Bullet Journaling 2021 // Tips and Favorite Designs

Happy New Year! (plus one day. (: )

I have had a few questions about different things regarding bullet journaling recently, so I figured that I would make a post where I talk about a few of my favorite things when bullet journaling (including my favorite journals) and the different styles of fonts and pens. And, a page of titles and designs I love.

I have tried a few bullet journals in my time including one from Hobby Lobby that was abandoned on a end cap, a dupe for the Archer and Olive journals that I can’t pronounce (here. This is what I used last year. Very pretty!) , and these, which are my favorite that I have used. These journals are by Minimalism Art. They have a significant range in sizes and pages, and they have quite a lot of colors. For this year, I chose two of the 190 page journals. One white, one black. In 2019 I used the tan one which has a bit over 250 pages, which is just enough for a year for me. But I liked black and white, so I got the two smaller page journals to get me through 2021.

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I have tested out quite a few different types of pages as far as the grid goes, and a few years back landed on dotted grid pages as my favorite. I like that you can do art on top of them and you don’t see big lines, and they are faint, but you can still see them to help yourself make straight lines every time. But, most dots in each journal (any journals) are different. So, whenever I get a new dotted bullet journal I make a little not in the front about how many dots wide and tall the journal contains. This helps me if I need to make a line straight through the middle and I won’t have to cont up all the dots to find the mid part.

I make little grids all of the time, and I usually just freehand them by counting out 8 dots (or 7 spaces) and then draw it two dots high. Depending on the size o your journal, you might want to go 2 or 3, maybe even 4 dots tall if your dots are tiny and close together.

I am going to keep it pretty simple as far as the design goes for this post, but you are welcome to turn it into whatever you like! I like to look at stickers or pretty papers or pictures of different things on pinterest to decide my theme, but sometimes I just make it up without looking at anything for inspiration, too. For this design, I had these cute floral themed stickers to which I drew inspiration.

If you’re going for a simple theme, just centering your title (the name of the month) in the page with minimal designs around (I just did three flowers diagonally on each side of the title) is really pretty. I love going for more simple themes like this, but I also love going more into detail with harder themes. Speaking of, any theme ideas for this year you’d like me to try?

Choosing a color scheme can be one of the hardest parts for me, but go with what you love! For this theme I chose warmer, rosy tones and a deeper warm green in the Tombow dual brush pens (the exact shades are 772, 912, 026 and 249, which are all dear favorites that I’ve used multiple times in bullet journal setups.). You don’t have to over do it as far as color goes. Just a black pen and/or black brush pen and one or two colors would be plenty!

This kind of simple design is really easy and pretty, and you could carry these little flowers (or hearts or leaves or pumpkins ar books, whatever you choose!) through the rest of your pages and it would be so pretty!

I always like to make a little insert in my journal of my most used fonts to refer to through the year to help keep everything cohesive. Number 1,2,4,6 and 8 are the ones y’all see the most, but somewhere I would like to use the bubble letters (#7). A bit farther down I have a list of title fonts you could use to refer to, hope they help! (:

Below are some fun title and design ideas I love. Let me know if you use any!

I do weekly logs in every spread, and I seem to always be trying out a new layout. Below are the ones I have used many times before. You can check out this, this, this, and this to see a few of these designs in action.

These are my favorite and most-used pens. Overall, my most used are the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens. If you don’t have them, they’re worth the $7!

Below I have the Pigma Micron in 02 (my favorite fineliner!), the Tombow dual brush pen, a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen, a Tombow Fudenosuke, a pencil, a Ecoline brush pen, and a Baoke brush pen (in S23). If you want a more detailed pen post, let me know!

And lastly, the main add ends I love to use in my bullet journal: Washi tape and stickers. I find these add some very fun colors, patterns and textures, and you can use whatever suits your fancy! I also like to incorporate kraft paper, patterned paper, magazine clippings, etc. But, these two categories are my main used(:

Maisy wishes you all farewell and Happy New Year! ❤

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and maybe you were able to pick up a tip or two. I hope you are all doing well, have a lovely day! And, please be sure to leave me any post suggestions below, I’d love to hear what you would be interested to see.(:

Do you do any of these things in your bullet journal? What is your favorite color group? Do you like sweet or salty better?

Farewell, 2020 // January 2021 BUJO Setup

Wow. It is almost 2021.

Friends, we have experienced much this year. Some had the year very hard, some not too bad, but just because we’ve had a year of extreme uncertainty (and surprise.. heh) doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to and make the best of the new year!

