My name is Lauren, and I am the main face behind 812 Journal. My business is an online store, and I currently live in Indiana. I do have a business partner who helps with the financial side of the business, but I am the one in charge of daily operations.
I have always known that I wanted to work for myself, the problem was finding a business that worked for me that I was passionate about. I spent a year researching and learning about the process of building a brand by selling physical products. After trying out a few products in other categories, I realized that there was a need for a bullet journal set that included everything a beginner would need, so I began the process of creating and launching it. I launched the bullet journal set for the first time in May 2018.
After I started to get a great response from my bullet journal sets, I wanted to launch something that could be offered to international customers as well as supplement the bullet journal sets. This is when I launched my new website that offers bullet journal accessories that are available internationally.
My favorite item on my store right now would have to be the set of 13 Micro-Line pens or the phases of the moon stickers!
I mainly use planners and bullet journals for school. I am studying business marketing, and I am in my final year of school, so planners and journals really help me with my time management and organization! Journaling also provides a way for me to relax and de-stress. My favorite kind of spreads are definitely gratitude logs- they keep me focused on all the good in life! Choosing my favorite bullet journalist is really hard. I know some of my favorites are @sleepy.bujo, @bulletjournalbymarieke, @maryberrystudy, and @paperflight.v! I have so many favorites!
My giveaway item is a set of stickers of the winner’s choice. I want to give the winner the freedom to choose their favorites, because we have such a large selection!
To me, the most important advice I could give to a new bujoist is to find what works for you. Some people are minimalists; some are super artistic; some love color and some like to keep it black and white. Don’t let yourself be pressured by what you see online- do what you like! There are some extremely talented artists out there, but you don’t have to be an artist to bullet journal. That’s what stickers and washi are for! It doesn’t have to be a super intricate spread to be useful and beautiful.
To follow Lauren and see her favorite bullet journal spreads, follow @812journal. Don’t forget to enter the “Meet a Bujoist Giveaway!” before September 1st at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be picked on September 3rd. Enter here.
My name is Mary Grace, and I live in Denver, Colorado. I grew up in Uruguay, Chile, and Colorado. I’m a community organizer in a few elementary schools in southwest Denver, serving our most under-resourced communities.
My giveaway item is a set of Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens! They’re brush tips and colorful, but not as large as Tombow pens. Brush pens are special to me, because using them is so relaxing and gratifying, which really helps with managing my anxiety.
I’ve always been a planner, and I used to draw a lot as a kid. When I first saw the whole concept of a bullet journal, it all made sense. A Bullet Journal is the perfect combination of organization, goal setting, planning, and creative expression. As an added bonus, it’s incredibly helpful in reducing my symptoms of anxiety.
I’m definitely more of an artsy bullet journalist. I like to incorporate colors and stickers and as much Latinx influence. I like to see myself in my spreads. So my bujo governs my whole life; it is my agenda, calendar, my note catcher, and my space to create. I really like spreads with Dutch doors, I haven’t tried it yet but I I’m excited to!
My favorite materials to use include micron pens, watercolors and water brushes, Tombow Brush Pens, and washi tape/stickers! Sometimes I’ll doodle, but usually I just don’t have as much time to dedicate to my planner. Stickers are extremely helpful.
My advice is to practice and try new things. My lettering is finally coming along after I started to experiment, watch tutorials, and practice!
You can learn more about Mary Grace and see her beautiful bullet journal spreads by following her on instagram. Stay tuned for more bujo related interviews and our giveaway tomorrow!
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My name is Andrea Victoria, and I’m from Puerto Rico! I am a 21-year-old college student who has to keep track of due dates for exams or assignments, as well with my every day to-do list. Bullet Journaling (bujo) has been a wonderful tool to have a less chaotic lifestyle. I study Political Science and plan to get into Law School next year. I take my bujo everywhere, it even has a little sand from all my trips to the beach. I love to drink my café con leche and plan my week ahead on my bullet journal.
My giveaway item is a set of Tombow Dual Brush Pens. I just love these pens so much! They are good for hand lettering, they come in so many colors, and they even work if you want to do a watercolor effect! I did an Instagram poll to see which pallet my followers wanted and the Manga Pallet won.
I used to have a planner, a notebook for college stuff (deadlines, grades tracker…), a notebook for my bucket list, movies to watch… also my phone was full of notes of list of all kinds of stuff. My bullet journal has helped me to have a place where all that chaos is organized into just one notebook. I think I saw a blog post about bullet journaling and the second I finished the article, I took the first notebook I had lying around and did my first layouts. At first, my bujo was only for productive purposes, but it has become a creative way to keep up with everything.
