Happy Friday! How has your week been? Mine has felt a little bittersweet because I’m home with my family but I know I am leaving for Uni at the end of the month and I’m already feeling homesick despite not having left yet.
Anyway, I actually wasn’t a big fan of either of my spreads this month. They both used a lot of pink and orange which is a colour combination I have learnt that I do not like. I’ve made a mental note to not pair these together again. Maybe if it had just been one spread it would have been tolerable – but because both of my spreads used this it just felt a bit bleh and samey. I’m not really selling this blog post am I? Before I put my foot in it anymore let’s just get into it.
A little backstory in case you haven’t seen my other bullet journaling posts. I started my bullet journals in January this year and I have no idea how I coped without it before. I am very new to it and most definitely still in need of improvement. While most people’s bullet journals cover every aspect of their lives – from daily planning to habit tracking etc. But I like having two separate ones, one for that kind of thing and then one for all my bookish things. Keeping them separate has really helped me keep my school work and my blog stuff organised. My love for bullet journalling just keeps growing and I really recommend it to anyone who is ever been interested in trying it out. I love looking at different spread ideas on Pinterest and Instagram too.
I’m just going to ramble through my spreads and if you guys have any ideas on how I can improve it or spreads I should add please give me suggestions, cause like I said I’m still getting into this.
Blogging Bullet Journal:
As per usual – This is my bullet journal. It’s a very pretty Teal colour, and also nice and plain. I bought it on Amazon for £8.99. It’s an A5 Dotted Notebook by Stationary Island. It has 180 pages at 120 gsm. I adore the quality and if you’re interested in getting into BuJo-ing but you don’t want to fully commit to all of the snazzy equipment that the professionals use. Sadly they don’t stock either of the colours that I own in the dotted style anymore, but they do have a really pretty taupe colour and a pale purple, that I’ve been eyeing up for next year. I just use Black Uni-ball eye pens to write everything (cause they’re my favourite pen to write with), and then my Stabilo pastel highlighters for decorational bits and pieces. I’ve also recently invested in two Tombow Markers (Black N15 and Cool Grey 3 N75) I really like them so far, except the writing has basically completely rubbed off the barrel and I have only had them a month. It’s annoying but doesn’t affect the quality of the actual marker. I really want to buy myself the pastel set because they look beautiful. While the Tombow markers are more expensive they certainly are nowhere near the most expensive on the market and I feel like they are a nice addition to my highlighters. I also bought a Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen to cover up my mistakes – this is my new lifesaver but it does take a while to dry and can be a little patchy sometimes.
This is the first page. I always show this page and it doesn’t change much- except for the small goals section that obviously changes every month. It also has my rough key – when I get a new bullet journal I am really excited to make a better key because I never use these and it just doesn’t work for me so hopefully next time my system will be better. And it just has some basic details. I actually rarely look at this page so I have no idea how it has ended up looking so grubby.
The theme I chose for this month was Clouds – but sunset clouds rather than blue sky clouds. I tried to keep it quite simple but I think all of the different colours and lines actually make it quite busy which is another reason I’m not a massive fan of it. After last months amazing calligraphy for the title I really let myself down with August – I will just have to keep practicing. I once again tried my new method for my monthly reading goals and I like it – It’s still in the testing stage but I definitely like enough to have kept it going for the next few months.
As I have said for the past few months, I have been really great at sticking to my schedule this year, and it is definitely down to my bullet journalling. I didn’t have many ideas written down this month – and I got through most of the ones I did have. I started the idea of putting sticky notes on my notes page because I am always writing things on sticky notes and just leaving them lying around so at least I have them all in one place now. This one is my is the books I have to read and the number of pages because I am super guilty of reading books on my TBR based on the length of them as I’m not a big fan of massive books.
I am still loving my calendar page. I just like being able to see what I need to post or read in a view like this. This is the last month I put in an anticipation page because it has no point, I clearly don’t use it and it’s just a waste of an extra page.
Like I said last month, I really hate when I leave spreads like this so empty because it feels like a waste of paper but usually I do need the space. It just really depends on how much I purchase each month and as you can see I was quite controlled this month.
