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.
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!)
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*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.