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Surviving a Bullet Journal: A Guide for the Less Artsy People

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| January 9, 2018

Surviving a Bullet Journal:

A Guide for the Less Artsy People

By Kyzia Maramara

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If you’ve always had that desire to keep a planner but you’ve never had the artistic abilities that seem a requirement in maintaining one, never fear! We’re here to guide you through the maze of planner ideas, pages, and concepts. The only requirement in this one is dedication, if you think you have it, you’re good to go!

Step 1: Pick a planner that’s perfect for you, a.k.a a bullet journal

There are about a hundred different planners out there, and the hundred differing styles might confuse you. Planners with too much design often become too tiring to continue halfway through the year, they’re an eye full. For a person whose forte isn’t art, a bullet journal might be the best bet, it’s the only thing that you can design to suit your needs. You can get a plain journal or a dotted one (dotted ones are better). Bullet journals suit every kind of person because you can literally do anything with it!


Step 2: Choose colorful pens and brush pens and invest in them

If you can’t draw to save your life, compensate with color! You can, for example, write important words in a different color, or write the week days in different colors. Learn brush calligraphy and you’ll find your pages looking beautiful.

The most common brush pens which are also beginner friendly are Tombow dual brush pens, Zig brush pens, Crayola Super Tips, and watercolor brush pens.


Step 3: Get cute printable stickers online

Maybe you can draw, but if it’s the stick figure of a boy and nothing else, stickers will be your saving grace! Get cute printable stickers here on Pinterest or here by Planner Addiction. They’re life savers for when you want to doodle but you weren’t blessed with the doodling capacity. Stickers can act as crutches while you’re learning the ropes of basic drawings.


Step 4: Determine the parts you want to include

Of course the basics would be the calendar part, the weekly planning, daily pages, lists of different goals, and expense page. You can add more sections to your heart’s content. Determining the parts also helps you determine the layout of your desired planner.