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Bullet journal Weekly Spread: Tips & Process to Make A Fresh Design!

teacher avatar Jessica Owinyo, Creative Entrepreneur

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One of the reasons I love bullet journaling so much is because I can create the layouts I like, experiment and find what works for me. Now sometimes designing pages can be daunting and inspiration seems low. So here is a way to process through laying out a weekly spread. You'll be able to do it with you eyes closed in no time... Well maybe with one eye closed, two would be so impressive! 

Most importantly, I want to give you inspiration, new ideas and approaches, so then you go experiment and find what you love and inspire others with it! Here is my pinterest board for some ideas, but there are so many more out there! 


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Jessica Owinyo

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This is a small glimpse into my life as a creative entrepreneur. Currently my husband and I live and travel in a 1976 Airstream Sovereign that we renovated in three months and hit the road to head to grad school! All of my videos are filmed inside the our little home as well as all my other work... Well, I also spend a lot of time in coffee shops! My small business is called "Genuinely Ginger", if you don't get it now, you will! I create with my hands, hand letter, design, teach, and share. It is a huge privilege to do and I am so thankful for the ways God has opened doors for me to walk through.  

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1. INTRO: I think it's just from generally ginger. And I've got another bullet journaling video for you. This time I'm gonna take you through a weekly spread how to design it, how to think through a layout, change it up and how I go through my process when I lay out a weekly spread every week. But I like to have some variation. So I'm gonna walk you through that. I'm gonna do one with you, and then I'm gonna show you a few of my favorite spreads and why I like them on the different purposes that they hold. So I hope you come along and get some good inspiration and then do a killer design of your own. 2. REAL QUICK: Hey, before we get started, I've gotta download below in the class description for you. If you don't want to practice doing weekly spread in your bullet journal or new, you don't have a bullet journal yet. There's a sheet down there that has the dot grade on it, so you can get really familiar with it. Practice till your hearts content before you hit it in the bullet journal, just in case you worried about making mistakes. But anyway, grab your stuff, purchase money as you like, and let's get started. 3. ONE: Okay, so the first step in doing your weekly spread is to list it out. Now, If you did my bullet ruling class to begin with, this is not a strange concept to you. So, uh, do the same thing. I'm gonna have you just grab a sticky note or something. This is not a long term thing, Andi. Right out the different things that you want to have on the likely spread. Obviously, you want your days of the week. But do you want Monday through Friday? Or do you want Monday through Sunday? I do. Monday through Sunday. Um, other things that I like to have our tracking different things. Like how much water and drinking my work out. Things like that. Also, I like to have my meal plan on that weekly spread because it's something I reference all the time. So it's just easier to have it right there. Some people like to have the budget on their or a list of events goals a list for next week's items, things like that. So go ahead and just write out real quick. All the different things you want to be looking at whenever you open your weekly spread 4. CHOOSING STYLE: So the next step is to kind of decide what style you're going to be going for. Do you want it to be really full and colorful or more minimalistic and simple? I would also just kind of consider How do you want it to look? Do you want things to be blocked out like this? I call these little things structures when I goto start the page, which will do next. Um and so I try to think, Do I want my structures to be, you know, blocked off and kind of rained in like this? Or don't want to be a bit more free flowing like this one, which gives a little bit more of, Ah, simple minimalistic look. So you got a kind of think about the look you're going for, and that's going to determine how you start your weekly spread. Also, if you wanna have some color and more decorative aspects to it, you definitely want to leave room for those. Another minimalistic tip is toe. Have more space in the margin that will give you a simpler look, and then if you want to be more full, you can add the decorative pieces around the edges. Um, and this is for more like the really anal person who's like, I have to have everything Perfect. This really helps you measure out exactly where things were going and the spaces that they're going to take up. So if you need some inspiration, you can run over to Pinterest. I've linked my board below, if you want. That has mostly weekly spreads on it grabs, um, inspiration. Kind of figure out what ah, you're going for and then come on back and we'll get started. 