Bullet Journaling // Why It Works

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Hello there! I hope everyone is having a great day!

I was filling out things in my bullet journal earlier and I was thinking, “What did I do before this!?”  Bullet journaling has worked well and has been really fun in the process, and today I’m just going to share some various tidbits about it and why it works so well.

To start off, there’s something I always haven’t been extremely faithful about remembering: The bullet key.

This is a very helpful way to remember the importance, time, if you completed something, if you need to save, if you need to buy, if you need to check off your list kinds of things.

I always put mine in the front of my bullet journal so that when I need to go look for it, it’s not hidden away in the middle someplace.

I stuck to some basic ones, like “task done” “task completed” “important” “good idea” and such. I’ve heard of other people doing a lot more things in order to help them remember.

If you’re just starting out with bullet journaling, or even if you’ve done it for awhile, this is still very helpful. The key, and the whole bullet journal as a matter of fact, is completely customizable to your own taste.

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Now, when I first started bullet journaling, I didn’t have something that I really like now, a content page/index.

My newest bullet journal, the one I’m in now, has one and it’s one of the most helpful things in it. (click HERE to see my Bullet Journal)

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Habit Trackers are probably my most helpful and favorite things in a bullet journal, because when they’re finished (especially if you didn’t miss a day) they look really neat, and they make you want to do that thing to be able to fill it in.

I’ve done all kinds; ones where you fill it in with certain colors, others its own separate box with a favorite black fineliner.

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I really like to do a goals page. It’s always fun to see, at the end of the month, what goals you met.

Creating “TO-DO” lists for the month and cleaning plans are always great and very efficient and good to do ahead of time and to be able to add to later, because you can take a glance, go do something on your list, come back and check it off.

The main thing about a bullet journal that is so great is that it’s all in one. You get planner, calendar, to-do’s, goals, a journal (if you add that), in one book, and the good thing is that it’s only one book!

Hehe, I know I just said that twice, but that’s really the best thing about it. Instead of opening five different sources to check off or see various things, the all-in-one is so great. I prefer a A5 size journal because if you need to take it anywhere it isn’t too big.

Something else I prefer is a dotted grid. This is just me, but when I create a grid or calendar or do brush lettering, I don’t like doing it over back black lines. There are also square grids. I prefer a dotted grid that isn’t too noticeable, but it’s not just a blank piece of paper. (A grid really helps with lines and writing)

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You can see the dotted grid here.

I have a lot of pens I use when bullet journaling, but some of my favorites are my *Tombow Dual brush pens. These are water-based, brush and bullet nib pens that are great for writing, doing brush lettering, or coloring in certain things. They blend really well, too, which is something fun for your bullet journal’s look.

Some of my other favorites are my *Pigma Microns in black. Ah! I love these. They last long time and are great for writing and drawing grids.

I love to use a kneaded eraser and just a regular light pencil (like a 4H or 2H) to sketch out my designs. This is probably you have around your house!

And we can’t forget a good ‘ole ruler!

I hope this post was helpful and that you enjoyed it! Let me know what you would like to see next. More posts of the like?

Have a wonderful day!

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What posts would you like to see next? Where does school start around your area? Do you like to shop for school supplies? Do you have a bullet journal? What’s your favorite Icecream flavor?

March 2019 BUJO Setup

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Happy March! (How is it MARCH?!)

Well, so far March has started out a fun month. We went to Alabama for the first two days, which was fun and I was excited about. It’s always great to have something fun to kick off the month!

Beforehand, I like to give my monthly BUJO setups a theme, (ex. January: Colors, Feb: Pinks + Reds) so when you see a lot of cacti, well, yep, that’s my theme. I also am using lots of greens, but some occasional pinks get in there(:

Without further adieu, let’s take a look!

My left opening page just says “March,” with, yep, a bunch of little cactus around it. These little plants are so fun to draw, and it adds a little color into it. The right hand side has my month calendar. Since there’s 31 days in March, I had to leave one space open. A perfect spot for some more cacti!

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They’re cut and easy to draw. I used my Tombow Dual brush pens for the colors and then for the pot’s lip (or whatever it’s called😄) I used an gold opaque chisel pen that I’ve had since I did some scrapbooking a looooonnngg time ago. It just added a little “sumpin’ sumpin,” as my mama says.

