator, Hellen Jo and her characters can be described as rough, vulgar, tough, jaded, powerful, bratty and bad-ass - AKA her own brand of femininity. Known for her comic Jin & Jam, and her work as an illustrator and storyboard artist for shows such as Steven Universe and Regular Show, Hellen’s rebellious, and sometimes grotesque artwork and illustrations are redefining Asian American women and women of color in comics. In fact, that’s why Hellen Jo was a must-interviewee for our latest Sketchy Behavior where we talk to her about her love of comics and zines, her antiheroines, and redefining what Asian American women identity is or can be; and what her ultimate dream project realized would be.  

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bullet journalling. it is a creative outlet for people as well as a way for people to be productive. after many requests, here is a guide to bullet journalling to help you along the way of your bullet journal journey <33

what is bullet journalling?

  • a customisable organisation system which can consist of ur to-do list, sketchbook, diary and notebook (or even all of the above)
  • also known as “bujo” bc of “bu” from bullet and “jo” from journal
  • check out this video here for the original bullet journal video by ryder carroll

supplies

  • a pen 
  • a notebook/binder/journal (depending on ur preference eg. dotted, grid or lined paper as well as budget) 
  • a highlighter and / or a marker of your choice 
  • other decorative supplies eg. washi tape & photos
  • the supplies will depend on how much u want to decorate ur bujo!

bullet journal spreads

note: a bujo spread is a two pages of a notebook whereas a layout is the style / design of the spread. 

  • index (to refer to when finding pages)
  • key (used to identify what each bullet means)
  • future log (events that are happening in the current year)
  • monthly spread (consisting of events happening on the current month)
  • weekly spread (consisting of events happening on the current week)
  • daily spread (consisting of events happening on the current day)
  • additional spreads eg. movies & tv shows to watch, books to read, 
  • trackers (often used to track basic habits such as exercising, brushing ur teeth, drinking water and more) 

advice

  • it’s ok to make a mistake in ur bullet journal !!!!!!!! 
  • please don’t feel intimidated by other people’s bullet journals 
  • do what works for u (eg. for me personally, habit trackers don’t work at all)
  • don’t be afraid to experiment between different layouts in your bullet journal
  • if the bullet journalling method doesn’t work for u after continuous experimenting, it’s allg :))

inspiration

Bendy meets the Warner Brothers (and their sister, Dot).
I actually haven’t heard much about Bendy and the Ink Machine except whatever @squigglydigglydoo posts. I absolutely love her comics feat. Oswald :3 …
I woke up early with the idea to draw them and ended up with what could be their first encounter.

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THEY’RE FINALLY LIVE!! 

I made a bunch of D&D themed notebooks and uploaded them to my shop! There are 3 designs to choose from and they’re all filled with 24 pages of glorious dot grid paper. Perfect for all your dungeon building, character doodling, DM destroying needs.

Check them out here! 

Debunking studyblr stereotypes, or something like that

I see a lot of new studyblrs worrying about these things and it really bothers me that these are worries at all. This is not me railing against the many studyblrs who are fortunate enough to have or happen to have all the supposed “studyblr” things, but rather the point of view as a blogger who feels entirely at home, supported, and accepted in the community, and who is also paying for college. I’m opting not to use a read more, because I feel like read mores get disregarded half the time.

To start with, I will unabashedly admit that I use few, if any, of the studying techniques touted by the studyblr community. They just don’t work for me, and that’s cool. I don’t have the time/energy/ability to do mind maps and aesthetic notes, I don’t have the discipline to do pomodoros, and my attempt at bullet journaling failed within a few days. I have a cute school planner, but to be honest as the weeks approached finals I legitimately did not write anything in it.

As for stationery. My current favorite pen is this Paper Mate Write Bros. pen my friend lent me in psych class one day. Yup, you know the ones I’m talking about — the ones that schools stock in bulk because it’s $2 for 12 pens, and $7 for 60. The closest I ever got to “studyblr” was the Pilot G2′s, which I like, but I still far prefer my super cheap alternatives. I also got a giant bag of similar pens (Bic, Paper Mate, and Staples) for free on Freecycle, and I’m 1000% content with that collection. I didn’t buy anything new except $5 worth of bargain school supplies this year (some notebooks and filler paper). I reuse old notebooks to make filler paper. A lot of my binders and folders are dog-eared, but I mean they work. I also like the college-ruled notebooks you can get at like pharmacies and generic brands — no fancy dotted, high quality paper for me! Oh, and I only have Mildliners and Fineliners because a follower sent them to me. I love them, particularly the thought behind them, but I do still revert back to my Bic highlighters and Paper Mate pens. Look, if someone offered to send me stationery (which I don’t need at this point), I would ask for a white-out pen (which I received!! Thank you!), maybe a couple new erasers, a Sharpie or two, and if I’m really splurging, a 60-pack of those Paper Mate pens. (((*cough*mywishlist*cough*))

Now let’s talk electronics. I have a MacBook Pro from 2011 that I received as a gift when I started high school. It’s literally imploding, like each of its functions are gradually falling apart (first the battery went to shit, and now the CD drive doesn’t work). It’s a Mac, but honestly as soon as this one dies — and I intend to stretch out its life as long as humanly possible — I’m going straight for a $200 Chromebook or other PC laptop. Let’s be real, literally all I need it for is to go online and tote around with me, and I don’t even have $500 to spare. Plus, using messages/FaceTime on my Mac slows it down, so there’s no real reason to hold onto the Mac OS X. I bought my iPhone 5s when I was 18 (two years ago) with my own money, paid cash up front. It’s sluggish now, but like my old MacBook, I’m seeing if I can make it last through til grad school. And the idea of having a high quality camera is laughable. I film silly little, hopefully relatable vlogs on my iPhone, edit them, and upload them to Google Drive.

Also, I don’t have succulents; I’d kill them by mistake. I don’t make cute healthy meals; if I make ramen it’s a huge deal. I’ve had the same twin bed and bedsheets MY ENTIRE LIFE and not a single one is white. My desk is a hand-me-down wooden monster and it’s got stains all over it.

Here’s the other important thing. Do I feel remotely bad or envious of studyblrs with all this fancy stationery, who can be so productive? Frankly, no. I think it’s awesome they have everything they need, and that it works for them. But being a studyblr is about SO MUCH MORE than materials and studyspo. I appreciate the “real studyblr” movement that happened a little while ago, but I dislike the divide it created at all. Live and let live, right? The only reason I’d want a pretty new MacBook Air is because it probably isn’t as slow as mine. I wouldn’t reject Muji stationery or pens, but I don’t really feel any desire for them. And much as I admire others for being able to do habit trackers and bullet journaling, it’s not like I sit around wishing I could do it too. I mean, I can watch professional dancers all I want, and appreciate their beauty and ability, but I’m not going to go home and berate myself for not being able to do the same thing. They’re doing what they enjoy doing, same as I do.

MY POINT IS, to all these new studyblrs who are worried that they don’t have what it takes to be a studyblr, BRO DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT. I’m relatively well known and respected in the community, and we’ve just listed all the ways I’ve breached every single fabricated studyblr “rule” — so if I can do that and get away with it, you certainly can too.

since i couldn’t find a dotted paper template for goodnotes (at least with 5 minutes of googling ok i’m lazy) i made one quickly myself using illustrator

anyway i thought some people might like it so im sharing it, you can download it from google drive

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-4nG6cfLkzDZGxxZGNDcEEtcXc/view