*bullet journal* May setup

Hello, lovelies💜

I finally got around to making a bullet journal post! I’ve been bullet journaling for about 5 months – I asked for a blackout bullet journal last year for Christmas. It was my first bullet journal and I can say that I’m in love!

Before I get started, I want to thank Jasmin at thewriterofletters.com for inspiring me to finally get this bullet journal post going… please go check out all her amazing bullet journal posts:)

So! A little background. The bullet journal I have is from Archer & Olive. When my sister ordered it for me, we didn’t realize there were multiple journals sold by Archer and Olive with the same cover color but different insides. We ordered The BLACKOUT Book – A5 Moon Phases Sketchbook With Black Pages. When it arrived, we realized it didn’t have any dots. I had been waiting for the journal for so long that I decided I didn’t care if it had dots or not, I was going to use it as a bullet journal anyway. So disclaimer, that first link is to this exact bullet journal with NO dots. If you’re interested in this journal but with dots (like an actual legitimate bullet journal) click here.

While I haven’t tried the version with dots, I actually like this one quite a bit! Although, it can get difficult having to measure EVERYTHING out. I think this was originally supposed to be a sketchbook.

As for quality, I don’t think I could ask for much better. While the journal is a little bit higher priced, the pages are thick and they don’t bleed. It has a really nice weight to it. It comes with a pen holder and two page markers. The back has a little folder attached to put small paper items. While I like the design and fabric of the cover, I will say that it gets dirty easily. I have a couple grey smudges, but with a little bit of scraping with my nails it comes off. Overall, I really love this journal and would purchase it again! It’s really high quality.

Since my journal has completely black pages, I had to purchase some specific pens in order for what I write to show up on the paper. I did some research and heard that the Sakura Gellyroll brand is one of the best. I have varying sizes of the white Gellyroll pens as well as the Moonlight 06 pack. They have both worked really well for me, but I am interested to experiment a little more in the future and see what other pens may work better. For this month, I mostly used the white Gellyroll pen.

Like I said earlier, I’ve actually had this journal since January but haven’t made a post til now. This month, I definitely put more effort in than usual… I decided I wanted to do a moon & stars theme for May. I really love the galaxy, stars, and sparkles so it’s fitting.

Above is my cover page! I painted some streaks of acrylic silver glitter I have and dotted some dark blue acrylic paint here and there. I tore some plain white copy paper to use as clouds and cut out a moon shape. I cut out a square for the “May” label and drew a thick black border with a black sharpie to accentuate the white/black theme. As a finishing touch, I put a bunch of little tiny white stars, diamonds and stars all around using my Gellyroll pen tip. I really love the quote I put on here. Kind of mysterious:)

The sun watches what I do, but the moon knows all my secrets.

jm wonderland

I’m not a fan of putting my calendar and to-do lists in my bullet journal at this point; potentially because I accidentally got a sketch book and not an actual bullet journal. It takes so much more time to draw out the pages for the month. In the future, when I get a dotted bullet journal, I plan to make ALL the lists and calendars. It’s not that I don’t make any lists or calendars, it’s just infrequent because it takes a lot of time that I usually don’t have.

On the left side of the journal above is my Memories column. For every day, I write one sentence about what I thought was the most defining moment. I continued the theme of clouds and white tiny particles at the top and at the corners.

On the right side is something new I’m trying this month. I’ve been trying out a new hair care routine these last few weeks (check that out HERE) and I wanted to document it. I am going to start a graph of the levels of static, oil and dandruff for each day. And yes, I actually had to measure and draw out every little dot in that graph. It took an eternity.

Finally, I have my mood page. The actual documentation of moods was not my idea, but the execution was mostly my inspiration; I’m not sure how practical it will actually be this month. I tried to imitate the milky way with blue, white and occasional purple dots. Then, I scattered numbers 1 through 30 around the two pages. My plan is to draw different shaped star-like diamonds around each day to signify whether my mood was good or bad. The quote I included was:

i have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.


Anyway. That is my bullet journal! Do you like this kind of post? Should I make a monthly journal set up post?



