As you probably know, I have been trying to be more minimalistic this year with my own personal bullet journal due to time. However, it is a little boring for me to keep everything the same each month. So, to mix things up, I decided to start using other metallic colors. Because the general theme for March is green for St. Patty’s Day, I chose a metallic green color. This metallic green has replaced the gold for March.
The Layout Descriptions
Nothing except the metallic color has changed for the month of March. Essentially, the function of the spread is the same as it was for February and January. However, let’s dive into if you aren’t familiar. The left page is where I keep my schedule for Monday through Saturday by the half-hour. This one is super useful to help me keep track of meetings and appointments. Then, on the right page is six rectangle boxes representing each day of the week. Saturday and Sunday share the sixth box. Here is where I mark all-day events, holidays, due dates, and daily to-dos. This spread has been working phenomenally for me and I intend to keep it!
Finally, let’s talk about extra layouts. First, I wanted to show off an update about my plant care tracker which I showed an unfinished version of last month. Ultimately, the main change is the header. I have to add a day of water and do a fertilizing session soon!
Next, I added a video ideas page! I had not added my ideas at the time I took the photo, but I am so excited to explore new video ideas both for ElizabethJournals and ElizabethPlants!
Amy ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. Her planner is the Emerald Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dotted Hardcover. The primary colors used for Amy’s notebook are blue and green. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, year at a glance, books to read, wishlist, prayer requests, period tracker, monthly calendar, monthly habit tracker, monthly mood trackers, and weekly grid. Here you can read more about Amy’s planner.
This is a minimal title page. In a calligraphy font I wrote “AMC,” then on the second line “2020 Planner” is written in an all-caps print font. Lastly, in a minimal script in the top left corner, I wrote “property of…”
One Page Year at a Glance
This year at a glance features 12 months, January 2020 through December 2020, in a calendar format. Further, the months are horizontally indicated in blue and green cursive lettering. Then, “2020” is at the top of the page in a print font. Lastly, “at a glance” is in a minimal script font.
Books to Read Bookshelf
This page is a black and white bookshelf. The header is in a blue brush lettering. Amy will fill in each book with a book she wants to read or has read.
This is a very simple layout. The header is in a green brush lettering. Then, there are four columns of checkboxes. Amy can list the items she wants and check them off when she has gotten them.
This layout is primarily blank. However, includes a blue brush lettered heading. No details were requested for this layout.
Period Pixels Tracker
This period tracker mimics the year in pixels style. Then, the header is vertical down the left side. The lettering is in a green brush lettering and blue print font. Finally, there is a grid square for each day of all 12 months.
For each month, I used a simple grid calendar. The lettering for this layout is a print font. Additionally, there is a column to the right of the calendar. The column is labeled “goals.”
The habit tracker is a table or chart for each month with space for each day of that month. The header is either blue or green calligraphy font and black print font.
Monthly Themed Mood Tracking:
The mood trackers are different each month. The most apparent difference is the theme or picture chosen. The images are broken into enough parts so that there is a part for each day of the month. Then, each day, the image parts get filled in. Each mood is assigned to a specific color, design, or shade of a color. Next, Amy can color in each part according to her mood or moods for that day. In the list below are the theme or imagery for each month. The headers vary but are generally blue or green brush lettering.
January – snowy mountains
February – feathers
March – cacti
April – flowers
May – flower petals
June – daffodils
July – sunflowers
August – lemon wedge
September – sunshine
October – autumn leafs
November – flower bouquet
December – Christmas bulbs
Weekly Grid Layout:
The weekly grid layout is a weekly layout that encompasses seven days. Further, each page includes eight squares that 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 blue or green print font. Additionally, all of the other letterings are done using a black print font.
This is a minimal title page. In a bold print I wrote “BKM,” then on the second line “2019 – 2020 Planner” is written in an all-caps print font.
This future log includes 12 months. Each page features three months each with a row. Then, each row has a mini-calendar. Finally, the headers for each month are in a dark green minimal script.
For each monthly layout, I used a simple grid calendar. Then, the header is a minimal dark green script cursive font. Additionally, the header is located vertically down the right side.
