Ultimate Gift Ideas List | Bullet Journaling & Planning

Coming up with gift ideas is difficult when you arn't into bullet journaling. Here is a HUGE list of gift ideas for the bullet journaler in your life!

Shopping for everyone during the holidays can be a real hassle! Coming up with gift ideas is often difficult when you are not involved in the same hobbies as the person you are shopping for. Look no further! Here is a comprehensive list of gift ideas for a bullet journaler or planner obsessed person!

Content Overview

  1. Notebooks & Journals
  2. Brush Pens
  3. Other Pens
  4. Lettering Book & Guides
  5. Washi Tape
  6. Stickers
  7. Paints
  8. Stamps & Ink
  9. Stationery
  10. Desktop Decor & Organization
  11. Other Odds & Ends

Notebooks & Journals

The most basic thing you can get someone is a notebook or journal for their bullet journal experience. There are a ton of amazing journals, but chances are, your loved one is interested in one of the following journals!

Leuchtturm1917 Dotted Journal

Moleskine Classic Notebook

Midori MD Notebook

Miquelrius Soft Bound Medium Journal

Some Lines A Day 5 Year Memory Book Hardcover Journal

Dingbats Wildlife Hardcover Notebook

Essentials Dot Matrix Notebook

Dotted Bullet Notebook – Eco-Friendly Natural Cork Hardcover

Rhodia Goalbook

Brush Pens

Brush pens are a specific type of pen that your loved one is sure to want! These pens are great gift ideas because they make it easy to do amazing lettering in your journal and come in so many amazing shapes, sizes, qualities, and colors! Here are a couple super popular brush pen sets!

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Set

Faber-Castel Pitt Artist Brush Pens

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen

Metallic Calligraphy Brush Marker Pens

Royal Talens Ecoline Liquid Watercolor Brush Pen

Crayola Super Tips Washable Markers

Other Pens

Maybe your loved one is looking for something other than brush pens? Here are some gift ideas for other types of pens like art pens, markers, high lighters, fine liners, etc. Check some of these well-loved pens out!

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens Set

Metallic Markers Pens

Sakura Gelly Roll White

PILOT G2 Rolling Ball Gel Pens

Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens

Sakura Pentouch Paint Marker, Medium

Pentouch Paint Marker, 1.0mm

Zebra Mildliner Highlighter Pen Set

Lettering Books & Guides

Sometimes we are gifting for someone who is interested in something but hasn’t quite gotten around to learning how to start yet. Well, these lettering book gift ideas are perfect for someone who wants to improve their handwriting and brush lettering but doesn’t know how!

Creative Lettering and Beyond

Hand-Lettering for Everyone

Hand Lettering 101

Lettering and Modern Calligraphy

Washi Tape

Washi tape is a fun way to spice up your bullet journal and it is perfect as a gift idea! The fun shapes, colors, patterns and designs that washi tape comes in is sure to excite your loved one!

Savena Washi Tape Set

Decorative Washi Tape DIY Rainbow

Wonderful Washi Tape – Geometric Collection

Washi Tapes Month Week Daytime Todo

Crafty Animal Washi Tape

Japanese Washi Masking Tape

Sunshine Washi Tape

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Stickers

So many people love to add stickers to their journals and notebooks. This as well as the immense variety of stickers to pick from, makes these sets perfect gift ideas for bullet journalers!

Holiday Seasonal Planner Sticker Sheets

Cute Nature VSCO Girl Stickers

Various Special Shaped Stickers-Flower Series

Clear Cursive Planner Sticker Bundle

Ultimate Productivity Planner Stickers Set

The Happy Planner, Clear Dates Stamps

Paints

Just like washi tape and stickers, paint is a great addition to any artistic bullet journaler’s toolbox! Giving paint is a great gift idea if your loved one is an artistic person!

DecoArt0 Media Fluid Acrylic Paint

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FolkArt Metallic Acrylic Paint

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ARTEZA Watercolor Paint

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Watercolor Paint Set

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Stamps & Ink

I love using stamps and ink in my bullet journal. It’s a quick and easy way to add art! As such, stamps and ink make a great gift idea for a planner!