5. STRUCTURE PART 1: next up here is we're going to do it on paper and I'm gonna do it with you. So if you print it out this piece of paper that I link down below it, just make sure you fold and 1/2 so that you know where your spine is. Because that sometimes the trickiest part with spacing things out I've got my a Sharpie nobly pen, and I made a sample list of things that I'm gonna put on this weekly spread. Ah, seven days a week, the goals for the week meal plan. And I'm too drunk water. So I've already decided I'm gonna do a minimalistic look, and I'm gonna do seven days a week on long vertical columns down on the bottom half of the page. So I've already counted by squares here, and I know that I can get four, uh, Collins that air six little squares wide on the grid on each side. So I'm left handed for drawing. And so I'm going to put three days over here in forties over here way that we've got our weekly spread structure in place, and it might be easier for some of you to think of it as a room where you just put your couch or your bed. He but the biggest thing down first and that you've got a range, the rest of the furniture around it. So think of this is your couch or your bed or whatever and now we're going to arrange the rest. This stuff. Let's see. I think meal plan It would be nice if it ran all the way down on the left side of the panel here. If you're right handed, you might like on the right side. Like I said, I write and draw with my left hand. So I do like it over here. And then I think I'm gonna probably do a heading for the week and I might do it. I could do in this square I typically like to do on the left side of the page, if not on the top. So but I think I'm gonna do this one on the top and put goals and water tracker, and then I might have a blank space over here, and that's okay. So I'm gonna start with the meal plan over here on the left column, and, um, and then I'll move on to the other stuff 6. STRUCTURE PART 2: So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna run down a line on the side here. I'm gonna put the days of the week down this side, and I know that I am a left hand her So this is gonna be backwards. But this is how I do it when I do mind. So if you do it in the right side, it will read correctly Monday through Sunday. But Monday through Sunday Over here it looks like it should come from the bottom, but I'm doing it from the top because it's my bowler journal, and that's how I want to do it. So I'm gonna do Monday, Tuesday. So there I put my days of the week and I put Saturday Sunday as a duo because sometimes those end up just being leftovers. Or maybe we'll go out or something. So I like to just stick them together. Usually the weekend is where the easy meals are. So then above here, I'm just gonna put my header. It's gonna be, but that why? But topper on it. Because I like this style of the minimalistic book. And then I'm just gonna write meal plan on the inside and stir script. There we go. So now my meal plan is there, and maybe I'll add some pops of color on the words later. So now we're on to, uh, goals. Let's put goals right here, leaving plenty of space for the header off the top of my page and maybe decoration by so feel like it during the week. There we go. That's for goes And then over here I'm going to do for water. I'm gonna track water. Um, I'm gonna leave enough space over here for a blank space, just in case I want to stick a quote or maybe a to do list. Or maybe a column for next week. Stuff. So water, Kate, there's my water comb, and we're almost done with the layout appear. I'll go ahead and do some sort of decorative wording. Maybe I'll do the dates that it's through. And then over here I'll do, um, the just the blank space. If I want to leave it for a quote, maybe later on in the week. I tend to do that. If it really bugs you, um, to not have it empty, then I will go ahead and do it just so you can see what the complete page looks like. But again, don't be afraid to add stuff later on. And then I'm just gonna put next week scopes meat that a little bit wider for that. There we go. So now I'm going to set up my water grid. I'm going to do a the fluid ounces over here in the days a week down here on the bottom. - Okay , so now I have that roughly figured out there. And so I've got the days of the week down here, and then I've got fluid ounces over here, and really, I should have gone higher, but that's OK. Um, obviously, that's going to depend on the person. So I just did up to 60. So just for pretend sake, let's say I did 30 ounces on Monday, which is really bad. Um, I will put a little star circle bullet point, whatever simple you want to use right there. And then as the week goes on, and then you can fill in your line graph after the week, it's kind of fun. So over here I would put goals and I would use my goals symbol and maybe it's, uh, clean. Ouch. French. So there's that, um, next week, obviously is gonna have its own stuff, and then I'll go ahead and put my more decorative items in. I'm going to do the title of the week, and then I'm gonna put in the days of the week down here with the date. 7. STRUCTURE PART 3: way. Okay, so now that I've done the header of the week, that kind of add some ah bolts of the page and gives it kind of the look that I was going for, which is simplistic and probably more modern. Take on. It s So now I think I've decided that I'm going to do because I have some blocky letters up here. I'm going to do more of the curse of I have in here along here. So I'm actually going to close out my, um, weekly structure here, and then I'm gonna place the letters of the week on the top. So I've actually changed my mind about my design just as a close, because sometimes that happens. You get going, and you're like, Oh, I have an idea. I wanna I wanna change it. So I'm gonna go ahead and do that, and then we'll finish it off 8. STRUCTURE PART 4: As you can see, I went ahead and finish it up. I added in the days of the week up here, and I didn't really