Discbound Bullet Journal Setup: July 2017

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Hey everyone, happy 4th of July!! 🇺🇸

This month I chose to go for an aquarium-themed setup, in honor of Summer starting at the end of June. I am incredibly proud of how it came out, and I hope you will love it as well ♡

I will explain what I use each spread for, and how I use it, so if you’d like to know how, just keep reading!! The setup video will be at the end.

monthly spread

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I have been using the same calendar format for a couple months now, and it really works for me. It’s pretty simple: one column for all day events, one for AM, and one for PM events. Each line corresponds to a certain day, and I will write down whatever events/appointments will be happening on said day.

When I write them down, I put a little dot next to the event, so I know what kind of event it is: if it’s a birthday, I will put a yellow dot, if it’s an appointment, that’s blue, and so on…

On the right I always have a column where I’ll write down the major tasks or goals for the month to keep me focused on them. I also added a tiny calendar of the following month (in this case, it’s August), because it’s useful to have an overview of the month ahead!

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I use the tracker for both my habits and my self-care.

I list out all of the days on the top, and then I write down all of my habits. Each day I will make a dot on the things I did that day, and that will give me an idea of what I need to improve on.

For my self care, I rate myself on a scale of 1-10 on each of those five areas. each day I make a dot in the corresponding color, and then I connect the dots to make a graph.

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In this page, I write down one line about each day. I usually write down what happened or what I did that day, but it can be whatever you want to write down. That’s the beauty of bullet journaling, you’re totally free! ♡

gratitude log

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The gratitude page is pretty similar to the previous, but in this one I write down something I’m grateful for. It’s great to flip back to this page each month and see all of the little things that we should be grateful for ♡

expenses tracker

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The expenses tracker has one sole purpose: to allow me to see where my money is going. The way I set it up is pretty simple: you put how much you spend on each category that day, and the total on the last column. At the end of the month, you can sum it all up and see where you spent the most, which can be quite helpful!

#planwithmechallenge

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This page is simply a list of all the prompts for the PlanWithMeChallenge. I am a huge fan of monthly challenges, and if you are too you might want to check this one out. If you’re interested, here’s the link to the challenge for July.

#rockyourhandwriting

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This page is pretty much the same as the last, but it’s a different challenge: RockYourHandwriting! If you’re interested in this one, here is the link to this month’s challenge

mood tracker

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Lastly, we have the mood tracker. This is probably my favourite page of this month, I love how it turned out!!

The idea is to color in one feather each day with the color that corresponds to my mood on that day. Then, I add some decoration to the feather, and that’s it! At the end of the month, I will have a beautifully colourful peacock! ♡

Supplies I used:

  • Discbound notebook I made myself (find out how)
  • Staedtler Pigment liners in various sizes
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens in 772 (pink), 623 (purple), 373 (teal), 991 (yellow), 761 (lighter pink), 873 (coral), 761 (carnation pink) and 451 (light blue)
  • Circle template from AliExpress

And that’s all for my July setup!! Let me know if you have any questions, and definitely leave a comment if you have any suggestions for future content.

Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

Discbound Bullet Journal Setup: June 2017 ♡

 

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Hi, everyone! June is almost here – crazy, I know! -, so it’s time for another Bullet Journal setup ♡

For June I am going to switch back to my discbound notebook because I miss it, and hopefully I’ll stick to it for a while! (no promises, though)

As usual, I will explain what I use each spread for, list the supplies I used, and link you to my setup video. So without further ado, let’s get right into it…

Welcome page

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I randomly saw a picture of a wooden board with flowers acting as a border, so I took inspiration from that and made a cute little plaque to welcome June into my life. Inspiration is everywhere, guys!!

Monthly Calendar

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You probably noticed my colossal mistake… 2010, really? hahaha

So for the calendar, I wanted to try Boho Berry‘s layout. I’ve been doing a list-format calendar for a while, and I find that, if I have more than one thing happening on a certain day, I can’t fit everything in that one day, so extending the calendar will definitely come in handy!

Like Kara, I created a column for all-day, AM and PM events, and also a column where I’ll write down my tasks/projects for the month. I’ll be using the same color code that I use for my Calendex, because it’s easy for me to quickly recognize whatever is happening on a certain day. I also added a tiny calendar, because it looks pretty ahahah

I think this layout is going to work very well, but I’ll keep you updated!

Habit & Self-Care tracker

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Next up is my tracker, which looks pretty much the same as May’s tracker. I prefer to do it vertically instead of horizontally because this way there’s more space, and I don’t have to turn my journal around to fill it in each day.

