Hello everyone, this is my first post on WordPress, I’m looking forward to sharing bullet journal pages and art on here!
Since I started using a bullet journal last October I’ve kept my layout fairly simple as I’ve been busy with assignments in my last year of university. But now that I’ve completed my final year (yay!) I decided spend some time to do my first monthly bullet journal theme!
A few days ago I went to the park to enjoy my freedom and the sunny summer weather and made a daisy and buttercup chain. I pressed the flowers- you don’t need a flower press for this, you can put the flowers between two sheets of paper in the pages of a heavy book and weigh it down with more books on top for a while. I will be adding the pressed flowers to my memories section at the end of my May layout (post of this coming soon). This is what inspired June’s theme. Buttercups and daisies always remind me of childhood summers: making daisy chains and holding buttercups to people’s chins to see the reflected yellow glow that meant they liked butter.
Throughout this spread I used a Pilot black rollerball 0.5mm pen for the writing and a Uniball POSCA 0.7mm marker for the gold accents in the writing and flowers. The gold marker is is beautiful: vibrant and sparkly. Unfortunately these photos do not do justice to the gold sparkles due to my low quality phone camera and bad lighting- sorry! I did find that finer pens would have been slightly better for the small details I needed here. I used a yellow pencil and light green and dark green felt pens to partially colour the buttercups and flower stems. I used the end of a paperclip to apply gold sparkles from a nail varnish to the daisy centres and here and there on the buttercup petals.
For my June cover page I drew some daisies and buttercups, searching online for photos to use for reference. I drew the writing and spacing of the flowers out in pencil first, then went over in pen and erased the pencil lines.
When I came to stick in this first page with PVA glue I found that the thinness of my Leuchtturm journal’s dotted grid pages resulted in a bumpy finish. I will definitely be buying some glue tape to prevent this in my next spread!
Next up is my June calendar with some daisies and and buttercups from the bottom of the page. I prefer a simple layout with the days set out vertically like this rather than boxes for each day as I find it allows more space.
Opposite my calendar I have a page for notes- for anything I need to remember to do that month which isn’t date specific. I varied the daisy and buttercup theme from the side view of the flowers in my previous pages to a chain along the edge of the page.
Next up is my habit tracker with a few larger flowers in the corner. I always find habit trackers really useful to track the progress and upkeep of things I aim to do every day or every week. The dates go along the top of the grid. In this photo I’ve covered the habits I’m tracking with a piece of paper, but I wrote them beside the grid and used a ruler whilst writing them to ensure straight lines that align with the grid. I had the idea to use graph paper for the grid as it can be time consuming to draw it out, and difficult on plain paper. The black lines in the grid divide the habits into three sections to make it easier to follow when using as when you get toward the end of the month it can be tricky to see which box aligns with which habit. For example you could split it into work/school, routine and housework.
Lastly is my stress log. Last year I decided to log my stress every day due to the workload of final year assignments. I write a sentence every day saying whether I’ve felt stressed, and if so how I dealt with it. It can be really useful to write these things down in order to pinpoint what causes you stress and how you can manage it well. Now that I’ve finished my degree my stress levels will likely be lower but I’ve kept it this month to see if I still find it helpful.
I drew some daisies and buttercups along the bottom and this is where a finer point pen would have been particularly useful, although the photo does make the flowers appear a lot darker than they are in reality.
Here’s a close up where you can see slightly better, (although still not great), the sparkle of the gold nail varnish.
Thank you for reading! If you have any comments, advice, or questions I welcome feedback. See you soon for July’s Monthly Spread and other journal stuff.