October 2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up

Hey guys! I’m a little late in posting this, but I promise that it’ll be worth the wait. I don’t know why I keep doing themes that take so long😂 I thought this one would be more simple but nope! For October this year I’m doing a phases of the moon theme, and this is different for me because I’m ONLY using black and white, which I’ve never done before. If you want to know which phases are happening on which days of the month, check out this website that I found- it’s really helpful! This theme is inspired by AmandaRachLee, whose journal I love! Here’s the link to her video if you want to check it out: AmandaRachLee

She did this theme last year, but I’ve definitely tweaked it and made it my own.

I love these spreads but it just took me a while to colour in all of the black parts😂 I was impressed with how much ink is in my Tombow Fudenoske brush pens, because I coloured in SO much area with them! They’re almost running out though so I have to order some more. I also made good use of my white gel pen by doing cursive over the black, and a bunch of star doodles🥰 So yeah, these pages look simple but they kind of take a lot of work😂 If you’re looking for something a bit less time consuming, you could use black paper instead of colouring in with black, I just like how the black ink looks.

There are so many fun things that you can do with a moon theme though, which you’ll see in my journal down below👇 I can’t wait to start using these spreads! They’re so simple but pretty and timeless. Hope you find some inspiration in this post! Happy journaling:)

Here’s my title page:) As you can see there’s lots of black😂 I did a big black circle with stars in it and wrote October in there, surrounded by a bunch of moons in different phases. Then we have that black border with the moons in the four corners. I love the quote I used for this month; it fits my theme perfectly and reminds me that sometimes I don’t get the full picture!

I’m still using the little mini calendar, and this month there actually isn’t any room to write anything in there. I just drew which phase the moon will be in on each day, so it’s more for me to get a sense of what the month looks like. Then on the other page I have a space where I can write down events, tasks, school stuff, and goals for the month. I don’t know, I might switch back to a full calendar spread next month and just see if it works better with school, but for now this is pretty good for me. These spreads are pretty simple👌

This tracker layout has captured my heart, so it’s here to stay❤️ This month it’s pretty simple with those moons on the side, and a black header with white writing. I’m tracking all my habits, my mood, my productivity, and my workouts. This month I’m tracking if I worked out in the morning or not instead of if I just worked out anytime, because my workout tracker at the bottom will let me know if I worked out that day or not. I think this turned out really cute!

Here I have my gratitude and blog planner together on the same pages, so I’ll write what I’m grateful for on one side of the black divider, and plan blog stuff on the other. I did all of the moon phases again, and the black header, which both look great:)

I included a moon journal on half of this spread, which I thought was pretty cool! The basic premise is that during different phases of the moon, you focus on and journal about different things. Like for example, the Full Moon is gratitude, and the New Moon is your hopes and dreams. There’s actually a lot you can do with moon journaling, so feel free to do some more research. Here’s the link that I used for some info: Moon Journaling Info

Then on the other page I have my first weekly spread, which looks simple but was a lot of colouring😂 My hand was dead after I finished filling in all of the stars. But it looks really good!

I really like this theme and how different it is! Which themes are you guys doing for October? Have a great rest of your weekend and I’ll see you tomorrow:)

Yours Truly,

Olivia:)))

August 2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up

July just flew by, and I’m sad to see my Anne of Green Gables theme go, but I’m absolutely IN LOVE with my theme for August!! At first I was kind of going for a Spanish tile look, but now that I’m done I’m totally getting Mediterranean vibes. I used the fine tip of my light blue Tombow Dual Brush Pen, and a darker blue crayola marker, as well as my gold brush pen from the dollar store, my white Gelly Roll pen, and a finer gold gel pen. I haven’t used my bigger Tombow markers in a while because the brush tip is a little to big for the size of my journal, but the fine tip works perfectly here and I love the colour.

I also didn’t use ANY black in this entire set up and I plan to keep it that way! It just makes it feel really clean and simple and bright, which I love for summer. These spreads are pretty simple in general, cause I wanted a bit of a break from lots of drawing. The tiles are easy to draw because I used the dotted lines as a guide. I also varied the tile sizes a bit to keep things interesting.

I hope you like this month’s set-up and can pull some inspiration from it! I love love love how it turned out and I can’t wait to come up with some more weekly spreads:))

Here’s my title page! I drew 12 tiles that are 8×8 dots each, leaving some space at the top and bottom. It was lots of fun drawing out all these different designs! After I had coloured everything in, I went over the darker blue parts with my white gel pen for some extra detail. Then I wrote August in gold in a simple lowercase font. My quote for this month is “Go bravely, go deeply, or do not go”. While I don’t officially have a focus for this month, I want to make it a priority to give 110% in everything.

