June Bullet Journal Feature | @istanbullet

This month’s bullet journal feature is @istanbullet. @istanbullet does some really creative work and is fairly new to the Instagram community! The bullet journaling community is a great place, and I love being able to share other bullet journalers, their journey, and some tips they have for bullet journal beginners. So, without further ado, here is @istanbullet!

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Meet @istanbullet

Hi everyone!

First of all, I would like to thank my friend, Elizabeth, for hosting me this month!

I’m İpek from Turkey/İstanbul. I’m 30 years old, and yes, sometimes I wonder why I’m late for that. But anyway, it’s not too late for anything! Further, I chose my Instagram name from the city I was born in and currently live in – Istanbul – @istanbullet. I hope you enjoy my planner, trackers, and drawings.

@istanbullet’s Bullet Journal Journey

Bullet journaling for me is a rehabilitation tool that takes me away from anxiety and negative thoughts. I don’t even know how many hours have passed while I was creating my pages. Of course, since I’m a night owl, it’s hard to go to work the next day. But the satisfaction of creating something gives me the power to spend my whole day.

Bullet journaling is not just a planner for me; it is an area where I can realize my art. When I finish the design of my pages, I love what I do at the end and like to share it with the people I’ve met in this community.

I’m a veterinarian, and I have been keeping agenda for six years as a part of my job. During these six years, maintaining agenda and writing something in my personal planner became one of the things I enjoyed the most. After a while, I wanted to add my drawings to my planner, and that’s how my bujo adventure started! So, I officially joined the bujo community in April 2019.

@istanbullet’s Tips for Bullet Journal Beginners:

1. Instagram page layout!

At least for me, the Instagram page layout is very important for the first time visitors to your account. Of course, your page layout doesn’t determine the quality of your works. But it will attract the attention of the visitors at first sight.

2. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes!

I really was so nervous about drawing or painting wrongly. But then I realized that no one but just I noticed that mistake. Your planner is your free area, and you are free to make a mistake! And also you can use a white gel pen or correction fluid on your wrong line and get rid of your wrong. 🙂

3. You don’t have to have expensive and branded items!

I have hundreds of different quality pens. I have both high quality and non-branded pens. But according to me, no matter which quality pen I use. The most important thing is imagination and design. And I’m feeling free to use my pens according to my theme. If you create a unique design, believe me, you will stand out from many people.

4. Don’t compare yourself with the others!

Yes, just follow your own style. Don’t count the number of likes or followers. Build your own bujo community with the people who can improve you and inspire you.

5. Try something different!

You can have your own style for sure. But to be open to new ideas is also a good way to develop yourself! Get out of your personal style, at least for once.


Thank you so much for sharing, @istanbullet! If you like @istanbullet’s planner or want to check her out, head on over to her Instagram Here! Thanks so much,@istanbullet for taking part in my bullet journal features and sharing your journey and tips with us!

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

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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!

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

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Jessica of Genuinely Ginger | February Bujo Feature

This month’s feature is Jessica of Genuinely Ginger. Jessica has some seriously gorgeous layouts and a beautiful blog! So, let’s check out what she has to share about her own bullet journal experiences!

February Bullet Journal Feature | Jessica of Genuinely Ginger

Meet Jessica of Genuinely Ginger

My name is Jessica Owinyo, also known as Genuinely Ginger. I have the never-ending creative itch and embrace it fully! I provide handcrafted graphic design services to businesses, teach creative classes, and design my own products,. Products I design include the “What a Day” bullet journal planner and hand-drawn prints for your home. Additionally, I am an avid coffee drinker and my leather covered bullet journal is pretty much always by my side!

My Bullet Journal Journey

When I first started bullet journaling, I had just received a beautiful leather journal filled with sectioned booklets. I knew I wanted to use it for bullet journaling! Having had many a planner in my day, I haven’t finished a single one. I was, however, really good at failing with my planner for a random month at a time and then having large sections of blank pages throughout my planner (can I get an amen?). So I knew this “plan as you go, un-dated” method was for me.

I started out with just the very basics, didn’t do any fancy layouts, just me and the bullet points. As you can imagine, my creative driven self was not very enthused with using it and it lasted a whopping 3 months. I completely fell away from it for an entire year! But after a fresh season of my life opened up, I decided I needed a fresh start in my planning skills, too.

Making My Bullet Journal Work For Me

In reality, at the time I had no planner at all and was flying by the seat of my pants every single day. So I began a new bullet journal and decided I would make it pretty and bend the rules a little to make it work better for me and boy did it work! I loved the challenge of thinking of a new weekly spread and having a fresh new design to look at each week! Due to this concept, it turned into a great outlet I commit to doing every week. My love for bullet journaling grew, as did my productivity and use of it.

