Jan 9, 2018

2018 Bujo

At the end of 2017 I took a break from my bullet journal and went to just using a Happy Planner. As much as I loved the Happy Planner, I really missed using my bullet journal. I felt like a mess without having my all in notebook, so I was pumped for 2018 to come and for me to get back into a bullet journal again.

So I got myself another bullet journal and got to work setting it up. I seriously had so much getting to set up and just couldn't wait until the new year in order to actually use it. I don't have a ton of spreads yet but I thought it would be fun to walking through what I do have because quite frankly I'm pretty proud of how it's going and this is definitely my favorite of the three I have.

For my very first page I found this sticker and knew this was exactly what I wanted to start this bullet journal.

I don't do the traditional future log because this just isn't how my brain works. I love the traditional calendar look. It takes me awhile to put together all 12 months but I am always pleased with how it turns out.

I talked a little about this page before but this is the first page after the calendar because it's good to see what my focus is. I need some with my block numbers but I'm pretty pleased with how this page turned out. The goals was stamped out and the word empower was laid out with stickers.  

I am crazy proud of myself for this one. I was looking for a different idea in terms of tracking my books and I found this picture on Pinterest and I knew this was what I wanted. It took me forever to draw out and it's definitely not perfect but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. The only downside was that I realized I couldn't write the book titles on the books because they were too small, but I thought I would just color in a book once I finished one. I'm not a big fan of how I colored in the cushion at the windowsill (I wanted a navy blue and this turned out too late), but I can deal and still love how this turned out.

I decided I would instead of writing my titles of books I read on the books above I would just write down the titles on the next page (I like to keep track). The books and owl was from a stamp set I got from The Sassy Club and it is seriously cute.

The next page is my January monthly start. Everything you see is either traced or stamped. I would love to be able to letter like that but it's just not in my wheelhouse yet so I printed out the January and the little monster and used my tracing paper to copy it into my journal then I colored it in with colored pencils and Tombow markers. There are also snowflakes on the page which is hard to see, but those are stamped on.

It took me a long time to figure out how I wanted to do a monthly page. In my last few bullet journals I always did them the same but I definitely wanted something different this time. I saw something similar to this on Pinterest (who doesn't love that site?!) and got it all laid out for me. The monster is again traced. I thought about coloring him in but I couldn't decided so I decided to wait. I was also thinking about putting a quote in where the globe sticky note in (it just has some skincare stuff on it), but again I couldn't decide and figured I could always come back. I like how this page turned out a lot.

In my last bullet journal I had dropped the habit tracker but I decided I wanted to give it another try so I add it back in here. The title is going downhill slightly which kind of bothers me but oh well - it is always traced out. Again I can't letter like that yet.

I wanted to add in a memories page which I plan to add in pictures and other big things that happen over the course of the month. I had tried this way back when I first started using a bullet journal and it never turned out like I wanted to but I really am looking forward to adding it back in.

I wanted to try doing a mood tracker this month too. Of course it doesn't look great with the fact that three days were colored in with grumpy or moody. But those were rough mom days with the kids. (There seems to be a listening problem around here and any parent would grumpy after repeating themselves for the tenth time that day.) I just thought it would be interesting to see how my mood was overall over the course of the month.

Then we get into the daily pages. I am definitely going into the simple in comparison to my last one where I used more stickers. I plan to still add in extras but less than I did before (which will definitely help with the size of the journal by the end).

I was so excited to get back to meal planning in my bullet journal again because once I stopped using a bujo I didn't have a good want to do meal planning so it didn't happen and that was not so great. I'm using the same layout I used before but it worked so why change it?!

So that's basically what my bujo has so far and I love it. It's simple but it's fun. I look forward to planning in it everyday and spending time playing with new spread ideas. So I'm definitely pleased with how it has turned out so far and I am so happy to be back into it. It's been a good start to 2018 and I feel a little less of a hot mess so that's definitely something.

Also check out:
Bullet Journal #1 -- Bullet Journal #2 -- A Year of Bullet Journaling

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