I was inspired for my July spread almost immediately after creating my June tie-dye spread. Naturally, I am a huge fan of paint in my bullet journal and I decided to use it this month as well. This article walks through the creation of this spread, shows the creation, discusses concept and theme, and lists the products that I used. Let’s talk about my bright pink watercolor July 2020 bullet journal layout.
The initial plan was to do a sort of tie-dye look like I did in June but with pinks. However, I did not use enough water and when I started blotting the paint it started having a sort of weathered look. Then, when I tried to replicate the weathered or tie-dyed looks in the weekly spreads it was a fail. However, I still love the overall bright pink textured watercolor look.
Bright Pink July 2020 Layout Explanation
The layouts this month are identical to every month in 2020; however, colors and tools used do change monthly. This month, I chose to stick with black and white lines and headers instead of using gold like I have the first six months of this year. I decided to break away from that box. I created the main header on the cover page with both 2mm and 1mm black paint pens. Then, the same is true for the weekly. I outlined the boxes with 2mm and the headers with a 1mm black paint pen. Then, I drew in the subheaders for the weekdays with a very thin white gel paint pen. I love the way this turned out!
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.
Here you can learn more about the layouts for Yessenia’s red custom planner.
Custom Title Page
This title page is custom based on my 2017 bullet journal cover page. The bulk of this design is a black circle. Then, in the center of the circle “Yessenia” is in a red script font. Underneath is “2019” in print font. Last, below the circle are two hanging plants and one potted plant on a table. The doodles are in watercolor with some ink.
Year At A Glance
This year at a glance features 12 months, September 2019 through August 2020, in a calendar format. Further, the months vertical and in red cursive lettering. Then, “2019 – 2020” is at the top of the page in a red print font. Lastly, “at a glance” is in a minimal script font.
For each month, I used a simple grid calendar. The lettering for this layout’s header is a red print font and all other lettering is in a black print font. Additionally, there is a column to the right of the calendar. The column is labeled “goals.”
Monthly Mood Tracker
The mood trackers are different each month. The most apparent difference is the theme or picture chosen. The images are broken into enough parts so that there is a part for each day of the month. Then, each day, the image parts get filled in. Each mood is assigned to a specific color, design, or shade of a color. Next, Yessenia can color in each part according to her mood or moods for that day. In the list below are the theme or imagery for each month.
January – dream catcher
February – flower petals
March – puzzle
April – flower mug
May – cactus
June – sunflowers
July – lemon wedges
August – sunshine
September – Tetris
October – autumn leaf
November – feathers
December – Christmas bulbs
The weekly grid layout is a weekly layout which encompasses seven days. Further, each page includes eight squares which make up the grid. Seven of the boxes are for the days of the week, and the 8th box is blank. For the headers, the lettering utilizes a red print font. Additionally, all of the other lettering is done using a black print font.
In celebration on Valentine’s day, since I did not do anything in my own bullet journal for the holiday, I thought it would be nice to do a quick round-up of awesome red bullet journal layouts! Red is such a bold and beautiful color and it would be a shame not to celebrate it! Here are 11 awesome red bullet journal layouts to be honored.
Here is a breakdown of the bullet journal inspired planner created for Sarah. Sarah’s notebook was created in a black A5 size notebook with the main color being burgundy. Layout involves include a title page, index, key, a year at a glance, important dates, passwords, gifts, books to read, movies to watch, tv show list, appointments, notes, yearly goals, seasonal wants and needs, monthly calendar with a prayer list, monthly habit tracking, weekly rows with a food diary, weekly to-do, weekly meal plan, and weekly gratitude.
This is a burgundy watercolor title page. In a calligraphy font, I wrote “S.E.B.” Then, on the second line”2019 Planning” is in an all-caps print font.
I used a very basic index layout here. The header is in a burgundy red calligraphy cursive. The page includes three columns.
This page features a red maroon calligraphy font title with a little black key. The icons in this key are basic.
Year at a Glance:
This year at a glance features 12 months on 1 page, January 2019 through December 2019, in a calendar format. The months are horizontal in red maroon cursive. The main header is “2019 at a glance” in a print font which a border underneath.
