Night Sky July 2018 Bullet Journal Plan-With-Me

This month’s bullet journal layout is far different than my layouts usually are. Normally I keep my bullet journal fairly minimal and simple, I keep color and art to a minimum; however, this month Life of Colour sent me their watercolor brush pens to try out, and I just had to create my July pages around the idea of watercolor. This post may contain affiliate links.

Theme | Watercolor Abstract Night Sky

If you follow me on Instagram, then you are well aware of my love for watercolor and how often I try to incorporate it. That being said, when Life of Colour contacted me about trying out their pens and becoming an ambassador, I simply HAD to say yes. After messing around with the pens and creating their ‘pen test” page (see below), I can safely say that these watercolor pens are amazing!

I messed around with the pens for a few days, then inspiration hit! First, I needed a new theme for July but had been too busy to give it any thought. I have always loved seeing super artistic bullet journaling Instagrams who create night sky art that is phenomenal. While I could never do something so beautiful with any kind of pen, I thought that I could embrace my imperfect art style and create something sort of abstract—a night sky was the perfect fit! Thus, I created my night sky themed July bullet journaling layouts.

 

Layouts

I chose the night sky theme. However, you really only see that at play on the title page. The title page is covered completely using the blue and gray watercolor pens speckled with “stars” using the yellow pen. I blended out the starts using the water blending pen that came with my Life of Colour pen set I also used the yellow pens in the center of “July” and then outlined it using a black Tombow Dual Brush Pen. The goal of this layout was to be messy and abstract, I did not want perfection because the imperfections are my favorite part of watercolor.

After I created the title page, I focused on my monthly page. I wanted to switch things up even more while I was being uncharacteristically artistic. I put the calendar on the right side of the page and put my goals on the left. This month I felt there to be no need in taking up space with labeling the month since I had a hello July page. I filled the background of these layouts with the yellow watercolor.

I kept the weekly layouts incredibly similar to normal. The main difference was filling the top with the yellow watercolor. Additionally, I used the same blue and black watercolor night sky method on the days of the week. I was so inspired by this theme that I ordered some night sky washi tape to add to my weekly layouts. This month may easily be one of my favorite layouts so far this year!

 

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Brain Dump Layout Inspiration for Bullet Journals

Do you ever have a ton of random thoughts that you just need to get out? The brain or mind dump layouts are exactly what you need! Have you ever used a dump layout in your bullet journal? In this article, I will explain what a brain dump page is, how to get started, and will show you some beautiful examples! This post may contain affiliate links

What Is a Brain Dump Layout

For those of you who do not use or do not know what a brain dump page is, it is exactly what it sounds. A brain dump page is used to dump a bunch of random ideas running around in your mind down onto paper. This page helps to remove mental chaos onto the page. These pages can be organized or random, and any design can be used.

This layout is meant to alleviate a cluttered mind and to help reorganize information. To do this, it is often helpful to write down all of your thoughts and then organize them into their proper place afterward. Sometimes thoughts become impossible to manage without visualizing them.

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How to Start a Mind Dump Page

Starting a brain dump page is simple. While, like any bullet journal layout, you have the option to add detail and thoroughly plan out your pages, for this one you do not have to. The easiest way to do a dump page is to throw a title at the top of the page and start scribbling down your notes.

My favorite way to organize a brain dump page as I go is to use a new color for each new thought. I have also seen layouts where a key is created for it, and a different symbol is used to identify different types of thoughts (i.e., stuff to look up, stuff to remember, stuff to do, etc.).

Another way to do a mind dump is like a mind map. If you never learned about mind mapping is works like a tree, you mark a main thought in the center then branch other thoughts off of the main thought.



Inspiration Gallery

Now that you understand the mind dump layout a little more, here is a bunch of brain dump inspiration from various bullet journalers.

by Boho Berry

Brain Dump Layout Inspiration for Bullet Journals

This is a great layout by BohoBerry! I love its simplicity.

by @sunshine.and.stationery

I love that this layout has been incorporating into a monthly layout! Wonderful work @sunshine.and.stationery!

by @bujoist

Brain Dump Layout Inspiration for Bullet Journals

How cute is this one by @bujoist!?

Watercolored Brain Dump & Notes

I am a huge fan of watercolor, I created this brain dump with watercolor pens and a Staedtler pen!

