My Bullet Journal: Starting a New Journal

This is my third year using a bullet journal and I love it. It has increased my creativity and feeds the artistic side of me. You can see all of my past bullet journal posts via this linkI 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!


Step 1 – Cracking Open 

I am using a Leuchtturm 1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook with Dotted Pages in Ice Blue for 2019. I noticed they have done a little updating to the first few pages and how they have the Return To and Index structured. I like the old way better, but I don’t get to make those choices. 

For the last two years as I’ve gone deeper and further back into my journal, I’ve had significant issues with where the page meets the binding. It has been hard to get washi tape or a ruler to align correctly. I’ve kind of had a “fuck it” mentality when it comes to the crack. I remembered seeing a video on how to properly open a Leuchtturm for the first time when I first started bullet journaling and figuring out what the heck I needed to do. After much digging, I found the video. This makes the spine flexible so it won’t break down easily. I think most people crack them open incorrectly like I have been.

 

Step 2 – Establish a Ladder

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A whaaat?!

No, not that kind of ladder.

This kind:

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I use a ladder each year to set up our yearbook. It helps frame what content goes on each page and how everything will be organized and laid out. For YRBK, I have to have a paper and digital ladder.

Set up a ladder for your new journal before you begin. Each year I realize things I need to add to the next year’s journal, usually things that need to go in the front or additional things I want to add in each month.  Try a template to get started, or just use paper and pencil.

 

Step 3 – Pick Supplies & Test

Once you’ve set up your journal and your ladder, it’s time to decide what supplies you will use for your first sets of pages. My biggest problem when trying something new is matching colors. I use the back pages in my first bullet journal to see what each color will look like on the page and what two colors look like side by side or blended together before I use them on a new spread in my new journal. I do this even with colors I know that I’ve used before. I recommend doing this with different pens, too, especially if you have not used them before. This is also a great way to do an easy practice with any of your supplies before putting it down to permanence in your new journal.


What spreads would you put in your bullet journal?

My Bullet Journal: Blogging with My BUJO

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. I am using a Leuchtturm 1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook with Dotted Pages in Purple for 2018. 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!

2017 Bullet Journal Posts

2018 Bullet Journal Posts

This post may contain affiliate links. 

Blogging with My BUJO

I took a hiatus from my blog on April 8th. Really, I was hiatusing at the end of March and finally gave in and made it official. I haven’t touched any books or my blog until the end of June. I didn’t do anything in my bullet journal for a while, either. I am now fully back on board…and drowning in how behind I am. Last I looked, Goodreads said I was 16 books behind for my goal. I had no posts drafted or ready to go. It was totally hit the ground running.

I knew I would let things fall through the cracks if I didn’t plan something out. When I started blogging, I was a hardcore organizer and had everything calendered in two months ahead. Then I just stopped entirely. I think I need to go back to a little something to have the visual and to hold me accountable and keep track of the status of things. I am much more visual – digital doesn’t work for me for this, unfortunately.

I started by making a list of all my recurring posts each week or bi-weekly and listed those out for every week until mid-August. I made a column for the post, a column for the topic, and two small columns on the right labeled with a D and S (for draft and scheduled). This way I can just flip open to the couple pages I need and see quickly what I’ve done, what I haven’t, which posts each week I need to finish up and schedule or create completely from scratch and get going.

  • Sunday Post
  • Review (I always post these on Monday)
  • Top 10 Tuesday
  • Tuesday Teaser & Intro
  • WWW Wednesdays
  • My Favorite…
  • Beyond the Books (which now looks like it is on hiatus with Karen opening That Book Store)
  • Famous Last Words (my own meme)
  • Thoughts on Thursdays (my discussions)
  • My Bullet Journal
  • Book Blogger Hop

Here is what one of the full spreads looks like. I used a different color for each week to help bring some color to the pages. At the bottoms on each page, I picked out some quotes related to planning and why it is important.

 

Is it working? 

Yes, it is! On the first day of sitting down to work after creating these spreads (the same day), I drafted 12 posts from scratch to finish and scheduled them. Of course, they were the easiest ones for me to draft and complete, but the next day I began working on some of my tougher posts that are just more in-depth and time consuming, like this post. On day three I was working on the posts that take me the longest: an old review I still hadn’t written, a Famous Last Words graphic.

 

Do you use a pen and paper planning method for your blog? 

I really like how I have the columns labeled, especially the draft and schedule columns. But I am struggling with how much space this takes up. I can only fit two weeks on one page with this format. Like I said, I’m really used to having two months at a time to work through and then get ahead. Do you have a more concise way you keep your blog planning or schedule? I still want to have mine in my bullet journal for the fall, but I definitely will need a new format. What does yours look like?


