Video: A Vintage Bullet Journal Spread
Earlier this year, I took an extended hiatus from creating videos for my YouTube channel. This week, I am happy to return with a cozy video in which I set up my weekly bullet journal spread! This video marks a rebranding of my Journal With Me series; instead of curating a timelapse with a voiceover, I want to show you more of my process as I chatted about what I was doing in my journal. I hope that you enjoy this longer, more casual type of video and are encouraged to create something along with me. It’ll be like we’re journaling together!
Using My TN as a Bullet Journal
I switched from a Leuchtturm1917 A5 dot grid notebook to my Traveler’s Notebook in August and I am very happy with how it’s working out so far! Of course, the bullet journal method is so versatile that it works with pretty much any notebook you like. I purchased a dot grid notebook insert to use as my bullet journal, and it lives comfortably in my TN along with two other notebooks for journaling and sketching.
Each insert is only 64 pages, so I estimate that each of them will last me 3-4 months. I decided that the index, future log, and monthly calendars weren’t very useful to me, so I decided to stick with weekly overviews and daily logs. For anything that I need to plan far off in the future, I write it in a collection and on other calendars that don’t live in my TN.
I modeled my weekly layouts closely to the Traveler’s Company Free Weekly Memo insert, which I have used before and really liked. However, I found that it wasn’t really that flexible for planning because of the limited space; by making my own layouts in a blank notebook, I have the option of using as many pages as I want after each weekly overview to use for daily logs, which vary in length from day to day. Two other perks are the dot grid guidelines and being able to fully customize it to your liking!
As you probably could tell, I’m not exactly a minimalist when it comes to decorating my weekly spreads! I like to use my weekly planning time as a way to be creative and unwind before the actual week begins. On the other hand, my daily logs are quite bare because it’s all about functionality during those busy weekdays!
All of the components of my notebook are from the Traveler’s Company: a brown regular-sized traveler’s notebook, the dot grid notebook refill, the kraft folder, and the connecting bands that hold all three of my notebooks inside. The Taroko writing board that I keep in the folder is very handy for creating a rigid surface for writing, stamping and collaging!
To create the weekly boxes, I used a 0.5mm mechanical pencil. The one shown here is a lightweight wooden pencil from Muji that I really love. I carry the small 6” red ruler with me in my pencil case; it’s very handy because the width is the same as 5 dot grid spaces. The longer ruler stays in my desk drawer.
I stamp the month at the top of the page using my Recollections Typewriter clear stamps from Michael’s. As for the numbers, I use Stampendous clear stamps; they’re the same style, but smaller. I use them with acrylic blocks to make stamping easy. The only inkpad I have that doesn’t bleed through is the Versamagic Chalk Ink in midnight black—I wish I’d invested in more colors in Versamagic instead of the Momento ink, which does bleed through this paper!
To write my tasks and quotes, I used a Lamy Lx fountain pen with Ferris Wheel Press Lady Rose ink (a gorgeous and unique dusky pink) and a Ferris Wheel Press Brush Fountain Pen with Pilot Iroshizuku Take-Sumi black ink. After I wrote my weekly tasks, I decorated the page with various stickers and decorative stamps from AliExpress—the sellers and products change constantly, so I won’t link them, but you can easily find tons of stickers and ephemera from Asia. The vintage style washi tape is from Tim Holtz, and the clip sticker is from my shop!
Is This Planner Peace?
As someone who’s constantly switching up their planning and journaling style, I sometimes feel like I’ll never be able to settle on one thing—and that’s honestly okay with me! However, I’ve stuck with this structure since August, and I don’t plan on switching it up any time soon. I’ve stocked up on enough dot grid refills to last me through 2020; have I found planner peace? Maybe… for now!
Thanks so much for watching the video and joining me for a cozy journaling session. I hope it answered some questions and offered inspiration!
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