Jessica’s Caribbean Blue Bullet Journal

Jessica ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. Jessica’s planner is an A5-sized Essentials Gridline Notebook.  The primary color used for Jessica’s notebook is Caribbean blue. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, year at a glance, monthly calendar, and weekly grid. Here you can read more about Jessica’s planner. 

Layouts Included

Here you can learn more about the layouts for Jessica’s custom planner.

Title Page

In a simple print font, I wrote “Jessica Klein,” then underneath a simple line I wrote “2018 – 2019.”

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 vertically in Caribbean blue cursive. The main header is 2018 – 2019 in print font and “at a glance” in minimal cursive.

Monthly Calendar

I used a simple grid calendar and simple print fonts. This calendar has a column on the right side for notes or goals and the main header is in Caribbean blue calligraphy cursive.

Weekly Grid

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 Caribbean blue brush lettered font. Additionally, all of the other letterings is done using a black print font. 

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It’s autumn! Or do you prefer to call it fall? Either way, leaves are turning and soon to fall, people are drinking hot apple cider, and carving pumpkins! To celebrate autumn and this pumpkin season, I chose to create an autumn pumpkin-themed October bullet journal layout. I will also be offering an exclusive coupon over on the shop! Read until the end to get the autumn coupon! For now, check out my October autumn pumpkin bullet journal! This post may contain affiliate links.

October Bullet Journal Theme | Autumn Pumpkins

As is evident, for October, I stuck to a watercolor pumpkin theme! I did this because I love the pumpkin culture that comes with Halloween in the united states — decorating with pumpkins, carving pumpkins, eating and baking pumpkin seeds! I particularly like the idea of pumpkins on vines, so this is what I chose to stick with. The hello page which set the scene for the month features two watercolor pumpkins using Life of Color watercolor pens. Further, I used the Pentouch paint marker in copper for the header, “October” and outlined it with a dark green Tombow dual brush pen.

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This month’s weekly spread is exceptionally similar to that of September’s. At the top, the header is in a minimal cursive. The first week the main header was orange, but I changed it to dark green for the last three. Down both the left and the right side is a thin strip of orange washi tape. There are seven columns, each with a letter representing the day of the week. These letters are in copper Pentouch paint marker with a  small subscript for the date. The bottom right of each spread features a different size and shape watercolor pumpkin with dark green vines.

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How to Create the Watercolor Pumpkin

To create these watercolor pumpkins, I use the bright orange and light brown Life of Color watercolor brush pens. I first outline the pumpkin roughly then draw some rough yet light lines connecting the top to the bottom I do the same with the light brown being careful not to cover the orange entirely.

Next, I water down the orange pen and blend the two colors while also filling in the spaces untouched by ink. Blend, in the same direction, you drew the rough lines. Then use the light brown pen to draw the stem. You may blend in some dark brown or black if you would like to add more distinct detailing. Finish the vines with a #177 Tombow dual brush pen or another dark green pen. You may also complete the vines using a dark green watercolor pen.

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September Bullet Journal Feature | Masha of @mashaplans

It’s time for another bullet journal feature!! This month we are focusing our feature on one beautiful bullet journaler, Masha of @mashaplans. Masha will be sharing her bullet journal journey as well as some tips for beginners! Keep on reading!

September Bullet Journal Feature | Masha of @mashaplans
September Bullet Journal Feature | Masha of @mashaplans

Meet Masha of @mashaplans

Hello there, my name is Masha! First of all, I’d like to thank Elizabeth for giving me a chance to share my Bullet Journal story and how it helped me to transform my life.

Who am I? Just an ordinary girl. In 2011 I moved to Beijing, China and ever since then I’ve been working here and trying to figure out what it is I really want to do with my life.

Masha’s Bullet Journal Journey

I’ve always been a pretty disorganized person. I always have a million ideas and want to do so many things, but I could never get to do them since my planning, and organizational skills were complete null.

At one point in my life, I understood there had to be a change, I just need to get it together and start transforming my life into the way I wanted it to be. And that’s where Bullet Journal came in.

Making the Change

In December 2017 I started playing with the idea of Bullet Journal with a small tryout notebook. By January 2018 I knew that was it, that was the tool I needed to start changing my life.

Within a few months, I knew what I wanted and how to get there, I had each day planned and every second of my time used for moving towards my goal (ok maybe not every second, but you know what I mean). It’s September now, and I’m happier than I have ever been! I know where my life is going and I know exactly what I need to do every day to make my dreams come true.

More Than A Planner

But for me, Bullet Journal isn’t only about being productive. It’s my artistic escape. Well, I say “artistic,” but actually I never had any major artistic skills and the only thing I could ever draw was a smiley face. What I mean is that Bullet Journal inspired me to work and improve on my drawing skills, design, color pairings, and all those other artistic things.

I never believed I could do it, but with BuJo I decided to give it a serious try, and now I see how it paid off. I’m immensely happy to see I can now actually doodle things and do lettering. Now instead of a chocolate on a sad day, I take a pencil and doodle. So Bullet Journal not only makes me productive and happy, but it also became kind of a therapy.

Bullet Journal Community

And of course, my Bullet Journal story wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention the community. I met so many amazing people who also use Bullet Journal, I made so many friends and got inspired to try more, to experiment! My Bullet Journal family is my happiness and support in all things, not just Bullet Journal.

This is my Bullet Journal story. I’m so thankful for this system, and I’m happy that every day I still discover new and great ways to use my journal. So I’m sure if you give it a try you’ll find it can help you too with whatever you need.

