First Peek Inside My Bullet Journal

On January 2nd I bought myself a Bullet Journal. On New Year’s Day I was looking at different layouts, watching YouTube videos and reading blog posts on how people use theirs. I do have a weekly planner but I use that more for appointments. My aim for this journal is to use it to house organised lists (called ‘collections’ in the Bullet Journal world) and write in it every day – how I’ve been feeling and what my day has been like etc.

MY bullet journal equipment:

1. Leuchtturm 1917 Hardcover Medium Dotted Journal (Navy) – The journal is close to A5 size. I originally wanted a black journal but shops were sold out. The last shop I went to had navy, red, light blue or green. I went for navy as it is closest to black.

2. kikki.K Slim Ballpoint Pens 5pk – kikki.K stationery is lovely and they always have packs of these pens in cute designs. Lots of people like to use fineliners or calligraphy pens but quite often they bleed through the pages. Ballpoints don’t do that and I already had this set of pens so I figured I would use them up.

3. kikki.K Notebook Elastic – The bullet journal doesn’t have a pen loop but this elastic has space for two pens and fits perfectly around the Leuchtturm. These elastics are made to fit A5 and A6 notebooks.

I filmed a video showing the pages I’ve created and how the key and index works. I figured it would be easier to include a video rather than write a post with lots of pictures. I was very nervous about the video and I hope it’s okay. Enjoy!

I thought it would also be helpful to include some tips in case you wanted to start your own bullet journal:

  • Decide whether you want dotted pages, lined pages or blank. I knew I wanted dotted. I can’t write straight on blank paper and dots help keep things tidy when you’re doodling and ruling lines.
  • A key and index are essential.
  • Keep it simple!
  • Don’t plan all your pages at once. Allow for spontaneity.
  • Be sure to number your pages or get a journal with numbered pages (like the Leuchtturm!)
  • Watch YouTube videos and use Pinterest to search for layout ideas and collections* to include in your journal.

*Collection = Every topic in your journal on it’s own page, e.g. gift ideas, goals, reminders, recipes, blog post ideas, places you’ve visited. The more you journal the more you’ll learn what you want and come up with your style. The page numbers of each collection are added to the index so you can flip through and easily find them.

Feel free to leave any questions and let me know if there’s something you’d like explained further. Thanks for reading/watching!


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23 thoughts on “First Peek Inside My Bullet Journal

  1. lifeofangela says:

    This is so impressive! I would totally want a dotted journal as well, as I can’t keep things straight. You’ve filled in so much already, I can’t wait to see how you continue with it 😀
    Also, I loved being able to put a voice to the face 😀

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    • Chanelle says:

      The dots are really easy for writing and keep everything looking neat and tidy 🙂 I will keep future posts/videos in mind as I adapt with the journal.

      Thank you. I don’t like my voice lol, it seems so childish and lispy 😛

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  2. Rachael - Helpless Whilst Drying says:

    I love the idea of bullet journalling and the creativity and fun you can put behind it, I know in reality it would be something I would get heavily invested in for a few months and then give up (I’m really bad at sticking to hobbies!). I do have guilty pleasures for Bullet Journal videos though, well done on your first video!
    I really like the Kikki.k elastic – such a good idea of adding pens to notebooks without a loop!

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    • Chanelle says:

      I don’t want to over complicate page designs and turn journaling into a time consuming task, simple is key.

      Video one is the hardest, right?!

      The kikki.K elastics are fun and can move from notebook to notebook.

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  3. stashy says:

    oh my gosh, a video from you! 😀 ❤ Your voice and ACCENT! (I know, I know, we have an accent too)
    How organized and a well thought-out system!
    Also, your handwriting is so neat… mine is ok if I concentrate hard but usually it's scribbles. 😛

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    • Chanelle says:

      To people outside NZ I accept I have an accent. I’m sure a lot of people are the same and don’t like the sound of their own voice – me included!
      Part of neat handwriting is using a good pen 🙂 I can write messy too. My boyfriend says my messy writing is still neater than his best handwriting 😛


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