Setting Up A New Journal

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Is there anything better than a brand new notebook?? As a self-confessed stationery obsessive I don’t think so! But with a new notebook comes the stress of putting pen to paper and sullying those crisp white pages!

I actually love the process of setting up a new journal and have created a few tools to help walk even the most novice journal enthusiast through step by step!

First thing to do, if you haven’t already, is decide on a journal. After much experimentation I have decided upon the A5 Scribbles that Matter* as my journal of choice. I love how thick the pages are, almost no ghosting. Plus I adore the bright colours of the journal cover.

Then I gather my equipment… My absolute essentials are:

Photo 07-08-2018, 17 44 35

The next job is to decide what pages you are going to include in your new journal. To help with this process I have create a New Bujo Checklist

Setting up your new journal!

Once you have a list of spreads you would like to include, I suggest writing the name of each of these pages onto a post it note and arranging them onto your journal pages so you can get an idea of how the journal will flow.

The essential pages for the start of my journal include:

  • Key – This is where you can set what symbols / colour will represent in your journal. My key is relatively straight forward. I have a whole board of Key-spiration on my Pinterest page.
  • Future log – a place to add all the important dates and events for the coming 12 months.
  • Goals (for the new year or recap) – the start of a new journal is a great place to review previous goals and set new ones.
  • Master to do list – basically a huge brain dump of all the jobs to-do whizzing around my head!

I personally don’t use an index, which I know for some is a crucial part of their Bullet Journal. Instead I mark each month in the journal using a calendar tab and for important pages that I will refer to often, I add a strip of washi to the side of the page! This seems to work really well for me… but again Journaling is a individual thing and you have to experiment to find what works for you.

Once I have the basics set up I then add in my monthly spread and begin my regular journaling routine.

For inspiration I have created a video showing the set up of my 2018 journal, plus a flip through of my second journal for 2018 can be seen here.

I’d love to hear how your journal set up goes, please drop me a message or tag me on social media! @oopsadaisyuk

Big Love

Jo xxx

I live in Essex in the UK with my gaggle of furry friends including Daisy the dog. I have had lifetime passion/obsession for beautiful stationery and to do lists which has lead me to the wonderful world of Bullet journals. When I first starting bullet journaling it struck me the lack of UK based resources for journal accessories which lead me to create my own. I know have my very own webshop selling my hand made journal stencils and ship all over the world and am just as enthusiastic as I ever was about stationery and organisation!!


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