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Masha’s tips for bullet journal beginners:

I could give you a million pieces of advice and tips based on my experience, but I think the one and most important would be – just start. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t artistic, if you’ve never used a planner, if you aren’t used to write down your tasks. Disregard all those worries! Just give it a try. This is your journal, and you make the rules here. Start and transform it into whatever you want it to be. Believe me, if you stay with it you’ll get amazing results!

Thanks for staying with me and I hope my story will inspire you to try it out yourself!

Thank you Masha, for sharing your story and advice! I love the way different people bring bullet journaling into their life in such unique and wonderful ways!

If you like Masha’s planner or what to check her out, head on over to her Instagram here!

If you are interested in becoming a featured bullet journaler, check out the details and apply here!

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Jordan’s Blue and Purple Bullet Journal

Jordan ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. Jordan’s planner is an A5-sized Essentials Dot-Matrix Notebook.  The primary colors used for Jordan’s notebook are blue and purple. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, 2018 at a glance, monthly calendar, and weekly layout. Here you can read more about Jordan’s planner. Here you can read more about Jordan’s planner.

Layouts Included

Here you can learn more about the layouts for Jordan’s blue and purple custom planner.

Watercolor Title Page:

Jordan’s title layout is a blue and purple watercolor title page. For the header, “you are worth it” is in a calligraphy font.

Year at a Glance:

This year at a glance features 12 months, October 2018 through September 2019, in a calendar format. The months are written vertically in purple and blue cursive.

Monthly Calendar:

I used a simple grid calendar and calligraphy-style cursive titling in blue. Next to the calendar grid is a column for goals or notes down the right side.

Weekly Grid: 

This is a simple 8-square grid with the 8th grid left blank. Header lettering was done in a purple calligraphy font and all other lettering is done in a blue print font.

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July 2017 Artsy Bullet Journal Spread

This month is a crazy month for me with my move to North Carolina taking place and everything that goes down with such a drastic move. Because of this, I have placed very specific list and tracking pages smack dab in the middle of my weekly pages. I was also inspired by some bullet journal pages on Instagram and decided to get ARTSY. I broke out my Tombow Pens and went to work!

Some big changes I made include the addition of two pages in the middle of my weekly spreads and I chose to remove the sleep tracker (I stopped using last months around the 14th of June—it’s difficult to remember to use it!). I also completely changed up the order and layout of the weekly spreads. While they still appear similar to before, they are customized more to life on my own. And finally, I got around to updating my index after about three months 😛

Lastly, I have decided to take a new approach to my images. Before I had scanned the pages in using my Mother’s scanner, however, because I am moving, I will no longer have a scanner. Because of this change, I’ve decided to give actual photos a try. Other bloggers and Instagrammers do this, but when I tried for my first bullet journal post, I was unhappy with their turnout. Since then, my skills have grown and I’ve tried again! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Monthly Calendar

Okay, so July is the month where we celebrate Independence Day over here in the United States. This so happens to be my favorite holiday, so my calendar page has a VERY obvious theme: 4th of July!

The first change is the Title: “July.” I have enlarged it and removed the days in July from the calendar completely. Then I added an image of the American Flag. Instead of greens, black, and brown being my colors scheme, I have gone with red and blue—naturally.

I also decided to be more dramatic with the previous of next month

The quote this week is “Never give up because great things take time.” I really needed this quote because of my impatience with moving and the entire process involved. But I will persevere!

Week One: July 3rd – July 9th

For the first week, I have chosen to stick with the Independence Day theme, since it is this week that the holiday is in. I chose to line the categories with blue and decorate with red. Note the little red stars and swirls in the heading.

Functional changes include the removal of the “appointments and meetings” category on the left-hand side and having it added to the right-side page. I also enlarged the “to-do” category and put it on the left-hand page. Then, the “shopping list” category was enlarged on the right-hand side.

Week Two: July 10th – July 16th

For week two, I went with a summer theme. I decorated the bottom with a wave and the top with a sun. Each category title is met with waves as well. The color scheme is light bright blue. The organization of the categories is the same as week one, however, I have broken them up by leaving a space in between each. I have also moved the dates over to the right-hand page. The week title is in a dainty cursive.

Moving Checklist

With a green and yellow theme, and some Pinterest research, I have created a moving checklist. I haven’t yet completed nearly as much as I should have by now, but I am working on it! This page includes the categories: “Asap,” “3-Weeks,” “1-Week,” “Day Before,” “Day Of,” and “Days After.”

New Budget Page

I created this page because I now have new bills and responsibilities. Granted, I am not 100% sure of my utility costs yet so this is an estimate, it will still be incredibly useful. I have gone for a deep purple title and quote. The Quote is “Spend well, not more.” A great reminder! The quote also features a little pink piggy bank. The budget part of the page is in green (income) and red (expenditures).

Week Three: July 17th – July 23rd

Week three is the same layout as week two. It is another summer theme with the sun behind the title and grass along the bottom of both pages. The categories are lined in black and written in green. This week the title does not include dates, but only says “July” in a pinkish red. Unfortunately, the coloring from week four has bled through.

Week Four: July 24th – July 30th

Continuing to be creative, I have gone with a  nature theme for week four. Behind the title is a large tree and in the bottom left-hand corner is a purple flower. This week I used my Tombow pens to involve some subtle shading! This week is functionally the same as week three but uses a periwinkle, purple, and green category titles. I also used black bold fonts for the week title so that it would show over the tree.

Apartment List Update

I do not plan to have some of these things until I am in North Carolina, and some others are no longer needed. But, I will have everything eventually!

Index Update

Woo! I finally updated my index!

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What are your thoughts on my new images and artsy style? Let me know in the comments below!

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