Digital Bullet Journal Spreads in Microsoft Word • Tutorial & Downloads

Digital Bullet Journal Spreads in Microsoft Word • Tutorial & Downloads


Hey everybody! Welcome to my tutorial for how to create a
simple digital bullet journal layout for Noteshelf 2 — using Microsoft Word! I should note, I normally create my spreads
in InDesign and there are certain things I can do in that app that I’m not sure I can
do in Word. I mean, I know a fair bit about Word from
a business end of things, but creating anything other than simple designs is not my forte. Before you start creating templates, you’re
going to want to know what size your document should be to fit well within Noteshelf 2. Everyone’s iPad has a different resolution! I just upgraded from the 9.7” to the 10.5”
and even though it’s a minute difference, it makes everything slightly off. To begin, take a screen shot of an open notebook
in Noteshelf 2 with whatever paper you want. I just opened a random notebook and got my
March cover paper. To take a screen shot on an iPad, you press
the top power button and the front round home button together. When you release, the screen will flash white
and you’ll have your screenshot! You then want to send the screenshot to your
iCloud so you can access it on your computer, so hit the share button, save to files, and
then choose iCloud. Once you have downloaded the screenshot onto
your computer, you want to figure out the size of the paper without the Noteshelf 2
interface. I use Photoshop for this, but if you use any
other image editors I’m sure you could figure it out just as well. Once in Photoshop, I’m going to zoom in
to the point where the interface of Noteshelf 2 and the paper starts. The pale grey between where the black of the
Noteshelf 2 interface and the March over paper shows how the paper doesn’t quite fit. Which isn’t a huge deal, because I’m going
to figure out the new resolution now! I’m going to create a guide. Click the top ruler and drag down to just
where the interface ends. Since you still have the zoom tool selected,
you can click the “Fit Screen” button or else go into the View menu and click “Fit
on Screen.” Now choose the selection tool and select the
rectangle above that guide — it will snap to where you put the guide automatically. Under the “Select” menu, click “Inverse.” This will automatically select the opposite
of what you had selected. Now in the “Image” menu, click “Crop.” Now you have just the size of your paper,
and you can see the inch size as well. To transfer that size to Word, I’m just
going to take a screenshot of my screen with my “print screen” button on my keyboard
and paste it into the default document that opens, but you could just write down your
size and do it that way. To resize your document, go to the Page Layout
menu and click Page Setup. In the menu that opens, go to the Paper tab
and enter your width and height in exact inches. Then go into Margin and change those. The computer will ding and tell you the margins
aren’t proper for printing, but as this is a screen only document it doesn’t matter
— just hit Ignore. I then realized the top and bottom margins
were definitely too short to make up for the favourites toolbar and the footer in Noteshelf
2, so I made them a bit larger. And hit Ignore again. I know what I’m doing, Word. Don’t be such a nag. From here, we’re going to make a simple
calendar. To insert a table, click the “Insert”
menu, and then click the Table button. Drag your cursor over how large you want the
table to be — some months will need to have an extra row depending on how the days fall,
but typically 7 columns by 6 rows is what you need. I adjusted my margins here again because I
didn’t like how close to the edge of the page they were. I enter the days of the week in the top row,
and the actual dates in each box — to enter these quickly, press tab to go to the next
box instead of clicking each individual one. So yeah! Basic table is created, but there’s some
ways to make it fancier. You can change the font for everything by
hitting select all. For the May 2018 header, I use my usual font
— Hello Sweets. This is a font I purchased from Creative Market
as part of a bundle, so I will include a link down below if you would also like to purchase
the bundle. You can, of course, use whatever fonts you
would like. You can use Comic Sans with a Papyrus header
if you want, I’m not here to judge. From here, to create the more square boxes
for the calendar, select just the rows with dates and go into Table Tools and then Layout. There is a setting for height for the rows. I just use the arrow to find the height I
want, something that doesn’t go off the page. I also select all the text and set it to align
right, which can also be done in the Table Tools —>Layout menu. So, the days of the week are a little tight. I select the row and then go to Page Layout. Under spacing, you can add points of spacing
to the top and bottom of text. Also, while I’m here, May 2018 has spacing
after it, so I get rid of that. To center the days of the week vertically
