February 2020 Minimalistic Bullet Journal Overview

I plan to keep this year simple to give me time to work on other things. This post will be a brief overview of my bullet journal layout for February 2020.

This post will be a brief overview of my bullet journal layout for February 2020. I note that this will be brief because there is very little that is different this month from January’s spread. As I mentioned in my 2020 overview video, I plan to keep this year simple to give me time to work on other things. Let’s get started.

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The Minimal Gold January Process

As I have mentioned before, this year will be pretty simple and basic. So, this month’s theme is incredibly similar to January’s theme concept. At its core, my theme is gold and minimal. However, I have made minor functional changes (describe below). In order to create my golden theme, I primarily used Sakura Pentouch Paint Pens in 2.0 mm Gold.

The Layout Descriptions

As promised, I want to talk about the changes I made to my format this month. The largest changes are where I used gold, where I used black, and the composition of my February cover page. As you can see, this month’s cover page is essentially the same; however, instead of a notes and future events section, I simply have two horizontal lines in gold. I did not use the section last month and felt there was no use for it in February.

Next. I swapped where I used gold and where I used black on the weekly spread. This month, I outlined the boxes and columns in black and did all of my headers in gold. I do not know why I did not do it this way in January, to be honest with you. It makes more sense to me this way and I am glad that I made the change.

Additional Layouts

Next, I added a few additional layouts to my bullet journal this month. These layouts are non-specific to February but were added between the months of January and February.

The first of these layouts is my content calendar. I wanted to create a concrete weekly calendar to show me when I should be rolling out new content each week at ElizabethJournals.

Next, I created a semester overview. At first, I was not going to do this layout; however, I found myself wanted to go and look at an overview and not having had one. So, naturally, I created a very simple overview with only my major projects and assignments.

And lastly, I created a watering and fertilizing tracker; however, I have not yet completed the layout. To be added is the header and most recent waterings (written on a sticky note on my desk). I have a large collection of houseplants and it is becoming harder and harder to remember my last fertilizing and watering.

If you love houseplants and want to come alongside me in my houseplant journey, check out ElizabetPlants, my houseplant YouTube channel!

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Minimal Gold January 2020 Bujo Plan-with-Me

With each new year, comes new things, including a new monthly bullet journal spread! For January 2020's theme, I went with a very minimal gold concept!

With each new year, comes new things, including a new monthly bullet journal spread! There are many changes coming to the website including new products, freebies, and more. So, it is only natural that I also refresh my bullet journal to match! This year I have gone for something significantly more simple, yet also very similar to before. If you want to check out my 2020 bullet journal concept, click HERE. Otherwise, let’s jump right into my January 2020 bullet journal set up!

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The Minimal Gold January Process

Because of my incredibly busy schedule currently, I plan to keep this year’s planner very minimal. For this reason, there is not much to my theme process. At first, I was using only gold. However, I quickly realized this was too much gold and decided to add some more black. But, that is it. I used gold lines and some headers, the rest is black. The fonts chosen for all the headers was a bouncy minimal script.

The Layout Descriptions

For this month, I decided to keep my cover super simple. However, I also wanted something for a monthly overview without doing an entirely monthly spread. So, I decided to combine my very minimal gold cover page with a box or section for major dates or events for the month. I am not entirely sure if I will use this section, but I like to have the option.

The only other pages in my main spread are my weeklies. I kept the same layout as previous months. Further, there is a half-hourly tracker on the left page for Monday through Saturday. This section tracks clients, appointments, events, etc. Whereas, the right page tracks due dates, all-day events, and daily to-do’s. Saturday and Sunday share a box. For these layouts, the theme remains minimal gold. However, I used black for the header and sub-headers and gold for the lines.

Bonus Layouts!

After creating my normal spread, I became inspired to use my bullet journal to track and plan my upcoming membership launches (stay tuned) and some courses I’d like to create this year. While most of these pages are primarily blank at this time, I kept with the theme. I put the main headers up the left side using a gold bouncy minimal script and simple black print and script lettering.

