Bullet Journals are a godsend for planning, and if you’re a mess like me, then you’re probably obsessed (or should be) with anything that can help you keep your sh*t together. They are way BETTER than regular planners because you can do literally anything with a bullet journal: from planning your week to keeping track of your mood, the movies you watch, your workouts and so on.
To be honest, I have an obsession with bullet journals. Ever since I started following a couple of BuJo accounts on Instagram, I have had the idea of starting a bullet journal stuck in my mind. The problem is I didn’t know where to start.
How do you start a bullet journal when you have no idea about design or art supplies? Well, I did what any other millennial would do and I looked for a solution on Pinterest.
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Turns out starting a bullet journal is way easier than what I expected. I had spent several months scrolling through bullet journal Instagram accounts telling me that I needed a $30 journal and a $50 worth pack of markers if I wanted to start a bullet journal. But you can actually do the same for a lot less!
If you’re just starting out on your BuJo journey, you don’t need to spend hundreds of money on professional tools as a lot of established bullet journals recommend you. Instead, I got more affordable options that do exactly the same:
Journal. I use the Leuchtturm1917 A5 journal I got for a really inexpensive price on Amazon. The pages are dotted, which makes it easier to draw straight lines and perfect squares. It has been designed exclusively for bullet journaling as you can see on the front cover. On the first page, it has a blank space led by “This bullet journal belongs to” that you can fill in with your name. I think this is so cool because it reminds me of the old vintage journals.
Pens. I use the Pigma Micron black finalizers for writing in titles and lines. These are a bit more expensive than usual, but you can get a pack of 6 for a really good price on Amazon. Each one has a different size, so you can do everything with them and you won’t need to purchase any other pens. When bullet journaling, pens are probably the thing that you’re going to use the most, so investing in good ones from the beginning is a great idea.
Markers. I personally prefer minimalist bullet journals with clean spreads, so I’m not a big fan of markers. However, I add small touches of color here and there and I do it with my favorite pastel markers. If you like decorating your bullet journal with a lot of colors I highly recommend investing in a pack of good quality markers.
Gold pen. On special occasions, I’ll use this metallic gold pen. I only have one so I don’t really want to waste it writing everything in gold ink. It looks beautiful when combined with the Pigma Micron pens! This is definitely a good investment and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Washi tape & stickers – I use washi tape to fill blank spaces where I don’t know what to write or draw and as an underlay for text. I also use mini sticker stars to mark the most important things about my daily to-do lists. For example, if writing a post is something I must do on Monday no matter what, I’ll add a star to remind myself later.
As you can see, you don’t need a huge amount of art supplies when you start. You can get the basic tools first and buy more advanced stuff later, as you figure out what you like.
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Picking a theme for my bullet journal monthly spreads was the hardest part for me. Sitting in front of a blank notebook can be scary, you guys! When I started bullet journaling I thought I had everything figured out after months of watching others doing it, but when I had the chance to design my own I completely blocked! I wanted to make everything look perfect but had no idea what theme to pick.
If you’re in a similar position and need some inspiration for a new bullet journal weekly spread, here are 20 examples for you to try out!
20 Bullet Journal Weekly Spread Ideas
Vintage Polaroids Weekly Spread
Sunflowers Minimalist Bujo Spread
Tropical Nature Bullet Journal Weekly Spread
Crystals, Moons, and Plants
Nature Themed Bullet Journal Spread
Handmade boxes & flowers bullet journal theme
Sunflowers and Simple Lines Bujo
Friends Theme Bullet Journal
Minimalist With Details
Cactus Bujo Weekly
Black and White Floral Bujo Spread
Lemon Bullet Journal Spread
Colorful Flowers Spread
Minimal and Colorful Bujo Spread
Yellow Minimalist Spread
Fall Pumpkin Bujo Theme
Crystals and Nature Bujo Planner
Classy Flowers and Handwriting Theme
Minimalist Bullet Journal Weekly Spread
A Spring & Blue Bujo Theme
Bullet journaling is a whole world and you can easily get lost in it. Saving a bunch of bullet journal inspiration from Pinterest or Instagram will help you figure out what you like and what you don’t.
In the end, practice is what matters the most. If you don’t know where to start, try drawing others’ designs until you find out what’s your style. Everyone has one, and you’ll find yours eventually. When you start, it’s okay to not know everything. Keep testing new things until you master it!
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