Bullet Journal Setup for 2020 ft. January Spread

If you’ve been here for a while, you know how much I L O V E organization. Planners, to-do lists, notebooks- anything I can use to make my life less chaotic.

I’ve used a bullet journal on and off for years now, but I recently started using it more consistently. I knew that it was something I wanted to continue to use in 2020, and I designed it in a way that I really love and that I think will suit my needs very well.

Today I wanted to show you what that looks like! I went for a very minimalistic theme- I’m sticking to black, white, and grey. Eventually, I want to incorporate some gold, but I need to buy a gold pen first.

Anyways, let’s move on to my key and cover page!

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The key is a fairly plain page- I drew a key on it just for that play on words, and I kept the actual symbols I use very simple. I use a square for tasks, a circle for events, and a bullet point for notes. I also have an index but it is very basic and not very interesting, so I did not include a picture. Basically, it just has the name of the page plus the page number next to it.

Then, for my cover page, I just printed out a little graphic I made that says “Hello 2020” and I wrote a quote at the top that says “Let this be the year you go after courage.” I am not entirely happy with this page, but I’m glad I made some mistakes right from the start, so now I don’t have to worry about keeping the journal perfect.

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From there, I have my year-at-a-glance pages which I just use to keep track of holidays and birthdays. It’s also helpful to refer back to when I’m creating my monthly spreads. I’m really happy with the way this came out!

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The next page is one I absolutely needed to include- it’s my goals for the year page! I divided it up into personal and professional goals (professional being school and blog related; personal being everything else). I talked more in-depth about my reading goals here, and I will have a post dedicated to my personal goals up soon!

I also have a stats page because I think it’s fun to look back at my growth for the year. I don’t want to focus on the numbers in 2020, but I do like to have some sort of record, just so I can see what I should be working harder on, what I need to change, etc.

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Next up we have some reading related pages! Last year I kept track of the books I purchased, and I wanted to do that again this year- especially since my goal is to limit my buying to 10 books or less. I also created a list of the top 15 books I absolutely want to get to this year. I have a huge backlist of books to read, but these are the ones I’m most excited about.

Next up is my ARCs list- I have a ton of backlist ARCs, but I decided to only list 2020 ARCs on here because those are ones I want to make sure I get to! After that is a page where I can write down blog post ideas as they come to me!

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From there we have my wish list page, which is just a place where I can keep track of all of the things I want to buy if I have the spare money. I’m trying to save more money this year, so I wanted to include this page to keep track of things I would like to get rather than buying them on impulse as I tend to do.

The last page before we get to January is a brain dump page. Basically, this is just a spot where I can jot down random things that come to mind or that I want to remember. Rather than having a ton of sticky notes lying around (as I usually do), I can keep them stored here!

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Here are the main spreads I did for January! Of course, the first page includes my goals as well as a TBR for the month. I am big on monthly goals, and I try to align my monthly goals with my yearly goals so that I am constantly working on them. The other side of the spread has a calendar that I use mainly to plan out my blog posts and the occasional birthday or big event. I have a separate school planner that I use to keep track of assignments and social activities, so this one is more business-related.

Then, I have a page to track some habits. I’m not sure how I feel about this layout for it yet; I usually do one big table that I think I like better from a practical standpoint. Though, the aesthetic of this one makes up for it a bit.

The following page is for tracking my expenses. I am slowly getting into budgeting, so this is something that I always try to incorporate in my monthly trackers.

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This is how I decided to set up my weekly spreads in my BuJo this month! I don’t love the way it is looks, but it’s quick and simple, which is what I care about the most. The practicality of the journal is more important to me than the looks, which is why I don’t do elaborate spreads (even though I think they are gorgeous).

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Finally, I have a very simple wrap-up page where I am just going to write down the books I read plus what rating I gave them!

On the page next to that, I glued in a list of the American Film Institute’s “Top 100 Best Movies.” One of my goals for 2020 is to watch all of them (about 2 per week). I inserted the list in my bullet journal so I can track my progress.

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That is it for how my bullet journal looks! If you use a bullet journal, definitely let me know what other spreads you use, so maybe I can incorporate them in future months!

Thanks for reading, see you soon!

Jessica

October Reading Journal Spread / Blogtober Day 3

Hello everyone! Today I thought I’d share my October reading/blogging journal spread with you. I am pretty proud of how it came out, and I think it’s just super cute. It’s not as intricate as some of my spreads in the past, but I’ve been trying to go for a more minimalist approach.

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First up is the “cover” page for October. It just has two little pumpkins and my attempt at some pretty script lettering. Handwriting is not my strong point, so I’m slowly working on it by trying new things.

