February 2020 Minimalistic Bullet Journal Overview

I plan to keep this year simple to give me time to work on other things. This post will be a brief overview of my bullet journal layout for February 2020.

This post will be a brief overview of my bullet journal layout for February 2020. I note that this will be brief because there is very little that is different this month from January’s spread. As I mentioned in my 2020 overview video, I plan to keep this year simple to give me time to work on other things. Let’s get started.

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The Minimal Gold January Process

As I have mentioned before, this year will be pretty simple and basic. So, this month’s theme is incredibly similar to January’s theme concept. At its core, my theme is gold and minimal. However, I have made minor functional changes (describe below). In order to create my golden theme, I primarily used Sakura Pentouch Paint Pens in 2.0 mm Gold.

The Layout Descriptions

As promised, I want to talk about the changes I made to my format this month. The largest changes are where I used gold, where I used black, and the composition of my February cover page. As you can see, this month’s cover page is essentially the same; however, instead of a notes and future events section, I simply have two horizontal lines in gold. I did not use the section last month and felt there was no use for it in February.

Next. I swapped where I used gold and where I used black on the weekly spread. This month, I outlined the boxes and columns in black and did all of my headers in gold. I do not know why I did not do it this way in January, to be honest with you. It makes more sense to me this way and I am glad that I made the change.

Additional Layouts

Next, I added a few additional layouts to my bullet journal this month. These layouts are non-specific to February but were added between the months of January and February.

The first of these layouts is my content calendar. I wanted to create a concrete weekly calendar to show me when I should be rolling out new content each week at ElizabethJournals.

Next, I created a semester overview. At first, I was not going to do this layout; however, I found myself wanted to go and look at an overview and not having had one. So, naturally, I created a very simple overview with only my major projects and assignments.

And lastly, I created a watering and fertilizing tracker; however, I have not yet completed the layout. To be added is the header and most recent waterings (written on a sticky note on my desk). I have a large collection of houseplants and it is becoming harder and harder to remember my last fertilizing and watering.

If you love houseplants and want to come alongside me in my houseplant journey, check out ElizabetPlants, my houseplant YouTube channel!

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Minimal Gold January 2020 Bujo Plan-with-Me

With each new year, comes new things, including a new monthly bullet journal spread! For January 2020's theme, I went with a very minimal gold concept!

With each new year, comes new things, including a new monthly bullet journal spread! There are many changes coming to the website including new products, freebies, and more. So, it is only natural that I also refresh my bullet journal to match! This year I have gone for something significantly more simple, yet also very similar to before. If you want to check out my 2020 bullet journal concept, click HERE. Otherwise, let’s jump right into my January 2020 bullet journal set up!

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The Minimal Gold January Process

Because of my incredibly busy schedule currently, I plan to keep this year’s planner very minimal. For this reason, there is not much to my theme process. At first, I was using only gold. However, I quickly realized this was too much gold and decided to add some more black. But, that is it. I used gold lines and some headers, the rest is black. The fonts chosen for all the headers was a bouncy minimal script.

The Layout Descriptions

For this month, I decided to keep my cover super simple. However, I also wanted something for a monthly overview without doing an entirely monthly spread. So, I decided to combine my very minimal gold cover page with a box or section for major dates or events for the month. I am not entirely sure if I will use this section, but I like to have the option.

The only other pages in my main spread are my weeklies. I kept the same layout as previous months. Further, there is a half-hourly tracker on the left page for Monday through Saturday. This section tracks clients, appointments, events, etc. Whereas, the right page tracks due dates, all-day events, and daily to-do’s. Saturday and Sunday share a box. For these layouts, the theme remains minimal gold. However, I used black for the header and sub-headers and gold for the lines.

Bonus Layouts!

After creating my normal spread, I became inspired to use my bullet journal to track and plan my upcoming membership launches (stay tuned) and some courses I’d like to create this year. While most of these pages are primarily blank at this time, I kept with the theme. I put the main headers up the left side using a gold bouncy minimal script and simple black print and script lettering.

