Mar 8, 2019

January & February Bullet Journal // Happy Friday

I kept meaning to put up a post about my January bullet journal spreads but time got away from me. Turns out February was a short month in so many ways. So I thought I would just share both months at once.

So I decided this year I wanted to do a very simple layout. Last year I loved doing all the tracing and coloring. I did a bit more to the theme of each month. But this year I wanted simple. For January I just went with one blue Tombow marker and a couple snowflake stamps here and there.

I kept my months the same as last year. I like the actual calendar layout to each month because I can really see how the month is going. Last year I had goals and to-dos on the main calendar page and the habit tracker was on its own page. But this year I decided it was just too much extra space. It meant a slightly smaller calendar but I liked having it all in one and not taking up an additional page.

I carried over the Memories page because I just loved having those little pictures and moments in each month. I also added in a page where I could write down blog topics each month. It just gave me a way to see what I had planned coming up and what days I still needed to fill in. I wasn't sure how I would like it or if it would work but it turns out that it worked out pretty good.

I also brought back the doodle challenge. I decided to try out a new one - I really hated the abstract "Draw something fresh" kind of thing. Just tell me what I should draw and let me take a stab at it. It's not perfect but the hubs and I got some good laughs out of it and it was kind of fun in the end. (Read more about it here.)

I also decided to include a page dedicated to whatever I was decluttering that month. It's always nice to have something to check off when you finish. (You can read about the actual clothing declutter here.) Then I got into my dailies. I just like having a simple list of what I need to go each day. I just need something simple. Sometimes I include a picture I found online. And like on this page I made notes about whatever was going on, which on this day was about the peer application I filled out for Connor to get into preschool next year.

I also include spreads like this picture clean out. I have been trying to get through all the pictures on my computer and delete ones that are duplicates or blurry or whatever else. I still have a long way to go and I've been working through 2013 for awhile now but I'm getting there.

Then it's just mostly dailies. Just lots of lists. I do want to note that I don't keep my shop stuff in this journal. I tried using a bullet journal for my sticker shop stuff but it just didn't work, so I actually use a Hobonichi and maybe sometimes I'll talk about it but this bullet journal, although sometimes has a few notes here and there for work stuff, is mostly just personal stuff.

I have also been working through editing my NaNoWriMo book from two years ago and it's taking me awhile - hard to believe with a 6 year old, a 3 year old and an almost 3 month old, I know! But I wanted a way to see how far I have come and how much I have left to go. I'm almost there and even have to color in another one of those boxes because I finished with Chapter 24 recently.

It was a pretty simple month and it worked well. So I carried that same thing over to February. I got a pink and a red marker this time and used heart stamps I had. I don't love how the hearts turned out as much as the snowflakes but it worked. And truthfully I never look at this page so it was okay.

February was the same way as well as far as the calendar and habit tracker. If it works then go with it. Why change it now?

Sometimes I do wish I had more room for the Memories page but at the same time it's nice to really pick my favorites. And truthfully I didn't exactly put a lot of effort into this month. I just wasn't feeling very creative and wanted to move on to March. I wanted to get away from the pink I guess.

Even though the wintery animals were very hit and miss, I decided to do the doodle challenge again. And I have to say that I love how this month turned out. It was a Wily Wonka theme. There are a couple that I don't love - like the yellow teacup, the cupcake, boat and candy cane twisty tree. But I love love love my Oopma Loompa. I mean come on, for me he's pretty dang cute. It was fun this month and I did coloring this month because you can't do Willy Wonka without coloring it in. (Also spoiler alert, March is going to be another weird month of drawing and there is going to be a lot more bad than good but I'm trying!)

I added a simple Valentine's Day spread. I didn't really use this spread at all, but I had planned to plan out our meal that night but I ended up going with the food in our Date Night In box so I didn't need it. (Read about our Date Night In box here.)

Also I was ready to move on with the declutter to books, so I made another spread. (Read about that declutter here.)

A spread I did use was Connor's birthday spread. It was an all-in place for my to-do list and presents we got him. I used stamps from The Sassy Club but Connor is my little monster.

I used the same header as I did in January because I liked the simplicity of it. However, there are days that I used more stickers to point things out or because it's just cute. And there's days that it's just lists. This week I felt like stickers so I used them.

I used watercolor on my Valentine's Day pictures spread. This notebook works with watercolor pretty good but you just don't want to go too heavy with the water. I liked the color under the pictures instead of just a plain page.

Overall I definitely used more stickers to highlight things each days including those weigh stickers which I use to marker what my workout is for the day now. I like having those things clearly pointed out and easy to see.

I also like including pictures. This was my little man's birthday picture so I wanted to include it because that face is something else and it makes it happy to flip back through and see more than just writing. I like the memories in addition to the lists of what I did that day.

So there you ave it. Overall I have gone much simpler this year and so far I am loving it. It is working really well.

Have a great weekend!
Happy Friday!

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