as well as horizontally, I select them again and go into Table Tools —>Layout and click
the center button. To format them, I go into Design and change
the shading. The shading affects the backgrounds of a table
cell. I choose a soft grey but you can use whatever
you want, and then I remove the borders under the border menu just below shading. For the main part of the calendar, I select
all the rows and then click Borders —>and Borders and Shading. In this menu, I can change the colour of the
borders and the weight, though I leave that at a 1/2 pt. I want the borders to be less harsh so I select
a charcoal grey and then you need to click the teeny little borders in the example on
the side. It’s a pain. It took me a few moments. From here, I’m going to merge the cells
that are not being used. Select the squares and then under Layout click
“Merge Cells.” You can also add shading to these cells so
they frame the calendar better. So that is your calendar! Save it as a docx file, and let’s create
our next spread. For the next spread — which is weekly — I’m
just going to copy the document we just made. This way we have the same margins and document
size as the last file. Open it, select everything, and then delete
so you have a blank canvas. This is going to be similar to our last spread,
in that we’re relying on tables once again. Create a new 4 by 2 table, and raise the height
until both boxes almost take up the full height of the page. I went with 4.5” because it splits easily. You don’t want them too big, and you’ll
see why soon. Click within the first square or cell of the
table and then hit “split cells.” In this window, you want to set your columns
to 1 and your rows to 2. Press okay. Oh dang! Now everything doesn’t want to fit. So what we’re going to do is resize the
height of the new cells based on what half of the height of the full rows was — so,
4.5” divided by 2 is 2.25”, in the case of my document. Everything fits again! We’re going to put some spacing in between
all the cells, so select everything within the table and then click “cell size.” In this window, under the table tab, you want
to hit options. Click the check for “allow spacing between
cells” and enter an amount that suits your fancy. I went with .15”. Hit okay again! Everything is kinda ugly right now, but that’s
okay! In borders, we’re going to click “no borders”
— and our table is now invisible! Click borders again, and select “inside
borders.” Mine were set to dots, so I needed to go into
the border settings and fix that. Now we can set up the spread! This first box is for where we will enter
our date for each week. Below it, I put a box for goals, but you’re
welcome to use it for notes or you could remove the borders from it and not have a box there
at all! The remainder are for the days of the week. I change the fonts, center where necessary,
and there we are! It’s minimalist, but I still think it’s
quite pretty. So now that we have our two documents, they’re
ready to be saved and brought into Noteshelf 2. So save your weekly spread, and then we’re
going to go into the menu and click “save as.” For file type choose PDF, and rename the files
however you’d like. I wanted to distinguish between my other templates,
so I added word to the name. The PDFs need to be moved to your Dropbox,
iCloud, or however else you transfer files to your iPad. I use Dropbox. I keep all of my original files on my computer,
organized in a folder, and all of my PDFs are kept on my Dropbox server. Go into the notebook you want to add the templates
to. I created a new page because this first page
is my cover. Click the gear icon to go into the menu, and
then find change page template under notebook options. Click custom, and then click the big grey
button. Add the documents you want, and then you select
whichever one to want to use for that page. Add another page, and apply your weekly spread
to that. There’s a lot of things you can do with
Word, but this is a pretty simple way to create minimalist templates for Noteshelf 2. If you want to see a tutorial for how I create
my templates in InDesign, please leave a comment down below! Oh, and as an added bonus, I will link these
templates I just made as well as the original Word documents down below. I have started up a Gumroad for my bullet
journal templates, and the majority of the templates are going to be free or pay-what-you-want. So if you got something out of this, feel
free to toss a buck or two my way, but you’re by no means required to do so! Please subscribe and give this video a like
if you enjoyed this! It lets me know you want more digital bullet
journal videos in the future. Thank you so much for watching! Bye!

6 thoughts on “Digital Bullet Journal Spreads in Microsoft Word • Tutorial & Downloads

  1. I opened a Gumroad shop for my digital downloads! https://gumroad.com/leys
    Be sure to follow the shop for when I upload more templates soon!
    Get the templates created during this tutorial for free (or pay-what-you-want) here: https://gum.co/word-may2018

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