Hello everyone and welcome back. Today’s blog post is all about my January Bullet Journal flipthrough. If you follow me on my Bullet Journal Instagram (cheeky self plug here) then you may have already seen my flipthrough already. However, this is the blog post in which I take the time to sit down and go through my spreads in detail. I’ve done this before with December and November (I promise that’s the last of the self plugs) so it’s only fair to keep this lovely tradition going.
If this is the first time you’ve seen this kind of post from me before, then hi and welcome. You may not know what this kind of post entails but it’s okay, I’ve got you covered. All I do is go through each spread and discuss what I like, what I dislike, what worked and what didn’t work. It’s like an act of self reflection. With that cleared up, let’s get started.
I really like this cover page. Actually, I love it. I think it looks absolutely stunning and I’m obsessed with all of the little constellations and stars as well as the quote. A cover page doesn’t serve much purpose but it is stunning and I love it.
Visually, I think the monthly spread looks beautiful. I love the stars and constellations surrounding the calendar as well as the colours filled in to block out the days of the week. However, this calendar was too small for me. I used 5 by 5 dots and that’s not big enough to fit in all of the events I had this month, especially on days where I had more than one event going on. It looks stunning but I found it a little stressful.
I didn’t really have any issues with my mood tracker this month. It served its purpose and it’s nice to switch back to the graph every now and then. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for my habit tracker. I honestly found it a drag to fill it in every night which I didn’t like. I much prefer individual habit trackers. They both are lovely to look at though which I’m pleased about.
Blog Brainstorm and Brain Dump Spread
Once again, I had issues with these spreads for January. I didn’t give myself enough room to plan everything out which is extremely annoying. I like to be able to give myself some breathing space. In hindsight, I should have used a double page spread for both of these. Equally, the title of the brain dump spread is far too big which adds to the problem of not having enough room.
January Memories Spread
This is a spread that I only use at the end of the month so I can’t talk about whether it worked for me or not. However, I can talk about it visually and I love it. There were a few amazing memories in January and I like the way they are documented on this spread.
There are several weekly spreads here and I have a lot of opinions on each of them so this part could take a while. I apologise in advance.
Let’s start with the first weekly spread. I’m a big fan of this one. I love doing vertical spreads because of the room it allows me to have and the way I can split my tasks and events from my journal entries that I do every day. I think it gives off a really clean and sophisticated effect.
I also really like the second weekly spread in terms of the layout but I’m not a fan of using different colours on each day to write out my tasks and events and all of that jazz because I think it looked quite messy. I much prefer to stick to the same colour and switch up the colour I use for my key. That way, it adds a spot of colour whilst still looking clean and sophisticated.
I also really like the third weekly spread for the same reasons as the 1st weekly spread. Once again, vertical spreads are my favourite ones to do and I truly appreciate the way they turn out and the way I can use them every week.
This has the potential to be a long explanation but I HATE my fourth weekly spread. It did not work for me in the slightest. When I first came up with the idea to split the tasks and events onto one side and the journal entries on the other, I thought it was a relatively good idea and I was excited to try something different. However, I detested sitting down every night to fill in my journal entries and write out my tasks and events. I felt really unmotivated to use my journal that week so I won’t be doing this kind of spread again.
Onto the final weekly spread now which is actually my favourite one of the month. I love how I went completely overboard with the constellations and stars. I love the big calligraphy letters which state the day of the week and I love how I included some calligraphy quotes here and there. I think it looks beautiful.
And that’s my January bullet journal Flipthrough post. Overall, it was a great month in terms of the theme and the weekly spreads. I just need to make sure I add more room next time for my monthly spread, blog brainstorm spread and brain dump spread!