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2020 Bullet Journal Overview & Introduction

For my 2020 bullet journal setup, I am cracking open a brand new notebook. I plan to keep my minimal elegant gold theme, check it out!

For my 2020 bullet journal setup, I am cracking open a brand new Leuchtturm 1917 notebook in the port red color. I really enjoy the muted or jewel tones I’ve been using for my notebooks the past few years and intend to stick to that. Additionally, I really enjoy the minimal elegant feel of my 2019 bullet journal and intend to keep that feeling as well. Further, this post is going to break down the introductory layouts for my 2020 bullet journal and show them off!

2020 Theme: Minimal, Elegant, & Gold

In 2019 I did a Minimal Gold overall theme. For the most part, I was able to keep up with this concept. However, I have improved my lettering skills and perfected this theme. I have intentionally added bounce to my lettering and add a more vertical element. I intend to keep this notebook far more minimal than those in the past; however, similar to last year.

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Below is a list of the tools I used to create the look and theme I used in these 2020 introductory pages.

Title Page

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It took me a large majority of last year to create a title page. I was trying to come up with something creative and eventually realized that I just wanted something simple. This year, I decided not to dilly dally and went with a very minimal concept. I did a bouncy script in gold using my Sakura Pentouch. Then on the provided lines, I added “2020 Planner.”

Key Page

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This year’s key page is nearly identical to 2019’s. I utilize only two icons and six colors. The header is in the same gold as the title page.


Again, I have utilized a nearly identical calendex this year to my previous years. I made a few minor changes to the monthly subheaders and do not plan to grey out the days as they go by. I will use this layout to chart and track major all-day events.

Future Blog

I loved the layout of this future log last year, however, I never actually used it because I had the calendex. So, this year I plan to use it for business and blog related items only. Hence why I titled it the “Future Blog.”

Running To-Do

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This next page is a to-do page full of tasks that have no due date, but that I would like to be done at some point. These items are considered “running” to-do’s because then run into the upcoming months and years if not completed. These tasks are not limited to business tasks but can be home repairs, decor concepts, etc.


The next few pages are essentially wishlists. I have a home wishlist and a houseplant wishlist. Again, the headers are similar and the pages are left blank to be filled in with my list. Further, I plan to pull a majority of these lists from my 2019 versions.

Period & Pill Tracking

This is one of the few tracking layouts that I actually use. I love the minimal concept of it. Additionally, I find it very important to track my period and my pills, especially if I find myself experience weird symptoms or mood fluctuations.

Subscriptions & Bill Tracking

Last year, I kept these two separate and the subscription tracker far too detailed. This year, I chose to put them at the beginning of my notebook and simplify them into two pages. I tilted the bill tracker vertical and altered my subscription tracker.

Self-Care Plan

Due to a lot of changes and stressors in my life as of late, I have decided to create a self-care plan. This will simply by a list of ideas for me to refer to each day. The items are separated into 8 categories: physical, emotional, relationships, workplace, rest-relaxation, mind, spiritual, and expression.

Products Ideas Lists

Lastly, I’ve included 4 whole pages for product ideas. I intend to fill these pages up quickly as I am always coming up with ideas far faster than I can create them!

What is your plan for your 2020 bullet journal? Let me know in the comments! Also, if you’d like to view my previous flip throughs and bullet journal layouts, check them out by clicking HERE.

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Red & Gold Mosaic December Bullet Journal Plan-with-Me

This month I decided to use red and gold as my main theme. Keep on reading to learn more about my bullet journal and how I created it!

Each month I create a new theme for my bullet journal. This month I decided to use red as my main theme. I added gold and decided to use mosaic stamps. Keep on reading to learn more about my bullet journal and how I created it!

The Red and Gold Mosaic Theme Process

I have always done red and gold as a theme for December because of the holidays. Further, I prefer not to do red and green, its just not my favorite combination of colors. This year, because I have already done a gold theme in February, I stuck with red as the main color. Then, because in the past few months I have done more solid painting, I chose to use the mosaic stamps. Lastly, as usual, I chose gold for my metallic and for all of the lines and headers. The gold is difficult to see over the mosaic, but that does not bother me and I did not want to use black.

