Monday, 25 July 2016

the rise of the bullet journal

I don't know about you, but I have had a life-long love affair with stationery products.

Seriously. My favorite part of going back to school was hands-down getting to pick out all new notebooks, pens, binders, folders...whether they were Lisa Frank's obscenely bright unicorns or a classic Five Star, new school supplies were definitely the best. I'm not sure what it is about paper products that I love so much. Maybe it's all the potential, you know, this pretty journal could be the first draft of a novel! and all that.

So when I read about bullet journaling, I was intrigued. An excuse to buy a new notebook and a way to upend my busy brain? Count me in. I did some internet-ing and found that there is an official way to bullet journal. But the beauty of it is that you can take what you like from it and make your journal entirely new. My lovely journal came from my little haven also known as Paperchase. Seriously, I love that place. Cards and wrapping paper and ribbons and notebooks -- everything I could want. Plus, if you're a super paper nerd like me, you can get a snazzy membership card and they'll emboss your leather products for a measly £3 (!!!).

The premise is that you start it off with an index. This might seem silly, like, why on earth would I need an index in my journal? But I find that the index really does help me keep track of different things and will make it easier in future years if I want to look up a certain event. Most people also put in a calendar and what's called a future log. The future log is essentially where you record static events, like birthdays and holidays.

Then, the rest of the journal is up to you.

You can take a look on Pinterest and Instagram and easily fall down the #bujo rabbit hole. I took a couple of days to plot how I wanted my journal to look and what sort of pages I wanted to include. My journal has a savings page, a bookshelf page, weekly to-dos and thoughts, and my blog editorial calendar.

All those years I spent looking for the perfect planner, always disappointed with some tiny bit or another. And not once did it occur to me that I could just buy a blank notebook and design it myself.

What do you think? Would you ever keep a bullet journal, and more importantly, what pages would you put in yours?



  1. I have been thinking of starting one, well a proper one I do have a journal that I use as a sometimes planner sometimes list or things I do not want to forget keeper. I do wonder though how do you space out pages for something like a bookshelf page, like do you just start a new one in the next available spot when it is full?

    1. That's the hardest part for me! I always want everything to be perfectly mapped out from the beginning. But I think that's really the only way to do it. Having the index definitely helps because you can keep track of where everything is!


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