I just wanted to share a bit of encouragement since the past year has left everyone a bit confused and uncertain. I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to new and exciting opportunities in 2021!

Also… HOW IS IT A NEW YEAR?! It’s been a fast year for me. How about y’all?

I am kind of in that fresh, minimal, simple, organized mood of late (I always tend to get that way for the start of the year) and so I wanted to bring that, of a sort, to my bullet journal. I am taking American Sign Language (ASL) for high school, and for a project I had to draw some of the letters on an online program, but I figured I would try my hand drawing them in my journal! This isn’t on every page, but I do incorporate it wherever I can. This can be copied with any design, but I thought It would be a fun thing to look back on someday.

I used more pastel, “happy” colors and black fine liner to do most of this. (I use similarly colored wash tape later on, too.)

I did a two page spread for the calendar using the same colors and designs. For the day of the week (M, T,W,T,F,S,S, etc..) I sued the fingerspelling alphabet letter. Takes up space, but fun!

Right up front I made my year-at-a-glance layout. I like doing this at the beginning of the year to see the day layouts for the year, and to put the important dates up in front.

I wanted to do a vision board for 2021, which is all the things I enjoy or want to enjoy. Also, to bring inspiration.

The left page I made a month goals and a to do section. I just made simple lists and the use of the same colors, and some fingerspelling above the label saying the same.

On the other page, I have a quote, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” by Zig Zigler. I tried to use a scratchy type of lettering for a faded look. It worked out perfectly, because I have a dying Tombow Fudenosuke pen I have been using. XD

On the left, I have the usual habit tracker layout of four month overview grids and I used the same pastels and title/ASL translation in fingerspelling.

The right side has the first weekly log, with the date numbers(1st, 2nd, etc) in ASL. I used the same font and colors.

I continued this layout (though the font is moved to the middle) for the second week of January.

On the next page, I have my “Big Goals” for 2021. These are the ones I really want to complete, though I have a separate section for the more detailed goals.

The next is the very same weekly log layout. Same everything, actually. Sometimes doing the same weekly logs keeps things simple.

On the next page, I have a very simplified version of my money tracker than usual (you can see what I usually do here) to keep with the simple idea.

These next two pages are reading focused. The left page is a layout for books I WANT to read, and the right page is books I WILL read. I put them together last year and it helped to have them close to each other.

These next two pages I finish my weekly logs for the month, and have a month recap on the right.

I’m not exactly sure what happened for the left page. I had originally planned it to be something else but it went in a different direction. Anywho.. There is a quote on this page, and on the other page a gift ideas and wishlist section. Often throughout the year I think of things I might need or want to get for others, etc.. so I have a page I can add things on throughout the year.

This is the section of resolutions or goals for the year. I made a wide and cropped dutch-door layout for the different categories in my goals. I have about 8 sections total. I love making the big goals, then making smaller ones to accomplish.

For the last two pages, I have my mail tracker in the same theme colors.

On the next (and last) page, I have a “Farewell to you January!” doodle.

I hope y’all have had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you the best for 2021!

Are you hopeful for 2021? What are your goals and hopes? What dreams do you have for this year? Are you bullet journaling for this year? What is your favorite color category (pastel, neon, etc.)?

A Little Bit Of Glimmer // Holiday Themed Mail

Hello lovely people! How are you this fine day?

After a month or two of slacking in the pen pal realm of things, I have decided to jump back in full swing with Christmas themed art and addresses! Ahh, I love making pretty Christmassy envelopes, so fun!

For this first one, I wanted to experiment with another texture, and I remembered I had these small red buttons I ad been saving for such and occasion. I drew poinsettias, the name and address, then randomly glued a few buttons down. I love the added texture, and it

I continued the same design, buttons and all on the back. I feel like doing a little something on the back makes it more complete. But really, any chance to do art is a good chance, right? (:

I packed up a little Christmas package to a secret Santa giftee, and did a similar design to the last on this, though a bit more simple. I just did four poinsettias and leaves and some loopy lettering. I have a clear glitter gel pen I love using on uh.. everything, so I used it on this, too. XD I love how vibrant these yellow package envelopes are, so fun to do art on!

This one is a bit more original: Holly and Berries(: I really like this one. Super simple, and cute! If you have two tones of the same color pens or markers, one a bit darker than the other, you should try fading or creating ombre in your font. I love squeezing this in for a little extra sumthin’ (:

This one is very similar, thought the font is more from and center, rather than the design. Come to gaze upon it, this is almost a replica of the prior envelope, just less greenery. Sometimes simple is fun, too! Do you go all out on art (of any type) or more minimal?