I’m tracking the same things as always, but now I also track whether I take my vitamins/supplements. Like I did for May, I added the moon phases in the hopes of figuring out how the moon affects me, so I can maybe use it to my advantage??

Mood tracker

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Last time, I drew 31 flowers with the intent of coloring them in each day. This time, I didn’t feel like drawing a whole page of flowers, so I’m going to draw one every day and fill it in with the color that corresponds to my mood.

I love the Mood Mandala, but I can never keep up with it, and I hate to color in the bigger circles, so I give up for now!

One Line a Day

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This month I’m going to attempt to actually keep up with this page – I really like doing it, I just rarely remember to! The idea is to write one line about your day, every day. It’s very simple, and you can write whatever you want. It’s also fun to look back on!!

Supplies I Used:

  • Discbound notebook I made myself (find out how)
  • Staedtler Pigment liners in various sizes
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens in 772 (pink), 623 (purple), 373 (teal), 991 (yellow), 761 (lighter pink), 873 (coral), 761 (carnation pink) and 451 (light blue)
  • Zebra Mildliners: various colors
  • Circle template from AliExpress

 

Alright y’all, that’s everything I have on my journal for June. I will be adding more spreads, so if you’d like to see them, definitely follow my Instagram account!

I hope you liked this setup, and don’t forget to watch the video where you can see me do all of them.

If you’re interested in seeing previous setups, here are the posts for February, March, March (mini journal)April and May.

See you in my next post!! ♡

vanessa

Bullet Journal Setup: May 2017 ♡

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Hello, everyone! Since April is coming to an end, it’s time for another Bullet Journal setup ♡ In today’s post I will talk a bit about each spread, and also share with you my setup video. Hope you like my BuJo as much as I do!


I decided to set up in my Leuchtturm because I am almost up to page 200, so I wanted to use up the rest of the pages during the remaining of my semester – translation: I want to get a new Leuchtturm but will feel bad if I don’t finish this one, so that’s what I’m doing…


For May, I decided to do an Egypt-themed monthly page, because next week I’m going on a field trip related to Egyptian culture with my Pre-Classical History class, which I’m EXTREMELY EXCITED ABOUT!! Also I just really love Maat, so it’s an excuse to draw her hahaha

Aside from the themed monthly, I also added a different spread and changed how my trackers were, so if you’re interested in seeing that, let’s get to it!

Spreads

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First up is my monthly spread, which includes the drawing of Maat, and a calendar in list format, which is the most functional for me.

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Here, I write down all of the upcoming events, holidays, birthdays, appointments etc. for the whole month, and I will add more stuff during the month if anything comes up. On top, I wrote my name in hieroglyphic writing, which I know by heart since my professor wrote it on the board once – cool as hell, I know!!

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After my calendar comes the ‘One Line a Day‘ spread, which I keep setting up each month but never keep up with… But I think I might be able to fill it up this month, we’ll see!! This page is pretty self-explanatory: you write one line a day, which could be just about something that happened that day, a thought you had, how you felt, etc. It’s up to you, really.

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Next up is my favorite page, because it looks absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to start using it!! So for the last couple months I tried to do a Mood Mandala, but I kind of think it’s not for me… I get tired of having to color in the circles, and then when I draw out the mandala I never like it, so then I stop feeling like coloring it and never use it again.

Since that wasn’t working, I decided to make a mood tracker similar to Malin Olivia‘s, because it’s very functional and you don’t have to color in a huge thing, it’s just a little flower. I saw her spread on Instagram one day and I fell in love. I really think I will be able to keep up with it, and it will look sooooo pretty in the end.

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The next page is where I am able to see how bad I was during the month… I really like to keep an expense tracker because I can easily see where my money is going, and where I need to be more careful, etc. It’s quite a helpful spread, and it only takes a minute to update whenever I spend any money.

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This next page is for the #PlanWithMeChallenge, which I have a hard time keeping up with, unfortunately. I always forget to see what the prompt for the day is and when it pops up in my mind I’ve already gone like two weeks without posting anything… it’s annoying and totally my own fault, so I decided to add it to my journal. Maybe this way I won’t forget?! Hopefully not haha

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And lastly is are my habit and self-care trackers, which I decided to combine and do vertically because this way there is more room. I really love how this turned out, and if it works I’ll probably keep this format in the future!