How do you keep track of your planning and organization for your blog posts?

What has been your bujo inspiration lately? I’m always looking for ideas!

What do you want to see in next month’s Bullet Journal post? 

My Bullet Journal: May & June Spreads

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. I am using a Leuchtturm 1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook with Dotted Pages in Purple for 2018. 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!

2017 Bullet Journal Posts

2018 Bullet Journal Posts

This post may contain affiliate links. 

May & June Spreads

New Workspace

I recently moved (again) and I am ECSTATIC that I now have an a dedicated workspace for the first time in two years! Ever since I started bullet journaling, I have never had a desk. I’ve done most of it in my bed. Now I have this AWESOME, beautiful workspace with a great view that I love. I have everything set up the way I need it for now and it is working well. Really conducive to being productive when you don’t have to keep moving everything to get up and down or because your foot falls asleep. Can you tell I’m in love?

 

New Weekly Layouts

I decided to try yet another new weekly layout in May. It turned out alright. I only did these two weeks since I also gave up my bullet journal for a while. These spreads took a while to make. I messed up a few of the boxes and didn’t make them tall or wide enough and had to go back and fix them.

I tried another new layout in June! I am just gallivanting on to new things. I like the way I did the first lay out a lot. I think I just really like that orange washi tape! You can see some of them blank(ish) and then filled in.

 

New Artwork

I’ve done small-time doodles throughout the past few months. I was most proud of these sketches. I love my little cottage house, so I had to include that somehow. I kind of like the sketch better than the colored version. I also sketched what I was doing or what happened a few days, like when I discovered my stove wasn’t working.

 

Mid-Year Check-Ins

At the beginning of the year when I shared my bullet journal photos across my platforms, I said I was only going to share one of my loans (not my Jeep or student loan). This loan is *almost* paid off. I can’t wait! I think when it is I am going to consolidate all my credit card debt and roll it into a loan to pay off through my credit union. But in terms of my Jeep loan, I am almost sitting at 9K remaining and my student loan is sitting at 10.3K. I am hoping my loan forgiveness paperwork will go through the first time and it will shave 5K off of it. That will be SUPER nice!

My Instagram following was a steady incline for the longest, and then it plateaued for quite a while. It has ticked up just a bit again and I am happy to say I’ve reached 550 followers. I only have one square left! I didn’t think I would be able to fill all of these in 2018, but I might be wrong. 🙂 Follow me @sissybearla.


Do you have any cute end-of-school or summer spreads?

What are the select supplies that are your go-to materials?

Is there anything in particular you want to see me feature in My Bullet Journal posts?

My Bullet Journal: March & April Spreads

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. I am using a Leuchtturm 1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook with Dotted Pages in Purple for 2018. 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!

2017 Bullet Journal Posts

2018 Bullet Journal Posts

This post may contain affiliate links. 

March & April Spreads

New Tools

I have spent a lot of time money coupons at Michael’s and JoAnn’s lately. I did multiple orders at both stores. I discovered you CAN stack coupons at Michael’s, so that might be my go-to from now on. JoAnn’s is just ridiculous. I bought some new stencils and a boatload of new washi tapes. I am in love with them! I was waiting on the baseball washi tape to come in to get started on my May weeklies. Once the washi tape came in, I realized I should probably organize them in the memory keeper carousels. I am in love, but my bank account is definitely not.

New Weekly Layouts

Because I didn’t do such a good job keeping up with my March weeklies, the in-depth layout was kind of pointless.

I started looking for another way to organize my weeklies and I stumbled upon a couple I really liked and combined the layouts. I like that it includes a selection of things from that week that I was into, from food to movies to moments. I also threw in my to-do list, but I also added a self-care list of 4-6 things to do that week to just relax and take care of me.

New Artwork

I tried some new artwork out. I still need to work on blending BAD. It looks a little sad.

Weight Loss Tracker

Y’all. I gave Plexus the boot because after a year it was still doing nothing for me. After watching a friend literally melt off 65 pounds of fat in the past year – and keep it off – I jumped on board with her. I started Xyngular products and have already lost a significant number of inches. This is only the the first 29 days! 13.6 pounds and 13 inches gone!!


Have you found any spreads that work super well for you?

What has been your bujo inspiration lately? I’m always looking for ideas!

What do you want to see in next month’s Bullet Journal post? 

My Bullet Journal: January & February Spreads

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. I am using a Leuchtturm 1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook with Dotted Pages in Purple for 2018. 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!

