Many thanks to Rebecca for showing us how she bullet journals in her dotted Rhodia Webnotebook!
I can be very fussy when it comes to notebooks, a little nerdy, I know. I spent a long time looking for the right notebook for my bullet journal, I trawled many shops (which was quite fun because I love stationery shopping). I tried out other brands before I finally settled on the Rhodia pad. The lovely smooth paper makes it easy to use with a wide variety of pens and pencils. I love the ivory colour of the paper and orange inlay. I have used the hardback A5 dotted notebook, which was great for writing in notes on the go because the cover is very steady. For 2017 I am using one of the new softback A5 dotted (Rhodiarama) notebooks and it feels lovely to use and flattens nicely so you can draw across the spine to perfect your bullet journal spreads. The ribbon marker is great for taking me straight to my bullet journal’s weekly spread.
Your bullet journal doesn’t have to be just functional, it can also be a space for you to be creative. You can start small by creating little boxes in your bujo and taking part in one of the many monthly ‘doodle-a-day’ Instagram challenges. It adds a striking feature page to your journal and gives you a little time to take yourself away from your to-do lists!
Many people use their bullet journal to track their health and fitness goals, whatever they may be. There are lots of great layout ideas on Instagram. This one is a weight loss tracker that focuses on rewarding yourself when you achieve small goals. A bullet journal can really help you cut down your overall goals into easy and achievable targets.
Sometimes it is nice to keep a layout simple. I like doing mini one line reviews of films, plays, TV shows and books and I mark them out of five. It is fun to look back over the year and see all the amazing things you have experienced.
When setting up my weeks I like to keep some tissue nearby so that I can wipe off the ink on the ruler so that it doesn’t smudge on the page. I also often place pieces of blank scrap paper under the other pages either side if I am using pencils so that it doesn’t transfer the ink and pencil lead on to the other pages.
Finding a bujo layout you like can take a while. At first I did a daily journal but I found that I prefer to see my week set up so I can see what’s ahead. Don’t be afraid to mix it up, month by month, week by week, or even, day by day. My weekly spread is still evolving and is likely to change to suit my needs for a particular week or month.
The flexibility of a bujo is endless.
I like to use colour schemes in my bullet journal for each month. They are usually based on the seasons.
Lots of the bujo community use wreaths to introduce a new month. This is a really great way to break up the year and allows you to be really creative and get the colours out.
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