Metallic Green March 2020 Plan-with-Me

This post will be a brief overview of my bullet journal layout for March 2020 where I decided to do a switch up with a metallic green theme.

This post will be a brief overview of my bullet journal layout for March 2020. I decided to do a little bit of a switch up with this month’s theme.

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 Metallic Green Process

As you probably know, I have been trying to be more minimalistic this year with my own personal bullet journal due to time. However, it is a little boring for me to keep everything the same each month. So, to mix things up, I decided to start using other metallic colors. Because the general theme for March is green for St. Patty’s Day, I chose a metallic green color. This metallic green has replaced the gold for March.

The Layout Descriptions

Nothing except the metallic color has changed for the month of March. Essentially, the function of the spread is the same as it was for February and January. However, let’s dive into if you aren’t familiar. The left page is where I keep my schedule for Monday through Saturday by the half-hour. This one is super useful to help me keep track of meetings and appointments. Then, on the right page is six rectangle boxes representing each day of the week. Saturday and Sunday share the sixth box. Here is where I mark all-day events, holidays, due dates, and daily to-dos. This spread has been working phenomenally for me and I intend to keep it!

Additional Layouts

Finally, let’s talk about extra layouts. First, I wanted to show off an update about my plant care tracker which I showed an unfinished version of last month. Ultimately, the main change is the header. I have to add a day of water and do a fertilizing session soon!

Next, I added a video ideas page! I had not added my ideas at the time I took the photo, but I am so excited to explore new video ideas both for ElizabethJournals and ElizabethPlants!

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2019 Bullet Journal Rewind & Review

Each year I like to go back through my previous journal and look at how it progressed, what worked, what didn’t work, what I enjoyed, etc. This year is no different. I flipped through my 2019 bullet journal notebook and have some things to share. Let’s rewind and tackle the good, the bad, and the indifference of my 2019 bullet journal.

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January 2019 – Blue Mosaic

For January, I began with a weekly that worked with what I had liked from my 2018 bullet journaling experience. I knew I enjoyed filling the empty space with color and had recently gotten mosaic stamps that I wanted to use. Naturally, I left the space with words untouched so that it could be read. However, over time I realized that I did not like the weirdness of this composition. You’ll notice I make this change in future layouts.

February 2019 – Gold

For February, I decided to mix things up and use paint. To this day, this may be one of my favorite theme concepts. The paint seemed to work the best for the sake of mess and appearance. No fundamental changes were made to this spread and it continued to work just fine for me!

March 2019 – Geometric

I cannot quite remember what inspired this fun and geometric layout, but I still love it! White is one of my favorite colors if you can call it a color. Additionally, I LOVE the incorporation of black and gold and shapes. This modern geometric style has always been one I enjoy.

April 2019 – Pink Mosaic

Next, I decided to bring back mosaic stamps with a spring flair and fix the header issues. So, with my new pink ink pad, I decided that using the color under the headers would be best. However, I do not have a paint to match the ink so I had to figure that issue out. Luckily the stamp pad was smaller and I was able to just stamp straight from the ink pad. I really enjoy the way the white looks over the pink color.

May 2019 – Night Sky

At this point, I realized I had not yet used watercolor and decided to do that. I love the look of a watercolored night sky and was inspired. I love that the gold paint pen I used is not obvious and you really only see the “stars” when the light catches. Also, this layout continued to work for me, but if you’ve not noticed, I began using the theme color in between the columns as if they float over the background instead of linking them up to one another.

June 2019 – Purple Floral

I am not a purple lover, so I was testing my limits with this theme. However, I do not hate the theme. I think that in adding the flowers, the concept was very much improved.

July 2019 – Yellow Sunshine

To drastically change the theme, I went with yellow and used washi tape. This is in my top 4 themes from 2019. I love the way gold looks with the yellow and the washi tape adds a nice contrast to the yellow!

August 2019 – Green Watercolor

I enjoyed the use of washi tape so much in July, that I chose to include it into my august spread. Another thing I decided to change was my use of gold. Up until this point, I tried to use gold or copper ink in my spreads. However, for August, I decided to stick with primarily black.

September – Teal Mosaic

I was very excited to use a teal ink for my September spread. I had searched for this ink color specifically and found it. However, when I started this layout, I realized that the ink bled very badly through the pages. What you are seeing in the images is no bleeding, this is because I skipped every other set of pages and when stamping I stuck scrap paper behind in order to stop further bleeding. I then glued the pages together so they would flip normally. I actually like the thicker pages! But do not intend to use this ink or the brand again.

October – 90’s Inspired

October is one of, if not my, favorite theme from 2019. I did a video of me creating it and it was so fun but so time-consuming. I love it when I come across October when I am looking through my planner.

November – Burnt Orange

I loved that I use two pages for my October cover page, so I decided to do that for November as well and I thoroughly enjoy the way this turned out. I also made a huge change to my weekly spread. You can read more about that in the article, but I have since kept this spread, it works the best for me for sure!

December – Red Mosaic

Every December, I like to use a red and gold theme and 2019 was no exception. I decided to end where I began with mosaic stamps and include some watercolor as well. I really like how it turned out.

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Final Thoughts

I absolutely love how I tackled 2019 and only wish I had the time to do it the same way in 2020. Completely filling in the background of my layouts with some kind of pattern or color with paint is super fun and creative too. I love painting but have not had time to paint in a while and this was a great outlet and source for self-care for me this year. If you are interested in keeping up with my personal planner, you can check it out HERE.

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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.

Tools I Used

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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Burnt Orange November Bullet Journal Plan-with-Me

Autumn is in full swing and I wanted to celebrate with burnt orange, autumn leaf-colored spread. Keep reading to learn about my struggle and disappointment!

Autumn is in full swing and I wanted to celebrate with burnt orange, autumn leaf-colored spread. I also decided to completely change up my spread. Keep reading to learn about my struggle and disappointment!

The Burnt Orange Theme Process

My goal for my November theme was a burnt orange color to represent falling autumn leaves. I figured I would mix my orange paint with the brown and call it a day. So, I did this. And while the paint was wet, it looked perfect! However, as the paint began to dry, it became a generic orange. I was and still am disappointed, but I do not have time to fix it. Instead, I have accepted this flop and decided not to be upset about it!

I originally used copper colored lines; however, this looked bad and so I replaced it with black ink, even though this made the theme appear even more Halloween based than it already did. Again, this was a disappointment, but I had no time to try to figure anything else out.