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,

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15 Beautiful February Cover Page Ideas

February is known for Valentine’s day, and in February I find that bullet journals often get themed in pink, red, or purple featuring hearts and love letters, etc. However, February is so much more than Valentines day. This article will teach you a little bit more about February and show off a variety of February cover page options!!

There is more to February than Valentine’s Day?

  • Birthstone: Amethyst
  • Zodiacs: Aquarius (1st through 18th) & Pisces (19th through 29th)
  • Holidays:
    • Chinese New Year
    • Groundhog Day (2nd)
    • Valentine’s Day (14th)
    • Presidents Day (3rd Monday)
  • National Cherry Month
  • Black History Month
  • National Grapefruit Month
  • The 3rd week of February is National Flirting Week

Learn about more February Events and Holidays HERE.

Beautiful Body February Cover by @bulletjournalnoob

I love @bulletjournalnoob’s work, her Instagram is one of my favorites to follow and of course this spread does not disappoint! Check out Bullet Journal Noob’s feature HERE.

15 Beautiful February Cover Page Ideas

Pigs in Love by @serendipity.bujo

I didn’t want to include too many Valentine’s Day themed layouts, but I find this one to be absolutely adorable! How cute are those pigs!

15 Beautiful February Cover Page Ideas

Hello February By @chris.ellee

The artwork in this layout is absolutely gorgeous! How adorable are those roses! They feel almost like they are in a comic.

15 Beautiful February Cover Page Ideas

Minimal February Cover by Rediscover Analog

I love a good minimal cover page and Rediscover Analog delivered! The font in this layout gives me 1920’s vibes.

My Hello February Cover Page

This is my layout for February 2019! Gold is my 2019 theme so I thought I’d go all out for February and just slather the page in gold.

15 Beautiful February Cover Page Ideas

Simple Pink February by Zigs Zags & Zebras

While this is another that seems to fit Valentine’s Day, it’s also simple enough that it doesn’t have to. Also, I LOVE the font used for “2019.”

15 Beautiful February Cover Page Ideas

Heart Candy Hello by It’s Me JD

Candy hearts!! I love these stupid little candies so much that I can’t even be mad about it’s technical Love-theme. I would use this layout any month!

15 Beautiful February Cover Page Ideas

February Lion by @witchi_art_bullet_journal

How amazing is the art of this spread!? @witchi_art_bullet_journal does some seriously amazing artwork in her journal that I highly recommend you check out!

15 Beautiful February Cover Page Ideas

February Feathers by Joliecious

Feathers! I love that these feathers are simple, yet detailed, and also they are so colorful! This is a seriously fun spread!

15 Beautiful February Cover Page Ideas

February Lightbulb by Plan with Ady

I love this super simple hello page for February! Some watercolor and a lightbulb is all you really need!

15 Beautiful February Cover Page Ideas

Hello February by Between the Steps

This style of artwork is seriously so amazing! I love how she even got the dark blue to fade! Such an amazing alternative to Valentine’s Day themes.

Hello February Crystals by Jihi Elephant

I created this cover for a client of mine and I absolutely love it! I love using watercolor and it turned out so amazing in the form of crystals!

15 Beautiful February Cover Page Ideas

Roses in February by @capricorn.journals

THese flowers are seamlessly beautiful! How amazing did this layout turn out!! The color choice is absolutely perfect as well!

15 Beautiful February Cover Page Ideas

Thistle & Roses by Plant-Based Bride

Thistles and roses is a gorgeous theme idea for a February cover page! The semi-circle simply ads to it’s beauty.

15 Beautiful February Cover Page Ideas

Watercolor Space February Cover by @creativebujo_

Last but not least is amazing watercolor space February cover page. This one is for sure one of my favorites!!

>>Check out my February Plan-with-me HERE!<<

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