I finally got around to creating my May bullet journal after barely using my April spreads. Maybe someday I’ll show the world my April bujo, but for right now I wanted to share spreads I’m super excited for showing!
After two months of quarantine, I decided I needed to mix things up a bit. In April, many of my spreads went unused since they didn’t fit my quarantine lifestyle. I really wanted to embrace the life changes in this month. In order to do this, I adapted a lot of my spreads into my weekly spread. I have been taking things day-by-day and week-by-week instead of an entire month at a time.
Let’s jump right into it:
I found this picture on Pinterest, and I cut out the girl for my May cover page. I pinned this picture a while ago to use in my bullet journal, but I just never got around to it. When I was feeling creatively drained at the beginning of this month, I pulled it out to give me a jumpstart. Something about how peaceful she looks really made me want to be her.
In April, I started working through Sadie Robertson’s LIVE book, and she used this verse for a reference. I absolutely fell in love with it. I love the idea that I have a choice each day when I wake up. I have it posted above my desk right now. I wanted to remind myself that even in these safer-at-home orders and relentless negative media, I have a choice for my response to my circumstances. (Let me know if you want a full post on these thoughts!)
If you follow me on Twitter, then you probably immediately looked for the ‘y’ stamping effect in May.
I legitimately bought an alphabet stamp set without a ‘y’ and chose the month of MaY to use them. I tried my best to not make it super obvious, but it’s hard. A stamp is a stamp, you know? I still really love how the calendar came out. It was my first time this year making it a two-page horizontal spread. I wasn’t convinced I would have enough room for my ‘Important’ column, but this turned out better than expected!
Here is where I combined a few different spreads, and I used up more of Sara Faber’s drawing. I combined my ‘What I Devoured’ spread with my goals tracker. I felt like I have been watching more shows and movies than reading lately, so I needed a space to plan my TBR and watchlist. April really had me floating in a limbo space. By making an intentional TBR, I hope it helps me become more motivated to read again. On the right, I have what I actually read, watched, and accomplished. I needed to have a space to track what I actually did during the month since I ended April feeling very unaccomplished.
I started my first weekly spread out for next week. I work the rest of this week, so I didn’t feel like I would have enough time to complete a to-do list. I’m excited to start planning out my weekly to-do list, though. I created three boxes under each day to prioritize three things from my weekly list to complete each day. I’m hoping this helps my productivity because I won’t be as overwhelmed by the impending list.
With the right side, I put a weekly finance tracker instead of having a monthly tracker. My finances are pretty fixed since my work is currently only allowing a certain amount of hours each week. I also haven’t been spending as much due to quarantine. I also added in a weekly habit tracker. I usually fail at using habit trackers, but I thought this would be helpful for me to hit daily goals.
And that’s my bullet journal for May! I hope you enjoyed it. This month is definitely a different look for me, especially with my color scheme. I really wanted to incorporate Sara Faber’s artwork style, and pink naturally came to me. I dialed it down a lot with the neutrals, but I’m feeling it for May. ✌
What has been the biggest change for you in quarantine? Do you like the combined weekly spread look? Let me know in the comments!
As always, you can follow me on Pinterest for more bujo content. You can usually tell when I’m about to start new spreads or what my theme will be from this board.
I’m super excited to be collabing with Charley on this bullet journal blog post: we’ve wanted to do this for so long and am just now getting around to it (#thankscorona). As the title may suggest, we are both doing each of our bullet journal spreads that we can’t live without. I’ll share mine here on Charley’s blog, and she’ll share hers on mine, so be sure to come check it out here!
I’ve been bullet journaling for four years now, and have used lots of spreads with differing uses and styles. Some I’ve found are more helpful than others, and so today I’m here to share the bullet journal spreads I can’t live without! Grab yourself a whipped coffee, because I’ve been OBSESSED with them recently (and you can see mine featured in all these photos 😂)
To start off, we have my yearly goals list. Every year, I set some goals for the upcoming year, and the best way to keep track of them, I’ve found, is to write them in my bullet journal so that I don’t forget! Every month, when I set up my new monthly spreads, I refer back to these spreads to see how I can be making progress towards them that month.
