Sarah of @stationerymagpie | April Bullet Journal Feature

Sarah of @stationerymagpie | April Bullet Journal Feature

This month’s feature is Sarah of @stationerymagpie. She is someone whom I follow and I enjoy her content. She has a unique bullet journal journey to share as well as some tips for bullet journal beginners. I highly recommend reading her testimony and guarantee you’ll enjoy it!

Meet Sarah of @stationerymagpie

Hello everyone, my name is Sarah, I’m a 25-year-old Brit and I run the stationery and journaling blog Stationery Magpie. I’m currently living in Mexico and working as an English teacher but I devote a lot of my spare time to finding cute coffee shops to bullet journal and blog in where there is plenty of AC! I love coffee, cats and of course stationery. You can follow me on Instagram to check out my latest spreads or sign up to my newsletter on my blog where I send monthly emails of the best stationery offers online!

My Bullet Journal Journey

I started bullet journaling in the summer of 2016, just after I had graduated which was very annoying as I think it would have been a great help while it was studying! I stumbled across it on the internet and just immediately knew I had to try it. I’ve been bullet journaling non-stop since then even when I was traveling the world I created a travel style bullet journal!

I’m about to start my fifth journal and it’s crazy to see how much my style has developed. I’m always very conscious of making my bullet journal practical rather than just pretty after all it’s the system itself that has changed my life. Thanks to bullet journaling I’ve been able to be a lot more productive with work and my free time as well as developing myself and practicing mindfulness techniques to better deal with the crazy modern world!

I started my blog just after I had to quit a Masters degree course in November 2017. I had tried to blog before but it seemed that I had found my right niche and interest in stationery and journaling. Since then it has steadily grown and I’ve been lucky to work with some established stationery brands as well as connect with other bullet journalists online. It’s a wonderful community of creativity and positivity and I don’t think the whole thing would have been possible without using my bullet journal to keep myself to account! Take my word for it; bullet journaling can make big things happen!

Now I’m focussing on building a community of like-minded stationery lovers and growing my blog into a place that helps others find the amazing life changing phenomenon of starting a bullet journal.

Tips for Bullet Journal Beginners

I’ve mentored quite a few friends on starting bullet journals and my number one tip is to just start and focus on what the bullet journal system can do for you rather than worry too much about making everything look perfect.

Another piece of advice is that even though you don’t need fancy supplies to start a bullet journal sometimes investing in a notebook you will love and cherish and some pens that are a joy to use will help keep you motivated with your journal.

Make sure you are open to trying out different layouts and spreads. I was super against the idea of a gratitude log when I first started my journal. I thought it was cheesy and corny but then I tried it for myself. Now I never miss out my gratitude log. Writing down just one little thing every day that I’m thankful for definitely helps me to get through the day!

Your first bullet journal pages are very unlikely to be perfect but through practice and self-reflection you will start to find your style and how to make your bullet journal work for you. It’s a wonderful process of self-discovery that will do you wonders.

Thank you, Elizabeth for having me on your blog!

If you like @stationerymagpie’s planner or want to check her out, head on over to her Here!

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15 Gorgeous Hello April Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

Sometimes the hardest part about creating your monthly bullet journal spread is picking a theme and hello page design! Once you’ve figured these things out the rest of your monthly spread becomes easy! I am here to help you out! Here is a list of 15 Hello April layouts to inspire you and some theme ideas too!

April Theme Ideas

Looking for some inspiration for your April theme? Here is a list of some themes you could use for April!

  • Flowers
  • Spring
  • Easter Eggs
  • Bunnies
  • Rain Showers
  • Flamingos
  • Puddles
  • Easter
  • Pink
  • Pastel Colors
  • Purple
  • Sunshine
  • Pixar
  • Disney Princess
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Baby Animals
  • Pastel Watercolor
  • Watercoloring
  • Mountains
  • Fields
  • Hedgehogs

Hello April Mountains by @lindaplans

When I saw this layout I just had to share it, I absolutely LOVE the simplicity of the layout and the beautify of the lettering. The simple mountain range adds so much to this minimal spread!

Watercolor Deer by @gigis_journal

This spread is simply stunning!! How perfect is the lettering and artwork of it! I love the watercolor deer added here as well. This layout just screams spring!!

Gi’s Pastel Watercolor by Jihi Elephant

This layout is ever so simple and easy to recreate! I did a simple pastel colored watercolor circle in which I lettered “April.” Super simple, yet cute and spring-themed!

Rain Boots by Sheena of the Journal

Rainstorms are such a great April theme because it always rains during springtime! I love the delicate lettering and gorgeous artwork done for this hello page!

Hello April by @bujoandblooms

I think it is so neat when people draw the illusion of washi tape or regular tape. How simple is this hello page? A crisp box outlining some even crisper lettering “taped” to the page with some blue and yellow ink!

