August Bullet Journal Set-Up 2020 | How I Stay Organised + A Pop Of Colour

Bon matin, mes amis! How are you doing? As I scroll through my published posts (almost 300!) I notice that I haven’t done a bullet journal set-up post since April… oops. I got into the rhythm of filming them for IGTV however, due to the poor wi-fi, I couldn’t edit them. That’s a shame. Maybe the YouTube career is purposely telling me to stay away, haha! So, today’s post is going to be an insight into my August bullet journal set-up. August, if you didn’t know, is my birth month. That’s why I decided on a yellow theme, because yellow is my favourite colour!

This font is new to me; I’ve never tried it before. However I was just experimenting with different ways to write ‘Monday’ and this style stood out to me. For that reason, I have incorporated into the rest of my spreads. I also did some weird squiggly lines, and a bit of black pen here and there. In my opinion, it’s cool. What is your verdict?

Although I usually skip over the quote part of a cover page, this month I thought, ‘why not?’. So here’s a motivational quote by Muhammed Ali.

Continuing on, we have the monthly spread. Here’s my calendar for the month, where I jot down important dates, events and to-dos. I do not use this one for any blog planning, just my personal life. I have 5 friends, two of which birthdays are in August alongside me. My best friend shares her birthday with my brother, on the 31st August. It’s a very busy month in the baking department. However, with a bit of 1D playing, it’s always enjoyable.

As we turn the page, you are greeted by a smaller calendar. This is where I plan what content goes out when. I will not write the titles of each blog post, or the caption of each Instagram post. I use a separate calendar for that on my phone, because my blog schedule often moves around due to collabs. This is just so I know that on Wednesday I need to post on Instagram and my blog, and on Thursday I must write a post for The Positivity Club etc.

Now for my ideas spread! I probably made this one a bit too small, but it’s cute. My problem is that I have so many ideas stored up in my little brain, but I don’t have the energy to actually write the full posts. Can you relate? Or is that just me?

Unfortunately, we have reached the final page of my August bullet journal set up. Sad times, or maybe you’re not sad because you want me to get this over and done with. Since it is my birthday month, I decided to make a page for a wish list. I don’t believe this is bratty, I think it’s very useful. Often we get to the week before my birthday and my lovely kind friends and family pose the question: ‘what do you want for your birthday?’. In that moment, I could choose any random article. That’s why I like to refer to a list.

Plus, a wish list also helps when you are swerved to buy something by an advertisement. You might see a bath bomb, for example, and think ‘ahh, I’d love to spurge my money on this’. Things like that, impulse buys, should really go onto a wish list then be contemplated for a few days before you decide whether or not you truly want it. In the process you may see something else on your wish list that you should prefer to buy, because you have wanted it for longer.

And this set-up only took four supplies, plus a old notebook!

I’m so lucky that I’ll be having a safe birthday this year, surrounded by family. I feel desperately sorry for those who have had to spend occasions, since the outbreak in March, apart from family. Additionally, I hope those in unsafe domestic situations are given the assistance they need. For too many people, staying at home has been the opposite of helpful. 

Wear a mask, wash your hands but don’t dehydrate them. Use hand cream! Please!

What are your goals for August? Do you have any plans?

As always, leave your response in the comments so that I can chat with you! To comment, if you’re not allowed directly from WordPress, you will have to click in the top right hand corner and ‘open in Safari’. It is a bit annoying, I do apologise.

Have a lovely week,

catherine x

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Bullet Journal Non-Essentials (But Make Your Spreads More Creative)

The basics of bullet journaling are a pen and paper. It took me a year to figure out what works for me and once I had that sorted I went looking for extras that I could add to my spreads. Today’s post is a list of stationary that can help you achieve more visually pleasing pages. Things like fake calligraphy and fancy titles are very popular on Pinterest. But which pens to use? Hopefully this post will help you in that situation!

  • Stabilo Boss Highlighters

Lots of my friends have these highlighters and I was eyeing them up for a few months before I got myself a pack! They are really high quality and last a long time. Though they can be expensive it’s definitely worth the investment. I got mine in a Black Friday sale for only £4.00

  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens

If you keep up with the bullet journal icons (like AmandaRachLee) you will be aware of these expensive and pretty pens. They were a Christmas present (I don’t think I would’ve got them otherwise). I had been practising my hand-lettering with cheaper pens but as soon as I got these my calligraphy game improved my miles! I love how smooth they glide over standard paper and they don’t ghost/bleed at all.

