So what's a bullet journal, you ask?

My bullet journal by Louise Bartlett

I recently discovered the Bullet Journal, created by Ryder Carroll, and I'm delighted to say it's completely changed the way I look at and plan my life now. It's a notebook system which integrates sketching, organising, planning, and list-making all in a structured way. All the things I love. I've kept all sizes and ranges of sketchbooks since I was a child, notebooks for work, calendars and diaries and I've always struggled to use them all effectively; to decide what should go into which notebook. The bullet journal brings my many worlds together into one creative place.

So... I thought it might be helpful to share my experiences with others, as it’s been inspiring to see others sharing their bullet journals. It’s amazing to see so much creativity and personality sparkling through others' work. And I love, love, LOVE that this can be adapted to everyone’s own needs.

A sampling of my sketchbooks over the years...

A sampling of my sketchbooks over the years...

For at least a decade, I have been using the Moleskine A5 and A6 notebooks (with gridlines) as my notebook of choice, but the paper has always seemed a bit thin, especially when trying to use watercolours or colouring with a lot of ink. It tends to bleed through the pages, so trying this new sketchbook has been a bit of a spiritual awakening for me sketching-wise. I just purchased my Leuchtturn1917 Dotted A5 notebook in Lime, and I'm excited to get going. I also purchased one in Anthracite because I couldn't decide on a colour. 

My trusty Uniballs...

My trusty Uniballs...

My pen of choice, for long over a decade, is the Uniball Fine rollerball in Black for everyday writing and sketching and the Uniball Micro in Black for sketching finer details. These both come in 3-packs. I use the fine point nib for everyday writing and doodles, but the micro point nib for finer details. I mainly sketch in black ink these days, but I do always carry my pencil case around filled with sharpies, gel pens, highlighters and glitter, if the need for colour arises. Uniball is also available in different colours, but I tend to use a wider array of coloured pens that take my fancy. 

Paper tape and mini post-its...

Paper tape and mini post-its...

I've also been getting into these cool Kamoi paper sticky tapes. There are many different brands and great colours and textures. And they are great for quickly sticking things into the journal. And I couldn't resist the mini post-its to mark important pages that I need to refer back to quickly.

While I spend the next couple of weeks creating my bullet journal and filling up the pages, I'm going to document my entries. Here's the first one: The cover.

Here's that start of my bullet journal coming to life. This spread are my goals for 2016. As you can see, we're already in October so some of them might roll into the next year. But they're down on paper, so the universe can start creating for me. This is an outtake of the #gopro camera I'm using to document some of the pages I'm creating. 

My bullet journal - 2016 goals

Here is the raw footage of me creating my Goals 2016 page. Music by Royal Organ Duo

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