This layout is a circle or wheel sliced into 12 sections, one for each month. In calligraphy cursive in the center of the wheel, the header reads “important” then, in print font I wrote “birthdays, anniversaries, etc.” A line comes off of each section where Sarah can write in important dates.
This tracker is for tracking passwords. Columns involved include website, username, and password in print. The main header is in burgundy print font as well.
This page has the header “Gift Ideas” written in maroon calligraphy font . The column included are who, what, where, why, and price.
Books to Read:
This page is a simple black and white bookshelf covering two pages. The header is in a red maroon calligraphy-style cursive. with “to read” inside of a book.
Movies to Watch:
This layout covers two pages and features a bag of popcorn. At the base of the page is the red and white popcorn bag. Then, the remainder of the page includes popcorn kernel doodles. The header is in a bold red calligraphy-style cursive as well as a fun print font.
Tv Show List:
This layout features several old-school antennae TVs. The title states “the tv show list.” “the” and “list” are in print and “tv show” is in red maroon calligraphy font.
This layout features 3 rows per page, each row features a month from that year and a mini-calendar of the month. The header is in maroon print font.
This is a mostly blank page with “notes” written in print font on the left and a line connecting the words to the other side of the page.
This page is blank with “yearly goals” written at the top in a calligraphy and print fonts.
Seasonal Wants and Needs:
These pages occur seasonally and are mostly blank. The header signifies the season in a colorful print font in the center with wants on the left and needs on the right in minimal cursive fonts. Winter is in blue, spring is in pink, and summer is in yellow.
The left page of this layout is a calendar grid. The days of the week are indicated by maroon red letters. The right side features a calligraphy cursive font header and a prayer section below. This section is titled in a minimal cursive.
The habit tracker is a grid for each month with a square for each day of that month. The header is red maroon calligraphy font and black minimal cursive font.
The weekly layouts includes 7 rows, 4 on the left page and 3 on the right. The main header is an all-caps black ink print. The day of the week is a bold red maroon capital letter and the date is a small subscript. in the center of the two pages, each row has a second section titled “food.”
This two-page layout is mostly blank. At the top of the left page in maroon is “wk” in calligraphy cursive and the corresponding week number next to it. Next to that is “to-do” written in a vertical print font. On the top right of the same page is a calendar of the month with that week circled.
Weekly Meal Plan:
This is a weekly layout with a section for each day of the week. The sections are broken into 4 rows: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack. The right side of the page is left blank for groceries.
This is, again, a mostly blank page with the header stating “I am grateful for…” “I am” is written in small black print font above “grateful” which is written in bold maroon font. To the left, “for…” is written in small black print font vertically.
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
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.
Before even entering my December
layouts, I created a gift planning page. This year’s gift planning page is
similar to that of last year and was
placed before my hello December page since
I began Christmas gift shopping in November. This spread features gold cursive
titling off of which 8 ornament bulbs are hanging. The left page features two
green bulbs, a red bulb, and a yellow-gold bulb. The right page features two red bulbs, a green bulb, and one
yellow-gold bulb. Each bulb features gift ideas and pricing of these gifts for
one person or couple.
Following the gift layout is the hello page described before, then
the weekly pages. For each of the weekly layouts,
I sketched in 7 columns per usual, except this time the columns are outlined in
gold. Outside of the columns, everything is painted red and gold washi tape
lines the right-most side. The main headers are in gold cursive and the letters
which show the day of the week are in a minimal cursive followed by the date in
a subscript. Just like in the title page, over the red paint are minimal
gold Christmas trees from stamps.
For my September bullet journal spread I, like normal, minimal. However, I made some accidental changes that I have ended up loving! Keep reading to learn more about the mistake that turned into the most efficient bullet journal spread I’ve had yet! This post may contain affiliate links.
Journal Theme | Red
This month is a crazy month for me, so
naturally, I kept my September layouts fairly minimal. Despite keeping my
spread minimal, I made some major changes for me. But before we get to
those changes let’s talk theme. The theme for this month is red. I did not go
with any other theme or thread, just red
from the same TombowDual Brush Pen.
I used the red in the title page and the days of the week as well as new category tags. In addition to the red ink, I also added different washi tape to each weekly page. This washi tape either was red or had red in it.
