The original bullet journal was designed as a simple analog system for tracking daily tasks, appointments, and random thoughts. It was meant to be an organizational tool and most people use it that way. But because the basic idea is so minimalist and beautiful, it can also become a creative outlet for you.
Many artistic bullet journalers use their notebooks as an art journal in addition to keeping track of their to-do lists and appointments. They enjoy creating beautiful weekly or monthly spreads to track appointments. Some will also incorporate beautiful lettering into their pages.
If you love to draw or practice hand lettering, consider using your bullet journal as a daily creative outlet. In addition to keeping track of your daily tasks, you can spend a few minutes here and there to add a little drawing or calligraphy.
The options are endless. You can use watercolors, colored pencils and pen and ink to create pretty backgrounds for your spreads. You can also collect ticket stubs and other memorabilia, print out some pictures, or use stickers and washi tape to create pages that are pleasing to the eye.
You can even use your bullet journal as a scrapbook that provides a beautiful record of what you’ve accomplished that you’ll love to look back on. Your loved ones will treasure it down the road. No matter what you decide to do, your bullet journal will become a way to capture memories for years to come.
Remember, how creative you get with your journal is entirely up to you. Don’t feel guilty about being minimalist. But if you find it fun and helpful to be creative, go for it. Don’t be afraid to experiment or mess up. It’s a journal after all and there’s beauty in imperfection. And there’s always a fresh new page to start over.
For inspiration for your creative journal pages look no further than YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram. You’ll find a fun and thriving community of fellow artsy bullet journalers.
The cover of your bullet journal also provides opportunities for creative expression. You can try out some decoupage, or get out those leather tooling tools to give your bullet journal a personal touch.
Go ahead and let out your creative side. Experiment and have fun with your journal!
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