The Layout Descriptions

This month is very similar to that of my November bullet journal set-up. For the title page, I mimicked that of my April spread. Red mosaic stamps cover the majority of the page. Then, in the upper third of the page, I have used the ink pad to create a more solid red area. In this area of solid red, I wrote the header in a gold minimal script font. Then, on the top and bottom of the solid red area, I bordered in gold as well.

Following the hello December page is my weekly spread. This spread is split into two distinct parts. The first part, or left page, includes a half-hourly tracker from 7:00 AM until 10:30 PM. This page includes Monday through Saturday. The second, or right page, includes 6 rectangles. Each of these boxes represents a day of the week, and I split the sixth into two for Saturday and Sunday. The left page is meant to track my schedule by the half-hour; whereas, the right page is for my all-day events, holidays, due dates, and daily to-do’s.

The final part of my December bullet journal set-up is the Christmas gift tracker. This year, I spent very little time on this layout and did not intend for it to be very beautiful. First, I coated the background in red watercolor paint. Next, I roughly outlined the circles in gold and drew the header on in a minimal gold script. Finally, I connected the circles, which are meant to be Christmas bulbs, to the top of the page with red. The gold and red are both difficult to see; however, the layouts is functional. Next, I titled each circle in red script lettering. The purpose of this page is to list Christmas gift ideas according to each person I have to shop for.

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Black & Gold Geometric March Bullet Journal Plan-with-Me

This month’s theme is black and gold geometric and was inspired by Emma’s title page. I have always loved very geometric modern shape designs and was planning on using it at some point this year. Since I did not have any ideas for March, I decided now was the time! Read more about my layouts below.

February Updates

Before we get into my March set-up, I have added some layouts to February since writing my February plan-with-me. As you can see, there are 3 layouts that are new. These are a measurement tracker, exercise plan or schedule, and a meal tracker. Halfway through February I joined a group for exercise and meal planning and wanted to test out tracking my progress in these areas. I only used the meal tracker for a week and fell off near the end. I stopped tracking this in my planner. The measurements and exercises have been useful and I will continue to use these.

My March Set-up

My setup this month is not unlike my previous set-ups. I kept the title page different but remained with the minimal gold font of my 2019 theme. Then I move directly into my weekly spreads. These involve 7 columns, one for each day of the week. There is a main header identifying the month, then a week number on the right page. Each column has its own header identifying the date and day of the week.

My March Process & Theme

This month’s process was a little more messed up and chaotic than normal. I knew I wanted the theme to be geometric so I rolled with that. Once I got to the second week I realized that the Sakura Pentouch Paint Markers bleed quite a bit so I went back to week 1 and began painting the inside of the boxes white.

Immediately I realized that I did not want to paint over the dots inside of the daily boxes. I continued to paint everywhere else, including the title page, and re-drawing all the boxes, circles, and other shapes. Once I figured out how I wanted it, I finished the remainder of the weeks that way.

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30 Shimmering Gold Bullet Journal Layouts

Out of all of the metallics, gold is my absolute favorite! I LOVE gold. Gold is so beautiful, shimmery, shiny, and classy. Additionally, I love the way people use gold in their bullet journal. It is often used so creatively using washi tape, paint, ink, stickers, etc. So, here are 30 fantastic gold bullet journal layouts!

Golden Moments by Sublime Reflection

First, check out this golden memory layout! I love the simplicity and use of what appears to be stickers!

Bold Weekly by @jihielephant

Next, there is not a ton of gold on this layout, but the small accents are in gold which is really neat

Golden Circle Weekly by @dani.nishida

I love the use of gold as an accent. This layout does a super job focusing on the washi tape borders as well as on the daily circles.

Golden Key by @loashleydoodles

This layout uses fewer metallics than some of the others we will talk about. However, it does a great job at giving the illusion of gold on the key without actually using the metallic color.

