The “Bullet Journal”. I’m sure you’ve heard the term by now. And, like me, you probably thought “what is it?”, when you heard it. I did a little research and I’ve set up my bullet journal for Back to School to help both me and my girls stay on track, on schedule and organized for the new routines that are a natural part of September through winter and beyond.
I managed to get a little (fun and colourful) help from Sharpies at Walmart for this post, because who doesn’t love markers and gel pens in every colour of the rainbow!?
As an aside, if you had told me when I was a young girl that some day I would get to write a post about creating a colourful and creative journal as part of my job, I would have flipped right out. I have always loved paper, stationary, pens, markers, colouring, stickers, and journaling.
So here it is!
WHAT IS A BULLET JOURNAL?
A bullet journal is a notebook with just dots inside, not lines. And, you’ll want to find one that has page numbers too, because a table of contents is supremely important in a bullet journal because things can be in really any order at all.
Look for one where the inside looks like this:
YOU WILL NEED:
- a bullet journal
- colorful Paper Mate Ink Joy gel pens (from Walmart)
- Sharpie Ultra Fine Point permanent markers (from Walmart)
- Sharpie Fine Point Permanent markers (from Walmart)
- Optional: stickers, sticky note pads and washi tape
Be sure to add your name (and email/phone if you ever lose it!)
CHOOSE YOUR FIRST PAGE CONTENTS
I started with months’ dates at-a-glance Fall Calendar in mine.
Add some colour!
These Paper Mate Ink Joy gels are great because they don’t smudge at all as you erase the pencil.
CREATE NEW PAGES – MONTH DETAIL
And then I added a detailed September Calendar using a ruler, pencil and counting out the squares.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Table of Contents is a few pages at the start of your bullet journal. This doesn’t get completed first, believe it or not, you complete this as you go, adding any types of pages you want to have in your bullet journal.
TRY FUN HANDWRITING
I discovered that you can ‘fake’ calligraphy with markers.
- pencil write your word
- trace over with your marker
- widen each letter’s downward stroke to create a fake heavy stroke using your marker’s wide angle
The possibilities with a bullet journal are truly endless. You can scribble, journal, list-make and doodle your way to a full bullet journal in no time at all.
Looking for inspiration? Look no further, I’ve gathered a few Instagram accounts filled with bullet journal ideas (hint: be sure to also search YouTube, I found scores of handwriting, printing and doodling tutorials!)
GIVEAWAY! Enter to win here!
Sharpie and PaperMate Back to School Giveaway
*Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and Sharpie/Paper Mate and have
received compensation for this post. All opinions in the post are my own.
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Love Sharpies. This looks so fun!
I have been seeing more and more about these bullet journals, it’s awesome to see it actually laid out like this. I need to get some Sharpies and a bullet journal now.
To make back to school shopping lists , write notes to the kids , and label all their stuff !
I’d give them to my kids as a motivation to wright more in cursive.
Sharpies and Paper Mate always make the back to school list. I’d love to get into bullet journalling and would use them to create a visually appealing journal. Thanks for the chance.
6 kids all with different activities! I’d use this to keep my weeks in order!!!
Sharpies help label things. We have boxes in the cupboard with easy terms so the kids know what is in them.
they are on the supply list.
We use Sharpies to label our kids items. Their backpacks, pencil bags, folders, etc.
Wanted to add that we use sharpies for our kitchen calendar. Each of our kids get a different color for their schedules on the calendar.
By organizing their agendas!
My daughter would love this.
I love sharpies, and I’m such a stationery geek, I think multi-coloured anything is awesome!
A great idea to try! I love the rainbow writing on the calendars.
This would help my family organize for school projects
I have been looking at bullet journals for a while. This post was really helpful in seeing how they work! Thanks!
I use them for heading the school charts, and outlining what we have to do.
I would love to use this journal to create a custom calendar! And it would be super fun and colorful thanks to Sharpie!
This looks like a fantastic way to get organized! I’m excited.
I’ve been wanting to make a bullet journal so I would use them for this purpose to hopefully bring some order to my life.
I love using Sharpies and papermate as fun colors to color code things to keep organized. Until my system gets too complicated and I forget what I used each color for.