Mind Dump

Brain Dump Layout Inspiration for Bullet Journals

Here is one of my first braindump layouts. The layout didn’t get filled, but I needed to get some ideas down on paper!

Brain Dump by Mariam Poppins

My favorite part about this brain dump by Mariam Poppins is that is it categorized! I love a well-organized layout!

Colorful Mind Dump

Brain Dump Layout Inspiration for Bullet Journals

This layout is the perfect example of using colors to organize the page. Each new thought is represented by a different color.

by @seed_successful_you

This brain dump by @seed_successful_you is unique because of the lines that have been combo’ed with bullet thoughts. I love the details as well!

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by Space and Quiet

Brain Dump Layout Inspiration for Bullet Journals

This brain dump by SpaceandQuiet works similar to the mind map idea I mentioned before. It also provides checkboxes and plenty of open space!

Braindumps by Unknown Authors

I absolutely love this brain dump, but I cannot find the creator! I love how bold and creative the lettering is!

Brain Dump Layout Inspiration for Bullet Journals

All of the thoughts have been blurred from this one. Regardless, I love the incorporation of the brian doodle and quote. Again, I could not find the wonderful artist.

Videos & Brain Dump by @amandarachdoodles

This layout by @amandarachdoodles does an amazing job of using doodles, bullets, and categories!

Blog Dump

Brain Dump Layout Inspiration for Bullet Journals

If you haven’t read my post about my business bullet journal, this is my blog dump. It is simply a mind dump for my blog-related thoughts!

Brain Dump by Boho Berry

This last layout is a simple one by BohoBerry. I am a sucker for a good simple bullet journal layout!

These layouts are not for everyone, but for some people, it is a game changer. What are your thoughts about brain dump layouts? Do you like them or use them? Let me know what you are thinking in the comments below!

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The Ultimate Bullet Journal List Ideas + Examples

If you are into bullet journaling, chances are you are a list maker or want to be. I love lists so much that I created an entire notebook for my lists and collections. The vast amount of bullet journal lists and collections you can keep in your journal is amazing and sometimes overwhelming. This post is meant to inspire your list making and provide some examples of these lists to help you get started! This post may contain affiliate links

Lifestyle & General Bullet Journal Lists

  • Grocery shopping
  • General shopping
  • Wishlist
  • Birthdays
  • Dates to remember
  • List of lists
  • Braindump
  • Collections
  • Favorite quotes
  • Favorites
  • Events
  • gift ideas/planning



Home Lists and Collections

  • Donation lists
  • Cleaning lists
  • Home maintenance
  • Car maintenance
  • Chores
  • Throw away

Finance

  • Budget
  • Spending
  • Income
  • Purchases
  • Bills
  • Saving goals
  • Insurance information

Bullet Journal for Productivity

  • To-do
  • Goals
  • Daily goals
  • Daily to-do
  • Monthly goals
  • Monthly to-do
  • Weekly to-do
  • Weekly goals

Travel

  • Packing list
  • Places to travel
  • Travel list
  • Vacation ideas
  • Itinerary



Health & Wellness

  • Self-care activities
  • Nightly routine
  • Morning routine
  • Meal ideas
  • Joy log
  • Gratitude list
  • Journal prompts

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 Leisure

  • Books to read
  • Movies to watch
  • Bucket list
  • Things to learn
  • Things to try
  • Craft ideas
  • Project ideas
  • Pen test
  • Washi collection

My hope is that the lists and example provided in this post are useful in helping you create your own bullet journal lists and maybe even list journals! If you enjoyed these lists and want to see more on bullet journaling check out these posts or take a look at my own creations on Instagram.

June Bullet Journal Plan-With-Me | Minimal Aesthetic

For June 2018, I made some minor aesthetic changes to my bullet journal. The main changes were simplifications from what I was already using. Due to my packed June schedule, I found that it made sense to utilize a more minimal visual for this month’s layout. While functioning is still very much the same, there are fewer lines and no washi tape. This post may contain affiliate links

Theme | Minimal Aesthetic

I really struggled to come up with a useful theme for June’s bullet journal layout. With June being so busy and chaotic for me, I wanted something functional and easy to use. Because of this, I decided to just keep June’s layout as simple as possible. I removed all frills and stuck to clean lines. I actually prefer the changes I made and will most likely use them again in the future. Additionally, I chose to work with the orange Mildliner this month.

