Planning Out Loud: January 2018 Part I

It’s a new year, so it must be time for a new planner!

Mine is an A5 dot grid Leuchtturm 1917 in my favourite colour: turquouise. Every time I see it, it makes me smile! It reminds me of that quote I love:

A hopeful person surrounds herself with people, colour, sounds, scents and work that nourish her. (The Recovery College)

This particular Leuchtturm 1917 is the bullet journal edition which means some of the pages are pre-printed, such as the Index and the Future Log, plus there’s some ‘how to bullet journal’ instructions in the back. At the moment, I’m using a Uniball Unipin 0.2 black pen to write in it. It’s my all time favourite fineliner as the nibs are durable and the ink is waterproof and fadeproof. It doesn’t bleed through the paper either.

Even though it’s only the middle of January, I’m already a fair way into this notebook because of all the collections that I’ve started. At the time of writing this post, I’ve actually reached page 35. Future months won’t take up as many pages as I won’t need to add so many collections.

I do like having the Index printed out like this. It looks neat and tidy.



This is how I’ve filled in my Future Log. I don’t normally use a paper future log – I use the calendar app on my phone – but as this notebook came with the page headers already printed I thought I’d give it a go. There are four sides dedicated to this section, so I put three months on each. I actually quite like it as it has a spacious feel, and I can quickly add dates as I need to. Each month, as I set up my new spreads, I’ll refer back to this and transfer the relevant information to my monthlies.


I’ve not really used watercolour in my bujo before, but as I was given some lovely new paints for Christmas I thought I’d use them for January. This is my cover page. The paper took the paint really well and dried with a lovely crinkle! There is very little ghosting and definitely no bleed-through.




This is the monthly layout I’ve been using for a while now. It’s got just the right amount of room to manage everyone’s home-life. I keep the ‘evening’ column thin because we don’t do a lot in the evenings. My husband plays in a band a few nights a week, but he’s big enough to keep his own diary. I just need to know what time he wants his dinner! The ‘all day’ column is the widest because there’s a lot that goes on in my life that isn’t time specific. Keeping track of things and planning ahead like this is a big part of what keeps me well. Looking at this layout doesn’t overwhelm me. There’s lots of space on the page even during busy times. If it was all bunched up on one page I’d feel as if my life was all bunched up too. Does that make sense?

Well, that’s all for now. I’ll be back before the end of the month to show you the rest of January.

Thanks for reading! Catch you later. xxx

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