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Start With These Essential Pages for Your Bullet Journal Setup

Start With These Essential Pages for Your Bullet Journal Setup

| Ashton Womack

Hi, friends! This post is a fun one. Today, I’m sharing several ideas for creative journal spreads you can create. Whenever I set up a new journal, I’m always looking for fun pages I can set up that will serve my planning needs functionally but that I can also enjoy as a fun creative outlet.

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Let’s jump in! Lauren at Lauren Phelps Designs asked if I’d like to join in the launch for her new Live | Plan | Dream™ Notebooks and kindly sent me a couple of notebooks to try out. Thanks, Lauren!

These notebooks are full of luxurious Tomoe River paper, contain 12 undated calendar spreads, and 365 blank dotted grid pages. These notebooks are a great option for planning or keeping a journal, and since they’re undated you can start anytime. They come in a variety of sizes, and I’m showcasing the A5 notebook in this post. Read on to see how I set up the journal!

The Future Log

I always like to set up any journal with a future log. It serves as an easy dumping spot for any future appointments, deadlines, and rough ideas for what I’d like to do that month.

I used a set of 2024 calendar stickers  and hand lettered a title for the page using my Pentel pocket brush pen. My future log spanned three pages, so I filled the last facing page with some floral doodles using a pink Tombow dual brush pen (color 772).

bullet journal future log

The Weekly Spread

Learning the bullet journal method has helped me to make the most of any planner or journal, even a blank one. I jumped into the blank pages with a weekly planning spread. There was plenty of space for my daily tasks for the entire week on this two-page spread. The grid in these notebooks is the perfect color and spacing to make it easy to section a page into different areas for journaling and lists. I used a journaling kit to decorate and section the page, and of course, I used my trusty date stamp to date the pages. (I love the date stamp for a pre-printed yet handmade look!)

bullet journal weekly spread

Journal Page Ideas

Looking for more journal setup ideas? I have a full list of page ideas that you can download for when you’re setting up a new notebook or just stuck on how to use your planner and want some fresh ideas. Grab your copy here!

I’ve shown just a couple examples here, but there are so many ways to use a blank journal. I’d love to know, what is the first page you like to create in a new journal? Leave it in the comments below!

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