You have your personalised stamps, and we all know how useful it is during the Holiday Season. But, do you want to know a better way of starting your new year right? Getting yourself a bullet journal, of course! But then again, how do rubber stamps, and a bullet journal go together?
Bullet journal or ‘Bujo’ for short- is a method where you organise your life by the use of paper, or in this case a journal. A great recording system that engages your brain and creates a process that helps you decide what matters and what doesn’t. You assess what to keep and what to leave behind in your life.
It’s understandable if you’re hesitant to make one if you don’t even know how to use it yet. But starting a bullet journal takes is a quick set up, and you’ll see everything in action once it’s done. It only takes a few minutes to start yours, keep on reading to know how!
Below is a guide on the basic pages of a bullet journal, along with some suggestions for more advanced and creative pages.
It’s no secret that there are already numerous ways of spicing up your bullet journal, but before anyone ever got innovative and creative on the layout designs, we all started on the basic pages. The basic pages consisted the: 1) index pages, 2) future logs, 3) monthly logs, and the 4) daily logs. We’ll explain each of these pages, one by one, so you can get a thorough understanding of what and how a bullet journal really works.
First off, the index pages are, more or less likely, your table of contents. It’s the very first pages of your journal. Whatever you’ve put on the next pages of your journal is recorded on your index pages. Mostly, BoJu enthusiasts allot four pages per journals for their index pages. You have to number all the pages in your journal, so it’ll be easier for you to track what you’ve done on each page. Whether it’s your doodles or your important logs, you record it on the index pages. You can use your rubber stamps in numbering your pages, it’ll be quicker and easier to do.
Second, are the future logs. You create a future log for every six months of the year, to make this log, you have to divide each page into a line of thirds, you record the activities or tasks you’re setting aside or planning to do in the future here.
Try and practice using your rubber stamps to style each line of your log. For example, instead of using a ruler to line the page, use your rubber stamp to indicate the sectioning. Or, you can also try washi tapes and overlay it with the rubber stamps. Self-inking stamps are very handy when it comes to the dates.
Third, monthly logs. The most excellent way to set this log is to have a copy of the calendar for that month on the left side of the page, while the big space on your right is allotted for your to-do-lists, tasks, events, or schedules for that month. But, to avoid getting confused on what label is what, there’s what we call the ‘bullet journal key’, these are the key or tools you use to label which one’s the task, or the event, or to-do-list for that month.
Same as what’s used in the future logs, incorporate the use of the self-inking stamps on your future log layout. Saving you time and giving you a faster result that you can immediately use.
There’s also a process called ‘migration’. This process is where you assess and transfer filtered tasks you’ve decided to discard, to keep, and revamp. Every month, you’ll be migrating tasks unto next month you seem fit to do or keep. And you discard the tasks you assess to be not of value of your time, or keep them and record them on your future log for you to do later. Use bullet journal signifiers to avoid confusion of which one is which.
Some of these signifiers that can be easily remembered are shapes, like triangles, squares, or a heart, even a star. Utilise your rubber stamps and custom self-inking stamps for this. You no longer have to buy a lot of coloured pens if you own a stamp pad. It also saves you time, and it easily organises your tasks in an orderly manner.
Lastly, are your daily logs- it’s a brief list of things you actually got done for this day. Not necessarily a long one, just a brief and concise description of what you’ve accomplished for this day to have more of a feeling of permanence and accomplishment. It keeps the thought of the journal alive, and you’d want to open your journal every day because of the excitement you’d get whenever you’re done for the day. With more dates to input, quickly get it done with the use of self-inking stamps!
These are the basic pages you have to know if you’re planning to start doing a bullet journal. But once you’ve got the hang of a routine or flow of your journal, you’re ready for a more advanced and creative process. There are pages where you can get creative and just be yourself, where it lets you track and monitor what happens to your life on a daily basis. For instance, pages like habit, mood, study, or budget trackers. Or you can do an update on weekly logs, now that you’re already exposed to rapid logging. You can even add lists or collections on your pages such as ‘books to read’ or ‘movies to watch’.
But the fun’s just starting, it gets even more enjoyable the more you invest into the creative process. Soon enough, once you’ve got the hang of using your bullet journal, you’ll get to the part where you emboss the use of rubber stamps and self-inking stamps as your style, along with other embellishments such as washi tapes, coloured pens, and etc.
With a new year coming along, there’s always a good connotation to start something new. It can just be bullet journaling for you! Organising your everyday task, plans and or events proves to be helpful in such a fast-paced day-to-day life. Ready to start the new year in such an organised manner? Start your bullet journal now get stamping!