Grid Spacing Chart
I got the idea for this spread from AmandaRachLee, and ever since then, this spread has been a LIFESAVER. Basically, this spread makes it super easy to figure out how many spaces horizontally and vertically you have. If you don’t already have one, I highly recommend putting one in your bullet journal!
Photo a Day Tracker
I started using this tracker last year, and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to do it again this year! I try to take a photo every day of the year, and it gives me such a cool look back on what I did every day of the year! This spread doesn’t actually reflect the photos taken, but having this tracker in place makes it that much easier to keep track!
Books to Read
I always have a huge list of books I want to read, and this spread makes it a lot easier to keep track of the books I want to read! It’s super simple but super cute, and it makes my life so much easier!
Monthly Habit Charts
These habit charts are almost like daily routines: I have my morning routine, daily routine, and nightly routine all on this chart. Having everything written out makes it so much simpler for me to keep track, and keeps me from forgetting anything!
Weekly To-Do Lists
And of course, the weekly to-do lists, my second brain, which save my life several times this week! I’ve tried out all sorts of weekly spreads, from super fancy and with a ton of functions, to really simple and literally being just a list of things to do. Here are two of my favorite weekly spreads that I’ve done.
Those are all the spreads that are invaluable to me in my day-to-day life. Thanks Charley for letting me post on your blog! And make sure to come over to my blog to see what Charley’s favorite bullet journal spreads are!
Let’s talk. Which spread from this list is your favorite? What do you use your bullet journal for? Have you tried whipped coffee yet?? Leave a comment and let me know!
Hanne is a college student studying biology during the day, and a lifestyle and book blogger at night. She is passionate about getting the word about people’s books out into the world, as well as making time to do the things that you love. To this end, she also bookstagrams, bullet journals, and drinks too much coffee. You can find her everywhere @HanneasinHannah (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest) and her blog at losingthebusyness.wordpress.com
I did a quick set-up this month with my bullet journal and really just focused on simplicity. The end of February was hectic for me with college and personal life, so I didn’t have as much time to create spreads.
I wanted to create a calendar spread again since I have been loving the format. In order to have the most space available for my days, I needed to make my calendar horizontal. The next page has a few different aspects for it: important dates, prayer requests, reading list, and goals. I wanted to be able to have some space to grow throughout the month as I add in more goals and books to read.
I created a version of my “What I Devoured” page from the past two months. With this spread in particular, I knew a scrapbook style would work perfectly to incorporate the background image into my March bujo. My background image came from Connor Franta’s ‘Note to Self’ which I found in a thrift shop. I literally ripped out pictures and cut out phrases from the book because I thrifted it. I added a ton of washi tape from a Park Lane 8 Pack Washi Tape Foliage I recently bought when it was on sale.
ANYWAYS… I added a spread for planning out what to spend my tax returns on in order to be more aware of my spending. I have a mental list for ideas, but I benefit immensely from writing my plans down.
My expense log is virtually the same for March as it has been for January and February. I did end up with more of a border since I found filling the entire page with alternating color lines bugged my eyes out. Since March will be the month I get my tax returns and go out to Minnesota for spring break, I know I will need more pages for the log. I will have to problem-solve once I run out of lines and show you in my April bullet journal flip-through.
I kept my weekly spreads pretty tame compared to February’s spreads. I placed a strip of washi tape on the bottom of each page to give extra decoration. For the days of the weeks, I tried different designs around them. In the first one, I just doodled circles in a darker green and wrote the names on the circles. In the second spread, I doodled leaves in circles around the names.
In the third and fourth spread, I literally just wrote the names with a Crayola supertips marker. I decorated each weekly spread with stickers from various stores and pictures from Connor Franta’s book. Each spread also has a calendar overview for March, a to-do section, and a look ahead space. Having a to-do section for the entire week definitely helps me prioritize my tasks.
I added a few more pages to help me focus through Lent and reflect back on how my social media detox helped my faith and life.