As a result of my adaptation, my bullet journal now holds it all, schedule, goals, dreams, marketing plans, budgeting, etc. After many inquiries of how it works for me, I decided to move forward and teach a class series on my approach. Since then, I’ve got inquiries about making bullet journal templates. I’ve made the “What a Day” bullet journal planner, filled with spreads for weeks, months, goals and more was born! It has been such a sweet experience as the bullet journaling has a great community and I am so thankful to be a small part of it!

Jessica’s Tips for Bullet Journal Beginners

One thing that really helps me use my bullet journal efficiently is using it for everything!
For instance, I add my budget, meal plans, goals, ideas, doodles, random notes to remember, and anything else important. With more things I need all wrapped up in one place, I use it more often. And as long as I have my bullet journal with me, I have what I need!

Maybe you’re just starting out, maybe you’re starting over, maybe you’re thinking of trying, or you’ve been at it for a while but feel stuck. Here is my advice to you… You don’t need to follow all the bullet journal rules! If it doesn’t work for you, change it so it does. One method simply won’t work for everyone, so bend the “rules” a little bit and run that bullet journal your way! You can add illustrations, add washi tape to the page edges. You can add lots of colors, clippings from a magazine, and anything else that inspires you! As long as you are keeping those basic principles of bullets and utilizing your key, you’re still bullet journaling. You’re just doing it with your own twist…. as it should be, in my opinion. Happy Bullet Journaling, friends!

Come join me and a bunch of other creatives on Skillshare! When you join me, you get two months for free by following my skillshare link or visit my website for more info. Can’t wait to see what you create!

Genuinely,

Loved Jess? Check her out some more below!

Website | Skillshare | Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook

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

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January Bullet Journal Feature | Rachel of Planning Mindfully

This month’s featured bullet journal is @planningmindfully, an account which I am personally a huge fan of! She does amazing bullet journaling work as well as plenty more information and helpful resources in planning and being mindful!

January Bullet Journal Feature | Rachel of @planningmindfully
January Bullet Journal Feature | Rachel of @planningmindfully

Meet Rachel of Planning Mindfully

My name is Rachel Watts, and I am the CEO of Planning Mindfully. I blog about bullet journals, creative time management, and personal development. I am also a blog coach; so, I help women learn how to monetize their blogs. Further, I am 30 years old, married to a lovely husband (also my tech support), and we have a five-year-old daughter.

My Bullet Journal Journey

I started bullet journaling in 2016 when my therapist introduced it to me. She didn’t know much about it, but heard enough she thought it would be my ‘cup of tea’. I fell down the rabbit hole and haven’t stopped since! It’s amazing to think about the progress I’ve had in life just because I started bullet journaling two years ago. I mostly use my bullet journal as a planner but do include some fun spreads and collections.

A big part of my focus with bullet journals is on the ‘practical’ side of making it work for your needs; I try to help provide ideas anybody can use, tips to optimize, and time management tools for those who use their bullet journal as a planner. Yes, I include fun art, but make sure that my readers are set to use their bullet journals successfully from a time management perspective. My audience tends to be ‘Type B’ personalities; people who see the importance of time management and planners, but don’t like the traditional tools and information available.

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Tips for Bullet Journal Beginners:

One thing that I found helpful as a new bullet journal user was having accountability. While I didn’t directly intend to have it, since I started my bullet journal at the recommendation of my therapist, I found that I often brought my bullet journal to sessions to talk about my week. I also used it for therapy homework. I’d recommend finding a friend you can hold yourself accountable to, or even finding somebody who can also start a bullet journal along with you. Plan to meet up one or two times a week to set up for future weeks. Plus, bonus, you get to share bullet journal supplies!

This isn’t so much a tip, but more a ‘disclaimer’ I like to pass along to new bullet journal users. A bullet journal is a tool that you will learn and grow with for as long as you use it. Your first spreads probably won’t be to your liking, you’ll probably make spreads you never use, and you will probably worry about making mistakes.

I highly recommend you read these lessons that I learned from six months of using a bullet journal, as well as lessons from my first two years of using a bullet journal. I think they are very eye-opening and will provide you with helpful insight and realistic expectations. As you can see from the two blog posts I’ve added, you’ll learn more as you go, and find your tips/tricks to make bullet journals easier. t journals easier.

I’d love to help you master your bullet journal, so here is how you can follow me!

Thank you so much,

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

Ashlee of @scribblesofsubstance | December Bujo Feature

This month’s featured bullet journal is @scribblesofsubstance, which is an account I greatly appreciate! I love when bullet journals actively help out other journalers and encourage a healthy beginning. This is exactly what Ashlee does!

Meet Ashlee of @scribblesofsubstance

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I’m Ashlee Begoray and I’m 33 years young. I’ve been a teacher for 10 years and I’ve been bullet journaling for about a year now. I started @scribblesofsubstance after I seen how bullet journaling impacted my students in such a positive way! I also have an obsession with lists, pens and washi tape so bullet journaling and me are a natural fit!