My style has changed, but I love that I have control and flexibility of my spreads, layouts and organization. I recently started penpaling, and my bujo has come in handy to keep track of the letters I have to respond to or send. Also, to write down ideas of things to send and what each of my pen pals likes.
I am the artsy kind of bullet journalist, definitely! I have an art journal and I love mail art, so my bullet journal is influenced by that. I love using pictures, washi tape, doodles… everything that makes my schedules andcollections a little more appealing.
I use my bujo for everything. From grocery list to party planning and music release dates. Some of the collections I currently have on my bujo are: subscriptions tracker, self-care list, wish list, “things to send to a pen pal” playlist, grades tracker… and a lot more. In the beginning of the semester I always make a classes schedule spread and a couple of more college pages.
My favorite set-ups to do are the monthly spreads and cover pages. I love that they set the tone for the aesthetic of the month ahead, and they help me to see the important dates and events all at once.
What are some of my favorite bujo materials? I love my Micron pens, they come in different sizes and they don’t smudge easily. I also love washi tapes, stickers, and pictures or quotes from Pinterest.
My advice to a new bujoist or planner? Start simple, and gradually try new stuff/collections/layouts to see what you like. It can be overwhelming at first, or you might think you don’t have the “creativity”; but the important thing is that you find what works for you. That’s the beauty of the Bullet Journal, you have the freedom to create a planner that works for your needs and interests.
To learn more about Andrea and follow her bujo lifestyle, follow her on instagram and stay tuned for our giveaway on August 28th!
When I first was coming up with an artist name, the only one that really stuck through was “Alicia Darling”. It was something my great aunt used to say sometimes, and I always imagined the noir films and classic Hollywood when they still used transatlantic accents.
I’m a 30-year-old scientist and artist from Massachusetts, USA. I work in a lab full time and an artist after hours. I went to college for Environmental Health, and I ended up staying on to get my Masters in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. It’s not something I ever planned for myself; it fell into my lap. I feel like a good number of things happened in my life, because I wanted to say yes to opportunities. It’s taken some time, but I’ve learned more about personal boundaries for myself. Organization is an extremely important part of my life that I need. I mean it; I need it.
Bullet journaling has become my therapy, my personal assistant, and my create outlet. My drawing skills have definitely improved since I started in November 2017, and I’m working on my calligraphy at the moment. I got into bullet journaling after a friend introduced me to it as a way to help give me a little more order and control in my life. At first, I was wicked intimidated. I felt like I couldn’t commit so much time and effort to a journal (even though I had stacks of filled art/writing journals), and I was going to grow bored with it. I didn’t.
I consider myself an artsy bujoist (bullet journalist), and I’m fascinated by how many ways bullet journaling can be applied to our everyday lives no matter our background.
My layouts are always different and based on mood. Sometimes I have a lot of structure to them (i.e. boxes or outlines), and sometimes I just use color to mark off areas like the photo above. It really depends on my needs each week; that is why I usually don’t make a spread until I need it.
I have been using my instagram and bullet journaling in general to make new friends. I just started pen-paling, and we share a lot of our favorite bullet journal materials with each other. It’s a great (and cheap way) to feel like you are traveling around the world without moving from your house. Plus, who doesn’t love getting snail mail?
A lot of my artistic inspiration comes from the things I see around me and have on hand. Bullet journaling can get expensive, but it doesn’t have to be that way. That’s why I like sharing things with others and get creative with the materials I already have. I mostly use Tombow dual brush pens (which can be expensive), watercolor, and calligraphy pens (whatever is on sale). I sometimes use washi tape, but I mostly save those for the days where I don’t feel like going crazy with drawing. Stickers are my best friend for days where I have no motivation.
For the next couple of posts, I will be highlighting some bullet journalists and planners that I have met through instagram. We will be having a giveaway on August 28th, and we will each be giving away an item of our choice. I interviewed each of the collaborators, and they will be telling you why they picked their item for the giveaway. I can’t wait for you to learn more about these amazing bujoists.
My giveaway items are two stencils from Jayden’s Apple. I use stencils sometimes to help make some of my cover pages or monthly/weekly spreads. I used the stencil below to create my July monthly spread, and I had a lot of fun doodling out my events instead of just writing them in.
