Weekly Bullet Journal Spreads
It is time to share more of my Bullet Journal with all of you. Currently, I am about to finish with Week 19 in my bullet journal. I have learned a few things about what does and doesn’t work for me in the 18 weeks I have completed so far. The biggest thing I learned was what size boxes work for me. In the January Flip Through, you will notice there were only 2 weeks where I used the narrower boxes for each day in my weekly spread. Well, in truth, I knew after the first week I didn’t like that narrow size, but when I was drawing out week 2, I messed up and drew the skinny boxes before I caught myself, so I suffered through a second week with them. You will notice some subtle changes from week to week in the photos below, but the box layout is very consistent. I keep it that way because it works. Some days you will notice not much gets written in, while other days are pretty jam-packed.
Week 7 was the first week I tried using stickers to determine the theme. These are free stickers, recycled by cutting them off the free address labels that seem to show up from time to time in my mailbox. I never could use up all the addresses but the stickers to the left seemed too nice to throw away. So I have long made a habit of cutting them off and saving them. The hearts seemed like an obvious choice for the week.
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Week 8 I found these pretty stickers and managed to use them up on the week. I usually pick just 2 colors of my Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens that coordinate well with the stickers for the week and draw out the basic layout. The only thing I change on the layout of the page itself is the step and water tracker box placement.
Week 9 must have turned cold and snowy or else I decided I had better hurry and use these pretty snowflakes before it was too warm to do so.
Week 10 I decided to take it easy on the stickers and use just the one to determine the theme for the week. This is also about the time I decided it would be ok to search for writing-related quotes to add to the Thursday box since I always meet my writing group and spend the evening getting words written. This makes the journal more colorful and helps to inspire me.
Week 11 was dog themed. Now anyone who knows me knows I am not a fan of dogs, but this little guy was so darned cute and would allow me to use colors like brown and black that I knew would rarely get used otherwise.
Week 12 needed more color after the brown from the week before. As you can see I began adding more color to other areas too.
Week 13 was a Ziggy week.
Week 14 I decided to take a week off the stickers and just go bright. Notice more quotes finding places to hang around on the pages. I think a lot of blank spaces feels wasteful to me.
Week 15 I found some Nintendo stickers that may have come out of a cereal box at one time. I am loving how the weeks are all so unique, but similar at the same time.
Week 16 don’t judge the faces, they are covering stuff. We left on Friday of this week to drive to the cabin for a week of vacation. I decided since there would be few chores or appointments to add to the boxes, that I would list my meals.
Week 17 was an all vacation week. I let hubby choose the two markers colors I used for the week. I found the Wednesday sticker in the gift shop at the National Park. There were about 6 on the sheet, but this one went best with hubby’s chosen color scheme.
Week 18 I decided to add in crochet themed quotes or graphics on days when I meet with one of my 3 crochet groups. I chose the purple pansies to match ones we planted at home. Note the water squares sometimes fill right to left instead of left to right.
So I have found a weekly spread that works really well for me and I will continue to use it until I find something else I want to try or it stops working for me. I find that monthly and daily spreads seem redundant to me, so I only do the weekly spreads. I don’t actually carry it with me very often. Most of the things written in and crossed off were done after the fact, not as pre-planning. I am using some of the pages that are more goal or year oriented and will do a post with updates on those soon. I haven’t really added anything new as far as spreads go, but I did go back and fill on of the blank pages I had skipped with some notes on a book I was reading.
In case you are new here or just want to know what supplies I use for my bullet journal, I will link them here.
- Leuchtturm1917 Notebook Medium (A5) Hardcover, Dotted, Purple
- Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Bright, 10-Pack
- Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens, .3mm, Metal Clad Tip, 20-Pack, Assorted
- Sakura 9 Pcs Pigment Liner Pigma Micron Ink Fine Line Pen Set 005 01 02 03 04 05 08 1 Brush with Pen Case, Black, Made in Japan
- Tombow MONO Correction Tape, Non-Refillable, 1/6″ x 394″, White Tape, 2/Pack