If you’re not familiar with trackers, basically they help you track when/if you do certain things you want to do (e.g. exfoliate) or not to do (e.g. no spending). If you do them that day, you color it in, and at the end of the month you will have a visual of how often you did/didn’t do those things. On my self-care tracker, I rate things from 1-10 (e.g. from 1-10, how good was my mood today). At the end of each day, I reflect on everything I did/felt that day, and I draw a little dot on the number I give myself. I also connect the dots, so at the end of the month I have a little graph.

These trackers are very helpful to me, so I do them every month (even if sometimes I forget to fill them in… oops!)

 

Supplies Used

Leuchtturm A5 dot-grid notebook

Staedtler Pigment liners in various sizes

Staedtler watercolor palette

Paint brushes from Portuguese brand – any brush will do

Tombow Dual Brush Pens in 772 (pink), 623 (purple), 373 (teal), 991 (yellow), 761 (lighter pink), 873 (coral), 761 (carnation pink) and 451 (light blue)

Zebra Mildliner: mint green and purple-ish pink

Circle template from AliExpress

 

And that’s all for my May setup, I really hope you liked this post, and don’t forget to watch my setup video, where you can see me do all of these spreads.

 

If you’re interested in seeing previous setups, here are the posts for February, March, March (mini journal) and April.

See you in my next post!! ♡

Bullet Journal setup: April 2017 ♡

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Hello everyone!! Today’s post is very exciting for me, because I got a new dotted journal and had a great afternoon yesterday setting up for April.

If you’re interested in watching me set it up, the video is linked below!

 

I got a softcover Moleskine in the pink/purple color, and I really like it! It’s much lighter than my Leuchtturm, because it’s a softcover and also has less pages, which is just what I needed to carry around with me. If you’re interested, all three colors are on sale on BookDepository: Pink, Blue and Beige.

To decorate it, I just stuck a pretty postcard from the Archaeology museum in Lisbon to the cover with some washi tape. If you remember, I also did this with my last journal, it looks very pretty and takes very little time to do!!

Let’s get into the spreads…

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First up, as always, is my monthly spread. I like the list format more than the traditional table, because this way I have more space to write on each day.

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In my monthly page, I mostly write any events, appointments and birthdays that are coming up. I also include holidays and school breaks, as you can see from the 12th-18th of April.

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On the next page is my One Line a Day log. In this page, I will write a little sentence each day, relating to something that happened on said day. I got the idea from Kara, and I did this spread last month but, sadly, didn’t stick to it.

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Next up is my Gratitude log, in which I will write/draw things, people, anything I am grateful for. This helps me when I’m sad, because if I flip back to this page, I will see a whole page filled with things that I should be grateful for, and it will most likely cheer me up!

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The next page is my habit tracker. I’ve been tracking habits for a few months now and, believe it or not, when I sit down to fill in the squares and I didn’t do something that day, it makes me get up and do it, just so I can make the tracker look pretty and colorful. Silly, I know, but hey, it works!

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Next up is my self-care tracker. I used to incorporate this in my weekly spreads, and I tried including it in my habit tracker page, but it was too much to keep in one page, so I made this spread which is inspired by Kara.

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Next is my Expenses tracker. I always include one of these each month, because I like to see where my money is going, and maybe make adjustments based on what I see at the end of the month.

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Next to the expenses page is my Meal Planning. I use this page to plan the meals that I have to cook to take with me to college. After I decide what I want to cook, I will see what I need for each dish, and I will write down the groceries I need in my weekly spread, as you’ll see below!

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The last “monthly” sort of spread is my Mood Mandala. This was originally created (I believe) by @bujo.mama on Instagram.
Basically, you draw circles according to the days of the month (for April, I did 30), and each day you color in a circle with the color that best corresponds to your mood that day. That’s what the key on the left is for. Then, you draw a mandala on top of the circles, and the end result will look something like this:

Beautiful, right? I can’t wait to start filling it in!!

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After the Mood Mandala, I set up for this week. Weekly spreads are very efficient for me, because seeing my weeks at a glance helps me organize and see when I should do certain tasks.

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I use Kara‘s weekly spread, and it works very well. This week I included this week’s and next week’s tasks, because that’s the most important. I also added some space for upcoming assignments, for expenses (I should have written “to buy” instead of expenses, because I already have a spread for expenses), and for any groceries that I need to buy. I also like to include a little box where I track if I received the orders I’m waiting on.

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And the last thing in my bullet journal is today’s entry. In my dailies I like to track the weather, the moon and my time, as well as my meals (I write them below the weather and moon).