Each month includes barn tracking. The header is a dark green minimal script stretched across the two pages. The left page features a tracker of a calendar broken into grid squares and a key including 6 options. Then, the right page lists the days and dates of that month and has a box titled “eli” in dark green minimal script.
The habit tracker is a table with a grid space for each day of that month and several columns for various habits. The header is a dark green minimal script font.
Monthly Expenses Tracker
This expenses tracker features gray watercolor and black minimal cursive and print headers. There are two sections: income and expenses. Income takes up roughly one-third of the first page and expenses takes up the remaining space. columns include the date, source/info, account, and amount.
The weekly grid layout is a weekly layout that encompasses seven days. Further, each page includes eight squares that 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 is a dark green minimal script lettering.
Horse Tracker Year Overview
These layouts are all the same; however, there is four of them. Each page has a dark green script lettered header and space for each month of the year. These spaces are for events and dates related to each given header. The monthly subheaders have a grey highlight.
This tracker is for tracking passwords. Columns involved include the website, username, and password in all-caps print. The main header is in a dark green script font.
Bess ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. Bess’s planner is a Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dotted Hardcover in Fresh Green. The primary color used for Bess’s notebook is green and the theme is houseplant care. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, index, future log, watering pixel tracker, fertilization pixel tracker, hello monthly pages, monthly calendar, monthly mood tracker, monthly plant care habit tracker, weekly rows, plant care chart, and plant doodle guide. Here you can read more about Bess’s planner.
This title page is custom based on my 2017 bullet journal cover page. The center of this design is the brown header. For the header, “Bess” is in a brown brush lettered font. Underneath is “2019 – 2020 houseplant planner” in print font. Last, above the header, are a hanging plant and two potted plants on either side. The doodles are in watercolor with some ink.
This index layout design comes with the notebook. I decided to fill it out using all-caps print fonts.
This layout features two columns per page; each column features a month from that year. The header is a minimal cursive.
Plant Care Pixel Trackers
Similar to a pixel mood tracker, I included two houseplant related pixel trackers in Bess’s notebook. The first tracker is for water with a blue brush lettered heading and the second is for fertilizing with a green brush lettered header. The rest of these pages is a grid involving a square for each day of the year. Down the right side is a key indicating how to fill in the square for each day. The key for the water tracker includes checked, watered, partial, and not watered. Finally, the key for the fertilization tracker includes checked, fertilized, partial, and not fertilized.
Watercolor Houseplants Hello Monthly
Each month features a watercolor hello monthly page, each with a different houseplant. Here is a list of the plants featured each month.
July: Snake plant
August: Dieffenbachia or dumb cane
September: Spider plant
November: Generic Tropical plant
December: Generic hanging vine plant
January: Palm tree
February: Hanging hoya
March: Generic small plants and Succulents
April: Similar to a false aralia
The left page of this layout is a calendar grid. The headers for the days of the week are in green print letters. Then the right side features a calligraphy cursive font header and two sections below. Finally, the section titles are in a minimal cursive reading “to-do” and “goals.”
Monthly Mood Tracker
The mood trackers are different each month. The most apparent difference is the theme or picture chosen. These images mimic the plant theme used in the hello pages. The images are broken into enough parts so that there is a part for each day of the month. Then, each day, the image parts get filled in. Each mood is assigned to a specific color, design, or shade of a color. Next, Bess can color in each part according to her mood or moods for that day.
Monthly Plant Care Habit Tracker
Like the mood tracker, the habit tracker is a grid for each month with a square for each day of that month. Instead of each column representing a month, it represents a habit. The header is a green calligraphy font and black print font. The key includes watered, not watered, checked, fertilized, re-potted, and cleaned.
This page features seven columns for seven days of the week. Next to the rightmost column is a houseplant or green washi tape. Further, the washi tape is different for each month. The main titling is in a black print font. Then, the weekday titling is just the first letter in green brush lettering. Finally, each letter has a subscript for the date.