If you want bujo inspiration, you can follow my bullet journal board on Pinterest. Since I am on a social media detox for Lent, I will not be sharing pictures on Instagram of this month. You can definitely follow me, though, to see past and future spreads.
Here’s a quick glance at all the materials I used in these spreads:
I set up a brand new bullet journal in January, and my goal was to make it “Instagrammable”. Well, I think I hit that goal.
I absolutely adored all the January bullet journal spreads I created for January. I figured I would try again in February. Since I am a single pringle, I wanted to focus on loving myself this month. But I definitely still used all the pink and red aesthetic with hearts.
I saw a few different spreads with triangles in them, so I thought I would try to create a similar aesthetic with pink papers I got from Connor Franta’s “Note To Self” that I found at a thrift shop, Pinterest graphics, and a “For the Love of Paper” magazine. I also used some washi tape to create more of a sharp border on the February cover page.
For my calendar, I wanted to include something with the idea of a love letter since I had a ton of envelopes I bought at a thrift store.
I wrote a quick little reminder on the inside flap of the envelope, but I created a calendar I can pull out and look at while looking at my weekly spreads, too. It has only been a few days, but I love that I don’t have to flip back and forth between the two spreads. Plus, I was able to make the calendar spread bigger than last month’s which allows me to actually write my busier days in when I have them.
For last month’s “What I Read, Watched, and Listened to” spread, I ended up not using as much space as I gave myself. Plus, I didn’t actually keep track of anything I listened to since I listen to so many different playlists and podcasts. Instead, I added more room for my reading and watching. On the right page, I created a February ‘vision board’ of sorts. Since I start the semester in February, I like to glance at my goals again and create specific school-focused goals. I thought this spread was a nice way to list my goals and inspire motivation.
I really liked my set-up for January’s expense tracker, so I made February’s pretty much similar. I added some stickers and washi tape I got from Emily (@bohobujogirll) to add some extra flair beyond the repetitive pink lines.
I tried out a few different weekly spread styles for January, and I decided I really liked having a general to-do list for the week to file into specific days. This spread has a lot of different pieces, but the images are from Pinterest. I have a collection of the washi tape from a bunch of different brands and stores. The stickers used, though, are from Charlotte’s (@booksandteacupsshop) sticker sheets. I love how cute the different mugs look especially paired with the soft pink pastels.
For the rest of the weekly spreads, I pretty much used similar methods of using Connor Franta’s photos from his book as backdrops for the Pinterest images or my stickers.
I wanted to add in a spread to help me visualize how a routine would work with my spring semester. The right hand spread is just a quick spread I made to help me keep on a schedule for the mornings. I’m trying to create routines in my life, especially early in the morning. I am hoping the spring semester will be the perfect time to set this in motion.
I have a few different bullet journal IGTV videos coming out this month that I filmed to help you see how I create the spreads, so make sure to follow me on Instagram, too. If you want bujo inspiration, you can follow my bullet journal spread on Pinterest.
Here’s a quick glance at all the materials I used in these spreads:
Leuchtturm 1917 dotted journal
Papermate Flair pens
Assorted washi tape
Boho Bujo Girl Valentine’s Day sampler pack
Books and Teacups Shop sticker sheets
Connor Franta’s “Note to Self” book (I cut it up for the pictures and some poems.)
What do you have to have in your bullet journal spreads? Any goals for February? Let me know in the comments!
I could not be more excited to show you my 2020 bullet journal. I know I just set up a new bullet journal last June, but I decided I wanted to start fresh with the new year in order to avoid having the awkward timing in the middle of the year when I need to transition everything over to a new journal.
Anyways… one of my goals for 2020 was to have a bullet journal that was not only functional for me, but also ‘Instagrammable’. I wanted to be inspired to show and use my bullet journal by having it look pretty. Let me tell you, I spent much of the week between Christmas and New Year’s scrolling Pinterest, cutting apart magazines, and shopping for stickers and washi tape.