2017 Bullet Journal Posts 

2018 Bullet Journal Posts

This post contains affiliate links. 

January & February Spreads

Collections

I didn’t do all of the beginning-of-year prep work in the front of my journal like I had planned. I left pages with a sticky note to hold spaces, and just recently I went back and created several of those pages. I still have 3-4 more spreads to go, but I am going to try to get those designed and finalized in March.

 

Birthday Master List 

I did a beautiful spread last year for the birthdays of family and friends. It was very time-consuming, so this year I thought I would try to shake things up and do a new layout and something fresh. Can we add colorful, too? I found a similar spread to what I ended up creating and loved it. The only problem was…I very obviously had about 3X as many family and friends to list out on this page. I ran out of room and had to nix a few friends and their kids. I don’t like that I don’t have a complete list of loved ones here. That’s the drawback of this design. If you have a smaller circle of family/friends, this is an easy layout that would work. ALSO: Family members, quit having children on different days. We have no more room. Let’s get some planning going. Share some birthdays. There are plenty of dates to choose from.

 

February is MY Month

I celebrated my birthday this month on Feb. 22nd and I love how I decorated that week and my birthday! I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do for my February intro page. I kind of like how it turned out, but then I also wish I had done a reds theme with hearts and other February content.

 

March Sneak Peeks

I chose a greens theme for March. It is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and I just so happened to have plenty of green washi tape. I had enough to do a different tape on each of my weekly spreads for the month. I started a new weekly layout for March, too. I’m hoping this new layout works better for me.

I also learned a hack for filling in your habit tracker. There are certain days where we don’t do certain things we’re keeping track of. For example, I don’t need to water my plants every day. Having so many empty boxes for that task (and others I don’t need to do daily) makes my tracker look a little down. The top portion looks amazing, and then the bottom half looks pitiful. I’ve decided to color in these particular blanks black to help clear up my tracker for myself and make it look more accurate.


Have you found any spread that work super well for you?

What has been your bujo inspiration lately? I’m always looking for ideas!

What do you want to see in next month’s Bullet Journal post? 

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!

This post contains affiliate links. 

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. 

My Bullet Journal: Fall – August & September

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This is one post in a series of posts about My Bullet Journal Journey. I’ve sequenced the posts so that they chronicle my journey and are step-by-step guides for those of you considering starting your own. 


Fall – August & September

My bullet journal is starting to really beef up! I’m running out of pages so I’m trying to keep things short and sweet for the rest of the year so I don’t run out of space.

August brings school back in session and the hunt for the perfect school supplies and new clothes. This year I didn’t buy any new clothes or new supplies for work. I went back on August 10th and my students arrived on August 16th. This year I only have one teaching partner (as it should be – three all teaching a second course is way too many cooks in the kitchen) and a new SPED co-teacher (again – every year).  I only have one yearbook course this year, which works out fine making my ELA classes a little smaller.

I did my pictorial calendar again and it turned out well. Obviously, I can’t draw a wheelchair. I had a lot of tasks to take care of this month. I let all my appointments get away from me during summer, so I had to make sure I got those scheduled last month.

This will be my last time doing all the numbers for my sleep log. I found another way to not have to do all that. It takes too long. I carried the honeycombs through to my reading page. I forgot to take a picture of the finished page before I started filling things in. And then I discovered a fatal flaw I made. Any writing has to be done in my Micro or Sharpi pens from now on if they’re going to be colored over. My black one ran out, so I used my black tip marker. A week later I went back to color in the hexagon after I finished reading and it smeared horribly. I could not believe my eyes. Lesson learned, right?

 

 

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I love the way my September divider turned out! I spent a long time painstakingly drawing all of the leaves. I erased so many times trying to get each one right. Then I tried my hand for the first time at blending with my colored pencils. I like how it turned out!

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I tried something new again for my calendar. I didn’t use my ruler. Big mistake. I do not like this page. It looks very garish, but it’s what I got. This one needs a little refiguring and reconfiguring.

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I also tried a new way to do my habits tracker. It’s a two-page full spread instead of the one I’ve done all year long. Please forgive my outrageous category headings on the left. I need some more practice…perhaps with a pencil first!

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I also rethought my sleep tracker and worked a little smarter, not harder. I’m going to do a bar graph again but horizontal this time. And no rewriting all those numbers 30 times! I am also LOVING this washi tape and how this entire spread turned out.

I also REALLY like how most of my September weeklies turned out. I’m getting a little braver and creative.

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I hope you’ll get a little braver in your planning, too! 

Next time I will be sharing updates in a Then and Now post. 

