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.)?

April Showers Bring… // May BUJO Setup

mAY iS hERE

Hello!

Oh wait… I must’ve mean’t to write January in the title ’cause it sure don’t feel like May!

It’s crazy to think how fast everything’s going. Wow. Even in quarantine, I feel almost as busy as before, even without going places. It’s been nice to get to do things I’ve wanted to do or needed to do. I’ve been able to paint a lot, I finished changing up my room, cleaned a lot, I’ve written new music, it’s been nice.

Whilst we’ve been doing school during the day (while my Mom reads aloud) I’ve been working on my May bullet journal setup.

 

I’ve been wanting to try watercolors in my bujo for awhile, so I figured I’d give it a go this month. I’m pretty happy with it, I love all the colors and the dainty floral.

To the left, I started out the month with a quote, “the earth laughs in flowers” and I put various florals beneath. To the right I have the first page of the month, which states the month and is surrounded by flowers.

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My next two pages are the calendar for the month. My April calendar (see here) was left quite blank, since there was no event in April, but I thought I’d do one for May, just in case. (:

I wrote “May” again, and I did a border of flowers around the calendar. If you remember August, I did the same calendar layout there. I needed a bit more color, so I did a little dollop of color where the day’s number goes

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This left page is my goals and to do’s for the month. I needed a bit more color so I… you know… completely filled in the rectangles with completely random colors in my watercolor pan. *slightly convincing grin* XD

My next page is my habit trackers. For this month I am trying to build the habit of 5+ bottles water, daily bible reading, practice all the instruments, and walk/run daily. Do you have any habits to build this upcoming month?

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My first weekly log is fairly simple, the first square says it’s “the first week of May” and flowers. I went and drew in the other squares and I colored in the 0’s with different colors.

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The next page is my Spring100 mile tracker. I surrounded this with flowers and incased it in black.

The next page is a quote, another “flowery” one. XD

“Bloom where you are planted”

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The next weekly log is a loopy layout, pretty easy, too! I put the date in a circle with flowers inside. Underneath “notes” I decided to add a few more flowers. Better get as many as I can in there, ya know?

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Hehe, I took a picture whilst I was photographing this setup. I had to squat to take the photos, so it was a funny photography setup. XD

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My next page is for blog post ideas. Do you have any for me? I’d love to know!

The next one is my letter tracker. The “stamp” (which is a box I check if I’ve sent a reply) I painted different colors along both of the pages on the bottom.

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I wanted to be a bit more conservative for the third weekly log, so I am trying putting the whole week on one page. Hopefully it’ll work, small writing must get to work! On the left of the day I have a flower, on the right, the date.

The right page is a.. window. Hehe! Quite random, but fun!

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I squished the rest of the month (10 days) onto two pages. I did lines of color, with words appearing to be behind that, and on the color I wrote the same, though in cursive. This is my happy page. I like how vibrant the colors came out for this weekly log a lot. On the bottom of the right page, I did “end of the month to-do’s” and flowers.

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These pages are some of my favorite. I got excited about Summery colors, so I went ham. XD

This is my “Summer Goals” pages, and the category I chose are Blog, Bible (as in scripture memorization, daily readings/plans, etc), Art, and Other (like baking, cooking, cleaning, etc). This can be stretched over many pages or turned into multiple columns. You might like to use this, even if you don’t bujo. I find that setting goals for myself helps me be more productive, especially if it’s in a time (like Summer) where you have more time on your hands. (:

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Normally, in the beginning of the year I make an address page, but I realize that I hadn’t yet, so I did! I used thin washi tape as a border between the different addresses. At the top I used a banner (see my banner post here), and I made it  rather loopy to opposite the straight lines.

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I hope y’all enjoyed this month’s setup! I can NOT believe May is almost here. What are your May’s typically like? Anything to look forward to?

Have a wonderful rest of your day!

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What was your favorite part of April? What are you hoping to achieve in May? Which page is your favorite this month? How’s your quarantine so far?

February? Already? // Bullet Journal Setup

February

Greetings and Salutations!

Let’s just slow down a minute… Where did January go?!

It feels like this month flew past, does it to you?

Anyway, February is right around the corner (currently 11 hours and 40 minutes away), so I got my bullet journal ready for the new month. I hope you enjoy!

This month’s theme is Eucalyptus. I wanted to go for a simpler theme this month using only a few colors, so I used a blue/green and light pink and gold.

My eucalyptus is very simple, just round leafy shapes.

I used my Tombow dual brush pens for all of this. (Heh, y’all probably here me talk about them all the time. They are just the best for bullet journaling! <3)

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My next page includes the rest of the calendar and my goals for the month, also including the eucalyptus.

the other page has the monthly habit trackers in light pink (♥️), 5+ cups water, bible reading, skin care, and music practice.