I recently was recommended on a previous bullet journal post to check out AmandaRachLee on YouTube, so I watched her 2020 bullet journal set-up video. In the video, she has a 2020 cover page with a ‘Roaring ’20s’ theme, which I love, so I knew I had to reflect that set-up in my own bujo.
My lines and dots are far from perfect, but I was doing this freehand at a planner party where I forgot my ruler. But I loved the color combo of the gold and black, so I carried that theme over to my 2020 resolutions spread. I have more general resolutions on the left page and broke those goals down into specifics on the right page. I find having the specific goals allows me to more easily attain the general ‘be financially proactive’ resolution for the year.
If you’re interested in seeing my process of choosing my resolutions and creating this spread, check out my first IGTV video. It’s mainly my face (because I just did a quick set-up), but I do show the end results and the markers I used for the process.
In 2020, I am preparing myself for trying to be proactive in paying off student loans. I created this spread to give myself a visual of the debt rather than be a floating number in my mind. Since I’ve started college, I have definitely become more financially aware, and this spread helps reflect that.
I wanted my monthly overviews to be two-page spreads, so I added in this general page to showcase the start of a new year. I got all the images off of Pinterest and added small strips of washi tape to the corners for extra color and border.
I created a yearly overview since I tend to plan months in advance for specific events or look for school breaks, etc. I originally intended for January to begin at the top of the page, like March, but messed up the dates.
This is where the amazing pictures come into play, which I actually fell in love with being at the top of the page. For the bottom ‘love yourself’ quote, I crumpled up a ripped piece of old paper lunch bag and used a Papermate flair black pen.
I added some more pictures in the second spread for my yearly overview. The top of the pages felt a little bare, so I just added in two simple reminders as I reach what will be a seriously stressful end of the year. I had to cram in December and November on the right page, but I know those months will mainly just be filled with schoolwork.
I wanted to look at all my expenses in one place since I am trying to be more financially proactive this year. I added in ways I can lower my budget overall with minimal effort.
I created two graph spreads in order for me to keep track of followers on different social media platforms as well as followers, views, and visitors on the blog. I put one in my last bullet journal, and I loved seeing the growth of it all.
Since I have all my yearly spreads set up, I started my January spread. I wanted my cover page to be more reflective of the entire month. Plus, I wanted a blue and cozy feeling overall in my January spreads.
I created a calendar spread for me to fill in with work hours and bill due dates. On the left, I put space for important dates, such as birthdays, holidays, and other events. I like the idea, but I may adapt in February to have more space in the boxes.
The spacing in this spread definitely needs to be changed for February, but I love what I’ve done with this spread. I gave myself a page to record all the books I’ve read, movies/TV shows I’ve watched, and any specific podcasts or songs I enjoyed listening to in January.
Not going to lie, I’m failing miserably at wanting to write in January. The first week I have had no motivation to really do anything productive. Six days into January, and I have still not written a single word of a story. BUT… I will definitely have a few weekends to be productive and not work. I can’t wait to pump out either a new story or a develop a dusty plot bunny from my drafts. I can’t decide what I want to do right now either way. This spread is to help me track my accomplishments, though.
This may seem overwhelming at first, but let me break it down. The blue and white striped boxes are for me to list the specific places and amounts I spend my money at each day. I like to have the physical expense tracker to resemble my bank’s online system in case I find a discrepancy somewhere. This is also for the entire month, so I gave myself plenty of room for my spending habits.
You can see the breakdown on the left page. On the right page, I gave myself space to show my percentage breakdown of each paycheck since I do a 70-20-10 percent breakdown. I also created a small box for any items that aren’t necessities I may want to spend money on during the month. I have already purchased a few books and succulents, so next is a new tapestry! I’m hoping this helps me limit my unnecessary spending.
I wanted my weekly spreads to all look a little different, so I could find the best layout for the rest of the year then. Each spread has images from Pinterest, washi tape, and probably a magazine clipping or two.
This weekly spread just may be my favorite, but I literally cannot replicate it again unless I find the same magazine that I clipped the images from to create this spread. I definitely showed my fastly-growing love of washi tape on the right page here, too. Layering washi tape is just the look I’m excited to be serving in 2020.
