Like a lot of people, I was very excited to start off the new year because it meant I could start a new Bullet Journal. If you don’t know what a Bullet Journal is, then go to youtube and watch one of the thousands of videos on them. I guarantee you will be instantly hooked and if not, we can’t be friends. Just kidding.. (not really)
I finished my last Bullet Journal in December 2017, luckily, so I moved back into my white Leuchtturm 1917 and ripped out the first 30 or so pages (I stupidly started drawing in it a few months back by mistake) and started my fresh journal. It does damage the stitching ripping pages out like that but I’m sure it’ll be fine.
I’ve set it up slightly differently this year as my last journal lasted me over a year and half so my yearly pages and spreads became a little redundant after 12 months. This time I’ve set it up without dates in the first few spreads. My Future Log, Goals, Savings etc are all without months and years on them meaning if I do run over into 2019, which is likely, I can still use the spreads as normal.
After all my initial spreads I left a few blank pages in case I think of something else I want to put there and then I set up my 2018 section. I put my 2018 title page and then the yearly overview and a quote ‘We are the weirdos, mister’. I love it! If you’re wondering, it’s from The Craft, a great movie!
The side of the 2018 title page has a little bit of folded over washi tape so that when the journal is closed I can easily see the section where 2018 starts. If I do need to start 2019 in the journal then I can do the same thing with the 2019 section as well.
My January pages have been set up in typical Bullet Journal fashion, monthly overview, trackers, sleep log etc. I’ve found that I’ve cut back on the amount of stuff I track every month as I was pointlessly marking off boxes on a daily basis for tracking the most mundane things. Now it’s only the important stuff like when I take medication, when I wash my hair (yes I track that) and how many hours of sleep I get on a nightly basis.
I’ve also kept the decoration to a minimum and used no colour. The majority of the journal has been drawn out in black Pigma Micron pens with a few bits of shade from Tombow brush tips. My last few journals I went a bit overboard with colour and decoration and then ended up hating how it looked a few months later. Now it’s all simple, monotone with minimal doodling.
I love to see other people’s Bullet Journals, so if you’ve got a post/video on yours then please link it to me so I can see! I seriously spend about an hour every day looking at other people’s journals and sketchbooks for inspiration. I also have an Instagram account for my Bullet Journal/Blog if you want to give that a follow, too – @journalandstufff