Bullet journal for beginners


What is bullet journaling?

A bullet journal is a customization and forgiving organization system, it can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, diary, calendar, and over all life tracker.

What do i need to get started?

First i would suggest finding a notebook you love, there are many notebooks designed for the bullet journaler in mind but at the end of the day any notebook that you love will do just fine

weather its lined paper, grid paper, dotted or blank these all are totally up to your own preference and dont add or take away the end result.

I will include a list of popular notebooks on the market today, the one i love to use is the Leuttreum1917


North Books

Miliko Transparent Cover

Miquel Rius


Once you have found the book of your dreams now you will need to find the tools, if you have a pen or felt tip marker that you love test it on the last page to see if it goes through your pages, the last thing you want is to start a page spread the discover your pen has bled through to the other side rendering the other side useless

I found these great pens from U-Brand that are bleed resistant from homesense and i only wish i could find them again here in Canada

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens

Copic multi-liner

U-brand Gel pens

Tombo duel end brush pens

Different tools such as rulers, protractors, erasers, pencils, sharpeners are great to have on hand, i like to map out my spreads with pencil and then retrace with a black felt tip pen

From here you can of course add decorative touches, if you are a minimalist then you can of course stop there but if you are looking at this as a life tracker/creative outlet then you can add some personality with Decorative washi tape,  Water Colour, Markers, stickers, stamping and so many other things

OK! you are ready to start your spread, What items would you want to include in your planner? what things would you like to track?

Check out this awesome list, check off some of them and write them down.

100+ bullet journal ideas

plan out your first few pages, start off with a Title page

this can be very overwhelming to start and a bullet journal wont be made in a day just like Rome, even if you start planning for the month of February but work on making the journal in January so you are ready to go on the 1st of the month.

your first journal might not be everything you want it to be as its a work in progress, don’t get discouraged and write down all the things you like and disliked so next month or year when you buy your new journal you will have exactly the way it worked best for you

The great thing about this is its can be a journal of your life and you can collect these books over the year to have  to look back at memories and moments in time.





quick and easy Clip on pen holder

Check out the video tutorial!

This is so easy and you can stick a pen onto anything and not have to worry about damaging it weather its a planner, notebook, textbook, binder!

All you need is glue, binder clips 1″ and Fold over Elastic or 1″ ribbon

cut a piece of Fold over elastic at 2 1/4″ in length, glue the one side like so! and then do that on the other side

And then thats it! stick it on your books and your ready to go!, there are alot of fun different types of Fold over elastics with different prints, you can make these really cute these days!

Notebook Pen Holder Sewing Tutorial

Things you will need for this tutorial

Cotton or Canvas fabric

Elastic or Fold over elastic (FOE)

Notebook you wish to put the holder on (for sizing)

Cut 2 pieces the height of your book by 3″ (My book was a standard size 8 1/2 x 10 so my pieces measured 10″ x 3″, Cut a shorter piece half the length of your longer pieces also 3″ wide (my pieces measure 5″ x 3″)

The short piece is the front of the slip pocket

Cut your elastic 1″ less the length of your longer pieces (my elastic would be 9″ in length since my larger pieces of fabric were 10″)

Take the shorter piece of fabric and  fold down the short end 1/4″ – Iron to hold it in place, sew about 1″ away from the edge to create a hem

Lay the longer piece of fabric down with the right side facing up, place the elastic on top (if its a pretty elastic or has a shiny side have that side facing up) Place the elastic down with one edge of the elastic along the left side of the first piece of fabric, lay the pocket piece ontop with the wrong side facing up

This is a better view for you

place the last piece of fabric on top with the right side facing down

Sew along 3 edges leaving the one end open for turning

Flip the piece right side out and then sew down the middle of the fabric which will create 2 spots for 2 pens

Fold in the edges of the hole and slip the elastic in and sew the hole closed with a top stitch, continue to top stitch the entire piece and then your done!

Make one for each book, your text books – Great way to keep a highlighter on hand for your studying and great for the minimalist in you who hates to have to much bulk and a billion pens when your walking to class!

Hope you enjoy and please Pin This and check out the video tutorial!