My Bullet Journal Journey

I teach bullet journaling once a week to my 2-15-year-old students. Usually, my class ends up full! Many see how organized and calmer they are, after journaling. I love how my students inspire me in my own bullet journaling!

Tips for Bullet Journal Beginners:

When I started, I was so nervous to make a mistake. I now realize that one of the best aspects of bujo is that you can look back and see how much better you are at it. It’s so satisfying!

  • Tip #1 – make mistakes and celebrate them because that means you’re getting better!
  • Tip #2 – try and write at least one thing per day that you think was positive. I do this on my weekly spreads. I find it just ends the day on a positive. Sometimes it’s the smallest things like taking your dog for a walk that you appreciate. I find it centers me and helps me to reflect on the goodness in my life.
  • Tip # 3 – start your weeks on a Monday, not a Sunday. This way you have the WHOLE weekend to look forward to!
  • Tip # 4 – keep the last 2 pages of your journal as a pen test page. This way you can try colors together and see if they will bleed through your page. 
  • Tip # 5 – don’t be scared to switch up your layouts and what spreads you put in. What works for you one month may not work for you the next. Be flexible (this was hard for me at first)!

If you like @scribblesofsubstance’s planner or want 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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October Bullet Journal Feature | Jes of Digital Sabbatical

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


Meet Jes of Digital Sabbatical

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My name is Jes – female, 29, and of Filipino (Southeast Asian) descent. I love technology so much that I pursued a degree in Information Technology and forged a career as a Product Manager in the tech industry. I stumbled upon Bullet Journaling because I haven’t been able to maximize technology to aid my productivity despite constantly being around technology. A bit ironic but it worked out great – because here I am (thanks to Elizabeth), sharing my bullet journey to you all.

Jes’s Bullet Journal Journey

In 2014, I was promoted to a managerial position. It was great, but it was extremely stressful and overwhelming. I couldn’t keep up with the deliverables, the meetings, and the people. I tried different methods like emailing myself to-do’s, recording an entire meeting, time-blocking, and productivity apps but nothing was good enough to keep up with everything. 

I was drowning, and a lot of people could see that. A friend told me that instead of relying on apps, my phone, and my laptop, I should start writing everything down in my planner or plain old paper – not just meetings or deadlines but everything that I would possibly need and know. During that time, I didn’t follow any system, I was just listing every single thing down so that I could visualize it on paper. Since I was able to somehow organize my brain by writing everything down, I’ve always kept a pen and paper by my side. 

In 2016, the same friend sent me a video of Ryder Carroll demonstrating the Bullet Journal system (bulletjournal.com). By that time, I was out of the aforementioned toxic job and had moved on to Product Management. I was still using a planner so I started adapting the bullet journal system bit by bit and tried to wait for the year to end so that I could officially migrate to a blank notebook in 2017. But in September 2016, I decided that I shouldn’t wait any longer since you can start bullet journaling any time of the year. I got myself a Moleskine A5 dotted notebook to officially start the process. 

Needless to say, the Bullet Journal method has changed my life, and I try my best to share my journey through my blog, Digital Sabbatical and my Instagram.

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Jes’s Tips For Bullet Journal Beginners:

  • Bullet Journaling is not time-consuming. It’s supposed to help you manage your time and get things done.
  • Don’t be afraid to start. If you make a mistake, it’s okay. Bullet Journal method is a forgiving system.
  • Start with the basics (bulletjournal.com) – bullet journal is more of a method, not a type of journal
  • Keep it simple! Don’t be pressured to have “nice layouts” like the ones you see on Pinterest – that is not the point of bullet journaling. 
  • Try to review your journal after each month
  • The system is flexible. Revise your style/method. You don’t have to follow the method to the letter. 

Thank you, Jes, 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 Jes’s planner or want 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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August Bullet Journal Features | Instagram Picks

This month there were several applicants for being August’s featured bullet journal. My original plan was to choose one, and I did. However, they never responded. So, I contacted the runner-up, and they also did not respond. At this point, it is way too close to the posting date for me to attempt to contact another person.

Instead of leaving you without an August bullet journal feature, I went to Instagram and asked some bullet journalers to send me a little bit about their bullet journal journeys, it is those people who I would like to feature this month! Check out August’s bullet journal features!

@seala.bujo

“My bujo journey started almost a year ago, but I started to share my photos just a couple of months ago. It was a really amazing decision. I can not only share my own bujo pictures but also find lots of talented and creative people. So I’m just happy to be a part of such an amazing bullet journal community!”

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Jo of @calligraph.it

I am at the beginning of my bujo journey, and so far I am in love with it! It is a great way to let out the stress after a long day at work, it helps me with creativity, and I have started to learn overcoming my over-perfectionism!

Thank you so much to our August features for sharing their stories and hopefully inspiring other bullet journalers. I know that I am inspired by their stories! If you are interested in becoming a featured bullet journaler, check out the details and apply here!

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