Happy November everyone! ♥ I feel that the countdown towards the end of the year has officially started! The last two months usually fly by with all the preparations and the planning. Therefore, it’s the best time to focus and to plan the last 60 days of the year in order to make them count and to make sure that you achieve everything you wanted to before the end of 2018!
November is just around the corner and that means that it’s time to setup our bullet journals for the month. I love doing it early so that I have time to plan for the theme, the spreads and the layouts that I’d like to use. As always I get inspiration from everything around me and I prefer to choose themes that are not the “usual” ones that you associate with certain months. So, for November I decided to go with the theme ‘November in the City’. However, it’s not the traditional city with the big buildings and the skyscrapers that you usually expect, it’s a smaller city with cute houses.
The thing that took me the most time, was to decide on the colours that I was going to use. I started using my pastel colours, but I wasn’t feeling it. I wanted to show the winter through the colours and my colourful pastel Tombows were not the right ones. Then, as I was looking through my feed on Instagram, I saw this picture and I loved the colours, so I decided to use a similar palette for my theme for November. Therefore, expect lots of light blue and turquaz as well as shades of grey.
Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the post, because there's also a video, where I'm showing you exactly how I've created each spread.
We start as always with the Cover Page of the month. I added lots of different styled houses, one next to the other. I like how cute they look and the colours give it a more cold and ‘wintery’ look. For some of the colours I used a technique that turns the Tombow markers into watercolours. I tend to use this technique when I want a more light shade of a certain colour. You can watch how I do it in the video, at the end of this post. I also added the silhouettes of some birds on a wire and I chose a more calligraphic font to write the month with. I really like the way it turned out!
However, as you can see in the image above, the watercolours bled through the page. 🙁 I always try my pens and watercolours at one of the back pages of every notebook, to make sure that they’re ok to use. When I tested the watercolours this time, it worked well with no bleeding. However, I think I used more layers of watercolour on the cover page and maybe my brush was more wet than it should… But I still like my pages, no matter any shading or bleeding through. In the image above you can see my Month at a Glance page. I like the single page layout and I’ve used it for a couple of months already. I’ve added some houses and birds to follow with the theme.
Next up is my Goals page for the month. As always I created my two categories for personal and business and I added some light blue lines this time to add colour. I also like how simple and cute the silhouettes of the birds look! Since we’re coming at the end of the year, it’s really important to set up some goals for yourself, in order to catch up with everything you’ve setup to accomplish in 2018.
Then next spread is where I allocate different tasks per week, in order to accomplish my goals. I find the incredibly useful and it helps me to stay on track with all my planning. I highly recommend to try this page for yourself to see the difference.
On the page opposite is where I keep all my notes during the month. I always like to add light coloured lines and some doodles to add some elements of the theme in it.
Lastly, but not least, comes my first Weekly Spread of the month. I’m using a layout that I tried in October and I loved! I got inspired for it by the lovely @sheylara_shen ☺️ I kept it quite simple with minimum colouring and doodles, and I love the simplicity and the functionality of it.
And that is one more month planned in my bullet journal. Have you setup your bullet journal for November yet? What theme did you use?
After my video of my 5th bullet journal setup, a lot of you asked me to make a flip through video of my 4th bullet journal. I’ve been bullet journaling for almost 3 years now and I always like to go back through my previous bullet journals and see how I was creating my spreads then, which pages I preferred to add to my monthly setup and generally to see how much my layouts have evolved through time. So, I thoroughly enjoyed creating this video and going through all the pages I’ve created in 2018 so far.
Happy October everyone!
I’m wishing you all an amazing month full of planning and organisation 😉 I love when a new month starts, because it gives me the chance to re-focus and start new! October also starts on a Monday, and this is perfect for us bullet journalists! New month, new week and everything fits on the pages like a dream ☺️
As always I like to plan my weeklies for the month in advance. That way I can plan everything properly and make sure that all my appointments and tasks are scheduled.
I’m back with another Plan With Me post and video! Setting up my bullet journal early each month helps me to plan the next month on time and to thoroughly go through my tasks and projects in order to see what needs to be done.
This is the first month that I setup in my new Dingbats notebook, and I am really impressed with the quality of the paper. If you’d like to see how I’ve setup my new bullet journal, you can watch this video. The theme for October is ‘Laundry’ and I love the way it turned out!!! 😍
I think I say the same thing in the beginning of each month, but seriously I can't believe it's September already! 2018 is literally flying by! I don't know about you, but I love this time of year. My kids are getting ready for school, and I think I'm more excited about it than them! I love buying stationery and school supplies, and getting their school bags ready. I also like it because as in January, it feels like a new start, a new beginning, within the year. It's another chance to re-focus and plan and schedule the last few months of 2018.