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My next pages are pretty simple, just to do’s and reminders. I included a few colorful stickers from my beloved Hob Lob (as my Mother and I call it. XD) because I needed some more color.

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This next page I meant  to do in January, but I had already started February when I remembered. It’s the birthdays page. This is really helpful to me throughout the year to reference. I just wrote the month name over a highlighter and then wrote the birthdays underneath with their date.

The other page is my monthly letter tracker. I used the light pink and did eucalyptus in the background.

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This page is my monthly money tracker: Earned, expenses, balance of the two. It’s really  helpful and keeps me organized.

I had to do some kind of valentine’s day related theme, so I wrote proverbs 3:5 among some hearts. ♥️

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The next page is my blog post ideas for the month.

The next is from my last post where I did a banner tutorial. I ended up coloring them in for fun.

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This is my washi tape collection spread. I like to include this in my bullet journals so I can look at the one I want to use before I tear it off the roll.

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This next page is a packing list for when we go to my Aunt’s house later this month. I doodled some suitcases/train cases for fun. (:

The next page is my daily routine. I made this last year and I enjoyed looking at it to motivate me. I did light pink bullet dots and the eucalyptus.

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And that’s it! I hope you all enjoyed! Stay posted near the end of this month for March, I’m really excited for that one.

New posts coming soon!

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Which page did you like the most? Do you like eucalyptus? Anything  fun planned/ happening in February? Puzzles or card games?

 

HOW TO: 6 Simple Banners // The Happy BUJO

6 Simple

Hi! *waves*

Happy Monday to ya!

I love adding little elements to my bullet journal, whether it be stickers, washi tape, designs, I love it to be colorful and fun.

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Banner used as heading.

One of my favorite things to add is banners. I use them a lot as headers, and titles, and there are so many different ways, lengths and styles.

 

I wanted to share some of my favorite ways with you today!

I always start out sketching my banners, so this will be in pencil(:

#1 A Simple Banner

Start out with a simple rectangle, any size.

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Then add two lines on the bottom third of your rectangle.

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Create from those lines two more rectangles.

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From the bottom corners of the main rectangle, draw a diagonal line to the corners of the two rectangles below. This creates the 3d “folded” effect.

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Line it, then add shading to the “folded” part, if you choose. I always just hatch it, giving it a simpler feel, but you can color it or even use black!

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#2 A Bit More Intricate 

This banner is mostly the same, with one small modification that makes it look a bit fancier.

Start with the same as the first, one rectangle, then draw two underneath, add the diagonal lines to create the “fold”, BUT, before you line it…

Start from the top outward corners of the two bottom rectangles, and draw a diagonal line to the middle (below).

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Draw the other one to match, creating a flag look. Erase any unneeded lines.

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It looks a bit more intricate, but is still really simple.

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#3 The Inverted 

(augh!!! The blur! Please excuse(: )

This rectangle you start out with is a bit different, more like a oval rectangle together.

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(Sadly I realized I didn’t get pictures of the process, but I shall explain)

This one is very much the same as the last two, but swapped. Instead of drawing the flags under, they will be on top.

Hint: a simple way to do this is to turn your paper upside down! XD

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#4 Up And Down

I like doing my banners this way. This is one of my favorite ones, too, I just love how flowey this (and the next one) one is.

It starts out with oval/rectangle, and where you would draw two lines (for the two rectangles) on the bottom third, draw one at the top third and one at the bottom third. (shown below)

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From there draw two rectangles. One will be up and one will be down.

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Now you can add the diagonal “folds.” Only, these will be different. For bottom rectangle to the middle rectangle you will draw a diagonal line from the inside (for my case, bottom left) corner to the bottom (bottom right, for me) of the middle rectangle.

For the top, you will draw a line from the top inside corner (top right, for me) to the top of the middle rectangle (mine’s top left)

That way it’s “folding” correctly. (I’ve done it before where you have the two folds on the bottom. Heh, doesn’t quite work! XD)

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#5 My favorite(:

I make this one all the time, I love it!

The rectangle for this one is a bit different, one corner curves up and one down. The top and bottom lines are parallel, they mirror each other.

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You add just normal rectangles, one from the top third up and one from the bottom third down. Drawing the diagonal line as before, it takes shape! I love this one.

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Then you can add the flag corners.

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I just love the fluidity of this one, it’s so cute! I use this one all the time (or did I already say that many times? XD).

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#6 Intricate And Flowy

This one starts the same as the past two, one side up and one down. Draw the diagonal “folds”

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From those rectangles add one to each of those, the top one down, the bottom up (shown). Add the diagonal lines and then the little flag endings if you wish. (:

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This one’s fun if you want it to be a bit fancier. It’s fun!

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I hope you enjoyed all of these! Let me know in the comments which was your favorite!

I hope you’re having a great day!

 

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Which banner was your favorite? Would you like to see more intricate and fancy banners one day? What’s your favorite Disney song of all time? Do you like classical music?