an introduction to bullet journaling + ft. my tips and tricks // plan with me! + a late June BuJo Spread

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I’ve officially started a bullet journal, and I never knew what a great decision it would be.

bullet journaling is such a creative way to organize your life! plus, it adds a bit of your own creativity (and lettering! <3) to planning and organization. if you’re interested in starting a bullet journal, you can read Carol’s post! it gave me such a nice idea of what bullet journaling could be like and gave me good inspiration to start! Pinterest is also a very helpful tool for beginner bullet journalists like me, or even you!

without further ado, I’d like to proudly present my very late June spread and an intro to my brand new bullet journal, featuring some of the many tips and tricks I came across when researching, which might come in handy for you! enjoy!

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an introduction to my bullet journal

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I officially started bullet journaling on June 8th of 2018! it was a really great decision, and I don’t regret it! bullet journaling isn’t as hard as you would think it would be. and, it all begins with a simple bullet system, which you can spice up to meet your organization needs!

yes, sometimes it is time-consuming, but it leaves you feeling refreshed and organized afterward! all I started off with was a dotted notebook, a few brush pens, and most importantly, just a few pencils and pens, which I keep inside my pencil pouch.

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like I said, bullet journalling begins with one simple system that you can switch around to meet your needs. the bullet journal is supposed to be used as something trusty to keep your lifestyle organized. and you don’t need to be a good artist to accomplish that.

trust me, I’m not like one of those “I can never draw or do calligraphy like them!” bullet journalists you see on Pinterest and YouTube, but if you just started bullet journaling, remember that it’s your first time! you are going to make mistakes in the process! if you start comparing, you will become more discouraged and lose your own creative inspiration! don’t compare yourself to others.

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oh, and yes, I took these following pictures at the beach! XD

if you’re not happy with the way you’re bullet journal came out, remember it all comes with practice. you want to make sure your BuJo fits you. so, maybe try doing your setup differently next time! you want to see what fits you.

so, let’s start off with the key (or legend, whatever.)

after researching a while before I placed my pen onto the paper, I found a couple of different ways people have been making their key. I eventually found one that fit my style, but again, there are so many ways! here’s mine:

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most bullet journalists include an index to make finding specific pages a little easier, and since my BuJo has a small section for an “index” I added one in!

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flip the page, and we have a quote! I mean who doesn’t like quotes? here’s the quote I put on my actual “first page”. if you can’t read it, it says “Dance with the waves, move with the sea, and let the rhythm of the water set you free.”

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every bullet journal set-up includes: a future log, a monthly log, and a weekly, or (optional) daily log (which I’ll be going over later). the future log includes an easy layout to jot down whatever parties, important events, or holidays that might be going on that month.

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the next page, is my summer bucket list! here I listed out my goals for the summer, and little task boxes to fill-in when completed. I haven’t written out all of my goals yet, but I’ll do it eventually!

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lastly, before we get to my June Spread, I’d like to show you guys another quote page! (again, because who doesn’t love inspirational quotes?)

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and, that’s it for my first bullet journal intro + inspo! hope you enjoyed looking through my beginning pages, but there’s more to come! let’s plan with me! June 2018.

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plan with me! + a very late June Bullet Journal Spread

it’s my favorite part! let’s plan with me, shall we? ugh, and yeah, I realize it’s like, June 30th.

to start off, this month, I went for a sunshine theme. and by the way, this was done Pinterest-free! except for all of the research I did… anyway, the sunshine theme was created originally and done without using Pinterest for inspiration! (and just wait till you see my mood tracker!)

first of all, we have my June Title Page! this first page was pretty simplistic, with a little “walkin’ on sunshine” quote to accent the sun. it was a very simple theme, so it was pretty easy to incorporate sun-ish things into my month’s spread. I just thought this theme fit “summer” pretty well, since I first think of June as the hot, sunny, summer-y month. XD

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for my monthly log, I decided to go for that calendar look, just because it’s way easier for me to find things on a planner when they’re wide and spacious like this…

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yes, it was time-consuming, but it was really worth it in the end! I was really pleased with it. and, yes, I planned this myself, with just a little bit of research.

the next few pages are my personal favorites. I thought of my mood tracker originally, and it came out so pleasing! the other page were just my goals for this month, to keep track of and reflect off of.

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okay, I love these pages too. ❤ these next two pages were really fun to make! I added a simple “blogging planner” page to keep track of blogging, and also a little “birthdays and books” to keep track of books and birthdays, obviously.

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ahh, the weekly spread!! the weekly log is a page where you can plan out your week! with details, to-dos, blog post deadlines, etc. I absolutely am in love with mine! I think I’ll try a different layout next month, but for now, I’m really liking the space and room to write with this specific layout.

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last but not least, I created a mini reflections page as a look-back on the month. I also made a “Polaroid” of the month because I just thought it fit really well! for the reflections, I added a “highlights of the month” section because I can look back on it when I’m writing up my recaps I also doodled a little sun with rays to jot down what I was grateful for this month.

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and, that’s it for my June Spread! anyways, I hope you have an amazing week, and that I was able to inspire you with more bullet journal ideas, tips, and tricks that will help you along if you’d like to start a bullet journal as well.

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do you bullet journal? // what did you think of my bullet journal? // what are your plans for July? // how do you celebrate July 4th? // pour your thoughts out in the comments below!

happy bullet-journalling! xx

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31 thoughts on “an introduction to bullet journaling + ft. my tips and tricks // plan with me! + a late June BuJo Spread

  1. SYDNEY, this has given me so much inspiration! Your pages are so so gorgeous and just give me all the happy sunshine vibes, and you don’t even know how happy this post made me. 🙂 I have been neglecting my bullet journal but now I want to pick it back up for July. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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  2. Your spreads are so gorgeous! I can’t believe this is your first try with a bujo, you did an incredible job. I’m normally not a huge fan of the colour yellow but you made it look splendid incorporated into a sunshine theme. I love the idea of bullet journalling but I don’t have the patience or commitment to draw my own calendars and spreads every month or week. It’s just too much work for me, but I love seeing what other people create. I can’t wait to see what other bujo posts (and posts in general) you come up with!

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  3. hi, Libby! ahh, you’re so sweet! thank you so much!
    yes, me neither. I never really liked yellow… but I did think it looked cool with the sunshine theme!
    thank you so so much! I really appreciate your encouragement. ❤

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