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This is my month overview. I like to do the little calendar squares that are about one and a half inches apart, just so I have a little room to write things down.

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This is my monthly habit tracker. I decide this month, that instead of doing one big grid, (see here, my February setup’s habit tracker) I want everything individually. I like it better this way. I think it gives a cleaner look. I chose to do all greens this month. (well, the pretty ones, that is.😆)

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More cactus(: The grids are about 2 inches wide; perfect for the dotted grid.

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Instead of doing a water tracker this month I’m just using this goal (that’s trying to become a habit for me) to drink 5 or more 8oz. glasses of water daily. So far I’ve done it, and I’m hoping to keep it up!

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Now here I just placed many things together, and I actually like it! I didn’t at first because I thought It might be a little chaotic, (which I guess it would be if I had more colors and things to write…) but It works pretty well for me. I just put my goals, reminders, to do’s, etc.

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This is my first week of March log, just so I can have a more in detail look at what’s coming up.

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Here is my month letter tracker. This really has no purpose, except that I like to see when I received letters from different pen-pals. I made this one so that the person’s name is like the address and the return address is where the date goes. (You can see the first letter I’ve gotten this month up there in the corner.)

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This is my March savings log. I like to do this to look back on my expenses and savings.

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And last: my March bible reading plan. I’m following the ESV 30 days in the new testament plan. If you want to check out their reading plans for the English Standard Version (ESV) click here. They have some good’uns! The plan is that you read each one of these each day for 30 days. I like following a plan, so I’m excited to do this one! The ones I’ve done before are in Focus on the Family’s Brio magazine. (A christian magazine for teen girls) I have used their reading plan for awhile, but I wanted to try something different this time.

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Welp, that’s it! I really enjoyed setting up is month, and I’m excited to see how March goes in general! I love spring, and it’s only 18 days from now!

Thanks much for reading, y’all!

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Maisy claiming her new spot for a nap(:

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DO YOU BULLET JOURNAL? HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF FOCUS ON THE FAMILY OR BRIO? DO YOU LIKE FORD OR CHEVROLET? CARS OR TRUCKS? WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SEASON?

 

 

DIY: Cute Valentine’s Day Cards

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Hi!!!!!

Are all of you well this fine day?

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon! I always like making little Valentine’s around this time every year, and this year I wanted to show y’all how I do them! Let’s get right in to it.

So first, grab some scrapbook paper of your choice. (one big sheet is enough unless you’ll be switching) I chose pink and, later, one with hearts. (look at that funny little sun ray/spot on the paper😚)

 

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Then fold it in half. (any way)

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Then draw half on a heart right on the crease. (this helps to get the perfect shape)

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Voila! Smooth it out straight and flat.

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Then make 2-3 more. Leave the first flat, the second one half-folded, and the third mostly-folded.

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Then I got out our ancient hot glue gun😄 You can use a glue stick or the like, but I always find hot glue works best.

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While I waited for it to heat, I got out my card I was going to use.

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Then I glued the half folded heart to the flat one.

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Then add the mostly folded to the bunch. You can make it as big, add as many layers and colors as you want, but I only did three for now.

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Then add your little heart cluster in one of the upper areas. (or lower. There are going to be words) I put mine in the mid-upper right.

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Then sketch out the words you want and the basket. (It’s a hot air balloon😄)

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Voila! I used my Tombow Fudenosuke hard tip for the words and clouds. (Although I used no pressure on the clouds; they were just sketchy lines.)

 

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Then I got out a different sheet of scrapbook paper for the next one!

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I got three puzzle pieces for this next one that says “I love you to pieces” I thought this saying was really cute, so i’m a’ gonna use ‘er!

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Then flip your scrapbook paper over and trace and cut them out.

IMG_9397Then put a little dab of hot glue on the backs. Stick them towards the top, but not all the way up. More upper-middle. (Is that a thing?😁)

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I forgot to take a picture of me doing this, but there! It’s finished! I just wrote it down using my Tombow Fude hard tip. (And AUGH! Points off for blurriness!)

