Hey Guys, happy Easter! How are we into April already? I feel like the last 3 months have gone faster than January alone did! Today I’m going to tell you about starting a bullet journal and share with you an introduction to my bullet journal along with my April page set up.
Starting a Bullet Journal
I’ve been thinking about starting a bullet journal for a while now and after reading a series of posts called How To Set Up Your Bullet Journal on abeanstalklife.com I decided to take the plunge and buy one. The first post in the series is your supply list so I went through it and found most of the things linked in the post. After adding most of the things on the list to my Amazon basket, I went to the checkout and noticed that the cost was about £100 and decided I 100% needed to cut that cost down so I ended up going for just a few essentials:
- The Leuchttrum1917 (£12.99) – This is the notebook I was seeing most frequently in bullet journal posts and abeanstalklife actually discusses a few notebook options so I went for this one. They have loads of colours and I decided to go for the pink one… obviously, look at my blog, I obviously love pink!
- Staedtler 334 Triplus Fineliner pens (£6.73) – I decided to go for these pens over the ones that are more felt tip/marker type pens because I already have loads of them and I needed colourful pens that were thin enough to write with and I adore these ones! I’m going to try and find a pack of only black ones because I use that one the most. They’re so lovely to write with too!
- Stencil Set (£6.19) – So, I’m not the best at drawing so when I discovered these, I had to get them. You get 12 stencils in this pack and I love them. There are speech bubbles, banners, keys and even social media icons so they’re so useful!
- Shape Stencils (£3.99) – This has also been super useful, mostly for the ruler edge. I’ve also used it to draw some squares which is so lazy because it’s so easy to draw a square in the journal but it just saves a bit of time. You also get circles, hearts, hexagons and triangles on this stencil.
I ended up spending around £30 which I was pretty happy about because I didn’t want to spend a fortune on something that I could possibly just forget about in a couple of weeks like I did the last time I attempted a bullet journal! A couple of other things I also use in my bullet journal is washi tape which I got from Primark (5 rolls for £1.50 if I remember rightly), a silver gel pen from The Range and a pack of 50 Crayola markers I bought last year from eBay (you can also get them from places like Tesco but they was so much cheaper on eBay!
So, now that I had my supplies, it was time to start my journal. The first thing I did was customise the front of my journal. I found some glitter letter stickers in The Range and used them to write my name on the front and I also used some silver diamond/gem stickers from The Works. I actually planned out what I wanted to include in the first few pages of my bullet journal and I spent longer than I’d like to admit trying to work out the best order to have everything. When I was finally happy, I started writing in the journal.*
*Full disclosure, I’m not the most artistic so please don’t judge my drawings or attempt at some cool writing… I’m trying! Also, I’m incapable of coming up with my own creative ideas so I’ll try and link to the places I got the inspiration from.
Top Tip ~ Draw/write everything in pencil first, it’s been a lifesaver for me!
Introduction To My Bullet Journal
One of my favourite qualities of the Leuchttrum1917 is that it has a contents page and page numbers. I think it’s really useful so it’s easy for me to find the pages I need.
I’m terrible for forgetting passwords which is why I decided to have that be the first page in my bullet journal so that I can easily find my usernames and passwords if I’m out and about.
I saw this next idea on Pinterest and thought it was brilliant! It’s a year in pixels so you assign a colour to a mood and colour in the corresponding square every day for a year. I thought it was super cool that in a year I would be able to have a chunk of rainbow blocks to represent the last 12 months.
The next page in my bullet journal is part of a goal I’ve had for a long time now and that’s to watch every Disney film so when I saw an idea on Pinterest it reminded me of that goal. Now, before any Disney fanatics come at me, I have seen some of the films on this list that haven’t yet been marked off but I want to see them again because it’s been a while.
The next two pages are similar to the Disney one and they are my watch list and my reading list. I’ve wanted to see some of the films on the list for so long but I forgot about them so it’s a great place to store these kinds of things. Also, I’m trying to get more into reading because I spend all of my free time on social media or working on the blog. I would even take my tablet in the bath with me and keep working so I decided I needed some time for myself hence the reading list.
Another thing I’m trying to do is keep up with my favourite blogs. I feel like I do a pretty good job at that but I need to keep a list of my favourites so that I remember to check them out fairly often. As you can see, I need to find some more favourite blogs! Also, there’s an empty page next to this one because I’m going to keep a list of my blog post ideas but I just haven’t got around to it yet.
The next two pages are dedicated to my weight loss journey. I’ve always struggled with my weight and tried multiple diets but over the last couple of months I’ve put even more weight on and it’s time to seriously do something about it which is why I’ve assigned two pages to it. I have seen a lot of ideas for weight loss trackers where you write 5lbs, 10lbs, 15lbs etc etc and colour in each one when you lose it but that isn’t realistic to me. What if you lose 5, colour the square then put 2 back on the week after? It just didn’t make sense which is why I went for this layout. Every week I will weigh myself and write +/- whatever it is. (So far, I’m 3lbs down! I’ve also just eaten a Cream Egg Sundae from SubZero (see it here) which was an Easter treat from my mam and step-dad so I’ve probably just put that 3lbs back on).
Monthly Set Up
Next up is my section for April. I saw a design on Pinterest and tried (and failed) to copy it. I still like it though because the mistakes make it very me! And yes, I did draw it in pencil first and I still messed it up… (see the link for what it’s supposed to look like). On this page, I’ve also added a calendar so that I can write in upcoming blog posts and activities I’ve got going on.
One thing that you’ll regularly see in bullet journals is a habit tracker and mine is no different.
This next idea (like the rest of them) I saw on Pinterest and I actually fell in love with it. I thought it was such a lovely idea to have somewhere to write something you’re thankful for everyday or a highlight of each day so that you have it to look back on.
The final pages in my bullet journal so far is a blog and social media tracker. Here, I’m going to track all of my stats that I sometimes forget to check so from now on I’m going to make a note every week and see how my blog/socials are growing.
I hope you enjoyed this introduction to my bullet journal! What are your favourite pages in your bullet journal? I’d love to know! If you did like this post, please share it using the buttons below. Be sure to follow me on Pinterest to keep up to date with my bullet journal board.
Thanks for reading, Em xo
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