My Bullet Journal: New Ideas

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This is one post in a series of posts about My Bullet Journal Journey. I’ve sequenced the posts so that they chronicle my journey and are step-by-step guides for those of you considering starting your own. 


New Ideas

I tried out something new for my calendar in June. I didn’t intend for it to turn into a pictorial calendar, but once I did the first one to mark the end of school, and I liked it so I kept it up. It turned out well for June. My weekends were fairly busy and I got most of my tasks completed.

 

For a hot minute (OK, all of June and the beginning of July), I was obsessed with this game, Island Experiment. In my efforts to outline what I needed to do next, I created a little spread about it. The rest isn’t important, but I spent quite a bit of time on the drawing. I tried something new!

 

I’ve decided I like the idea of monthly intros before my calendar and weeklies. I did some more sketching for July. It took a while because I’m a perfectionist. I thought it would be cute to add summer-y lyrics to the page…I just didn’t pick the right color. This was not my design but inspired by someone else who I can’t remember.

I didn’t like all of the colors I used – some of them were too dark. I realized after I started I should probably have used colored pencils instead.

I bought some new stencils and used those for my August spreads. I really like how the honeycombs turned out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These were also some of the stencils I bought from Journal This Now. They have a lot of new stencils coming this month, so you might want to check out their website if you’re looking for something to make things a little easier. I know I’ll be making a fall purchase! 🙂

The other stencils I bought included the bee and hexagons, mermaid, weather, puzzle pieces and Pac Man, elephants and feathers, and more. These ones I bought from Oops A Daisy‘s store.


What new ideas have you thought of for your planner?

Next time I’ll be showing my fall spreads. 

My Bullet Journal: Tips & Tricks

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This is one post in a series of posts about My Bullet Journal Journey. I’ve sequenced the posts so that they chronicle my journey and are step-by-step guides for those of you considering starting your own. 


Ready for back to school season? Do you have your handy dandy fresh new calendar ready to mark up with appointments and tasks? I always love this time of year, and I fully admit that I am in love with office supplies. This now puts me in seven solid months of bullet journaling, and I’ve learned some tips that are helping me out with making my own better.

Tips & Tricks

 

Finding Inspiration

This is sometimes my biggest struggle. I have a small allotment of creative juices, and once they run out I am like a little bird looking for Mama to give me the worm. So I have become an Instagram stalker. I look up a couple of the most popular bullet journal topics and I will scrounge for an hour, looking for inspiration for layout design, artistic work, coloring options and new things to do. This is an amazing list to use to find things you are looking for. I get so many ideas from looking at other people’s bullet journal work. I’ve started screen shotting things on my phone to keep a record of what it is and who posted it so I can give credit for my inspiration – and I can find it again!

 

Sketches and Drawings

I can do OK with replicating something someone has drawn or drawing free-hand from another image…as long as it is not too complex. I’m not too good with 3D, and I am very particular about symmetry and imperfections, so I struggle with adding sketches, doodles, and small drawings (let alone big ones) into my bullet journal. This is why I have purchased a boat load of stencils for lettering and for artwork. Recently I purchased a nice number of stencils from OopsaDaisyUK via Etsy and a few from Journal This Now. I already drew up a cartful of additional stencils from JTN as well. They are moving away from Etsy to their own online store, where there are WAY more stencils available. Some of the stencils are very seasonal, like the Christmas ones, but most are versatile and can be used on a variety of spreads. So far I am loving the stencil support!

Colored Pencils and Blending

I took one art class in sixth grade. I loved it and was kind of good at it, but my mother refused to let me take art again. I feel like my creativity died a little, and I never learned how to do certain artistic things, like portrait drawing or even shading. I fell in love with the beautiful designs from Journal This Now and wanted to be able to create the same high-quality designs in my bullet journal using their stencils. I discovered Janae made this great video about shading and how she creates their artwork. Unlike Janae, I have Coloré colored pencils. I didn’t really know there was any difference, but I learned that my wax-based colored pencils don’t layer as well as her oil-based ones. There are also a variety of other videos that provide tips on blending.

This was my best blending. It was also my first one. What I learned was it is very important to pick the right three or four shades that you are going to use. Perhaps try a practice blend on scratch paper first to see if the shades you’ve selected work well the way you want them. If you’re not sure you like the blend of the colors you selected, pick one or two other shades and try those out and choose the best result for your page.


What tips or tricks have you learned to help you out? 

I’m excited to share my August and September layouts next time! 

My Bullet Journal: Recent Work

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This is one post in a series of posts about My Bullet Journal Journey. I’ve sequenced the posts so that they chronicle my journey and are step-by-step guides for those of you considering starting your own. 


