My Bullet Journal: 2018 Set Up

Last year I did an entire series of posts about My Bullet Journal journey. It was the first year I started, and I shared my tools, tips, spreads, mistakes, and ideas. You can see the full list of posts in my last BUJO post from 2017.

I am using a Leuchtturm 1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook with Dotted Pages in Purple for 2018. Since I stopped bullet journaling in September 2017, I do have about 30 or so pages left in my old bujo. I decided to start fresh with a new journal for the new year, and I plan on using those extra pages at the back of my old journal for color testing and practice pages. 

I hope you enjoy my spreads and ideas from my bullet journal. I’d love if you would share your own ideas or photos of your journals with me, too!

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2018 Bullet Journal Set Up 

One of my biggest struggles with my bullet journal last year was my supplies. As the year went on, I continually was adding something here or there. Stencils, colored pencils, brush pens. I live in two houses, so packing everything back and forth each weekend became very cumbersome and eventually I just stopped dealing with it and left it behind. One of my first goals for 2018 was to figure out a solution.

I bought two different pen/pencil/marker holders to corral all the Staedtlers, Flairs, colored pencils, and brush pens. Carting them around in their original containers made me nervous the colored pencils were going to break, and I was worried I would lose something because the pen and brush pen packages were falling apart. I bought a 202 Colored Pencil Case for my brush pens, Staedtlers, and Flairs. I bought a smaller 72 Colored Pencil Case just for my colored pencils. I purchased a clear crafting tackle box from Wal-Mart to hold my pencils, black Sharpie pens, erasers, rulers, White Out, and other pens left over from last year. It is very similar to this craft box, except the two fold-out trays are not sectioned off. I bought a jewelry/makeup divider box to house all my loose washi tape. Lastly, I bought a multi-pocketed craft bag from Wal-Mart to hold all kinds of extra things, like stencils, highlighters, scissors, and other odds and ends and also this large carpet bag. The only thing I don’t like is there is only one zipper on the big bag. Now everything fits conveniently in this large carpet bag and the craft bag.


I decided to stay with the Leuchttrum 1917 A5 dotted journal. I like the quality of this product. The designers have thought of everything, including a little pocket in the back. I had already bought one in purple last year, so I decided to use it for 2018.


I wanted my first page in my new bullet journal to be for 2018. I knew I wanted to do the elephant and feathers. I have a feather stencil, but then I found feather stickers. I like the way this came out, except the number stencils don’t have a zero! So of course I jacked that up and needed to White Out and try again. I can always add something over the year later if I find something I like better.


Unlike most people, I didn’t use my first page to make my key/legend. It’s a little ways in on the left side, and my allergies list is on the opposite side of the page.

I used stencils to create the gorgeous key design. Some of the icons I put in my key last year I never ended up using, so put some pre-planning thought into the icons I really needed.

Last year (when I didn’t know what I was doing) I didn’t do a future log. This year I did. I followed an example I researched on Instagram. I think it turned out pretty good! These two spreads did take a lot of time to box out, calendar, and add the drawings. I had to break it up into three sessions to finish.

I only used a black Sharpie pen and my colored pencils to complete the future log. I may go back and add a hint of gray to give the boxes some background definition and make them a little more 3D to pop off the page.



With my blog and my bullet journal, I wanted to become more active – and followed – on Instagram. Last year I didn’t have too much success growing at a good rate. It wasn’t until I hosted a Black Friday giveaway that my follower number jumped. Every time that happens, I lose between 3-10 folks within a few days. I decided to make my increments smaller and more manageable to track so that I feel I am actually making progress. I broke it down in increments of 25 and did a classic open box.


I have three different loans. One is my student loan, one is my Jeep loan, and one is a personal loan which I consolidated all of my credit card debt into three years ago. This tracker is my personal loan, which I am hoping to pay off this year. I decided to do honeycombs because it would be large enough for the numbers and easy to fill in. Plus it’s cute!

I used a different colored pencil to fill in each honeycomb so far. I hope it will turn out into a nice shade of yellows when it’s all paid and filled in.



I started doing monthly intros in June last year. It was something new and exciting I wanted to try out, but I was nervous I would screw them up. I take a lot of time doing them. This year I am trying to theme my monthly intro to my monthly calendar and trackers. For January, I chose snowflakes in hues of blue. My sleep and habit trackers are also shades of blue, and snowflakes also appear on my calendar page.



I made a monthly task list to keep up with all of my blog challenges. I sucked last year at linking up my reviews, or sharing my quarterly update, etc. I made a fail-proof list to keep me on track for each one for the year. I’m going to keep up with it by marking each month off with my Midliner highlighters when I’ve accomplished that task. Hopefully this will keep me up to date with my goals!


I did some simple weekly spreads to start the year off. I made my wishlist page but I’m not sure else I want to do with it yet.

How did you set up your BUJO or planner for this year?

Do you use stencils or stickers?

If you have any recommendations, I’m all ears! I’d love to hear your ideas. 

14 thoughts on “My Bullet Journal: 2018 Set Up

  1. I don’t do bullet journaling but I like the idea of it and think about getting into it. For now, I live vicariously through those of you who do bullet journal! 😉 I love all the things you’ve done. The loan tracker and the key page are really neat. Do you keep your whole life in one journal? I mean like school, blog, etc.? Thanks for sharing, Charlie!

  2. Your bullet journal looks fabulous!!! I love it! I don’t do bullet journaling, but I love seeing other’s journals.

  3. This is so amazing! Mine is rather pathetic in comparison. LOL But I am still learning and I am trying to keep it as simple as I can so that I can fit it into my schedule.

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