How to Create a Bullet Journal
Creating a bullet journal is a great way of documenting, keeping track of and organising your time all in one place. It’s a super-simple system to master, and allows you let your creativity run free all over the journal’s pages . The layouts within your journal can take many forms, from mood trackers, to weekly planners, the sky’s the limit.
Scrapbooker and journaller, Daisy Martin demonstrates three simple layouts to try if you’re just getting started…
Project and how-to make instructions by Daisy Martin
- We R Memory Keepers Journal Guide »
- Journal Studio Heidi Swapp Glittery Journal »
- We R Memory Keepers Reflection Tracer »
- We R Memory Keepers Alphabet Magnetic Stencils »
- We R Memory Keepers Symbol Magnetic Stencils »
- Journal Studio Heidi Swapp Ephemera »
- Journal Studio Sticker Book »
- Hobbycraft Bright Neon Washi Tape »
- Staedler Noris Colouring Pencils »
- Uni Pin Fin Liner Pens »
- Double-sided Tape »
- Using the Reflection Tracer tool choose your design from the WeRJournalReflector Instagram account » and work out where you want the image to go on your blank page. Once you’re happy, using a pencil (or pen if you are confident with the placement & tracing technique) trace out the image onto your page.
Top Tip: Make sure your phone’s brightness is up enough for the image to show up clearly.
2. Using a brush pen write out the month just above the image you traced out. Below this use a fine liner pen to write out the monthly calendar. Be sure to leave enough space between each of the numbers so the calendar doesn’t look too cramped (If you need to you can always measure and sketch this out in pencil first).
3. Once you’re done writing everything out, use coloured pencils, washi tape and stickers to add some colour to the page.
Top tip: Drawing a block of colour along the top of your calendar over the days of the week helps to section the week days from the dates. The Journal Studio sticker book contains lots of decorative stickers, which work really well for this.
4. On the opposite page, use the Journal Guide tool to create a circle that’s split into 32 smaller sections (31 days won’t split evenly if you want each section to be roughly the same size). Add in the days of the month into the small sections, and title the tracker.
Top Tip: You don’t just have to use this as a mood tracker, you could track anything using this method, a habit you want to break/make, exercise etc.
5. Add a colour coded key above or below your circle tracker, and decorate the surrounding blank space with washi, stickers and drawings (using the Reflection Tracer).
- Divide up your page into seven sections (use a ruler & pencil to measure & lightly mark this out). Using the Alphabet Magnetic Stencil, draw out the first letter of each weekday in these sections. Also using the small circle stencil on the Journal Guide, draw seven circles on each section to write the date in.
2. Using the Reflection Tracer, add some hand-drawn images around the double-page spread.
Top tip: Adding some images within your weekly layout is a great way to liven things up within your to-dos, just don’t fill up too much of the space as you still need to add the writing.
3. Once you’re done adding various images using the Reflection Tracer, add your to-dos into the weekly layout. The Journal Guide ruler has some handy check box stencils on them so you can get your check boxes looking neat and aligned.
4. Using colouring pencils, colour in the various elements on the page. The banners on this page spread were created using the Journal Guide tool, it doesn’t just create circle charts!
Top tip: Pencils can also come in handy when highlighting things, if you don’t have any felt tip highlighters to hand.
- Choose which photos you’d like to journal, and get them printed off. Print off a few from the same day so you have some options when you’re creating the layout. Any leftover photos can be dated and then pop in a pocket at the front of the journal so they don’t go to waste (or used on another page spread if you have more to write about from that day!).
2. Play around with ephemera, washi tape and your photos to figure out where you want to place everything. Try not to over think things, look at the colours that are in each die cut/photo and try to place them with colours that work together.
3. Once you’re happy with where you want everything to go, start sticking them down. Washi tape is great when it comes to bordering off images and creating ‘shelves’ for different elements to be placed on.
Top tip: If you are sticking down ephemera onto photos use double-sided tape, as some glue may not work very well on photos.
4. Create a title for your page using the We R Memory keepers Alphabet Magnetic Stencils. You can create a word by putting multiple letters in the ruler at once, but if you want the letters closer together then you can do each letter one by one.
5. Add some colour to the title and any other hand-drawn images on the page using the coloured pencils. Creating a rainbow effect on the title helps to incorporate all of the colours you used on the layout.
6. Once you’re done sticking things down and colouring in, go back in with some smaller stickers and embellishments to fill in smaller gaps and make the layout flow together a little smoother. Lastly add your written journaling to the page.