September 26-30 Weekly Spread & Channel Updates

September 26-30 by Sam Granger

Hi guys, today’s video is about the spread I’ve been using this week. I didn’t do a full week, just the last 5 days of September so that I can start fresh for October! I’m obsessed with little cacti and succulent doodles, so they feature again in this spread. I’m going to be trying something new for my weekly and daily setups once October hits, so keep an eye out for that next week.

In the video I mention a couple of house-keeping things, so please do watch. I’ve also written about it below in a little more detail for anyone interested.

The housekeeping announcements in the video are important ones, I feel. As many of you will know from previous videos and also blog posts, in September I began studying for my Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) which involves working in a childcare centre for a minimum of 16 hours per week. Despite this new development, I stick to my September goal of uploading a video twice every week, but let me tell you, it has been a struggle! Particularly this past week as I have an assignment deadline looming and I adjust to the exhaustion of teaching 3- and 4-years-olds. I’m probably still recovering my strength from a nasty cold, as well (thank God for flu shots!).

This level of commitment and activity in my study and work life means that I have decided to drop back down to one upload per week, on a Friday at 10am New Zealand time (click here to find out what that time will be in your country). I’m a bit disappointed because I love making videos and it was so much fun to plan and upload twice a week, but I don’t want the quality of my content to suffer for the sake of quantity.

The other housekeeping issue I talked about is also related to a lack of time. Some of my recent uploads, particularly long and wordy ones, do not currently have proper Closed Captions on them. There is an option to view automated ones, but these are generally not good because it doesn’t recognise my accent properly. I’m hoping that by going back to one upload per week, I will be able to ensure all new uploads have CC at the time the video goes live. Additionally, I do want to go back over all my bullet journal videos that do not currently have CCs and add them. I will start with the most recent videos and work my way back. Obviously, this will only apply to videos in which I am talking.

Ok, that is all for the housekeeping stuff!

If you want to see a list of what I use to bujo, please click here.

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October Setup

October Setup by Sam Granger

It’s that time of the month again, where I film my setup and share it with you all. I’m really looking forward to October because I have some nice personal events to looks forward to¬†and it will be Halloween! For my October spread, I let my holiday joy let rip and tried to go for a spooky look. Watch the video below.

If you want to see the font I used for the header, you can find it here.

Click here for the tools I use to bullet journal.

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September 19-25 Weekly Spread

September 19-25 Weekly Spread by Sam Granger

As I mentioned over on my Instagram…

This has been my spread for this week. I’ve quite liked using a slightly more “traditional” bujo element by having the days in bigger spaces. It’s been good for those days when I have a lot going on, but setting them out in advance still means I can either waste space or run out! ūüėĘ

I do it in advance because I often can’t be bothered making it look pretty on a daily basis: I’m busy or tired or just not feeling it. Sigh! Maybe I’ll try a pretty weekly overview spread, then dailies that are more relaxed and do-as-I-go.

For information about what I use to bullet journal, please see this page.

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Gratitude Log

Gratitude log by Sam Granger

Today’s video is of a gratitude log that I quickly drew up for the rest of September. Sometimes I can be so go-go-go that I forget to take a moment to be IN the moment and really think about my day. That’s something that I find highly beneficial to my wellbeing, so I’m trying to make it more of a habit by using a gratitude log. As I go throughout my day, I occasionally remember that I have the log and it makes me think about what’s been happening so far. At the end of the day, I write down a couple of things that I’m particularly thankful for.

Check out my bullet journal resources page for a list of tools I love.

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September 12-18 Spread + 1k Subs

September 12-18 spread by Sam Granger

This Friday’s video is of my September 12th to 18th bullet journal spread. I went for another mostly black scheme with a little pop of colour for the weather icons. I like this layout a lot, actually. I like having a spread header again, so I will probably try to incorporate that again.

For information about all the tools I use to bujo, please click here.

Now, onto some news: Overnight I reached 1000 subscribers on Youtube! This is a really exciting milestone for me. It was back at the beginning of August that I reached my 200 subscriber goal. That was the goal I set back in February that I wanted to reach by the end of this year.¬†My other major goal was to make enough revenue on YouTube¬†to reach the threshold of being able to receive a payment, which will happen soon. Those were the two goals I had, and to be honest, I haven’t really considered what other milestones and goals I want to strive for. So reaching 1000 subscribers is like icing on the cake, and icing I wasn’t expecting any time soon! It feels quite unreal right now and I want to enjoy this moment.

One of the things I’ve been loving about growing my audience is the interaction with everyone. There are people who often comment, either on YouTube or Instagram¬†and so now I’m recognising them, and actually conversing with them. I love being able to talk to people about bullet journaling, planning, and whatever else. I think the bujo community is a really awesome one to be a part of!

