I love bullet journals and am fascinated with all of the bullet journal ideas out there. Bullet journals use a dot grid page and allow you to create the organization and tracking style that works for you. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to this, and I wanted to give you some of the great bullet journaling ideas to inspire you.
What is a Bullet Journal?
Several years ago, Ryder Carroll designed a plain ol’ book with blank pages, with the mindset of writing down life. It could be menu planning, vacation planning, daily tasks, to do lists, memories, quotes, book reviews, list of tv series you are watching. Literally anything at all would go into your bullet journal. His thought was living more intentional and I think he hit the jackpot on this one!
The official Bullet Journal evolved into Dot Grid Journaling. We offer a FREE printable for you to try out. Use it to see if you like bullet journaling before you spend money on a bound journal – or you may decide to just keep using the free printables for your day planner.
Have you seen the following on social media for bullet journaling? It will shock you. I just watched a video of a very talented young lady doodling in her bullet journal just like we are talking about. The video was up for just over a month and already had over a half of a million views! The devotion for this level of creativity and intentional living is inspiring and we are excited to share samples of bullet journal ideas for you to try!
What are some bullet journaling ideas?
Bullet journaling (also called dot journaling and bujo) is the perfect answer for someone who wants to stay organized! The pages are blank and ready for you to fill up with whatever will help you add some structure to your busy life.
- Are you artsy? The tiny dots make it easy to stay organized and the empty space gives plenty of room for your creativity. Doodles, swirls, notes, quotes, jokes, characters – you name it!
- Do you want to just keep all of your to-do’s and reminders together in one spot? Have you had a day planner before? Did it work for you? Bullet journaling gives me the flexibility to create my own organization when the pre-printed day planners forced me into theirs. I can make weekly calendars when I want and fill them in as I like. I also want pages to take notes at the PTO meeting and reference them next month or next week at a luncheon. It’s all there in one spot.
- One friend kept track of all the books she read in a bullet journal. When she came to book club, she referenced quotes from books that stuck her in the books we were currently reading. All in one spot!
- A fellow mom uses hers for menu planning and just keeping track of notes. She doesn’t have an official day planner and this fits her life right now. She thumbs back to review menu ideas that her family loved, and shopping lists for those meals. Her life was easier because of the bullet journaling.
Even More Ideas
- What about a fitness journal? Keep track of your weight goals, fitness achievements, the number of steps you take each day,and water intake. It’s easy to do by setting up your own tracking pages in the BuJo.
- Documenting my travels will be my next use for the bullet journal! We love to travel and there is always a memory we want to preserve or restaurant we want to visit again! In our rushed society, we forget to stop and write out the memories of the day, especially when we travel! Don’t forget to write the bad as well! There are memories in the good and the bad! 🙂
There is so much information and so many examples beyond what we are showing you here. Challenge yourself to print out some paper and try it out for free before you bite the bullet to buy the Bullet Journal (did you see that pun???!!!)
How to Draw A Banner: Bullet Journal Banners
There are endless possibilities of creating bullet journal banners. Let your imagination go a little crazy and have fun with this. It will help you not only create necessary headers and division of work, it is fun! Isn’t that a big part of what this is all about?
Below we have shared with you step by step directions for you to learn how to make your own Bullet Journal Banners. Once you gain the confidence of making these, don’t stop there. We’ve given you a page of ideas and there are endless ones all over the internet!
Full disclosure, I am in love with the bullet journaling craze right now! I admire journals and aspire to create something even close to what I see around the internet and on Youtube! Are you ready to try it? Have you been doing it? Do you have a Pinterest page? Link it in your comments and share! Tag us on Instagram at #savorandsavvy. We’d love to see what you’re creating!
Print off one of the Dot Grid Journaling pages and practice how to draw a banner.
Bullet Journal Dividers
Bullet Journal Dividers are lines that are used to separate different sections of your notes or to add a design element to an area that seems a bit too bland. The level of creativity is endless in this section but can add a huge pump to your page designs. Examples would be dividing parts of your day, sections of the grocery store for your list, places where you are going to visit on vacation. The list is only limited by your own imagination.
How to Trace Bullet Journal Templates
Let’s be honest here. Not all of us are artists but we want the feel and the look of the pretty hand drawn graphics of the bullet journaling photos we see all over Instagram! I know! I’ve looked as well and am in love with them! We’re here to help! We are creating all of our Bullet Journal sheets into templates so stayed tune! We’ll cross link as more become available.
- Start off by printing the Dividers file found here
- Print off a couple sheet of the Savor and Savvy Dot Grid Paper
- Place the Dividers file under the Dot Grid Paper and start practicing tracing. My only suggestion would be to not use thick paper for the Dot Grid sheet as you want to be able to easily see through to practice tracing.
For an extra idea for template tracing, print off the file for the Meal Planning as there is a darling banner on one of the pages that you could use to get the hang of that as well.
More Bullet Journaling Ideas
We have put together some of our favorite items that we use for our journaling. More importantly, let us know if you are currently journaling, how are you doing it, what do you like about it? We love feedback and can’t wait to see what you guys think!
Check out bulletjournal.com if you want to read more about the original bullet journal methodology.