I’m always on the lookout for fun ways to simplify and improve my creative bullet journaling. I was thrilled when PoooliPrint offered to send me one of their gorgeous inkless pocket printers and thermal paper to try out! With the ability to instantly print photos, text and images from the pocket printer, my monthly reflection spread was the perfect project to test all the Poooli features. Here is how I created a bullet journal monthly reflection spread with the PoooliPrint Inkless Pocket Printer.
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How does the PoooliPrint Inkless Pocket Printer work?
The PoooliPrint Inkless Pocket Printer is a super cute pocket size printer that connects wirelessly to your smartphone. Using the Poooli App you can instantly print photos, stickers, to-do lists, notes and more directly from the App or your phone’s photo gallery. It’s a really cool way to add photos, headings and other elements to your bullet journal pages.
With the Poooli Printer there is no need for ink, it uses a special thermal technology to print. Once connected, all you need to do is load the paper in and print!
PoooliPrint offer a selection of different thermal papers to use with your pocket printer, including sticker paper, coloured paper and grid paper. Approximately 100 photos can be printed on each roll of thermal paper, depending on which paper you choose.
It’s really easy to switch between paper types so you can create a lot of different designs in just minutes. Simply open the Poooli Printer to remove the paper roll and replace it with the roll you would like to use next.
How to connect your Poooli Printer to your smartphone
Connecting your Poooli Printer to your phone is super easy! Follow the steps below.
Step 1: Switch on your pocket printer by pressing the round button for 3 seconds. The printer will light up when switched on.
Step 2: Open the Poooli App on your smartphone. Press ‘Connect’ and then select the Poooli device you wish to connect. You’re now ready to print!
Connect using QR code
Another way to connect your pocket printer to your smartphone is by the QR code. To connect this way, switch on your printer as above. Then open the Poooli App. Press ‘Connect’, then press ‘Scan QR Code’. Double tap the round button on your pocket printer. This will automatically print a QR code. Using the Poooli App, scan the code. You are now connected to your Poooli Printer!
Bullet Journal Monthly Reflection
Now that your Poooli printer is all set up, it’s time to create your monthly reflection spread!
Monthly reflection is an opportunity to recognise your accomplishments and the progress you have made througout the month. Highlighting small wins and noticing what did or didn’t work will help you move forward with a sense of achievement, direction and purpose.
Creating a bullet journal monthly reflection page is a wonderful way to capture your most important achievements, highlights, memories and lessons.
Print headings for your bullet journal pages with the Poooli Pocket Printer
The first elements I created for my monthly reflection spread were the headings. The Poooli App includes several fonts for creating text. The size, weight and rotation of the text can be adjusted within the App.
If you would like your text in a different font, simply create your text in another App, such as Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Adobe Illustrator or Canva, where you can access your favourite fonts.
I used the Canva App on my smartphone to design the large and small headings for my bullet journal monthly reflection spread. I chose the script font Selima as it suited the style I wanted for my page.
Once you have created your text, save or download the file as a Jpeg. Add it to your phone’s photo gallery so it is accessible from the Poooli App.
To print the image directly from your phone’s photo gallery, open the Poooli App and press ‘Print Photo’. The Poooli App will access your photo gallery and you can select the image containing your text. Now you can crop or rotate the image, if necessary, to get the best fit on your Poooli thermal paper.
When you’re ready, press print!
To print my headings I used both the PoooliPrint thermal sticker paper and the coloured thermal paper. After printing I trimmed around the text with scissors before adding the headings to my page.
Add cute speech bubbles and text to your monthly reflection!
When I spend time reflecting at the end of the month I usually ask myself a few reflection questions and write the answers in my journal. Here are some examples of reflection questions to ask yourself:
- What three words best describe how you felt this past month?
- What was the highlight of the month?
- Who or what are you grateful for?
- What was your biggest achievement?
- What lessons did you learn?
For this project, instead of writing answers in my journal, I added text to some fun speech bubbles in the Poooli App and printed them out for my bullet journal!
To create the speech bubbles, open the Poooli App and press ‘Print notes’. Next, choose if you would like your notes to print in a vertical or horizontal direction on the thermal paper.
Press ‘bubble’ and then choose any bubble shape you like. You can now edit the text inside the bubble by double clicking. When you’re done editing, print out your stickers!
Print your favourite photos instantly with the Poooli Pocket Printer
Printing a few favourite photos from the month is the perfect addition to a bullet journal monthly reflection spread.
To print an image directly from your phone’s photo gallery, open the Poooli App and press ‘Print Photo’. The Poooli App will access your photo gallery and you can select a photo to print.
Once the image is in the Poooli App you will have the option to edit the image. You can adjust brightness and contrast, crop, rotate and more.
When your image is ready, press the printer icon. You will then have the opportuntity to choose your prefered Concentration: light, medium or dark which will affect how light or dark the printed image is. If your image prints too dark the first time, try using a lighter Concentration.
Next press the green print button and watch your photo appear!
Photos and images can be printed on any of the PoooliPrint Thermal Paper. I chose to print my photos on the white thermal sticker paper and attached them to patterned paper before adding them to my page.
Quotes, shapes and embellishments
To add the finishing touches to my Monthly Reflection Spread, I used the Canva App again to design a quote and heart shape. I printed these on the PoooliPrint Thermal Sticker Paper, trimmed around the text or image, and added them to my page.
I’m so happy with how my Monthly Reflection spread turned out using all of the elements printed with the PoooliPrint Inkless Pocket Printer!
Protecting your Poooli Pocket Printer
With its cute pocket size and simplicity of use, the PoooliPrint Inkless Printer is perfect for travelling. It’s so easy to carry in your bag or backpack and print photos and notes wherever you go!
To avoid damaging your printer while travelling, PoooliPrint offer several protective cases, including hard cases, faux leather and soft bumpers.
I’m using a PoooliProtect Transparent Hard Case. It fits snugly around my printer and the hard shell protects the printer from any shocks or scratches. The hard case includes a lanyard for easy carrying.
Removable magnetic beak
Are you curious about the little coloured beak and wonder if it has a purpose other than looking super cute? Well, it does! The little coloured beak is actually a removable magnet! You can use it to stick your to-do lists, notes and photos to the fridge. Cool, right?
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