I have about five-ish solid months of bullet journaling under my belt now. I took a month-long hiatus from mid-April to mid-May. While this is my first year of the journal, I’m learning. A lot. Learning how to do things better and things maybe not to do again…like these spreads. I’ll be sharing my worst ideas and designs to date.

Recent Work

 

Just Some Updating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I came back from my hiatus, I decided to start back over from the beginning and comb through my bullet journal. I decided I didn’t like the dots, and I wanted to fill in the squares. I actually think it looks much better with just that small change.

 

Alphabet Soup Challenge

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I was able to mark off several new titles on my Alphabet Soup Challenge page and update my progress. I wasn’t too impressed to realize I had the wrong color when updating the bar at the bottom. I think I’ll go back and use my magic wand (ahem, White Out) to clean things up a bit.

I did decide to mark the date with my new progress so I can see the milestones throughout the year. I’ve participated in this series since 2014 and I still have not yet completed the challenge. I don’t purposefully seek out books, either, so I’m going to try to work on that for the latter part of the year.

 

Brush Colors

I got tired of not knowing what my brush marker colors were. This took a bit of time, but what took longer was painstakingly color matching to Crayola’s color palettes. These damn markers don’t have any color names on them! I realized after doing this that it didn’t really help me that much. I’m going to have to go back with a permanent marker and label each and every one of them so I quit picking up the wrong shade.

 

Things I Need To Do MORE

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I’ve been wanting to do one of these for a while, but I just never got around to figuring it out and how I would do it and what I would put on it. I’ve only used half the page so far, but I am so impressed with what I’ve done. All of the lettering is freehand and I’m pretty proud of it.

I’ve definitely been taking care of that reading task lately. 🙂

 

 

Brithdays

Birthdays 5

This one took A LOT of time to just set up. There were a few of the drawing and shading I had trouble with, August in particular. You may notice that some names have a heart following them. These are relatives who have passed away. I started doing that in college, and I don’t know why, but I’ve continued it since. I love the color and the variety of this spread. Although I think for next year I’m going to have to make May all rainy, too. We are infamous for our Memorial Day floods and storms.

 

May Calendar 

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I am pretty proud of my flag on Memorial Day. I set up my monthly layout in advance and I didn’t really think about what I wanted. I’m still working on it because I don’t like it. And then I actually ran out of space on May for my books. I read two more after Misty Lake. This is one I’ve got to rethink.

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How do you fill in when you’ve taken a break from everything? The classic child’s mimicry, of course!

 

June Calendar

I saw something that inspired me to do a dreamcatcher for June. I ended up not liking the browns so much, but I do like it overall. The dreamcatcher took a significant part of a day to get drawn and colored.

20170527_201530I decided to change things up a bit with my June calendar and trackers. I made a full spread calendar with a task bar to the right. I like that a lot.  It might entirely take over the calendar companion that has my monthly goals and to-do so I won’t need them anymore. Then I’ll just have to figure out a “what I’m reading” thing.

I also decided to do something new in June. I was tired of feeling tired about my 20170527_201600mood tracker and only having one mood for the entire day. I saw someone who used this type of system, and I’m going to try it out for June and see how it goes.

 

 

 

 

Travel Destinations

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I was inspired by one of my students for this one. I spruced mine up quite a bit.

One of my biggest fears in life (still) is that I will never get to travel anywhere. Vacations were a foreign thing for my family. When I was halfway through college we took our first “vacation” for a couple of days to Corpus Christi. First family vacation.

I am excited though because next summer my family is going on a cruise for my mother’s class reunion. Her 35th isn’t until 2019, but all the classes from the 80s got together and came up with this idea for their reunions. So I’ll get to add a Latin American country to my list!! 😀

 

Dr. Seuss

Dr Seuss 1I don’t even recall what specifically it was, but something that happened at work (with coworkers, not the kids) really upset me a while back. And it drove me back to this Dr. Seuss quote. In college, a friend wrote this my BFF’s minifridge. She didn’t realize it was in permanent marker and not in Expo until October. I remember Kat living and embodying this quote so much. She was judged a lot and this quote meant a lot to her.

It has since come to mean a lot to me, too. I spent hours and hours working on this spread, and I don’t regret it. It was time well spent.

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I drew everything free-hand. I almost wish I had left it in pencil, but I did end up adding color. I’ll share the full thing colored version in an upcoming post. This is the spread I am most proud of in my entire journal. It is like the holy grail of my journal at this point. I also think it took all of the creative juices I had for the next four months.


See? It’s OK to make mistakes in your bullet journal. 

Look for the next post in the series about some of my most recent work.