My Best Tips for Bullet Journaling

My Best Tips for Bullet Journaling

Is 2024 the year you're taking up journaling? Or maybe you've had your journal for a while but you're not sure where to start. Well keep reading for some of my best advice for bullet journaling.

1. Pencils! It can be tempting to be impatient and dive straight in with fine liners or pretty brush pens, but taking the time to sketch things out in pencil first is absolutely worth it.

2. Secondly, find yourself a journal with nice thick pages. A lot of journals like these Yop & Tom ones have 160gsm white pages which prevent darker or more pigmented inks ghosting through to the next page.

3. Create a page where you can swatch your pens, and make sure to label each swatch clearly. This helps choosing colours for your spreads super simple and also helps to differentiate between colours which may look similar.

pink and green large die cut vinyl sticker with make mistakes written on it

4. It's okay to make mistakes, or restart a spread on a new page. If you're beyond the point of being able to erase what you've done, but it's just not coming out how you imagined, it's perfectly okay to turn the page and start again. It's not a "waste" of a page, it's practicing and experimenting. 

5. Investing in a few stencils can be an amazing way to speed up journaling if you're short on time. Oops a Daisy have a great range of of stencils to create basic layouts which you can then decorate or jazz up if you have time.

6. Use the stickers, and the nice washi tape, and the pretty collage paper. It can be so tempting to save these things for "best" but chances are, they'll end up sitting in your stash gathering dust. Trust me when I say that just going for it and using all these things brings so much more joy to journaling.

7. Lastly, and possibly most importantly, enjoy. Often the joy can be lost when you feel like you need to get every spread perfect or get caught up in how you think you "should" be using your journal. Have fun creating spreads, experiment with new things, and journal in a way that works for you.

I'm far from being an expert on journaling, but these are the things I've picked up over the last few years since I started journaling.

Do you have any other tips or advice? I'd love to hear them in the comments!

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