Welcome to my bullet journal!
If any of you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll be aware that I purchased my very first bullet journal (BuJo) last month and wasted no time in getting stuck into it once it had been delivered.
I had come across lots of other bullet journals on Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube, and really wanted to give this a go. I love to be organised and colourful (despite the fact that my wardrobe is all black of everything!); so I thought – why not give it a go?!
Now, I know what you’re thinking – “I really want to do my own BuJo, but I’m not artistic at all, and I’m bloody awful at drawing!” – but don’t panic; I thought the exact same thing! And I have lots of tips for you…
So – “where did I get my bullet journal from and what else do you need?”, I hear you ask. I bought my BuJo off Amazon. After much deliberation, I went for the Lemome Numbered Pages BuJo with Pen Holder for £11.99. It came beautifully boxed with a gorgeous pen, some stickers, and a ruler. I got mine in a mint colour and I shall be buying another one.
I also bought some Tombow ABT Dual Brush Pens for £13.43. Despite the fact that I cannot do calligraphy AT ALL, these pens do come in handy for adding a splash of colour to your page.
I also purchased some Stabilo Boss Original Pastel Highlighters for £5.68… again useful for a splash of colour.
You’ll also need a pencil and a rubber. I recommend sketching everything out in pencil first rather than diving headfirst with a pen.
Whilst waiting for my BuJo and pens to be delivered, I then went ahead and looked for some inspiration and ideas… I managed to find some on Pinterest and Instagram.
On Pinterest, I made an album for bullet journals – this for ideas on pages and layouts; I also made an album for sketches – this for ideas on themes and little drawings I could do.
On Instagram, the Save button became my best friend! I found lots of gorgeous snaps of other people’s journals and saved them so that I could go back and look at them, any time. Some of my favourite BuJo owners are:
I then wrote down a list of pages that I absolutely wanted in my BuJo. For me, a year-to-view with a migraine tracker is vital. Everything else is a bonus.
So – my BuJo arrived and I was so excited to get stuck in! After staring blankly at my new beautiful BuJo for a good hour or so, I decided to start with the key. Luckily for me, my BuJo came with an index. All my pages are pre-numbered, so it’s easy to find important pages if needed. If your BuJo doesn’t come with an index page, you might want to allow 3-4 pages for this. If it does, your key will probably be the next thing on your list. You can make your key work for you however you like, but for me, I just went for something simple and easy to follow.
I then followed this with a year-at-a-glance and a quote. I live my life by quotes! I always manage to find something that can perfectly describe how I’m feeling in that moment or how a situation may make me feel. So, there may be quite a few quote pages in my BuJo for this reason. They also break it up a little bit.
I then did a future log, which is spread over 4 pages. This is where I can make a note of any birthdays, holidays, appointments, events, etc. going on throughout the year.
This was followed by my goals-for-the-year with an Instagram tracker (inspiration for this came from Shaystudy). I thought this would be a really nice way to motivate myself as I find Instagram the hardest platform to grow.
And finally, I did a reading tracker and a movie tracker. Two of my favourite things to do… so it’d be nice to keep track of them, this year. This was followed by my “30 things before 30” to-do list and my migraine tracker.
I have done an April layout but seeing as it’s mid-April and my BuJo is in progress for this month, I thought I’d save that for another post… possibly.
I hope this has given you some ideas and inspiration to do a BuJo of your own. I would highly recommend it. I’m having so much fun with mine and I’ve been struggling to put it down since I got it.
Feel free to leave any links to your BuJo-related posts below, and any questions you may have.
Hope you enjoyed! xo