After long deliberating over the title of this series, I’ve decided on Misadventures rather than Adventures in Bullet Journaling.
Top 5 Reasons it’s Misadventures
- I have come to realize that I’m NOT artistic
- Bullet Journaling is a trial and error process
- It’s an expensive hobby
- Spending hours looking up ideas
- No matter what reasons I give ^^, I still want to do it. Because I’m not a quitter–yet.
The Endless Options in Journals
After researching far and wide for what makes a perfect bujo I first narrowed it down to Scribbles That Matter, an A5 journal. An A5 is just the term for the size of the notebook which is 5.7″ x 8.3″. It had a cute cover and rave reviews. When I bought it, I wasn’t sure what size was good for me, but decided to do it anyway.
One thing to look out for when considering a bujo is the gsm of the paper, which basically means the grams per square meter or how thick the paper is. The thicker the better. However, at 100 gsm, Scribbles That Matter still has bleed through even when using sharpie pens and highlighters. (Note: I have still not found a dot grid journal that doesn’t bleed through.)
Okay, so one lesson learned. I was using Ohuhu brand art markers. While the colors are really pretty, I’m not sure they work out to well with intense coloring on thinner paper.
The Neverending Supplies
My media of choice are Sharpie fine point markers, Prismacolor pencil crayons, and stencils. Stencils y’all, it’s a GOOD thing trust me. Remember the not so artistic side of me? Well this takes care of that for sure. (P.S. I have more stencils than actually pictured). The only thing negative that I can say about stencils, is that most are flimsily made so make sure to keep hold of them as you trace.
5 Things I’ve Learned
- Use a pencil first! If you make a mistake in marker or a non erasable media, you will curse like a sailor.
- There’s no shame in using stencils
- I’m still looking for the perfect bujo
- If a style of bujo spread doesn’t work for you, make it your own!
- Practice makes perfect
Well, that’s it for now! Tune in next time for the second installment where I’ll talk about the large dot journal that is pictured above.
Here is a list of all of the supplies that I use.
Amazon doesn’t have the purple Scribbles That Matter in stock right now but here is a link to another color.
Prismacolor Colored Pencils–These are also great for coloring books too.
Do you bullet journal? What are some of your tips? If not, tell me why. 🙂