Monday, 27 June 2016

7 Steps To Start A Bullet Journal

If you haven't heard of Bullet Journals, where have you been?! They are such a big thing now!

WARNING: This is one hell of a hefty post, sorry, not sorry.

I have been doing my current one for 3 months and I am completely addicted, so much so that I now use two Bullet Journals, one for my day to day life and one for my "collections".

I did a hell of a lot of research before I started mine, I'm talking YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and Google, I bit the bullet (no pun intended) and bought a relatively cheap squared notebook and got started. It was very much an experimentation at this point, I used different layouts that I thought might work for me and I also put my collections with this but later decided this just wasn't for me!

I have now been sent the beautiful new Leuchtturm B5 Notebook*, Pink Pen Loop* and Pilot Fountain Pen* in White from J.B.Welly. I honestly think I'm in love. It also gives me the opportunity to start ready for August in a way that I know my Bullet Journal works for me.

How To Start Your Own Bullet Journal:
  1. You need supplies: I know there are people, such as myself, who already have a lot of the things they already need, this did not stop me! I would suggest getting yourself either a dot grid or squared notebook, such as one of the Leuchtturm's, a pack of fineliners (my favourite are actually from Tesco), a couple of coloured pens (I use the Papermate Flair) and perhaps some washi tape if some takes your fancy. You can check out my post on 17 Ways To Decorate Your Bullet Journal for more ideas.
  2. Research: Look around on Pinterest and Instagram, you'll get tonnes of inspiration! You can check out my Bullet Journal Pinterest Board for the inspiration I use.
  3. Experiment: Absolutely no one's Bullet Journal is perfect, nor should it be, but that's half the fun of it. It will take time to find what is right for you. The start of my first Bullet Journal is a state!
  4. Plan Your Set Up: I find it easiest to make a note of what I want to put in my Bullet Journal, just in case I want to research it or come back to it later. I will often mind map how I'm going to do it and plan it so, for me, it's perfect! Unless you have a clear idea of what you want then you can just put your pen to paper straight away.
  5. Create The Backbone: I would initially include pages such as the Index, a Key, a Future Log, a Monthly Log, a Daily/Weekly Log and a To Do list. I include all of these in my Bullet Journal in some way, just perhaps not under those headings.

  6. Keep Calm: Don't overwhelm yourself to start with. It is so easy to dive in head first and cram as much as you can into it, and do as much as you can, but I would not suggest this is a good way to go, personally. It's like Marmite, you could love it or hate it!
  7. Collections: My favourite part has got to be doing my collections. Everything from keeping track of money to weight loss, motivational quotes to my goals, travel plans to what I'm doing next week. The list is honestly endless, it brings out creativity I never thought I had and I have a beautiful notebook because of it!
Now on to how good the Leuchtturm B5's beautiful, it really is. It's bigger than the A5 and also thinner. Now for me, and my layout, the bigger page is so much better as it means I can fit more in and therefore write more! The paper quality is great and the dot grid also means more freedom with writing on the page. I do find I have to pick my choice of pen wisely as a lot of the time I do get shadowing through the other side of the page which can be seen in my pictures. You can also see I popped the pen loop in with this notebook, I will say it is smaller than I expected, it doesn't fit all pens but this Ban.Do pen conveniently fits in it!

I'm also completely in love with the Pilot MR Metropolitan Fountain Pen. The medium nib is perfect for me and it is an absolute dream to write with! I know a lot of people do enjoy writing with fountain pens but for me, I think it would be more for my notes on a day to day basis, I wouldn't be doing any fancy calligraphy just yet! If you are looking for a nice affordable fountain pen then I would highly recommend this one as it is such great quality. They also do rollerball pens which I have been eyeing up!

I must add that John from J.B.Welly has outstanding customer service, and for someone who works in retail that is saying something! I love the little touches, like a Thank You card and the most stunning wrapping paper which I was so careful to open so I could reuse it! The wrapping paper is hand made in India and you can tell how much care John puts in to each package, as if it is a gift to yourself and it makes the joy of opening it so much more!

A massive Thank You to John who kindly sent over these products. I cannot recommend J.B.Welly enough for all your Bullet Journal needs!

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  1. Thanks for sharing! I'm just getting started this week, so every idea is helpful!!
    Becky from Kentucky


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