Journaling – HGDC Crochet Journal & Planner

JOURNAL JUNKIE

I have a journal for pretty much every aspect of my life. 

I have so many different journals I’ve created  blog post series to cover them all.

Today I will briefly introduce them all and then show you around the journals I use for HGDC – craft and crochet journals.

ROLL CALL

‘Journal’ – like a typical ‘dear diary’, for all my emotions, thoughts and moments I want to keep (or never ever repeat ever again!). 

Vision journal – Think Pinterest meets real paper. This journal is full of quotes, mantras and affirmations which I flick through when I am feeling negative in anyway + I am also a big vision board fan and made one for my 2017 goals.

Gym journal – I am a massive gym addict #GirlsWhoLift and I use this journal to track my progress, weight gain (yes GAIN), measurements, personal bests, food plans and training sessions.

Book journal – If I have read a book on my Kindle then I just click and highlight anything that resonates and it is added to my clippings. This journal is my physical booky book clippings.

Art journal – sketchbooks, I have a few of these hanging around, with pencil sketches and watercolour drawings on random pages. I would like to add to these but I am not willing to sacrifice the crochet time!

HGDC – I have both a planner  and a journal. The planner has all of my on going crochet and knit projects. The journal contains all my notes and ideas for my blog, social media and a few projects I am dreaming into existence. The rest of this post will delve into this pair with a little tour.

HGDC PLANNER

Right now I am using this folder set up which I got from Wilkinson’s for around £3.00. Its a ring bound A5 sized clear cover with dividers, insertable booklets and zip pouches.

The purpose of the HGDC planner is to keep track of all my current projects and projects I am planning in one little handy place. I have found so many pro’s of keeping a crochet planner/journal my top ten are;

1. Keep track of hook sizes, yarn type and place purchased. 2.  Plan WIPS before you start to prevent mass frogging, 3. Note down that amazing idea you have without losing it. 4. Queue the WIPS you want to start. 5. Log progress. 6. Keep track of your yarn stash. 7. Keep printed patterns from Raverly in one place. 8. Proof there is a method in my madness. 9. It looks so cute. 10.Everything is in one place!

The front page has to have ‘HG’ of course and a ton of decoration.

The dividers  are covered in quotes and images  + inspiration making a junk journalling/smashbooking/scrap booking hybrid for yarn.

As added embellsihment I have parts of the super cute packaging from my original Queen G bag that Miki from SFMGS.co.uk sent to me as a moving in present. Go check out her out if you haven’t already for trillions of amazing free mandalas and all the emojis.

Sneak peak: the granny square might be the start of a new WIP using Miki’s idea to create a never ending granny square using the #HGDCScrapYarn Challenge. Progress pictures soon!

 The planner has notebooks with squared paper and lined paper. The squared paper acts as graph paper for C2C projects floating around my mind. Yet to materialise in crochet form…

The lined notebook is handy to keep business cards of the indie dyers I buy from, yarn tags with swatches and colour ways noted. I keep notes on the hook sizes I am using because I have eight or nine WIPS and sometimes with delays in returning to a WIP I have forgotten the hook size and then have to resort to stalking my own IG or camera roll to try glimpse it. I have done this numerous times. Such a frustrating use of crochet time.

Oh and here is the cute message from Rosie from @Pixelatlantis when I won her mini skein giveaway.

Fred & George’s Firework Mini by Pixelatlantis

 I have also included a yarn colour card for a blanket WIP.  I used the colour card to plan out how many of each coloured square I needed and found it really handy to have with me in yarn shops so I could select complementing colours – or just not double up on a colour I already had stashed. See organised buying. Totally justified.

In the zip pouches I have been storing my new circulars and some gold thread to create glitter yarn. Glitter all the yarn.

Glitter all the yarn Click To Tweet

HGDC JOURNAL

 I use my HGDC journal as a way to keep all my ideas, thoughts, plans  and to do lists together for a secret project I hope to launch soon. I collect information on everything so I have pages on blogging, social media, accounting, business start-ups, marketing and research. Every other page is a mind dump where I scribble every idea fizzing inside to keep them safe and keep my head clear. I am so excited to share it all and super nervous to top it off.

My HGDC Journal is chock full of inspirational quotes obvs. Currently heavily featuring #GIRLBOSS (a must read).

So that is it for this week. My HGDC planner and journal.

Are you a journaller? Do you keep a crochet or craft journal? Let me know in the comments. 

Thank you for joining me on my mini tour lovelies.

NEXT WEEK

Next in the series will be my ‘Journal’ journals. How I use them to stay sane and capture memories. See you then. 

Heather

HGDesignsCrochet – A crochet blog

Hey Tribe, HGDesignsCrochet just levelled up with  a blog.

About HGDesignsCrochet

The ‘HG’ comes from my name.

The ‘Crochet’ was a non-brainer.

The ‘Designs’ is a one day hopeful/semi-reality.

I started my Instagram page in June 2016 as a way to share my crochet adventures with fellow yarn lovers. The type who squeal over new yarn, stroke blankets and use all the emojis when you post a progress picture of the next row because its exciting and it makes my soul happy, and obvs the colour change is must see (LOL). I didn’t even dream of how amazing the Instagram #CrochetCommunity would be. Now I have even more to share and a blog is born.

Heather

Really this post is an expanded about me and HGDesignsCrochet’s upbringing. So. Hi, I’m Heather, 27, living in Leicestershire, UK with Darcy, my lurcher boy.

By day I am a trainee Legal Executive in Private Client (my views here do not represent my employer). I am gym obsessed (#GirlsWhoLift), avid reader, journal keeper, with an addiction to all things craft but CROCHET will always be my number one love.

Crochet is my happy place. A way to be creative.  A way to let my soul be true. A way to keep my mind busy. I crochet when I need to think something through. I crochet to switch off. Creative individuals seem to struggle with more mental nasties then others, something which I have experienced, so through my blog I also want to touch upon that and help anyone I can. Connect. Support. Empower. IG followers know all to well I love a good quote and some inspirational affirmations.

How it all began

My grandmother  taught me how to crochet after I fractured my wrist as ‘physio’. My wrist set wonky but my crochet skills are unprecedented. That was about six years ago. My first ever project was some naff looking granny squares in an awful colour scheme that are hidden a box never to be seen again. Then the crochet bug hit hard. I had to have all the yarn, try all the patterns, all the stitches and have every magazine to start every single project in the world now, now, now.

I have pretty much only ever made crochet blankets. They are my thing. Making something pretty but functional appeals to me. Making something pretty and warm is the one. I love, love, love when the blanket hits that stage where it is big enough to snuggle under whilst you work on it. This is also the stage where I tend to get that itch to start yet another new blanket, which I justify as needing a travel size project. Out of the six or seven crochet blankets I still own, maybe two are finished. They all get used though! Totally negates the unfinished state…

Here is a gallery of sorts of all the blankets I still have the pleasure of owning.

 

2017

Now I tend to use solely DK and I am showing almost championship self discipline skills by using up my stash and scrap yarn. Best believe it. I decided it was time to use up the ridiculously sized stash that was stuffed in every bag, gap, hole, crevice,  in my house to eventually make way for new yarn because I want to be able to buy more yarn guilt free and actually make a pre-planned colour co-ordinating blanket. Imagine that. So stash busting has commenced so far in these two blankets;

HGDC_Distraction

 

HGDC_Scraptastic

My next post will be dedicated to my stash busting scrap yarn blankets.

So for now, thank you for visiting and reading.

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