Anyway, that’s all for now! I hope your week is going well and that you have an amazing weekend. xo

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Starting Study & Getting Hitched

Us by Sam Granger

I think the last time I did a life update was when I announced that I was applying for a year-long Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood Education) a month-and-a-half ago. I think it is definitely time to update you on how that, and other things, are going!

Firstly, the application process for applying had a few hiccups, but it was all done in the end. About four days later, on a Monday, I got the call I had been accepted and that an official offer of placement email was heading my way. And that I would be starting the following Monday. In seven days! SEVEN. So, I had seven days to get my life together, basically. Or, that’s what it felt like, anyway, ha! That Monday start was¬†this Monday, the 5th. Because I’m studying online, I got access to the study materials for my first course on Sunday. On Monday, I also started my compulsory placement at the daycare centre that will be my home centre. I have to work there for a minimum of 16 hours per week throughout my diploma. So I work there on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 year-olds. It’s been a crazy week adjusting a new schedule and the busyness of working with young children, but it’s also been deeply rewarding. I¬†love working with the children so much. I’ve definitely had moments of feeling very emotional because it feels like I’ve found the thing that I should be doing.

I won’t talk about my work with the children because I obviously want to protect the privacy of the centre and the families that attend. I might write about how I’m finding the study, but I will never share details about anyone relating to the centre. I will say that, so far, I am very happy there and I think it’s a great place to gain experience and learn all about the field of early childhood education.

Onto the second bit of news! Which, to be honest, if you follow me on social media or YouTube, you will already know about.¬†My boyfriend asked me to marry him! Insert lots of happy dancing and squeals here. On August first, our anniversary, he asked me in the most “us” way I can imagine. It was perfect and lovely and so incredibly special. I’m not going to write a whole story about it because I want to keep that a bit private. But it was great and I cried and then spent the day with a grin plastered on my face as we rushed around telling all our family and friends.

We haven’t set a date yet and we’re not sure when we will. This is mainly because we have no money for the wedding and we’re both studying, so getting money for the wedding will take a wee while. It’ll be in the next couple of years, hopefully. To be honest, fiance would be fine with a registry office wedding, but I want the “proper” wedding and a dress and a party. A small party, yes, but a party nonetheless! It’s weird to me because, when I was younger, I rarely daydreamed about having a wedding. I daydreamed about marriage and I 100% used to draw future wedding dress ideas when I was 12 and 13, but I’ve never had this ever-lasting idea of what I want my wedding to be like. I’m glad, though, because I think it leaves a lot more room for it to be a very “us” thing rather than a “my big day” thing. It’s¬†not about¬†me, but about¬†us.¬†If I’d had this whole thing planned out for years, I imagine it would be a lot harder to have a Tardis photobooth* or something.

Engagement ring by Sam Granger

Anyway, above is a photo of the engagement ring, which is a family ring of Andrew’s. It does need to be modified to have more claws, for securing the diamond better, and it will be plated in yellow gold (it used to be but it was badly tarnished so cleaned back to its white gold base, which is not my colour). Or, we’ll get a new setting for the diamond if it’s easier.

Until next time, friends! xo

*Not something we have talked about. This is an example that popped into my head, and to be honest, I would actually be ok with that so maybe I’ll mention it to Andrew. Haha!

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Future Log Setup

Future Log Setup by Sam Granger

This video is all about how I set up my latest future log. I like to break a 2-page spread into quarters, which will fit four months. This is generally plenty of space per month, for me, to fit in all that I need.

I’ve recently created a new page for what I use to bullet journal. This contains everything that used to be in my “What I use to bullet journal” post sections and more!

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September Review Setup & September 1-4

Sep Review Setup and Sep 1-4 by Sam Granger

Today’s video is all about setting up my September review page and the first week of September. I usually do my review page setup along with the monthly setup, but I completely forgot to do it for September! It’s a little late, but at least you’ll get to see it. :p I also wanted to do a spread for September 1-4, so I included that in this video, too.

I am so liking the simplicity of the weekly spread. It’s mostly black pen and there is something to soothing about just doing a whole spread in one colour. ¬†Clarissa on IG is one of my favourites for that kind of thing.

What I use to bullet journal

  • Leuchtturm 1917 medium dot grid notebook in pink (bought from
  • Pilot G-Tec-C 0.4 pen in black
  • UniPin Fine Line 0.5 pen in black
  • Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens in assorted colours
  • Whitcoulls Fineliner pens in assorted colours
  • Faber-Castell coloured pencils
  • Zig Art & Graphic Twin markers by Kuretake
  • Ruler
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