Bullet Journal for Beginners

Have you ever wanted to start a bullet journal, but not sure how? Or maybe you aren’t even sure what a Bullet Journal is. Well, today’s post will show you how to Bullet Journal for Beginners and give you ideas to get your pages set up before you start.

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What is Bullet Journaling?

 Bullet journaling is an analog system used for organizing, planning and doodling your thoughts. It is a to-do list, notebook, agenda, sketchbook and diary all in one. The purpose of keeping and carrying a bullet journal is to help you get and stay organized and productive.

If you love your Filofax for planning or love and live by list making, then you should try out this method of journaling. And the best part is you are 100% in control of how you set up your pages!

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Supplies for Bullet Journaling

There really aren’t many supplies you need to get started bullet journaling. All you need is a good notebook (we suggest small, with no lines, and easy enough to carry around daily) and your favorite writing utensils. If you’re feeling fancy, multi-colored pens, washi tape and stickers make for fun flair!

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Our Favorite Bullet Journals:

Our Favorite Pens + Pencils:

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Setting Up a Bullet Journal for Beginners

 Some people are intimidated by bullet journaling because of fear of the blank page. The thought of having to set up each page in their bullet journal is overwhelming. Below, we show you page by page how to set up your Bullet Journal for beginners. Giving you tips and tricks a long the way, to make getting started fun and easy!

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Steps :

  • On your first page you want to create a cover page. This could be the month, your name, a cool design, or simple ‘Bullet Journal’.
  • Next, you’re going to set up your Key and Index pages. These are two pages you will reference time and time again, so take your time to set it up to function how you like best.
  • Go ahead and number the corners of your pages.
  • Create a monthly spread/calendar page. To see your entire month, important dates, events and notes all in one place.
  • Now, decide on what other pages to set up/what you want to be keeping track of this month. (You can even create a page for that- we did!)
  • Think about the design of your pages and consider why you are getting started bullet journaling in the first place. Originally, bullet journaling was created as a tool to help you maintain a functioning task list. Now, it is often used for creative expression for creative who like list. If you’re leaning into functionality (only) I suggest keeping your designs simple. Either way, have fun getting stuff done!

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Other Tips for Bullet Journaling for Beginners:

  • Don’t use sharpie (like we did on the cover page) or any marker/pen that will bleed through your pages.
  • Use a ruler, trace business cards or use a stencil to create boxes and straight lines.
  • Always sketch out your pages in pencil first
  • Use bullet journaling as a tool to have fun! It’s a great way to help you get organized, but it can also be used as a fun exercise to relieve stress!

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Now, it’s your turn to start your bullet journal! If/when you do, snap a pic and tag us at @blueskypapers on Instagram so we can see!

 

 

Taboo TV Show : Custom Projects for Clients

Did you tune into watch FX’s new miniseries, Taboo TV Show? It is a British period drama set in the 1800’s starring (and co-produced) by easy-on-the-eyes, Tom Hardy.

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Now, you’re probably wondering why we’re bringing up a Tom Hardy TV Series…

Well, the Taboo team presented us with the wonderful opportunity of designing custom leather books for them to use in post-production, prior to the show airing. Of course, we jumped at the opportunity!

Our team, here, at Blue Sky Papers initially began work on this project a year ago. You may recall seeing some behind the scenes pictures we posted on Instagram, or us briefly mentioning it before in a post. With the first season fully out now, and the announcement of The Taboo TV Show being picked up for season two, we thought it was past due to send out congrats to the whole Taboo crew! Also, to toot our own horn a little bit too…about getting to work on such a creative project with amazing clients! Pinch us, because we are living out our dream!

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Guest books, photo albums, and journals are the heart and roots of this business, but our custom projects are always a breath of fresh air. (Especially this one!) They allow us to break away from our regular routines and challenge us as a team to work together to create a new design that our clients will love.

The book we designed for Taboo is rather large, made from a dark, almost black, distressed leather, with hand-torn, black artisan paper sewn in. And the luxury is in the details, like with the tarnished, vintage key embellishment on the leather wrap of this book.  Keeping with the old world aesthetics of Taboo.

Below are pictures of the finished product and some behind the scene shots of the book in Taboo’s conference room (so cool!).

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If you missed Taboo, check out the trailer below + watch the complete first season on FX now (all you need is your tv + internet provider login info). And if you’re in need of a custom book project yourself, reach out at service@blueskypapers.com

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