February Bullet-Journal Set Up ft. Me Apologising About It Being So Late

Sorry for this set-up being a bit late! I did have all the photos ready before February but my pea-brain forgot about it entirely 😅 At least it’s here now! I didn’t want the theme to have anything to do with Valentines. However I did end up doing roses. It was purely by accident!

This post is going to be a little different to my usual set-ups. Instead of ranting about every single page I’m going to leave the photos uncaptioned. 

Enjoy:

Do any of you bullet journal? If so, what was your theme for February?

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Bullet Journal Non-Essentials (But Make Your Spreads More Creative)

The basics of bullet journaling are a pen and paper. It took me a year to figure out what works for me and once I had that sorted I went looking for extras that I could add to my spreads. Today’s post is a list of stationary that can help you achieve more visually pleasing pages. Things like fake calligraphy and fancy titles are very popular on Pinterest. But which pens to use? Hopefully this post will help you in that situation!

  • Stabilo Boss Highlighters

Lots of my friends have these highlighters and I was eyeing them up for a few months before I got myself a pack! They are really high quality and last a long time. Though they can be expensive it’s definitely worth the investment. I got mine in a Black Friday sale for only £4.00

  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens

If you keep up with the bullet journal icons (like AmandaRachLee) you will be aware of these expensive and pretty pens. They were a Christmas present (I don’t think I would’ve got them otherwise). I had been practising my hand-lettering with cheaper pens but as soon as I got these my calligraphy game improved my miles! I love how smooth they glide over standard paper and they don’t ghost/bleed at all.

  • Ruler

You can certainly free-hand bullet journal but I like a ruler. My favourite is the Helix foldable one because you can fit in a small pencil case but also fold it out when you need a larger length!

  • Faber Castell Pitt Artist Fineliners

If you aren’t willing to buy the 8 pack then XS would be my recommendation. However, the other ones come in handy when you want thicker lines or when practising fake calligraphy. I received a my pack for Christmas 2 years ago and they are still standing! I did get a replacement this year though because the brush nibs were slightly skewed. The other ones were fine though!

  • HP Sprocket/polaroids

I love using polaroids in journal spreads, especially travel diaries. You can get all sorts of polaroid printers but I have the HP Sprocket. They are very expensive and non-essential but if you are looking for something to put on a birthday/Christmas list this is definitely the one.

  • Pressed Flowers

Pressed flowers add a rustic feel to spreads – there’s something about floral designs that feel vintage. I have a flower press and sometimes go and collect flowers from around the garden. If you are looking for a more instant process, however, there are pre-pressed flowers on Etsy that aren’t too expensive.

Do you have a bullet journal? What are your go-to pens or highlighters?

I would love know in the comments below, or you can send my photos of your beautiful spreads on Instagram!

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My Ideal Nighttime Routine | Journaling, Hygge & Cosiness

Having good routines is essential if you want to make the most out of your day. It can be really hard to maintain a certain sleep pattern if you don’t have a good nighttime routine. In this post I’m sharing with you my ideal nighttime routine. I won’t be able to achieve this exact routine every night but I aim to do it about 5-6 times a week. If there are things you want to incorporate into your daily routine, the best place to but them at the start or the end! Because in the daylight hours we’re all rushing around getting boring things done…

  • Change into pyjamas 

I don’t feel very relaxed until I’ve change into comfy pyjamas! 

  • Have a wash

Taking off the day’s makeup and washing my face is a small luxury. There’s something very satisfying about cleaning (whether it’s my room or my face). Some days take longer than others, but the base of my skincare routine is the same. If you are interested I’ll consider making it into a post.

  • Tidy room

By doing a little bit of tidying every day it means that no mess piles up. I can’t properly concentrate on anything else if my room isn’t clean! 

  • Get clothes ready for the next day

Getting my clothes together the night before means that there’s less stress the following morning. I quite enjoying putting outfits together but if I’m in a rush I usually come out of my room looking a mess. 

  • Set alarm

Too many times have I forgotten to do this… 

  • Make a cup of tea

Though a cup of tea is how I start my day, I don’t think the caffeine in it is enough to keep me awake at the end of the day! The hygge lifestyle you see all over social-media is the sort of thing I do at the end of my day. Making a cup of tea is just the essence of it!

  • Put on some music

I don’t much chance to listen to music at any other point in the day. My usual journalling tunes are some Beatles instrumentals or lo-fi tunes. 

  •   Journal for as long as I need to

Sometimes I only need to write a paragraph or two, it just depends how much has gone on that day emotionally. I try to not journal for too long though – because of course I need to get to bed!

  • Fall asleep


Reading wasn’t included in this routine. My prime reading time is in the mornings and I often don’t have the energy to read after a long day! If you did enjoy this post then I will write my morning routine for you as well. 

