Hello Planning Mashers!
It’s that exciting time of the year to start a new journal, and I can’t wait to share with you what I’ve created in this Plan With Me post.
I’m setting up a whole new Bullet Journal in August, so if you’re interested in how to start a journal in the middle of the year – read on.
I won’t lie; it was not easy to do this setup.
It took me forever to choose a journal and even longer to actually finish the setup.
Here is the thing – in August 2021, I started my first square journal, and it lasted me for a year. So I absolutely forgot how much work it is to set up a whole new journal.
But thankfully, setting up pages is my therapy, and I love doing it, so all that effort was actually pretty fun and relaxing.
Let’s get to it then.
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Bullet Journal Stationery
Let’s start with the supplies I used because I’m so obsessed that I have to talk about them. And I also feel like I owe you an explanation.
All this year, all you’ve heard from me was how amazing it is to have a square journal. But you’ll notice this is not the format I’m going for this time.
Before you tear off my head and call me a hypocrite (yeah, I’m a very dramatic person), hear me out.
The thing is, a square journal lasts for a year. I even think that I might’ve been able to fit one more month into my previous journal.
But in the upcoming half a year (hopefully), I have some big changes coming up, and I actually want to start a new journal after that. Fresh life, fresh journal.
Since an A5 journal usually lasts me for 6 months, I thought it was a perfect time to use one. I should start using them, not just building that rainbow on my bookshelf.
And that’s my journal explanation, but I want to mention a few more things.
First of all, for the yearly setup, I used several monthly kits from Archer and Olive. They absolutely stole my heart, and I’m obsessed.
They have stickers and washi, and all the other things you need to create a beautiful setup. I’m definitely going to get some more of these.
Secondly, for the August Bullet Journal setup, I used March Subscription Box since the theme of that one was tropical, and I felt like I wanted to do something with a strong Summer feel.
Before we dive into the pages, let me just mention that you can get 10% off items from Archer and Olive if you use my code MASHA10.
2022-2023 Bullet Journal Setup
Every time I start a new journal, I end up forgetting some pages because I never follow my own advice and have a plan.
But not this time! This time I created everything I wanted, and I really can’t wait to start using this one.
I don’t usually do anything with this page, but after the July setup, I got obsessed with creating a background with washi tape, so you’ll see me using this technique a lot.
I’m not super happy with the part where I wrote the name of the journal, to be honest. I could’ve made it look much better.
But I didn’t prepare for it; I winged it, so it kind of looks just ok.
Oh, and starting my last journal, I decided to give them names, and of course, this one had to be a llama. After all, it has a llama on the cover, and I’m trying to be less dramatic about life.
Word Of The Year
At this point, it’s more about a word of the journal.
My last journal was “cultivate” and “strong”. This time it’s “persevere”.
So many things are changing in my life that I feel like the words have to change as well. Difficulties of an expat life without any roots.
I must say I’m not very happy with the colors on this page, but the more I look at them, the more they kind of grow on me.
What do you think?
I know I’m starting my journal in August, but I wanted things to be even, so this future log starts in July.
I don’t really think this journal will last for that long, but I love having more months in the overview.
Plus, that way, I basically have a full year on one page so that I can move all deadlines and important events to one page.
Can you spot one little mistake I made here?
There is no picture for this one because I haven’t made one yet.
Just like last time, I want to have a bit more time to think it through and print out some materials.
So it will stay empty for a while, and it will be a separate video later on.
In case you’re new to this concept, be sure to check my post How To Create A Vision Board And Why You Need One.
About Me Bullet Journal Spread
If you follow me at all, you probably already know that the “About Me” page is a must-have for every journal.
I love creating those at the beginning of every journal as a kind of check-in on where I am in life and how things are going.
For some more inspirations check my post About Me Spread In Your Bullet Journal.
Yearly Goals Page
I create one every time, but truthfully, I barely ever use it, so this time I wanted to make it differently and actually fill out my goals.
My main approach to the goals page is to make it generally flexible.
These are the things I want to do, but it will depend on my mental health and other things that are in many ways out of my control to see if these will still be relevant in a month or two.
That’s why I still haven’t filled out my goals spread from the last journal – things are changing so much!
This time though, I decided to just go with it and add some pretty general goals, which mostly are not that affected by external factors.
I call this my goals wish list. I’ll do what I can and change things up as the year goes.
And for more tips be sure to check my post How To Set Goals In Your Bullet Journal.
Funny note – if you watch my Plan With Me video at the end of the post, you’ll see that my original spread looked very different. But I didn’t like it so I used a page from my notepad to cover it up and make something cuter.
August Plan With Me
These were all the yearly pages I created. I’m pretty minimal when it comes to setting up a new journal.
If I need some more spreads (like a playlist), I can always add them later.
So let’s dive into my tropical August Bullet Journal setup.
I challenged myself to only use items from the box (yup, just like in July), so I went with pretty simple designs of just some tropical leaves.
It’s also a little callback to my May theme in my very first Bullet Journal in 2018.
I almost did the exact copy of that setup, but I actually realized that my planning needs are a bit different, so I just borrowed some leaves ideas.
It’s a big calendar view, but not too big.
I love that I can have that huge calendar but also enough space for a brain dump.
This is when I realized that I kind of missed the A5 size because setups in square journals are very different.
Filling out those calendars took forever, but it was worth it.
I love how clear this page is.
But there are two mistakes I made. I wonder if you can spot them.
First of all, I started writing tracker instead of habit in the header.
Secondly – I was planning to have those colored lines separated for each calendar, but I mixed it up in the first row, so I had to pretend like it was a plan all along to make it one big line.
Drawing 31 leaves is no easy task, but I love how it came out looking.
I can’t wait to see it filled out; it’s going to be so much fun.
I haven’t numbered the days in my previous mood tracker, and I haven’t filled it out for each day either.
So I’m hoping this month will be different.
Very simple decorations, so I have more space for the gratitudes themselves.
This is a smaller page that I’ve had, so I’m interested to see if this is going to be enough.
And that’s my setup!
Plan With Me
Time to show you my plan with me video.
It’s really a monster to film and edit, but I’m happy it’s finally done and ready to be posted.
This setup is really filled with mistakes, and this is where you get to see them all.
August Bullet Journal Printables
If you like this theme but don’t have the time to create one in your Bullet Journal – I got you covered with my monthly printables.
These are hand drawn and include 7 pages to cover all your planning needs.
Check out my shop and have a pre-made custom setup right away, ready to start planning.
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