One of the reasons why I started doing bullet journaling in 2013 was because it made me do things without using my phone. I mean, I can honestly just list my to-do’s and recipes and to-buy but it also means I’ll get distracted by those evil social media apps and games.
Back then though, I didn’t really pay attention to designs and just did the video Ryder Carroll showed in his original video. I won’t tackle much what it’s all about in this post because I’m sure it’s better if you look at it yourself. Visit their website for an in-depth tutorial or watch this video:
I like my journal’s design minimal so I don’t really use other colors aside from black or brown/gold. Despite that though, my pencil case is full of other pens. My niece and I even have other coloring sets that we keep in pencil tubs but I only practice calligraphy with those. Here’s what I have in my Kate-Spade-turned-BuJo pouch:
- A yellow dotted Victoria’s Journal which is the cheaper version of Moleskine and Leuchtturm1917 but is kind of hard to find
- Two Tombow brush pens in N35 and and N55
- Marvy 1122 Le Plume brush pen
- Marvy drawing pen in 1.0, 0.1, 003, and brush
- Marvy calligraphy pen
- Red, blue and black 2.0mm Calligraphie Pen and two more black 3.5mm and 5.0 mm
- Mongol eraser
- Yellow Sharpie highlighter
- Faber Castel 2B pencil
- Faber Castel retractable eraser
- Double ended Zig Brushables brush pens (I don’t know the color)
- Gold metallic Sharpie marker
- Gold Dong-A My Metal 0.7 pen
- 6-inch Orion ruler
- And my favorite Pilot G-Tech-C3 pen in black and red and a G-Tech-C4 in green
A lot of people were too intimidated by the blank pages staring at them before they started their bullet journals. In my case, I was excited to just draw and design. Maybe because I did the original way that’s why it wasn’t hard for me to start again.
I know I’m not the best yet when it comes to brush lettering but I still try to do it to practice. In fact, as you browse through my current BuJo, you’ll notice so much improvements. Hahahaha!
Eww sorry, I didn’t know yet that medium brush pens existed when I made this calendar. I thought the brushes all have the same size! *face palm*
I was inspired by one of the members of BuJo PH to use Tagalog. (Join the group for inspiration and help from other Filipino journal-ers!)
I restarted my BuJo during the last week of January that’s why there’s only one spread for that month. I was previously using a gold blank Victoria’s Journal that I included in my October Favorites before I switched.
My February spreads weren’t appealing and lacked content. There were weeks when I didn’t even write because I was questioning my existence and I was (and still am) a bum so things I did were mostly household chores.
I knew I wouldn’t fill this whole wants and ideas page so I just pasted a photo of me and my niece. I also didn’t want to not use a whole spread for my weekly to-do’s.
Yep, nothing in there. I didn’t even bother to write a quote.
Speaking of quotes, I noticed that I relate to whatever quote I put for the week. It’s always connected to what happens to me in real life.
Another experimentation I did was with this Pinterest-inspired March title page. If you don’t use Pinterest… WHY?!!
I disregarded the bigger boxes like February’s because I didn’t really use that. I just wrote on the other page my to-do’s and that month’s events. I just regret designing the headings differently because it looked messy.
Believe me when I say that I didn’t intend to use the whole spread for my monthly tracker but I can only make 20 vertical or 30 horizontal boxes using the guides in one page. So, I just added unnecessary tracking like brushing my teeth at night. LOL. Oops, I barely read and worked out or even stopped eating rice.
I got this from the internet, thought I can use some romantic movies in my loveless life. CHAROT. The gray highlights are movies I’ve seen even before writing them down.
I tried tracking my sleep but didn’t maintain it because it doesn’t look neat at all.
If you noticed, I like my daily entries in boxes. But when I found Amanda Lee’s Youtube, I immediately designed the upcoming week. I worked around her spread and ended up with this:
Eww the way I wrote the quote. HAHAHAHA!
I love Amanda Lee’s spread but it wasn’t really for me. So I mixed her design and mine and came up with what I’ve been working with until now. I also added a woke-up-time tracker.
Doodle here, doodle there… but with black pens still. *wink*
I don’t know yet how to design April’s title page.
Minimalism, yep. Minimalism.
As of this writing, this is the last spread in my BuJo. I keep forgetting blog post ideas, might as well write them down, right? Oh btw, I’m using colors for the legends. AKO BA ‘TO? Hahahaha!
Anyway, this is how I make use of this journaling system. I would show you how I did this back in 2013 but I cannot find my old Moleskine. Tsaka chaka ‘yun kaya wag na natin i-compare dito. Or maybe I’ll just write again an update about this and will include it in that post. So we see how different I write before and now.
Do you prefer to buy a planner or opt to use a bullet journal like me? Who are other BuJo inspirations to follow? 😁