My Bullet Journal

Guys when I say I’m obsessed with my bullet journal, that’s not even an understatement. In case you have no clue what a bullet journal is, let me give you a little run down. A bullet journal is a journaling system that creates lists and spreads to make you more efficient. Because you’re creating what you need, you’re not wasting pages and spreads in store-bought planners. The original bullet journal was simple and to the point. But, us bloggers and creative people have turned it into an art form, really. So, let’s take a look inside mine!

bullet journal for beginners a look inside

Ok, so first off. If you follow me on Instagram or Pinterest you may know that I love hand lettering. I’ve posted a couple of pictures on Instagram of work I’ve done. The bullet journal is the ultimate way to work on hand lettering. I createย all of my headings, day spreads, monthly spreads, and whatever else I decide to make out of hand lettering. From script to block lettering, it’s such amazing practice! And, because it’s such a casual way of displaying hand lettering, mistakes are welcome!

At the moment, I don’t really have a system for organizing important dates, to-dos, and other lists, but that’s fine with me! Like I said before, a bullet journal is for you. You can literally make it anything you want. I just throw everything I need to do under my daily spreads. Hopefully from there, I can decipher what are to-dos and what are just general comments.

SUPPLIES

Alright so I live for these Staedtler fineliner pens. They’re what I use to create all of the spreads. They don’t bleed through the paper, and they’re fine enough to create details but thick enough to make the illustrations and spreads noticeable. Granted they are on the pricier side but are totally worth it.

bullet journal for beginners a look inside

In day-to-day life, I use the Pilot G-2 0.7mm pens to fill in the spreads. Guys. These are the most amazing and smooth-writing pens ever. The pigment is so dark and rich. I fell in love with these back in high school, and I’ve never looked back. I don’t use them for decorating in my bullet journal because they do smudge easily. What are your favorite kinds of pens?

For the journal, I actually kind of made my own. We had this notebook that was perfect for bullet journaling, but it was just too thick. So, I cut it in half, created a new cover, and voila, a new bullet journal that’s just the right size. Want a tutorial on how I recovered my bullet journal? Let me know!

YEARLY OVERVIEW SPREAD

I’m not going to lie. I found this idea on Pinterst and I created it myself. I love the contrast of the black pen on the white paper, and the scripty font above each month is so pretty! This whole spread probably took me around half an hour to create.

bullet journal for beginners a look inside

MONTHLY SPREADS

For each month, I createย two monthly spreads. One is used for my every day life and the other is my editorial calendar. Keeping the separate like that is so much more efficient for me. I’m not trying to cram my life and my blog schedule into one 1″ x 1″ square.

daily calendars

These spreads let me look at my month at a glance. I keep the information here limited to important appointments and events. This just lets me see all of the major things going on.

bullet journal for beginners a look inside

So each month kind of has its own theme. May (as pictured above) doesn’t really have a theme, but I like to call it “bright.” For June (pictured below), I’m going with a more simplistic, monochromatic look. I think it’s going to really highlight the events well.

bullet journal for beginners a look inside

editorial calendars

Now these really don’t have a theme. I just draw out the calendar and build some lettering around it.

bullet journal for beginners a look inside

May was kind of a trial and error month. After all, I just started my bullet journal in May! I guess it kind of stuck with a blue motif. June is a very “make a statement” kind of month. I love the combination of the purple and orange in the title.

bullet journal for beginners a look inside

WEEKLY SPREADS

Weekly spreads are my absolute favorite! If I design something that I don’t like, I’m only stuck with it for a week!

bullet journal for beginners a look inside

In May, I got a little over-excited and did a different theme each week. I think for the upcoming months I’m going to stick with the same theme all month. I will say, I really like all of the designs I used for my weekly spreads in June.

bullet journal for beginners a look inside

I will say that I don’t have a schedule for creating spreads, yet. I know some people sit down each week and create what they need, but for me I just create whenever inspiration strikes. There’s nothing worse than trying to force yourself to hand letter.

bullet journal for beginners a look inside

INSPIRATION

I get a ton of my ideas from Pinterest! In fact, all of my ideas come from Pinterest. It’s a great place to find design inspiration for the bullet journal! I have a whole board dedicated to bullet journal ideas if you want to check it out. I’m constantly updating it because I’m that obsessed with bullet journaling.

 

Well that’s a look inside my bullet journal as of right now! I’m working on some other spreads for goal setting and blogging stuff. If you want to see another installment of this bullet journal series thing, let me know!

Have you tried out the bullet journal? If so, how do you like it? It makes my day when I hear from you all!

~abigail gray

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  • This is so cute! Your post definitely makes me want to take up bullet journaling. I like components of so many different planners, but there isn’t one I have fallen in love with yet. I love how much flexibility you have with this layout! And your handwriting is gorgeous!

    Colleen | Buckeye Bliss

    • Do it! I live for my bullet journal now. Like I never thought I could be so attached to a planner….

  • Your bullet journal is so beautiful! As I mentioned many times before, I’m in love with your handwriting. I tried bullet journaling before, but I epically failed, haha. You honestly made me want to give it another try!

    • Woah how did I not reply to this! You should totally give it another try! I’d love to see yours!

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  • I am so jealous of anyone who can hand-letter! How did you get started? Do you have any resources you could recommend for me? I’ve been wanting to start but I have no idea what to do first! Your bullet journal is SO PRETTY, btw. I’m jealous of people who can make their own planners into exactly what they need. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

    • Thank you! Hmm how did I get started? You know, I have no idea! I’ve always loved typography and was super jealous of all the people who could write in that scripty font. I have a Pinterest board called Fonts & Doodles, https://www.pinterest.com/abithomas45/fonts-doodles/, that I post a ton of inspiration to and it may have some hand lettering stuff in there. I’m not sure. I would suggest just starting to write in different fonts and styles. Like write your grocery list in a fun font, or if you jot something down, try a new font. Once you start, it’s hard to stop! I hand write all of my class notes so that’s a perfect time to practice! All of my headings are in some kind of different font with some sort of banner doodle around it. I also love making canvases for my dorm and room and like to include scripty fonts and hand lettering into that. Hope that helps!

      • Ah thank you so much! I’ll check out your Pinterest board right now!

    • This website is such good inspiration and her hand-lettering Facebook page is amazing! http://bydawnnicole.com/hand-type-tips

  • Samantha Terifay

    Omg I’m reading through your blog and I love it. We sound so similar and I’m actually going to USC this fall too so that’s so crazy!

    • Ahhh no way!!! You’re going to love it! If you have any questions (which I hope you do because I love talking to incoming freshman!), don’t hesitate to email me! abigailgray@livingthegraylife.com There are actually a lot of my blog readers going to USC in the fall! It’s so exciting!

      • Samantha Terifay

        I might actually do that because I do feel like I have so many questions, haha. But wow yeah, that’s so cool and super exciting!!

  • SE May

    Fineliners are my favourites too.

    • I love how they don’t really bleed through the paper and the colors are gorgeous!

      • SE May

        Yes, and that’s hard to find

  • Great post! Thank you for sharing your tips. Your notes look pretty and organized. Sharing on Pinterest so I have it for later ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Aww thanks! I can’t live with my notes not organized, haha.

  • Yhoj Biso

    Hi Abigail! You really inspire me to fulfill my frustration in life, blogging. Hehe. I love writing. Thank you very much. Now I can start the next level of writing and sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yay! I’m so glad ๐Ÿ™‚ Make sure to send me your link so I can keep up!