 

Layouts

As I have already mentioned, and as you can see, not much changed for this month’s layouts. Primarily they have just been simplified. The cover page or hello page is simply “June” written in a minimal cursive, sandwiched between two lines. There is no color.

The monthly layout is essentially the same except I removed the “goals” column and removed the box that once encapsulated the “to-do” column. Similarly, the weekly layout is incredibly similar to before; however, I titled the pages in a minimal cursive using the orange Mildliner and used a black Staedtler pigment liner to write in the daily titles. Additionally, I added a to-do on the right side instead of using washi tape or leaving it blank.

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A Bullet Journal for Bujo Beginners | 10-Day Challenge

I was sitting at my desk the other day, looking at my list of bullet journal post ideas, trying to figure out what to post today. It occurred to me that I had not done a challenge in a while, nor had I addressed bullet journaling beginners. So today I will be challenging both beginners and pros (though this will be particularly helpful for beginners) to a 30-day bullet journaling challenge! Let’s get started!

Getting Prepared for the Challenge

Before you can begin this challenge you need a few things: a journaling notebook, colored pens or markers, other tools (stickers, washi tape, stamps, etc.). There are no specific tools that will work for everyone, some people might use a blank notebook and still others might use lined, gridlines, or dotted and that is okay! Below are my bullet journal tools of choice. You can also click here to read about the best bullet journal beginner’s notebook!


Now that we have everything we need, let’s start with day one.

Day One | Create A Plan Of Action

What is a plan of action you might ask? Well, you plan out your first few pages. For me, this means planning out the order of my started pages. My starter pages always include a title page, key, index, and year at a glance. Planning them does not necessarily mean finalizing them, but you can if you’d like. I like to at this point simply choose which pages are which (aka the order they will go in).

If you are not interested in using some of the starter pages I use, then do your own thing! Maybe add some list pages. Today is just for planning, so if all you do is pick some page types and order them, that is fine.

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Day Two | Pick Your Symbols and Colors

Now we will tackle the key page. For some people, they choose to stick to the generic bullet journal key. Others, like me, like to go a little crazier and include additional symbols, rules, and colors. For some inspiration check out these bullet journal keys:

Day Three | Design Your Title Page

Today we will be designing your title page! Before you start designing your page, get inspired here. Next, be sure to start in pencil just in case you don’t end up liking it or in case of a spelling or positioning error. After the design is drafted completely in pencil you can finish it in black pen or color (or whatever else you want!).

Day Four | Design Your Key Page

For some people, this day will be easy, while for other’s it’s more complicated. It’s very important to draw this one out in pencil first and to have completed day two first. Once you know what you want on your key page, draw it up! Here is some inspiration

Day Five | To Index or Not to Index

Did you decide to include an index? If no, then today, design any other of your starter pages that you’ve planned. If yes, you need to design it. Do you need to manually number your page? Do you want to set aside several pages for the index or make it a broad index? I chose a two column, color-coded, multipage index.

Day Six | Take a Break

Designing your bullet journal pages is tedious and can easily burn you out if you don’t take some time off. So today, set aside your journal and spend some time taking care of yourself.

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Day Seven | Monthly? Weekly? Daily? Let’s Plan!

Today we are starting our regular planning pages. To do this you have to decide what pages will be included in your monthly, weekly, or daily planning. Head over to Pinterest for some inspiration. Today is a planning day so you don’t need to start a design, just have a general idea of what you want that layout to include (monthly title page, monthly calendar, goals, weekly spreads, daily spreads, mind dumps, financial planning, etc.) and how many pages it will require.

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Day Eight | First Month Designing

Now that you’ve planned your monthly layout, design it. Just like before, start with pencil and get inspired! Check out these simple layout designs!

Day Nine | Catch-Up Design Day

Get caught behind the schedule? That’s understandable, I did too. Use today to catch up!

Day Ten | Use Your Journal!

Your journal is ready for use, so start using it!! At this point what you do with your journal is 100% up to you, no need for guidance. When it comes to using your journal from here on out, I suggest you take a few things into consideration.

  • Try to stay about a month ahead in your monthly spreads as to be prepared for the month to come
  • Experiment with various designs, colors, tools, etc.
  • Change