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Create a Custom Bullet Journal

Debbie Oxford, Missionary and Author

Create a Custom Bullet Journal

Debbie Oxford, Missionary and Author

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10 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. What is a Bullet Journal

    • 3. Making Choices

    • 4. Design

    • 5. Daily Page

    • 6. Class Project

    • 7. PrintHand

    • 8. PrintPublisher

    • 9. Binding

    • 10. Thanks

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1. Intro: Hi and welcome to my front porch with Debbie Oxford. Thanks for joining our class on creating a custom bullet journal. Hi. Thanks for coming to visit me on my front porch. You know, through the years, I've tried a lot of one size fits all. They never seem to fit me. I've always wanted to make just a little bit of a change here or just a little bit of a change there. And when I started using journals, I bought when I could afford, but I really wanted a better one. Show you a few of the ones that I've tried to use recently. I bought two blank ones from the dollar store. I bought a more expensive one that has little dots in it to help you make your own. I looked at but didn't even try the ones where they already have the pages laid out in design because I couldn't find one that fit me. Everything I found seem made for somebody else. So I began designing my own. Well, I've tried quite a few layouts, and I finally found the one that worked for my life. You know, it's great to use a journal someone else created, but only if it fits you. If you're like me and you need to add and subtract elements, it's time to create your own. In fact, your class project is to create a bullet journal. I'm going to take you from concept to a finish bound journal, ready to start right again. We're gonna look at creating your journal and Microsoft publisher. We're also gonna look at how to do it by hand. If you have a different design software that you like, you're welcome to use that one. And whether you do it by hand or in a computer, I show you how to save it so that you could use it again and again and even keep changing it as time goes. Five. I'm going to help you decide what sections and what pages you'll want to use. Be prepared. You're going to see a lot of different ideas in this class. But you know what some of them will be for you and some will be for somebody else. You don't have to use everything you see. I'm gonna help you decide what's for you and what's not hits easier than you think. So follow me as we follow my easy step by step method to create your own journal. You have a great day and I see inside the class. 2. What is a Bullet Journal: Hi. Some of you might be wondering what a bullet journal, even ISS. So let me tell you a bullet journal also known as a boo Joe is a just a notebook, but it has a couple of things that set it apart. Um, the first is a system for finding things that are usually buried in a diary or something. Maybe a special thought that you had an idea that, um, that you really want to go back to, But looking through regular diary, you've can't hardly figure out where it iss. Maybe it's even a special memory. Maybe your son lost his first tooth today, and you're gonna want to find that memory again. So the way of bullet journal handles. This is with two special pages, a key page and an index page. Now the key page is simply a list of special symbols that you're going to use when you when you make a note of that advanced or special thought or idea. So, uh, maybe if it's a task that you thought that you needed to do, you might put a little dot That's what you'll see on my symbol. If you completed a task you might cross that dot out, Uh, an event. I use a little triangle that I can write real quick, sometimes pretty sloppy, but then indicates that this is an event that I need to remember. Well, when I have that special thought, that idea that advanced or whatever it is I take, I look at the page number that it's on, and I go back to my index page. An index page is simply a list of the page numbers of all of these ideas, events and other thoughts that we had. And, um, you have the page number, and then you have a little description of what that thought waas that makes it so much easier to find things when you want to go back and look at something again. Now, bullet journal is divided into sections, spreads, pages and elements. Let me give you a little definition of each of those, uh, just so you'll be familiar with the terms as I use them. A section is, um, a part of the journal that you're going to use for a specific purpose. For example, a calendar section, a note section, a sketchbook section. Oh, are, ah, gold section or what I need to do today section, however, you want that section to look and feel. That's what it's going to be now. Inside the section, it's made up of spreads. A spread is two pages that face each other in your finished book. So you have a left page on the right page. Free spread. Now, a new element is a little thing on each page. Let me show you what an element is. No, this spread is a daily spread from my personal journal. You can see it has quite a few elements on it. It has a title element up here which says today is where I could feel in the day it has down here. God is speaking to me element over here it has an exercise element and a my top three goals for the day element. Another thing we have in our journal is our artistic opportunities are maybe your favorite quotes like one of my quotes here. You'll find those in our journal, too. 3. Making Choices: you may be asking yourself. Well, how am I gonna choose what goes in my journal? Well, we've got some questions that will help you answer that. The 1st 1 is why are you even thinking about creating a journal? What type of information is that you're wanting to capture? What are you wanting to write down? What are