I’ve been a little planner and list fanatic since I can remember – I’ve been journaling since I can remember as well.
Unfortunately, most planners that you can buy turned out to be insufficient – there was not enough space or it was lacking space or simply didn’t cater to my needs. I soon started adding my own spreads to store-bought planners and journals and customizing them. When the bullet journal trend erupted, naturally, I was intrigued and utilized these possibilities quickly. For the longest time, I didn’t really do much with it, I went about it the most pragmatic way possible, printed out trackers and spreads that I needed and added them to my normal journal. It was far from pretty or artsy, but very useful. After doing that for a few months and years, I learned which spreads and trackers I really utilize and need and which are not for me. I was ready for the next step.
Hubby was so nice and bought me my first “real” bullet journal and I started to draw spreads, trackers etc. myself instead of printing them out and started decorating and drawing, too.
Today, I want to show you my first “real” monthly overview and spreads that I did.
For June, I decided for a tropical theme, with lots of greens, flowers and flamingos.
I kinda messed up my monthly overview a little bit, I had to add the Monday row at the end, because I made a mistake, but oh well, nobody’s perfect. Next month I know to double check.
There is a little habit tracker and an overview over my monthly goals, which I will still add to as well.
Next, there is a page for brainstorming and general ideas (mostly for the blog) I might have. I used to jot down ideas on any scrap of paper I could find. leading to me not finding half of my notes at the end of the month anymore. No more!
What I ALWAYS need is a mood tracker. Suffering from depressive phases and bad anxiety, it helps me to keep an overview of how I am doing mood-wise and also mental-health-wise.
And, since I am such a sucker for lists and trackers and statistics, a tracker of my daily blog visitors had to be included as well.
An overview page to collect some memories of the month is there, as well. I like to be able to scribble down memories and memorable events, what we ate, what we watched etc. just in case I don’t get to write diary any given month.
Last, but not least, my weekly overviews – which are not all done yet, but sticking with the tropical theme. I usually finish a weekly spread on Sundays the week before, like this, I can work on the BuJo all month long.
And since only looking at some spreads is not the most useful thing, I got a few quick little tutorials regarding my tropical theme, just in case you would like to re-create it.
Tropical flowers are easy to draw.
Start with a little circle in pencil, it doesn’t have to be perfect, the pencil will be erased later on. Add 5 little arms in the middle, just like a star. These will be guiding lines for the flower.
With a fine marker, draw the first flower petal around one of the guiding “arms” of the star, use the circle as guidance for how big to draw the petal. Add the other petals accordingly around the guiding “arms”.
Erase the pencil and color the flower in one solid color, then add depth by adding a darker shade to the edges. Then add the inside of the flower, viola.
Draw a heart the desired size of your leaf with pencil, then add little gaps on the sides. Trace the top of the heart with a fine marker, making it a little more curved and not that pointy, then trace the outside with the gaps towards the end point of the heart, again making it a little more rounded.
Erase the pencil lines, then add the veins of the leaf. Color the leaf in a solid green color and the veins in another. Then add depth by shading the leaf with another shade of green, ideally a slightly darker one than the base color of the leaf.
Use a pencil to draw a long line, then add two more lines in a general, long leaf shape.
Use a fine marker to draw the inside line of the palm leaf, then add little, long leaves, using the pencil lines as a guide for how long to make them. Do this on both sides of the leaf.
Erase the pencil lines and color the little individual leaves, then shade them with another shade of green.
How do you like my tropical bullet journal theme and spread?
Do you have a bullet journal, too? If so, what’s this month’s theme?
Are the little drawing tutorials helpful or not at all?