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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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!
The printables are from the uh-mazingly useful and helpful EmmaStudies.com. 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.
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!
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.
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 EmmaStudies.com (linked above).
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.
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.
That’s about it for my 2019 BuJo spread, friends! Are you a bullet journal fan or no?
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