Friday, 30 August 2019

PLAN WITH ME- Bullet Journal Set Up - September 2019

september 2019 bullet journal set up
my first bullet journal set up

I've been intrigued by bullet journaling for quite a while. I like the notebook feel, the way you can create order from chaos, the flexibility and the space for spontaneity. I'm also a stationary fetishist and a paper planner, so the idea of giving myself permission to by a new book with dots instead of lines was VER EXCITING.

hunter s thompson bullet journal title page
a title page featuring a quote from the genius hunter s. thompson
Naturally, I knew if I was going to do, I was going to have to make it as extra as possible, and treat it as an art journal and as a way to get my shit together in equal parts. My first page is a quote from the forever genius Hunter S. Thompson. Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why. I've been thinking a lot lately about how loneliness and pain is fuel, transmuted into creativity. Or some shit. This quote seemed to carry that vibe inside it.

gonzo bullet journal aesthetic quote page
all of my favourite things on my first pages: ink, letters, and gonzo
I can't remember if I made the official announcement here, but I'm starting my MA in English with the Open University on the 28th of September, this year. (2019 AD). This was another reason to get onto the bullet journal bandwagon, as I've got lots of planning to do, and making it Arty(TM) will act as motivation as well during dry spells. (See also: a tool to procrastinate over...)

bullet journal reading list spread
an aesthetic reading list set up
I've got a reading list of all the books that feature on my syllabus. Light, fluffy works like Paradise Lost, Antigone and Coriolanus. It's all in hand. *SCREAMING*
student bullet journal 2019 reading list close up
the reading list i'm working on for the start of the academic year, 2019
I wanted an overview of the months remaining of 2019. This is mainly so I can outline assignments and word counts and chapters read etc. I needed to keep this simple and clear. I had a lot of problems when I was setting out these pages, namely getting almost all of the dates wrong and having to redo them, but also smudging stuff all over the white pages. Hence the selective papering over with square scraps. I don't know. I've forgiven myself for fucking it up as it's my first ever set up. It's not my best aesthetic work, but it should be helpful to plan with??

autumn 2019 bullet journal monthly spread
a simply monthly list spread to see me to the end of the year

bujo september spread set up
i went wrong and had to redo the dates twice
My September title page definitely shows how ready I am for the days to GET DARK and the nights to DRAW IN ALREADY. I try not to wish the sun away, because I do love meddling around in my garden in the warmer months, and spotting wildlife and playing outside with my little one. But I do like being inside, with candles on, reading books and making a mess at my desk. And not being bitten by insects. Or sweating. (Unacceptable.) I also made a social media tracker, to keep an eye on when I post content and engage with the work of others and if it affects my numbers at all. I have only gained 100 on Instagram ALL YEAR. But then, I haven't been Instagramming "proper". So there's that.

september 2019 bullet journal title page
a mysterious september title page and my social media trackers
I hate that money exists and that I have to think about it. But I do. So why not make an aesthetically pleasing financial habits/ budget tracker? I used the motif from our English 20 pence piece and some of the lettering found on our notes. I didn't want it to come out looking all royalist. But yeah, accountability, girl. Pull your socks up.

bullet journal no spend tracker
my financial tracker featuring the motif from an English 20 pence piece
I wanted a "brain dump" or notes page. But I didn't want to write BRAIN DUMP or TO DO LIST on it, so I went with some poetry from one of my favourite musicians of all time.
art journal to do list spread
"grow paradise" is a line from House by Patrick Wolf and titles my brain dump/ to do list spread
I've only made one weekly list page, because I'm not sure how it will work out for me, and I don't really know what space I'm going to need. I kept it bold and simple so I can fit lots in. And we'll see how the rest of the month pans out.

weekly spread aesthetic bullet journal 2019
my first take on a weekly spread. bold and simple as i expect i'll need to tweak it
I recorded myself working on this! In the dark. And I filmed it on a potato. (I know, I'm really selling it.) But if you want to Plan With Me you can check it out here, dolly birds:

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