Hey welcome back to the blog!
Today I will be teaching you how to do a bullet journal to get you organized for the big wedding! If you don’t have a journal, you get inundated with all the things you do. That is why I will teach you how to use bullet journals for wedding planning. As always this is a Bloomington Minnesota thing. So, if you are reading this from somewhere else, things might me a little different for you.
We’re going to be setting up our bullet journals for the month of July. I’m ready to sit down and get planning especially because I just started a new notebook, so it feels like a fresh start.
Aquatic Wedding Theme Notebook
For the past couple of months people have been requesting that I do a under the sea fish type of theme, so I decided to take that challenge for July and that’s what we are doing this month. The color palette is a little bit unique. I feel like I don’t normally go for such contrasting colors. but I thought it was very fitting for the scene. It’s this dark navy blue, which is the Crayola super tips, and then this sort of orangey coral color and the marker for that is a zebra multi. I’m using these two markers to create very simple fish shapes the doodles this month are easy to make.
For those of you who always ask me to do like simpler themes to doodle, I think this would be perfect for you even though the actual doodles are relatively simple to make. I mean the fish shapes are just like ovals or circles or almond shapes with some tails and fins on it. The overall design makes it look more complex since we alternated between the two colors.
I also threw in a couple details with my white gel pen on top to showcase the scales of the fish as well as some waves in the overall pattern. I like the pop of color and the abstract illustrative vibe. And I had a lot of fun with it because typically with my doodles on my cover page. Normally, I would use a fine liner but with this I decide to keep it with only the two markers. I think the reason why this still works is because out of the two colors that I chose, I have a darker shade and a slightly lighter shade. I sometimes used the dark navy to add some details on top of the orange almost acting like a fine liner. But it’s still kept with the overall color palette.
On the other side of the spread I did a quote page and the quote that I’m using this month is just keep swimming. I had to we couldn’t do a fish theme without some sort of Finding Nemo reference so of course I had to use the iconic Dory quote and around it I actually created this sort of brief or a fish wreath and I did the fish swimming in a circle so it also you know goes with the actual quote.
Since there was some space above and below this, I decided to add in some washi tape. You guys know how much I love washi tape. Recently I’ve been really having a lot of fun playing around with it and using it in my bullet journal. It’s especially useful for pages like this where you don’t know what – doodle or add-on you know just throw in some washi tape and you’re good to go. But the washi tape that I use is so perfect for this. It’s from a specialty store, washi tape Bloomington I believe, but it has this wave pattern almost like a scale on it and I also threw in this matching washi tape that I had that was kind of like a coral color and it was almost like a water marble effect as well again perfect for the fish theme.
Monthly Calendar Layout
All right so moving on to my monthly calendar layout, the format that I decided to go with this month is just a regular rectangle. Nothing too fancy, the only thing that I did was to round the corners of the box. I mean you guys know I like to do this a lot. But I think for this theme especially there’s a lot of rounded boxes and headers and stuff just because I thought it went perfectly with the fish theme like bubbles. I don’t know that’s where my mind was going and if you’re curious about the grid spacing for this calendar each individual box is five by five.
As you can see for the font, I decided to do this tall and skinny all caps type of lettering you’ll see me use this a lot throughout the month and I decided to use a thicker fine liner to do that lettering just so it stands out on top of the coral since the coral color is a little bit on the medium side. So, if I used a thinner fine liner on top of that I don’t think the lettering would have stood out as much next to my calendar.
I have my usual monthly focus and I used the same style of like the rounded rectangles. I added drop shadows, but I decided I didn’t like it. So I finished off this spread with a bunch of fish doodles swimming from the corners of the pages, which I thought brought everything together. Also I added in some more washi tape.
The next spreads that I’m doing are of course my trackers. First up is my habit tracker and I wanted to keep things pretty consistent throughout this whole month, so I used that same tall and skinny all caps font but with my coral marker and I kept everything the same with the rounded rectangle so that it looked really similar to the calendar layout.