Plant Care Chart
The care chart is a simple grid. The far left column is the key, then there are 5 columns to the right. Rows included are plant doodle, nickname, name, light, water, fertilize, temperature, humidity, soil, pruning, propagation, and poison level. This layout is meant to help Bess properly care for her plants. I included several chart pages.
Plant Doodle Guide
Bess requested some doodle guides related to houseplants. So, I included two pages of doodle guides including 8 different houseplant doodles.
It’s a new month which means it is time for a new plan-with-me. This month’s spread is green and houseplant themed. Interested in learning more? Then, keep on reading!
The Green Houseplant Theme Process
For August, I decided to use green as my main theme. However, I did not want to use acrylic paint again. So, I browsed my ink collection thinking that I could use mosaic stamps. This idea was another flop as I don’t have a green ink like I thought I did. I knew I wanted to use houseplant washi tape and needed some more, so, about halfway through July, I ordered some houseplant tape through Amazon AND Etsy hoping that one of them would come in time though neither had tracking information.
I finally settled on using watercolor and began mixing a green color that I felt would match the tapes I had ordered. I painted up the pages well in advance but the washi tape was not coming in time. The first week and a half of August I did not have completed layouts, I took pictures before the washi tape came in, then you can view the layouts once I completed them with the washi tape. You can also check this out in the video flip-through embedded above.
Before Adding Washi Tape
After Adding Washi Tape
The Layout Descriptions
Per usual, my August spread includes a hello page and then weekly planning pages. First, the hello page is painted almost entirely in green watercolor paint. There is a strip across the upper-middle of the page that is not painted over. This unpainted section is bordered with houseplant washi tape. Finally, in a minimal black script, “August” is across the center.
Next, the weekly layouts follow a general design. I painted the space of this layout in the same green watercolor as the hello page. Then on the bottom edge of the page is more green houseplant washi tape. Each page features a different washi tape. Next, I outlined the seven columns found in the center of the two pages in black ink.
Additionally, the header is in a black minimal script font on the left page. Then, on the right page is the week number, again, in black. Lastly, the letter and number indicating the day and date are in black at the top of the day’s column.
Jessica ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. Jessica’s planner is an A5-sized Essentials Grid Notebook. The primary colors used for Jessica’s notebook are pink and green. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, year at a glance, books to read, cape cod packing list, monthly calendar, gratitude tracker, notes, weekly layout, travel ideas, travel plans, and synchro tracker. Here you can read more about Jessica’s planner.
This is a minimal title page. In a pink calligraphy font, I wrote “Jessica’s,” then on the second line “journal” is written in an all-caps print font. Finally, at the top of the page in a minimal script is “property of…”
Year at a Glance:
This year at a glance features 12 months, July 2019 through June 2020, in a calendar format. Further, the months vertical and in pink cursive lettering. Then, “2019 – 2020” is at the top of the page in a green print font. Lastly, “at a glance” is in a minimal script font.
Books to Read:
This page is a black and white bookshelf. The header is a green script font. Jessica will fill in each book with a book she wants to read or has read.
Cape Code Packing List
This layout is mostly blank. The header is a mix of pink script font and black print lettering.
Simple Monthly Calendar:
For each monthly layout, I used a simple grid calendar. Then, the header is a simple pink or green minimal script lettering. Additionally, the header is located vertically down the right side.
Across the top of two pages are six half-page columns. Five of these columns represent weekdays, and the sixth encompasses Friday and Saturday. Then, on the left page, below the columns, is the header and another box for notes. The heading is in pink or green print or brush lettering. Next, the bottom of the right page includes a mini calendar with that week highlighted. Below the calendar is a final box for to-do. All box headers are in cursive.
For the header of this layout bold print lettering is done in pink or green then over top is black minimal script font. Each day of the month has its own line and every other line is highlighted in pink or green to match the header.
This is a mostly blank page with a print header in pink or green. Additionally, there is a line across the top.
Travel Ideas and Travel Plans
These pages are mostly blank. The header is above a black line. “travel” is in pink brush lettering. Then, “ideas” and “plans” are in a black print font.
Similar to the travel layouts, this page is mostly black with mixed color headers. “Synchro” is in green print and “tracker” is in black print.