Today I’m sitting down (later than planned) with my coffee to look at the set up for my 2020 Bullet Journal. Join me?
This week, I’m drinking a coffee I picked up from a shop in York. It’s the Ethiopian Duromina Washed from North Star Coffee Roasters with tasting notes of apricot and jasmine.
The Bullet Journal:
Okay, I know it’s not 2020 yet, but last year my BuJo set up was so rushed in the week between Christmas and New Year, and I wanted to give myself more time to set myself up for next year so that I could make this one more artistic and work on getting the spreads that I want and need for the new year. So I started in September.
My 2020 journal is another Leuchtturn 1917, this time in denim blue. This one is officially Bullet Journal branded. The main difference between that and their regular dotted journal was it having a future log page (which I promptly coloured over because it doesn’t fit what I need) and instructions at the back on how to bullet journal. It would be great for people new to this method of journalling. I mostly picked it because I liked the colour. I decided to use washi tape this year to section out my journal, so I found a tape in denim blue with little white stars on which matches perfectly!
My journal kicks off with four double page spreads of art work and quote pages. I decided that I didn’t want all the blank space this year had at the start, and I really didn’t need the index pages as I haven’t bothered keeping them updated this year. My first page is a wolf breathing into the night. I did this one in gouache and it’s the first time in years that I’ve painted anything so I’m thrilled with how it turned out.
My second page is watercolour pencils and fine-liner featuring a girl drinking coffee (could be me if I were more glamorous), a quote from Brooke Hampton: “My goals this year? Eat chocolate, be real, go on adventures, hang out with weird people, create epic shit, and be magical and sassy as fuck. Same as every other year”, and sigils on a rainbow coloured background. This was the first thing I did in this journal and I love it.
Third is another black and white image of a woman with the moon and stars, with the quote: “hear the voice that sings your song”. I don’t have a credit for this quote, I found it on pinterest and I loved the image and the sentiment. Let me tell you, colouring an entire page in fine-liner is both time-consuming and heavy on the ink. I do not recommend.
My final double art spread is another quote: “Life was made for good friends and great adventures” (again, no credit as I found it on pinterest), and a forest landscape in watercolour pencils and fine-liner. This isn’t my best drawing but I’m happy enough with it.
Year Set Up
First up, I have a quote page for the new year (another pinterest steal): “this is the year I will be stronger, braver, kinder and unstoppable. This year, I will be fierce”. This is followed by my Year at a Glance page and my Important Dates pages. I’ve used dropped shadow effects and watercolour pencils to make these very practical pages a little more interesting.
After that I have another quote page. Fun fact, i initially drew this up with the quote as “12 New Chapters, 365 New Chances” and then Husband pointed out that 2020 was a leap year. I almost cried, but the more I look at the little crossed out amendment, the more it’s growing on me. The artwork here was based on the idea of blossom trees and was done using a mixture of fine-liner, watercolour pencils and gouache paints. It is followed by my Future Log where I have started to record upcoming 2020 plans and commitments.
My next section is for house related things. I’ve started this section with an art page, showing a little whale in a lightbulb house. This was a pencil drawing and I’m happy with how it turned out. After that is my Housework schedule. I plan to keep to the same pattern of daily chores and weekly focuses that I used for a few months of this year, which is largely based on the The Organised Mum Method and I’m finding really works for me. This first page outlines the daily chores and daily focus rooms. I’ve used dropped shadows and silver pen with a little image of a spider plant to add some interest to this page. The second page is for the Friday Focus rooms and uses dropped shadows and silver pen again to add a little something to an otherwise dull page.
I then have my Jobs for 2020 page where I will list all the things that need doing in the house this year (painting touch ups, decorating, little fixes etc) and I’ve added a drawing of some lavender to continue the plant theme in this section.
My personal section is quite a short one. I have a title page with a fine-liner sketch of a girl and the quote: “Even if you don’t feel like doing it, just get sh*t done”, which is something I could stand to be reminded of every now and then.
This is followed by a very basic Weight Tracker table. I think weight trackers are a bit of a controversial thing to add in journals, and mine isn’t there because I have any kind of goal to achieve, but because I have a number of health issues where quick or significant changes to my weight could indicate medical issues so this gives me somewhere to keep an eye on that. Then I have my 2020 Goals page which is currently just a blank page of bullet points, but which I intend to fill in in colourful pens as and when I decide on my goals for the upcoming year.
This is something I have never added to a journal before, but I wanted to have somewhere to record my little adventures with my friends and family so I can look back on the great memories in the future. This section title page is another pinterest quote: “Sometimes you just need an adventure to cleanse the bitter taste of life from your soul”, along with a watercolour background and a dandelion seeding.
I then have a spread for recording adventures (who with, where and when and any favourite moments). It’s not a very exciting spread, but I’m hoping it’ll be much more interesting when it’s filled in.
Following that is a Polaroid of the Month spread where I will stick in a favourite Polaroid from each month, giving me a lovely spread to look back on and a great excuse to get my Instax camera out more!
Books and Blogging
The next page is my Mount Ted title page, a fine-liner drawing of a mountain range at night. Again, the whole page of black fine-liner was not my best idea, but I love the way this page turned out. I then have my Mount Ted shelves, which are basically a list of all the outstanding books on my TBR at the end of this year. I am making it a mission to significantly reduce this backlog in 2020, and will be colouring in the books as and when I read them.
My Book Blogging Title Page has a collage of my favourite memories from my bookish and blogging life in 2019. And last, but never least, are my Blog Calendars. These are some of the most used pages from 2019 and allow me to plan out my blog schedule and add in any blog tours etc. I am hoping that I can keep these final versions a little neater than 2019s ended up!
And that’s my set up for 2020! Have you started your BuJo prep for next year? Planning to start a journal for the first time next year? Talk to me about it! I love nebbing at other people’s journals.