I wanted to give something away that could help bujoist come up with new ways to set up their journal instead of just playing with boxes. There is nothing wrong with using stencils, and I highly encourage it. Why always do something free-hand when you can have a little guidance to get that perfect circle you want. I also use this stencil for my habit trackers or for my mood tracker. I love that it comes with an alphabet and numbers. You could probably use this for financial tracking too.
What would you give away as your item? Let me know if you are interested in collaborating on future giveaways, and stay tuned to learn more about our Giveaway Bujoists!
As I mentioned in my first post, I was really intimidated by the idea of bullet journaling. If fear is what is holding you back, then let’s talk about it. Let’s talk about some of the excuses that are popping into your head.
I Don’t Even Know Where to Start
Start with buying a journal; any journal. I found my dotted journal helped me a lot with space alignment and the freedom to write where I wanted. You can go with a blank, graph, or a lined journal. It really depends on your needs and wants. I bought my first bullet journal from the Bullet Journal website, a journal made by Leuchtturm1917.
If you are not ready to commit to even a $25.00 journal or you just don’t have the money, then get whatever fits your budget. No matter which journal you choose, there are a ton of tutorials that can help you with setting up your journal. I was drawn to the Leuchtturm1917 journals because they make setting up your bujo so much easier with numbered pages and ink-proof paper. Stop thinking about how you first need to get all of the beautiful TomBow Dual Brush or Stabilo pens, and focus on just getting your journal.
Wait. You have one? Great. Let’s talk about your next fear that’s causing you anziety.
I Don’t Know What Layout I Should Use For My Monthly or Weekly Spreads.
There is no right way to set up a spread. I am still figuring out what works for me. I see all of those seasoned bullet journalists, and my internal voice starts telling me that my cursive looks like a second grader’s first week trying. This is where practice comes into play. Don’t be hard on yourself. I know, easier said than done, but in the end the spread is meant to help you and no one else.
My weekly spread has changed from having the days of the week with a couple of habit tracker boxes to check off to a more flexible format as seen below. I found that habit trackers worked better only on my monthly spread. When I placed my habit trackers on my weekly spread, I never used them.
I realized that I never used my habit trackers during the week, because I took time to reflect. Once a week (or depending how I’m feeling it can be once a month) I reflect on my needs and wants. I suggest dedicating a half a page to a page and list what worked and why.
Go on Instagram and Pinterest to gain some inspiration, and look to see how others are using their bujo. Go as complex or simple as you need it to be. You don’t have to have a reflection page, but I find that it helps me when setting up my next week. Let me know if you use a reflection page. I would love to hear if it helps you too and saves time with next week’s setup. That leads me into my third and final excuse for Part 1.
I Don’t Have Time to Set Up My Bullet Journal
Are you one of those people who likes to just binge Netflix, Hulu, or whatever you like to watch? Then you totally have time to set up your bujo. In the time it takes to watch (And let’s be honest.. it is background noise after awhile) an hour episode of Law & Order SVU, you could have your weekly log completed; doodles and all like my more complex spreads. Sometimes I’ll even throw on an old movie that I’ve seen a billion times just so that I can zone out while setting up.
Consider this like your time for meditation. You are reflecting, looking forward, and focusing on your bujo practice. It is your you time and your dedication. At first, it may seem tasking to do as you are getting used to setting it all up. Give it a couple of weeks, and you will get excited to spend time setting it up. If you can’t dedicate an 30 minutes to an hour, then break it up during the end of the week. You could even try setting up your day for five minutes the day of; just make sure you have your overall highlights of the week noted so you don’t miss anything. Setting up your bujo should not feel like a stress or burden to you.
There have been times that I didn’t feel like setting up my journal on a Sunday night; my dedicated journal night. I may feel exhausted, or I had a really busy day. Sometimes I have actually set up my journal for the week on a Tuesday or a Wednesday while that current spread should be in use (sort of like this post that was meant for Sunday….). The important thing is to be kind to yourself. Do it just to finish it. The feeling of knowing you set it up in general will make you feel accomplished and organized. There have been weeks where I didn’t use my bujo; it’s ok. The key to a bujo is that it is supposed to help us and fit our lifestyle.
Did this help? What fears or hesitations keep you from starting or working on your bujo? Tell me your bujo story.
Leave a comment, and I will try to address it in Part 2 of next week. Until then, have a lovely rest of the week my readers.
Thanks for joining me!
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton