Happy New Year once again, everyone!
I’ve probably mentioned this on a number of accounts, but I don’t really believe in New Year resolutions; however, one thing I do want to accomplish in 2019 is growing my bullet journaling skills and focusing more on actually USING it!
Below you will find my new bullet journal for 2019 (which I’ll definitely need a second one). This post will discuss my inspirations, the resources I used, present my “edited” photos, and conclude on some things I wish I did instead.
Forewarning: Since I’m discussing almost EACH page in addition to adding photos, this is going to be a larger post than normal. For future posts, I can place a slideshow of all the photos rather than individual photos. Please let me know your preference!!
Some of my inspiration came from my 2018 bullet journal, but I actually did RESEARCH before attempting to begin this…I know…a scary word…I didn’t just wing it for once…hence why I’m so behind in publishing this post. My main three sources of inspiration came from:
- Tombow Dual Brush Pen Set, 10-Pack, Landscape Colors
- Tombow Dual Brush Pen Set, 10-Pack, Portrait Colors
- Sakura 30062 6-Piece Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set, Black
- Silver Moon Bullet Journal by Archer & Olive
The colours I used specifically for this set up are 228, 800, and 942. For the Sakura Pens, I used numbers 005, 01 and 03.
Bullet Journal for 2019 Layout
Title Page & Key
The title page is pretty self-explanatory; although a lot of bloggers don’t add this page, I feel like something is missing if I don’t.
The “key” is part of the origins of bullet journaling. It allows you to track your tasks, events, appointments, and any other miscellaneous items while also indicating the progress point: completed, migrated (moved), started, and cancelled. I’m also doing one for my blog, since I tend to start and not finish posts…he-he.
There’s no right or wrong way to use a “key”, but there’s a number of resources to help you start one. I went REAL basic, since this is my first year using one. I PROMISE I will post a WHOLE page on the basics of bullet journaling where you can read more on “keys”, for I’m actually planning a mini series of bullet journal posts alongside my book reviews. I learn…you learn…it’s all fun and grand.
Year at a Glance & Future Log
The “Year at a Glance” is literally just an illustrating of all the days of the week for each month of 2019. And before you asking, yes…I HAND WROTE ALL THOSE LITTLE BUGGER OF NUMBERS! I start mine on Mondays, since my weekly spreads always being with Mondays. This works for ME, but that doesn’t mean YOU have to do it this way.
The “Future Log” is a place where you can write important things WAY in advance, especially since it’s VERY UNLIKELY you’re going to have your entire journal for 2019 done now (if you do, congratulations – your prize is bragging rights). My future log typically contains birthdays and appointments I have to book far in advance (i.e. dentist). I only really used it for birthdays last year, so I may change it to a birthday log in 2020.
Pens List, Washi Tape Sample, & Grid Board
For the life of me, I can’t remember where I saw someone create the pens and washi tape page…but it’s GENIUS! I’m always wonderful what my marker colours and washi tape ACTUALLY look like before I use them…which I end up using numerous scrap sheets of paper. So for those of you who wish to learn from my trials, make a marker and washi tape page. I only use the Tombow pens here, since I barely touch my crayola markers.
AmandaRachLee did this “Grid Board” in her new journal and man…it’s so useful! It’s simply an easier way of knowing the squares and lines and center points of the pages in your journal. It might seem useless but trust me, it’s not.
Growth Tracker, Post Ideas, & Instagram Tracker
Polaroids are life, hence the Polaroid idea. Each month, I will put the new followers from my Instagram account and my book blog in the little “picture” part of the Polaroid. At the bottom, I’ll place the date. Follower numbers aren’t really important in my opinion, but I like to host giveaways during certain milestones (and really…who doesn’t get just a LITTLE excited when that follower number increases). I might change this next year to a POST tracker instead and put the number of posts in the “picture” part instead of followers — this was my original intention, but I totally wrote the wrong thing and figured “meh”.
The “Post Ideas” is just a brain dump place for future blog posts.
Now this nifty “Instagram Tracker” is exciting! I failed EPICALLY at Instagram last year; I just felt overwhelmed and I didn’t see the point of doing it if I wasn’t having fun. But I really miss the community and having fun with pictures, so I want to aim for 10 posts a month. January is going to be a flop since I’m actually deleting ALL my photos on my account and starting from scratch (no…I don’t have OCD…). But February will be an interesting start!
Books, Wants, & Needs
Amanda Wright did this cute “Books Read” list and I just HAD to try it out! Once I start a book, I’ll write the title on the spin. When complete, I get to colour it in. There’s 52 books so if I read more than that…oh well.
Instead of putting a “Wants” and “Needs” for every month, I just put a yearly one at the front.
Yearly Cleaning Routine
…have I mentioned my anxiety and OCD reach a whole new level of insanity? And that my memory is SO BAD? This is why I have this handy-dandy page. Yes, I just clean whenever it’s messy. But I’m someone who likes to know when I’ve done a thorough clean and when things need to be change (i.e. filters). Call me crazy, I don’t care!
Yearly Goals for 2019
Last year I had a “bucket list” system, which was fun. However, AmandaRachLee showed this really cool layout for goals to accomplish in different aspects of your life (i.e. travel, personal, etc.). She also added a word for the year, which I decided to try as well. This year, I chose BALANCE.
A Year in Polaroids
I had this last year and thought it was just super cute! So I’m adding it again. You add one Polaroid for each month of a favourite moment or event or whichever.
A Year in Polaroids & Quote
Same thing as above for the last for months. Then I added a quote…that I think I partially made up…who knows. I thought it sounded pretty.
Things I Wish I Did Differently
If you look closely, you’ll see little dots and diamond shapes around the flowers. Instead of drawing those in black, I would’ve preferred to doodle those using a silver and gold pen; it would’ve made it pop out more. Or instead of pens, I would like to buy sparkles or stickers that present like sparkles. I just find the doodles look a little lazy near the end…because I was tired and wanted to finish it, to be frank.
Another thing I wish I did was add one more page for a savings jar, in a sense. It basically keeps you accountable for saving a certain amount of month for something you’re working towards. For instance, I really want to save towards: New Zealand and Holland 2020 adventure, built in closet, custom pull down curtains, and a gaming laptop. You would set aside a certain amount everything month and place it into your little savings jar or whatever you use.
I’m most likely going to need a new journal for 2019 since this one has less pages than my 2018 journal, so I’ll try to remember to do this for that one.
If there’s anything else you want to see regarding bullet journals and my process, please let me know in the comments section!