Clear Stamps, Holiday Planner Icons

Planner to Do and Planner Everyday Stamp Sets

Planner to Do and Planner Everyday Stamp Sets

Hero Arts, Weather Icons

Wooden Box Number Alphabet Letter Rubber Stamp

Ubegood Stamp Pad

Tsukineko Versacraft Ink Pads

Avery Carter’s Foam Stamp Pad, Black

Craft Ink Pad Stamps 20 Colors

Stationery

People who love bullet journaling and planning often love stationery as a whole! Here are some stationery items such as cards, notepads, sticky notes, and more!

Hunger Gradient Color Sticky Note

Bliss Collections Daily Planner Tear Off Pad

 Bliss Collections Daily Planner Tear Off Pad

Marble Stationery Paper

Officemate Binder Clips, Gold

Gold Premium Cute Paper Clips

Tombow Mono Hybrid Correction Tape

American Greetings Pastel Stationery Sheets and Colored Envelopes

Recycled Cardstock Notecards with Natural Tree Design

Desk Top Decor & Organization

Being a bullet journaler can get hectic and chaotic. Trying to find places to store everything can feel impossible! Here are some gift ideas to help your loved one organize their bullet journaling tools!

Rose Gold Desk Organizer Set

Simmer Stone Desktop Letter Sorter

Desktop Organizer – Adjustable Wood Display Shelf

Desk Accessory Organization Kit

Reliancer File Organizer Triangle

Other Odds & Ends

Not every bullet journaling or planning gift idea falls neatly into one of the previous categories. However, that does not mean that it isn’t an amazing idea for a gift! Here is everything I recommend for a bullet journaler that doesn’t fit neatly into a category.

HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer

HP Sticky-Backed Photo Paper

Glitter Shake Jars

Quickie Glue Pen

No matter what kind of bullet journal or planner you are shopping for, this list is bound to help you shop for them! Which of these was your favorite gift idea? Did you go ahead and buy any of these? Let us know in the comments!

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Simply Lettering Magazine | A First Issue Review

Did you know that there are planning and bullet journaling magazine out there? I had no idea until CraftStash offered me the first edition of Simply Lettering Magazine for free! I have never had a magazine before and would have loved some tips and tricks for lettering. Now that I have received the Simply Lettering Magazine, I want to share my review and experience with you!

The Simply Lettering Magazine

My first impression of the magazine was its emphasis on lettering. I knew that the Simply Lettering magazine would have an emphasis on lettering; however, I went into my experience with zero expectations. Upon this realization, I became incredibly excited. Naturally, I first notice the pens and lettering guides before moving onto the rest of the magazine.

Lettering Guides

Of course one of the first things I noticed when I received my package was the pens and lettering guides. I have never used lettering guides but have had an interest in doing so for a long time. So, naturally, the first thing I did was unpackage the pens and play around with the lettering guides. I already had a lot of the knowledge and skill presented via these guides; however, for someone who is newer to learning brush lettering, these guides would be hugely useful! Of note is the vast types of guides offered in the magazine–there are so many!

Additionally, I was surprised by the quality of the brush pens. Even though I only got black and grey pens, they were far better quality than I expected. Not only did they write incredibly smoothy, but the ink coloring was so vibrant! Items that generally come with magazines are cheaply made; but, these pens are the exception.

The Rest of the Magazine

After playing around with the pens, I browsed the remainder of the magazine. I loved the visual vibe of the magazine; naturally, featuring various fonts, articles, images, and guides!

Without giving too much away, some of my favorite articles in the magazine include the featured artist: Kirsten Burke, shadowing guides, tips from experts, planner or journal page ideas and tips, and lastly, greeting card how-to!

Related & Featured Products

Now that you’ve got a little sneak peek into the Simply Lettering magazine and my favorite parts of it, will you check out the magazine yourself? I highly recommend giving it a chance! Get the Simply Lettering magazine HERE.

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July Bullet Journal Feature | BulletLeea & Universal Bujo

Starting this month, Jihi Elephant is featuring bullet journalers and their journal at the end of every month! Each post features 1-2 journalers and their bullet journal stories. If you wish to be featured, check out the details and apply here.

