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Bullet Journal: A Beginner’s Flip-Through

January 11, 2017

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Hello friends,

After a much-needed hiatus, I am ready to come back to you with full-force. I mean, as an engaged woman I now have all the knowledge needed to feed your brain, don’t I? Oh wait, that’s not how that works? Oops.
This past month has been a perfectly balanced mix of stress and bliss. I got to visit the beautiful Paris, I spent hours working on my marriage visa application, and I probably drank a solid three cups of coffee a day. Take that as you may, but I think that they were much needed in order for me to survive this month.

I also picked up an awesome habit / hobby that I’m extremely excited to share with you today. That’s right – I started making a bullet journal!

Bullet journal newbie

The illusive “Bullet Journal” – what the heck even is it?
Realistically, a bullet journal can be whatever the heck you need it to be. A daily organizer? Definitely. A monthly planner? For sure. How about a place where you can scream at the world and write all the swear words you’d like? Heck yeah.
I started a bullet journal with the intention of leaving my computer for a chunk of time each day. I also started a daily meditation practice, but more on that another time.
I mainly work from home, so I don’t necessarily need the daily function of a bullet journal, which is why traditional planners have never worked for me.

Enough chatting, let me take you through the early stages of my very first bullet journal!

The journal I use is the Moleskine Classic Notebook, Pocket, Squared, Black, Soft Cover (3.5 x 5.5) . I know that many people use dotted journals, but this was all I could find and I don’t mind it at all.

I also use the thinnest pen from the Sakura 50034 6-Piece Pigma Micron-005 Ink Pen Set, 0.20mm, Black! It’s suuuuper fine, really easy to work with, and doesn’t bleed through the paper.

Before I did anything else, I started off with a bullet key. This key makes it easy to distinguesh tasks and events, what needs to be done, what’s already done. It is a massive helping hand when it comes to organization.


Next off is my Index, which I fill out as I go. As you can see, I never really intended for this to be instagram-worthy, even though it does get more interesting as we go.


The next four pages house my 2017 year overview. I didn’t really realize this at the start, but this just ended up being an “important birthdays” calendar. It’s still not filled out, so please don’t freak out if you aren’t on there yet and we’re besties. Promise you’ll make your way.

P.s. This is where my washi tape game starts taking off. Washi tape is the bomb.


This is my future log. It’s an easy place to write big things that are happening or need to happen. People coming to visit, application submitions, and oh yeah – I’m 23 and still working on getting a driver’s license. It’s cool.


Queue pretty quotes and a mood tracker. I’m one moody ***** sometimes. My mood tends to go all over the place, so this is a nice way to kind of see an overview of my moody year. I do have to pay myself on the back though, so far I’ve only had one “meltdown day”and a third of the month is already done.

P.S. I started learning handlettering as a way to ease my anxiety. I know that a lot of people assume that I naturally have dope handwriting but uh – no way. I legit learned to write semi-pretty in the last few months.


These two are probably my favorite pages so far. I was doodling on a little piece of paper, the mountains somehow happened, so I cut those out and used double-sided tape to stick them in my journal. “Seek adventure” is pretty much a life motto for me at this point, so I knew that it would fit perfectly around the little drawing.

On the right is my “attitude of gratitude” list! My best friend uses this phrase a lot, and I dig it so much (pssst check out some of her amazing work in this blog post). You can see what I’m grateful for, but I’m sure this list will grow onto other pages int the future.
I used little letter ink stamps for the letters and that looks super cool in my opinion. I couldn’t find the exact ones online, but these also look great – Hero Arts Stamps Copperplate Number Set!


Next is a little brain dump for blog post ideas. I covered this up so I wouldn’t spill all the cool beans to you right away, but there’s really good stuff brewing. The right is a quote I really like and a super flashy sticker.


Next up: organization. I haven’t actually began filling this graph out, but it’s a place to research, compare, and comment on wedding venues for my future wedding. Now that I’m engaged, I figured that this would be a good thing to have in my bullet journal. Please don’t ask me when the wedding is, I have no clue.


And last, and probably least (if we’re being honest) – is my netflix show tracker! I should be embarassed by my viewing choices but I’m really not. Degrassi all day err day. I’ve been watching it since 5th grade, get out of my way.


And this, my friends, is where my bullet journal ends. I’m sure that if I update you in a month it’ll be packed with new content, as I’ve been adding pages in it every day. Just remember, a bullet journal doesn’t have to be anything. Use it as a planner, or not – the choice is yours!


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  • Reply ivefoundwaldo January 11, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    This is a great post! There are so many people I know that have gotten into bullet journaling. I’ve wanted to make one for about a year and a half or so, but am not sure if I would actually put time into it. xxx

    • Reply acrushonlife January 12, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Thank you so much! If you need an actual daily organizer it can be as minimalist as you’d like and it wouldn’t suck up much of your time 🙂 the more artsy lists do take up quite a bit of time, so if you don’t feel like you can put that forward, don’t force yourself 🙂 I’m sure time and inspiration will come at the right time for you <3 xx

  • Reply Marc Lamberts January 12, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    I absolutely love this post! I want to start use bullet journals again, in the past I always got frustrated. But this post made me excited again 🙂 Keep on slaying it buddy!

    Marc |

    • Reply acrushonlife January 16, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      Eek, thanks Marc! I hope you find some calm in bullet journaling if you decide to give it a shot <3

  • Reply abbeylouisarose January 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this! Your year layout is gorgeous and that washi tape is to die for! I wish I was as patient and creative as you at creating pages! Love the idea of a Netflix tracker, I’ve not seen anyone else with a page like that in their journals before! Thanks for sharing!

    Abbey ?

    • Reply acrushonlife January 16, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      Awww thank you so, so much!! I’m a newbie myself, so this comment means the WORLD to me 🙂
      Also, can we talk about how cute wash tape is in general? IT’S MY FAV.


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  • Reply Justagirl December 9, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    This has definitely inspired me!! Thanks so much!! 💓

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