feel necessary it necessary to have the dates in there, since it's in giant letters up here. Um, so if you would want to, you could put 15 16 down in, like, a small number here or across Europe. Here, down here, it's up to you on. And then I did add just a little bit of its the neutral brush color pen that I do show you those in my original bowl troubling video. So if you're curious about those, you can take a look there. But yet that's just to keep with the minimalistic look. I decided to go with neutral coloring, and then I went ahead, just filled it out with kind of like a fake weak. But just so you could see what it looks like when it's all full and done so to see if you like the overall look on bats, one of the fun things about what journaling is. It's kind of a work of art that develops over the course of the week, and then they're fun to go back and look at and then gain inspiration even from your own past ideas, and create new ones every week. So I hope that that process walking through it helped you kind of figure out how to approach each new week and approaches specific design that you want to accomplish and then just have fun with it. So I do want to show you and my own boat journal cup of my favorite Spreads just because there's a couple of things about them. The reasons that I like them different little tips that could be really beneficial when you're using those types of layouts, so all running through that and then we'll be done. 9. MY FAVS: Okay, so I just want to walk you through a couple of my spreads that I like and why I like them. This is the 1st 1 I'm going to show you its you've already seen it. But the reason it's a good one is for people who like to really have things suction now and organized. You can see the weeks all over here and everything else is over here. So it's very organized and, um, very spaced out, if you will. So that's one way to do that. One. This is another way to do it. We have your long week over here and again. Everything else over here. Um, also, I just want to mention here, don't be afraid to have empty space. This is my current, um, spread. Right now. I'm still working through it, and I like to have this empty space because they usually end up filling it up by week's end with, um, and inspiring quote reverse that I found that week. So I like to leave that open for possibility or habia doodles. Who knows? Um, the next spread that I want to show you is the vertical. I kind of showed you this one earlier. But we had something long and skinny along the signed. So I like to call this one the bird's eye view or half in half, because you have your weekly spirit on the bottom, everything else on the top. And I like this. Um it just works really well for me. Um And then also, if you notice these little ticks here, that's sometimes how I organize my different types of jobs. So I have two types of jobs, so I like to put the tasks for the one up here in the tusks with the other down here, along with my housekeeping type of stuff. So here in school, you could do homework down here, and life appear that way. You don't have to try toe figure out in your to do list where that one thing is, you can just go. I know it's in homework. And it was on Monday what I'm saying. So see, I had a couple more examples of that. This is an example of one for sure that I really like doing the letters. You saw me do that today. And this one I want to show you real quick because I used the date the time in the day, 8 to 12 and 12 to 6 when it's really busy. I know I've got to get these time things done between eight and 12 so I might use that as a , uh, ruler two of my day. The last one I want to show you is actually this one, and I want to show it to you because it's a little bit different. I don't do this one really very often because it doesn't work as well for me. But I used a color to do the structure because it's very simple. I didn't really block it out, but it's a really fast one. If you don't have a lot of time. There's not a lot of measuring involved. I just put equal parts and combined Saturday and Sunday in the middle on my talking's over here on my planning's over here, so there's just not a lot of lot to do with it, but I still like how it turned out as far as looks. The other thing is, I just want to show you here's a couple ways to do. If you wanted to expenses, you can grab expenses and put it down in the corner somewhere with a little chart. This is not really I wish I had an art supplies budget. Uh, whether some people like to do this. I don't like to take the time for it, but it's there if you want. I just thought I would show you those other options. So those are my favorites and those air why I use them. And as you can see, I really switch it up a lot. Um, because I just I like to have a fresh new look every week, which is a huge reason as to why I bought drone. 10. FINAL THOUGHTS: Well, that's all there is to it now that you've gone through the video and you kind of have an idea of how toe lay out a spread and keep it fresh, keep new ideas coming. Go ahead and work of your own designs and have a lot of fun with it. Don't forget, you can get on Pinterest and instagram and find lots of inspiration. I've linked my word down there, and I post almost daily different inspiration and ideas for bullet earning. And most of them are weekly spreads because that's the one that we do most often. So I hope you find some get inspiration there to create your own designs and just have fun with it and please post below, because I would love to see what you guys are working on. And thank you for watching the video. I just really appreciate you guys joining in