To kick off the bullet journal feature project, I chose two applicants. Both of these applicants are so incredible and so different. I felt it was important to show two very different journalers, as we are all so unique in our styles. So without further ado, here are July’s featured bullet journals.

July Bullet Journal Feature | BulletLeea

BulletLeea by Leea

My name is Leea and I’m 23 years old. I come from Finland, and after living around Europe and going to college on the East Coast (of the States), I’m currently living in Southern California, with a move back across the Atlantic coming up soon. I work in the music industry, in live music and tour production specifically.

Leea’s Bullet Journal Journey

I started my bullet journal in August 2016. I was just ending my summer vacation and was heading back to college for the fall. If I remember correctly, I came across the bujo community on Instagram. Organization and planning have always been a love of mine, which is why I think the hobby got me so excited.

I totally went crazy overboard with supplies when I started, buying all sorts of pens and accessories. But I settled down, and these days my go to supplies are just a black gel pen from Muji, a few fineliners and a handful of Tombow markers. But the experimentation and playing was an important part of my bujo-journey, and I think most people go through it.

Easily Overwhelmed

There is so much inspiration and shared content across Instagram, blogs, Pinterest, and Youtube, that it’s easy to get swooped up by it all. I love that the community is based on sharing our creations and that all sorts of people are part of the community. From professional artists and graphic designers to people who have never been especially artsy (like yours truly). When I look back at my spreads, there are spreads I dislike as well as ones I love. There are ones that I loved before and don’t care so much for anymore, and vice versa.

Bullet journaling is such a journey that I think people who are interested in starting one get overwhelmed when they compare their own day one to another’s day 500. You are going to make spreads you love and ones you dislike. You may start trackers and forget about filling them in. You’re going to make spreads that don’t work for you. And you will make mistakes and smudges, wrong lines here and spills there, but they are all part of your bujo, and they’re a part of the story.

Bullet journaling is definitely an amazing tool for growth and improving aspects of your life, but in the end, it’s just a hobby, so don’t take it too seriously. Enjoy the time you get to spend making your spreads, the functionality of your very own personalized journal, and definitely delve into the community. It’s the best one I’ve ever been a part of, with so much support and creativity flowing through the pages!

Here are some tips for bullet journal beginners:

  • If you want to start a bujo, you need to just begin!
  • Don’t compare your bujo to others
  • Don’t rush; you don’t need to fill a notebook up as quickly as you’ll probably want to when you first begin!
  • If you want to draw and decorate your bujo, do!! If that’s not your style, don’t force it. Make it your own.
  • Embrace your mistakes!

Universal Bujo by Michael Fox

My name is Michael. The bullet journal method changed my life. I’m a highly creative type person with a lot going on including family, web stuff, graphic design, game design, music, blogging, and more.

Michael’s Bullet Journal Journey

Since I have several creative outlets already, my bullet journal doesn’t have to scratch that itch. But I also don’t have a lot of time to devote to something that’s supposed to save me time. So my journal is devoted to a universal, ultra-streamlined style. This Universal Journal style, as I call it, aims to get as much productivity as possible from the bullet journal with as little time and effort as possible. I started with a mini-notebook to test things out and moved to a standard sized journal for the second go. I even designed my own dotted journals to fit more with what worked for me (available at Lulu.com). In this ultra-streamlined approach, I’ve got a 3-colored system to separate 3 dimensions of my life. My monthly spread includes weekly divisions, utilizing a door for a habit tracker and wellness tracker (possibly a third tracker soon), and the monthly task list with a calendar print out I made. I use a simple two column layout for dailies and a 1:2 double column layout for note pages. I also created a free printable of Notemarks, the note bookmarks which I use for recurring lists as well as my placeholders for the monthly and daily logs. Currently, I’m on the hunt for a minimalist style for just about anything anyone would need to keep in their bullet journal.

Here are some tips for bullet journal beginners:

For those new to the bullet journal, I recommend starting simple and minimal, and jazz it up later as needed or desired. It’s a tragedy to see someone trying the bullet journal method only to give up on it because the approach they learned at first requires so much time (though it doesn’t have to). Also, it would be very helpful for newcomers to make a bullet journal board on Pinterest or the equivalent on Instagram to keep track of the journal ideas you really like. This not only serves as an inspiration collection but also as a way to get plugged into the broader bullet journal community.

