WHERE HAVE I BEEN?
You guys, this is RIGHT UP MY ALLEY!
- Washi tape
I cannot believe it has taken me THIS LONG to figure out the missing piece.
So, as you can tell, I recently fell hard over Bullet Journaling (or BuJo-ing, as the cool kids say).
And to commemorate my newfound love, I wanted to share with you my favorite tools of the trade thus far.
First off, the chosen journal:
Essentials Grid-lined Notebook – This guy is kind of like the poor man’s Moleskine, which is fine with me. I wanted to get something inexpensive for my first BuJo endeavor because… what if I messed it up?!
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens – These pens came highly recommended from a lot of YouTubers. They’re India ink and won’t bleed through pages… unless you go crazy with them. So don’t do that.
Pilot MR Retro Pop Collection Fountain Pen – This is completely unnecessary but super fun. A BuJo-ing friend of mine introduced me to fountain pens… and now I don’t really like writing with anything else. They’re intimidating as hell at first (yes, I had to watch a YouTube video on how to “install” the cartridge), but well worth it for the writing satisfaction.
Compass and Geometry Kit – And just for kicks! After Pinterest searching something like “bullet journal doodles” or something… I came across mandalas. So, to aid me in my mandala-crafting adventures, I purchased this little kit, complete with compass AND a straight edge that’s small enough to fit in the back pocket of my BuJo.
And now, some pages from my first BuJo:
This is my pride and joy of the whole damn thing. I can’t take ANY credit for the creativity aspect. I searched Pinterest for ideas and merged a few together. I will pat myself on the back for the execution, however.
After trying a one-page weekly spread last week, I decided to spread out to two pages this week. At first I thought, “That’s a ton of wasted space!” But since this photo, I have filled in the blank space with a Catch-Up Projects type list.
My first monthly spread! Completely unoriginal, but for my first time, I didn’t want to get TOO crazy. Originally, I had a whole separate page dedicated to a January Tracker. But then I realized I had added things to my tracker that other people had in theirs, and they weren’t necessarily things I cared to track. So, I crossed the whole thing out and added a smaller tracker to my monthly spread page. Now, I’m tracking the things that really matter to ME.
And if you don’t think I’m crazy yet:
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