Check out other Red Bullet Journal layout ideas HERE.
September Bullet Journal Layouts | Major Changes
So, as I mentioned above, there were
some significant changes to my usual spread this month. Let’s start from the beginning. The title page changes each
month, so this is not all too exciting. This month I went with minimal lines
above and below “September.” September is
written in a calligraphy cursive, all lowercase letters.
Once I finished the title page, I moved onto my weekly layouts. Notice
anything out of the ordinary? That’s right, I forgot my monthly layout! I was
so focused on getting some appointments and due dates written down in my weekly spread that I completely
passed over my monthly page! Once I realized this mistake, I threw a mini calendar on the title page so that I could
see the month as a whole somewhere.
Other Changes I Made
In addition to my accidental changes, I
made some changes to my weekly layout. Instead of my signature minimal cursive,
I used an all-caps printed font. Like
last month, I kept the days of the week in a calligraphy style cursive. Where I
would usually do washi tape on the right side only right next to the Sunday
column. This time I chose to do washi tape on the left and right sides up to
the edge of the pages. Each week has different
washi tape. The first week features a lama tape, week two has elephants with balloons,
week three’s tape says “all good things are wild & free,” and the final
week is red arrows. The final change I made was adding section titles. These
are sections I have always used, just never labeled.
Since I moved the washi tape, I had extra space to add these labels.
All in all, I am very happy with the
changes, both accidental and purposeful, that I made to my spread! I had been
struggling with my monthly calendar
because I felt like I never really used it. Having left it off on accident
forces me to find something else, which actually works better! I also like the
placement of the washi tape a lot.
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Kara ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. Kara’s planner is an A5-sized Essentials Dot-Matrix Notebook. The colors Kara chose for her notebooks include red and blue. Additionally, the primary color used for Kara’s first notebook is red. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, year at a glance, monthly calendar, monthly budget, and weekly rows. Next, the primary color used for Kara’s second notebook is blue. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, year at a glance, book tracking, address book, yearly goals, monthly calendar, monthly brain dump, and weekly grid. Here you can read more about Kara’s planners.
This is a red watercolor title page. In a calligraphy font, I wrote “Kara’s,” then on the second line “2018 Bullet Journal” is written in an all-caps print font.
Year at a Glance
This year at a glance features 12 months, January 2018 through December 2018, in a calendar format. The months are written vertically in red cursive. The main header is 2018 in print font and “at a glance” in minimal cursive.
The left page of this layout is a calendar grid. The days of the week headers are in red print letters. The right side features a calligraphy cursive font header and two sections below. These section titles are in a minimal cursive reading “to-do” and “goals.”
This budget includes 4 sections: income, expenses, debt, and savings. The main header is a classic print in red and the section headers are a minimal calligraphy-style cursive. Each table includes 3 columns, the item, budget amount, and actual amount.
The weekly layouts include seven rows, four on the left page and three on the right. The main header is an all-caps black ink print. The day of the week is a bold red capital letter, and the date is a small subscript.
Here you can learn more about the layouts for Kara’s second custom planner.
This is a blue watercolor title page. In a calligraphy font, I wrote “Kara’s,” then on the second line “2019 Bullet Journal” 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 blue cursive. The main header is “2019 at a glance” in print font. Below the header is a blue border.
This page is a simple black and white bookshelf covering two pages. The header is written in a bold blue calligraphy-style cursive with “to read” written in a book.
This layout has a blue calligraphy header and a table filling the remainder of the space. Columns include name, number, and address.
This page is mainly blank with a bold blue calligraphy header.
The left page of this layout is a calendar grid. The days of the week are indicated by blue 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.”
This page is done monthly and is mostly blank except a bold blue calligraphy cursive header.
This is a simple 8-square grid. All lettering is done in a simple print font. The header is in blue ink.
Meet Elizabeth! Elizabeth is the creator and writer here at Elizabeth Journals. In addition to creating for ElizabethJournals, she is a full-time graduate student studying clinical mental health counseling. She started Jihi Elephant to share her experiences, spread organizational tips, and promote positive living. Elizabeth is an avid bullet journalist, dabbling artist, and houseplant fanatic.
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