Getting Started With A Creative BuJo
By Totally Wendy
Recently married and embarking on new business ventures together, Nick and I are constantly juggling tasks, research and all manner of family priorities.
I wish I could say that we’re masters at it, but the truth is things get dropped, forgotten or overlooked more often than we would prefer. Sometimes we can laugh it off and move on, while other times it can be downright painful to drop the ball on something that was important.
I’ve been a bit “planner challenged” for the majority of my life, so I admit to being rather intimidated when we began talking about setting up a better “system.”
I dreaded the search for ANOTHER expensive planner, calendar, date book, day timer, day runner, or whatever the current fad is for all those strange beings who are “Born Organized.”
Imagine my surprise when we came across the Bullet Journal.
The brainchild of Ryder Carroll, the Bullet Journal is as elegantly simple as a white sheet of paper and a black Sharpie.
On the other hand, it is a beautifully decorated as the Sistine Chapel.
The true genius of the Bullet Journal is that it is exactly what YOU make of it. It is a reflection of YOU: your days, weeks & months, sure.
But it is also your reading list, your gratitude list, your prayer list and your shopping list!
Nick reveled in the sparse black lines, square boxes and cryptic task codes. He fell immediately for the pure, Ryder Carroll version of the Bullet Journal. He even wrote a blog post about how much he liked this “Minimalist Bullet Journal.”
He fell immediately for the pure, Ryder Carroll version of the Bullet Journal. He even wrote a blog post about how much he liked this “Minimalist Bullet Journal.”
When he shared the post with me, I realized I HAD to respond.
I had to stomp my foot and shout, “WAIT A MINUTE!”
A Minimalist Bullet Journal, what IS that all about?!
Is it just me, or do you want to watch your bullet journal BLOSSOM?
Do you want a bullet journal that calls you to dive in….a place of beauty and playfulness?
To be honest, I know myself well enough to say – if it isn’t fun and pretty, then I won’t want to do it. Therefore, I will eventually stop doing it all together!
So, we agreed to disagree.
But more than that, we decided to start out on our Bullet Journal Journey, and blog about our individual perspectives: his “Minimalist” and mine a little more CREATIVE.
Follow us as we walk our own paths: together yet individualized.
We both agree on a starting point:
We both agreed that we liked this bullet journal the best for doing our thing: Peter Pauper Essentials A5 Grid-Style Notebook
We also agreed that these pens were the best for us, and we even share them! 6-Piece Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set, Black
We even agreed that the 6-Inch Westcott Stainless Steel Office Ruler with Non-Slip Cork Base measured up to our standards.
But if you want to give your bullet journal some extra FLAIR, you might consider including these items.
Add some color and PIZZAZ to your journal with this colorful set of NO BLEED fine tips from Sharpie.
Or, maybe this 50 piece set of vibrant colored pencils? (These are NOT the map pencils we used back in Geography class!)
How about a nice selection of Washi Tape?
For a great way to add a dash of color to your Bullet Journal spreads, try this great variety of styles and colors to get started:
Keep all your new gear together in one of these adorable zipper pencil pouches! (Pssst! The owl version would make a great Christmas gift for someone I know… hint – hint.)
And like Nick, I’ve created a bundle to group them all together.
Creative (Not So Minimalist) Bullet Journal Start Kit
(All the links above, including the bundle, take you to Amazon for those products. If you decide to purchase them, we will get a commission at no additional cost to you.)
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