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Well, I hope you enjoyed this short DIY On Valentine’s Cards! Thank you so much for reading, friends!

ALSO: Big thanks for 25 Followers, you guys! Thank you so much!

~theJunebugblog

 

Looking back: January

Hello!

Can you even believe it’s FEBRUARY? I sure can’t. Man, January went like a rocket! (Well, for me it did.)

Well, I made quite a few posts in January, and I am going to be looking back through the month!

Well, The first post I made was “A fresh beginning” where I updated my blog theme. (Click HERE to see it)

The second post I did was “Looking back: 2018” (Click HERE)

Then the third (fourth, fifth, sixth, all the way until tenth) Post(s) I did was a series on Bullet Journaling. (HERE)

The Eleventh post I made was “(Pen-Pal) Letter Art.” I really enjoyed this n’. (Come see it HERE)

Then the Twelfth, “Yet Another Clump” (See it HERE)

Then, my last and thirteenth post, “50 Things that make me Happy” (Tagged by Meg) This was fun! (See that HERE)

Thank you so much for helping me launch into 2019! Happy February!

New Posts coming SOOOOOOON!

~theJunebugblog

2019 BUJO Setup, Day 4

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Greetings, all!

Are you in good health? I hope so!

Today we’re creating a habit tracker! I use this every night before I go to bed. First, I had to list all my most important habits and picked the most important ones.

First I drew a long rectangle. I used my dots as the size for the lines. I drew the lines 31 dots apart length wise, and 12 dots height wise. Then I followed the dots and filled in the rectangle with lines, creating a square grid.

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I didn’t put numbers outside of the squares, but you could if you wanted too. I also wrote the colors I used at the bottom. It looks best if you fill them in using the same color for each habit.

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There ’tis! I hope you enjoyed!

Come back ttooommoorrrooww!

~theJunebugblog

2019 BUJO Setup, Day 3

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Aloha, Friends!

Today I have more pages setup! I’m excited to share them with you! This is a water tracker. Set your goal for drinking water before you start. They say that you’re supposed to drink 8 8oz. cups of water everyday. that is my goal for this month. First I gather some supplies. A black pen of some sort, a ruler, and a blue pen. (I’m using one of my Tombow Dual Brush pens)

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Start by drawing a “|+___” And connect them together. Leave some space above, on the sides, and below.

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Start by writing your goal of cups of water starting with #1 at the bottom of the page moving up. Remember: you are writing this outside the “L” on the part of it that’s going up.

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Once you set your goal, on outside of the line that’s going up; on the outside of the line that’s going sideways write out all the days of the month evenly. (as you can see mine could’ve been a little neater😜)

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Now get out your blue pen and fill in the amount of water you drank that day in line with the day, below. And there you have it! pretty simple!

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This is what it looks like now. It was a few days ago that I took these pictures.

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Sorry about all this wacky lighting!

Well, there’s today’s post! Come back tomorrow!

Thank you for reading, dears!

~theJunebugblog

2019 BUJO Setup, Day 2

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HI! *waves hand with a big grin*

Are you well?

I have my first couple pages of my Bullet Journal prepared! I’m excited to show you! I started out just writing my name. (I added my phone number later😊)img_8552

This is just my starter page, walking into 2019.

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Now we’ll get on with it!

Okay, here is the first page of my new Bullet Journal. I always do this at the beginning of the month. I like to see everything that I have coming up laid out for me.

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I’ve just started doing this “year at a glance” in this past year! I really like how they look. Here’s how to do it:

1) Draw two half-inch thick bars across the page, top and bottom of the page, looking like a floating shelf or something like that.

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2) Draw two lines down the page, then do three lines across, creating twelve rectangles/squares. Draw the numbers of the days of each month inside the squares, along with the name of the month, all the way down.

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It ends up looking really cute! I did this in pencil, for, well, I don’t know why! Hehe.

I highlighted holidays in blue, birthdays in pink, and events in grey. There’s a lot going on this year!

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How do you like these designs? Did you like this post? Do you BUJO?

Well, come back tomorrow! 5 days left!

Have a 🎶woonndeerrffull ddayyy!🎶

~theJunebugblog