Hello Planning Mashers!
My first Bullet Journal for 2021 has finally run out of pages, so it is time to move on to a new one. This is what we are doing today: setting up a new journal for the rest of 2021 and the beginning of 2022.
Yes I know it sounds pretty ambitious to have a journal lasting so long, but I’m using a bigger one this time, so it should work.
Plus! If you are a MashaPlans regular, you know I don’t really have a habit of starting a new journal in a new year.
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Surprisingly, my previous A5 Archer and Olive journal lasted me almost a year, all the way from December 2020. I honestly feel like if I wanted to, I could fit one more month into these as well.
But I need my space to be creative and I felt pretty inspired, so here we are with a new journal!
This time I decided to try something new and I’m moving to a square journal! Yup, this is going to be such a fun experience creating pages in a completely new format.
When Archer and Olive released their spring collection, I got almost all their journals – the colors and the designs were just too cute! So I chose this square journal from the spring collection as my next journal!
Lately, there is a trend to name journals, as Caitlin De Silva does, so I decided I’ll start doing the same. This one will be called Princess Bubblegum, because it’s so cute and pink but will be a total badass in helping me manage my time.
For example, once I started sketching my setup and saw that I have my future log in just one page, I realized that this one actually has the potential of lasting me even more than my A5, probably all the way into 2022.
I already mentioned that I don’t actually start a new journal with a new year. The new year and holidays season are generally a busy and kind of stressful time for me, so I usually try not to start new journals at that time.
It helps me to instead, spend more time and effort setting up my goals and visions for the upcoming year, without the pressure of them being done asap before the new year starts.
Ok, I talked a lot already, so let’s just get into it and start setting up my new journal. There will also be a Plan With Me video, of course, so be sure to check it out at the end of the post!
Uh! Yes! I also created a free printable! All info is at the end of the post.
This Book Belongs To
Of course, the first thing to do is a “this book belongs to” page.
I didn’t do much with this page, just my name and the fact that this is my 5th Bullet Journal.
I also decorated it with some washi tape from Archer and Olive.
This was a collaboration with Josephine Ung, and all profits from selling this washi tape will go to the AAPI community.
If you decide to get yourself some of this washi, or anything else from Archer and Olive, you can use code MASHA10 for 10% off! Come on! You know you want some!
Journal Name Page
Since I decided to give a name to my journal, I thought it might be fun to create a page like this.
I got some printable stickers from Etsy (my new favorite thing to do), used my Silhouette Cameo to cut them, and used them to decorate the page.
I have a blog post on how to create your stickers with Silhouette Cameo if you’re interested.
Word Of The Year
I know it’s usually the word of the year, but I decided I’ll have a new word for every new journal. Plus I realized that life made such a huge turn for me compared to December 2021 that I really need a fresh beginning with this BuJo.
This time I chose the word cultivate. My main intention is to work on myself, on being more mindful, and dealing better with things.
At the same time, I wanted a word that would mean working on my business as well, since I have some very big business goals I have to achieve.
I thought this one was perfect so here we are.
I created the future log up until March and since I don’t really have that many things to add to my future logs in general – it fits perfectly in one page.
As you can see, I went for a stationery theme with this page. Stationery is probably my favorite thing to doodle and I felt inspired to have fun with this setup.
I know you’re supposed to create a vision board for the new year, but I was too much of a blob to actually create one for 2021 and with this setup – I felt like I really wanna do it. Also, don’t be a blob!
It’s also probably connected to the fact that my life plans have changed a lot since December 2020 and I really needed a new vision board, considering all the new things that will be happening.
Ok, there is no picture here yet since I actually haven’t done it. I wanted to design some stickers for it first, so it’s going to take some time. But as soon as I’m done the photo and the planning video will be here!
If you want to learn more about it I have a blog post on how to create a vision board in your Bullet Journal with tons of examples as well.
About Me Page
By now, you probably already know that I always create an about me page at the beginning of my journals. It’s kind of a fun way to check where I am in life at the moment, and later see how much I’ve changed.
I mostly tried to fill out the page with great things I have in my life, things I’m proud of, but I also have a section of what I want to get better at and some stats for my Masha Plans business.
Check out my post on how to create an About Me page in your BuJo if you want to do one as well, and it has a free printable to get you started!
When it comes to setting goals, I don’t really like making rigid goals, I’m all about creating a general vision or outline and go from there.
So this goals page is not about the exact things I want to achieve. I’ll be adding here just some general ideas and I’ll go month by month to see how it works and if these things are still what I want.
This time I just made sure to divide it into several areas of my life I’ll be working on during the upcoming year.
August Bullet Journal Setup
Well, those were all the yearly pages I needed so we are starting up with my August setup. I know traditionally September is the back-to-school season, but this year I wanted to start a little bit early.
Yup, you guessed it right – my August theme is “back to school”. And I’m very happy about it because it really made me feel pretty inspired!
I started the setup with a quote. Since the monthly cover page is usually on the right side of the journal, the left side mainly stays empty, so I’ll be trying to add a quote to each monthly setup.
I chose a quote that would kind of play around with the theme of the monthly setup, and I used studygram favorite supplies – Zebra Mildliners. If you’re doing a back-to-school theme these are definitely a must-have.
And here we are on my cover page! This is probably the most doodling I’ve done for any page of my setup, except perhaps the mood tracker.
I don’t know how it happened because I really wanted to doodle a lot. Somehow it just turned more into using colors for contrast than doodling.
And I DO like the color contrast here by the way. I was unsure if I should color the doodles, but eventually, I think it looks better with only the middle header being in color.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments.
I didn’t do anything extra, it’s just a very functional calendar setup.
Looking at it right now I’m thinking I should’ve probably made the calendar a bit bigger because it might be more useful for me than having so much space for a monthly to-do list.
That’s definitely something to consider for my September setup.
Self Care Bingo
First of all, at the top of the page is something kind of unrelated – this is my content ideas for my blog, youtube, and shop.
But under it yes, that’s my self-care bingo.
I got this idea from Erin Floto Designs – she has a self-care bingo every month, and I loved it!
I’m really working on my mental health and trying to make sure I stay productive by taking good care of myself. So this page was a perfect one to add to my monthly setup.
Since it’s a square journal once again, I managed to fit all my trackers in just one page! One more reason why I think this journal will last me forever.
With habits, I added two more, and those are the ones that I’m actually doing already, I just wanted to make sure I have them in my journal as well.
And for a mood tracker I wanted to doodle something simple but on the theme, and these pencils seemed like a perfect choice.
Gratitude log is one of my must-have pages, even though I know I don’t always fill it out every day.
Maybe I should add it to my next habit tracker – fill out a gratitude log!
Now looking at it I’m thinking maybe I should’ve added some doodles at the bottom. But I also feel like I want to do a line-a-day thing, not just simple gratitude, so maybe I’ll need more space.
Anyways, we’ll see how it goes during the month.
Plan With Me
So here we go, time to share my huge Plan With Me video!
I want to warn you in advance that I had to be filming it for 3 days, that’s why the light might be occasionally changing in a not so logical way.
Hope you like it anyways!
Ok, time to share my freebie for this post!
What else could I create as a free printable if not a mood tracker!
Drawing 31 pencils was a bit of a chore, so I decided to create a printable tracker for you.
You can find it in the Resources Vault, and if you’re not part of Planning Mashers yet – just sign up in the form below! You won’t regret it!
What theme did you choose for August?
And do you usually have two journals per year or manage to keep it all in one?
Let us know in the comments!
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