I did the same everything for my return address, but to seal the envelope I glued some buttons down. I think buttons or string or flowers or anything of that sort are a fun, unique and creative way to add some fun texture and other elements to letters. What do you think? How would/do you seal an envelope?

Well, that is all for now. I hope you enjoyed! And please don’t hesitate, leave ideas and suggestions in the comments, I’d love to hear what you think! ❤

Have a glorious day, and remember, Jesus loves you and cares about you, in whatever state you are in!

Do you write letters? What is your favorite design from above? What is your favorite kind of cookie? Do you like Thanksgiving or Christmas better? Gum or mints?

Ways to be Christmassy // A Christmas Themed Post

Well HOwdy! HOw are you doing? I HOpe you’re well!

See what I did there? XD

I have been feeling as if I should be more in a Christmas feeling mood of late. You know how sometimes you get caught up in what you’re doing or what happens in a few months or random things, and you lose track of the season? Well, I do that, and so today I thought I would make a fun post about things that will help you enjoy the Christmas season, and maybe even give you some Christmas spirit!

Now, I know everyone always looks forward to getting gifts on Christmas, but some of the most fun in Christmas is giving! A fun way to give is to write letters to someone you love or know, and decorating them just adds to that. (*post on Christmas mail soon!*) I love doing reds and greens and maybe-a-liitle-bit-over-the-top script *grins cheekily*.

Ahh.. there’s just something about taking a minute to sit down, drink something yummy and warm, maybe by a fire, and read a good book. I have just embarked on “A Christmas Carol” for the first time. Dickens is one of my favorite authors, and so I figured it was about time I read this! Do you have any favorite Christmas books?

Quotes! Verses! Movie lines! Putting fun things around you like this really help with bringing on that Christmas feel. Have any favorites? I know I could choose at least 50 fro Elf and 50 more from the Grinch. Haha, both are so good!

This is kind of completely unrelated but SOCKS! My goodness, they’re my favorite! I’m only not wearing socks when it’s Summer, other than that, I love them! Fun patterns and designs are super fun. Every year at Target I get a weird Christmas pair. Hehe, it’s a fun and useful tradition! My friend and I used to do a Christmas sock exchange, too, that was super fun. What is your favorite tradition?

Journaling, drawing or doodling is a fun way to incorporate some Christmas in the everyday. Check out this post where I made my December bullet journal spread. I really enjoy this for some inspiration and I enjoy the colors! What is your favorite kind of art to do?

My friend Sammi once showed me her room one Christmas season and she had dozens of beautiful paper snowflakes all over her ceiling, and so I tried it and I have done it for years! They’re so fun to make, and I love seeing them on the ceiling. Have you every done this?

I don’t typically go crazy on decorations for my room, but I do love putting lights up! My Dad and I went to Lowes recently, and they are selling 21 ft. strands for 2.99 and I got very excited! They really brighten up a room and make it very festive! Here is a link if you’re interested in doing the same to your room!*

Well, that is all for now! I hope you all enjoyed this little Christmas ideas post, and I hope you have a great day and a Merry Christmas! Stick around for more posts soon, and be sure to leave suggestion for future posts!

What is your favorite tradition? Do you get snow on Christmas? What is your favorite Christmas song? Do you like Candy Canes or Eggnog?

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FA LA LA LA LAAAA // December Bullet Journal Setup

Wow. It’s been awhile! I don’t know about all of you, but these past few Fall months have seemed to go by at an alarming rate. I planned three posts for November and managed only one before December came barging in. Oh boy!

I plan to do better this month. I want to post as much as I can in 2020! Can y’all believe there are only 29 days left in the year, as of today? And only 23 days until Christmas! I don’t know how y’all are feeling, but it seems as when you get to be a teenager or young adult that everything goes 10 times faster than when you were 11. I remember waiting and waiting and waiting for Christmas for what seemed to be months, and now I can barely even remember what I did a few minutes back because it went so fast!

Well, I have been planning my December spread for quite awhile, and I am pleased to be plopping it on here now! I hope you all enjoy, and let me know which part is your favorite!

For this month, I had planned a few different ideas, and I just liked the poinsettias best. I mean, what says Christmas more than red and green?

I did the flowers and leaves pretty simple, no clean or finished lines and no smoothness of color. I like it better this way if I’m using a more fancy script. I added a bit or plaid wash tape for some extra texture as well.

I did a two-page layout for the calendar, mainly because the December month is usually the craziest and most full of the 12. I continues the similar theme throughout this page.

On the next page, I used red, green and gold ornaments for my goals, to dos and reminders categories.

