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How To Create a Bullet Journal for Beginners

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Create a bullet journal for beginners

Thinking of creating a bullet journal as a beginners can be quite overwhelming. But you know what? You will never have beautiful bullet journal if you just think about it forever.

I know exactly how you are feeling. Overwhelmed and unsure.

I would stare a Pinterest bullet journal ideas and think wow I wish I could do that.

I love to color and create, but…..! But what?

Bullet journaling is much easier than you think. Everyone started their bullet journal as a beginner and we are going to get you started right now too. All you need is a little bullet journal inspiration.

Let’s create your beginners bullet journal together.

Do you want to know the SECRET to creating a beautiful BULLET JOURNAL?  Bullet journal inspiration/How to create a bullet journal for beginners/ BUJO/ bullet journal ideas 2019/ bullet journal key

Here is an easy weekly bullet journal layout created with my secret bullet journal weapon(stencils).

And my favorite Tombow watercolor dual tip pens.

What is a bullet Journal?

Bullet journals are a blank journal for your to create the perfect indexing system with ideas, planner pages and/or lists.

They are amazingly creative and can become anything you create. Weekly spreads, to do lists, home organizer lists, wish lists, mood trackers, idea lists………. whatever you need.

Most people don’t realize that bullet journals are actually an indexing system to help you keep track of your notes and plans with a creative and easy method. The front page is used as an index system. You simply number every single page you use. Then you create an index on the initial page. The index lists what is on what page number.

Think of your index as your key to your bullet journal. It holds all the answers of where all your bullet journal goodies are located.

Like magic you can now find your notes, to do list and whatever other goodies you add to your bullet journal.

Bullet journals can be whatever you want them to be.

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How do you write a bullet Journal?

How you write or create your bullet journal is completely up to you. It can literally have no color or decorations and just strictly be lists you have created and indexed. Or it can be beautiful flowers on ever page. It is completely up to you.

What do you do in a bullet Journal?

There are many things that can be done in a bullet journal. Pretty much anything you want can go in it.

Here are so ideas to get you started

weekly planners

monthly planner

birthdays

holidays

goals(setting and trackers)

appointments

reminders

to do lists

project plans

vacation dream list or checklist

house schedules(cleaning, menu planning, chores, wish list)

Gratitude journaling(one of my favorites)

braindumps

Life plans

and whatever else you fancy to create.

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What supplies do I need for a bullet Journal?

What supplies you need to create you bullet journal depends on what you want to do with your bullet journal. You can literally have a bullet journal with a pad of paper and a pencil. Or you can get as fancy as you like with your bullet journal(watercolor markers, stencils, thicker paper journals).

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What’s the best bullet Journal?

Honestly, if you are starting out DO NOT BUY the BEST bullet journal. Buy a bullet journal that is a few bucks and just get started. You have no idea yet what you want to use in it or how. You need to get familiar with it first.

I started my bullet journaling adventures with 2 journals both for under $10. They were perfect. I wasn’t mad if I messed up a sheet and I had tons of pages to get familiar with the process. Just get a cheapy and get started.

These are perfect starter bullet journals. Click on pictures for more details.

When your ready to move on and be more serious then consider one of the following BEST BUJO(bullet journals). These are considered the best bullet journals.

  1. Best hard cover-Leuchtturm1917 Dotted or ruled lines A5
  2. Best soft cover- Moleskin- dotted journal

What do you do with a blank journal?

When you have a blank journal the only thing to do with it is to start using it. Get creative and enjoy it.

Your journal can have or be anything you want to create. There is so much you can create and do with a small journal.

What are dotted notebooks for?

The dots in the bullet journal note book are to help guide you to create your designs or lists with ease. If you prefer you can just get a lined bullet journal. It is completely personal preference.

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Here is a picture of the dotted BUJO (bullet journal) paper.

What pens should I use for a bullet Journal?

I love bullet journal pens. There are so many amazing options. Consider what you want to create in your bullet journal and buy or use pens that enhance what you are creating.

For beginners, Frixion gel pens and markers are perfect for bullet journaling as they are ERASEABLE!

For beginners, Frixion gel pens and markers are perfect for bullet journaling as they are ERASEABLE! And quite amazing.

These Stabilo are the best highlighters. As they do not bleed through.

Currently, I am obsessing over these watercolor dual tip Tombow pens. They are so much fun to create with.

Other things to consider about pens when bullet journaling:

Are Sharpies good for bullet Journal? Sharpies can be great for bullet journaling, if you have thick journal paper that does not bleed through. Do sharpies bleed through paper? Yes, some sharpies bleed through paper. The only way to know if sharpies will bleed through your bullet journal paper is to try it unfortunately. Note: How thick and how hard you press the sharpie on the paper will also determine bleed through potential.

Are gel pens good for bullet journaling?
Gel pens can be great fro bullet journaling. Use caution when creating though as all pens can smear before they completely dry.

How do you use washi tape in a bullet Journal?

Washi tape can be used in bullet journals to add decoration or mark specific pages. It can also be used to divide pages or sections of your journal.

Check out these washi tapes to try in you bullet journal. Click pictures for more details.

What is the secret to creating a bullet journal?

The best kept secret to creating a stunning and beautiful bullet journal is using stencils.

I had no idea that people used stencils to create the bullet journal layout. Yes girly! Stencils like the plastic ones you used in elementary school, but a cuter version.

That’s how ordinary people add all their cute boxes and extra details to their bullet journals. Stencils are key to creating a simple bullet journal. They are perfect to create a bullet journal for beginners.

Free hand drawing can be added as well.

These are the stencils I am currently using. They are great for all types of layouts in your bullet journal.

Do you want to know the SECRET to creating a beautiful BULLET JOURNAL?  Bullet journal inspiration/How to create a bullet journal for beginners/ BUJO/ bullet journal ideas 2019/ bullet journal key
Do you want to know the SECRET to creating a beautiful BULLET JOURNAL?  Bullet journal inspiration/How to create a bullet journal for beginners/ BUJO/ bullet journal ideas 2019/ bullet journal key

Create a bullet journal for beginner

These are all great tips to create a bullet journal for beginners. I love the creative outlet that bullet journaling has given me and I can’t wait for you to get started creating too.

Happy Creating!

XOXO,

KK

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