Sharpie and Papermate products are must-have items for back to school and during the year. I can label everything and then use the products throughout the year for everything!
I would label everything with the sharpies!
To label my son’s stuff for school
I would use them to write the kids names on the things that I buy them for school such as their book bag and lunch box.
I will share my Sharpies at the office–I love colour, and back-to-school time is an excellent time to brighten up labels.
use them to label boxes – every bit of organisation helps
by labelling all the kids items
by labelling all the kids items
Great way of organizing things!
The Sharpie Pen – Fine Point is the best pen!
I can’t believe how many colours Sharpies come in these days, wow!
I would use it to organize my school schedule
Never seen a bullet journalor ever heard of one
But I’d love to partake
However I prefer ofthe monthly calendars was already included in the journal instead of creating one ☝️
Great idea for bullet form notes
What a great way to organize. The various colors are useful and fun too.
I’d use it to write in exercise books. I also keep track of things on the calender so bold sharpies would help.
I would use them to label all of my girls notebooks, folders, binders and book bags. Thank you!
I’m not going back to school but we still need stationery products for our everyday keeping track of things.
I would use these with my little grandson to make labels for his backpack and books.
I would use our Sharpies to label Everything including backpacks, shoes, hats and the inside of mittens. And to stop and have fun with the odd art project. Who can resist a rainbow of colors 🙂 Thank you !!!
Adding your personal touch or style/personality to your stationary and back to school products is so important; my kiddos would probably use the Sharpie and PaperMate products to create super-hero art or comic like designs on their notebooks and binders. Little things like this inspire and excite them to love their back to school time.
I would label supplies and filling out the family calendar.
I would use them to label folders and binders. I love getting organized!
I would put appointments on the calender
This would be great for my daughter and myself to get more organized!
I’d give them to my daughter. She’s in college and already has a journal. She’d love all the colors for her entries.
I would use the Sharpies and PaperMate products to make my weekly lists, write a quick note to remind my husband of something he needs to do. I also love to doodle with Sharpies just as a way to relax.
I would use the sharpies to lable the kids school supplies
I would love to get organized with a meal plan.
I would use them to write my Granddaughter’s name on her pencil box, notebook and other items.
I would used them…to write!!!
I love Sharpies! Pen sharpies, regular sharpies. I color code lists!
I would use them to label and organize everything.
Great way to stay organized. Great idea!
By writing names on items and personalizing books.
I like the calendar idea, very creative and looks like fun to do!
I’d use them to keep organised…a very handy prize.
The best way to differentiate my kid’s belongings from their classmates is by writing down his name on his items ie. lunch bag, backpack, pencil case etc with a Sharpie
I love this bullet journal idea! I would definitely use coloured sharpies to give it a try for fall!
I would use Sharpie and PaperMate products to label school books and make lists.
There is some great stuff being given away thank you
I’d use Sharpie and PaperMate products to get ready for back to school by writing down things such as what to buy and what I’ve got to do to prepare for the upcoming school year.
My kids love sharpies and playmate products. We label our kids belongings with sharpies of course and they use them for their projects at school. We also use Sharpies for our children’s wooden growth chart which has moved homes with us 4 times now and will always be a fixture in any home that we live in.
I would use them to organize all the house activities daily. This truly is needed in the house I live in for sure.
Everyone in our house LOVES Sharpies, we use them ALL the time.
I will color code the kids activities and use the Sharpie colors of their choice. So many beautiful colors to highlight and cheer them on with encouraging words and praises
ohhh the sharpies would be great for labelling, My daughter loves to colour coordinate her notebooks per class, these supplies would be amazing! Papermate products are amazing, we always buy lots of papermate pens for school as they seem to last the longest 🙂
Generous prize. Lots of good stuff.
I would use these products for my calendar!
I would use Sharpies and PaperMates to write out my to do lists and for notes to leave in my son’s lunch. My son would use them for art.
I don’t have back to school needs but I use sharpies to label stuff in various colors so I know what they are about.
Oh this prize pack would be great to get the entire family organized this school year.
For birthday cards to my aunt.
I would use them to personalize school supplies and to create unique, individually designed tools for the kids. 🙂 Thank you.
labelling everything! Our first born is headed to JK this year (tear) and I want everything that gets sent to school to be brought home. We use Mabels Labels but the Sharpies will come in handy for everything else!
