Happy 2021, y’all! Let’s do a bullet journal update.
And, yeah, I’m gonna pretend I didn’t just ghost this blog for months.
2020 Bujo Recap
2020 saw me switch from an A5 Leuchtturm 1917, my preferred notebook since I started bujo in 2017, to a B6 size. Initially, I did a notebook a month using custom notebooks from Good INKpressions. However, the notebooks were coming from Spain and 2020 had a lot of unexpected issues come with it. After April, it was just unsustainable to order from overseas and I switched to everyone’s favorite B6 — the Stalogy (not even mad about it, bro).
Other than the size swap, my monthly overview planning style stayed mostly the same. What’s really gone bananas are my weekly and daily spreads — but more on those in a bit. With that…on to 2021.
I’ve been basing my theme on whatever the Sweet Kawaii Design Monthly Subscription happens to be. It’s announced two months in advance so it gives me some time to plan. January’s theme was penguins and since I had a fair amount of penguin washi tape and stickers this worked out well. I paired the penguins with some silver foil snowflakes that I had from my leftover Happy Planner sticker books to give some sparkle. And since the colors of the kit were purple and blue, I decided I would be filling in my overview spreads with the Vintage Blue-Grey ink.
January Overview Spreads
As I said earlier, my planning style hasn’t changed much. January starts off the same way as my other bujos: cover page, monthly calendar, goals, bills, register & order tracker (not pictured because I forgot to take a picture lolz), habits, meal tracker, gratitude, and self-care BINGO.
As you can see from this GIANT image (that I cannot resize), literally everything changed with the weekly. I went from a horizontal week-on-one-page to a vertical week-on-two page (or it would be on two pages but the week started on a Friday so…). I first tried out the hourly in November and didn’t love it but after reverting to a vertical half page daily in December, I realized the hourly is really the best option for my current situation. I’m not really that upset about it to be honest. It just took some finagling to work out how to utilize my stickers while also tracking time accordingly.
Also — this is the longest part of my setup each month. Drawing those lines and writing out the numbers IS A FEAT.
The other giant change for 2021 is the switch from day-on-one -page with no time tracker to day-on-two-page with an hourly schedule. I started this in November 2020 thinking that I wanted the extra space for memory keeping and I loved it so much it’s staying. It’s a great space for notes, memories, and using up all those extra bits of my craft stash.
I’m excited to see what happens in my bujo this year. I’ve made a lot of changes but overall I definitely feel like I’ve got planner peace. Ask me again in 6 months (I’ll just tell you if I remember to blog). Stay tuned for a planning to plan post where I explain my process for each month!
Supplies for January:
- Everyday Pen: Uni Jetstream 0.5 in Blue and Black
- Vinyl Planner Cover: Lauren Phelps Designs
- Spread Pen: Pilot FriXion Ball 0.38 Black
- Pen of the Month: Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.5 Blue Grey
- Sticker Kit: Sweet Kawaii Design January in Itty Bitty
- I get the monthly sub kit which includes more stickers than the monthly overview currently available on the website.
- Deco Stickers: GreyRosePaperCompany (currently on break)
- Full disclosure: I PR for Grey Rose Paper Co.
- Background papers: FreePik