I can’t believe March is almost over and it’s time to set up my monthly spreads. While some months I don’t feel inspired as others, I had some time to recharge and was really excited brainstorming this theme and putting it together. Though I created this theme and spreads for April, you can easily apply this theme to any month!
I’ve been inspired by seeing a lot floral line art and overlapping shapes and circles from all of the bullet journal spreads and art I see on social media. I searched for inspiration on Pinterest and collected images on Instagram to create a color palette, shapes, and fonts. I really wanted a bright and vibrant color scheme for this month because spring has started and we’ve been getting so much sun. I feel like I’ve come out of hibernation from this long winter and excited for brighter days head.
Here are inspiring bullet journal layout ideas that I’m using to set goals and to get organized in April. I kept it consistent by relying on circles and square shapes while using the same three colors on all of my spreads with some help from washi tapes and stickers. I loved how cohesive these spreads ended up being! My YouTube video has a list of supplies I used.
The first thing I thought of was the overlapping circles. I’ve been seeing so many abstract shape layouts which really inspired me to create something like this and also wanted to combine it with simple floral line art illustrations. The Tombow dual brush pens layer over each other very well without bleeding too much into the other colors. I’m really proud with how the cover page turned out because I executed exactly what I envisioned! I also always sketch out my drawings and layouts because I can’t do it free-hand on the first try, haha. I wanted to keep it minimal, so I just outlined the florals with a black fine liner. For the font, I used a serif font from Dafont that looks similar to a typeface and one I’ve been using in my work journal.
I didn’t want to create calendar since the one I created in the next spread is a full-sized calendar, so I stuck with the traditional monthly log. I keep my logs super simple and wrote down the days of the week corresponding with the day of the month and highlighted the weekends to help break up the weeks – I also like the way it looks.
BLOG CALENDAR / MONTHLY SPREAD
Many people create a calendar spread for their monthly spread or log. Since I’ve moved all of my work lists and deadlines into a separate journal, I decided to use the calendar page as my blog’s editorial calendar. I can use it to visualize all of my deadlines and schedule upcoming blog posts, videos, and social media content. I kept it really straight forward this month and alternated the colors I used for the number headers. I liked putting the title to the side as it was a good way to utilize space and maximize the sizes of the boxes as much as possible. I brought the circles back to help tie it back to the cover page and to add a little decor. A lot of people use circle stickers in their spreads, and since I didn’t have any, I just drew them out! I opted not to write out the days of the week at the top because it would’ve been too squished but I know that I always draw out my calendars to start on Sunday.
HABIT TRACKERS & LISTS
I resisted habit trackers for so long because I felt like they were too time consuming to set up. 2020 changed that because I found it hard to maintain my routines in light of the monotony of staying home. It helped me stay sane by seeing that I could accomplish some of the mundane things like making my bed and keep me on track. It’s also nice to look back at the end of the week to see how well I maintained a habit. However, in 2021, I didn’t really feel like that was productive anymore. So, instead, I decided to change the title to “Focus” in order to highlight activities I want to focus on – such as my skincare routine, reading, walking and more. I hope this will hold me more accountable and make these things a priority. Having a dot grid journal also makes this much easier to set up.
The page on the righ-side is dedicated to various to-do lists to keep track of regular, maintenance type tasks I need to do every month, one-off things I need to do this month, other blog tasks, and things to purchase.
FAVORITES & WEEKLY SPREAD
In my 2020 journal, I created a “Favorites” spread to keep track of shows I watched, books I read, foods I was into and more. It’s my way of trying to journal without actually writing down paragraphs. It’s a nice snapshot for what I was into that month and help me go back to those moments. Although I didn’t properly fill out those spreads (I still plan to!), I’m hoping to be more consistent this year. I also like the boxes because it gives me designated spots to fill info in without feeling like I have to fill the whole page.
I’ve started to create single page weekly spreads because I don’t have as much to write down day to day. This is a great way to utilize the space and I really liked box/square spreads I’ve been seeing on Instagram. They’re also pretty quick to set up because the layout isn’t too intricate and neither is the design.
I hope this jumpstarted you to put together your April bullet journal spreads or inspired you to start a new (or first!) bullet journal to stay organized and keep track of things in 2021! You can also Pin this blog post for safekeeping. 🙂 Be sure to check out my other blog post for fun and easy ideas for bullet journal themes! You can also see my 2021 bullet journal setup too!