Bullet Journaling is a relaxing and fun way to keep all your thoughts in one place and make sure you get your “to dos” done!
It’s a new year! And that means it’s time for the new 2023 bullet journal! This year, I decided to do something a little different. I made my own journal instead of purchasing one! There are still a couple of flaws and kinks aesthetically, but I loved the way it turned out!
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One thing I love about this 2023 Bullet Journal is that while it has a core outline, there are still plenty of ways to make the journal personal to you! One place I made a big impact was the opening page of the journal. Since I felt my journal last year was a little more complex (with all the Eevee drawings), I wanted my journal this year to be more about color and fluidity. I would call it simple, but I know most people probably wouldn’t.
I used a watercolor transfer technique as it brough so much color to the page with minimal effort! For this, I needed a plastic sheet and watercolor paint. I’m not really sure where I got the plastic sheet from. I believe it came out of my scrapbooking supplies.
If you don’t have a plastic sheet, plastic wrap can also work but be sure keep the wrap as flat as possible. This helps with the process greatly!
I painted the colors onto the plastic sheet and put them in the general design that I wanted them. This process will cause the paint to smudge so the design will not be perfect. But that’s also part of the charm of this technique!
Then onto the paper it goes! I like to smudge it around the page a little extra to make sure that every inch is soaked in color (or as much as possible). And with the paint dried, I decided to do an Indian Henna design on top as I love the intricate look it gives from a relatively simple design.
other key pages
Some other pages I have in the front of this bullet journal is the Key and Colors page, the Year at a Glance (with Important date page attached – not pictured), a Level 10 Life spread, and a localized mood tracker separated by month for the 2023 Bullet Journal.
I love doing a Level 10 Life spread because it’s like a more focused new years resolution. I use the follow categories: Health, Relationship, Environment, Development, Online, Finances, Fun, and Family. Over time, I found these are places I focus on, and I am able to create actionable goals to move toward feeling better in each category.
The goal is to reach a ten out of ten feeling, but I doubt I will achieve that as I am too much of a perfectionist.
I have seen some people add spirituality, giving, career, romance (I labeled that as relationship), friends, and travel on theirs was well. I wanted to keep this template blank so you can put whatever spin on it that you want!
Then it’s time to get to the monthly spread of my 2023 Bullet Journal! I have included a cover page for the month, a calendar, a space for my monthly goals, and a habit tracker. I’ll get more into the weekly spread in a bit.
For the January cover page, I once again used the watercolor transfer technique. Since we’re at the start of the year, I equated it to being at the start of a rainbow, so I went with a red color for the background. And since I wanted this to be a fresh start, I decided not to do any drawing overtop the color.
Now, one major issue happened when coloring the page. I sandwiched the page between two sheets of plastic to prevent the color from spreading. This also didn’t allow the page to have free movement and cause the page to dry in the position it was held in. Which mean it got a little squiggly. I don’t mind the effect, but it is something to keep in mind going forward. Let the page breath!
Then it’s time for the weekly spread. I wanted to do a different spread this year because I felt like last years was too confining. Each day having a specified amount of space meant that some days were overflowing with to-dos while others were practically empty.
I wanted to have a layout that was more flexible day to day, especially on those days where I am overly ambitious and come up with a million things to do. So far, I am really enjoying the flexibility and being able to incorporate more drawings and stickers into my journal!
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