In which Izzy discovers the Bullet Journal

Hi everyone! This post should have gone up last week but my body retains its ability to veto any of my plans. Earlier this month, I was wandering though Reddit, when I caught wind of something called a Bullet Journal.  I did some investigation, and it turns out that a bullet journal is a super-flexible planning system that can be done in any notebook. (You can find out more about the Bullet Journal by visiting this site). I was mostly convinced, but it wasn’t until I went on Instagram and saw the awesome things people were getting up to with their Bullet Journals that I decided to join in the fun. This is my Bullet Journal. It is in a Script notebook (from Aldi) and you can see my Lamy Joy calligraphy pen resting on top.


Bullet Journal Cover

I’m also using a Leuchtturm pen loop, which is holding the 4 colour Bic Hello Kitty pen that I use when out in the wild. I won’t get into the what’s and how’s of Bullet Journalling in this article, this is just a look I what I’m playing with at the moment.

This is my first full month of Bullet Journalling, so I created a welcome page for the first time. I’ve seen a lot of beautiful two page layouts to welcome the month and I love them, but I thought I’d just do a single page and have a memories page right there at the start of the month.

Bullet Journal Welcome November

I was running a little short on inspiration so I thought a bonfire, some fireworks and a poppy would work.

I do a monthly spread in my Bullet Journal. This gives me a quick overview of what’s going on in each month. I like to have some tasks and goals on this page too.

Bullet journal November 16 Monthly Spread

I refer back to this page when I’m creating my weekly spreads. This is my weekly spread for last week, so you can see what it looks like filled in.

Bullet Journal Weekly Spread Example

As you can see, I have a list of events and appointments on the left, which is filled in from the monthly spread. On the right are tasks, a tracker and a quote. Even though I’m using a monthly tracker this month (see below), I’ve retained the weekly one. This is mostly because seeing the pain/mood/energy tracker in bulk does odd things to my brain. My plan is to transfer these to the monthly tracker at the end of the week. I’m also going to be adding numbers to make it a useful tool to show to medical professionals.

I keep a daily log of what I need to do and any notes, but I’m changing up the format as of tomorrow, so I’ll show that when it’s settled down!

Next we have a gratitude log that I pinched off Boho Berry. Her log has two spaces per day, but mine only has one as I’m using a lined notebook. I’m going to try and squeeze two per line, with an overflow box to be used as needed.

Bullet Journal Gratitude Log

Next up is my monthly tracker. I also added and “Ideas and Dreams” collection for notes that I don’t want to be swallowed by my Bullet Journal. It’ll be interesting to see how much use this gets. The tracker is not my creation, I got it from Boho Berry’s Tribe Resource library and it’s just the right size.

Bullet Journal Tracker and Ideas

The next pages are challenge pages. These are for the Rock Your Handwriting and Plan With Me challenges. You can find these challenges running on Instagram and I’m hoping to join in a bit this month. These printables also came from Boho Berry.

Bullet Journal Nov 16 RYH and PWM challenges

I may not be able to join in too much though, because…

Bullet Journal NaNo 16

Yep, I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year. In spite of my (very) poor health, I’m going to try, because I need to do something to stop my brain from self-destructing. I decided to have a crack at NaNo to see how I get on. I think it’ll be heavy going because I have a brain like treacle right now. Let’s hope I can make it through! (Especially as I was ambushed by a new idea and have done almost no prep. Looks like I’m pantsing!) These printables are also from Boho Berry (aren’t they cute!).

Last, but by no means least, this is an example of a collection I’ve made. In this case, it’s for my EVE Online character, Aurelia.

Bullet Journal Collection with Colouring

The colouring page on the left is from I stuck it in there to hide some horrible pen bleed. (That is one problem this Script notebook is almost crippled by). On the right, is a page I made with the current status of my EVE Character. Not only was I getting back into EVE, but it was also a chance to practise my cursive. (It sucks, I know.) You can see some of the bleed issues I’ve been having at the top of the right page. Super annoying. I’ve decided to fill up this notebook regardless, but the next one is going to be a Leuchtturm1917 to negate the bleed.

How am I getting on with my Bullet Journal?

I love my Bullet Journal and have become a bit obsessed with it. It’s flexible and I can use it any old way, which you can’t do with a regular planner. I enjoy doing the (totally optional!) decoration as well. I’m not capable of much craft at the moment, because I’m having a nasty side effect from my medicine, but I can usually manage a pen. I’ve also found that I can use it as a tool to help manage my health problems. If I note important stuff in it, it’s one less thing for my anxiety to get bent out of shape over. If I carefully decorate it, it shows that I’m capable of more that just existing. It’s all in one design also means that I know where to look if I have brain treacle. I can use it as a tool to help my medical professionals and I can rely on it when I have a really bad day. Which, to be honest, has been more often than not in the last few months. But, most of all, it’s fun and there’s a vibrant community who are all as crazy about it as I am!

I mentioned Boho Berry a lot in this post. She is a Bullet Journallist who creates both blog posts and YouTube videos that are totally awesome. Oh, and cute and useful prointables too! You can find her at

About Izzy Tinsley

Izzy is a yarn addict who crafts as often as she is able. You can usually find her with yarn and needles (and a nice cuppa) in the home she shares with her husband, quietly stuffing yarn into every available corner.

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