I would use them for back to school supplies.
TIme for school lists for eachchild
CalenDAR EVENTS/SPORTS/SCHOOL PROJECTS, LABELS, HOMEWORK CHART, COLOUR CODED TO DO CHART, SO MANY USES.
I would give the Sharpie and PaperMate products to my youngest son who is returning to University. He could always use my supplies as University is so expensive.
Looks like an amazing past time for my kids. Awesome
Looks like an awesome product and idea
I love Sharpies! Cant wait to get to the store!
Lists, lists and more lists. Getting organized, planning and preparation.
To make and leave notes for the kids, post new rules or directions on the fridge, use them for recreational fun times
I use my Sharpies to make posters. Super useful, especially with all the different colours!
I would use them to organize everything and be better prepared for everyday’s schedule.
SHARPIES ARE USED TO LABEL AND KEEP ORDER
We love Sharpies at our house – we’re never without Sharpies. Great for labelling everything! Thanks for the chance to win!
Sharpies make things so much more colourful! With the trend of having classrooms in neutral colours, Sharpies bring the classrooms to life. I keep a set of sharpies in my school bag and use them when the opportunity exists!
We love Sharpies for colour coding schedules & labels.
Thanks for the info on the Bullet Journal, I didn’t know about them.
Each child has their own color for the year to mark book bags, lunch bags, and chores.
There are the best and great for both adults & kids.
Kids like to personalize their notebooks and everything they take to school. And we will probably get a couple colouring books, too.
Looks handy 🙂
What a great deal!!
This sounds so amazing
I would use the sharpies to make a checklist that I can keep track of
i love papermate pens and sharpies
I would use these to label my daughters stuff for school
I would use both to do reminders for my kids and myself and for my drunk friends that pass out at my place beware because my kids and I will become artists on your bodies. 😛
I just love Sharpies… I use them to mark all my shampoos, conditioners, and shower gels so that when friends come to the family cottage, and the bottle containers all look the same,especially, when the colours are the same, they can instantly identify with what they are needing to grab for, in the shower.
I would use them to add creative pictures to my assignements
I would use the different color Sharpies for different events on the calendar like sports practice and after school events. Everything would have its own color.
I love sharpies, colored ink pens and making lists. I have been addicted to the Pintrest Bullet journal pins for a while and have been looking for a good ‘portable’ planner to get started. I color code my lists and calendar days. It makes it much easier to find the related ideas in my journal. I currently am addicted to the Sharpie fine point pins that don’t bleed through the paper. They are the perfect balance of good ink and fine tip for good readability.
I would use them to schedule activities in my calendar.
This is something my daughter could use–she is much more of a journal person than I am, and already has a tendency to ‘bullet’ items!
Sharpies are great for science projects
to write down important dates and information
I love the vibrant colours of these Sharpies! Thanks for the giveaway!
I’d try to keep track of appointments and meetings.
I use sharpies to label my son’s school supplies.
for all kinds of schoolwork
I would use them as school supplies for my son.
They’d be a gift to my niece for the new school season. She will have many art projects these would com in useful for.
I would make permanent labels for my nephew’s gym clothing.
For my journal and lots of lists!!
I would use Sharpie and PaperMate products to get ready by writing to do lists for myself.
I would use Sharpie and PaperMate products to get ready for Back to School by labeling all my school supplies so I would be nice and organized for the first day.
I would use them to label backpacks and lunchboxes.
I will use them to label everything!
This would be great for both me and my daughter. Sharpies are the best.
How would you use Sharpie and PaperMate products to get ready for Back to School?
Since I am not in school I would donate them to the teacher in my building for her class to use.
No kids in school, but it would be great to create my own personal scheduling.
I could totally use a bullet journal! Between my kid’s programs, mother in law’s appointments, hubby’s appointments/work and my work schedule… I need something like this to stay organized! I’ll have to pick one up soon!
I use Papermate to fill out the many forms I have to fill out at the beginning of the school year. I use Sharpies to label what needs labeling.
I would love to win this prize pack as I have been wanting to try bullet journaling.
Would use to label the kids stuff so they don’t get lost
I love sharpie and papermate products. Very useful and of good quality!
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