For the headers of the habit trackers, I alternated between the Navy and the coral. I love this color combination so much. I discovered how much I loved it as I was doing this month but I think it’s just so nautical and I mean they are complementary colors technically so it makes sense that they go together really well but I also think the specific shades of blue and coral that I used are perfect because they’re a bit more muted and not as saturated so it doesn’t look too crazy with like orange and blue all over the place. So yeah very pleased with this this color scheme.
Oh and just as a fun side note, since I alternated the colors of the headers I think what I’ll be doing is when I’m filling out these trackers I’ll make sure to coordinate the marker that I use to fill in the little boxes to the actual header color. So overall, it’ll just be very alternating between the orange and the blue all right for my mood tracker.
I am so excited for this one. I think it is the cutest, so I started out by drawing a bunch of these fish. These are literally like the fish that you drew when you’re a kid. But the reason why I’m leaving them empty on the inside is because we’re going to be filling them in as the month goes along. Instead of doing it how I normally would, where I would determine a specific color to represent a mood, I did it so that a pattern would represent a mood since I had been doing the fish doodles and filling them in with like scale patterns and whatnot. I thought this would be a fun way to switch it up.
So, as you can see, I’m doing it so that the happy mood has this scalloped pattern and the sadder ones have horizontal and vertical stripes. Obviously, you can do whatever pattern you want, but I think it’s just something a little bit different to try out.
For it this next bit, yall know this is my favorite one to create. I just have so much fun making every single month and it is my monthly music favorites/playlist spread. I did this sort of block off pattern using the blue and the orange marker and I used the washi tape to mask it off so I could have a clean line. Then I cut my washi tape into thinner strips and create this washi tape border around it. As usual I printed out the album covers for each of the songs and I cut them out into little squares that were going to be pasting on to the spread. The glue tape adhesive that I used I think is from Bloomington Adhesives.
I love this little roller thingy, it’s a lifesaver for attaching things to your bullet journal. So convenient, but for the actual layout I didn’t really do anything fancy. I kept in line with the whole rounded rectangle thing that I had been doing for this whole month and then I just pasted the album cover within it and wrote the song title under it.
Now moving on to the spread next to it I decided to do a brain dump page. There’s so much happening in my work life and in my personal life I’ve just been needing a place for me to spew out the contents of my brain. So we are bringing back the brain dump. I know I haven’t been doing it for the past couple of months. But this month I really felt the need to do it. For the title I did the same sort of kind of block of color with the washi tape border. Except I did a wave pattern and I just used my white marker on top of this to write out the title.
We have arrived at the first weekly spread of July, and I decided to do a Dutch door spread but I did something a little bit funky. Instead of cutting the Dutch door flap into a straight line, I actually did it in a wavy pattern to go with the under the sea theme and I don’t know why I thought of this but I was just kind of going with it and I love how it turned out.
I basically had to trace out the wave pattern ahead of time and then I flipped it on both sides to make sure to outline it so that it’s lined up whenever I flipped it. I hope this makes sense, but I basically wanted it so that no matter which side the flap is on, the wave pattern would look the exact same. So, I did have to create this wavy stripe a couple times on all four sides of the Dutch door spread.
Sorry that was probably very confusing. But I divided out the days of the week half and half on all sides put the titles on top of the coral border. Like you could literally end it here and it would be done but obviously I had some sidebars to finish.
So, on the left sidebar I have the July title and on the right sidebar I have my weekly events. I kept these all simple just because I think the focus is the wavy pattern of the Dutch door spread. The only thing I really added in at the end were some fish doodles. Honestly this might be one of my all-time favorite weekly spreads that I’ve ever done. I love the way that this turned out. I do love Dutch door spreads. They allow you to have more planning space you basically get like half of a page to plan. Which I think is great but yeah super cute and fun and I felt very crafty doing it.
Here is the final flip through of my fish themed under the sea July 2019 bullet journal set up. Fun fact I’m allergic to fish so the fact that I’m doing this theme is hilarious. But I love the way this one turned out. I can’t wait to create some more at weekly spreads using this theme.
Now that you have a bujo planner, use this to keep on target for your planning! This will be a huge help, especially if you are trying to plan your wedding by yourself.