Again, I’ve been liking this half page calendar layout a lot! I might have to switch back to a full page one once school stuff starts up again, but for now I’m enjoying this look. I have space for my goals, events, and tasks, and then just my little calendar to write a few important dates down and keep track of what day it is (because when it’s summer AND Covid it’s hard to know). I messed up on my calendar because I forgot that August ends on a Monday and kept drawing circles until the end of the week. But I managed to cover it up by doing some little doodles, and then I did more in the top row too so it looks intentional. And yeah, I drew some smaller tiles here to which I think are so cute:)

My trackers spread is just super clean and simple. I think I’m just going to stick with this horizontal style because I just love the way it looks and how simple it is to fill out. I used a finer gold gel pen to write smaller, because I didn’t want to use black. And then I also have a workout tracker to keep tabs on my fitness.

These pages turned out great and it makes me happy just looking at them!! I did more small tiles for my gratitude log, and bigger tiles over on my blog planner. I haven’t included a blog planner in a while because I wasn’t really using it, but recently I started planning out my posts in advance and it’s helped me a ton, so hopefully I can plan stuff more using this.

And finally, my first weekly spread. Super simple; just some tiles and the first letter of the days of the week. I had another head-smacking moment as I started the week off with Sunday, and then I was like oh shoot, August first is a SATURDAY. I really didn’t want to paste paper on top or mess it up, so I just put Saturday and Sunday together into one box and whatever. I also ended up writing the dates in with my gold gel pen, but it didn’t make it into this photo.

There’s my set up for August!! It’s one of my favourite ones I think; I just love the colours and the simplicity. I had a few little hiccups but it turned out great in the end! Let me know what you think of it and I’ll see you guys Wednesday with another post:)))

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

July 2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up

Hey guys! To be honest, this month’s set-up was a bit of a struggle. I’m in love with my theme, but trying to transfer my ideas on to paper was so hard! And then I came up with some super complicated stuff that took me FOREVER to execute, so it was just a long and arduous process. But I’m super happy with how it turned out in the end!

The theme I chose is Anne of Green Gables;)) I’ve been reading all of the books again recently, and I love them! They’re so cute and have so many awesome quotes and life lessons in them. There’s so much good doodling and quote material to choose from, and I think that’s why I was stuck a bit- there’s too many possibilities! But I finally went with lots of doodles of the Green Gables house, some flowers and cherry blossoms, and some of Anne herself. I used a bunch of different colours and played around with layouts, and I don’t think I’ll stick to one set group of doodles for the whole month, I’ll probably switch it up week to week like I did in my Harry Potter spreads a couple of years ago, to make sure I capture the whole essence of the books. Despite how long this took me to do, I’m really glad that I spent the time because I love these spreads:)) Let’s get into them!

For my title page I drew Green Gables, as well as some trees and flowers. I really like how the outline of the grass and sky is kind of squiggly, and then the black border cuts through it. On the opposite page I drew Anne’s gable window, and a cherry blossom branch because there’s a flowering tree outside her window in the books;) I also used some white and green checked washi tape because it just screams Green Gables to me! My first quote is, “Dear old world, you are very lovely and I am glad to be alive in you.”. Something that I want to focus on this month is just being grateful for all of the little things, and immersing myself in summer, and I think that this quote embodies that!

I haven’t gone back to a full-page calendar spread yet, because I like how this mini calendar is working for me. Underneath it I have sections to write down events, tasks, and stuff for the Chem 20 course I’m starting soon. And then I drew Green Gables again, as well as Anne and more cherry blossoms. There’s a spot for my goals, and my focus for the month is “feed the soul”. I included another quote in this spread as well.

Here are my trackers! This spread took me a LONG time but it was worth it;)) I have the usual habit, mood and productivity trackers, but I decided not to track sleep this month because it’s hard for me to be accurate with it and tracking it isn’t super important to me. So I just have a bigger workout tracker, which is nice.

I drew Anne’s little window again for my gratitude log, and Green Gables for my summer bucket list. I included this so I can write down all of the things I want to do before summer is over! I’ll share some of the items on it on instagram;))

And finally, a quote page and my first weekly spread. This quote really resonated with me, because I think it’s what makes summer so special. Just a string of nice, chill, warm days with family and friends. For my first weekly spread, I took a little detour from the usual doodles and did some more items from the books.