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Then we’ve got my monthly layout! I use this page for planning out what blog posts are going up when, so those are all blurred out (no peeking). I’ve also got a little square on the side for tracking my goals for the month. These are usually color-coded depending on what category they fit into- for example, blogging, school, fitness, etc.

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Finally, I have a wrap-up page. This is how I keep track of what books I’ve read during the month. It’s obviously blank right now (we’re only 3 days into the month), so there’s not much to see on it. Usually, I just include my star rating and a couple of words about the book and my thoughts!

I think this month I’m also going to print out pictures of the covers and glue those on!

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My reading journal doesn’t have that much going on in it for this month, as I’ve been using my school planner a lot more frequently. But, I hope you still enjoyed this post and maybe got some inspiration from it!

Do you use a reading journal?

Jessica

Journal With Me #5

It has been a very long time since I’ve done a journal with me post! I haven’t been in the mood to journal at all in the past few months, and I honestly can’t pinpoint why. I want to say it is a lack of motivation rather than inspiration, but I can’t really say what it is. I actually do feel both motivated and inspired. But my energy has been more focused towards my blog, writing/reading, and health/fitness. Journaling just hasn’t been a top priority like it used to be, and I just don’t find it as fun.

However, I missed a day of school this week, and I felt like getting back into it, even if it just with one page. I miss the feeling of satisfaction after completing a page, so I knew I wanted to at least try to work on it.

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I began by adding some cardstock paper with some different designs on the blank page and just filled in a quote I liked. Then, I found a magazine clipping that I really liked and trimmed the edges around to fit onto the page and I ended up really liking the look.

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Then, I added some washi tape and another magazine clipping, as well as some lines around the girl. As you can see in the next picture though, I ended up not liking what I did, so I used acrylic paint to black it out instead.

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This definitely suited my style a lot more, and I am so pleased with the result! As for the finishing touches, I just added some little stickers, and I topped it off with another quote! Sometimes I fill empty space with some of my writing, but I was lacking the inspiration at the time.

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I know it has been a while since I’ve done one of these, but would you guys want me to post some more soon? Please let me know, because I only want to do them if you’d be interested :)

Xo, Jess

Bullet Journal: April Spread

Today’s post is going to be all about my April spread for my bullet journal! If you haven’t heard about the bullet journal, it is basically a DIY planner that is super customizable and easy to change around to fit your needs!

Currently, I use my bujo to track my daily habits, write to-do lists, keep a list of my ARCs to read, and remind me of important events!

At the beginning of each month, I draw out a little calendar for the month, and I also write a list of important events to remember. Also, something very important is writing out my goals for the month. I like to keep this at the front so I can be constantly reminded to work towards them. Usually, they are book, fitness, or blog related!

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Right after that, I draw out my monthly habit tracker! These are things I try to do as often as possible. Marking them off everyday helps to keep me motivated.

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Now, onto the daily spread! This month, I decided to go for a simple-yet-classy look! You can see how I use it in the picture below!

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I try to write all of the most important tasks that I have to complete for the day. As you can see, some days are a lot more productive than others.

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Please let me know what you think down below, and if you have written any bujo posts, leave them in the comments! I am always looking for more inspiration :)

Xo, Jess

{very} Mini Journal Flip Through

I received a stunning journal from Tremundo Journals a few days ago, and I absolutely had to talk about it. I chose a mini canvas notebook with a wolf print on the cover. This design really spoke to me because of the sunset and the moon in the background. Two of my favorite things. The quality is amazing. The pages are thin but my watercolor paints did not bleed through, and neither did my Staedtler pens. It is pretty small which is perfect for carrying around with you everywhere you go. Overall, it is just a really nice journal.

 

 

If you are thinking about journaling, you should check out Tremundo journals and try this one out! You can get free shipping in the US with the code “JUJ17” until July 31.

I wanted to show you guys what some of the pages I designed look like so far!

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Journal With Me #3

It’s been two months since my last Journal With Me because I haven’t been doing much journaling recently. I guess I fell into a bit of a funk with inspiration and motivation recently.

I subscribed to the Vogue magazine though, and I have received three since. These gave me a lot of inspiration so I went through them and picked some of my favorites to create a bit of a vision board look for this spread!

The theme I went for in this one was yellow and pink. I overdid the left side a bit with the yellow, so it wasn’t as subtle as I wanted it to be, but I am happy with the overall outcome. Let me know if you have any questions about the steps!

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I swear I will try to post more of these whenever I can! I hope you like the final product. Please let me know what you think in the comments :)

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Journal With Me #2

I did this post a while back and you guys seemed to enjoy it, so obviously I had to do it again! This time I will explain the process a bit more, rather than just putting the pictures.

