Bullet Journal 101: What you need & Gorgeous Layouts To Inspire You To Start

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If you’ve been reading my blog, you know how passionate I am about bullet journals and want to help inspire others to get started with theirs.

And if you’ve been clueless about bullet journals up to now, but have been inspired to start one, today is your day. The day I break down what you need to get started and share some inspiration.

For starters, do you know what a bullet journal is? It’s basically whatever you need it to be from a planner to detail your schedule, to a habit tracker to track anything from sleep to running, a meal planner to plan meals, even a brain dump where you detail your thoughts. It’s only limited by your creativity!

Sometimes what we lack is a tad bit of inspiration (which this post will take care of in the next few minutes!).

What You Need To Get Started

Bullet Journaling is really individualized. I can fill you in on basics to get started but ultimately you will find you may like a particular journal better than another, or some markers over others, etc. I am really basic and like to go the inexpensive route.

The Journal

First, you need a notebook for your bullet journaling. I started with an inexpensive $10 journal because I am OCD and knew I’d practice and probably start over. I also liked that it was dotted. The version the “pro’s” seem to use is the Leuchtturm1917 Hardcover Medium Dotted Journal. I wasn’t willing to spend that to start if I wasn’t sure if I’d stick with it. You want a good feel to the paper and pages that won’t fall out.

Markers

Again, not wanting to break the bank, I started with my all-time favorite markers, the Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens. Again,  the “pro’s” seem to like Tombow Pens. I started with what I had. I also know some who use Sharpies but I fear the bleed through!

Washi Tape

Some people like to use Washi Tape in their journals. It adds color to sections of your bullet journal. I see them used as page dividers, borders, headers, etc. There are endless choice of washi to choose from with bright colors and variety of designs to make your pages pop!

Stencils

For those of us who are less artistic, we utilize stencils. They come in a wide variety and help you get the lines you like. They are more than rulers and come in shapes from headers to flowers.

The Art of Lettering

If you’ve seen the “pro’s” do fancy lettering and Calligraphy and thought “I can’t do that”, think again! There is a multitude of books to teach this to novices like us! Learn to letter and create beautiful designs with beginner’s guides and workbooks. There are tips and tricks to kick start your lettering journey.

Now The Inspiration!

Image Source: @teacherwithaplan

The minimalist in me loves this journal. Simple boxes…Flowy script…I just love it!  It also succesfully houses everything on the page: to-do, chores, meal planning, events, exercise, and more we can’t see! The dots on the paper help to create a neat and tidy layout.

Image Source: @moniquemadrigalart

This simple spread pops with its beautiful purple shading and art.

Image Source: @focusign

This layout is simple in that it basically has each days events but elaborate in their skillful art.

Image Source: @craftydeesigns

I promise purple isn’t my favorite color lol! I love the flowy watercolor lettering, the addition of the quote and its minimalist look.

Image Source: @kobieta_z_pasja

I love the unique art!

Image Source: @planningwithkay

Colorful but not too busy.

Image Source: @bujo.snowberry

Keep track of important birthdays and holidays.

Image Source: @bonjournal_

A cleaning schedule that helps you stay on top of daily, weekly, monthly and yearly tasks.

Image Source: @abulletandsomelines

A different take on a cleaning list with focus area.

Image Source: @@bujo_blossoms

Keep track of Books to Read or Have Read.

Image Source: @thestudiesphase

Track your moods.

 

Image Source: @@madnessandmastery

A habit tracker to fit any needs.

Image Source: @@planner_eyecandy

A bill tracker. Track what bills ran and what you paid.

Image Source: @my_blue_sky_design

I love gratitude trackers and this one is my favorite because it is daily. I find when I am feeling down, refering back to mine lifts me up.

Image Source: Katietheplanner.com

The anti hustle list reminds you to slow down. I also have a self-care list.

 

There are so many bullet journal ideas there was no way I could put all of my favorites here.  You can stop by my bullet journal Pinterest board for my favorites. While you are there, be sure to follow the board! Better yet, follow me. I share a lot of great ideas. Hopefully, this inspires you to start your own bullet journal.

Be sure to share your journals with me!

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