11 Bullet Journal Setup Ideas | Layout Ideas | Hand Lettering Fonts, Typography, Doodles & Banners

11 Bullet Journal Setup Ideas | Layout Ideas | Hand Lettering Fonts, Typography, Doodles & Banners


If you’re the planner type of person who
loves to write down ideas, schedules, or to-do lists and organize them all in one neat place,
then this video is for you. Hi. I’m Ginger. In this video, I’ll give you eleven ideas
on how to set up a bullet journal. Let’s admit it. Life can get hectic, or even chaotic. Days pass quickly. Schedules get tangled up. We’re constantly running around and the
countdown to our deadlines makes us panic. In this video, we’ll talk about bullet journaling,
which is not just a trend, but has become a way of life for a lot of people. There are tons of pre-made journals you can
buy but I personally love the dot matrix ones made by Peter Pauper Press. The acid-free, heavy gauge paper is perfect for pens. The writing doesn’t ghost on the back, which
is a common problem in most journals. Dot matrix paper is perfect if you want to
have the flexibility to create your own designs, or rows and columns in a manner that fits
your planning needs. So now let’s dive in to bullet journal idea number one. Mission Statement. It’s nice to open the journal with a personal
Mission Statement which can be one, a short sentence to express your core values or beliefs. It’s your guiding principle, much like a lighthouse. It guides you in your way so you stay on course. What are examples of mission statements? You can say something like, “My mission
is to encourage people by speaking positive words everyday.” Or your mission can be “To live honestly
even when people aren’t watching.” Or you can even write your corporate philosophy
and say something like, “I want to live a life of excellence by striving to give my
best in every work.” Whatever mission it is, write it down in your
bullet journal so you can make yourself accountable because there’s written proof you can read
everyday, so you have to live by it. Bullet journal idea number two. Dreams. Now I dedicated the next spread in my journal
to dreams. These are the long-term dreams which may or
may not be attainable. For instance, one of my dreams is to travel to Europe. I don’t know when I can make that happen. But I’m putting it down there so I can be
inspired to save for that dream trip or cruise. Another long-term dream is to find an agent
and to get my manuscripts published, to land a book deal, write books that win awards and
hopefully hit the bestsellers’ list. Publishing is a tough industry to penetrate
and rejections are normal even for seasoned authors. So I wanted to write this in my dream page
so I wouldn’t be discouraged when I get the next rejection letter. Putting that career dream down on print can
help me focus on the bigger picture. Now after dreams, let’s talk about goals
which is idea number three. You might wonder why I made a distinction
between dreams and goals. Unless you want to make your dreams a reality
by really working hard for it, like sweating it out and making an investment for your future
… unless you’re willing to take those necessary steps, a dream is just wishful thinking. But if you want a dream to become a goal,
you need to back it up with quantifiable action steps and set a deadline for yourself. I read a poster before that said, “The only
difference between a goal and a dream is a deadline.” Dreams may or may not happen. Goals should happen. Goals are more short-term and there’s a
starting date and a finishing date. You can also have specific goals for the year. But the following year, there can be a new
set of goals. Dreams, on the other hand, you know, they
can be the same year after year for the next five years or for your entire lifetime. You can still have the same dreams. Okay? Now let’s talk about Reading Lists, that’s
the fourth thing you can put in a planner. Now I included a reading list because as a
writer, reading is part of my job description. But if you’re not much of a book lover,
you may opt out of this page. For this layout, I wanted to keep track of
books I have read—either they’re recommended reading because of my line of work, or they’re
must-have books that I just want to enjoy at a leisurely pace during my down time. If you want to include something like this
in your bullet journal, you may consider organizing your lists of books by genres, whether they’re
fiction or non-fiction books, or whether they’re your favorite books that you already read
or those you still have to finish. Whatever way you decide to arrange your page,
it’s up to you. Now the main reason we have a planner in the
first place is so we can keep track of the daily stuff. The main meat of this journal is the daily
spread where we can list our to-dos and tick off boxes for items we completed. This is then my bullet journal idea number
five — The Daily Planner. I made several versions of this spread but
the basic framework is the same. On the top left corner here, you can see there’s
a space for the date. Beside it, there’s an option to circle the
day of the week, whether it’s a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or whatever. On the left column is where we can write the
day’s agenda or the tasks to complete. I also set aside a section for inspirational
quotes, or Bible verses. It’s nice to note down a line or two of
uplifting statements that can boost your spirit. And there’s also a portion on this page
that’s dedicated for urgent reminders, like stuff that can’t be postponed. Maybe there’s a bill that needs to be paid
that day, or a work deadline, or an item of extreme priority that if you procrastinate,
you’ll end up in big trouble tomorrow. You know, stuff like that, needs to have their