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As per usual, I start with two empty pages, to create a spread. I lay out all my materials to see what I want to design before I start. I get some inspiration from tumblr and We Heart It, too.

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I received these sticker packs from Copia Design recently, so of course I wanted to use them. They are absolutely adorable. There are stickers for every occasion, and I love the aesthetic of them. They go so well with what I do in my journal, so I will be using these a lot. Be sure to check them out!

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I started with the date, like always, and watercolored side to add a pop of color. I actually didn’t like how it turned out, but I tried to fix it later on. I also added one of the stickers from Copia that says “take time for yourself” because the page was going to be about midterms and how I want to relax.

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I added a piece of gridded paper I have from a notebook to cover up some of the watercolor page. I also wrote a little quote on it so it won’t be blank. I finished that page, so I added some stickers onto the next one.

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I then wrote a little about midterms week, and added some washi tape!

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Next, I put a picture that I cut out of a magazine to separate the top of the page from the bottom.

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Then, I added some washi from a washi tape sheet I recently bought, as well as a cardboard sticker to add some details to it. I finished the page off with some more writing. I will be honest and say this is not one of my better pages, but i decided to work with it anyways and still show it to you all! Journaling is about having fun, and you are allowed to mess up! It doesn’t have to be perfect because, after all, it’s for you!

I hope this gave you some inspiration, or maybe even helped you start journaling on your own! Let me know what you think down in the comments :)

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Journal With Me #1

Hi everyone! My last journaling post was pretty popular, so I thought I would do another one! This is basically a step by step of how I design a page! I hope you find it helpful.

This is also a collab with the amazing lovely Gul! Check out her video she did on journaling and make sure to check out her Instagram and Twitter too! She is so talented and creative, and I really recommend checking her out. Her posts are so aesthetically pleasing, and her videos are perfect.

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**The quotes are from WeHeartIt! They are not my own.

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How I Use My Journal!

Hello! In today’s post I want to talk about how I use my journal, something I think is an important way to spark creativity and keep your ideas stored. I don’t write the typical “what I did today” in my journal. Mostly it is used for collecting quotes I like, writing blog post ideas, random thoughts, poems, and bits and pieces of memories.

It is helpful to release thoughts I wouldn’t share on my blog, or things that wouldn’t make sense for a blog post. So how do I write in/decorate it?

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Here is how the decorated pages of my journal look (I blurred out some personal stuff). A lot of times I will decorate a page with just a picture from magazines or pictures that I printed out and nothing else. Or I fill a page with just writing. I also use a lot of stickers, washi tape, and watercolors.

I vary between pages of all writing which are pretty boring so I didn’t include them, and pages like the ones above which are full of color.

As for the things I write, here is a list of them to get you inspired:

  • favorite quotes
  • song lyrics
  • lists (things to read, things I want to do that day)
  • letters I would never send
  • goals (monthly, weekly)
  • poems
  • things that make me happy
  • rants when I am stressed
  • ideas for blog posts
  • workout plans
  • memories I remember
  • playlists

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I have a box of stuff to put inside my journal, so I collect random paper, notes, quotes, tickets, etc. These are all good for filling up the journal and decorating the pages. I also have a lot of notes on my phone of quotes I heard or things I want to put in my journal but don’t have it on me. I then transfer those things later on into the journal.

I also get a lot of inspiration from youtube videos and tumblr. I highly recommend Daniela Daisies, Stories For Coffee, Jenna Alexis, and Gu/Beyaz’s videos! They have really amazing ones that are worth the watch and aren’t too long.

The pastel stickers that I have a lot of packs of are from May Designs! They are the most adorable things in the world. I have both the planner pack and the teacher one. They are perfect to fill in little spaces, and I am excited to try them out. There are stickers of plants, food, words, etc.

May Designs was kind enough to send me some goodies, but they also have cute planners and notebooks that you can customize yourself! Be sure to check them out :)

The other set of stickers which has some missing (because I already used them) is from Michaels! They are made of cardboard so they pop out a bit on the page. It was the friendship pack but a lot of the stickers are good for anything. I couldn’t find them on the website, but I am sure you can find similar ones anywhere online.

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Here is the front of my journal! I had it for so long but didn’t start regularly writing in it until May. I decorated the front with washi tape and cute pictures I printed out. Try experimenting with different sized journals and different styles (spiral or not, etc). This one was the perfect size for me because I can carry it around easily if needed.

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It has gotten so full already and I still have a lot of pages to go! I am excited to see what else goes inside.

I hope this was helpful, and maybe inspired you to start your own journal!

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