My love for writing shit down and organizing my day started when I was handed my first agenda in elementary. It was love at first plan 😍.

When my younger siblings told me that they stopped getting agendas in 2015 I almost lost my mind! For as long as I can remember I have always been that type, the planner.

When the time came for me to buy my own agenda I was so excited to choose the format. Trouble was, I was having to compromise on at least 1 design point no matter which brand or type I bought. I would find beautiful planners that were not very functional, or I would find one with perfect daily sections but there would be no calendar views. Ugh. There was always something off. I loved planning too much to not do it all so I just stuck it out. Then one day during a very productive YouTube binge I came across a Bullet Journal video and now my planner is everything I want and need it to be.

These journals are all the rage right now and you can find a lot of inspiration online. Sometimes the inspo can be intimidating but the most important thing to remember is that it’s not meant to be perfect it’s meant to be functional.

If getting organized was on your goals list for 2018 I hope this will be helpful for you.

While on vacation I sat down with some tea and put on some old school music videos while I set up all these layouts. It was snowing so I went with snowflakes and a blue colour scheme. I also used grey and white as accents and threw in pops of colours using my new highlighters.

Don’t worry all of the things I have used throughout are listed below

My 2018 title page is currently blank so you will see that in an upcoming post 🤘🏽.

This is the back half of my year at a glance. Each month is about 9.5 dots across and the name of the month is 5 dots down.

When I went into Recess, the new stationery shop in YYC I was so stoked to see these Zebra Mildliners IRL. I of course was drawn to the pastel pack and knew I had to have all of the colours together on a page somehow. This layout was my solution 🙌🏽.

When I write out multiple months at the same time I have found it easier to start with a good ‘ol fashioned pencil and eraser. I refuse to write out every single day cuz that is too much work to do twice!

img_1922-1.jpg Instead, I write out the days of the week on top starting on Sunday. From there I will write the first of the month where it starts on the calendar and then write in only the 8, 15, 22 and 29 until the end of the month. I have learned to make sure to also write in the last day of the month in the correct spot cuz the one time I didn’t…I had to rip out pages to avoid the crazy amount of mistakes I made 😤.

I like the Fiber Castel S since it is a fine tip and it can get in real close to fill in the days and numbers. I used the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen to title each month.

I will use this spread to make notes about upcoming events, tasks, holidays and birthdays.

I find goal setting a bit overwhelming but this layout brakes down goals into something more manageable for my brain.

For a short term high priority goal, I have written “plan March-May stationery club” because I know that this is a super important task I can work on daily. In low priority, I have “rework website” this goal is not as high up on my list but it is still something I want to keep on my radar. The best part is that I can take a look at this layout and break down these into even smaller tasks so the goal as a whole doesn’t seem so out of reach.

A long term high priority goal is to save for our December vacation while doing research about an upcoming project is listed in the low priority section.

Alongside my goals, I knew that I would come up with things that I would need to buy. It was important to me that it was broken down into two different sections of want and need. I need a new set of tires and I want a new Canon camera. Both of these things can also be broken into my goals section.

This is just a page with notes for upcoming projects. I put a border around it just to give it some depth. These pages are working ones and the only ones still in pencil.

I remember in Jr High we would spend classes making title pages for each new lesson. Well, I’m still at it now making monthly title pages 😂. I also feel like this is my version of the adult colouring book. I can zone out and just draw.

I am using this “Highlights” page to feature memories and exciting things that happened in the month.

I used the Tombow Adhesive to keep my Polaroid in place. I like that you use it like whiteout and it will stick whatever I want inside my journal.

I also used a stamp to list the date of the picture so I remember when it was taken.

Normally after this layout, I would have my habit and mood trackers but I am trying out something new and keeping this as part of my weekly spreads instead. You will be able to see how it all comes together in my next set up post.

Have you started a bujo this year? I’d love to see what layouts you have included as inspo for myself, please post them or your IG handle below 💗.

Take a look at my top 10 reasons for loving this format if you need more convincing that the bujo is rad as hell 🙃.

Have any questions about the process ask them below so I can answer them in an upcoming post.

Happy planning friends!

Items used and pictured

Leuchtturm1917 A5 dot notebook in store @ Reid’s

Zebra Mildliners in store @ Recess

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen

Tombow Dual Brush Pens in 493, 565, 476, N65

Artist’s Loft Watercolor Dual Tip Marker

Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen S and F

Gellyroll Metallic in store @ Reid’s

Date Stamp in store @ Michael’s

Tombow Mono Removable Adhesive in store @ Michael’s