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Welcome back for another Bullet Journal post. I truly hope this post helps up your Bullet Journal game. Bullet Journaling unfortunately can be very intimidating more so if you do not have the neatest writing, like myself.
I swoon over all the beautiful layouts and color schemes of these talented woman and there layouts we see on Pinterest and Instagram . Enough fan girling......Do you want to create perfect and neat layouts that look as if you spent hours doing?
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Today I will be discussing a tool I use to create Bullet Journal spreads that are not only perfect but super easy to do. For anyone who is Bullet Journal challenged this is by far a absolute must ~ more importantly an amazing way to create spreads without the constant frustration of knowing you are just going to mess it up someway or somehow ( Guilty Right Here )
I have been trying to Bullet Journal now for almost 2 years now. I can’t tell you how many 20$ notebooks I’ve purchased from Amazon with the mindset that this time will be different, this time I will get it right. Unfortunately I was oh so wrong. I have at least 6 Leuchtturms In all different colors ~ 3 Scribbles That Matter and many other spiral notebooks I’ve tried along the way .
Eventually More often then I like to admit would give up and just assume that the Bullet Journal just sent for me and just stick to Planning. But I love lists and the Bullet Journal is the ultimate list.
Bullet Journal Layouts Using Stencils
1. Bullet Journal Stencils:
Bullet Journal layout stencils are absolutely amazing. You get that PIntrest worthy layout even if you are bujo challenged such as myself
I’ve owned a couple stencils already but they weren’t layout stencils ~ meaning the layout is already precut and all you have to do is trace along the lines . These are also your best friend if you are like myself and have sloppy writing because most shops who sell Bullet Journal Stencils also sell lettering headers
The stencils I am using today in this post are from Love Cynthia also you need to check out Love Cynthias clear stamps. I own many if not most of her stamps and they are absolutely adorable as well as functional. Stamps are also a fantastic way to make your Bullet Journal layouts on point
Another brand I love is MoxieDori on Etsy! This shop sells so many creative Bullet Journal stencils that I can't wait to order more. They literally have a stencil for every layout and collection imaginable. Even your beginning month pages such as Hello February. It was the best 8-9$ I've invested in my notebook.
* This Picture above is my picture. I was using two different stencils from Love Cynthia ~ also the clear stamp at the top is also from her. I used my royal blue Leuchtturm for this layout.
2. Alternative Option... Bullet Journal Stickers
There are a good amount of shops out there who sell Bullet Journal Stickers among Planner Stickers. They have everything from headers, boxes, habit trackers and more. Some even have a full page sticker that fit perfectly in a A5 notebook! Here is a list of shops who sell awesome Bullet Journal Stickers:
- Sunshine Sticker Cfo. On Etsy
- Birds Fly Studios On Etsy
3. Notebooks That Work Great For Bullet Journaling:
Go on Amazon and purchase one. You don't have to start out with a Leuchtturm that is if you want to of coarse. I would love to add that I have purchased multiple notebooks for 5-10$ that had the paper quality of the Leuchtturm but just Spiral Bound . Honestly I like Spiral Bound when I am just starting out, if you mess up just rip the page out. Below are a list of my favorite Bullet Journal Notebooks
- Milko Dot Grid 2 Pack Spiral Bound Notebooks These notebooks range for about 10$ for two and the paper is smooth and has a heavy gsm count I really love this brand and since it’s spiral no worries about messing up!
-Rhodia Wirebound Grid Notebook This has amazing paper and also comes in a bound version. This ranges between 8$-10$.
Leuchtturm 1917 A5 (medium): This is my favorite and well Know and favored in the Bullet Journal community. This notebook has number pages , ribbon bookmarks, incredible paper a index and side pocket folder in the back cover. The paper quality is amazing and has a elastic closure.
Scribbles That Matter: This is another good one with excellent paper, ribbon bookmarks and a elastic enclosure. This is a close second in the community.
4. Other Items You Could Incorporate:
I love all washi but Love Cynthia and Simply Gilded On Etsy have beautiful washi.
Good Ink For Stamping:
If you plan on coloring in your art after stamping be sure you choose a good permanent stamp pad that won’t smear using Alcohol Markers such as Copic. One of my go to stamp pads is Momento Pigment Dye ink pads. More so , If you plan on using colored pencils then you could use really any ink pad, I love the Versa Magic Chalk ink pad. Also a newer favorite is the Distressed Ink Pads. Like I mentioned above choose permanent pigment ink if coloring in with your popular alcohol markers to prevent bleeding. You could try some good color pencils from prismacolor.
These are double sided pastel highlighters. One side has a chisel tip and the other side has a bullet tip. These are amazing to add a pop of soft color to your bujo but they are not to soft meaning you actually can see your writing. Mildliners are the perfect combination of highlighting and writing.
5. And if you need to keep your kids busy while you get stuff done:
My 3 kids got this from Santa! This bounce house is awesome and at a great price. And it's super sturdy and handles all the wrestling that come along with three boys. This will not only keep your kids busy but tire them out in the process. Win Win
So that's about it for today. I hope you learned something from this post. Just keep in mind Bullet Journaling doesn't have to be fancy or neat. That's the beauty of it. It can be daily pages of your cleaning or to-do’s up to fancy colorful layouts. If you want to try it first just grab any notebook and pen you have lying around. You do not need a $20 notebook ( it is a great incentive however to make you use it )
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Now onto you.
Do you Bullet Journal or do you want to Bullet Journal but just don't know where to begin?
I would love to hear in the comments below.