On the other side, I did the poinsettias again and then my four habit trackers in gold.

The first weekly log alternates from ornaments to poinsettias in different colors, with gold to divide the columns. I quite like the simplicity, it helps me to think better when I’m not distracted. (Do y’all get distracted by things easily?)

On the right I have my Christmas chopping list page. I’m quite excited to fill this out!

On this page, I have the letter tracker for the month with gold boxes and poinsettias.

On the right, I have another weekly log, this time a bit more… colorful. XD

Here is another more simple weekly log. I quite like this one as well. I enjoy bigger writing spaces, too.

On the right, I have a Christmas bucket list. I make these every year, they’re always so fun to complete!

Then, I made a compact weekly log of only 5 days, and I added a to do section to this one. This mostly uses a gold paint pen.

On the right, a quote! I love throwing these in there. I used all of the textures and designs throughout to complete this one.

On this page, I have a list for where I will invite folks to a neighborhood party we have. I’m not sure how the turnout will be this year, but I still made a list!

On the right, I have the completion of the weekly logs for 2020. This has poinsettias and red.

On this page, a bible verse/quote. I love this one!

On the right, I have a money tracker for this month. I quite prefer this layout, it helps me to see everything very well and be able to go back and track things.

What did y’all thing of this spread? Let me know!

I hope you’re all doing well and have Christmas decorations up and are enjoying the start to the holiday season!

What is your favorite part about December? What did you do for Thanksgiving? Do you like Icecream? What is your dream job?

It’s Officially Here…//November BUJO Setup

Wow.

It’s November.

More specifically, almost a week in.

I have no clue how a week has slipped out from under me. Goodness. I had planned to write this 7 days ago and.. here I am now. Oh well! I must get it out soon, though, or else it will be Christmas! Oy!

So.. My bullet journal setup for this month is fairly warm-toned, doodley and basic. I figured that now would be a good time to do something simple because I will probably do something more elaborate for the December and Christmas time. So, here it is!

I did a fairly general fall scene; glove, coffee, scarves. I also chose very simple font to keep it all cohesive.

This next page is goals, to do and reminders in the form of coffee cups! I enjoyed this doodle.

The next page is my habits page. I did a kind of raw, rough design for the grid that I quite liked.

My first weekly log is fairly simple in layout and design, just horizontal lines dividing the days with small doodles.

The calendar got pushed to the middle of my monthly spread for some reason, but here she is! (:

I made a ver basic mail tracker, just using rectangle grids and small doodles.

The next page is like a income tracker, different grids for different categories. I really enjoy doing it like this, I really keep a good track on my money and expenses.

Haha, the lines wouldn’t stop in this weekly log! I tried to keep it minimal, but nope, full out color. I don’t know, what do you think of it?

The next weekly log is very laid out and doodley and it’s probably my favorite. I love doing box layouts like this!

The next one is very minimal and I like the space in the boxes. I usually use the weekly logs more than the calendar, so the more room the better!

I made this little color palette for the month of warm, falls colors to refer to in art. I want to keep this for the next few months, I think it’s fun!

The next page finishes up the weekly logs and also includes goals for the month.

Are y’all looking forward to anything specific this month? Do you like November?

What’s your favorite part of November? Do you like bananas? What’s your favorite color?

October *faints* // Bullet Journal Setup

Have you ever been absolutely baffled about how fast a month can get to your destination.

Yes, same here.

October just sneaked (snuck?) up on me in the past few days! October is my favorite month, and so I’m glad it’s here to stay for awhile! I went all out fallish for my bullet journal setup this month, and I can’t wait to use it. I hope you enjoy!

I did a cut cover page with pumpkins on the border. I didn’t want it to be all various shade of orange, so I threw in a green/blue pumpkin here and there.

When you turn the page, I continued the pumpkin border and made this month’s calendar. I used the quote “Aren’t you glad we live in a world where there are Octobers?” from Anne of Green Gables (one of my favorite series’). I have been enjoying using different papers and tapes and stickers for texture on my envelope art and bullet journal setups. It adds a little bit extra(:

Then, A large pumpkin (because I definitely needed one more. XD). This pumpkin hosts my monthly to dos and Autumn bucket list and goals.

The next page has my habit tracker and some wash tape and pumpkins.

This next page is the letter tracker along with some pumpkins.

On the next page I have the first weekly log, which is fairly simple.

I wanted to use a brown page, so I cut it to size and made it the Fall bucket list. I love writing in white with brown paper, it looks so stark and pretty.

Then I made the next weekly log which turned out to be a pretty interesting layout. XD

Then both of these pages are different weekly logs. On the right of the right page, I used the same brown paper and made my blog post ideas for the month.

