Bullet Journaling – The New Volume

If you’ll recall, I wrote the Bullet Journal Post To End All Bullet Journal Posts awhile back. If you don’t know what bullet journaling is, please go read that one first or this one will just seem confusing and weird.

(It will probably still be confusing and weird though because – WHY DO I CARE SO MUCH ABOUT BULLET JOURNALING?)

So! At the end of June I will have officially filled up my first complete bullet journal. This feels really awesome because, as much as I’ve always adored planners and journals, I always give up on them and buy new ones LONG before the year is up or the journal is full. I have left behind a trail of unfinished calendars and planners and journals a million miles long in my 38 years. Filling one up cover to cover is pretty much the most awesome thing I’ve ever done. Even better than running 52 miles in one day or birthing 3 children.

Once I realized I’d need to start a new bullet journal at the first of July, I bought a blank one to start prepping. Obviously, there are some pages in my current bullet journal that have information I’m still using regularly, so I needed to go through the current one and transfer that information to the new volume.

This was way more fun than it should have been.

I also had been holding onto stickers to use on my new cover so I finally got to break those out too.

Again…this was way more fun than it should have been.

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After getting the stickers stuck and pages transferred, I decided to make a few changes to the way I do things this time around. For example, if you notice on my current bullet journal the “Index” page was problematic. I put it on the first page of the moleskin, obviously, but that page naturally flips forward, like the crease opposes it being in the “flat” position.

Problematic Index Page, Flips Forward
Problematic Index Page

Also, I filled up the Index page before I filled up the bullet journal. Writing on the back of the page is an okay solution except my favorite pens sometimes bleed a little through so I ended up having to tape a white piece of paper on the back side to continue my Index.

This "solution" has been bugging me for a month now.
This “solution” has been bugging me for a month now.

So! For the new volume I let the pages fall naturally which meant that FIRST page actually stayed turned and I put the Index on the BACK of it, which will give me two full pages to use as the Index. Now, this is obviously only going to be an issue if you use the standard Moleskine, but a lot of people do so this was how I solved it.

New and improved Index page.
New and improved Index page.

Besides changing how I do the Index Page, I also had another idea. My biggest problem putting my current Moleskin on the shelf is that – well – it’s boring. I used it more as a daily planner than anything, meaning that the kids would find it terribly uninteresting if they were to go through it later. When I went through my Dad’s collection of similar journals, the cool thing was finding newspaper articles, or cards, or drawings he taped throughout. So! I decided to do the same thing. If the kids do anything small that I like, I’m adding it to the current bullet journal with a note regarding it’s origins.

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And then, on a similar vein, I taped in the front of a card I had been holding on to because I loved it A) because it was pretty and B) because it had a nice memory attached to it.

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SO! I’m going to use Volume II of my bullet journal in a little bit more of a “scrapbook” type of manner. Maybe put ticket stubs or things like that in there. I put the little charm bracelet trinket from when we saw The Night Before Our Stars on the current bullet journal, but that was really the only “keepsake” type item I added in there. I’m hoping to add more interesting pages to the chronicling process on this volume to counterbalance the grocery lists and To Do lists. I have already discovered that bullet journaling is incredibly functional for someone like me, but I’d like it to also be interesting, not just for me, but for anyone who wants to flip through it in the future.

3 Comments

  • Monica

    I love the idea of adding personal touches like that! It will make them much more journal-like for your kids in the future and so meaningful.

    I’ve had that same problem with my Index page too, so I’m glad you found a solution. Thanks for sharing your ideas and improvements.

  • Mrs Teepot

    That’s a great idea. I’ve not been bullet journalling for long so am still finding a way to make it work for me, but loving the idea of putting little memory token things in it as well as to-do lists and such!

  • Sarah Denton

    So, I’m a teacher right? My goal for this next school year is to be more organized and less stressed. I also want to keep a teacher journal, to help with the stressed part.

    I’m thinking I could use bullet journaling, no?