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2020 Bullet Journal Overview & Introduction

For my 2020 bullet journal setup, I am cracking open a brand new notebook. I plan to keep my minimal elegant gold theme, check it out!

For my 2020 bullet journal setup, I am cracking open a brand new Leuchtturm 1917 notebook in the port red color. I really enjoy the muted or jewel tones I’ve been using for my notebooks the past few years and intend to stick to that. Additionally, I really enjoy the minimal elegant feel of my 2019 bullet journal and intend to keep that feeling as well. Further, this post is going to break down the introductory layouts for my 2020 bullet journal and show them off!

2020 Theme: Minimal, Elegant, & Gold

In 2019 I did a Minimal Gold overall theme. For the most part, I was able to keep up with this concept. However, I have improved my lettering skills and perfected this theme. I have intentionally added bounce to my lettering and add a more vertical element. I intend to keep this notebook far more minimal than those in the past; however, similar to last year.

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Below is a list of the tools I used to create the look and theme I used in these 2020 introductory pages.

Title Page

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It took me a large majority of last year to create a title page. I was trying to come up with something creative and eventually realized that I just wanted something simple. This year, I decided not to dilly dally and went with a very minimal concept. I did a bouncy script in gold using my Sakura Pentouch. Then on the provided lines, I added “2020 Planner.”

Key Page

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This year’s key page is nearly identical to 2019’s. I utilize only two icons and six colors. The header is in the same gold as the title page.

Calendex

Again, I have utilized a nearly identical calendex this year to my previous years. I made a few minor changes to the monthly subheaders and do not plan to grey out the days as they go by. I will use this layout to chart and track major all-day events.

Future Blog

I loved the layout of this future log last year, however, I never actually used it because I had the calendex. So, this year I plan to use it for business and blog related items only. Hence why I titled it the “Future Blog.”

Running To-Do

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This next page is a to-do page full of tasks that have no due date, but that I would like to be done at some point. These items are considered “running” to-do’s because then run into the upcoming months and years if not completed. These tasks are not limited to business tasks but can be home repairs, decor concepts, etc.

Wishlists

The next few pages are essentially wishlists. I have a home wishlist and a houseplant wishlist. Again, the headers are similar and the pages are left blank to be filled in with my list. Further, I plan to pull a majority of these lists from my 2019 versions.

Period & Pill Tracking

This is one of the few tracking layouts that I actually use. I love the minimal concept of it. Additionally, I find it very important to track my period and my pills, especially if I find myself experience weird symptoms or mood fluctuations.

Subscriptions & Bill Tracking

Last year, I kept these two separate and the subscription tracker far too detailed. This year, I chose to put them at the beginning of my notebook and simplify them into two pages. I tilted the bill tracker vertical and altered my subscription tracker.

Self-Care Plan

Due to a lot of changes and stressors in my life as of late, I have decided to create a self-care plan. This will simply by a list of ideas for me to refer to each day. The items are separated into 8 categories: physical, emotional, relationships, workplace, rest-relaxation, mind, spiritual, and expression.

Products Ideas Lists

Lastly, I’ve included 4 whole pages for product ideas. I intend to fill these pages up quickly as I am always coming up with ideas far faster than I can create them!

What is your plan for your 2020 bullet journal? Let me know in the comments! Also, if you’d like to view my previous flip throughs and bullet journal layouts, check them out by clicking HERE.

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Red & Gold Mosaic December Bullet Journal Plan-with-Me

This month I decided to use red and gold as my main theme. Keep on reading to learn more about my bullet journal and how I created it!

Each month I create a new theme for my bullet journal. This month I decided to use red as my main theme. I added gold and decided to use mosaic stamps. Keep on reading to learn more about my bullet journal and how I created it!

The Red and Gold Mosaic Theme Process

I have always done red and gold as a theme for December because of the holidays. Further, I prefer not to do red and green, its just not my favorite combination of colors. This year, because I have already done a gold theme in February, I stuck with red as the main color. Then, because in the past few months I have done more solid painting, I chose to use the mosaic stamps. Lastly, as usual, I chose gold for my metallic and for all of the lines and headers. The gold is difficult to see over the mosaic, but that does not bother me and I did not want to use black.

