A New Year, A New Journal! Bullet Journal for 2019

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:

AmandaRachLeeAmanda WrightInprint


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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

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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

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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

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Pens List, Washi Tape List, & 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

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Growth Tracker, Post Ideas, & Instagram Post 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

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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

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Yearly Cleaning Schedule

…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

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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

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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

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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!

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31 thoughts on “A New Year, A New Journal! Bullet Journal for 2019

  1. Wow that must take some time! I have a bullet journal but it’s so basic – I just use it as a day to day diary but I did one of those ‘books read’ pages last year and loved it so did it again this year! Your drawings are goals

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    1. It did ha-ha!! The first entry is ALWAYS the hardest. But after that, the monthly spreads don’t take that long. That’s pretty cool! I want to start a diary based bullet journal – I used to love to write poetry, which I’d like to start doing again.

      I’m so excited for the book page!!! I’ve seen so many people do this so it should be fun! And thank you! I’m honestly not that great at drawing AT ALL! That just shows that literally ANYONE can make a pretty journal 😉

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    2. Oh and I thought I would let you know darlin’, I think you need to update your link to your page in your main settings if you updated it recently. I tried to follow you but it said the link wasn’t available anymore (connected to livingthebookishlife.wordpress.com). I ended up finding you through good at your new URL. I had to do this in 2017 when I updated my URL, so thought I’d mention it 🙂

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      1. I THINK the only thing you have to do is click your little profile icon in the top right hand corner of the screen (beside the bell) and then go into your Account Settings. Make sure the URL is the updated one and not your old one.

        If there’s another step and I remember it, I’ll let you know!

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  2. I love AmandaRachLee! I will check out the other two you list as big inspirations. Your bullet journal is stunning. I kind of regret not doing any year long spreads before jumping into my January spread, but this is my first official year of bullet journalling so live and learn I guess. Maybe I’ll squeeze them in before February. ^_^

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    1. Isn’t she amazing? I just love her work and her charisma! The one YouTuber doesn’t do too many bullet journals – she just did something for her big travel journey happening. Inprint does WONDERFUL pieces, especially floral based. I am NO WHERE NEAR as good as her, but I want to practice drawing more this year.

      You could totally squeeze it in! Or put it all at the end (just remember to count pages and plan first ha-ha). I actually wish I added a budget saver for some things I want to buy, so I’m going to put that on the last page of my journal. If you have a journal that you know won’t be enough for the whole year, you could do this in your 2019 part 2 journal 🙂

      I did a lot of learning on the go last year with bullet journaling, since it was my first time. Hopefully, this year I will be better at it…we shall see.


      1. I’m not sure I’ll outgrow my current bujo, but I am definitely keeping notes throughout the year of what works and what doesn’t work, so I’ll make a note of things I neglected to try as well.

        I didn’t think I wanted to have a monthly expense tracker but now I’ve been thinking about it just out of curiosity about how much I spend on little things without thinking :S

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      2. I didn’t think I would keep up with it…but now I can’t imagine my day without it ha-ha!!

        I love the expense tracker – it really puts into perspective where I can save money and what not. For instance, I realized I eat out WAY more than I thought ha-ha!!

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  3. Your bullet journal is gorgeous, it’s simple with the design but the simplicity is VERY effective. Mine looks like a scrawled mess – ha! I keep hearing about washi tape but have no clue what it *actually* is… I may need to go look this up.

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    1. Thank you so much! I actually want to make it even more simple, if you can believe it. I love doodles, but I feel as though I tend to go overboard. I think people that do those kinds of journals do a beautiful job – it’s just not for me.

      Washi Tape is basically pretty looking tape – you can use it as normal tape or use it as decor. You can get great deals on amazon or aliexpress.

      I plan to do a new post soon on basic bullet journal essentials – I’ll definitely talk about washi tape 🙂

      And I’m SURE yours isn’t as messy as you think – I always feel the same way until people mention how they like it lol!

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      1. I’ve just tried to simplify mine even further so now it looks like a basic scrawled mess! I was getting sick of ‘prettifying’ it because I have zero patience and less than zero art ability. I may look out for this tape (I like a quick fix) and will definitely look out for your post on bullet journal essentials!

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      2. LMFAO! I remember I used to go ALL out — now I like to make it more simple. I just add some random flower looking things to spice it up. Hopefully I don’t go overboard on the February spread ha-ha! Washi Tape is amazing!! It really adds to the pages without having to actually doodle or anything!

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  4. I love your journal! It’s all so very neat and tidy… I also like how you added the cleaning page… I am like you, I like knowing when the last time I cleaned something properly, and it’s just good to keep things regularly tidy! 🙂

    I hope you enjoy using your journal! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! I think my February lay out will be much more minimalist than my intro and January one. There are just a FEW tweaks I want to make 🙂 I REALLY want to try watercolour entries this year as well!

      Oh thank gosh…my parent’s were giggling at my cleaning schedule…I can’t help it!!

      And thank you! I definitely will!

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  5. I love your bullet journal! It’s so clean, crisp, and just pretty!

    I’m with you on the cleaning schedule! I write ours on the wall calendar, currently.

    I’m slightly obsessed / in love with your book spine page!!

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    1. Thank you, love! And okay…so glad to hear I’m NOT the only person who does this cleaning schedule shenanigans! I felt like a loser but now I don’t 🙂

      Isn’t is so cool!? I’m so glad people were posting this idea – gotta love the bullet journal sharing community ❤


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