This weekly spread was made at 12:30 am on New Year’s Day when I stayed up late to see how long Netflix would keep Friends on their service. I didn’t make it much longer, but I do love how the simplicity really gives itself to a ‘self-care’ vibe.
My two final spreads for January 2020 are a self-care challenge being hosted by @bohobujogirll on Instagram and a blog planning checklist. I recently started following Em on Instagram, and I fell in love with her bujo style. When I saw that she was hosting a self-care challenge for January, I knew I had to join in! Her spread is 1000x cuter, but I still love how mine turned out. I used some stickers from Pipsticks to add a little extra flair.
I have a lot of plans for blog posts this January, but it’s all just a matter of actually writing them. I hope to have a lot more fun with this blog in 2020, but that also means some planning. I may have to add a blog yearly overview spread in order to properly plan out posts. But I will be sharing here if I create those spreads!
Do you have a bullet journal? Which spread was your favorite of mine? Let me know in the comments!
I shared a post about all the places I get inspiration for my bullet journal in my ‘six places to find bullet journal inspiration’, and I thought I could share how I prep my bullet journal each month. To completely set-up each bullet journal month, I would say I spend about four hours total. With this past semester, I set up a pretty simple spread for my weekly overviews, and I got into a routine with using stickers and washi tape to help add a little something extra to each spread instead of drawing all the details.
step one: gather inspiration
As I said in my ‘six places to find bullet journal inspiration’ post, I primarily use Pinterest for inspiration. But in January, I will also be using Pinterest for stock images and quotes to put into my spreads. I want to put more effort into my bullet journal spreads in 2020 to boost my creativity.
I have collected a few images (see below) to put together a sort-of ‘new year’ and winter theme.
step two: decide which spreads to put into the month
Since I’ve had my bullet journal for awhile, I like to look back and see which spreads I actually used each month. I have definitely fallen into the trap on Instagram or Pinterest of ‘Oh wow! That tracker looks so useful! I need that for me!’ only to never use the tracker after the first week (or day) of the month. I definitely recommend looking at prior months to see which spreads were beneficial and which ones took up space in your bullet journal. Bullet journals are customizable for what you need, so you shouldn’t feel stuck with putting a spread in that isn’t beneficial for you.
step three: figure out the spacing
Another trap I have fallen into has been looking at bullet journal spreads online only to realize I have no idea how to translate that to the journal sitting in front of me. I find it most useful to decide if I am making spreads one or two pages, writing what I want on a sticky note, and then repeating for the following spreads. I have switched around where I want my finance tracker pages to be several times throughout the months. The sticky notes make it easier for me to imagine the flow of the month’s planning pages before I actually put pen to paper.
step four: pencil in the spreads
When I started, I always penciled in a draft of the spreads before I went over with my pens and markers. In the past year, I fell into a routine with similar spreads, so I didn’t feel like I needed to use a pencil. Depending on your level of confidence and skill, I would recommend using a pencil for more elaborate spreads or two-page spreads (like calendars).
step five: color it in
Coloring in my spreads always makes me the happiest person in the world. This past summer, I created some of the most colorful spreads to bring me summer joy.
If you are going with a theme, then I suggest picking out a specific selection of markers to use for all the spreads. If you want to mix things up, though, then feel free to go wild with choosing from your selection of markers. And you don’t need any fancy markers either! I created the spread above with Crayola Supertips from Target. Use anything you have in your home!
step six: add the stickers and photos
I personally like to add my stickers and photos after I put all the color in. You can always put them in beforehand! I always have an idea of the layout before I pencil in my spreads, though, so I have a rough plan of which stickers/photos are going where. In reality, you can do whatever you want to do with your bullet journal! You don’t even need to add in the stickers and photos if you’re going minimalistic. All up to you!
step seven: add in important dates
The entire point of a bullet journal is to keep track of those important dates and your to-do list. I definitely recommend adding in the month’s important dates into your monthly, weekly, and daily spreads. If I don’t add in the dates immediately, I will forget to add in any of my work hours or appointments at all.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my process for preparing to put in bullet journal spreads for each month. Let me know what you do in the comments below! Do you completely wing it, or do you plan like me?
