It’s finally April – the month where there seems to be life and light in the world again. I’m really enjoying the lighter mornings and lighter evenings… and Geordieland is EVEN getting some sunshine (which brings me more delight that anyone will ever know!!).
As we’re in a new month, it’s time to share with you all my bullet journal. April’s bullet journal looks very different to the rest of the months so far and I reaally quite like it! It’s a lot more stripped back than some months so far!
APRIL BULLET JOURNAL
This month’s colour: black, white and grey
This month’s theme: geometric/triangles (?)
(I’m going for a different colour/theme every month – January was blue; February was purple/love; March was green/plants)
April’s colour of the month is black, grey and white – so you’ll see that running throughout. I really like that the past few months have been COLOUR and then this month it is a lot more stripped back. I actually ran into a bit of a dilemma when setting up April’s bullet journal because April started in the middle of the week and I was torn on what to do… but I decided to split the week (so you’ll see later on that one of my weekly trackers is only Thursday-Sunday, ha). I started adding washi onto the month page and I think it looks great (looking at the pages of my bujo its clear where each month is!) This washi tape is from Nutmeg and Arlo (you should definitely go check them out because I LOVE everything on there!). As ever the inspirations for this came from just a Google search and then my own ideas about how to execute it (somewhat successfully haha!)
The first double page spread is my monthly overview (which has become my blog planning page). I just went for a repeat of the monthly page as the dead zone and for the header and I think it looks really effective. Instead of using checky boxes for when I’ve done a thing, I’ve drawn a triangle and I get to colour it in when I’ve done it/scheduled the blog post. The ‘to do’ box has a ‘next month’ box for any ideas that I have/need to do next month! I really like having this monthly spread because it helps me to plan out blog posts and as you can see, I’ve already got a lot of this month scheduled in my head… now just to write them, ha!
Next up is my bookish spreads. I’ve gone really basic and minimal this month. I’m aiming for a lot of reading over the Easter holdays, hence the 16 boxes for what I’ve read in April (if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t matter… but considering we’re on day 3 of the holidays as I write this and I’m on book 4, I think we’re okay haha). I’m taking part in 2 readathons this month, so it’s good for me to track my reading like this! I really like my little ‘book post’ sign – I think it looks super effective.
Over the page is my gratitude and my mood tracker. Now I don’t LOVE my gratitude tracker (if I could do it again, I would) but it will do its job and that’s what matters. I’ve gone for tracking just 3 moods this month to fit in with the colour scheme – black, white and grey. I think this one might hopefully have a lot more of the 🙂 colour than past months because I get to just move at a slower speed for the next 2 weeks!
As with the past few months, I’ve integrated the colour of the past month into this month somehow. March’s colour was green, so I thought I’d use it to infuse a bit of colour into my quote page. I chose this quote because I’m really bad at seeing how well I’m doing and seeing how much progress I’ve made (because all I can see if how much further I still have to go with things). I think it looks great and I think this double spread might be one of my faves. As ever, I’ve signed up to the Great Run April challenge – 16 runs in the month of April – so my RUN page is just centred around that. Every time I manage a run, I’ll colour in a triangle!
My weekly trackers for this month are looking a little different to the past few weeks. As I said earlier, April began on a Thursday, so I had to make a ‘just Thursday to Sunday’ tracker (the sweets are covering something private, ha). As I’ve got a few weeks off (thank you Easter holidays), I’ve condensed the next 2 weeks into one page (the one on the right) so I’ve split the design in half and then in thirds, so each week has a space for ‘work’ stuff to do ‘blog’ stuff to do and ‘life’ stuff to do. This just gives me essentially to do lists that I can do some ticking off, but not have to set up full weekly spreads because I don’t think I’m going to need them!
My final spread for now is something I created for March half way through and I found it really handy. It’s just a ‘brain dump’ page where I write down ANYTHING that’s bothering me, anything that I need to get out of my brain before I go to sleep. I bullet journal just before I get into bed so it’s really useful because I can just do a word vomit and then it should (in theory) help me sleep a little bit better… or at least quieten the relentless thinking, ha. Like the other months, I just used the triangle shapes and a little title.
And that’s it for now! I really enjoy my bujo set up time. My bujo isn’t anything fancy, but it’s MY bujo and that’s what matters. (Also… there’s SO MANY out there to magpie ideas from that that’s actually one of my favourite parts of the whole process!)
Do you bullet journal?
How do you organise your life?
What theme have you gone for this month?
I’d love to talk journaling with you! Or inspiration! Or anything! Leave me a comment, or talk to me on twitter (@eenalol)