Let’s be honest, staying organized in the fast-paced and digitally-driven world we live in today can be really hard. I used to be a planner junkie myself, until the spacing and layouts just left me frustrated. Enter Ryder Carroll’s bullet journal system. If you haven’t caught on the bug taking over Instagram and YouTube, the bullet journal is essentially an “analog system for the digital age.”
I started a bullet journal over a year ago and, I kid you not, it changed my life. I’m obsessed with how customizable and personal it is. All you need is a notebook, a pen, and maybe a bit of creativity. People often come to me asking for bullet journal accounts to follow. I probably give 20 accounts but let me keep this simple for now. To inspire (and hopefully not intimidate) you, here’s a roundup of gorgeous BuJo Instagram accounts to get you on the bandwagon.
Liz’s bullet journal isn’t just a place to plan her life. She decorates her spreads with gorgeous flowers and botanicals without compromising her minimalist aesthetic. Plus, she regularly posts tutorials on how to draw different plants. I can’t draw well so her posts saved my life.
To recreate this spread: Use a set of Sakura Pigma Micron pens. Available at National Book Store.
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There’s something so calming about this clean, white marble flatlay aesthetic. Some people find bullet journals terrifying, maybe because they feel the need for it to be pretty. But this account proves that less is more, and you don’t need a million pens to start a pretty BuJo.
To recreate this spread: Grab a cool set of Zebra Mildliners. Available at Pens Galore and Craft PH. Get also a 0.38 gel pen. Available at MUJI.
I wish I knew about all these studyblr (study + tumblr) accounts back when I was in school. That way I probably would’ve studied harder. Yu has the most beautiful and vibrant notes I’ve ever seen and I love how she plays around with calligraphy page headers. She honestly makes me want to study.
To recreate this spread: Choose a Zebra Sarasa Clip pen in your favorite color. Available at Noteworthy PH. Add a pack of pack of Tombow Dual Brush. Available at Scribe.
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If you love using Traveler’s Notebooks, then Lavennz’s feed is totally #goals. Her penmanship looks like a font and the DIY hand-carved stamps she uses for her dates makes her journal look printed. Everything is made by hand, and I wouldn’t expect less, as she is a painter by profession.
To recreate this spread: Choose a Pilot fountain pen you’re comfortable writing with and The Traverler’s Notebook. Available at Scribe.
This Melbourne-based architect has the most refreshing spreads I see on my feed. She uses watercolors not just to decorate the borders of her pages, but also to wind down after a stressful day at work. Art journaling, after all, helps with our overall well-being and mental health.
To recreate this spread: Get a good watercolor palette like a Kuretake Gansai Tambi. Available at Craft Central. You can also get a Sakura Koi Watercolor Kit. Available at Hey Kessy and Craft Carrot.
I shamelessly love millennial pink and this whole Tumblr art kid aesthetic. Seeing it dominate a bullet journal just makes me more excited to create new spreads. Carol’s bullet journal is more than just a planner, it’s a place where she expresses herself in that cute scrapbookish way.
To recreate her spread: Get a dotted or squared Moleskine journal. Available at Noteworthy PH. Also get a colored cardstock. Available at National Book Store.