Birthday Month by @happyplanner13

If you were born in April than this layout is perfect for you! Balloons, banners, a crown, and cake to start off an amazing birthday month!! Not to mention the gorgeous lettering!

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Alana’s Watercolor Tulips by Jihi Elephant

This is one of my favorite hello layouts that I’ve created! The watercolor tulips fit April perfectly and the pastel coloring adds to the spread as well!

Hello April by @plannerbynea

The floral branches in this two-page hello spread are gorgeous! Flowers are one of the most popular April themes and there are so many ways to do it, this spread adds flowers beautifully and uniquely!

Hello Spring by @onki_art

The colorful easter eggs in this hallo April spread remind me of my childhood coloring and decorating easter eggs. The array of colors make a gorgeous easter egg wreath!

Hello April by @constancechell

These beautiful pink flowers are a great go-to for an April hello spread, I love the inclusion of the flower buds.

Month in Space by @nohnoh.studies

A space theme is so unique and undoubtedly perfect for April! Space is a great theme for any month and the inclusion of crystals simply adds to this fun and cute spread. How can you not love the little space bunny!

Geometric Elephant by Jihi Elephant

This was my spread last year and I love it! I stuck with the color green for most of my April 2018 layout, but the hello page featured a geometric style elephant in celebration of national elephant day (which just so happened to be in April).

Welcome April by @tetherandtold

Everyone loves a simple bullet journal layout. This is is gorgeous with great use of simple lettering and stamps. This spread has a brilliant twist by welcoming April instead of saying hello to it!

Lemonade by @heartistic.jess

Who doesn’t love lemonade! This hello page welcomes the beginning of the warmer season where I am from. This layout reminds me how soon summer is to come! I love that this layout is in black and white, perfectly simple!

Hello April by @angela_porter_illustrator

This hello layout is gorgeously details featuring flowers, hearts, leaves and other little shapes and designs. This spread is incredibly unique and perfect!

April in a Bottle by @journal.doodle

Last, but not least is this bright and happy hello page including sunflowers and pink flowers in a little corked glass bulb. The warm color choice of this layout can’t help to brighten your mood.

>>Check out some other cool Hello Monthly layouts HERE<<

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April 2017 Bullet Journal Layout | Plan-with-Me

For my bullet journal in the month of April, I decided to make some changes that were much-needed. In March’s spread, I talked about some things that I needed to change and add for April. Well, I listened to myself and made those changes, check it out!

Monthly Spread

My monthly calendar page is visually exactly the same as last month. I still have the same layout. There are a few changes, though.

The first and most obvious change is that I have chosen a different quote. This month’s quote is, “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.”

The next change is how I mark scheduled blog posts. In March, I was writing out the titles of the post in the month (check out the article here). To me, this just seemed cluttered and not necessary. I already had the title written in my weekly spread.

Instead of writing the whole title, I referred to my legend, where I had already created a solution. I had a little icon for blog posts. As you can see in the photo, I have implemented this icon in my monthly spread for April.

Lastly, I am fiddling with different ways to indicate all-day events. For April, I am trying out coloring the top bar of the day and then writing the event in that day’s box. I am not in love with this and will probably try something else next month.

Weekly Spread

Most of the changes that have been made are in April’s weekly pages.

The biggest change on the weekly page is the shopping list. In last month’s layout, I mentioned that I had forgotten to implement the weekly shopping and grocery list. I also commented on the “Due Dates” column being useless currently. To fix these issues, I removed the “Due Dates” column which made room for a shopping list column. I also shortened “Events & Appointments,” since I noticed that I did not need all the space I had previously allotted.

Shortening “Events & Appointments” allowed me to include a “Tracking” column. This is a section that I love to include because it helps to keep me accountable. Tracking is another item that I forgot about in March.

The “Tracking” column, though depicted as blank, is being used to track water intake. When I drink a glass of water, I am drawing a small glass into the tracking square for that day.

UPDATE: I am just drawing the little glasses and filling them when I drink a glass of water.

For April’s weekly spread, I have also decided to keep the title’s all in the same sandy color, instead of alternating with green.

List Pages

In March, my “Mind-Dump” page quickly filled up with blogging ideas! So, it was only natural that I created another one. This time, the title is in cursive and is written much smaller, as to leave more space for mind-dumping. It already has a ton of ideas in it!

A second list-page addition is a Wishlist! This is a page I had in my previous bullet journal (depicted here). I loved the wish list because it keeps track of things that I want that do not quite fit in my budget or that I considered additional purchases. Many of the items that I include on this list are expensive and require that I save for them. Other items are not immediate needs.

I hope you have enjoyed April’s bullet journal spread! I will continue to add and perfect my spreads each month! Is there anything else you would like to see me trying in my bullet journal? Share your bullet journaling ideas with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or talk about it in the comments section below!

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