The craziness of back-to-school in September took my mind away from sharing the pages I had created in my bullet journal for September 2020. But better late than never! Because September is the beginning of the new academic year here in Canada, I decided to focus on one of the tools elementary school children frequently use: the coloured pencil. For my quote, I decided to use a line that I loved from Anne with an E, a show that I had been watching on Netflix.
Creating the pages took a while – but I had time. I began drawing and colouring in mid-October and worked on my journal everyday until it was ready for the beginning of the month.
I love the idea I had for the mood tracker. I enjoy colouring in the pencils every day in the evening – and the page is currently looking so good.
I created a planning page for both my blogging and Instagram posts. Unfortunately not much was filled in this month.
For the first two weeks of the month, I created a dutch door. It worked really well not only because the rows of coloured pencils brightened the pages, but also because the layout suited the number of days in the first week of September.
The layout for the third and fourth week of September also look pleasing and I enjoyed filling in the spaces.
On the whole, I took pleasure in creating and filling these pages. Now I look for inspiration for October!
What writing tool do you tend to use the most often?
This month’s theme for my bullet journal is simple and was inspired by someone I follow on Instagram (@bujoforstars). I was a bit behind with my spreads this month – and as of now have not yet completed my cover page. The reason for this, I suppose, is that there is not much happening in my life and I am able to keep all plans and dates in my head.
I am hoping to slowly fill in the blank spaces with online talks by authors and meetups with friends.
I am sure the end of August will be a busy one as I get ready for back-to-school. I am hoping that soon I will have permission to go into my classroom and start setting up for the new school year. I am sure that I will need to put practices in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I am starting to think of adjusting my practices as we will not be able to do a lot of group work.
But in the meantime the days continue to meld into one another and I use my journal more as a diary than a planner.
This month I could not think of any theme ideas for my journal so I turned to some YouTubers I follow for a little inspiration. I liked the simplicity of using the kiwi fruit as a theme so I put my own spin on it and did not recreate the pages exactly as is shown in the video.
I chose a different quote to the one the YouTuber, Art n Foxes, used because I like linking mine to reading. Reading is one of my favourite things to do and I enjoy linking it to another hobby of mine.
I am pleased with the way the monthly calendar came out: the layout gives a different perspective to what I usually create. I may not be filling the calendar with much this month but at least it looks pretty.
I love my creation of the mood tracker. All those kiwis will look cute, I think, when they are coloured in with different colours – they will definitely give a fun perspective to the tracking!
I tried a dutch door for the first time this month (the videos explains very well how to make one). I like it and I’ll be sure to use one again. I was hesitant at first to make one but now that I have, I can see what fun they are.
My bullet journal this month will be used more as a diary than a planner but I still enjoyed the creation of it.
What theme are you using this month for your journal/planner?
When walking in my neighbourhood during April, I saw the beginnings of spring and the unfurling of flowers. I thought to bring the beauty of flowers into my journal for the month of May.
When planning my monthly spread, I wanted something that was quick and easy to create – but still flowery.
For my mood tracker, I definitely wanted to incorporate the flower theme. I added the mood “bored” as in April I experienced boredom and did not have a colour to represent it. I am hoping that I will not use that colour too much this month!
My weekly spreads are also simple. I will not have too many events to attend, but I will use the daily squares to note down my experiences for the day.
As we are still expected to stay at home in May, I thought the quote by Jhumpa Lahiri would be perfect for my quote page:
I love the simplicity of this month’s theme and am enjoying the spring-like feel of it.
What theme are you using this month for your journal?
As we move towards the end of April, I thought that I would share with you the spreads in my bullet journal. Using the ideas from YouTuber Amanda Rach Lee as inspiration, I centred the drawings on working spaces around the home. My bookish quote was found on the internet and, unfortunately, I do not know its origin.
As I worked on the monthly calendar, I knew I would not be filling in many dates. What I did fill in were the online teacher meetings with my school administration.
I spent quite a lot of time creating my mood and habit trackers. I love the way the page looks – and as I am filling it in with colour, it brightens my day.
My weekly spreads have not been filled with too many events – except for the online sessions I have organised with my students. I am currently using my journal to write down my thoughts and feelings for the day – a little like a diary. It is definitely working for me.
As we near the end of April, we move towards the two month mark of staying at home due to COVID-19. Working on my journal and creating its pages has been a source of relaxation for me.
