I went into bullet journaling without a care in the world. More than ever did I wish I had some tips to follow while journaling.
Guess what I’ve gone ahead and done….created tips I’ve learned through the past year of bullet journaling. These are tips I hold true to my heart and hope they help you just as much as they helped me.
Tip # 1 – Don’t Feel Pressured To Be Perfect
Those gorgeous bullet journal layouts people photograph on Instagram and Pinterest overwhelm me sometimes.
Many times its brilliant inspiration, but other times it makes me feel like what I have isn’t good enough. It’s important as you begin your bullet journal journey that you remember you do not need to be perfect. We all make mistake and there are many ways to cover it up (psst tip # 2 covers what to do if you make a mistake)
Create your spreads as you please. As a child, I used to watch the show The Twilight Zone and a quote that has always stood out to me in one of the episodes is that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.
Tip #2 – Mistakes Are Okay!
Confession time, when I used to make mistakes in my first bullet journals I would rip out the pages.
It is a terrible habit. Why? It ruined the spine and damaged the following pages. Plus that horrid tear where that ripped page once was looked bad. I tried every way from washi-tape to scrapbook paper in an attempt to cover it up. There are so many other ways you can fix the mistakes you make.
Here are some useful ways to fix mistakes without ripping out your hair:
- White it out using Wite-out or a white gel pen
- Cover it with a sticker
- Cover it with scrapbook paper
- Cut out a piece of another old notebook and stick it over the mistake (I have other dotted notebooks and sometimes I’ll use the old one to cover a small mistake)
- Doodle over it!
Tip #3 – Choose Materials That Work For You
Hey, I get it babe. Being a broke college student is exactly what it means…having little to no money. And the money that you do have? You’d probably prefer to save that.
That’s why my third tip is not to fall into the “you need this pen” or “you MUST get this notebook”. Truth be told you don’t need it. Buy materials that work with your own budget.
Yes, there are pens out there that may have a better quality, but you can really journal with anything. These are the materials you need to journal
I personally invested money into higher-end materials just so I am able to give you guys a full in-depth review of them. But again, you DO NOT need the fanciest of material. That gel roller pen will do just fine as you get acquainted bullet journaling.
Tip #4 – Take Inspiration From Social Media
Although at times it can be very overwhelming, some of my favorite bullet journal creations are made from social media inspiration.
I love to watercolor in my journal, and if I’m being honest, I get stuck when trying to come up with original ideas. Some of the common things I’ll look at on Pinterest or Instagram are
- Bullet Journal Weekly Spread
- Bujo Monthly Spread
- Easy Watercolor Ideas
- Bullet Journal Theme Ideas
Tip #5 – Follow Art Tutorials On Youtube
Bringing back the point from the previous tip, that I (and many others) suck at art. We are terrible, and that’s okay.
This doesn’t mean we can’t learn and improve. Watching art tutorials are great because someone is teaching you step by step on how to create a beautiful art illustration. That’s why I enjoy finding and follow bullet journal art tutorials on Youtube.
I love watercolor and urge you to use any material you enjoy, whether that be painting or simply sketching. Make your journal unique like yourself.
Some of my favorite Youtubers are:
Tip #6 – Add As Much Color As You Please
I like my bullet journals to be aesthetic. I primarily use these colors:
- mustard (yellow)
I love the way they look and I look forward to looking back at my journal in 2021 and seeing all the cohesive colors. This is why I encourage you to use as much or as little color in your journal as you desire.
I’ve followed several art tutorials where they use an array of colors and I personally only use 1 – 2 that they list. I love things simple.
Tip #7 – Feel Free To Switch Things Up
Feel free to switch things up in your journal from your usual weekly/monthly spread.
I love cohesive colors, but am still finding my favorite fonts and journal looks overall. So far this year, I’ve had many different weekly spreads. I encourage you to make a different weekly spread to showcase your creativity and individuality.
Tip #8 – Join A Community!
Hey! what better way to spread your love for bullet journaling and getting tips than joining a community. It doesn’t matter what platform you join, however, I feel groups on facebook are the most engaging.
Guess what, I have a group. And not to be biased it’s pretty great.
It’s fairly new and I’m looking to bujo enthusiasts like yourself to help me grow a community that offers tips and tricks for bullet journaling.
Here’s the group if you’re interested! Bullet Journal Babes
Tip #9 – Sketch In Pencil First!
What the ever loving f**k are you doing creating a bullet journal page with a pen instead of a pencil?
What are you going to do if you make a mistake? (Refer to tip #2 ) Honestly, you know what’s better than covering up a mistake….erasing it? Pretending it never happened. That’s why I ALWAYS sketch my creations with a pencil first.
I promise when you’re panicking because your hand spasmed and your circle looks more like a demented oval, you’ll be thanking me.
Tip #10 – Don’t Compare
Alright, this last tip is kind of tricky to talk about. When I say don’t compare, I mean don’t compare your journal, materials etc to others.
Chances are someone elses journal is going to have better handwriting, better fonts, better designs. It’s a fact. Constantly comparing and changing your journal to match theres won’t do you any good.
You’ll be dreading working in your bullet journal unless its absolutely perfect and that sucks.
Like I’ve said many times make your journal yours.
I hope you find these tips helpful when creating your bullet journal. If you have any more tips drop it below!