A new way to organize our lives is taking the creative industry by storm….look out planners, here comes the bullet journal!
What is a bullet journal, or ‘bujo’ for short? Essentially it’s a way to organize our daily lives, tracking anything like daily schedules, tasks, or moods or exercise or nutrition….the list (no pun intended) is endless.
All you need to start with is a blank notebook, and there are lots to choose from. One of the more popular journals is a Leuchtturm brand, which is a hardcover book with grids or lines or dots. I decided to get a Leuchtturm with a dot grid, and then I went online to learn more. A few YouTube videos later, I joined a bullet journal Facebook group and jumped in to create my first ‘weekly spread’ with a big bunch of fabulous Tombow products.
To design all the colourful elements, I used the new Tombow TwinTone dual-tip markers, which come in a Brights set and Pastels set. I used the Brights set.
These dual-tip markers are water-based so they don’t bleed through the journal pages, which is important when your bujo has back to back spreads. One tip is a fineliner and the other tip is the same colour but in a larger bullet nib.
I started my weekly spread by using a Creative Memories daisy punch as my tracing template for my flowers of days of the week. I punched the daisy from Creative Scrapbooker Super Stock, which is heavy weight card stock that is thick enough and perfect for tracing around. (Click HERE to see the SuperStock in the Creative Scrapbooker website shop).
Using different colours of the TwinTone markers, I traced a row of daisies across the top of the two page spread for Monday to Saturday, and then added Sunday to the bottom right page.
To draw the vines, I used the new Tombow Mono Drawing pens, which come in 3 sizes: .1 mm, .3 mm and .5 mm. I just did the vines as borders freehand, but I highly recommend the Tombow Mono drawing pencils and Mono Zero erasers if you want to sketch your boxes and borders first and erase the lines afterwards.
I used the bullet nib of the TwinTone markers to doodle little daisy bullet points for the boxes of each day of the week.
I decided to leave Sunday without a to-do list and wanted to write an inspirational quote instead. For this I used the Tombow Fudenosuke twin tip brush pen.
This is one of my favourite small brush tip pens….with a grey tip on one end and a black tip on the other. It’s so lovely to write with.
To designate this week in the month of July and have a handy month at a glance calendar on the page, I wrote July(with the Fudenosuke) and the numbered days (with the Mono Drawing Pen) on the bottom of the left page. Then I used a Tombow ‘Coat’ highlighter to highlight the week. For a fun boundary, I doodled a grass border below with a lime green TwinTone.
Using all these Tombow goodies made my bullet journal (and me) pretty happy! I had a lot of fun, felt creative, and also think I am a little better organized than before…which is always a good thing.
I also shared this bujo design on Facebook Live with Creative Scrapbooker, so you can watch the replay on Facebook or click HERE to see the video on YouTube. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss out on all the fantastic crafty tutorials and techniques.
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