The Layout Descriptions

This month is very similar to that of my November bullet journal set-up. For the title page, I mimicked that of my April spread. Red mosaic stamps cover the majority of the page. Then, in the upper third of the page, I have used the ink pad to create a more solid red area. In this area of solid red, I wrote the header in a gold minimal script font. Then, on the top and bottom of the solid red area, I bordered in gold as well.

Following the hello December page is my weekly spread. This spread is split into two distinct parts. The first part, or left page, includes a half-hourly tracker from 7:00 AM until 10:30 PM. This page includes Monday through Saturday. The second, or right page, includes 6 rectangles. Each of these boxes represents a day of the week, and I split the sixth into two for Saturday and Sunday. The left page is meant to track my schedule by the half-hour; whereas, the right page is for my all-day events, holidays, due dates, and daily to-do’s.

The final part of my December bullet journal set-up is the Christmas gift tracker. This year, I spent very little time on this layout and did not intend for it to be very beautiful. First, I coated the background in red watercolor paint. Next, I roughly outlined the circles in gold and drew the header on in a minimal gold script. Finally, I connected the circles, which are meant to be Christmas bulbs, to the top of the page with red. The gold and red are both difficult to see; however, the layouts is functional. Next, I titled each circle in red script lettering. The purpose of this page is to list Christmas gift ideas according to each person I have to shop for.

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Black & Gold Geometric March Bullet Journal Plan-with-Me

This month’s theme is black and gold geometric and was inspired by Emma’s title page. I have always loved very geometric modern shape designs and was planning on using it at some point this year. Since I did not have any ideas for March, I decided now was the time! Read more about my layouts below.

February Updates

Before we get into my March set-up, I have added some layouts to February since writing my February plan-with-me. As you can see, there are 3 layouts that are new. These are a measurement tracker, exercise plan or schedule, and a meal tracker. Halfway through February I joined a group for exercise and meal planning and wanted to test out tracking my progress in these areas. I only used the meal tracker for a week and fell off near the end. I stopped tracking this in my planner. The measurements and exercises have been useful and I will continue to use these.

My March Set-up

My setup this month is not unlike my previous set-ups. I kept the title page different but remained with the minimal gold font of my 2019 theme. Then I move directly into my weekly spreads. These involve 7 columns, one for each day of the week. There is a main header identifying the month, then a week number on the right page. Each column has its own header identifying the date and day of the week.

My March Process & Theme

This month’s process was a little more messed up and chaotic than normal. I knew I wanted the theme to be geometric so I rolled with that. Once I got to the second week I realized that the Sakura Pentouch Paint Markers bleed quite a bit so I went back to week 1 and began painting the inside of the boxes white.

Immediately I realized that I did not want to paint over the dots inside of the daily boxes. I continued to paint everywhere else, including the title page, and re-drawing all the boxes, circles, and other shapes. Once I figured out how I wanted it, I finished the remainder of the weeks that way.

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February Gold Bullet Journal | Plan-with-Me

I really struggled to come up with a theme for February. But, I settled on gold because I do not like theming my months around significant holidays, at least not obviously. I also don’t really care for Valentine’s day so I had to get creative. Check out what I came up with for my February gold bullet journal spread.

Golden Theme

Instead of a Valentines, pink, red, or heart-themed layout, I thought about doing cherries—a recommendation from someone on Instagram, I also thought about something black and minimal. Neither felt right. When working on a client planner, the thought hit me! I would go solid gold for February. This will match my minimal gold theme for the whole planner and felt inspiring!

Layouts

There are two distinct layouts in my February spread the hello page and the weekly spreads. The hello layout is coated in gold paint. In the center in a simple cursive font is “February.”

The weekly layouts are also painted with gold all except the center, enough space for 7 columns. These columns are identified by thick black lines. In a capital print font is the day of the week and date at the top of every column. February and the week number are in a similar cursive to the hello page, at the top of both pages.