Thank you so much to Leealiina and Michael 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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Top Brush Pens for Beautiful Brush-Lettering

I am by no means a hand-lettering professional, nor do I claim to be very good at it. However, I do a lot of hand-lettering in my bullet journal—most people do. Hand-lettering is a beautiful, fun, and creative way to add some functional art to a bullet journal layout. This post will overview 10 of the most popular and trusted brush pens for handlettering.

These pens are in no particular order, and I have not personally tried every single one of these pens. This post may contain affiliate links

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

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Tombow Dual Brush Pens are one of the top, most popular brush pens out there. They come in smaller packs of 4 all the way up to packs of 96 which include the stand. These pens not only have a brush pen side, but they have a fine tip side. They write smooth and come in beautiful colors.

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 4.5

“They blend pretty well and get darker with more layers. You can blend them out with some water too, if needed! (so it’s not waterproof) And you can scribble some colors on plastic and pick them up with another marker for a more seamless blend!”

“They are incredibly pigmented, but easy to work with. I use them for handlettering and calligraphy, and they flow smoothly and are perfect for people starting to hand letter or just looking to draw with quality brush pens.”

“Best brush pens I’ve ever owned! I can’t wait to buy the whole set of all of the colors. They’re great for modern calligraphy, easy to hold, and vibrant colors.”

Ecoline Liquid Watercolor Brush Pens

I absolutely love my Ecoline Brush pens, they look so amazing and write so smoothly. I splurged on these pens and bought every single one, and I do not regret it. These pens are so pigmented and look so beautiful. I highly recommend these pens for higher quality hand-lettering.

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 5.0

“Beautiful colors! Like any brush pen, a little practice and play before doing ‘serious’ work will definitely help you get the feel of these. The color saturation varies greatly with the amount of pressure you use, so it’s very easy to get an ombre look with just a little practice.”

“I absolutely love these pens. Well worth the cost. The colors are vibrant, and the pens are ‘juicy.’ These brush tips give you the true thin and thick lines of modern brush calligraphy. As a newbie, these give me the very best results in my practice, outshining my practice with Tombow brush pens.”

“Very juicy, heavily pigmented brush markers….good for calligraphy and coloring…can bleed through lighter papers.”

Life of Color Watercolour Brush Pens

Watercolor pens are of my favorite brush pens out there. I love Life of Color’s pens because they are super pigmented, work perfectly as brush pens or watercolor pens, blend well, and come with a water brush pen! I have used these pens for blending, lettering, and coloring.

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 4.7

“These make watercolor painting so much easier; the brushes are great to draw with, and the tips are perfectly shaped for both painting and lettering. There’s also a cool blending brush that helps get a nice watercolor effect which I love.”

“The colors are so vibrant, and they all blend beautifully! I mostly do calligraphy (brush pen and dip pen) and I love that the bristles of these pens don’t fray when used on mixed media/watercolor paper.”

“Excellent markers, they make you feel like a true artist! Vibrant colors, easy to use, they glide and feel like paint brushes without the mess, would recommend to everyone!”

Faber-Castell PITT Artist Brush Pen

Faber-Castell is one of my favorite fineliner brands and I love the brush pens just as much. These brush pens take some getting used to as the tip is softer and longer than normal. However, they write beautifully and come in a ton of beautiful colors, I cannot wait to collect them all!

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  4.1

“I am a big fan of the Faber-Castel PITT brushes and use them primarily for my handlettering craft. I own a numerous amount of different pens, along with other PITT sizes, and I am starting to find that the PITT brand seems to be one of my favorites.”

“With a super thin tip, and wider base, these are the perfect pens…you press lightly, and you can do very thin details, press a bit more and you’ll get wider lines. Because of this, all drawings just look more professional due to the variance in width in your lines as you work on your piece.”

“I had a hard time finding any marker that would not bead up excessively, had good colors, and did not smear before I could spray more lacquer over them to protect. These work well.”