Do you have an ideal nighttime routine? Are you are an early bird or night owl?

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2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up | Minimal, Easy & Effective

Compared to the rest of the bullet-journal bloggers I am a bit late with my 2020 bullet journal set-up. But I have got it here eventually and that’s all that matters! If you want to take a look into how I organise my life then this post is for you. It’s an overview of the primary pages in my bullet journal. 

The notebook I am using to journal in is the Essentials Dotted Grid Notebook. Last year I used the Leuttchturm but the pages had really bad ghosting. The Essentials notebook has higher gsm and has so far been better than the Leuttchturm in terms of ghosting and bleeding. For Christmas this year I did receive some more stationary, including Stabilo Boss Pastel Highlighters which I used throughout this set-up. Pink is my accent colour – as you will come to see!

The first two pages of this set-up are my reading trackers. I don’t have enough lines for 100 books but I will probably use two bullet journals this year so it doesn’t matter. Also I will be using Goodreads to record my book-reading! If you want to be friends with me on there my username is kittyjadeblog. I’m never very active on there but I would still appreciate your support. 

I didn’t make a cover page – just went straight into the set-up. My word of the year is Lykke so I included this in the first few pages as a reminder. On the left page is my key. I hardly use it because I know my key like the back of my hand now. It fills space and looks nice though!

Then we move on to my future log. I’ve left as much planning space as possible so it doesn’t look particularly ‘aesthetic’. I kept three months to a page which meant this filled up four pages in total. 

This 2020 page looks useless but it is going to a good meditation. Every time a good thing happens next year I’m going to jot it down on this double page. By the end of the year it will be crammed with my achievements or happy memories. I don’t think it’s arrogant to be proud of achieving something. Even the small things like ticking off my to-do list! 

If you are a regular reader you will be aware of my goals already (I made into a post with Sophie’s Corner) but writing them down on paper makes it feel more definite. I only have 5 main goals but I can use a goals page to plan them out in small stages!

My travel tracker is hopefully going to be very full by the end of the year! I would really like to visit Italy and I’ve already booked a camping trip in Scotland. Even the small destinations, I would like to write them down. The first two columns are the date and place, and the final column will be favourite memory of that day (which I think is more important than the ‘money spent on trip’ category) 

The most used out of all of these spreads will be ‘blog post ideas’. I want to completely cram this page so that when I have no ideas I can take a look at this page and find some! Maybe one page won’t be enough, but the page on the left is blank just in case! If you have any ideas for blog posts you’d like to see from me in the new year, leave them in the comments or DM me on Instagram. 

And that’s it for the set-up! I had so many spread ideas but decided to keep in minimal. I know that I won’t be able to keep up with loads of spreads (even these might be too much aha) I hope that you all have a great year – organised or not!

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December Bullet Journal Set-Up | ‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly

It’s the final month of the decade! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone. It feels like a few days ago that I was at a new year’s party! The older I get, the faster the years pass. Next year, however, I am making an effort to get out and do stuff so that the year seems longer! For example, in 2018 I travelled to so many places and it made time ‘slow down’. I am the only one who gets that feeling?

This bullet journal set-up is quite minimalistic because I didn’t want to plaster it with all the festive colours. The cover page isn’t exciting at all! Though the further you get into the set-up the more creative it becomes.

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December is a really busy month so I’ve left the calendar without details – to make it as functional as possible. Now I’ve taken photos of it I’ll start writing down all of my dates! It’s going to be hard to fit blogging in around all of the social events but I will try my hardest! I don’t want to hibernate like I did last year 😂Christmas is a prime-time for content 🙃

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‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ is one of my favourite festive songs

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The candle is cinnamon scented though it’s on it’s last burn! 😢

I didn’t have habit trackers for November so I did forget to practise my cello a lot and my reading went down too! This month I am hoping to fill in these trackers as best as I can. Especially the ‘100+ pages a day’ because I really want to reach my Goodreads goal!

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I don’t put Christmas decorations up until much later in the month so I’ve had to use these pinecones instead. They’re still festive, right?

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The mood tracker is one of my favourite spreads! Reflecting on feelings is really important to me. This month is going to be hectic so I doubt I will have as much time for journalling – though I still want to keep track of my moods. I can’t want to see what the end result will be like too!

The last page is my expense tracker. It’s essential for this month because I’ll be buying a lot of presents! I usually make gifts for my closer family though I don’t have the time to do that for everyone. Hopefully I won’t fill the whole page 😬

What theme are you doing for you December bullet journal? If you don’t currently have a bujo, is it something you want to take up in the new year?

Thank you so much for reading today’s post! Have a lovely December,

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