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Monica’s Rose Gold Bullet Journal

Here is a breakdown of the bullet journal inspired planner created for Monica. Monica’s notebook was created in a black A5 size notebook with the main color being rose gold. Layouts involved include a title page, year at a glance, bills 2019, mood tracking and mood log, wants and needs, pen test pages, monthly calendar, habit tracker, monthly brain dump, personal development tracker, gratitude log, dream tracker, dream log, and weekly rows.

Layouts Included

Title Page:

This is a rose gold circular title page. In a calligraphy font, I wrote “Monica’s,” then on the second line “2019 Planner” is written in an all-caps print font.

Year at a Glance:

This year at a glance features 12 months, January 2019 through December 2019, in a calendar format. The months are written horizontally in rose gold cursive. The main header is 2019 in print font and “at a glance” in minimal cursive.

Bills 2019:

This layout accounts for 12 months of bills in two pages. The rose gold sections are for the title of the bill, then an amount and date can be written in the sections below according to the appropriate month. 

Mood Tracking & Mood Log:

The mood tracker is a grid involving a square for each day of the year. Down the right side is a key indicating how to fill in the square for each day. The key is unfinished so that Monica could decide how to fill it in. The mood log is mainly blank. Headers are in rose gold cursive.

Wants & Needs:

This page is mostly blank with a cursive gold header in the top center.

Pen Test:

This page is mostly blank with a cursive rose gold header in the top center.

Monthly Calendars:

The left page of this layout is a calendar grid. The days of the week are indicated by mint green calligraphy cursive letters. The right side features a calligraphy cursive font header and two sections below. These sections are titled in a minimal cursive reading “to-do” and “goals.”

Habit Tracker:

Like the mood tracker, the habit tracker is a grid for each month with a square for each day of that month. The header is in rose gold cursive font. 

Monthly Brain Dump:

This page is mostly blank with a cursive rose gold header.

Personal Development Tracker:

This layout is similar to a habit tracker; however has 3 different grids for different times of the day. no habits are specified so that they can be changes as personal development goals are completed. The header is in rose gold cursive.

Gratitude Log:

This page is mostly blank with a cursive rose gold header in the top.

Dream Tracker & Dream Log:

The dream tracker is similar to a habit tracker meant for one single habit. This takes up the top section of the left page. The header states “did I dream?” in rose gold cursive. There is then a grid with a square for each day of the month in two rows and a blank key for ‘no dream’ and ‘dream.’ The dream logs take up several pages and the remainder of the left page. The logs are mostly blank with cursive rose gold headers.

Weekly Rows:

The weekly layouts include 7 rows, 4 on the left page and 3 on the right. The main header is in rose gold cursive. The day of the week is a bold rose gold cursive letter and the date is a small subscript.

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Minimal Gold Theme For My 2019 Bullet Journal

For my 2019 setup, I am cracking open a brand new Leuchtturm 1917 notebook in a navy blue color. I got this notebook months ago, but I was saving it for precisely this purpose! Further, I decided to go with a minimal gold theme. This post is going to break down the introductory layouts for my 2019 bullet journal and show them off!

2019 Theme: Minimal Gold

If you know me, you know that I LOVE gold. Gold may be one of my top 3 favorite colors next to forest green and muted pink. So, this year I am focusing on the use of gold and minimal script font. I love the way it looks, and you can see this theme peeking through on nearly every page I have made so far.

Title Page

I have not yet figured out what I want to do with my title page this year. I rushed my 2018 title page and did not end up liking it very much. For this reason, I am holding off until I feel inspired.

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Index

The Leuchtturm comes with an index or contents layout. While I generally would not care to use one of these, I will once again, try to keep up with it but no promises.

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Key

I am almost always overzealous with my key and never actually stick to it. However, last year I figured out a key which I held to (I did not write down though). This year’s bullet journal key is based on what I already do. .

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Calendex

When I was researching and writing my Future Logging post, I came across the calendex and fell in love. I have no idea if I will use it or what I will use it for, but I love the idea of it and how it looks.

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Future Log

Again, I have another future log; however, I designated this one to birthdays and holidays. I think maybe events can be put in the calendex. This layout is super minimal, and I love it. Also, it takes up four pages.