Metallic Brush Pens

I have been using these brush pens for a long time. I have never heard other people give them a review or using them, but I love them. Not only are they beautiful metallics, but they draw well and aren’t super expensive. That being said, the ink does not last as long as more pricey brush pens. Regardless, I recommend these pens!

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  4.0

“These are a good value for what they are. I like the colors, and they are just metallic enough to add some pizzazz to my cards, etc. They are great alone and for highlighting letters that are not written with metallic pens.”

“Great product, works awesome. More than happy with it. Thanks so much!!”

“these write well on dark and light paper, and the tips don’t fray too easy which I like.”

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen

I have not personally used any of the pens that follow. However, they come highly recommended, and are on my list of pens to try! Check out some of these reviews to learn more.

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  4.2

“Now if you haven’t used these before, I would highly, highly recommend getting this pack of both the hard and soft nib! At first, I was leaning towards getting the hard nib pen, but after reading several reviews, the opinions on hard vs. soft were everywhere making me unsure whether or not I was getting the right product for what I needed.”

“love these pens!! I just recently got into brush calligraphy and heard this brand was the best. OMG, they are fantastic! They are easy to use (if you can get the hang of going light on the upstroke and harder on the downstroke!) They write well and they got here just when they said they would.”

“There honestly isn’t any competition when it comes to brush pens. These two Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens are all you need for calligraphy and illustration.”

Pentel Arts Sign Pen Touch, Fude Brush Tip

These pens are must-haves! Most hand-letterers recommend these pens or actively use them. I have not personally used any Pentel pens, but I hear about them all the time and would love to try them sometime!

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  4.5

“Absolutely LOVE these pens! They write so smooth, and the pigment is amazing. I’m just getting into brush lettering/ modern calligraphy, and these pens make practicing a breeze! Highly recommend.”

“f you’re into brush pen calligraphy, they’re good for small lettering. They’re comparable to the ((thicker tip)) Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens, they’re just less precise due to the fact that they release more ink.”

“These pens have flexible yet durable-feeling tips. Lots of juicy ink! Great for smaller brush lettering and illustrations. Makes a great range of thicknesses for a super fun drawing experience! A joy!”

Prismacolor Premier Double-Ended Art Markers

I had never really heard of Prismacolor brush pens before researching brush pens. However, they highly recommend and sometimes find themselves in a top 5 list. I will definitely be trying out these pens!

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  4.5

“I really like working with these markers. Fun, in a word. They blend well, and the brush tip feels so smooth against the paper. It also gives you great line diversity options.”

“Very nice quality and beautiful rich colors. You don’t need to press hard. But, do note that, depending on your paper, they do bleed through the paper.”

“These markers are high contrast, pigmented ink in a felt brush tip. They color like water paints, giving you control over the saturation of your lines. These are the best markers to use when you want a gradient effect in artwork. “

Zebra Fude Sign Brush Pen

Zebra is a pen brand that is everywhere in bullet journaling and calligraphy. While I do not own these pens, I have tried them out, and they are wonderful! Highly recommend!

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐   4.3

“Just got these and love them. There is no English on them at all so I’ll have to learn which barrel color is which brush so I don’t have to keep removing the lids to figure it out. All pens write smoothly with no issues right out of the packaging.”

“My favorite thing about these pens is the opacity of the ink! The blacks are pitch black, and the grey is very opaque! My favorite out of the 4 has to be the fine tip pen and the usuzumi (grey) simply because they are incredibly smooth.”

“These are the best inking pens I have ever used, and I will never go back to any other pens after using these!!”

Sharpie Permanent Markers, Brush Tip

And this final brush pen is from a well-loved and trusted brand, Sharpie! While I do not own any Sharpie brush pens, I own a lot of Sharpies, and I love them! Considering how trustworthy Sharpies are, I am sure the brush pens are equally as good!

Reviews ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐   4.1

“These are wonderful and bold, as Sharpies always are. However, if you want to use them for hand-lettering, be warned that the tips dry out surprisingly fast. After only a couple of uses, the lighter upstrokes are a bit spotty and ragged.”