Supplies I used:

Staedtler Pigment liners in various sizes

Staedtler Triplus Fineliners (Turquoise for the weekly spread headers)

Tombow Brush Pens in 772 (pink), 623 (purple), 373 (teal), 991 (yellow), 761 (lighter pink), 873 (coral), 761 (carnation pink) and 451 (light blue)

Circle template from AliExpress


Alright guys, that’s all for my setup! If you have any questions or suggestions you can leave them in the comments below, I would love to see/answer them!

See you on my next post! ♡

vanessa

Favorite Spreads – Women’s Day Special ♡

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Hi everyone, happy Women’s Day!! ♡

In honor of this special day, I thought it would be fun to go through all of my planners and journals and choose my favorite girly and feminine spreads to share with you. It was a lot of fun to go through all of the pages – it gave me nostalgia, which is a feeling I really enjoy!

I will show the spreads in chronological order, from my oldest journal to my newest.

Well, without further ado, let’s get into the spreads…

 

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Monthly “welcome” page from March 2016: I love the colors in this spread, they make it very soft and dainty

 

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This is how I used to do my weekly spreads. I loved it, but since I started tracking what I eat, and a lot of other things, these don’t have enough room for all of that 😦

 

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This is my first monthly spread in my Leuchtturm, and it’s still one of my favorites to this day! It’s so pretty, I love the vases, the washi tape, everything!!

 

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A pretty page to welcome the Fall Semester! This page was inspired by Nicole’s Journal, and I’m still extremely proud of myself for drawing this!!

 

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Monthly page for February a.k.a. the month of love, which obviously requires everything pink with gold accents!!

 

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Weekly spread in my A5 discbound notebook. I love this one because not only was the layout effective, I still was able to doodle and include pretty washi!!

 

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First week of February in my discbound BuJo, which is just so lovely!

 

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Another weekly page from February. As you can see, I was really digging the pinks and all things lovey dovey ♡

 

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The last weekly spread that I did in my A5 discbound, which I didn’t use a lot, but I LOVE it!!

 

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My schedule for the Spring Semester in my mini BuJo, which is just so cute ♡

 

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This month’s mood tracker, which I am obsessed with, it’s so fun and pretty!! Not to mention how incredibly cute it will look when it is all filled in ♡

 

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This month’s calendar in my ring planner. I absolutely LOVE it so far, especially the little flags with the stickers on top 😍  so cute!

 

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And last, but not least, this month’s tracker, which was inspired by Boho Berry. Loving it so far ♡

Alright my loves, those are all of my favorite girly spreads so far, do you like them? Let me know in the comments below, and feel free to share your own favorite spreads with me, I would love to see them!!

See you on my next post ♡

DIY project: Planner/BuJo Pocket ♡

 

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Hi everyone! Today’s post is a DIY I’ve been wanting to show you for a while. I am going to show you how I made my pockets for my discbound notebooks.

This is a very simple project to do, so anyone can do it!

What you need
  1. cardboard of your choice, or maybe decorative paper, if you’d like (just make sure it’s somewhat durable)
  2. pencil
  3. ruler
  4. x-acto knife
  5. glue
  6. hole punch
How to do it
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First, you need to know what size you want your pocket to be. In my case, I wanted my pocket to be the same size as my paper, so 10,5cm x 14,8cm, which is A6. I drew out a rectangle with those dimensions using the corner of the sheet to make my job easier, BUT I made it 4mm taller, so 10,5cm x 15,2cm. You’ll see why in a second.

After that, you draw another rectangle to the right, with the exact same size.

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Once you have two rectangles, you can define how you’d like your actual pocket to be. I wanted mine to be diagonal, and to be kind of centered, so that I could see whatever I put in it peeking out. I also wanted it to lean to the left, just because I thought it would look better.

To make that happen, I marked where I wanted the highest and lowest points of the pocket to be. It’s important that if you want your pocket to lean to the left like mine, you make the draft leaning to the right, because you will later fold it and it will be mirrored!

As you can see, I made two little diagonal lines on the bottom left. Those are also important, because they’re what is going to close your pocket on the bottom, so that your stuff doesn’t come out. There is no measurement for this, just make two diagonal lines and it’ll work, trust me!

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Now it’s time to cut! You can use scissors, but if you’d like more precision, use an x-acto knife or any cutting utensil with a blade.

