My BuJo

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:

Sw_illustrations

Amandarachdoodles

Shaystudy

Tashbujo

Ninaluca_bujo

Booksofnotes

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

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18 Comments

  1. April 16, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    Oh goodness! This looks so pretty and it’s such a great way to keep oneself organised! I can almost imagine how much hard work would have went into this!

    • Stephloves
      Author
      April 16, 2018 / 5:33 pm

      Aww thank you so much lovely. Its a lot of fun and definitely keeps me organised. It does take a lot of work though, but I’m enjoying it 😃 xx

  2. April 16, 2018 / 5:57 pm

    Congrats on joining the BuJo community! I absolutely love my bullet journal, and am so glad I took the plunge and started one last year! Your’s is looking pretty great! Can’t wait to see more of your layouts xxx

    Melina | melinaelisa.com

    • Stephloves
      Author
      April 27, 2018 / 2:33 pm

      Thank you so much. I’m really enjoying it so far 🙂 Aww thank you, I’m excited to do some more posts on it too 😀 xxx

  3. April 16, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    Love the layout of your BUJO so far! Thanks for linking where everything’s from, will be so helpful when I get round to starting mine in the summer 😀

    • Stephloves
      Author
      April 27, 2018 / 2:33 pm

      Thank you so much doll. Oh you’re very welcome, so glad it is of use 😀 Excited to see what you do with yours 🙂 x

  4. April 17, 2018 / 6:48 am

    I like your idea of tracking migraine. I should include that in my bujo. Excited to see more of this type of post!

    • Stephloves
      Author
      April 27, 2018 / 2:34 pm

      I thought it would be a nice, easier way of tracking them, so far, so good! Aww thank you lovely. x

  5. April 17, 2018 / 11:03 am

    Love your Layout and your handwriting 🙂 bullet journal (BuJo) always look like so much fun to create.

    • Stephloves
      Author
      April 27, 2018 / 2:35 pm

      Aww bless you, thank you so much. I’ve never really been much of a fan of my handwriting but it’s nice to know someone else likes it ha. It’s so much fun, I would definitely recommend doing one. x

  6. April 18, 2018 / 1:57 am

    I love your bullet journal! Would love to see an update on it in a few months

    • Stephloves
      Author
      April 27, 2018 / 2:36 pm

      Aww thank you so much. I am excited to do some more posts on it too 🙂 x

    • Stephloves
      Author
      April 27, 2018 / 2:37 pm

      Thank you lovely. Aww thank you so much that’s so sweet. I really appreciate the nomination, however, I have been nominated for this award before so I won’t do a post this time. But thank you again and I shall check your post out 😀 xx

  7. April 24, 2018 / 10:37 am

    OMG! Whoever told you that you’re awful at art is a big piece of…LOSER CAKE! ‘Cause, serious, Steph, you’re bomb at this kinda thanggg! All-rounder, huh? Writes and draws well, hey! Maybe you could self-publish a BOOK! Really! <3 ya, girl!

    • Stephloves
      Author
      April 27, 2018 / 2:38 pm

      A big piece of LOSER CAKE! I LOVE THIS!!!! Aww thank you so much lovely. That’s so sweet! Bless you. Oh that would be a dream haha. Thanks again doll! Love ya xxx

    • Stephloves
      Author
      May 25, 2018 / 4:13 pm

      Aww thank you lovely. It’s the perfect place to look for it I promise ❤️

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