I have been putting away bullet journaling for quite a long time because though it looks pretty, it seems like a lot of work. Plus, instead of spending so much time on ‘organizing’ and ‘planning’, I can actually do stuff.
However, when I did jump on this bandwagon, it was for very different reasons. I kept missing emails and deadlines – couldn’t keep track of them, especially during a particularly busy term in B-School. It was funny because I tend to have periods of crazy work schedules and then a lull where I have no idea where to spend my time.
I swore to myself that I won’t go all crazy and invest in tons of pretty stationery. This Leuchtturm1917 itself seems too serious to me for an interest that I might not even want to pursue 2 months later. Plus, there is something about fancy notebooks that deter their usage (I said as my beautiful leather-bound diary angrily spewed dust in my direction.). I am absolutely terrified of making a mistake and having ugly pages everywhere. I needed a solution which rid me of this fear and allowed me to express my creativity.
What I did? I took a simple a4 size folder and chopped it off to an a5 size (because a5 size folders were impossible to find). This is a great way to start off because if you don’t like your pages, you can tear them right off without making your notebook look unsightly, not to mention – without killing the spine.
When I have these aforementioned ‘lulls’, I paint small a5 size prints, lay out my diary in advance, and just carry a small black gel pen with me for updating purposes. There you have it – a simple, yet cute solution, without wasting much time and effort.
Here are some photos:
- Normal sized folder (and a sorry first attempt at flat-lay with my iPhone camera)
- Cut-out a5-sized folder contrasted against the original-sized folder.
- February Spread (Because January/New-Year was too much pressure to begin with. However, I did end up making a half-month spread for January in order to keep track of my classes, but mainly because I had too much time and couldn’t wait to start filling in books and movies for the month!)
I have used simple printer sheets, cut them in half, and punched them along the holes of my folder to make the pages – making this option super cheap.
The best part of this format is that I can keep the current month’s pages in the front of my folder to make them easy to find and them put them in chronological order once I am done with that month. I can also throw them away when the folder gets too full.
Additionally, if I make a mistake, I can just put that page at the back of the journal and use it as a rough area to outline my sketches or layouts. This way, you never waste paper and also never run out of pages 😀
There it is, I hope you get inspired to start a bullet-journal (or perhaps inspired to learn flat-lay photography)!