15 thoughts on “*bullet journal* May setup

  1. ❥ D April 30, 2020 / 2:34 am

    Love this! 😍 I don’t see these types of bujos with all-black pages often, so I really enjoyed seeing how you made the theme come to life. I definitely would want to see more of your spreads!!

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    • avocadothoughts13 April 30, 2020 / 9:58 am

      Thank you! I really enjoyed making it:) I will definitely be making more bullet journal themed posts<3

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  2. xoxlucy April 30, 2020 / 8:38 pm

    AHHHH, I love this!!! I love your theme and the quote you included about Galileo😍I think it’s a sign that I should start bullet journaling because I have just read two others posts about this😂 Ant tips for a beginner? Also I would to see a monthly bullet journal❤️

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    • avocadothoughts13 May 1, 2020 / 11:50 am

      Thank you:) Yes you definitely should!! Hm… I’m not really sure. I’m kind of a beginner as well, but I would definitely say to use Pinterest heavily. They have super cute and creative ideas that you can use as a base. Also, I’m thinking about doing a blog post about what I do with my bullet journal, but basically I put all of my monthly/weekly/short term stuff in the front of my journal and the long term stuff in the back, so I know exactly where everything is. That doesn’t make much sense now that I’m writing it, but I plan on expanding on it further, haha. You should do a post on bullet journaling if you decide to start!!

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      • xoxlucy May 4, 2020 / 6:42 am

        Thanks for the tips! And maybe I will….. 😉

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  3. elinsparis May 4, 2020 / 7:14 am

    oh wow!! I’ve never seen a bullet journal with black pages before, gorgeous!!

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  4. Jasmin@thewriterofletters.com May 9, 2020 / 8:41 pm

    Aww thanks for the mention, your actually the sweetest ❤️
    I love your black pages!! I’ve only seen black pages one other time and honestly I’m kind of addicted xD I can’t decide if I want to try one next year! Do most pens show uo or do you have to have special pens? Thats my biggest worry, I have a huge collection of pens and markers and I’m afraid they wouldn’t show up that well.
    I absolutely adore the cloudy theme, its so elegant and magical feeling!
    YESSSSS PLEASE do more monthly bujo posts, they’re my favorite-ist posts everrrrr ❤️
    Loved this so much xx 💕

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    • avocadothoughts13 May 9, 2020 / 11:15 pm

      AWWW! I’m honestly smiling so much right now, your comments have made me so happy:) Thank you! I was honestly kinda hesitant to get a black bullet journal, too, mostly because of the pen situation. Unfortunately, you really can’t just use any pen on the pages. I did a little research before ordering it and there are some people who list pens that will work on youtube and stuff. You might check it out and see if you already have any of the pens. That really is the one thing that sucks about a black bullet journal, though… other than that it is actually my favorite! Plus, if you wanted, you could always write what you want on white paper and cut it out however you want. I’ve been experimenting with that a little bit. I always look forward to your bullet journal posts so it truly is thanks to you that I started my own:)

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      • Jasmin@thewriterofletters.com May 10, 2020 / 9:11 am

        Awww I’m so glad they made you happy! Comments are the best right??!?
        Ahhh I see. That’s helpful that you can watch YouTube videos with reccomandations and such, I’m sure that helps a lot. I just bought some white gel pens and I’m sure those would show up but I don’t know about many of my other pens. Black bujos look so cool though!!
        Ahh cutting out white paper is a smart idea, I’ll have to think about if I want to try that next year!
        Awww that means a ton, thank you 💕

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      • avocadothoughts13 May 10, 2020 / 11:02 am

        Yeah! I’m thinking about doing a post myself doing some experimentation with pens on my black bujo. It’ll have to wait until I can potentially go back to work though; I’m a broke highschooler, haha!

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      • Jasmin@thewriterofletters.com May 10, 2020 / 12:43 pm

        Ooooo PLEASE DO! I would love that and it would be so helpful! Haha I can totally relate, I’m also a broke high schooler 😂


  5. Elsie LMC May 13, 2020 / 1:20 pm

    Your bullet journal looks amazing! 😮 And the theme is so pretty ✨ I’ve never heard of a blackout journal before but now I want one but I’m only just after starting my own one so I should really finish that 😂 Great post! 💕

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