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?

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?