“So glad I found these! I do a lot of calligraphy work and never knew sharpie made a brush pen.
For the price, they are absolutely worth it. The pens are extremely juicy and maintain a relatively fine point. I’ve used scores of brush pens, and I’d rate these up with Tombows for the quality — not necessarily in the fineness of the tip,”

“I love these markers. Although there are many types of markers to choose from, I particularly like drawing on glass with these.”

I highly recommend all of these hand-lettering brush pens to at least be tried! Not every pen is for everyone, but pick at least one and try them out!

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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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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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Rhodia Goalbook Review for Bullet Journaling

I know, I know you read this title and thought, “but the Goalbook is not new” … So, I am late to the game! I was lucky enough to be gifted the Rhodia Goalbook from J. B. Welly at the end of 2017 and immediately began planning out how I would use my new notebook. Unfortunately, I had already started a new journal for my regular planning, collections, and lists for 2018, so I decided that my new Goalbook would be used for blog-related planning outside of my daily planning bullet journal. This is my review of the Rhodia Goalbook for Bullet Journaling.

What drew me to the Rhodia Goalbook was the excellent reviews that I read. Everyone was raving about it. However, I had not yet taken the leap to spend money on a good quality notebook. When I got in touch with J. B. Welly, they offered it to me, and I jumped at the opportunity!

Rhodia Goalbook Review

Rhodia Goalbook Specs

  • 8 x 8.3 inches
  • 90gsm ivory brushed vellum paper made in Étival-Clairefontaine, France
  • 6-page index or table of contents
  • 4-pages for annual planning
  • 4-pages for monthly planning
  • 240 pages (224 dot grit numbered sheets)
  • Pocket inside the back cover
  • Elastic closure band
  • 2 ribbon markers
  • Flexible binding
  • Softcover (16 available colors!)
  • Available at J*B Welly

First Impressions

So, when the Rhodia Goalbook first arrived I was blown away! It was beautifully packed and included a very nice little card from J. B. Welly. Immediately I took pictures and swooned over the notebook. I love the feel of the cover and indented details on the front cover. Additionally, the pages feel lovely and are numbered! I have never used a notebook that was already numbered before!

While the Goalbook comes in various colors, I chose raspberry because it seemed like a beautiful red-ish-pink color, and it is! Once I realized that the inside covers, elastic, and ribbons were orange (a color I don’t particularly care for), I decided to change that. One of the first things I did with my notebook (other than ogle at it), was to dye the ribbons and elastic with a black sharpie. I enjoy neutral colors, and I just happened to have a black sharpie on hand.

Next, I had to do something about my orange inside covers. I decided to cover the orange with gold washi tape!

Pros & Cons of the Rhodia Goalbook

Like any other notebook or products, there are pros and cons. This section will focus on my personal pros and cons for the Rhodia Goalbook after three months of use.

Pros:

  • The flexible soft faux leather cover is excellent. Make using the notebook pleasant
  • Elastic band keeps the notebook from getting damaged and bent
  • Pocket in the back is a great place to store loose notes
  • Beautiful colors to choose from
  • Thick, smooth pages make ink look vibrant and write smooth
  • Pages are numbered

Cons:

  • There is a Logo on the cover. This one isn’t a big deal, I just like sleek plan covers.
  • Off-white pages make it difficult to fix mistakes. I generally use white-out to cover my mistakes, but the whiteout makes an error look worse on the off-white pages
  • Orange inside cover and ribbons (but I fixed this DIY style)
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Final Impression

After having used the Rhodia Goalbook for three months, I’d say that I love the notebook and I don’t love it. I absolutely adore the cover and quality of the pages. The dots and numbered pages are great, and the elastic band, ribbons, and back pocket are immensely useful! The most significant downside to this notebook is the off-white pages. But page color is entirely up to user preference, I just happen to prefer white pages.

Do I recommend this notebook? YES, 100% yes. If you don’t like off-white pages this notebook might not be for you, but considering all the other great qualities it has, you might be able to overlook the page color. Other than the page color, the notebook is fantastic! Head over to J.B. Welly to get the Rhodia Goalbook and other amazing bullet journaling supplies!

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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.

What did you think of the challenge? Was it helpful? Let me know in the comments!

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