5 Tips for Starting a Bullet Journal

I tried, and failed, to make a bullet journal a couple of years ago. One of the main hurdles I faced was that I went into things all guns blazing and didn’t take time to plan it out first.

You don’t need to be an amazing artist to create a bullet journal, but it is a good idea to know what you want from your journal, and to prepare your content in advance.

In order to prevent myself from making the same mistakes a second time, I made sure I knew what I wanted from my bullet journal before making a start and went from there.

Find the Perfect Book

Until I wanted to start a bullet journal, I hadn’t realised just how many notebooks are lined (which makes sense I guess, being a notebook).

I went on a massive hunt around the high street on the lookout for a pretty book with plain pages and I just couldn’t find any. The only shop I found any was Paperchase, but they weren’t quite what I had in mind.

Luckily, whilst browsing the Find me a Gift website for my Valentine’s Day post, I came across the Leather Goals Journal and it was just what I was looking for!

Baby pink in colour (so gorgeous), with subtle rose gold lettering on the front and crisp cream paper inside, this book was the perfect canvas for my bullet journal.

Research for Inspiration

Pinterest is a haven of ideas for bullet journals. Search for general ideas first, or look into specific areas you would like to focus on for your journal such as weight loss, blog content planning or good old goal scheduling.

You could also have a look at posts by other bloggers. I loved reading about Chloe’s bullet journal – her illustrations are gorgeous, such a talented lady!

Plan out each Page

I’m not saying avoid spontaneity altogether, but when you have a brand new book the temptation is strong to get stuck in right away but you may regret it.

I sat down and pencilled in what I wanted to include in each page of my book, and then went from there. I started with a title page, went onto a birthdays and holidays log, added in a healthy goals page and my 30 before 30 list and then after all of these pages, I got onto my monthly and weekly diary pages.

I am quite happy to a slot in an extra section throughout the book, if I come up with a new idea for one at a later date, but for now I have a definite plan for what I’m doing with my journal

Get Creative

From here, I was able to let my creativity run wild. I loved creating my things that make me happy page. Although I’m not the most artistic of people, I do love to draw, and I enjoyed mapping out tiny little illustrations of all the things that make me smile.

I also loved creating colourful titles and banners for pages. My books to read and morning routine sections were another personal favourite of mine.

If you’re unsure on what to do to make your pages look more interesting, head back onto Pinterest for everything from styles of writing to use, to step by step tutorials on how to create the perfect banner!

Don’t be Afraid to Make Mistakes

A bullet Journal isn’t meant to be pristine and perfect. It’s something totally unique and personal to you, so if you make a mistake, don’t worry about it.

Whilst creating my journal I did a few things which I wasn’t sure about, but ultimately it doesn’t matter. Although it’s nice for a bullet journal to look artistic, it’s not a requirement.

Have fun with it, and enjoy creating something just for you!

The Leather Goals Journal was gifted to me by Find me a Gift, however all opinions and photos are my own.

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12 thoughts on “5 Tips for Starting a Bullet Journal

  1. Prettiful Blog

    Your journal looks amazing! I have seen quite a few people get into bullet journals recently.


    1. emma_lou

      Ah thanks, they’re definitely coming round again in popularity x


  2. Heather

    I’ve wanted to start one for ages but I don’t know if I’ll stick to it x



    1. emma_lou

      They are hard to keep going. I think it’s worth a shot though, can be done on a budget and is great for relaxing and having some screen free time each day x


  3. Gemma

    I’m dying to make one of these but refusing because I know I’d spend hours trying to make it perfect lol. Love yours though, so cute! X


  4. Lady Writes

    Yours looks so cute, glad you’re enjoying it too.


  5. Charlotte Lane

    Ah yours is soo cute and you’re really good at drawing! I would love to create one of these, but I’m such a perfectionist (and I can’t draw!) so I know it would just frustrate me haha xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk


  6. Chloe

    This is a beautiful bullet journal! I’ve never actually started a bullet journal but I would really love to! x


  7. Joyce Lau

    This is so darn cute. I don’t think this is for me since I don’t have the patience 😂 x


  8. shelley

    I just started one too! I’m loving getting creative.


  9. Little Miss Mel

    I love the idea of a bullet journal. I got two blank books at the start of last year with the intention of creating one. They’re still in their cellophane ha!



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