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.)?