Welcome back to another #planwithme post! I’m so excited to be doing another bullet journal post. I’m going to look forward to these every month! As you may know from last month’s bullet journal planning post , bullet journaling is something that I only recently got into. I started in June, but wasn’t very proud of my spreads for that month. That’s why you’ve only seen my July spreads haha. July has flown by though and I can’t believe it’s already about to be August! Summer will be coming to end soon for those of you that actually have seasons (I’m in southern California. It’s summer more than half the year lol). Anyways, let’s get into the supplies for this month!
Bullet Journal Supplies
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Executive Hardcover Classic Dotted Pages Notebook: I got this notebook from Amazon. It only cost me $10 and I think its VERY comparable to the Leuchtturn 1917 A5 Notebook which is one of the most popular notebook for bullet journaling. Nothing against it but I didn’t want to spend $20 on a notebook at the time. You can literally use ANY notebook you want. Even a lined one. I like the dotted notebook because it makes drawing easier.
Artists Loft Fundamentals Watercolor Pan Set, 36 Colors: This water color set is from Michaels and I love it. It’s obviously not the best quality water color paint you can find, but for the purpose of the bullet journal it’s perfect.
Mudder Watercolor Brush Pen Water Paintbrush, Assorted Brush Tips, 6 Pieces: This is what I use with the water color set. Just fill the pen with water and squeeze it to release water into the paint. Super easy and convenient to use!
Ultra Premium Washi Tape (Cupid’s Chokehold): I LOVE these washi tape colors/patterns. I really want to go out and buy a big set of different colored washi tape, but for now these are great! Washi tape is a great way to easily add an artsy look to your pages. I use it to mark where my monthly spreads are located. I’ll explain what I mean by that later on in this post.
Double Tip Watercolor Markers and Mixer Brush Pen Combo: This set came with the watercolor brush that you saw me use in my July spread, and now this one. The brush was a freebie that came with it. I guess you could consider this set a “dupe” set of the Tombow Dualtip Brushpens that so many people in the bullet journal community use. I haven’t tried the tombow pens so I can’t compare them, but these work well for what I need them for. My only complaint is that the most of the colors are a little dark so I can’t use them to color over certain things.
Welcome to August
My favorite part of starting a new month in my bullet journal is coming up with a theme. When I sat down to think about this I asked myself “ok what’s something ‘summery’ that I can use for my theme?” I immediately thought of watermelon!
I started by searching on Pinterest for some watermelon inspo. I’ll do this just to start getting ideas about how I want to draw whatever it is I’m trying to draw. For this design, I just sketched out the watermelon with a pencil and drew the seeds with my Sharpie Pen.
Now comes the fun part, watercolor! It’s so much fun to paint with this watercolor brush pen. I really need to go out and buy a whole set of these pens so that I have different sizes and better quality. You just squeeze the pen to release water into the paint color of your choice and swirl it around until your paint reaches a good consistency. Just rinse the brush off in water in between colors.
The Monthly Spread
I did something TOTALLY different for my monthly spread this month. I usually have the large calendar view take up both pages, but I realized I didn’t really need all that space. This is one of my favorite parts about bullet journaling; you can try different ways of organizing your life until you find the system that works best for you. I also wanted to dedicate a page for tracking blogging activity so keeping the calendar on one page allowed me to have that extra space. Plus, the calendar fits perfectly on one page when its vertical like this.
The purple writing on the calendar is the title of this blog post. I decided that I need to get more organized and actually start planning out my blog topics for the month. So I’ve already planned all my content for the month for every Monday and Thursday! (I just didn’t include it in this picture. It’s a secret lol).
I kept the watermelon theme going on this page by adding some cute little watermelons to the inner side bar. I drew them with the Sharpie Pen and colored them in with the Double Tip Markers. I also added the typical “events” section to write down important events for specific days of the month.
Lastly, I added washi tape to the right side page in order to mark where August begins in my journal. I just measure out a piece of tape as long as the page, stick it down where half of the tape is on the page, and the other half is sticking out past the page, and fold the remaining half over the other side of the page. I don’t even know if that makes any sense in writing. I’m sorry if it doesn’t! 🙁
New Blogging Spread
Since I’ve gotten into blogging I wanted to come up with a way to stay organized, and to track my followers on my Instagram, Twitter, WordPress, and Pinterest. I have 10 posts planned for this month (technically 9, but I’m including this one). So whats on this little grid? “IG ad” stands for Instagram advertisement, which to me means to post something on Instagram to inform you all that a new post will be up soon. Same goes for Twitter, “T ad.” Next, I have to actually write the post (duh, right?), and then publish it. Next, promote the post on Instagram, and Twitter. Then lastly, pin it to my Pinterest board (and people think blogging is easy. Pshhhh). With this system I’ll just fill in the box for every task I complete. It’ll also help me keep track of the content that I post through out the month 🙂
On the bottom is my follower tracker. I’ll write down the number of followers that I have on August 1st for each site, and then again on August 31st in order to see the growth! (hopefully lol)
Yay! Time for the weekly spread. I went for vertical daily boxes this time. Most of my other spreads are horizontal. I think I may prefer the vertical because I can write my whole ‘to do list’ in one column (as opposed to two columns in a horizontal box because it’s shorter). Again, this shows you how versatile the bullet journal system is. Do whatever you want! It’s your personal creative outlet and organization system so do whatever feels best for you.
Since the week starts on Tuesday I was able to fit all the daily boxes on the top half of the page. So I had to figure out what to do with all the extra space on the bottom. I added my mini calendar in the bottom right corner. I love putting this on every weekly spread and highlighting the current week on it. Plus it looks cute in my opinion. Next I left a general ‘notes’ section and drew some watermelon to keep the theme going.
On the left I added a mini social media habit tracker. I aim to post on Instagram, and tweet a little every day. So with this little tracker I can keep track of staying on top of my social media.
I also added this cute little ‘post it note’ with a motivational saying on it just because I had extra space. I actually got this idea from Pinterest. Make it happen! 🙂
The final thing I added was a shopping list section. This is payday week for me so there’s a few things I need to go buy that I’ve been holding out on buying waiting for this paycheck (the struggle lol). Therefore, I thought this would be the perfect addition for this week’s spread.
July Flip Through
Alright let’s bring it back to July for a second! This was my monthly spread for July. I wrote in all my blog posts for the month in purple. As you can see I was all over the place. There’s literally no consistency there. I’m sure that’s perfectly find for some people, but I want to implement a set schedule so you guys can know when to expect posts from me! So just remember, every Monday and Thursday you have a coffee date with me in the morning 😉
I fell so behind in July as you can see by my rushed weekly spreads. I was so busy with starting my new job, AND starting my blog that I hardly picked up my bullet journal. So these spreads were done last minute on Sunday nights. Honestly, I kind of like how minimal they are though. The highlighter was a good, easy way to add more life to the spreads, and then of course I added the city buildings to keep my theme going (never got to coloring them in though).
So I plan to put way more effort into my August spreads. It is a good idea though to have a quick go to spread that you can whip out in a few minutes for those extra busy weeks. I’ll definitely use the two spreads pictured above again, but I’ll also try not to wait until the last minute to do it.
That’s all for this month! I’m super excited about how these spreads came out and I’m already looking forward to next month’s post! For those of you who have a bullet journal already do you pick different themes for each month? What is your theme for August? If you don’t have a bullet journal yet, are you thinking of starting one? Let me know 🙂