100+ Of The Best Bullet Journal Theme Ideas by Month

It is always super challenging to come up with a theme. Sometimes you want something more general, but you usually want it to match the period it covers. I do a different theme each month with some common thread through the whole notebook. For me, this year my common thread is the lettering I use. Additionally, I like to stick to colors or patterns for my themes. However, I will occasionally pull in something more artistic like a galaxy theme. So, here is a list of over 100 bullet journal theme ideas organized by month. There are some repeats for when a theme matches multiple months. s.

01 | January

January is the first month of the year. Where I am from, it is usually the worst month for winter weather with snow and cold everywhere. I generally use a lighter or brighter blue as my theme for January. Further, below are some other great January theme ideas

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Celebration
  • New Beginnings
  • Blue
  • Gold
  • Snowy Mountains
  • Crystals
  • Tea
  • Cozy
  • Watercolor
  • Mushroom
  • Fireworks
  • Purple
  • Silver
  • The 1920s
  • Star Wars

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02 | February

February is the month of love. So, it seems that everything in February is related to love and valentine’s day. I am not a huge celebrator of the holiday. Because of this, my February theme focuses on something else. For example, this year my February theme was gold. Below are amazing February theme ideas both related and not related to love.

  • Red
  • Pink
  • Hearts
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Love
  • Mountains
  • Crystals
  • The 1900s
  • Tea
  • Cozy
  • Watercolor
  • Mushroom
  • Dinosaurs
  • Flowers
  • Feathers
  • Gold

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03 | March

March’s holiday is St. Patty’s Day. Because of this, everything turns green for March. Green seems to be in everyone’s bullet journal. Instead, for my March layout, I decided to do something weird. Instead of green, I used white and black to keep a clean geometric type layout. Here are a bunch of fun March theme ideas.

  • St. Patty’s Day
  • Green
  • Tropical Plants
  • Houseplants
  • Outer Space / Galaxy
  • Feathers
  • Mosaic
  • Crystals
  • 90’s
  • Birds
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Cozy
  • Watercolor
  • Sky & Clouds
  • Star Wars
  • Favorite Movie or Show
  • Sunrise
  • Mountains

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04 | April

April is essentially the first month of spring, and it is when Easter occurs. Because of this, some of the most common April themes revolve around spring and Easter. However, my own April layout’s theme is pink! In addition to those basic themes, here are a ton more!!

  • Spring
  • Flowers
  • Pink
  • Purple
  • Easter
  • Ducklings
  • Bunnies
  • Easter Eggs
  • Pastel Colors
  • Rain
  • Umbrella
  • Hot Air Balloon
  • Elephant
  • Crystals
  • Birds
  • Honey Bees
  • Animals
  • Brown Paper

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05 | May

May is one of those months that doesn’t have much going on. Mother’s day is in May, but that doesn’t provide a good theme. However, with it being spring in may you can continue to roll with spring-related themes such as rain and flowers. Further, I decided to go off books and do an outer space-themed layout for May. But here are some other great ideas.

  • Space/Galaxy
  • Light Bulbs
  • Houseplants
  • Purple
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Rainbow
  • Rain
  • Rainy Day
  • Umbrella
  • Rainboots
  • Flowers
  • Spring
  • Honey Bee
  • Outer Space / Galaxy
  • Crystals
  • The 1900s
  • Peaches
  • Watercolor
  • Under the Sea

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06 | June

Around here, June is when summer starts to kick into gear. In June, the weather is gorgeous, and the sun is shining. Because of this, the prospect of summer drives a lot of the June themes I list below. Additionally, a lot of spring layouts can still work for June.

  • Summer
  • Sunshine
  • Beach
  • Tropical Forest
  • Flowers
  • Blue Sky
  • Honey Bee
  • Under Water
  • Sea Shell
  • Mermaids
  • Peaches
  • Fruit
  • Lemonade
  • Watermelon
  • Flamingo
  • Star Wars
  • Favorite Movie or Show
  • Sunflower
  • CityScape
  • Flowers
  • Purple
  • Yellow
  • Pink

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07 | July

In July, it is full-blown summertime! You can use sunny summer themes. Additionally, if you are in the United States, you can use your theme to celebrate Independence day! However, you probably know that I like to stay away from the holidays for my themes. Regardless, here are some July theme ideas!

  • Summer
  • Fourth Of July / Independence Day
  • Red, White, And Blue
  • Sunshine
  • Beach
  • Tropical
  • Floral
  • Sunflowers
  • Under Water
  • Sea Shell
  • Mermaids
  • Fruit
  • Lemonade
  • Watermelon
  • Watercolor
  • Fireworks
  • Lightbulbs
  • Crystals

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08 | August

August is my birthday month and also that last month of summer. August is my birthday month as well as the last month of summer. For August, I like to go all in and celebrate summer. At this point, many people start getting ready to go back to school. Without further ado, here are some fantastic August bullet journal themes. s.

