COVID19 Planners

Day 126: On a Page

July 19, 2020

I ordered Acrylograph pens from Archer & Olive and had fun playing with them yesterday. BUT looking at the above, I’m sort of grossed out by it. I don’t think I like too much ‘decoration’ (or really much at all!) in my planning.

It was still fun to play, though!

Some of you asked about hand-lettering resources. I have a friend who is a graphic designer with expertise in typography (so cool, right?). She asked her lettering-expert friends who recommended the following 2 Skillshare courses:

1- Why We Letter: Designing with Friends of Type with Jason Wong and Dennis Payongayong

2- Creative Hand Lettering: Design Exercises with Image and Letters with Erik Marinovich

Then, several of you kind readers chimed in with recs, too, including:

3- Skillpop’s Handlettering Basics (new!). (Extra cool = the CEO commented and happens to be a BOBW listener 🙂 ).

I have not tried any of these but I plan to dive in soon.

I did not make banana bread yesterday. Cameron was all excited to make it with me, and I printed the Kitchn recipe (because it looked the easiest!) and then — we had used all of the eggs at lunch! Oops. Hopefully the bananas will survive until today and we can try again after I grocery shop.

What I did do: read a huge chunk of Big Summer. OMG it is very addictive!


  • Reply gwinne July 19, 2020 at 9:32 am

    The colors on this pic do seem more bold than what you usually use.

    I’ve been looking around at planners for a mid-year swap because I’m not making the most of mine (Ink + Volt); I do have very particular tastes. I ended up ordering a “Self Planner” which is undated (I generally don’t go for that) because it was only $10 plus shipping. Low cost experiment. Always interested in your pics and recs, though!

    You could have probably used an egg substitute in a pinch (applesauce?) but I’m sure the bananas will survive to be used today! I use that Kitchn recipe A LOT, including chocolate chips, nutella swirl, nuts (the kids don’t like); sometimes we use GF flour (if I want to eat) and sometimes we use regular white flour (if I don’t). Report back!

  • Reply Kate July 19, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    I regularly use a chia egg, and it gets the job done. 1 tbsp chia (I quickly grind mine Ina magic bullet but it’s not necessary) + 3 tbsp water, wait 5 minutes.

    • Reply Sarah K July 20, 2020 at 7:12 am

      Yes! You can do the same thing with ground flaxseed and water.

      • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 20, 2020 at 8:06 am

        I googled alllll the subs but didn’t have applesauce chia or flaxseeds!

        • Reply Elizabeth July 31, 2020 at 9:23 am

          I have lived overseas for many years, including some places where I can’t get eggs. In a real pinch, 2T oil plus 1T egg can sub in as an egg. It isn’t perfect but it better than good enough! 😉

  • Reply J. July 19, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    You can sub 1/4 cup applesauce for each egg in recipes for quick breads, waffles, pancakes, etc. (I used this substitution in buckwheat pancakes this morning, and it worked well.)

  • Reply Lauren July 19, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    I loved Big Summer! One of the most satisfying reads of the year for me so far. And yes I was absolutely salivating during the banana bread scene.

  • Reply Anne July 19, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    Do you take your kids with you to the grocery store run? When my husband’s on call I have to do the weekly shop myself and its so hard to drag the kids with me plus feels unsafe (they are 5 and 18 months).

  • Reply Omdg July 19, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Freeze the bananas! It works, I promise.

    • Reply Victoria B. July 20, 2020 at 6:31 am

      This was what I was going to say. I would peel them first though.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns July 20, 2020 at 9:10 am

    You could also mash the bananas and either freeze them or keep them in the fridge until you are ready to make the bread. I do this all the time with our brown bananas. Our son’s favorite food is banana pancakes (1 banana, 2 eggs, dashes of vanilla and cinnamon). So I always mash them and then either freeze or refridgerate the mashed bananas until I”m ready to make a batch!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 20, 2020 at 9:34 am

      ooh good thought! we SOOOO rarely have leftover bananas (my kids & Josh eat them so fast!) but having them on hand for baking & smoothies would be great!

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