Bullet journaling 101

Ahh, summer. Lazy days rolled into bonfire nights...and everything was so amaze that you kinda lost track of the days. But now that school’s back in sesh, it’s time to get your sched in check. The best way to do that? With a bullet journal (aka bujo), of course. 

Created by designer Ryder Carroll as a form of decluttering the mind, a bujo is a DIY journal and a planner all in one. In the same place where you jot down homework, you also can express feels about your crush, make note of books you want to read, record your 5K training progress and more.

Peep the #bujo tag on Instagram to see just how creative you can get with your note-taking (think: doodles, stickers and washi tape, plus keepsakes like Instaxs from a sleepover or confetti from that concert). It’s scrapbooking meets goal-tracking—and it’s totally fun and relaxing.

The best part? You don’t have to be a design pro to create a cute and effective bujo. What’s most important is that it reflects who you are in the present and sets you up for success in the future. Here’s exactly how to do just that...

What you’ll need:

For a simple bullet journal, you’ll only need four things...
- Journal
- Pencil (with an eraser)
- Ruler
- Pens/markers

For a bit more flair, add...
- Colored markers
- Stickers
- Washi Tape
- Highlighters
- Stencils
- Sticky tabs
- Stamps

Here are three Instas giving us major supplies inspo:

Your bujo starter kit should include a ruler, pencil, eraser, markers, pens and of course, a cute catch-all case.


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Stick it—Stickers add a sweet accent to any page. 


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Bitty blooms—Don’t be afraid to get creative and colorful with floral embellishments and watercolors.

Now it's time to create and customize your pages! How you structure it is completely up to you, but a basic journal should contain:

INDEX: Essentially, this is the table of contents for your journal. Using your pen or marker, make a list of page numbers and add the corresponding page titles. Whenever you add a new page (see below), be sure to label it with a page number and add it to your index.

FUTURE LOG: Here’s where you set up your year at a glance. Using your pencil and ruler, sketch out three monthly calendars per page across four pages, making sure to label each month and the days of the week. We recommend leaving space beside each monthly cal for any notes you might need to make, such as events or long-term goals. Trace over your pencil lines in pen. Then comes the fun part! Decorate the log with marker doodles, stickers, stamps, and more. 

MONTHLY LOG: A monthly log is best used to keep track of birthdays, vacations, holidays and more. Using an entire page (or two, depending on the size of your journal), draw a calendar with your pencil and ruler, then trace over your lines in pen. Fill in the days of the week and the dates, then decorate.

WEEKLY LOG: This is basically your agenda. Using your ruler and pencil, divide each page into four equal sections. Then, label each section with the appropriate day of the week and date, and use the leftover section for notes (or a mini monthly cal). Trace over your lines, decorate and repeat this step for each week in the month.

EXTRAS: After these basic pages, it’s up to you to add other sections that make the most sense for your life, like...

- Long-term goals
- Movies watched
- Passwords
- Favorite quotes
- Morning routine
- Books to read

- Mood
- Spending
- Menstruation
- Social media use
- Water intake
- Exercise


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Great gratitude—Keep track of what you’re thankful for via a monthly memories and gratitude log. 


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Happy and healthy—Make note of how you’re feeling each day with a color-coded emotions cal.

Do you think you're ready to #bujo? Tell us in the comments!


8/14/2019 9:36:33 PM