2018 and January Bullet Journal Setup

Since October 2017, I have scoured the internet for Bullet Journal setup pictures and videos, because I think they are SO cool.

So if you don’t know, bullet journaling is a type of journaling that takes you back to the old days of paper calenders. The difference is that you take an empty notebook and draw in your own modules.

If you want to know more about bullet journaling at its core, check out this page made by the founding father of the bullet journaling trend.

I jumped on the band wagon when we entered the new year. The journal I’m using is a dotted A5 journal from Leuchtterm.

2018 Title Page

My first spreads in the journal are a yearly overview where I have each month listed and I can put in any events that I have scheduled for a later date which I haven’t created spreads for yet (since you do the spreads one month at a time).

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My January theme is green, and I kept it simple with the design since I am new to bullet journaling and found it all a little scary, to be honest. I also didn’t do too many spreads since I didn’t know what I would need yet, or if I could keep up with doing it.

But that’s the good thing about this – if you love something, you do it again, and if you don’t you leave it out next month.

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I have a monthly overview with a grid-type calender and a to do list.

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I have a mood and weather tracker with two squares for each day. The moods are color coded, and each day I have colored in a square according to my moods of the day. (Spoiler alert: I changed this for February, but stay tuned for that post)

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My media spreads with books I’ve read in January and my ‘song of the day’ page. I’ve written down a song each day that I’m liking recently, and I think it’s going to be so much fun to look back on this list later on and see which songs were all the rage in January 2018.

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This picture was taken halfway through the month when I had filled in the pages, whereas the others where taken just after I had created them, which is why the others look sort of empty..

January is almost over, and after a month of bullet journaling, I am really liking it! Maybe more the process of creating the spreads than keeping up with them, but I’ve had my hands on it every day for the entire month.

Maybe I’ll add more spreads like weekly overviews or something like that at a later point, but I don’t really have a use for them at the moment, so I’m just keeping it simple.

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Candy Cane Nails

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Last Christmas (har har), I also did candy cane nails, so I’m sensing a recurring theme here…

This year (har har), I did them on a larger scale with this awesome red glitter tape from Born Pretty Store.

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Be warned, though, that while the awesomeness of the glitter tape is through the roof, it bleeds when you apply the top coat which is why I have red smudges in places.

 

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It helped a little when I applied the top coat in the same direction as the stripes, because tape peels quickly enough with top coat so I wouldn’t leave that step out.

With top coat I got a couple of hours wear out of these before they started peeling which is always such a bummer, so it’s more or less only for picture purposes.

Maybe they’ll work better with gel polish?

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Red and Polka Dot Nails

These aren’t necessarily christmas nails, but I really felt like wearing red which I almost only do around christmas. Instead of doing the all red, I paired it with black and white polka dots.

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Gold Star Garland Nails

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Do anyone else feel like december has just flown by? There are so many last minute things to busy yourself with, so I’m doing the whole ‘less is more’-thing and sticking to simplistic nail art.

Gold Star Garland

Oh boy, this was a tricky one, because I REALLY wanted the stars to be gold, but I don’t have a gold stamping polish, so I had to try several polishes out before I found one that transfered okay-ish to my nails.

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Wreath Nails

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As you may have guessed from my last couple of posts, I’ve been waiting all year to pull out all of my christmas themed nail art items; stamping plates, foils, and water decals.

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In that bunch are these black wreath water decals that I unfortunately applied a tiny bit crooked, but I still really like it over the gold polish.

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The gold glitter really threw my camera for a loop when I tried to take a closeup shot, but it still shows the intricate details of the wreath just fine.

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Gradient French Tip Snowflakes

Gradient french tips are a classic for me every year for christmas. Usually I do the snow falling with a white hex glitter polish, but this time I’ve done really big snowflakes with water decals.

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I LOVE how this looks! I’ll have to stock up on these water decals so I can use them every year.

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Black and Gold Bells

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Today’s mani seems really far away from what I normally do, with the big gold studs, but they were sitting in my drawer, and they really spoke out to me today, so I had to include them.

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I normally only do a design once per season (or ever), but I’m feeling that I’ll be using the bells image from the stamping plate again this season…

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