I decided we’re too far into December for me to actually share my December layout, but I did want to share where I get my inspiration each month for my bujo.
First and foremost, I get the majority of my bujo inspiration from Pinterest. I am constantly adding to this board whenever I have spare time or at the end of each month to prep for the next month of spreads. One of my goals in 2020 is to have a Pinterest-worthy bujo for at least one month.
I’m pretty sure this blog has become a Sumedha fan page this blogmas, but I am not ashamed to shout from the rooftops how amazing Sumedha is. Not only does she share about her own bullet journal on her blog (The Wordy Habitat) and Instagram (@thewordyhabitat), BUT she also co-runs a bullet journal Instagram account called @bujobeauties. I always run to this account for inspiration, and I follow their hashtag to have inspiration throughout my feed.
I repeatedly find myself drawn to Haley’s Instagram account. Her designs are simple but full of so much love! I love every theme she chooses for the months, and I hope to one day have a theme for one of my months.
I found @bulletwithe on Instagram during the summer and modeled my weekly spreads after theirs in my current bullet journal. The designs are full of details and always changing which I enjoy! Plus, they often show how to create certain doodles!
Jill is truly the person who inspired me to start a bullet journal. I had seen her journal in her posts, and I saw all that it could do. Jill fills her account with pictures of her spreads and which markers she uses to decorate the pages. She is full of fresh pages and the occasional stationery giveaway!
Charlotte is the ultimate gold-mine for everything you could possibly need for bullet journal inspiration. She has not only an Instagram account where she shares her bullet journal spreads AND a YouTube channel BUT ALSO a sticker shop to buy stickers to put in your bullet journal (and anywhere else)!!! She is definitely deserving of those triple exclamation marks. She just started sharing on her YouTube channel again, but just look at this January cover page tutorial:
Her bullet journal posts just bring so much light into my life:
The past few months have escaped me with making a bullet journal post. This school year, though, I decided to keep the layout simple. Since I have a different planner for tracking school, I just need to track work and any other plans with friends.
But let’s just jump into this bullet journal:
On the left page, I wanted to start a “Thankful” theme for November since the United States celebrates Thanksgiving. I still need to fill it out, but I am thinking I will get to it closer to November 25.
On the right page, I started a fall theme for the November cover page. I attempted a small leaf pile, and then I doodled some red, brown, and orange leaves on the page with my Crayola supertips.
Each month I like to have space available to track my reading in my bullet journal. I still use my Goodreads account, but I love adding in some quick notes with a rating, title, and author here to refer back to when I actually write the reviews in Goodreads.
This month I added in a monthly budget page. For some reason, I have had an inkling in my mind to focus more on my finances again. Luckily, I have had some things come up to where I needed to fill out this page and take a glance back at in reference.
I have kept this same layout since September, so I just took a picture of this spread. On the left side, I just wrote the days of the week. On the right side, I keep track of my weekly finances by breaking my paychecks down into 80-10-10 (80% spending, 10% donating, 10% saving).
I like to keep my weekly spreads minimalistic during the school year, because I don’t have much to do outside of school besides work and the occasional hangout with a friend. Every so often I will change up the colors, fonts, or how much space I give for each day. At this time during the semester, I know which of my days are the busiest which makes me give more space to those days.
Supplies I used:
basic black pen
Leuchtturm 1917 dotted journal
What does your November bullet journal look like? Have any favorite places for inspiration? Let me know in the comments!
I was sent the featured products by ClassTracker in exchange for an honest review.
My biggest struggle each school year is always finding the perfect planner for my needs. I am super particular about what a planner includes which is why I typically use my bullet journal. College semesters can get too busy to keep up a bullet journal for me with working part-time and going to school full-time. This school year, though, I know I am going to dominate the classroom with the planner I received from ClassTracker.