you wanting, Teoh? Remember later on? Well, when you find out the answer to that, you find out what kind of section you need in your journal. Here are some great ideas. Maybe you want a calendar. Maybe you want a goal list for the next five years. Maybe you want to create a bucket list or a sketchbook or babies Milestone list or just Gosh, there are so many things. Maybe you need a a journal just for keeping track of your homework in your school classes. Maybe you need a journal for work or just one toe. Right. Great thoughts in maybe some one liners. Maybe you're comedian, and you need a bunch of one liners. Well, carry that journal around with you and write those thoughts in it. And whatever your idea is, Well, that's what type of section you're going to need. By the way, you can have as many sections in your journal as you want. In fact, you can have as many journals as you want. One of the classes I'm creating is how to make a refillable bullet journal cover, and in that class you'll learn how to create a little cover so that you can carry around up to five journals and, of course, have to sections of each journal. So a total of 10 sections, well, that's more than I need. So join me in my class on creating a refillable bullet journal cover. 4. Design: today, we're going to talk about the actual design of the physical page, uh, laying out margins and all of that kind of stuff that you've got to know in order to do a journal page. Once you create your original page, I want you to keep it very safe so that you can use it again and again. Now, the design of the pages called the layout. So when you're laying out a page, you've gotta have margins around the outside of the page, just like I dio on this one. Thankfully, the computer did this for me, but I'd say there about 1/2 inch margin. When you create your margins all the way around your page, you want to remember that your journal is gonna have some kind of binding in the middle. So when you look at the spread on the inside of the spread, you've got to create a little extra area in your margins to account for what type of binding you're going to use. This will vary depending on which binding it ISS. What's the main use of this page we've already talked about? If it's sketching or notes that you could just do a blank page or you could just do lines and maybe a simple piece of artwork with that. But what if it's a little more complicated? What if it's got several elements in it? One of my chips is to start with the most important element or the largest element and work for there. You see the margins I created. I didn't need much of a margin in the centre, since this is just simply stapled together. Um, the elements I started with were the titles on each one. And then I added some of the more important elements I knew on my devotional side of the page that I wanted to divide it into four sections that are pretty even. So that was quick and easy to dio. Um, most importantly on by to do side of the page is my goals. I want to keep down three main goals. The next section I have is my to do list by Dr Mayer may not dio appointments, which I probably have up here as well, and then I have a little note section down here at the very bottom. I keep track of my weight. I write it in here. I'm not showing you that. I try and get some exercise in every day and especially at least three times a week, and I try and get some water. Drank that. This part is called Ahab Tracker. As you can see, this is the habit I'm trying to develop in the habit I'm tracking. But there's a lot of other habits that you might want to track, and you might want to put in an element to help you keep track of your of yours. Particular help. After you get all of the elements on your page that have to be there, let's talk about the fun stuff decorating your page. Of course, you can use fancy lettering when you're creating the titles or the or the headers of any of your elements you can put in. Well, you could see in my journal I like to put in flowers. What is it you like? Do you want butterflies all over your journal? That's a good idea. Or what about, um, maybe you like robots or soldiers or armor or whatever it ISS. This is your chance to be creative with your journal. By the way, you might have some pages right now that are blank in your journal, just as we're putting it together. Sometimes we end up with odd pages those air, great opportunity for you to put a special quote that really means something to you Or maybe some artwork that inspires you again. Those blank pages air yours to put whatever you want on. One of the tips I have is, if you're drawing your pages layouts by hand, you might want to use a dotted grid system for your paper in your hand out section of this class. I have included a pdf that is one of these dot grid layouts for a normal sized piece of paper. Of course, you'll use that sideways when you're creating each spread. Enjoy designing your pages and make sure they really fit your life, your style and your personality. Hi, and welcome to my front porch with Debbie Oxford. Thanks for joining our class on creating a custom bullet journal 5. Daily Page: Hi. Well, I promised I would show you how to hand draw. One of the pages are daily page in our journal. So that's what I'm going to dio. I have printed out some of that dotted paper that I've I've left a pdf for you to be able to print out the same paper. You probably can't see the little thoughts on it. But I promise you, there, there, they're going to make laying this out a lot easier for me. I'm carefully folding the paper in half assed. You can see that's going to help me figure out my love page from my right page and make sure that I leave enough room and everywhere for the journal. Now we're gonna lay out our margins. I'm gonna use a very light colored pencil. I don't want it to reproduce. I just wanted have a guides that I know where not to. Uh, not to put my