  • Ruler

You can certainly free-hand bullet journal but I like a ruler. My favourite is the Helix foldable one because you can fit in a small pencil case but also fold it out when you need a larger length!

  • Faber Castell Pitt Artist Fineliners

If you aren’t willing to buy the 8 pack then XS would be my recommendation. However, the other ones come in handy when you want thicker lines or when practising fake calligraphy. I received a my pack for Christmas 2 years ago and they are still standing! I did get a replacement this year though because the brush nibs were slightly skewed. The other ones were fine though!

  • HP Sprocket/polaroids

I love using polaroids in journal spreads, especially travel diaries. You can get all sorts of polaroid printers but I have the HP Sprocket. They are very expensive and non-essential but if you are looking for something to put on a birthday/Christmas list this is definitely the one.

  • Pressed Flowers

Pressed flowers add a rustic feel to spreads – there’s something about floral designs that feel vintage. I have a flower press and sometimes go and collect flowers from around the garden. If you are looking for a more instant process, however, there are pre-pressed flowers on Etsy that aren’t too expensive.

Do you have a bullet journal? What are your go-to pens or highlighters?

I would love know in the comments below, or you can send my photos of your beautiful spreads on Instagram!

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December Bullet Journal Set-Up | ‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly

It’s the final month of the decade! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone. It feels like a few days ago that I was at a new year’s party! The older I get, the faster the years pass. Next year, however, I am making an effort to get out and do stuff so that the year seems longer! For example, in 2018 I travelled to so many places and it made time ‘slow down’. I am the only one who gets that feeling?

This bullet journal set-up is quite minimalistic because I didn’t want to plaster it with all the festive colours. The cover page isn’t exciting at all! Though the further you get into the set-up the more creative it becomes.

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December is a really busy month so I’ve left the calendar without details – to make it as functional as possible. Now I’ve taken photos of it I’ll start writing down all of my dates! It’s going to be hard to fit blogging in around all of the social events but I will try my hardest! I don’t want to hibernate like I did last year 😂Christmas is a prime-time for content 🙃

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‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ is one of my favourite festive songs

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The candle is cinnamon scented though it’s on it’s last burn! 😢

I didn’t have habit trackers for November so I did forget to practise my cello a lot and my reading went down too! This month I am hoping to fill in these trackers as best as I can. Especially the ‘100+ pages a day’ because I really want to reach my Goodreads goal!

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I don’t put Christmas decorations up until much later in the month so I’ve had to use these pinecones instead. They’re still festive, right?

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The mood tracker is one of my favourite spreads! Reflecting on feelings is really important to me. This month is going to be hectic so I doubt I will have as much time for journalling – though I still want to keep track of my moods. I can’t want to see what the end result will be like too!

The last page is my expense tracker. It’s essential for this month because I’ll be buying a lot of presents! I usually make gifts for my closer family though I don’t have the time to do that for everyone. Hopefully I won’t fill the whole page 😬

What theme are you doing for you December bullet journal? If you don’t currently have a bujo, is it something you want to take up in the new year?

Thank you so much for reading today’s post! Have a lovely December,

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November Bullet Journal Set-Up | New Moons & New Starts

Happy November!

There are two months left of the decade and I must admit that I’m excited. As the months go on I start waiting for the New Year because it is a time to start a fresh. However, instead of looking ahead, I’ve decided to start my “New Year” right now in November. I can’t waste two months with the excuse “it’s nearly 2020 I’ll start being healthy then”. With that idea in mind, I also started a new bullet journal. It’s half the size of the last one and instead of dotted pages it’s lined. However it’s worked really well so far and feels more like a journal than a productivity bank. I now enjoy coming to write in my bujo instead of dreading it. 

Here’s an insight into my November set-up. I also filmed this process and posted it on IGTV (link is here)

I decided that the theme for this month would be moon phases. Amanda Rach Lee did this theme last month so I’m a bit of a copycat. It seemed really appropriate as I am starting fresh like a New Moon. The cover page is a bit boring but the simpler the better! I first started by drawing the black shadow but then – upon consideration – decided to finish the circle with a black fineliner. 

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I’m a really big fan of Phoebe’s posts. Her artwork is incredible and I feel very happy to be getting a dose of it every day. I hope that you enjoy it too:

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