ClassTracker is a company run by an academic coach and educational advisor, Lesley Martin, who has worked with students struggling to stay on track with their goals. That’s where the Ultimate Student Planner comes in. The Ultimate Student Planner is designed for helping students keep their goals throughout the school year which can often become overwhelming with all the projects, exams, and assignments to remember to turn in to professors on time. We’ve all been there. One of my favorite things about the Ultimate Student Planner is the first few pages. This planner has pages in the front to write in each semester/trimester schedule and goals before going into monthly and weekly overviews.
The weekly overviews break down the days into “Remember to”, “Quizzes/Exams/Projects/Papers”, “Assignments”, and “Daily Plan”. Each day has plenty of room to write in whatever is necessary in school and life for the semester. Whether you have to remember when a certain study group is meeting or if you have to run to the gym quick before working a shift at your job, this planner has room for it.
In each week’s corner is a countdown for whatever you need to be looking forward to. I will definitely be filling mine in with the end of the semester’s date.
If you want to check out more of ClassTracker, make sure to follow any of the links below!
I have not posted a bullet journal post on the blog since April 2018. *hides in shame* Bullet journaling has always been more of a hobby and way for me to express my creativity than actually being useful when I started. In January, I started using it again to help me track my finances. Eventually, I set up a few weekly spreads again in June, but I ended up actually needing a new bullet journal completely for July and the rest of 2019.
Pinterest became my best friend again when I planned out what I wanted my new bullet journal to have in it. Last time I got a little crazy with all the spreads and designs I wanted. With my new bullet journal, I created spreads that I could refer back to for guidance or look at trends instead of needing to continually fill in all the time. As a final touch for my bullet journal planning, I decided to create a cover for my bullet journal instead of sticking random stickers I get onto the cover. I think my cover is my absolute favorite part of the bullet journal this time around. I love how my vision actually came to life.
For the cover and back, I took my collected old movie ticket stubs and some of my favorite pictures on my Instagram and combined the two together! I simply used packaging tape around the covers so everything is waterproof. You could also use mod podge or whatever else is clear and makes things stick.
I wasn’t sure what to do for the first page since I couldn’t create a two-page spread or anything, so this is what happened. *shrugs* I might add more detailing to this as the year goes on, but for right now I wanted to keep it simple.
In order to make this bullet journal more useful throughout the year, I wanted to create a monthly overview for the rest of the year at the beginning of my journal. I created a spread like this for each month until the end of the year (July-December). Being able to write in the hours I work as I get the schedules ahead of the end of a current month or big exam/project due dates when the semester starts is major for me. I am such a long-term planner that I wanted to be able to plan until the end of the year. At the bottom of the page, I added in a space for monthly goals and ‘things to remember’, such as those big dates or something I need to get done in August (buying textbooks or parking permits).
My next two pages include overviews of birthdays and holidays of 2019. I will most likely add these dates to the monthly overviews, too, but I wanted to create a cute cupcake spread for birthdays and holidays naturally followed. Having a birthday spread like this allows me to see which months I need to save extra for birthday presents and all that.
Here is where my mistakes began to come in majorly. I got inspiration from a Pinterest image for my social media tracker hearts, but I definitely did not have the drawing skills necessary to freehand these hearts onto the page. Then I got the brilliant idea to simply use my amateur watercolor skills to create a pop of color for hearts that I cut-out in order to cover my mistake. Each heart is for a different platform I want to track my milestones on.
On the right page, I created a table to track actual numbers which will help me see growth. I have the same platforms (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) in columns as well as spaces for whether or not I grew or lost followers/likes. I am a huge visual as well as numbers person, so I like having these pages together to see my growth.
Did I mention I like graphs? I may have a slight obsession.
This bar graph allows me to see the analytics from my blog at a quick glance. Since I’m starting this bujo halfway through the year, I was able to look back at analytics and break them down into three categories: followers, number of posts, and total views. I counted up by 10 for each tick mark which gives me space to grow while showing my monthly amount of blog posts as an actual space still next to the higher numbers of followers and views.
