Bullet Journal Layouts

Usually my life goes like this:

Young, impressionable me, full of life and spirit and hope: “I’m going to do this thing! It’s going to be amazing and I’m going to be so good at it! People will want to know my secret because of how much I know/can do this thing! I will do this thing for the rest of my life!”

Mature, older me, full of despair and failure: “Well…that lasted a week….”

Usually these types of things include, but are not limited to:

  • Keeping my kitchen sink clear of dirty dishes
  • Flossing regularly
  • Doing yoga regularly in the mornings
  • Exercising
  • Growing my nails out
  • Finishing a story (that I’ve been working on for yeeaaaarrrrrsss)
  • Any and all New Years Goals I’ve ever made

I tend to get all excited over a project that I think I can do, and within one week/one month, I give up or forget or get bored. Unfortunately this happens a lot.


Today I can say that I have been Bullet Journaling for 3 whole months and haven’t given up halfway or quit or forgotten. I’ve been journaling every day, keeping track of my habits and my food intake and my mood swings. Whoopee! And of this fact, I am very proud of myself.

In celebration of completing three months of bujo-ing I’m going to share with you some of my favorites (and some of my failed) bullet journal layouts.


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Some of my watercolor bled through the page and I though it would end up looking bad, but it turned out super cute!
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My first mood board page. I liked being able to have space for morning and afternoon mood swings.
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BOOKS!!!! I loved how this mood tracker page turned out. Especially the cute little goldfish!
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I totally stole this design off of Pinterest, but I’m so proud with how it turned out!


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I don’t exactly know what I was trying to go for here, but it sort of backfired. Too much random color, and looks kind of like a patchwork quilt.
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The original design was cute….and then I butchered it with the salmon colored marker.
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A design I found on Pinterest that looked so cute…but ended up looking lazy and rushed.

As you can see, sometimes the layout in my head looks really really good, and then once it’s down on paper I think to myself “Wow. That looks terrible.” And while it bums me out for a little while, each month I get to design a whole new layout with all kinds of new designs.

It makes me think of an Anne of Green Gables quote: “Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it… Yet.”

Here’s a little bit of advice for my fellow bullet journalists out there: It doesn’t have to be perfect. You’re designing something for YOU and no one else. Who cares if you mess up a little, or even a lot. Self-love (and a whole lot of white-out) are your best friends. Good luck! And don’t give up!


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