That’s July! I love it so much and can’t wait to come up with more wekkly spread ideas;)) I used lots of Crayola supertips markers, some Zebra mildliners, some micron fineliners and some brush pens for these spreads. I actually had a crisis where my marker ran out and I didn’t have another one like it to colour in the sky. I almost had a heart attack! But then I found a highlighter that’s pretty close, so it’s all good. Hope you found some inspiration in this post, and that your July set-up is stress free!!

Yours Truly,

Olivia;))

May 2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up

Hello! I can’t believe that it’s almost May. The first couple of weeks of self-isolation went super slow, but now I feel like the days are just flying by. But it still felt like it took me FOREVER to figure out a theme for this month. I just couldn’t nail one down! There are so many options out there but none of them felt right, you know? Plus, this month I wanted to do something a bit outside my comfort zone and more drawing-heavy, because I have so much time to experiment. So after a zillion hours on Pinterest and another zillion hours staring at a blank page, I decided to go for this European alleyway look. I know that a lot of people are stuck in their apartments right now, and it’s a little bit representative of that. But I also just love all the little details and how much doodling is involved. I can’t remember the last time I did a cover page where the whole thing was coloured in!

I tried lots of other new layouts and pages this month too, and I’m super excited to be sharing them! I haven’t had the chance to experiment with my bullet journal for a long time, so it’s nice to get super creative with it. Hope you like my spreads and find some quarantine inspiration in them!

My title page took a loooong time to draw, but it was totally worth it! I love how bright it is and how it looks so doodle-y. The colours work really well together;) The two buildings give a really good sense of perspective, and I included some cute lanterns in there too. And yes, I’m using calligraphy again, but I’m trying to do a different style, alright? My quote for May is “Always Look On The Bright Side”, which is perfect for what’s going on right now.

I have literally nothing coming up in my calendar, so I decided to make it only one page this month. That meant that on the other page I have room to write down events, tasks, goals, and my monthly focus (which I haven’t come up with yet but will let you know what it is) I also drew another building and some window doodles. By the way, the markers I used this month were some zebra mildliners, one yellow crayola supertip, my tombow fudenoske brush pen, and my micron fineliners.

My trackers are also really different this month! I made them horizontal instead of vertical. For my mood and productivity trackers I’ll do a line graph like I’ve been doing for the past couple of months, but I think I’ll try out a bar graph for my sleep tracker. My sleep tracker is a great tool for right now, because my sleep schedule is getting a little out of whack;) I gave up on tracking my water intake because it wasn’t helping me out at all. On the side, I also put in a fitness tracker so that I can see what kind of exercise that I’ve been doing. I finished this spread with another building doodle and washi tape!

I wrote the title for my gratitude tracker in the middle of the spread just to switch things up a bit. On the opposite page I have a spread to track which Crash Course episodes I’ve watched. Crash Course is a really great YouTube channel that has awesome and engaging courses on so many subjects! During quarantine I want to watch a bunch of them, and so I kind of geeked out a bit with this page. You should totally check these videos out if you’ve got nothing to do!

Finally, my first weekly spread of the month. I drew a bunch of buildings and another quote. You can’t really tell from this picture but I messed up writing the days of the week and had to cover it with some white paper, which definitely tested my patience! Anyways, I think it turned out good.

I absolutley love my May Set-Up! It’s so different from what I’ve done before, and I’m excited to fill in all of my trackers. See you Wednesday with an awesome recipe!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;)

Handmade Valentines

Hello there! Valentine’s Day is coming up, and it’s the perfect time to show your appreciation for your friends and family;) I love making homemade cards because they show how much you care! These cards are super cute and easy to make. I used the rose doodle from my February bullet journal theme, and different coloured card stock. Here’s how to make them!

First off, here’s how to draw these cute roses. You start with a circle, then draw lines around the perimeter, getting closer and closer to the center to create a rose. You can also add some leaves;)

For this first card, I used some red card stock and drew a rose border. I then used my brush pen to write out “Happy Valentine’s Day”, did some accents with a white gel pen, and drew a few extra roses.

On the nest card, I wrote out “Orange You Glad You’re My Friend?” on some paper and glued it onto orange card stock. Valentine’s Day is the best for puns!!

I love the heart on this yellow card;) I used the phrase “Be My Valentine”, and drew yellow roses at the top and bottom.

Finally, my favourite card! I drew blue roses in the corners and another heart at the bottom. The phrase on this one is “I’m Blue Without You”.

Those are all of the Valentines that I made! There are endless combinations of phrases and colours, and if I make any more cool ones I’ll keep you updated on Instagram!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))