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May 2nd, 2015 at 11:29 am

Bullet Journal

in: Crafts

I joined the Bullet Journal community on Google Plus. There was a request to see our BuJos, so I took some pix.

bullet journal cover

This is my old bullet journal/calendar. My husband gave me 2 of these small journals for Xmas. I filled this one, but it really is too small for a bullet journal.

The idea of a collection is to gather related data from disparate pages in your bullet journal in one place. Keeping track of what TV shows I like or might like to watch or I might like to watch with my husband or I might want to watch with my kids or I actually do watch with any of those people was a list that was scattered here there and everywhere. I’d get a tip from someone and write it down. I’d hear a review on Fresh Air. I’d read a review who knows where. Etc. etc. Since I average 10 minutes per day to actualy watch what I want to watch, it became really easy to lose track of things, expecially when we decided to ditch the digital video recorder. But now, I have list, and maybe, some day, I can actually watch some of them.
I like stickers.

Monthly calendar page: I have a hard time just marking the BIG things like travel or birthdays or parties or deadlines on this page.

Did I mention that I like stickers?


I’ve been using the weekly layout on the left and in the center, but one day, I was bored in a video conference and made up the one on the right. In general, I don’t do 2 page spreads. I tend to just write on the right side because I paste things into the journal, making the left side lumpy, and ink bleeds thru. But sometimes, I do 2 page spreads even when it is lumpy and messy from bleed thru. No consistency there. :)

And a few daily spreads, all of which I wrote on both sides. :lol: You can see how I “paste” things into my journal in that image with the big blue postit.

I’m almost done with the coffee journal, but I think that I want to carry both the old and the new journal with me for a while. I like the idea of the Midori Traeler’s Notebook, but I need a larger notebook. Then I remembered. I had made a planner with snap in binder rings. Maybe I could use that w/o the binder rings.


The old and new joined together. I altered the binder cover from my previous planner. I had designed it to go over a binder ring and letter sized paper torn in half (5.5×8 inches / 14 cm x 20 cm). I pulled out the “Retro Style” B5 Notebook from Daiso. It fits beautifully.

Unfortunately, the snap tabs for the ring binder attachment were too bulky under the notebook, so I had to rip them out. I also wanted a soft spine. The current spine has homemade bookboard (aka 2 layers of photo matte board). The cover is 2 pieces, the outer cover in the red, orange, and yellow fabrics. The inner piece, purple, is fabric glued to 3 pieces of homemade bookboard, the spine and the 2 sides. I made it this way so that I could wash the cover if the need arrises. I simply tore the bookboard off the fabric of the inner piece. It left some paper behind, but that’s on the wrong side of the fabric. Only I know, and the 3 people who read my blog.

front pieceYear

I’ve been using the same icon key for a while now. This is the third journal that washi tape has been repositioned in. I keep my icons simple.

One of my compatriots in the Bullet Journal community posted a calendar page that used 2 columns per month. I thought that was a really good idea, so I’m giving it a try.

Back PocketsUntitled

Back pockets and front pockets. I don’t really use any of them, but they are there if I need them.


I decided to carry “writing surfaces”. The orange one with the tab used to go in this planner when it was a binder. It’s very sturdy. The Six Pillars of Character plastic sheet was a school planner cover that one of my kids used. I liked it, so I cut it down to use in the binder planner.


With the cover, the pair of bullet journals closes up nicely.

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