I know. I know. I know… I have told you guys time and time again that I was in love with Happy Planner, but not anymore! I have found something SO much more simpler, creative, and less expensive (per se).
The last we met, I shared the multiple ways I planned on using the Happy Planners. That did not go as planned. The more I let my memory book sit, the longer it was neglected. I didn’t even get a chance to put anything personal inside it at all! Don’t even get me started on my happnynichi or my gratitude/spiritual planner.
It was all so overwhelming. To start, the amount of stickers I collected was a hobby in of itself. Yes, there were great deals most of the time, but not when the newest and greatest stickers came out! All of the books were so adorable and cute. It stunk that I couldn’t buy ALL. Which leads me to the other problem, social media, it’s a curse for Happy Planner users a like. Happy Planners are about being happy and supporting people, but there was so much drama happening in the Facebook groups, it started becoming a chore. Drama is going to happen on social media no matter what, but you can chose to let it rule your feed or take it away.
So, to simplify my life, and gain more of a creative outlet, I decided to use a journal to create my own layouts, trackers, and art. I cannot express to you how much switching to the journal layout has become less stressful and the community is so much more welcoming. Not everyone is going to be the greatest artist, I know I am not one of them, but with practice and patience, it will become a great piece of art that you can keep to look back on. The best part about it is that YOU create it. You have control of what your bujo is going to look like. You don’t have to worry about preprinted layouts that wouldn’t go with the theme you chose for that week, so you’d have to use washi tape to cover it up.
Now, I started my journal purpousfully at the end of the year, so I could get all of the kinks worked out before the new year. So, there are quite a few things that I have learned while doing the bujo in the last three weeks that I will share with you. I used one of my back pages to write down what I want to do in future journals.
- Use thicker paper. Because I bought a cheaper journal, I learned real quick that inks will definitely bleed. Surprisingly enough, watercoloring does not bleed. Go figure.
- Start stocking up on fineliner pens, especially black ones, for layouts.
- If your journal isn’t already numbered, make sure you do not skip pages when numbering to prevent the need for white out. 😂
- Put the title page in the front. I was SO excited to start this journey that I completely forgot to put the title page at the FRONT. I put mine behind the index. 🙄
- Create Monthly title pages. Again, was too excited and I forgot to place a monthly title page for August. 🤦🏼♀️
- If you are interested in doing watercolors in your journal, make sure to put that down first! 🤦🏼♀️
- Write in pencil before you solidify it with pen. This one I have thanked my lucky stars that I have learned very quickly to do. I have a tendency to act before I prepare sometimes. It’s just so hard when you’re excited to engage in the activity, you don’t want to lose your idea. Which leads me to my next bullet:
- Brain Dump page. For all of your ideas that you don’t want to lose.
Most of all, DO NOT get overwhelmed looking for the perfect layout or the perfect tracker. Just do it! It is so much more fun if you learn from your own mistakes, it will make it that much more exciting to get it right the next time.
This coming weeks layout is my most favorite. I have learned from the previous weeks, and I even learned something from this layout, but it’s still my favorite.
Thank you for taking the time to check this post out. If you have made it this far and are interested in how to start bullet journaling, I’ve learned everything from this awesome chick, The Petite Planner. She gives a very detailed 10 post series on what bujo is, how to use it and always some inspiration.
Are you already into the bujo lifestyle? How is it working for you? Share your tips and tricks below in the comments. I would love to hear from you guys on how you stay motivated.