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2017 Bullet Journal Review

Woah, is 2017 *actually* almost over?! It seems like everyone is saying this lately, but it’s true!

Bullet journaling has really gained popularity over the last few years, so I joined in on the fun. I wanted to share with my bullet journal review from this year, since it’s the first time I tried it. I’ll be going over what worked for me, what didn’t, and what I’d like to do more of for the upcoming year.

I used an old grid notebook from Pantone I had laying around. I can’t remember if I got this particular one from Barnes & Noble or from Sephora as a gift with purchase (it’s rare that they have non-beauty things as gwp!). Usually people use something a little more… fancy? But since this was my first bullet journal, I didn’t know if I’d keep up with it and didn’t want to spend $20 on a brand new Leuchtturm or Moleskine. I figured something I already had laying around would work. And it did – that’s the beauty of a bullet journal. You don’t need new supplies or the fanciest things – what you own will work!

The cover is a bit of a mess, if you can’t tell already. I wanted something to… I dunno, spark it up? So I haphazardly placed a few stickers on it. There’s also a nail polish swatch on the upper right corner because I didn’t have anything to swatch it on, but wait a minute! My bullet journal is right here!

This one in particular had empty spaces on the bottom that I didn’t use often.

I kept track of my months with little tabs, which were just kinda meh. I made them out of washi tape, so they’re pretty flimsy. For my next bullet journal, I’m planning on taping the edge of the page to mark the start of a new month.

These are some of the things that didn’t work for me in this bullet journal. A lot of people like doing habit trackers, and I think they can be super helpful in, well, keeping track of shit you have to keep up with. I always had the tendency to forget to plug them in whenever I did though. I also tried a mini weekly plan within my weekly plan (lol). It could be helpful to highlight the important things, but I didn’t use it much since my life is pretty boring. Something I’d like to try more of is actual journaling, which I was good at doing in the beginning because I was excited. It kind of fell off when March rolled around. I don’t want it to be as intense as it used to be, but I think it’d be fun to document little things here and there.

Lastly, here are some of my favorite spreads. Some of them are incomplete but hey, that’s okay too! As a creative though, I wouldn’t recommend finding images off Pinterest or Tumblr like I did (I only did it in the first two months or so and stopped afterwards, and all the square ones with the white border around them were taken by me). You never know if it was a commission or if whoever made it sells it. It just sits weirdly with me to print a picture of someone else’s work to use as your own, even if it isn’t for commercial purposes.

I’ve been meaning to share my bullet journal often, but 1) this one was mostly ugly imo, and 2) I forgot. I’ll be doing December’s pages in a new journal – I’ll be in Toronto from December to early January, and I didn’t want to carry an extra journal with me. I want to start being more creative with it!

Do you use a bullet journal? What do you use to keep yourself organized?

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