How to Draw: Oak Tree Leaves and Acorn

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Leaves, leaves and more leaves. It seems that I'm sweeping the apartment almost 3 times a day because the leaves keep blowing in. So much so that I've now invested in a leaf blower. :P

Even though these pesky leaves keep trailing in behind me, I can't help but admire their beautiful shapes and colors. So with fall in full swing, I've decided to kick off the re-start of my #drawwithjeng tutorials with oak leaves and acorns! These shapes are super simple and can be layered to create the perfect journal spread.  I added some color to this drawing, but it also looks great in black and white.

How to Draw: Bamboo + Bonus Photo Editing Tips

Thank you so much for the positive response on last week's tutorial! These have been so fun and I'm so glad that I've partnered with @bonjournal_ to bring these tutorials to you.

Last week @dee_bujos had requested a bamboo tutorial. She mentioned that she wanted a drawing that was vertical to fill out tall empty spaces within a journal spread. So here's my tutorial! I hope you enjoy. And as an added bonus, check out the photo editing tips that I have below.

An easy way to draw bamboo stalks is to think about drawing a serif capital letter 'I'. Connect these and either outline or fill in.

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Bonus! Instagram Photo Editing Tips using Snapseed

Many people have asked me how I achieve that bright white style for my instagram feed. The truth is, I would love to photograph my journal in diffused natural light every day, but that's not always easy.  What if you want to take photos at night? What if the sun isn't out? There are so many factors that can work against being able to take bright white photos of your journal. Snapping a photo for this tutorial wasn't any different. I had gotten home late and I wanted to prep my post for early morning posting. That meant I had to snap my photo at night under tungsten light...yuck! Luckily I've picked up a few tricks to help brighten the photo.

1. Import the Original Photo

  • I take all my photos on my phone. I use a large white poster board as my background. This ensures I have a white background to work with. I'm able to import the original photo into Snapseed and start modifying easily.

2. White Balance - Auto

  • The first step I take is to auto-correct the white balance. The auto-correction usually works just fine. Sometimes the image will look a little too blue and I will adjust it until I think it looks okay.

3. Tune Image - Increase Highlights

  • I like to increase the highlights on my photo before brightening.  This allows me to remove some dark shadows and lighten the photo even more. Increasing the highlights also has the benefit of not modifying the darker parts of the photo.

4. Brush - Brighten Background

  • I use the brush and I like to "color" the background. I set the exposure to +0.7 and I color around the edges of my journal. This allows me to get that white look. I zoom in a lot to get as close as possible to the edges. I like to use the eye which masks the area you have colored. This is a great visual to help you figure out where you've already colored.

5. Brush - Brighten Background

  • After I brighten the background I do it again, this time setting the exposure to +1.0 and I focus more along the edges of the image to ensure that I have a really white edge around my photo.

6. Selective - Brighten and Decrease Saturation

  • As a last step I use the selective tool to brighten the pages of my journal. In photographs the pages end up looking very yellow. Brightening and lowering the saturation will whiten up the pages so that you can really focus on the text.
 
1. Original

1. Original

2. White Balance - Auto

2. White Balance - Auto

3/4. Whiten Background

3/4. Whiten Background

3/4. Brush - Whiten Background

3/4. Brush - Whiten Background

5. Brighten Background

5. Brighten Background

6. Increase Selective Brightness & Saturation

6. Increase Selective Brightness & Saturation

Editing photos this way has really helped me achieve a consistent feed on Instagram. In addition to using Snapseed, I also use the Mosaico app to spot check if my edited photos match up together. As I go through the editing steps I like to save the image and import it into Mosaico to see how it's progressing. The first image has steps 1-3 applied. You cans see that the image is more yellow and much darker. The second image is the final image and it matches with my feed a lot better.

 
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Feature Friday with @craftydeesigns

Feature Friday with @craftydeesigns

Hi journalers and planners! Thanks for tuning into my first Feature Friday.  Today's spotlight is on Deena aka @craftydeesigns. If you don't already follow this amazing human being, do so now!

I've been following Deena since the start of my own journaling journey.  She is incredibly active in the Bullet Journal® community on Instagram and regularly partakes in the #RockYourHandwriting challenges. I fell in love with one of her prompts that she wrote in her journal and had to hand-letter it because it was so good.  Here's a side by side of her original post and mine!

