The Bullet Journal is the newest addiction of mine.
Check out the Bullet Journal website for the best explanation.
I was cautious at first and did not purchase a dotted notebook immediately, instead I made my own small notebook for testing. The process for that was easy, print out a dot grid on two sides of A4 paper, fold all the pages with my lovely bone folder and a cover page from sturdier paper, punch holes with a pin and sew it all together.
You can see a gallery of all my pages at the bottom of the post.
- My self-made notebook
- Uni-ball Eye pen
- Uni-ball Signo white pen (not pictured)
- Stabilo point 88 fineliners
- Pelikan textmarkers
- Pritt glue stick
- Copic alcohol markers
- Edding 1800 Profipen 0.3 (not pictured)
These are not all the supplies I used, some parts were done with watercolor and I couldn’t find my punch for the picture.
Movies & Shows / Spa Habit Tracker
This is one of my March tracker spreads with Movies & Shows I watched and my so-called Spa Habits, in which I track my bathroom routines.
The Movies & Shows are pretty self-explanatory: I added smilies to see whether I liked something or not. Sorry Batman V Superman
I wasn’t sure what I should track at my first attempt at tracking and I picked body care as the common theme, because I know I need to be more consistent in taking care of my skin. It is an ongoing problem.
Sleep and Mood Trackers
I honestly did not expect the mood tracker to end up how it did when I started designing it. I knew I wanted it to be a circle and only while working on it realized that I was going to create rays of sunshine! So I quickly added a yellow center with a little face. It also just happened to be that I landed on a yellow them for that page (I was going for a pastel rainbow in the month of April) – what a lucky moment!
You may also notice my sub theme for April – April Ludgate. I added another quote of hers for the April intro spread, you can see that in the gallery down below.
Monthly Spread for April
This is my April monthly spread with a small calendar, something I am not happy with and have not done for the May spreads in my new Leuchtturn 1917 notebook. The days are not big enough here to contain all the information I want them to contain, everything just feels too crammed. I did like the Tasks and Growth elements of the spread though.
One of my favorite spreads: the last week of April.
It was actually an advantage to fit 8 days into one page, it didn’t make sense to exclude the last day as a Monday from the spread. So I had a nice amount of space for each day and simply fit the water and 5-a-day tracker under it as well as a time tracker. I had used a time tracker on the previous weeks as well, but adding color coding made it a lot more enjoyable.
For the last week I also opted in to trying out daily entries. I used a time tracker for each day individually on top of each entry.
I really liked this format over my previous weekly spreads as there just wasn’t enough place to track everything and I also started using a real key system for each day. For the upcoming month I will also use this, but the days will be evenly distributed on the two sides. I just have to be symmetrical.
Gallery of the entire journal
If you made it this far: thank you for reading!
I hope you enjoyed the spreads and let me know if you have any question or found one of them inspiring enough to create your own version of it.
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