writings in my drawings and things. So 1/2 inch on the top half inch on the bottom and 1/2 inch on each side. I'm not being totally careful about this. Um, I don't want you to have to sit there hour while I do this of looking out. So I'm going to do it really quickly for you now in the center. Of course, you remember that We have to leave room for are binding. I'm simply going to be using a card stock cover and stapling this together so I don't need to leave extra room in there. But I do need to leave 1/2 inch border just to make sure that if the page looks balanced and, um, ham pitch for one side, half inch for the other side, that isn't one is section in the middle. All right, now I'm going to add my titles for each page, and I like to use a ruler because I'm not very good at keeping things straight. So the left pages where I like to put what day of the week it iss and then the right side of the page is where I'm going to put what the date is. Okay, now this side of the page, I like to divide into quarters just for myself, because for me, this is the side of the page that I use. This is the page that I use for my devotional stuff in the morning. So I make a little area for what I'm grateful for and what I'm praying for. Now, if you just want to delineate these with simple ovals or boxes of whatever you can, I'm probably going to run back in and do a little bit of coloring just to keep. Just so I know which section is where I should be writing, I want I want to be able to write down whatever scripture I'm trying to memorize or what I'm looking at. And then just a little area where what is God telling me? Maybe he's telling me something through that scripture. Or maybe he's actually, uh, talking to me about something. Anyway, that all goes on here, been on the right side of the page. The most important thing for me to write down is my top three goals. Okay? And I'm just gonna number them one to three and then my appointments and two DUIs that gets a little section right in here. Hey, let's see, down here. I want a little area where I can put the menu. One of the hints that I have for you is if you're not a real artist, and I'm not really artist. It's nice. If you could just find a piece of artwork that you like to use, just draw right over it. Just trace that baby. Um, I do have a light table that I like to use, and I did find out that you could even use your phone as a light table. That's pretty cool, E. Okay. And I like to write exercise on her leg. I don't know why, but it works for me. The other thing that I like to keep track of is how much water I dragged. And in my final section up here, Not very important, but it goes just wherever I have room is my note section. Okay. As you can see, this is a pretty sloppy layout, but it's got all of the elements that I need in my daily page. And, uh, I hope that you do it a little bit neater and a little bit nicer, and maybe even a little prettier. But this is the way you draw out a daily section by him. So have at it. Heh. Fun. Make it yours. Make it have lots of personality and really pop and sizzle. Have a great day designing it. And I'll see you back in class 6. Class Project: Well, if you haven't started yet, it's time to start on your class project. Our class project is to create a simple 32 page weekly bullet journal with two sections. Your calendar section and your notes section. Here's the pages that you need to create for your journal. I'm going to help you with the daily spread. You should know everything you need to know about all of the other pages. This is the order. I want you to create them in. Now this part of the lesson is meant for you to stop and start it as you need to. Here's a sample of a front cover, actually a few different foot front covers. You design yours. How you want. Just make sure that the title is easily readable. Inside the front cover, you'll have a key. Now you can use the symbols that I'm showing here. You can design your own symbols. This again is a sample for inside front cover page. The key page. Well, now we're ready to design your index page. The one I'm showing you is very, very simple. Make your simple complicated pretty or ugly. It's up to you. Have fun and create your index page. Now, if you have a favorite quote or a favorite piece of art, we're gonna have several pages in your journal where your ideas come spring to life. Usually we need an extra filler page here and there. So have fun. Create something beautiful and something personal. Now our annual spread. I like to keep pretty simple. You need a title in 12 areas, one for each month. You've got two pages to work with. I like to put six months on one side and six months on the other. You do it however you like, though our monthly page now is kind of complicated. Sometimes you could make it complicated. You could make it simple. I like to have a calendar on it. I like to have ah list where a place where I could list holidays and appointments and birthdays and things like that. And I like to have a goal list. Now, just before a new week begins, I sit down and fill out my weekly page with all the things that are gonna happen during the coming week. Uh, it simply needs to have a section for each day of the week and I usually have a goal section. I simply title it weak, and then when it's time to use it, I just feel in the week dates. Now the heart of our class is the daily spread. I'm gonna lead you through designing this page, but you're going to decide which elements are important for you to include in your design. The sample that you see here is my personal layout. Well, the notes section. Now we come to the notes section, one of the easiest pages to design, kind of like the index page. You need a title lines to right on in a page number. Well, the next thing you're going to need to create is another index page for this section. Of course, it's really easy just to copy the one you've already designed and turn it upside down to put it in this section, aqui comes next again. It's something you could copy from the front. Or you could do an entirely new keep age. It's up to you and finally another cover the back cover. But this is the cover for your notes section, so it's gonna be Aziz prominent as the cover of For your calendar section, so make it nice. Make it pretty. Be sure you can read the title. Thanks for joining me and designing this class project. Be sure you show me plenty of pictures of what you've done and what you created. I'm really excited. Really looking forward to it and everything. You post about me about my class, about your projects, all of that hopes promote my teaching and my style. And I really appreciate it. You just don't know how much. Thank you again and have a blessed day. Enjoy your new organized life with your bullet journal. 