Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal | July 2018 + New Setup


Hi there, lovelies!

This month’s post will be longer than usual. I bought a new notebook for my bullet journal and this post will contain the new setup. I am now using a Rhodia Goalbook, which I bought from a local stationery shop for Php 1250 (about $25).

Rhodia Goalbook + Review
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– A5 size (14.5 x 21.0 cm)
– Soft leatherette cover
– Flexible spine, lays flat
– 90g ivory vellum paper, acid free
– 224 numbered dot grid pages
– 6-page index
– Undated annual calendar
– Undated monthly calendar
– Expanding back pocket
– 2 orange ribbon bookmarks
– Elastic enclosure
– 16 colors to choose from

I initially wanted a Scribbles That Matter notebook, but that’s not readily available here. Shipping cost from the US is more expensive than the notebook itself! So I got the next best thing.

My first criteria was the paper weight, in this case 90gsm. The main purpose of this is to lessen, if not eliminate, a lot of ghosting between the pages. I also want to use my other pens, which usually bleeds when used on my old journal.

The next criteria is the dotted pages. My old journal had blank pages. While I have all the liberty in terms of format, having to measure to make temporary lines proved to be too much work overtime.

After finishing my setup, I am quite happy with the notebook. There are a few pages where ghosting is visible, but it was not as bad compared to my old journal. I might have to pen test before using my other pens to avoid this. I guess my only “issue” is that the dots are too dark that I sometimes find it annoying!  Or maybe it just needs getting used to.

New Setup
I only included pages that have been useful over the months and not those that served as mere decorations.

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This notebook has a built-in 6-page Index, which I didn’t use or have on my previous journal. I will try to keep up with it since it’s already there.

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This Annual Calendar is actually a good space to list all the birthdays, anniversaries, and/or holidays. I don’t have to write it in every month like I used to; and migrating to the next journal would be easier.

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This Monthly Calendar (Future Log) I don’t have a use for right now. I had this on my other journal and I have not written anything in it at all!

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For the Cover Page, I kept it simple.  I might add something in the future, but will be keeping it like this until inspiration hits. 😉

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My Goals page is new and improved compared to the one I had in my previous journal. I only transferred the ones that I’m still working on and edited the rest. I kept it at 3 items per category.

Below the goals are my Wish List and Bucket List for the year. Again, this is an edited version from the original.

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I dedicated a page for my Bake List and Blog List where I can easily jot down all my ideas. Having it in one place is more convenient than adding it in every month.

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This Master Grocery List was previously located at the back of my journal. I got too excited and forgot to make a header after I’ve drawn the columns. So I decided to cover it up and start over. I used a piece of water color paper to write down everything and pasted it to the “ruined” page. I guess that’s the difference from my old journal – it was spring bound, so I can easily just tear off the page if I made a mistake.

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My Menu List are tried and tested meals for my husband and I. This helps me plan out our meals each month. I also had this at the back of my old journal.

Next is my Home Management List. This is an idea that came to me a few months ago. After 3 years of living in my condo, some of our appliances started to “break down” and needed some maintenance and repair. I guess I never really thought about maintenance. I thought if I use them properly and do my regular cleaning, they would be okay. I was wrong – learned it the hard way!  I will be plotting these tasks on my monthly calendar so I don’t forget to do them.

The floral accents on all of these pages were inspired by My Life in a Bullet. I recently watched her June PWM on YouTube and I fell in love with her drawings. She is also one of the inspirations behind my July theme.

July Setup
This month’s theme is Rain & Clouds. When I bought my new journal in mid-June, it has been raining nonstop for 2 weeks here in Manila. It was very gloomy and cold all the time and that was the main inspiration for this month’s theme.IMG_3104

I rewatched My Life in a Bullet’s June PWM to get started on my new journal setup and was so inspired. I binged watched her other videos, too, and that’s where I saw her clouds illustrations from August 2017 PWM. I added the rain drops later on.

I am keeping it simple and mostly black, white and grey this month to keep with the gloomy theme.

IMG_3106My Calendar this month is a two-pager. Since this notebook is significantly smaller than my old one, I can no longer fit a calendar in one page that would have enough space for what I want to do with it. I drew more of the clouds and rain drops on top with some swirls to signify wind. I also drew a girl with an umbrella standing in the rain on the side. I remembered a photo that Don took of me while we were on vacation that had that exact pose.  The boots were a little wonky though!

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This month’s Menu Plan is more condensed than usual. I went back to just listing down lunch and dinner meals.  This proves to be the most efficient format.

Next is my business’ Expense Tracker. Like before, I wanted to see the total expenses and profit monthly. This is a new format. Let’s see if this works out.IMG_3108

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The following pages are my Journal pages. I switched it up this month and went back to structured journaling pages.  Although it took some time to finish, I enjoyed making these pages.  Aside from using a rain drop washi tape on the first journal page, I drew in variations of the clouds and rain drops on the succeeding pages.  I also tried different formats for the boxes to see which ones would fit best.

I am quite happy with how this turned out. Using a dotted and different sized notebook needs some adjusting to, but I am hopeful. I look forward to filling up this notebook upto the last page!

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Supplies Used:
– Pigma Micron 005, 01
– Uni Pin Fineliner 08
– Uniball Signo White Pen
– Tombow Fudenosuke Pen, Hard Tip
– Tombow Dual Brush Pen N95
– Zebra Mildliner, Gray
– Various Stencils
– Raindrop Washi Tape
– Bullet Stickers
– Pencil / Eraser / Ruler

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