special place in a journal. Alright, now let’s go to idea number six. This is my favorite part of the bullet journal
and I call it the Prayers page. As you can see, the design itself is pretty
involved and requires a lot more doodling than normal. In terms of difficulty level, the layout of
this page is for the intermediate artist. The banner design is inspired by Zentangling,
although I didn’t copy any Zentangle patterns. I don’t even know if what I did here is
an actual Zentangle pattern but I was just doodling intuitively. Anyway, if you want to copy this drawing,
feel free to pause the video and copy the patterns in your own pages. Now, what’s the reason I inserted a prayers
page in this journal? I made this spread because I get so many requests
from people, like requests for prayers for health issues, or work-related problems, or
family concerns. Sometimes, it’s hard to keep track of who
asked what. So I thought it might be a good idea to list
down the names of those who asked for prayers and then include the details of those prayer requests. Personally, I feel a sense of awe each time
I witness the miracle of an answered prayer. So bullet journal idea number seven. I call it Quotations or Food for Thought. Sometimes, to break the monotony in my journal
pages, I insert typographic verses here and there. I know I’m kinda obsessed with inspirational
quotes and that’s why I have that feature included already in my daily spread. But there are times when a quote hits the
mark, you know, it hits you straight in the gut and it becomes so special that the quote
itself has to have its own page and fancy typography. I wrote here. “You wait little girl on an empty stage
for fate to turn the light on. Your life little girl is an empty page that
God will want to write on.” In the next page I wrote “Do write on.” I forgot to mention. All the doodles, calligraphy, and fonts you
see in this video are all my personal ideas and original designs. All the banners, borders, letters, numbers, whatnot. Everything that’s here are all my original ideas. If you want to copy, I give you permission
to do so, as long as they’re for personal use, not commercial resale, not commercial
redistribution in any medium. Just for personal use, okay? That said, let’s talk about bullet journal
idea number eight. Appointments. I made a spread for appointments because sometimes,
there are appointments that are spaced throughout the year, like doctor’s appointments or
dental visits, ortho check-ups, car maintenance schedules, or stuff that don’t usually recur
and are three to six months apart from each other. You can opt to put these appointments in your
daily planner, but for me, I want to have these all in an overview. So I made a separate page for it. Under the banner heading here, I left a huge space
for the bullet point lists. Idea number nine. Now this bullet journal layout may not apply
to many people but it can be very helpful for creatives or those who maintain blogs. I call it the Idea page. It’s a space to brainstorm. You know how creative people sometimes get
those eureka moments, you know, when the light bulb suddenly flashes on you. Sometimes, your thoughts are so fleeting that
unless you quickly write them down, they’re lost forever. I know I tend to scribble ideas for my YouTube
channel or ideas for my novel in the first piece of paper I manage to grab. Sometimes I write on grocery receipts or sticky
notes or even credit card statements I find on my desk. And that’s a very messy habit, to be honest. So I made this spread a part of the bullet
journal so all those creative thoughts are just archived and easily accessible. Of course, one page isn’t enough for the
tons of ideas that clutter our brain. So I made several versions of the idea page. I called one “Author’s Toolbox” or “Wordsmiths”
page or some of my notes are specific to my writing needs. This is where I plan to scribble story prompts
or plot ideas, or words, phrases, metaphors or any other literary device that I’d like
to use in my writing. If you’re not a writer, you can alternatively
use a bullet journal set-up like this for blog topics. What will your next blog post be about? Or maybe if you’re a YouTube creator,
you can list here your video ideas, or maybe ideas for your next social media post, Instagram
post, or ideas for school projects. Anything that can help you declutter your
brain, go ahead and scribble them down in this layout, either in a numbered list or
in fancy banners, inside fancy banners and borders. Heading to the next bullet journal set-up. Idea number ten is Trip Planning. We all know how stressful it is to keep track
of trip details. So in this page, I dedicated sections for
the when, where, how, and what of travelling. Like when is the trip? Where are we going? What touristy places do we plan to visit? And what do we pack? Like this bullet journal page has columns for
packing lists and sections for travel details and important reminders. Okay, idea number eleven is what I call Wishlist. Unlike dreams or goals which itemize wishes
that are intangible, mostly abstract wants, wishlists are usually concrete things you
hope to save up for and eventually buy. You can organize your wishlist in many different ways. Like you can create a different page per category,
like a page for fashion wishlists or a page for electronics and technology items in one
spread. But if you’re like me with a very short
wishlist, one spread, one page is enough. So that’s it friends. Eleven ideas for your bullet journal set-up. If you found this video helpful, please like
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comments below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Again, this is Ginger from Art That Plays and Prays. God bless you and see you next time.

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