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