Bullet Journal Layout for 2017

Bullet Journal Layout For January

Bullet Journal Layout For January

All through 2016 I kept meaning to start a Bullet Journal, my friend HayleyFromHome has kept one throughout 2016 and she said it would be right up my street. I tried to keep a planner and that fell by the wayside and it seems to me that Bullet Journalling can be a really personal thing. Most of the original bullet journals are quite basic and to the point which I like but I am also intrigued by the more creative community too and I think a combination of the two styles will work for me. I am by no means artistic but I used to love scrapbooking and doodling so I’m going to attempt to apply a little of this to my Bullet Journal.

Hayley told me to start off with only a few pages / spreads and not too make it overly complicated whilst I am still finding my feet. I did take quite a bit if inspiration from her journal and I am hoping as I get into it I can grow my journal into something that keeps me organised and a way for me to be creative. I am armed with many stationery supplies so lets see where this takes me!

As you can see from the first photo in this post I did quite a standard Hello January doodle to kick off my planner and I loved drawing this out. I have to say I find the time offline really relaxing and its nice to start something that I hope will become a hobby.

I am not too sure yet how I want to plan & document my weeks but I didn’t want to have too little space, so I have started with the Week to View Spread for January. I may find that it doesn’t work for me but we will see. That is the beauty of this being a system you can adapt and change as the weeks go on. I stuck to a simple layout for this and I like that it looks clean and ready for me to add some tasks and notes.

One of my goals for 2017 is to drink more water & I have done a grid of 8 squares so I can colour in a square for each glass of water I drink that day, In the hope I drink 8 glasses a day.

Bullet Journal Week To View

Important Dates Bullet Journal Spread

Important Dates Spread – This seems to be quite a popular layout in peoples journals and I am part way through adding all the dates I need to remember. I am THAT person that forgets birthdays and social events but there is no excuses now!

I have written out all the months as a calendar and will write next to a particular month the important date. This feels so much nicer than relying on my computer to notify me of special events.

Books Read in 2017 Bullet Journal Spread

Books Read – I’m an avid book worm and often wish I’d noted down the name / titles of books I’d read as I have a terrible memory. Its nice to look back on and a good way of remembering a book you want to recommend. I am hoping to fill this page by the end of 2017. If you have any book recomendations for me, leave me a comment.

Positive Goals Bullet Journal Spread

I am not one for New Years Resolutions or for setting myself too many Goals but I did want a part of this journal to be a space that was positive and full of things I wanted to do, so I came up with Do More, Be More, Make More and I’m slowly adding things to this. There is something about writing them down that makes me more accountable to actually achieve them. We will see.

FantasticPaper Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal 

I bought my journal from HomeSense and it isn’t a brand I’d heard of before. It has the standard grid page layout, the pages are nice and thick and the cover is quite sturdy. I know more Bullet Journal enthusiasts use the popular LEUCHTTURM notebooks and in truth I would have bought one of those but I got mine for £3 and I didn’t want to commit until I knew I was going to stick it out. Maybe for 2018 I will treat myself to a swish LEUCHTTURM one.

Favourite Pens for Bullet Journal

Sakura Pigma Micron 01 Liner Pen

Lets talk pens – now I am a stationery addict so Bullet Journalling was a massive excuse for me to buy more pretty pens. I did consult my friend Hayley and she recommended some great ones. These Sakura are beautifully slim and have a nib of 0.25mm so very precise and the ink doesn’t bleed through the page. I have 5 colours and I think I will get a lot of use from them.

Staedtler Fineliner Pens

It seems you can’t own a Bullet Journal without having a pack of Staedtler pens so I bought 2 packs just to cover all bases. I have a pack of 10 1.0mm and a pack of 20 0.3mm. So I think I am good for fancy coloured pens.

Faber Castell Bullet Journal Pens

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen 

This pen brand was the one pen Hayley said I needed in my life, I bought a 4 pack of all different nibs and I have to say I LOVE THEM. The ink is super black and pigmented and it doesn’t feather or bleed. I use the finest nib for all my writing and letter out lines. The thickest one is so nice for brush lettering, the pen glides across the paper and the nib is flexible but precise. These are a MUST!

So there you have it I am now a fully fledged member of the Bullet Journal community and I’m going to try really, really hard to make this a part of my daily life. Let me know if you journal and what tips, tricks or hacks you have & if you follow any inspirational accounts on Instagram. I need all the help I can get.

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HEMA Stationery Haul

Stationery Addict

Stationery Addict

I went a little stationery mad whilst in Amsterdam. It’s all from a shop called HEMA, Over the course of the week I must have popped in about 4 times, I think it is safe to say I love this shop. It sells a little of everything from home-wear to food & everything in-between. It’s a Dutch shop but they’re now all over Europe and if I heard correctly they even have a few in the UK as of this year.

So to ease myself back into blogging I thought I would show you what stationery delights I found in HEMA. They had a huge selection and let me tell you I could have purchased a whole lot more – but I didn’t have the baggage allowance to bring any more home with me.

HEMA Stickers

Cute Stationery

Who can resist a post it note? These came as a set of 3 for 1Euro. I will have them stuck all over my desk in a bid to stay organised. I also went a little crazy over the Sticker section & bought quite a few packets but these are for my niece who takes after her Auntie & loves stationery too. So I am sure she will have fun sticking these all over the house.


It said blogging on the front how could I resist that? Well I didn’t! It has lovely hard cover & two note books inside one for your daily to do list & the other for blog ideas. Very floral & cute.

Stationery Haul


HEMA Amsterdam

PENS! I bought a couple sets of these as I love writing with colourful pens and these were too pretty to leave behind. I bought the fine nibs which I prefer and also the slightly thicker nibs too. I think I will give my niece the thicker ones for colouring in with.

HEMA Amsterdam

HEMA Stationery

A girl can never have too many notebooks & thats the truth. In fact I think it should be made Law. I bought so many notebooks from HEMA so I won’t be running out anytime soon. I bought few smaller ones that will be perfect for my handbag and a few A5 size for lists & notes. I fill up notebooks quickly because I’m always jotting down ideas & reminders.

I bought quite a few things & I can’t wait to use everything. The products I bought range in price from 75 cents to 3 Euros. So nothing was expensive. Its all great quality & very affordable which sums HEMA up, its a popular shop in the Netherlands and I can see why. If you get chance to visit HEMA either in the UK or Europe then I highly recommend it. Especially if you love Stationery.

If there any stationery addicts reading this, let me know where you shop for all things stationery.