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Monday, April 2, 2018

Interview with Author and Bujo Fan Christi Snow!

Can you believe it’s already April? Where did the time go right? Anyway, happy Monday everyone. Today I have romance author Christi Snow on the blog but we’re actually NOT talking about romance novels. We are talking… BULLET JOURNALING! Yes folks, Christi was nice enough to want to talk about her experience with bujo-ing (Is that even a word? I’m a newbie at this) and she’s sharing some photos of her beautifully creative, yet simple layouts.

And a totally random comment: Christi’s social media links, bio and even photos were easy to find. I didn’t have to hunt for them for hours. That is so neat. Okay, now on to the interview!

Adria: Hi Christi! Thank you for agreeing to answer a few questions for me today! It's been a little hectic, my mom got a flu-like virus and had to stay in bed so that meant I was in charge of dinner for a few days. I am TERRIBLE at cooking but I managed to survive with minimal damage to all parties involved. Lol.

I'm so glad you agreed to chat a bit because I want to talk about bujo or bullet journaling. I've always loved journals and journaling but this trend takes it to a next level and is more like a style of planning. It's really a great way to organize your daily activities and I've seen so many different styles and uses on Instagram. How does bullet journaling help you?

Christi: I’ve always been a crafter, but when I started writing, my crafting took a hit and I had completely stopped it. But I’ve also always been a planner user. 

More of Christ's Bujo on her Instagram Page.
When I first started, it was during the summer and I was missing my plotting time that I would do during my drive to and from taking my daughter to school. I decided to start crafting as a way to clear my head and plot...it developed into a decorated planner which eventually morphed into my current bullet journal system.
By creating a bullet journal, I’m able to combine the two (my writing and my creating) and still keep my focus on my writing...because it’s all about how I’m going to get all the various tasks for my writing done each day.

Adria: When did you start your first bullet journal and what made you decide to start one?
Christi: For a solid year, I was planning and stamping in a premade planner, but the summer of 2017, I decided to bite the bullet and try a bujo on for size. I love the versatility of it. On any given day, my major task for the day will change. I love that I can change the style of my layout to accommodate that.

Adria: You can pretty much turn any notebook/planner/stack of papers into a bullet journal, what works for you? I love Rhodia pads myself but for my particular needs, I actually went with a $5 sketchbook from Michaels because I like to use water colors for mine.
Christi: I use a Leuchtturm1917 soft cover. For a while, I was using the hardcovers, but found they had too many pages for me. (The softcover is half the size and will last me two months.) Because I stamp, apply washi, and watercolor inside them, my pages become slightly warped, which makes it really difficult to get a clear stamped image when the journal is getting full. I’m so thrilled with this option now that I’ve made the switch. (I’m also a fountain pen girl and love the LT pages for my wet inks.)

Adria: What do you think makes bullet journaling so appealing and addictive for some people?
Christi: The ability to create and manipulate the layouts and change them at any given point is huge. I’ve always used planners, but there’s no getting bored with this system. It literally can look different every single day. For a creative-type like me, that is seriously addictive.

Adria: I don't do planners, I'm really bad at them but I love the idea of keeping track of things with the bujo style and I also suffer from depression, anxiety, and insomnia so I've incorporated it into a journal that keeps tracks of my symptoms, moods, and lays out a week by week itinerary of coping exercises and goals. So far it has been a more successful way of helping myself. Have you found any other uses for bullet journaling?
Christi: I’m a writer and I keep daily word count trackers. There is a certain amount of motivation to filling in those boxes everyday that helps keep me on track and I love that.

Adria: How far in advance do you plan your days? Weeks? Months? Day by day? And do you plan out how your layout will look in advance because I fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to the weekly spreads which is probably why you can see eraser marks, smudged ink, and the occasional dog tooth where my dog has tried to steal the whole thing.
Christi: I create a daily layout every morning. I wake up an hour earlier than I normally would to do it, and I never have any idea what I’m doing until I sit down to do it. I’m under a time crunch because at the end of that hour I have to go get ready to take my daughter to school, so I can’t overthink it.
I keep my LT1917 in a Chic Sparrow A5 Travelers Notebook and keep a LT1917 2018 calendar in there with it, which is where I keep track of my long-term appointments and such...but I don’t pretty the calendar up at all. That calendar is there for pure function.

Adria: One of the many fun things about bullet journaling is all the embellishments, and personal touches a person can add. Rubber stamps, stickers, acrylic stamps, watercolors, washi tape, colored pens, the options are endless. I am personally obsessed with washi tape and brush pens. What is your favorite accessory to use and why?
Christi: I’m totally a rubber stamp girl. Before I became a fiction writer, I was a professional crafter for magazines and stamp manufacturers. I literally have thousands of stamps. So, my basics that I use every single day:
*Unity Stamp Co. rubber stamps
*StazOn ink (because I watercolor and this won’t smear)
*Prima watercolors
*Sharpie thin-line markers
*my fountain pens
*Tombow markers

- I can totally second the Tombow markers, I LOVE them and not just for bullet journaling. Hand lettering and water coloring too.

Adria: Since my blog is currently more of a book blog than anything else I wanted to point out to people that you’re a romance author (YAY!) and ask what kind of romance do you write?
Christi: My main claim to fame is as a romantic suspense author, but I’ve dabbled in a lot of the sub-genres...paranormal, male/male, new adult, contemporary. Counting my book that’s coming out at the end of March, I have 28 books and novellas that I’ve released.

Adria: What are you working on now?
Christi: Right now I’m actively working on 3 different books. When Love Comes Back is a romantic suspense book that’s about to release on March 23. Guarded Desire is a new adult romantic suspense that I’m cleaning up to send to my editor (tentative release in May). And then I’m in the process of writing the first draft of a male/male romantic suspense (that I’m not releasing details about yet, but it will be coming later in the year).

Adria: Is there anything you’d like people to know?
Christi: The brilliant thing about bullet journaling is just its pure versatility. When people look at the layouts, it can seem daunting, but this is YOUR journal...you get to decide how it’s laid out and how complex it is. Find what works for you, which might take a few weeks, but even people who have been doing this for years are constantly changing up how they do their layouts. Honestly, that’s all part of the fun.

If you like to be able to check off lists, this is a system that you’re going to LOVE!

Adria: Thank you again Christi for your time!
Christi: Thank you so much for asking me to be here. This was fun!

FYI guys I have a bunch of youtube videos saved on bullet journaling and I love looking at and following the hashtags #bulletjournal and #bujo on Instagram. If you’re a bit confused as to how to bullet journal, that’s okay just look on Youtube and you will find endless videos that explain how. I had to look for a few before I found one that I understood. I promise that while it looks complicated it actually isn’t.

And if YOU would like to share off your bujo in an interview, let me know!

About Author:
As an avid reader her entire life, Christi Snow always dreamed of writing books that brought to others the kind of joy she felt when she read. But…she never did anything about it besides jot down a few ideas and sparse scenes.

When she turned 41, she decided it was time to go after her dream and started writing. Within four months, she’d written over 150,000 words and hasn't stopped since.

She's found her calling by writing about sexy, alpha heroes and smart, tough heroines falling in love and finding their passion. She's truly living the dream and loving every minute of it.

Her tagline is… Passion and adventure on the road to Happily Ever After. She's loving this adventure

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