Next is the books I want to buy, as well as a Stats Tracker. This is also the last month I will have my books I want to buy spread because I don’t really use it and it feels like a waste of space when I just use Goodreads for that kind of thing anyway. I’ve really been having a spread declutter in September – only keeping the things that I use a lot.
The stats tracker is still my favourite spread in this bullet journal. It motivates me to keep my bullet journal up to date and helps me from falling behind. Plus it’s so nice to see my improvement over the month – also which posts you guys liked and the ones you maybe didn’t like as much. So I would definitely recommend adding this spread to your bullet journal if you have one. It was definitely trial and error to get the right scale but I just have each box equal 4 so it’s nice and easy to half and quarter – plus it fits really well with the stats I tend to get each month.
My monthly wrap up spread is always a godsend! Without it, I would never remember half the things I have been loving throughout the month. Rather than just having my usual other section I have separated it more into Youtube favourites, blogging favourites and the a smaller other section at the bottom. I have kept this from last month as I like it a lot more because it’s just that extra level of organisation.
Like I said at the start, I wish I had picked a different colour scheme for this theme because I think it could have been really cute but it just wasn’t the right colours for me.
Personal Bullet Journal:
I use the exact same stuff in this bullet journal as I do in my blue one. It’s even the same book – just in pink. Again, all bought from Amazon and all the links to the stuff is up at the top. The first page is the same as my bullet journalling one, except with no goals section because I’ve incorporated that more into the journal itself.
The first page has my yearly book goals – and I colour them in as I go. It’s just a nice way to see your yearly progress. I have once again caught up with my yearly goal of 48 books. I’m one book ahead of schedule so I hope I can keep this up and don’t let it slip the rest of this month. The other page is my bucket list. I once again haven’t added to this – I keep meaning to but nothing is coming to me so please leave some bucket list suggestions below!
So this is my Title and Goals page for August. Like I said at the start, this wasn’t my favourite theme but I still like the idea behind it – even if it is a bit more odd lava lamp rather than the desert mountains I was aiming for. I got this idea from Pinterest like most of my ideas. I kept my goals pretty specific and added to it as the month went on rather than listing them at the start of the month and not changing it and it meant I used it a lot more and made my way through more of them.
This is my monthly calendar and my notes page. Something I do like about this month’s theme is the quotes along the bottom of the mountains. It was a nice addition to see when I turned to the page. I have been changing the way I did the calendar spread nearly every month because it just wasn’t working but I think I found a style that works for me now. Again, it means I can see the whole month in a one few, it doesn’t waste a double spread because I don’t need that much space but if things do get busier it can adapt and work for that too. I only had a couple of notes this month and like in my Blogging BuJo, I decided to use my sticky notes that way when I completed a note I could just take it out rather than score it out and those that are left over can be moved onto the next month easily. The one’s I’m carrying over are some BuJo Spread ideas for organising Uni stuff and then also some notes for my WIP redraft which I hope to do soon.
This is my habit tracker and Exercise tracker spread. And easily my favourite part of my bullet journal. It’s so interesting to see what I manage over the month. I’ve really been wanting to lose weight, hence why I’m giving so much space to exercise compared to my other habits but as you can see I have lost a lot of motivation for that and I hope the start of the new month will kick me up the ass and get me back into my workouts
. I love the way I structure/organise my trackers and I know I will not be changing this, I may change the things I track obviously. I was super lucky that I found a tracking system that worked for me first time with no trial and error.
I continued my shortened weekly spreads for August. Again, I only need to show one since they’re all laid out identically. It’s super easy to make daily to-do-lists which is basically all I use the weekly’s for. I cut it down to a smaller spread as I didn’t need the same amount of space at the moment with it just being the summer holidays. I love that it looks so full, which makes my days feel less dull and repetitive. As much as I like this I have actually changed it back to my double spread weekly’s for September as I will need the space for Uni reopening. But if I happen to have a calmer month I will definitely revert back to this because it was just the perfect amount of space for me.
Anyway, that’s the end of this post. I hope you liked this again, I really love writing them and showcasing what I’ve done. I’m glad you guys like seeing them because they have quickly become some of my favourite posts to do. That’s all for this post, have a good weekend guys and I will see you on Monday!