Then I continued the weekly log to the top of the next page. Below that I have the to dos for that week, and also some reminders set.

I made a little collage on the next page for fun. Whenever you go to your local hardware store, pick up some paint samples. They’re very multi-purpose(;

Then I made a simplified version of the money tracker I’ve been doing. On the next page I have some colleges to look into for next year. Any suggestions?

Then for the final page, I have a harvest of various pumpkins. This might be my favorite. XD

Are y’all excited about October?

Do you look forward to October like I do? Do you like pumpkin foods? What’s your favorite part of Autumn? Do you like campfire smell? What page was your favorite?

A Fallish Type of Post // The One About Mail

Is my big pink sweater, snow pants and fuzzy socks a bit much?

Nah. Guess what, it’s Fall! Yessssssssss!

I have posted way to many posts talking about how much I love Fall (literally 4,579 of them), but have I posted 4,579 times about how many times I love Fall letter art? *sly smile*

I have had a bit of a letter pile-up-catastrophe of late. I sat down to solve it today and after excitedly glancing at my calendar where the words “FALL!!!” were written a various amount of times, I decided to break out the watercolors and the plaid wash tape and hit it.

Here they are(:

I love uniformity in colors and patterns in my letter writing. And I love sending tea in the cooler months, it’s just a fun something you can send that, even if you don’t drink it, can spark a little happy. I used gray, gold and red for this letter, andI like the outcome pretty well. What do you thinks?

I have been enjoying the torn paper technique for accents on the envelopes. The torn photos and music and wash tape at a interesting difference in textures that I really enjoy. It’s easy and fun, you should definitely give it a try!

I remember, when I was little, my Mama let my brother and I each pick out a pumpkin at a local outdoor nursery. My brother, being a little boy, got a funky looking green one with spots and a curly stem. I remember looking for awhile and the I found a little round pumpkin with tiny pot full of flowers in it. I wanted to paint that, so I did on some envelopes! I want to do that to some pumpkins this year.

I had this picture in my mind of a girl reading in a window seat, and so I transferred it to an envelope. I would like to be her, wouldn’t you?

Ahh, the colors of Fall… (:

I’ve found that using sticker letters is a super fun way to spice up an envelope, and it’s super easy! This one was fun.

Well, I must go. I hope you all enjoyed this little array of envelopes, and I will see you next time!

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What’s on the books for you this Fall? Do you like letter writing? Do you do art on your envelopes? Is it sunny where you are?

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PEOPLES. what?! // September BUJO Setup

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Hello there!

Oh my! SEPTEMBER?!???!!! WHHHHAAATTT?!

Seriously. Every. Singly

Did I just say singly? Oh well. It fits.

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I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!!

September means (still hot but trying) fall colors starting, fall candles in every nook and cranny in my house, and the leaf garland my family has had since mid 1998. Eheh. sEPtemBeR?!!

Okay. Well.

(These intros are always so very awkward. XD)

I have a new bullet journal setup for September, I hope you enjoy!

I decided to go with the classic leaves theme. I love fall leaves, and after all of the bright, Summery themes, I decided to go with muted, neutral colors. It was a nice break after the color. XD

I used watercolors and a gold paint marker as the main design materials. I also used my Tombow Fudenosuke soft tip brush pen. (I highly recommend either it or the hard tip, so good!)

Now, ehe, the first page isn’t my most favorite, but I do enjoy it combined with the gold calendar. I kept it fairly simple for this month, which I enjoy.

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The next page is my To Do, Reminders and Goals page. I just painted a few different leaves. I’ve been using the theme subjects as this page (see here and here).

The next page is the habit tracker for the month. I painted some leaf doodles around the trackers, and kept it fairly simple.

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This page is the letter trackers page. I used the gold pen and the black pen for the outlines and did the same leaf doodles surrounding.

The next page is the first weekly log of the month, consisting of only leaves.

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The next page is my money tracker. I used the gold, and painted the same branches as the first page.

The next page is the next habit tracker. I turned a few of the leaves, but it’s fairly the same.

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The next page is another weekly log, the same(:

Then, to make this a bit more “fun” I created a brain dump page. This is for fun sentences or doodles. Hehe, I got so excited I started on it already.

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Then I have two pages filled with the end of the weekly logs. On the second page I also have the end of the month recap. A fun little page I like to include sometimes.

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To conclude this theme, I have a “creation” page. For doodles and sketches, things of that sort.

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What did you like about this theme? Do you bullet journal? Let me know in the comments!

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