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How to Draw: Monstera Leaf

Here's another drawing tutorial.  This has shown up in my spreads a few times and I absolutely love drawing them because they are super easy but instantly adds a pop to any spread.

 

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Grab your template here for easy tracing of the teardrop shape.

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If you tried out this tutorial in your journal let me know! Tag photos with #inkbyjeng and @inkbyjeng so that I can add you to the upcoming feature on my site!

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How to Draw: Banana Leaf

My tropical leaf April theme has me so excited.  I've been filling my weekly spreads and my collections with banana, palm and monstera leaves. This theme was inspired by my love for all things tropical and my recent trip to Sydney, Australia where I think I took more photos of giant leaves than people.

I decided to do a how to draw banana leaf tutorial within my Bullet Journal®. Follow me on Instagram for more tutorials!

Feel free to grab this starter template for Step 1 to copy in your journal. Print it, slip it behind the pages and trace!

Bullet Journal: Weekly Log 2017 Week 11

Bullet Journal: Weekly Log 2017 Week 11

This is my 2017 Week 11 log. It features pops of colored pencils, patterned and calendar stamps and a layout that is still incredibly functional!

I say this all the time because it's true: my bullet journal really is my happy place.  These colors and these shapes will keep me smiling this week.

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Instagram Challenge: #serifwritingchallenge

Instagram Challenge: #serifwritingchallenge

My theme for February: chic, modern and luxe. For me, this means clean lines and classic fonts. And it doesn't get more classic than a good serif font.

Serif: "a slight projection finishing off a stroke of a letter in certain typefaces." A classic serif font would be Times New Roman. With beautiful handwritten fonts and modern calligraphy, we have really turned bullet journaling around and have been creating beautiful spreads. But I haven't seen many bullet journal headers utilizing a serif font. I know for me, these fonts are difficult to draw consistently. Luckily I've been able to cook up some really helpful stickers that I've been using in my bullet journal.

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Dynamic Kanban Board in your Bullet Journal

Dynamic Kanban Board in your Bullet Journal

I practice the Kanban methodology at work. It's a process that started with Toyota and has been frequently leveraged by software developer teams. I've had great success using it at work and figured I could start adding it to my bullet journal to track the projects I've been working on for INKBYJENG Etsy.

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Tutorial: DIY Felt Ornaments

Tutorial: DIY Felt Ornaments

If you've been following my Instagram Story you've probably seen my holiday ornaments. I'm super excited this year because this will be the first year that my husband and I buy a tree together! What better way than to celebrate with DIY ornaments? I'm a huge fan of felt because it's easy to work with and inexpensive. I usually prefer a hand sewing my felt together, but I've been time constrained and decided to use my trusty glue gun. Get the free tutorial and template below!

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Bullet Journaling For Your Inner Perfectionist

Bullet Journaling For Your Inner Perfectionist

Within the last two months I have become a regular user of the bullet journal system. My sister-in-law mentioned that she was using it and had an Instagram account for it. I was already familiar with the system having seen Ryder Carroll's kickstarter, but I wasn't convinced that it would help me. But after a finding a ton of inspiration online, I knew I had to try. It has greatly improved my daily routine and has really helped me to rekindle my love for drawing.

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Make: Baby's First Prints - Nursery Decor

Make: Baby's First Prints - Nursery Decor

I recently decorated my sister's nursery with a black and white theme.  She had purchased a first prints kit from Carter's, but the colors didn't match the theme.  I had suggested that I could look for a frame with two open windows.  It turns out nothing really fit what I was looking for.  Baby prints are pretty small so the standard 4x6 and 5x7 windows were too big.  So I decided to try cutting my own custom mat for this project.

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Make: Sewing a Tiny Racerback Tank

Make: Sewing a Tiny Racerback Tank

It's sunny in San Francisco and I'm in dire need of new tank tops.  I live in my workout clothes because they are comfortable and are racerback.  I've been on the hunt for woven racerback tank tops, but most don't fit my short torso, so I decided to make my own!  I found Pinterest to be full of ideas for making the Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank and Wiksten Tank.  Larissa from mmmcrafts even provides a great post where she compares both tanks.  However, these two patterns don't provide racerback options.

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