  • Summer
  • Back To School
  • End Of Summer
  • Tropical
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Sunshine
  • Blue Sky
  • Under Water
  • Sea Shell
  • Mermaids
  • Crystals
  • Fruit
  • Lemonade
  • Watermelon
  • Star Wars
  • Favorite Movie or Show
  • Space / Galaxy

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09 | September

September is the first month of fall or autumn. However, there aren’t any holidays or events to celebrate in September. So, everything goes. Finally, here are just some of the possible September bullet journal themes.

  • Fall / Autumn
  • Orange
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Back To School
  • Floral
  • Music
  • Honey Bee
  • Houseplant
  • Outer Space / Galaxy
  • Feathers
  • Cities
  • Harry Potter
  • Crystals
  • The 1900s
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Watercolor
  • Music
  • Star Wars
  • Favorite Movie or Show

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10 | October

October is such a fun month because of Halloween. Just for Halloween, there are so many creepy, crazy theme options to consider. Additionally, there are autumn and other themes to choose from! Here are some great ideas!

  • Houseplants
  • Halloween
  • Spooky
  • Ghosts
  • Orange
  • Purple
  • Black
  • Rainbow
  • Unicorn
  • Crystals
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Cozy
  • Mushrooms
  • Mystical
  • Watercolor
  • Day of the Dead

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11 | November

In the US, many of us celebrate Thanksgiving in November. Thanksgiving is not a theme by itself. Further, you could be creative and have gratitude or thankfulness be your November theme. However, you might prefer something else. So, like September, anything goes!

  • Nature
  • Autumn / Fall
  • Thanksgiving
  • Gratitude
  • Orange
  • Brown Paper
  • Red
  • Feathers
  • Cities
  • Crystals
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Cozy
  • Weather
  • Favorite Movies
  • Geometric

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12 | December

The last month we have to talk about is December! For December, many people stick with Christmas themes. However, there are so many other creative ideas out there! Here are some of them!

  • Holiday
  • Christmas
  • Snow
  • Snowy Mountain
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Red
  • Green
  • Cozy
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Reindeer
  • Christmas Lights
  • Christmas Bulbs

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What is your favorite theme from our list? Let us know in the comments below if you have any more ideas!

Love these theme ideas? Check out some of my theme round-ups 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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Sunshine Yellow August Bullet Journal Plan-With-Me

Happy August! August is birthday month for me, plus one of my best friends is getting married! In honor of this happy and sunny month, I themed my bullet journal for the sun but went far more minimal that last month’s outer space theme. Without further ado, here is August’s happy sunshine yellow bullet journal spread. This post may contain affiliate links.

August Theme | Sunshine Yellow

As I mentioned. This month’s theme is sunshine yellow. I also chose to keep it more minimal that July’s more artistic spread. I kept this theme by utilizing Life of Color’s bright yellow watercolor pen. I cleaned up the use of the bright yellow by outlining all words or letters with a fine point black pen. I also added bright yellow washi tape racing stripes.

August Layouts

This month’s title page features and roughly drawn a bright yellow circle encompassing “August” also in bright yellow. I chose to make the circle rougher instead of boldly filled in to give the illusion of the sun on a hot summer day.

The monthly layout includes a notes section on the left page and a monthly layout on the right page. This is similar to July’s layout. The notes titling is on top of a washed bright yellow section and features black lettering. The calendar is different in that the days of the week and the month title is in a bright yellow brush lettering outlined with a fine point black pen. The calendar is the usual grid style.

Similar to the monthly calendar, the weekly layouts have brush lettering in bright yellow for the days of the week. On top, the month and week number are in a thin black, minimal cursive. On the right page where I usually put a strip of washi tape, I attempted to find sunshine tape to place. However, I could not find any sunshine washi tape that I liked, so I instead used two stripes of thin sunshine yellow washi tape. The general layout of the weekly spreads are the same as the last few months. And that is August’s bullet journal sunshine yellow layout!

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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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The Ultimate Bullet Journal List Ideas + Examples

If you are into bullet journaling, chances are you are a list maker or want to be. I love lists so much that I created an entire notebook for my lists and collections. The vast amount of bullet journal lists and collections you can keep in your journal is amazing and sometimes overwhelming. This post is meant to inspire your list making and provide some examples of these lists to help you get started! This post may contain affiliate links

Lifestyle & General Bullet Journal Lists

  • Grocery shopping
  • General shopping
  • Wishlist
  • Birthdays
  • Dates to remember
  • List of lists
  • Braindump
  • Collections
  • Favorite quotes
  • Favorites
  • Events
  • gift ideas/planning



Home Lists and Collections

  • Donation lists
  • Cleaning lists
  • Home maintenance
  • Car maintenance
  • Chores
  • Throw away

Finance

  • Budget
  • Spending
  • Income
  • Purchases
  • Bills
  • Saving goals
  • Insurance information

Bullet Journal for Productivity

  • To-do
  • Goals
  • Daily goals
  • Daily to-do
  • Monthly goals
  • Monthly to-do
  • Weekly to-do
  • Weekly goals

Travel

  • Packing list
  • Places to travel
  • Travel list
  • Vacation ideas
  • Itinerary



Health & Wellness

  • Self-care activities
  • Nightly routine
  • Morning routine
  • Meal ideas
  • Joy log
  • Gratitude list
  • Journal prompts