Gold Brush Strokes by @beautybangjournal

Love the idea of these metallic strokes behind the layout. further, I wonder what the inspiration for these layouts is! Then, mixed with the mismatched numbers makes a beautiful visual for a bullet journal spread.

Places to Go by @jihielephant

This gold layout is one I created for a client. Further, I love how the two shades of gold give the illusions of a lit theater sign.

Gold Habits & Self-Care Tracking by @ananeh_berlin

I love the bold and beautiful-ness of this layout! I will be taking note from @ananeh_berlin when I create my next tracking layout!

Expenses & Income by @bujo.crafts

I love the minimalistic and basic golden touches added to this financial tracking layout by @bujo.crafts!

Golden Goals by @jihielephant

Again, this layout is not metallic gold. However, I thought it was fitting because it seems golden without the metallic feel. 

Fall Bucket List by @kellofaplan

Next, I would love to know if these are stickers or if it is handwritten. If this layout is handwritten, then, I need to know about what pen the creator used! I Love it!

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Hello November by @nola.maine_

Here is another excellent golden layout. Despite that it is somehow not metallic, it is still super awesome. Additionally, I love these types of doodle pages and how they are so creative!!

Gold December Weekly by @jihielephant

Next, the use of washi tape can be so crucial for a layout, like this one. Further, I think the tape in this one adds so much more to the layout!

Golden December by @jihielephant

The minimal additions of golden ink can add to a layout. Further, I loved making this one for a client!

Weekly Gold Fans by @lakeprincessandkingofdwarfs

What a beautiful layout! Further, I love that in this spread, the dimensions feel almost 3d or like they are popping out of the page.

Golden Washi Cover by @jihielephant

To explain this image, I didn’t like the inner cover of one of my notebooks. So, I covered it in gold washi tape, read more about it here.

Gold Washi Tape by @nias.journal

Next, this layout has such a subtle addition via the washi tape. Additionally, metals (like gold) can really add to a layout.

Starry Week by @bountifulcolours

Gold goes so well with a starry night-time layout. An example is this layout which has awesome classy lettering!

Sleep Study & Habit Tracking by @nias.journal

I love the subtleties of this bullet journal spread. For example, the intricacies like the tape, stickers, and fine details pull everything together.

Sweater Weather by @melanie_knits

Currently, it is sweater weather, so this layout fits perfectly! How awesome are the golden doodles in this bullet journal spread?

January by @green.tea.studies

Sharpie has some seriously fantastic gold permanent markers and paint pens; I love using them! Further, this layout has some fun with golden markers!

Gold Human by @urbanjournal.seasonink

How beautiful is this golden artwork by @urbanjournal.seasonink! I love different artwork of the human body. Additionally, I love and appreciate showing off how everyone is different, and these physical differences are nothing to be ashamed of. Check out my round-up of body-positive bullet journal layouts here.

Gold December by @jihielephant

Next, this spread is from my December 2017 Plan-with-Me, and I loved the thread of red and gold that I kept throughout the whole set-up!

Gold Christmas by @frai.oh

Golden paper! How cool is this layout by @frai.oh!? I have never thought of doing something like this one!

Gold Cover by @jihielephant

Here is the other inner cover that I mentioned earlier! Here, I used golden washi tape to cover up the inside of the notebook cover. Read more here!

Golden Feathers by @irinascreations

This next layout features golden feathers. How awesome is the concept in this bullet journal spread!? I love the different ways creators depict feathers in journal artwork.

HelloNovember by @the.whimsical.journal

I love a good geometric and minimal layout. This one is really cool because of the geometric detail, dark green center, and minimal lettering!

GoldLeafs by @ananeh_berlin

Next, this layout has such amazing dimensions and detail! Great use of gold!

Golden Future Log by @bountifulcolours

I am dying for the golden detailing used in this future planner!

Gold Details by @patienceplans

Lastly, I love the use of golden tools and tapes in this spread. It may not be a bullet journal, but it still uses gold super well!

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