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My 2019 Bullet Journal layout (simple & minimal)

My 2019 Bullet Journal layout (simple & minimal) Posted on 03/01/20192 Comments
Ahoy, hello! My name is Jenny. I am a thirty-something human female from Manchester in the north of England. I enjoy rainy days and sad songs, custard donuts and salt & pepper chips and beer, lentil dhal and fried okra, X-Files and Twin Peaks, fierce fat heroines and mental health advocates, dogs and cats and otters and a very special beirdo. To paraphrase Sylvia Plath: "I blog because there is a voice within me that insists on writing lots of ridiculous chuff".

2018 was a bit of an establishing year for me, BuJo-wise. I daresay the bullet journal hype is dying down somewhere these days (is it? I can’t never tell, I am profoundly out of touch) but I still enjoy using mine a lot. Here I’ll share my 2019 set-up. The best bit about bullet journalling is that you can make it 100% your own, and you can start at any time whatsoever. For me it’s a way to keep track of life/dates/appointments, and enjoy a (vaguely) creative outlet at the same time.

One thing I was very bad at in 2018 was consistency around creating monthly/weekly layouts. I felt enormous pressure to create beautifully decorative pages each month and often didn’t stick to it. Therefore, for 2019 I’m making use of a number of printables (I’ll link all of these within the post) and planning all the months and weeks out in advance.

This year I chose a beautiful Dingbats notebook. These are vegan-friendly and superb quality. The pages are creamy and dreamy and soft and thick. Like me! Let’s go…

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The inside front cover of my notebook. It has a hoof-print pattern and a space for my contact details. In the bottom left there is a stick showing a row of cacti.

The first two pages of my journal showing a table of contents, and various stickers about veganism and mental health.

You can see that I’ve moved the stickers to the inside cover of my journal this year, and I’m keeping the cover simple and minimal (because it’s so lovely as it is). Links to stickers:

  • Feminist witch and fat cat lady sticker via Rachele Cateyes on Redbubble
  • Veganism is Magic sticker via lil-veg Redbubble
  • Mental Health Matters sticker via acoollamb on Redbubble
  • FKJ PHD sticker via being a Patron of the podcast!
  • Mental wellness stickers via CrazyCreativeCool

Whenever I buy stickers from RedBubble I load up on 6 and get 50% off, which is a super good deal!

On the left, a calendar of the whole year. On the right, a page for monthly goals throughout 2019.

The printables are from the uh-mazingly useful and helpful She offers a bunch of free printables, and there are more available in her Etsy shop. I’ve used a combination of the two this year.

A two page journal spread showing two charts for tracking my blog and Instagram growth in 2019.

I’d like to track my blog and Instagram growth this year. I’m putting more of an effort into this and want to up engagement with my blog and social media. This is tricky with a full time job and part time study, etc., but I think that tracking growth will motivate me to continue to put the effort in!

A two page journal spread with old-school library book check-out images pasted in to track books read in 2019.

I did pretty well on the reading front in 2018, and though I enjoy using Goodreads I’d like to track the books I read manually too. I found these old-school library book type images via a Google image search and just printed out some pretty ones and pasted them into my notebook.

My January spread - images of tree trunks on the left and a month calendar on the right.

Here’s my January spread – I used some decorative paper I bought from Hobbycraft and a few washi tapes, as well as a printable from (linked above).

A spread showing the first week of January. It's minimal with a few esoteric stickers and not much else.

And this is pretty much the spread I’ve used for every single week in 2019 (bar one week I had to cram in, shown below). Yes, I went ahead and filled out every single month and year of 2019, and I’m glad that I did! This means I have an entirely bespoke 2019 diary with space for the other stuff that matters to me. It was worth the couple of hours that it took in total, for sure. Stickers shown here are from Lace & Whimsy Studio on Etsy.

Another monthly 2019 spread but with fresh, green colours for a springtime month.

The monthly spread for December 2019.

And finally, I split the pages leftover at the end of the notebook into themed sections that I’ll use to track progress of my goals for 2019. For each ‘cover page’ I pasted in a freebie printable of an old-school library index card from Jordan Clark.

A simple two page spread with an old-school library index card design pasted in for me to write the title on.

That’s about it for my 2019 BuJo spread, friends! Are you a bullet journal fan or no?

Check out my other Bullet Journal posts:

📔 Bullet Journalling for Human Failures

📔 (Bullet) Journaling through Therapy

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  1. I’ve said it before and I’ve said it again – I always learn something new or get a fresh idea when I visit your blog. I’ve been looking for ways to get on top of life and beat it into some type of shape, and I was wondering about planners I could make that would be easy to build and use. And lo… here I find this! thank you.

    1. Gah, bless you! I’m glad to be of inspiration! I find mine really handy. I rarely put ‘events’ into each day, but definitely items to do. I am useless at remaining on top of things so this helps!

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