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Running To-Do

Last year I tried to do monthly running to-dos, but I hated having to migrate it every month, often with zero progress. This year, I have decided to put my running to-do in the front of the notebook next to my goals page.

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Goals

I have done more detailed goals pages in the past and have loved them. However, this year I decided to go with something a little more minimal and list-like. I decided to do this for both aesthetic and practical purposes.

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Period Tracker & Pill Tracker

I came across a tracker on Instagram by @bulletjournalnoob (who I have featured before, check out her feature HERE!) and was inspired and decided to create my version for my 2019! These two trackers will likely be my only trackers and are very minimal and easy to track. I want to try to stick to tracking in them.

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Wishlist

I never updated my wishlist from two years ago even though I had one written on scrap paper to add to it. So, instead of keeping it on scrap paper, I migrated my list into my 2019 layout. 100% of the items on that list were home items, so I dedicated the left side of this spread to home items. I am an avid plant collector as well, so I committed the right side of this spread to plants.

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Semester Overview

I have created semester overviews for my clients, and I love the idea of them. For this semester, I am going to try out a semester assignment overview. I hope it is useful! I don’t have my assignments yet to add anything.

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Memories

At the back of my notebooks, I always have space, I decided to fill these pages with memories and photos which I printed off using my HP Sprocket! I love it!

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Subscriptions

This layout is entirely different than my subscriptions layout from last year. Instead of a monthly tracker, it’s a simple table that tells me my subscription, how much it is, how often I pay, and when I pay.

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Bills

My bills sections is merely a gold version of my previous bill tracker; I loved that layout! You can check out my layouts and a ton more financial layouts here.

Did you Enjoy my 2019 bullet journal intro walkthrough? As I usually do, I will be posting my journal to Instagram as well as showing off my monthly spreads at the beginning of each month! Check those out HERE.

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Emma’s Purple Bullet Journal

Emma ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. Emma’s planner is an A5-sized Essentials Dot-Matrix Notebook.  Then, the primary colors used for Emma’s notebook are purple and gold. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, year at a glance, monthly calendar, and weekly columns. Here you can read more about Emma’s planner. 

Layouts Included

Title Page

This is a gold-painted circle title page. In a calligraphy font I wrote “Emma,” then on the second line”2019″ is written in an all-caps print font. Additionally, behind the gold paint, is a minimal abstract geometric design in black ink.

Year at a Glance

This year at a glance features 12 months, January 2019 through December 2019, in a calendar format. Additionally, the months are written vertically in a purple print font. Finally, the main header is “2019 at a glance” in print font. 

Monthly Calendar

The left page of this layout is a calendar grid. The days of the week are labeled by purple letters. Then, the right side features a calligraphy cursive font header and two sections below. These sections are titled in a minimal cursive reading “to-do” and “goals.” 

Weekly Rows

This page features 7 columns for 7 days of the week. There is assorted washi tape in black and white bordering the rightmost column. Next, the main titling is in black print font and weekday titling is in purple and is just the first letter with a subscript for the date.

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December Bullet Journal | Red & Gold

This time of year is one of my favorite times of the year, and the only redeming quality of winter here in Michigan. Each year I go crazy for my December bullet journal utilizing gold and red (my favorite holiday colors). This year is, of course, no different. Check out my December bullet journal below. This post may contain affiliate links.

A Throwback to December 2017 Bullet Journal

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December Bullet Journal Theme | Red & Gold

Per usual, this month’s theme is red and gold. I generally used watercolor paint for the red and stamp ink, gold washitape, and Sakura Pentouch Gold Paint Pen for gold. This year, I went all out and covered the majority of my pages in red pain. I then added gold detailing via themethods described before. The title page is no different as it features a goldcircle. Outside of the circle is red paint and inside of the circle is golddetailing. December is written in gold, andthree gold Christmas trees are drawn minimally. Over the top of thered paint is gold Christmas trees added via stamp. These are not very bold andcan really only be seen when the light shines on the gold ink.