Has you done any drawing or colouring during the month of April as a form of relaxation?
During the past week while on our schools are on spring break and we have been practicing social distancing, I have worked on getting my bullet journal up to date. Yesterday while writing in my journal entry for the day, I realised that I had not yet shared my March spreads in this space. I determined to rectify that oversight.
For March I decided to loosely follow the theme created by Amanda Rach Lee, a YouTuber that I follow. I say loosely as I used a different quote to what she chose as well as a different layout for my weekly and monthly spread. As I enjoy reading, I have chosen to write down each month a quote from one of the books I have enjoyed reading. This month, the quote is from Unblemished by Sara Ella, a Young Adult Fantasy novel.
I used the leaf theme Amanda Rach Lee came up with in my monthly spread. While keeping my spread simple, I adapted her idea to suit my requirements. I liked the way she incorporated the leaves into a mood tracker and thought I could create something similar. I used a mood tracker in February and enjoyed filling it in therefore thought I would work on one again this month.
I adjusted the weekly spread and used a format that I have enjoyed using in the past. The spread has been quick and easy for me to recreate each week in March so far. I am loving its simplicity as well as the colours that I used.
Because of the social distancing so many of us are adhering to, the days this week (and next week) are free of plans. I am using the space, though, to keep a record of what I am doing at home as well as my thoughts.
What theme are you using this month in your bullet journal?
Last weekend, I finished setting up my bullet journal for February. My habit has been to start creating the habit trackers, then the first weekly spread, and thereafter the cover page and quote. This month I found the perfect quote in my first read of the month.
For February, I decided on snowflakes as my theme. The frosty blue colour and the reminder of snow is perfect for this month as it is the coldest of the year. I am enjoying the simplicity of the theme as well as the colour I chose to use.
In addition to using a habit tracker this month, I decided to create a mood tracker and I am filling in the snowflakes with the appropriate emoji. I think next time I will go for colour as I cannot see my average mood for the month at a swift glance. It is fun to fill in though.
I am enjoying my weekly spreads this month. I have tried out a new format find that it suits me. I like seeing my appointments at a glance as well as having my journal entry separate from the responsibilities of the week.
February is my third month of bullet journaling and I am still enjoying it especially as it gives me the opportunity to be a little creative with my doodles.
What theme are you using this month in your bullet journal?
January has been my second month of bullet journaling and I am enjoying the process so far. I find setting up the spreads relaxing as I let my mind wander while creating. For my January spreads, I decided to use the theme of Chinese lanterns as this month sees the celebration of the Chinese New Year.
It was fun drawing all the lanterns and I was delighted to see the result. Opposite my cover page for the month, I decided to choose a bookish quote. My daughter found the perfect one for me from Harry Potter.
It did take me a while to draw all the little lanterns for all the spreads – especially as I use the A4 size journal. The time doodling and colouring, however, passed quickly while I listened to music and chatted with my daughters if they were sitting at the table with me.
I have started tracking certain habits – especially those that are linked with my annual goals. It has been interesting for me to see the trends.
My weekly spreads have definitely been a delight. I am recording any tasks and events that have been planned for the week. I am also using the page as a journal to record my thoughts and experiences.
I am enjoying the lantern lights that I have created for January. Now I need to think of the theme I should use to create pages for February.
Have you created January spreads for your journal/planner?
Since the beginning of 2020, we have been experiencing overcast, grey days (I am really missing the sun and the long walks on the beach we experienced on our vacation). When I get home, the light we do experience is already fading requiring us to put on the lights in our place.
This week I am trying to finish the setup of my bullet journal and the dim and fading light makes it difficult for me to see the dots in the journal. My daughter has loaned me her lamp and now whenever I feel the creative urge, I am able to journal no matter what the natural light.
The lamplight is perfect and enables me to journal a little every day. I do miss the natural light though and wish daily to see the sun and blue skies.
One of the things I plan to do in the New Year is to spend some time with my daughters each week preparing our bullet journals. I have tried bullet journaling for one month now and I find that I enjoy the creativity of it. The bonus, for me, is that I get to spend time with my girls. Now that they are older, we no longer work around the table in the afternoons. Doing this activity with them remedies that and I get to have a chance to chat with them on what is happening in their personal lives.
Today on the first day of 2020, we spent time setting up our journals for the month. It was a perfect way to bring in the New Year.
What did you do (or plan to do) on the first day of January?