My next spread is to help me keep a routine throughout the year. I find that I often struggle with routines during my breaks between semesters. My ‘break routine’ spread on the left has three different colors: black (for consistent every-day activity), pink (for when I work morning shifts), and purple (for when I work night/mid-shifts). I wanted to give variation in my break schedule, so I don’t have an excuse as to why I didn’t workout or have time to do something creative. My ‘fall semester routine’ is more strict with the schedule since I will have classes most days and work specific shifts. I did add in one colored routine item in the fall for when I don’t have a night class to instead go to the gym.
These next three spreads all focus on goals that I had for this year:
On the far left, I have a self-care spread which breaks down self-care into ‘spiritual’, ‘physical’, ‘mind’, and ‘creatively’. I wanted to give myself options based on what area I needed to focus on, especially since I can so often forget to practice self-care with ‘physical’ and ‘mind’.
In the middle, I created a spread to focus on financial habits. I break it down monthly and then into the categories I budget within: essentials, wants, and savings. I left a space open on the bottom for reflection on my spending habits for the next year.
On the far right spread, I created a gratitude list to continue my brand new gratitude journal I started on my daily spreads from last month. This spread is actually in with my July section of my journal.
I absolutely adore how these two pages turned out! I am going to fill in all the books I’ve read and the movies I’ve watched in these two spreads.
I absolutely fell in love with @plansthatblossom reading nook spread on Instagram, and I knew I wanted to recreate it in my bullet journal. I smushed it all into one page, but I still love how it turned out all colored in. The colors are WAY more vibrant in person, but I can’t wait to write in some book titles from this year.
For me, books and movies go hand-in-hand since both tell stories. I have become such a movie-goer this summer, so I wanted to keep track of which ones I have watched this year. I definitely do not remember the ones from earlier this year, but I will continue to fill this in from July to the end of the year!
Speaking of July, here is my overview page to start off the month. At first glance, this spread has a lot going on, but I just love all the colors!
On the left, I have a calendar list titled ‘reminders’ for events, work shifts, etc. Then I have a box titled ‘to read in July’ to help me keep to a to-read list instead of getting off track. On the bottom, I have a calendar overview just give me an idea of dates and days of the week.
This is the right page of the spread. On the top, I am keeping track of three checklist items for the Chasing Freedom Fighters challengeI am in for the month of July. I do upload a virtual calendar to the group each night, but I also enjoy seeing the colors and the calendar in my journal in case I forget to upload online. Thebig middle box is a monthly to-do list where I write general items that simply need to get done before the end of the month. The bottom box is supposed to say ‘blog ideas’ but smudges happen, people! I have already filled this box with post ideas, one of which is this post.
I created this spread based off of Owlcrate’s reading planner I bought at the beginning of the year. I loved the format of the individual reading list pages, so I added this into my July section of my journal. The next page is left blank in case I actually read more than four books this month, so I can expand. If not, I will simply create a fun reading quote spread!
My first two weekly spreads in July is this basic style, since I was late to creating these spreads. On the left, I have a weekly overview of the days with space for to-do’s. On the right, I have my finance tracker. I have my ‘starting balance’ as whatever my paycheck is for the week. Then I break that down to my ‘essentials’, ‘wants’, and ‘savings’. I do add in whatever money is leftover from the week before into these categories, too. Then I have the rest of the page to write down where I spend my money, the amount, and how much is left in the spending category.
Since these two weekly spreads were far enough out in the future where I didn’t have to write anything on them right away, I knew I wanted to recreate the colors from my June weekly spreads (see the top IG post) for the final weeks of July. Here’s a close-up of the bottom spread:
Supplies I Use:
Happy Planner stickers
Papermate flair pens
I hope you enjoyed seeing how I set up my bullet journal the second-time around! Hopefully, I will have a bullet journal flip-through for next month, too, which will definitely not be as long or thorough since I will only have a few pages to show. Perhaps I will show a few of my spreads filled-in to show you all how I put them to use.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
P.S. I recently started a shop Instagram account for watercoloring and lettering pieces I create to sell for only $5! Make sure to follow it at @themisscharleyshop.