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Bullet journaling is something I happened to come across while I was scanning Pinterest a few months back. It looked kind of neat, but I had tried journaling in the past and I just never really stuck with it aside from picking it up every once in a while. So when I saw it, I just kept on scrolling. I’m on Pinterest pretty regularly and have a lot of different things popping up on my recommended pins. Bullet journal articles kept popping up and most of them looked really cute and fun. So I finally gave in a couple of weeks ago and started looking into what it really was.
One of the coolest things about the bullet journal is you can really do whatever you want with it. There are no set rules to what you should and shouldn’t do. Sure you could make it a regular journal if you want, but where’s the fun in that. You can be as creative and artistic as you want to be. A lot of people add to-do lists, meal plans, goals, ideas, and all sorts of different activity trackers. You can really take your own style and make your bullet journal into something that is uniquely yours.
After going through several different blog posts about bullet journaling, I decided to give it a try. I went on Amazon because I had no plans on going to the store anytime soon (and who doesn’t love Amazon Prime?) and started taking a look at different journal options. According to the different posts I had read, the dotted grid journals were the best. I came across this adorable unicorn one that says “Get Shit Done” on the cover that I loved, but they were out of stock at the time and I’m super impatient. If you want to make me jealous and get one yourself, you can check it out here!
Since I was impatient to get started, I went with another one that was also super cute! It’s green with polka dots on it. I also picked up some colored fine tip markers that had pretty decent ratings (I’ll have the links for the journal and markers below in my supply list). I looked into some stickers and stencils as well, but figured since I was just starting out, I’d wait. I wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy it anyway.
I impatiently waited for the next 2 days for it to be delivered and finally got it!! I couldn’t wait to get started and the journal itself was a lot bigger than I expected, which was even better. It’s about the size of a notebook.
When you open it up it actually gives you some different layouts that you could try out to get you started, as well as some additional ideas for different pages you could create; budgets, meal planning, chores, etc.
One thing that most bullet journals have in common is that they have an index at the beginning so that you could easily find where different things are in order to continue referencing and updating them. That was the first page I made. I don’t want it too cluttered so I didn’t do much with it so I won’t bother showing you a picture LOL. Just continue to go back and update. Also, since it may get difficult to find the pages quickly later on, I will probably end up getting some pretty tape to place on the edges to show where each section is.
I am not the best artist, so I left myself several pages for doodles, sketches, and scraps. It gives me a place to practice what I’m doing and will hopefully avoid many mistakes. I don’t want the journal filled with messy looking errors. Now if you’re thinking to yourself, “Why not just use a pencil first?” then good for you! It seems you’re a lot smarter than I am! I definitely didn’t think about it until I had something on all of these pages and had ripped another out. Not having great drawing skills and being a perfectionist don’t really go hand in hand.
So anyway, I looked to Pinterest for inspiration and found A TON of stuff. There are examples of different banners, different layouts, page ideas, handwriting ideas, and pretty much anything else you can think of. I’ve gotten a lot of inspiration from there, so if you’re thinking of starting one up, I definitely recommend checking it out. The first thing that I wanted to do was create a “Goals” page before I got very far into my design journey. I didn’t want it to be lost among different trackers and lists. This was also before the pencil idea came to me, but I’d say I did pretty well. Not only that, but I loved doing it!
I’m one of those people who prefers to physically write down thoughts and goals because I’m more likely to follow through on them. I don’t know what it is about physically writing it down, but it’s a lot different from typing it at least for me. Having it written also gives me the ability to physically check it off.
After I completed my goals page, I moved on to a couple of different ideas and started working on those. I found that it is super relaxing and really allows me to clear my head. I can literally do anything that I want with it and be as creative as I want. I tend to doodle when I’m taking notes or writing because my mind likes to wander. So you’ll see plenty of flowers and little faces all over the place. I plan on sharing more pages later on, but just wanted to give you a taste of what I’ve done so far and why it’s so great.
As promised, my list of supplies (and yes it’s super basic…and cheap):
- Bullet Grid Journal: Mint Green and Gold Dots, 150 Dot Grid Pages, 8×10, Professionally Designed
- Huhuhero Fineliner Color Pen Set, 0.38 mm Fine Line Drawing Pen, Porous Fine Point Markers Perfect for Coloring Book and Bullet Journal Art Projects, Pack of 10
- 1 pencil (after trial and error LOL)
- A creative mind 🙂
If you’re a person who enjoys coloring, journaling, doodling, lists, etc., you should really try this out. Allow yourself to create something that is unique and enjoyable for you. It gives you the ability to really manage, track, and create anything that you want to. The relaxation alone is great!
Share a pic of a bullet journal you’ve created!