What do you cut? You only cut the outside, do not cut all the way down the line that divides your rectangles, you only cut until the point that you established your pocket would begin at. You also cut the extra 4mm on the right side, because you only need them on one side to give support. Cut along the little diagonal lines too.

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Once you’ve cut it all up, it should look something like this.

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Time to fold and glue your pocket together!

This part is very easy: you just fold the bottom strip up, and the right portion to the left, over the main rectangle. After you have made the lines of demarcation, you can go ahead and apply some glue to the bottom strip, and glue it to the right portion.

It should look something like this:

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As you can see, the bottom part is glued, but the left part is not, and that is because we’re going to hole punch it, so the glue wouldn’t change anything.

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The final step is hole punching your pocket. I used my ARC punch from Staples, because I wanted a pocket for my discbound notebook, and I happen to have the punch. If you don’t have this punch, you can use a regular punch, just make sure you cut little slits so that it can go in your discbound notebook.

If you use a Filofax type of planner, just punch it as if it were a regular sheet of paper, and you can also cut slits if you’d like it to come off easier, although I do not recommend that. Cardboard is not THAT durable, so I avoid consistently taking it out and putting it on my planner.

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And that’s it!! Now you can put it in your planner/journal and start filling it in! I know it might seem like it’s a lot of work, especially considering the length of this post, but trust me, it took me like 5 minutes to make a pocket like this, it’s super easy!

And the best part is that you can make pockets for any kind of binder/notebook/planner you want, just make sure that you adjust the size, and the punching of course.

I made two of these, and decorated them differently:

What I use it for:

In my big notebook, I used it to keep my favorite sticker sheets in. That way, they were always with me, but they weren’t loose or separated!

In my mini notebook, I have been using my pocket to keep any receipts of the day in. I later go through them, and write down my expenses. This is because I like to know exactly how I spend my money, and what I spend it on. So this is a great addition to my tiny little planner!


I hope you guys liked this little DIY project, and if you try it out definitely let me know, and tell me what you use them for!! You can tag me on Instagram or something like that, I would love to see your take on this. And if you would like to see more DIY’s, let me know in the comments below and I’ll gladly do it ♡

See you on my next post!! ♡

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Mini Bullet Journal Setup: March 2017

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Hello, lovelies! Today’s post is about my setup for March in my mini Bullet Journal. I always have a ton of fun setting it up and playing around with different spreads, and I hope you’ll like the end result as much as I do!!

It’s pretty simple, but I always have a ton of fun setting it up and playing around with different spreads, and I hope you’ll like the end result as much as I do!!

Let’s get started, shall we?

Welcome page

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I always like to add a little decorative page at the start of each month. It looks very pretty and makes me really happy!!

Monthly calendar

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Next up is my month at a glance. I always like to have an overview of the whole month, because it’s easier to see how far any appointments, events, assignments, etc. are, and I can be better prepared for them!!

Each thing is color coded, so it makes it easier to find something, or to check for birthdays, for example, I just have to look for yellow, and then see whose birthday it is and voilà!

Monthly trackers

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For the monthly tracker, I did the same spread as in my Leuchtturm notebook, which is inspired by Boho Berry. Since the pages are tiny in this notebook, I can’t do the whole thing on one page, but I actually like it better on two pages!!

On the top part are my habits, and on the bottom are my self-care “tasks”. I currently track my sleep, my water intake, my diet, my mood and my productivity. All of those are rated from 1-10 each day, and I love doing this because it makes me reflect on my day, and think about what I should do differently the following day!

Weekly spread

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The next spread is the first week of March. I designed this page for this week, but I’m probably going to try a different design each week, and then if there is one I feel like worked best, I’ll mostly use that one!

For this week, I have a square box for each day, another square box for notes, and then a few boxes for this week’s and next week’s tasks, groceries I need to buy and orders I’m waiting on.

Mood tracker

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On my Leuchtturm, I set up a Mood Mandala page, but that wouldn’t fit in this one, so I decided to switch it up. I divided a flower’s petals into 31 different sections (one for each day of the month), and each day I will fill one in with the color that corresponds to the most prominent mood of said day, if that makes sense.

On the left page are just my regular dailies for Monday and Tuesday, and I’ll start March’s dailies on the next page, so it worked out perfectly!!

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Here is how my cover looks, in case you hadn’t seen it yet. I absolutely LOVE it!!! So proud of myself for making it ♡


Alright guys, that’s all for March so far! I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my tiny journal. Let me know in the comments what you thought, and definitely leave any suggestions you might have there too!

See you on my next post ♡

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