I had a series on my blog a while back called Journal Along With Me. The idea was to inspire anyone to start a journal, and to show that you didn’t need any fancy notebooks or fancy pens to begin with.
So, now I have a confession to make … I do have a fancy notebook I use as a Bullet Journal, as well as my plain notebook for occasional scribble … And I have two Filofax style planners from Paperchase.
I started an Instagram account just for my Bullet Journal, and I like to see how much I’m progressing. It’s taken me a while to get over the hurdle named “keep it simple because otherwise you will just mess it up”, even though I wrote this post about how to avoid making mistakes:
For the last month, my weekly spread in my bullet journal has been the same because it worked so well for me. I just changed the colours each week, and experimented with my handwriting a bit.
I started with a to do list column on the left, then my days of the week, a column for notes and a rolling schedule showing four weeks at a time.
For April I thought I would try something different, so I made a cover page for the first time. Then I decided to make use of my stamps from The Works and completely redesign my weekly spread for the week 8-14th April.
The notebook I’m using is a Leuchtturm, which is a well known brand of dot grid journal style book. The name comes with a price. It’s a price I wouldn’t have paid if I hadn’t had an Amazon voucher for Christmas.
I’m glad I bought it though, because the dot grid makes it a thousand times easier to draw a layout. However, I’m going to look at alternatives in future. The main reason is that the pages are very thin, so most ink shows through. If you see “ghosting” mentioned in bujo circles, that’s what it means. It’s slightly different to when ink bleeds through, but it’s just as disappointing. It’s also annoying when you’re trying to get an insta-worthy picture of your bullet journal setup and the previous spread is showing through.
I have found a helpful app for covering up personal info on photos. It’s called Point Blur. The app is amazingly simple to use. It is very handy for ‘after the pen’ photos (and for sharing snail mail pictures where you need to blur the address). If the ghosting is too bad then I use Point Blur to blend it in.
I hope you like my bullet journal setup for April. I shall be sharing more of my journals, so please subscribe to my blog if you haven’t already. Thanks for reading.