It’s been a couple of months since I’ve started using my bullet journal and even if I’m still experimenting and trying to find the perfect combination for me, I thought I’d show you the new layouts for July and how my June looked like.
If you’ve missed my previous post about the bullet journal check it out now on #BulletJournal Guide & Inspo!
Let’s start with what I use to write in my diary:
I don’t use anything fancy; just a simple pen, my Pentel brush pen with some watercolors and I recently bought these letter stamps from Tiger for my world map painting project.
The watercolors don’t bleed through the pages and provide a vivid but delicate color; I use the letter stamps for the names of the days and the gel pen has a 0.7 mm point so it’s perfect for little details and your calligraphy will look stunning.
By the look of my bullet journal you may think that I put a lot of effort into it and I might use some special tools, but it couldn’t be simpler than this.
If you’ve read my previous post you know that I ditched the dailies and adopted weekly spreads, but by the end of June I decided to give it a try again and I experimented with the layout and decoration and I was happily surprised by the outcome; I still haven’t decided if in July I’ll use a specific layout but follow me on Twitter to be the first to know!
A lot of people tell me my bullet journal looks pretty and creative but as I said it’s really easier than it seems: if you can’t doodle really well a great alternative is to cut out images and words from magazines and use them on your bujo.
Other than that you can print out some stickers, which you can easily find on various websites, like mines.
So let’s move on to the comparison between June and July and what I’ve decided to keep and to throw away.
With time you’ll find out that there are pages that work better for you and ones that don’t work very well.
There are the so-called “must” pages, like the habit tracker, the monthly spread, the future log etc. But don’t feel obligated to use them, just do whatever is useful and efficient for you and your life.
For this month I’ve decided to dedicate a page to welcome the new month and in this way I’ll separate every month, so there will be no confusion, and I’ll doddle and write down every important memory that will happened.
In June I’ve dedicated way too many pages to way too many useless things.
I’ve noticed that I don’t really use the monthly spread and that I could arrange the blog review and tracker differently.
In this way everything it’s taking three pages of the journal.
So I’ve added a goal and to-do section and put a little calendar on the top and a brief blog review on the bottom; now it only takes two pages and I can fit more things.
I think this way everything is more organized and efficient.
For now it’s all black and white and I have to say that I really like it so I might keep this theme and don’t add a lot of colors as usual.
On the internet I’ve seen a lot of bullet journals and what people seem to prefer is the Leuchtturm one but I’m loving my Toad Diaries baby and I wouldn’t change it.
At the end of the day you can choose whatever supplies you want and it doesn’t matter if the pages are dotted or lined or if everything isn’t perfect, all that matters is that you like it and it works for you.
Now I thought I’d gather up some of the challenges and prompts for July that I like the most:
And I couldn’t finish this post without mentioning three of my favorite bullet journalists:
Do you have a bullet journal? Don’t forget to send me pics of it on Twitter by tagging @samanthacarraro!