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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Rene ordered a custom bullet journal inspired planners. For Rene’s notebooks, the main colors are purple and blue. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, year at a glance, birthday cupcakes, books to read, movies to watch, year in pixels, measurements, weight loss tracker, self-care list, monthly calendar, habit tracker, monthly budgets, sleep tracker, to-do lists, weekly grid, monthly notes, currently, Christmas gifts, shop logo, and shop idea pages.
Rene ordered two identical notebooks, each covers 6 months of the year 2020. However, the heading colors alternate between pages and months for both notebooks starting with different colors. The notebook that includes December also includes a Christmas Gift tracker. Here you can read more about Rene’s planner.
Here you can read more about the layouts in Rene’s planners.
Rene’s title layout is a pink watercolor title page. For the header, “Rene’s” is written In a calligraphy font. Then, on the second line, “bullet journal” is written in an all-caps print font.
Purple & Blue Year at a Glance:
This year at a glance features 12 months, January through December 2020, in a calendar format. Further, the months are vertically purple and blue cursive lettering. Then at the top of the page, “2020” is in a print font. Lastly, “at a glance” is in a minimal script font.
Purple & Blue Birthday Tracking:
For the birthday tracker, there are 12 different cupcakes. Each cupcake has colorful detailing. Each cupcake represents a month. Lastly, the title is a bold calligraphy cursive font.
Purple & Blue Books to Read:
This page is a black and white bookshelf covering two pages. The Books-to-Read header is a bold blue or purple calligraphy-style cursive. Additionally, the subheader is a purple or blue print font.
Purple & Blue Movies to Watch
This layout covers two pages and features a bag of popcorn. At the bottom of the page, there is a blue and purple popcorn bag. Further, popcorn kernels fill the remainder of the page. Finally, the header is in a bold calligraphy-style cursive and a fun print font.
Purple & Blue Year in Pixels
This page 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 Rene can decide how to fill it in. The title of this layout is in calligraphy cursive. The year, “2020” is written in the bottom right-hand corner.
For this layout, the right page features measurements as a list with space left blank to write in measurements. Then, at the bottom, there is a chart for rewards. The headers are in brush lettering. Flower doodles fill the space.
Weight Loss Tracker
This weight loss tracker resembles a board game. In the top left is the starting location and in the top right there is a finish. In the top, there is also a section to write in rewards options. Finally, the header is a blue or purple calligraphy font
For this layout’s header, “Self Care” is written in a large bold print font. This layout includes 4 sections highlighted in blue or purple. Further, the sections mind, body, heart, and soul are written in simple cursive. Additionally, there are 4 bullet points below each section for Rene to write in self-care ideas related to these sections.
I used a simple grid calendar and simple print fonts. Additionally, the calendar has a column on the right side for to-dos. The header is in a minimal cursive on top of purple or blue watercolor.
Like the mood tracker, the habit tracker is a grid for each month with a square for each day of that month. Instead of being a basic grid, the tracker is drawn out more like a table or graph. The header is in a minimal cursive over top of purple or blue watercolor.
This budget includes four sections: income, expenses, debt, and savings. The main header is a classic print in blue or purple, and the section headers are a minimal calligraphy-style cursive. Additionally, each table includes three columns, the item, budget amount, and actual amount.
Monthly Sleep Tracker
This spread is a square for a graph. The horizontal axis has time, and the vertical axis has the day of the month. Then, like the fitness layout, the main header is a mint green calligraphy font.
For the “to-do” page, the header is in minimal cursive overtop blue or purple watercolor. Then, the rest of the pages are blank.
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 titled “meals” in a simple script font. For the headers, the lettering utilizes a minimal cursive over top of blue or purple watercolor. Additionally, all of the other letterings is done using a black print font.
For the notes layout, the header is in minimal cursive overtop blue or purple watercolor. Then, the rest of the pages are blank.
There are 12 sections in this layout. For each category, there is a corresponding doodle: loving, feeling, thinking, going, making, buying, celebrating, seeing, doing, wishing, planning, practicing. Further, this page is for tracking what Rene is currently into according to the category. The main header is in either purple or blue brush lettering. Finally, each sub-header is in a black calligraphy cursive.
Christmas Bulbs Gift Tracker
This title of this page is a gold cursive. Then, hanging from the header is red, green and gold watercolor Christmas bulbs. Further, in these bulbs, one would write gift ideas for Christmas time.
Blue Rustic Rene Shop Logo
By request, this page is a recreation of Rene’s logo.
Lastly, the shop ideas layouts are blank. However, the header is on the right page in minimal cursive.
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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