Today, I wanted to share with you my bullet journal. I started doing this in December last year, right about the same time I started practicing modern calligraphy. I started journaling in December because that’s my favorite month and there were a lot of events happening so there’s more things to write!
So I have a lot of notebooks lying around and I found one that fits the requirement. I’m using a simple blank B5-sized spiral notebook because I didn’t want to spend more money buying the branded high end journals. The paper quality may not be as good, but it serves the its purpose. I might consider buying better journals in the future, but this will do for now.
First, here’s my journal cover page. As mentioned, I was still starting to learn calligraphy, so this page was a bit of a challenge!
Here’s my December spreads: My cover page was inspired by MyLifeinaBullet.
I opted for a monthly log because I like seeing all my tasks in one page. These pages also included blog ideas, baking ideas, birthdays and my wish list. * I blocked out some of the information because they are private. 🙂 *
These pages are my daily log. Since I am a stay at home wife, I didn’t have a lot of activities or tasks to jot down. Making a weekly spread will just be a waste of space. My daily log only includes days where something significant happened such as going to the movies, our Taiwan trip, Christmas and the New Year’s. I drew borders for these pages to add some flair!
Next is my 2018 and January spreads. I was making these while we were at the airport waiting for our flight to Taiwan.
This is my future log. Honestly, I will probably skip this in the future and stick to just a full year calendar in one page. As of now, I don’t have use for it. Or maybe… there’s really nothing going on in my life. Lol
The next page lists my goals for the year. This is still not completely filled. I write things down when I think of more goals. My January cover page is very simple. I just used a scrapbooking paper as background and a feather embellishment. Actually, I had something originally written on this page, but I didn’t like it. So I covered it up.
Here are my habit trackers, and blog ideas page. I guess I over estimated the space for the habit trackers because there are a lot of blank columns. Also, the boxes are too big and after a week, filling it in got tiresome. Will change that next month. Oh by the way, I had a [semi] plant theme for the month so you’ll see plant doodles here and there.
I left these pages blank when I made the spreads because I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it. Later on I decided to just paste these coloring pages, which was kind of therapy sometimes. Plus, it coincides with the plant theme.
Next is my monthly log. It’s almost the same as that of the December monthly log. I added a simple watercolor painting and a quote at the bottom of the page. Again, this format works very well for me.
Lastly, here’s my meal planner and daily log. I wasn’t too happy with the meal planner format. I didn’t think this through enough, but it still works. I covered the excess boxes with a post-it for my shopping list, which I already removed because we already went to the market. My daily log is a bit blank because there’s really not much happening! haha
And now for my February spreads: I am going with a geometric theme on this one. And so far, I’m really liking it. I am still contemplating if I should leave it as it is or if I should color it in.
I wanted to try something new so I added a collections page – what makes me happy. This will be a one-a-day answer or doodle of the things that make me happy.
Next is my menu planner and habit trackers – both having new formats. I haven’t completely filled these out so it’s a work in progress. I will be adding a few more doodles on these pages.
Lastly, this is my February monthly log. It’s cute and simple. And I really really like it. I think I made use of the space efficiently.
To improve my journal aesthetics, I placed an envelope at the back cover as storage for stickers or embellishments that I want to use on future spreads. I used washi tape to secure it down.
I also listed down meal ideas so it’s easier to complete my meal planner. And a grocery list, which has the most common things we buy on a monthly basis for reference. I placed these at the back of the journal so I don’t have to keep flipping through the pages in front.
Here are some of the items I used in my bullet journal:
– Uni Pen Fineliners
– Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens
– Crayola SuperTips
– Platinum Brush Pens
– Mechanical Pencil
– Box Cutter
– Double Sided Tape
– Washi Tape
– Scrapbooking Paper and Embellishments
– Watercolor and brushes
You don’t have to spend a lot to start a bullet journal. All you really need is a pen and a journal. Most of the things I use I already have, which accumulated over the years from different projects.
To know more about the pens I used, read my post about My Pen and Marker Collection.
If you want to learn the basics of bullet journaling or how it started, go to bulletjournal.com.
You can also find so much inspiration on YouTube and Pinterest.
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