I’m so excited about the second day of National Stationery Week. I’ve been so excited about my second Bullet Journal for the past three months. So today’s prompt is Get Crafty.
Whilst my Bullet Journal isn’t entirely a craft, I am using some of my favourite materials. And, given the amount of time in planning, it’s definitely the joy of paper-craft.First things first, I have splashed out on my second Bullet Journal. I’ve decided to try out the Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal. I started my previous journal in August and used a Herlitz journal which I think I found as a bargain. There wasn’t anything wrong with it as such, I just love the feel of the Leuchtturm 1917. I decided to part with the extra cash just to see what the fuss was about.
First impressions, I love the extra bookmarks, I love the feel and the extra prompts for being a bit more of a ‘pure’ Bullet Journal user. The notebook is missing a pen loop and I miss this detail.
I like that it has a black cover, I’ve brightened it up with a postcard. The neutrality means I can change the cover as often as I choose.
As I dived straight in with my previous Bullet Journal I really missed being able to see the year in one take. This was really difficult as the end of the month approached and I didn’t want to create the next month’s layout but I had no feel for what was in store.
I’ve used the four future log pages to layout the next 12 months. I’ve discovered and fallen in love with Pigma Micron pens, which I have as a set of six, and I’m using the nib sizes where I need to write more carefully. The future log is contained to key dates. I’ve promised myself I’m going to get better at remembering celebrations before the actual day, so I’ve used a page for birthdays and anniversaries. This is accompanied by key university dates so I can get a feel for impending deadlines. Offsetting celebrations somewhat.
I’ve started incorporating colour by way of Staedtler Triplus Fineliners and Artiste Watercolour Dual-tip pens. My writing isn’t quite as wonderful as I’d hoped, but it’s something to work on. I’ve then set a few pages out for things I want to see in one place, regardless of month. I have a stats tracker for social media, a to-do list of the big things I want to achieve, instagram tags, and I’ve left a few blank pages to see where the year takes us.
I’ve also made this next layout. I’m not sure whether to be embarrassed, but I see this as a time-saving tool. It probably says too much about me. But, my name’s Debbie, and I’m an SVU addict.
The problem with SVU, because it’s on a few channels, is I’ve found myself watching episodes I’d already seen. My last Bullet Journal had a few different attempts at tracking, my naivety I had no clue how long the programme had been on television. I love the version I’ve created as it’s all on one side of paper.
I don’t care, Go me! Before the Bullet Journal goes into monthlies, I’ve also taken a page per month for planning blog content. I think this will end up being in pencil unless I’ve actually written and scheduled a post. Again, I want to get better at planning content, rather than (like last week) ending up with no posts because we were away and I hadn’t any posts prepared.
I’m using one of the bookmarks to identify the relevant page.
I also want to get better at ‘future proofing’ my blog posts. Quite a few are relevant year-on-year so I’m hoping I might find a way of giving this more focus. And then I’m into each month. I suspect I’ll be a lot more flexible in the layout each month now I have a future log and won’t be hurrying into setting out the next month.
I’ve chosen not to put washi tape on every page this time, just folding over a piece on the first page.
And, because I saw them and fell in love, I’m also using Zebra mildliners to add colour. As well as some stickers to liven up the layout.
The first double page is used for over-all must-do’s for the month, dates to remember, and blog reviews.
The second bookmark is at the start of the month.The next page is my month-to-view. This has a bit more detail than the future log. Focused on where the children need to be and where I need to be. I did colour code this last time (work, uni, children) but I’m trying all one colour.
I’ve also added in a notes column so hopefully this won’t get too messy. I’m trialling a mood tracker for this first month to see if I can understand me more. I’ve also got pages for blog post ideas, expense tracking, and general planning.
And then into a week-to-view. This has remained in the same format- a general to-do for the week, with a few rows for each day. Again, last time I colour-coded by children, work, uni. This time I’m trying out each month having a colour, and using a fineliner and brush pen. And already, I’m using a few pages at the end of the month even though we’re not even in May. I have a page for things I want to do to finish my office makeover. And what started off as a new bed for the boys has turned into planning a makeover for their room. I’m so excited that two pages has been used already to create a plan.
So, that’s my new Bullet Journal- and I’m so excited for May 1st.