Sometimes I find myself in a bujo-rut. Most of the time I love my system and have worked hard to settle into it – but there are days I itch to try something new. I love the experimental nature of the bullet journal and sometimes we just don’t know about all the goodness that is out there! There is so much wisdom in the bujo community, so I’ve wrangled a few places I’ve searched for inspiration lately.
BULLET JOURNAL FACEBOOK GROUPS
There is no shortage of bullet journal Facebook groups. Here are a few that I belong to that have been useful:
- Bullet Journal Junkies – This is the motherlode of all FB groups for Bullet Journal. Do NOT enter into this world unless you’ve done a lot of work on your own first – it is easily overwhelming since it is a highly active group.
- There are many off-shoots of this group, including Bullet Journal for students, SAHM, Mental Illness, SO MANY. Just do a search “bullet journal for…” and you’ll find them.
- Bullet Journal in a Traveler’s Notebook – I’m a huge Traveler’s Notebook fan, so this group is chock full of ideas on how to use the bullet journal inside this system, layouts, supplies, and more. Plus, Allycia is awesome.
- Bujo Pros – A Facebook Group dedicated to professionals everywhere – ideas for how to use the bullet journal for your profession. They are super useful if you’re looking for function over form!
- Lettering League – If you are learning lettering and want to find some inspiration and helpful folks, this group is awesome.
- Challenge Facebook Groups like #PlanWithMeChallenge and #RockYourHandwriting
- My Pinboards – I have pin boards for bullet journaling and lettering
BULLET JOURNAL BLOGS & ARTICLES
- BujoPros – A blog format of the Facebook Group, Todd has been interviewing and showcasing the bullet journals of different professionals and how they use the system to do their work better
- Bujo Pals – A huge list by Kim that helps you find some new faces to follow!
- 25 Weekly Spread Ideas – Christina compiles a dreamy list of different weekly spread ideas if you, like me, are looking for a new way to spruce up your system
- Weekly Spread Ideas – the original post that inspired my first rendition of my weekly spread, ala Kim!
- Bullet Journal + GTD method: See how Lisa (@plannersimplicity) adapts it for her system and how Kara uses it for hers
- 50 Collections for Your Bullet Journal – MJ brainstorms a HUGE list of ideas for lists in your bullet journal – if you’re a list maker, a recovering #ListersGottaList fan, this is perfect for you!
- Importance of White Space “When Less is More” – This one is a little different. I’m struck by how packed my days are, and this notion that the space around ideas and things create possibility. That a decluttered room feels peaceful, or a well-placed pause in a phrase makes you listen more deeply, like an empty book shelf. I am working on creating pauses between things like meetings, events, moments, and more.
MY CURRENT BUJO CRUSHES
Oh the black hole of Instagram. I don’t know whether to say “You’re welcome” or “I’m sorry” as I introduce you to some of these favorites of mine! Maybe you can decide 🙂
- @TinyRayofSunshine – Kim was one of my ORIGINAL bullet journal inspirations a year ago. Her thoughtfulness and reflective nature are unparalleled
- @Boho.Berry – I’m not sure there’s much to say about this LOL
- @HoneyRozes – she’s a designer and her layouts are simple, robust, and completely gorgeous in their minimalism
- @DecadeThirty – Dee, like Kim, was one of my original inspirations – she is hands down the most innovative bujo-user out there. She is constantly recreating the system in fresh ways. And, #handwritinggoals
- @MinimalJournal – Austin is a truly a minimalist in his bullet journal – because he was writing his thesis and…. ain’t nobody got time for decoration. I love getting inspiration from him – and his impeccable photos
- @babybujo – Jenn is one of my pals, the creator of Lettering League, and a brand new mommy. Her ability to get this system to do WORK for her is inspiring – if you’re looking for how to use your bujo as a working mother… she’s your goddess
- @gaeshagirlcreations – Sharon is a simple creative whose handwriting will make you swoon; her stamping and way she structures her pages is soothing just looking at it
A WORD ABOUT INSPIRATION…
- Everyone started somewhere. It’s too easy to be like, “Oh my stuff isn’t as _____ as theirs!” Or “I wish my pages looked like theirs!” Comparison is natural, human – but you can tell it to get out of the driver’s seat. Keep the inspiration as a launching point, another experiment, another progress point – and do what you want to in baby steps. You just haven’t seen the weeks, months, of effort and frustration and unused layouts and spreads (I have MANY of them) – so don’t forget the WHOLE picture.
- Credit. This is a huge debate – do you credit someone or not, every time, or enough times? But my thought is, if you know exactly who you got the layout from, you should credit that person. It’s frustrating if someone takes your exact style and layout as if it is their own – I’m not talking a similar ish structure (there are only so many weekly configurations, right) but if I take a really popular example, it’s impossible that hundreds of people just happened upon a style that looks exactly like Kara’s (boho.berry) with the time ladder, sunrise, sunset, color scheme, headers with the arrows, the same weather sketches, etc. There’s inspiration that you use as your own springboard, which is part of the creative process, and also acknowledging where it comes from when it’s appropriate.
- What works for someone else doesn’t mean it will work for you. The point of this system is that it evolves to YOUR needs. So, don’t feel bad if the Calendex, Index, signifiers, don’t work for you. Own the stuff that DOES. I struggled for a while thinking I HAD to use an index or a monthly calendar…. I had to let that ish go so I could really leverage what WAS working – the weekly layout. The energy used to refine that got me farther than being paralyzed by someone else’s well-earned system.
Who are your bujo crushes right now?! Where else should I be inspired?