Take Your Journal to the Next Level with This Bullet Journal Expansion Card

Tinkershop Creative
Tinkershop Creative

Earlier this year, Tinkershop Creative debuted the Original Sketchmark on Kickstarter, giving everyone with a notebook the opportunity to become the ultra-organized journaler of their dreams. The bookmark-shaped card featured a protractor, pie chart guide, ruler, compass, and more, making it perfect for artists, architects, or regular people who love geometry.

Now, the design studio is back with the BUJO Expansion Card, designed especially for bullet journalers. The card includes three features—alphabet stencils, journal icons, and a monthly tracker—intended to help you structure your bullet journal in a clear, personalized, and appealing way.

The alphabet stencils will ensure that your section titles and dates stand out from the bullets beneath them, and best fit between two vertical rows of a 5-millimeter-by-5-millimeter grid journal. The unique punctuation mark next to the “9” on the card can be stenciled out as a question mark, exclamation point, or period.

If you rank efficiency highly on your bulleted list of values, you’ll love using the journal icons to categorize each task or section. Seven icons depict basic shapes (triangle, circle, square, heart, star, drop of water, and check mark), and the other three are more specific. The speech bubble can denote any communication-related item: phone calls, emails, meetings, etc. The shopping cart is perfect not only for shopping lists, but also bills, loans, and other financial items. Color in the tiny gym weight stencil at the top of your exercise plan for each day, or use it to mark the days when you successfully dragged yourself to the gym.

The monthly tracker consists of a table with 35 small boxes underneath two rectangular title boxes, so you can stencil out each month in the year and mark birthdays, vacations, or both National Doughnut Days. The tiny dots on top of the title boxes are alignment points, so you can make sure your titles are exactly centered; for example, stop tracing the box when you hit the middle of the three-dot alignment point on either side if you’re adding a three-letter title.

BUJO Expansion Card displayed on top of journal
Tinkershop Creative

When you’re ready to take a break from bullet journaling for the day, just leave your Expansion Card on the page to bookmark your place.

The BUJO Expansion Card is available for $12 on Kickstarter, or you can buy it with the Original Sketchmark for $20. Delivery is estimated for August.

If you’re wondering how keeping a bullet journal could change your life for the better, find out here, and you can find more bullet journal-suitable products here.

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Wizarding World Gold, a Magical New Harry Potter Subscription Service, Has Arrived

The Potter Collector, YouTube
The Potter Collector, YouTube

For Potterheads, Christmas just came early. There’s a new Harry Potter subscription service on the market, and it’ll make you feel like you plunged face-first into one of the magical books—not unlike Harry’s frequent forays into the Pensieve.

Engadget reports that Wizarding World Gold is a 12-month commitment, and includes access to all seven Harry Potter ebooks through the Wizarding World app, collectible pin badges, merchandise discounts, and more.

That’s really just the tip of the iceberg-sized rock cake. After signing up, you’ll receive a pin, a print of J.K. Rowling’s sketch of Hogwarts, and a personalized journal called Keys and Curios, designed by the graphic design team behind the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film franchises. It features your name, Hogwarts house, and “enchanted keys” that “unlock hidden secrets” when scanned with the Wizarding World app.

You can also watch Wizarding World Originals, an exclusive video series that delves into the mysteries of the world of Harry Potter; gain early access to collectible merchandise and priority bookings for events like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and enjoy magical quizzes and puzzles. You’ll also make the guest list for festivities like the Wizarding World Gold Christmas Party in the Great Hall at Warner Bros.’s Studio Tour London.

If you register now, your welcome gift with the pin, print, and journal will arrive in about two weeks, and your first official subscription box will follow later this autumn. It’s $75 for the entire year, which is quite a bit cheaper than flying off to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

If you have any funds left in your Gringotts vault, you can supplement your fantasy-filled subscription with a Harry Potter pop-up book, sock Advent calendar, bathrobe, or even Pandora jewelry.

[h/t Engadget]

This Automated Tea Machine Brews Tea Bags and Loose Leaves With the Convenience of a Keurig


The convenience of Keurigs has changed the way people get their morning coffee, but for tea drinkers, the options have been far more limited. Though companies have released their teas in K-cup pods, you’re usually beholden to a more limited selection in terms of flavor variety and leaf type. The BRÜ is looking to change that by giving tea drinkers an automated brewing machine that allows for full customization, like temperature control, cup size, and the option to actually choose from your favorite loose-leaf teas and bags. With more than $180,000 in pledges raised already, the BRÜ has shattered its $30,000 goal on Kickstarter. But you can still get your own machine for just $95 by heading here before the campaign ends on November 1.

The BRÜ looks just like a Keurig in many ways—there’s the water tank, the familiar spout, and the drip tray. But with this machine, you're in control of far more. If you want a small cup of strong, bagged green tea, it's just a few button presses away. If your friend then wants a weaker glass of loose-leaf white tea that's not too hot, it can be ready in minutes, all without the hassle of dealing with a traditional kettle. With its stretch goals already reached, the company is even working on a setting for cold tea, which will brew a small but concentrated cup of hot tea, then dispense chilled water on top of it.

If you act fast (like fast, fast) you can still score the $95 BRÜ package, along with a glass mug. The next tier starts at $115 and includes a similar haul, but this time it’s for the BRÜ+ machine, which the company says dispenses the water in a way that actually cleans the tea chamber after each cup.

The BRÜ won’t be available for the holidays, so if you’re looking to give it as a gift this Christmas, you’ll receive a gift card voucher. Orders are expected to start going out for delivery in April 2020. For more information, head to the BRÜ Kickstarter page, where you can become a backer until November 1.

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