7. PrintHand: Congratulations. You've got the design work done of your journal, and you're almost finished with it. But printing is a really complicated process for a journal that's designed by hand. So let me make it a little bit easier on you. First things first. You've worked very hard on those original pages. Please protect them, make copies of them and use the copies for your final product. Now you're gonna need scissors and some clear tape. Make enough copies of each page to have one for each of the final pages. Sexual mate, for example, Your daily spread. You're going to need seven copies of that one. Cut your spreads in half except for one page of your daily page, and I'll tell you what to do with that later. Now, following the chart on the very next slide, like your pages to a time side by side, into full 8.5 by 11 pages and take them together. Now be very careful to follow the chart, because this is probably the most complicated step in this process. Well, now is the time to add those very important numbers to each of your pages and then take the appropriate. 8.5 by 11 pages. Back to back. Now make copies of those pages using card stock for the cover. You are making two sided copies. When you're copies Air done. Store your take pages together for the next time you need a new journal. Well, now carefully put your pages in order according to the chart and congratulations. Your journalists now ready for binding. 8. PrintPublisher: your book is finished. Well, almost finished. You've gotta designed, though now it's time to print out those pages and buying them together. Now we're going to be printing it two different ways. Some of you are gonna be putting it from publisher another program, as some of you are going to be printing something that you created by hand, too Very different things. Well, if you're using a computer program, just simply pronounce your files. You sure that you're printing them double sided And of course, that you flip the page is correctly, You might want to check that setting in the beginning, and then you could just print amount your programming. Your printer will do the rest for you. Make sure that you keep them in order and go ahead and put the cover on the top, making sure that you've printed it on card stock paper. Well, now is finally time. Yes, it's timeto bind your journal. Look for the next lesson. I'll see you then 9. Binding: Well, great job. You've got your journal all printed out and ready to go. It's now time to bind your journal. Well, as you can see my journals printed now, the next step is to take these pages full, them in half, very carefully making sure that your edges go together just right. Go ahead, increase that fold. And then you some kind of hard, straight edge to increase that fall to get a really nice crease for your for your journal. Go ahead and do that. All the pages wait. About. How does that work? Hey. Oh, that must be 14. 15. Okay, Okay, Now they're in order. If you don't have one of those long reach staplers, get one. But if you don't have one, just simply fold over your cover like this. Make sure that it doesn't reach clear to the center. But you want to make sure that you have enough room to reach the center with your stapler. So 10 staple about 1/2 inch from each end. Your journal is now bound and ready to be used, So putting it together is pretty simple. If you're doing the stapler cover, um, now I've got and some pictures to show you how to do it with a coil binding. And then, of course, culture has lots of classes to share with you on how to bind a book in any of those work. Well for you. Thanks. You have a great day now, but by enjoy your journal. 10. Thanks: I've had a lot of fun sharing one of my hobbies with you. Creating a custom bullet journal has really made my life a lot different. Being able to keep track of things in my own way. It's really changed things around for me. I hope it does for you. And now that you know how to do this journal, well, there are so many journals that you could make so easily. Now you've done one of the hardest pages there is, and that's that daily spread that we've done. You've learned how to put them together. Please share them with may share pictures of the process that you're using. The finished journals, the different pages. I love the senior pictures and what you're creating. Maybe I'll get some new ideas from you. It's time for me to do my morning devotions and fill out my to do list for today. So I'm going to go to my bullet journal and start my day. You know what? It would really be great if you, uh, left a little comment on how you enjoy the class and be sure to upload a picture of your bullet journals and progress as well if, as finished, I'd really enjoy hearing from you. And please follow me and look for my other classes. And don't forget we're creating a refillable bullet journal cover in the near future. Looked for that class. That will be a great class to you. Have a great day now and welcome to my front porch. Thanks for joining our class on creating a custom bullet journal.