Starting something new can be very scary, so the first page of a Bullet Journal is always a challenge. Even now when I’m already on my 3rd journal, there is still so much anxiety around it! That’s why I want to share here 7 ideas for your Bullet Journal cover page so that it’d be a bit easier for you to jump in and start creating.
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First let me tell you, that as scary as it is to start a new journal, it’s totally worth it. I actually wrote a whole post on Different Techniques to Fight Bullet Journal First Page Fear. I hope you’ll give it a look as well and get ready to start your own planning journey right now.
The best way to fight the first-page fear is to be prepared. It’s much easier to just jump into it if you know what you want to draw on the page and have your inspiration and all the materials.
Bullet Journal Supplies
First, let’s start by getting all the materials prepared. Of course, you’ll need a journal. If you’re not sure which one to choose, I have a guide on How To Pick A Perfect Bullet Journal Notebook as well as a list of 9 Notebooks You Should Try For Your Next Bullet Journal.
Second, you’ll need some good fineliners. Fineliners are the basis of any doodles or drawing you will make, so make sure to get a few, preferably with different tip size. This will definitely give dimension and help you with the setup. Among my favorite fineliners are Sakura Pigma Micron and Staedtler Pigment Liner.
Finally, you probably will want to add some color. I would offer to get some brush pens, like Tombow Dual Brush Pens or Sakura Koi Brush Pens. I also absolutely adore Zebra Mildliner Highlighters, they have two different tips and their colors are so so pretty! For a bit of more budget option definitely check out Crayola Super Tips Markers, they are great and you can use them for lettering, as well as coloring.
Write Current Year
When I’m thinking of my journal cover page, I know what I want. I want it to reflect basically what’s in the journal. I believe just writing a current year is pretty telling. If you plan to start it in the middle of the year, you can always write two years. If it’s your second notebook this year – just add part two.
I find that this is the most useful front page for Bullet Journal and in the future, it’ll be pretty helpful to sort out my journals. I also believe it’s the most neutral idea as well – it won’t define the whole journal style, it’ll just simply state the date.
An Inspirational Quote
Who doesn’t like a good quote?! Find one that motivated you and start your new planner life with it! Use the power of words to help support you in your new adventure.
Affirmations are very powerful, especially if you write them down. So think of something you’re struggling with and write a positive affirmation about it. That’s a great way to kick start your journey to a more productive and intentional life.
If you’re not sure, check out these 10 easy affirmation ideas to get a general feeling on what it is.
Mandalas are great, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. It’s extremely therapeutic to draw one, and maybe that’s exactly what you need when dealing with your first-page fear.
Another advantage of drawing a mandala – it’s really not something that has to be done in one sitting. So you really don’t have to worry about finishing it up fast. You can turn it into a yearly project, and do bit by bit any day you feel like it.
My One Word For This Year
A very interesting practice I’ve found when I started Bullet Journaling is to actually pick a word to be your word of the year. This means – pick one word which would describe what you want to become and achieve by the end of the year. You can learn more about it on the official website.
This is a great practice to get some kind of direction to follow the whole year. For example in 2019 my word was success. I work on my blog, I plan on taking some classes and moreover – I have several new projects in mind. So my main goal and direction for the year is to be successful in my endeavors.
I find it a great way to start your journal – a little reminder of what you want from yourself and your life and that you need to work on all the time. Surely your Bullet Journal is one of the main tools in making your goals come true.
Bullet Journal Key
Key is a very useful page, since the symbols there are the ones you’ll be using all the time. Starting your journal with a key will be both useful and less stressful.
What I love to do with my key, is to always make sure I have some space left, in case I need to add some extra symbols later. Also, here is a cool trick: you can make a separate key and attach it with some washi tape. That way if you don’t like it or need a new one, it’ll be pretty easy to fix.
Of course, you can always just draw something. Floral drawings are a very popular theme for Bullet Journal title page. You can find a lot of amazing tutorials which will help you create a beautiful floral spread ever without any previous artistic experience. Get the links to some amazing tutorials and tips in my post on How To Draw Beautiful Flowers In Your Bullet Journal even if you’re a complete beginner.
You can also always just skip the first page and head straight to the planning section. The first page is actually overrated and not as important as it seems when you sit to make one. So don’t let your fears hold you back from being productive and planning for success.
I know for sure, that the first page will never be the best one. Simply because with experience you get better and your future pages get prettier. You’ll notice I’ve included only one my own cover in the post, and that’s for the same reason – I just don’t like any of my covers anymore, I got a bit better and those don’t look that pretty to me.
So maybe you can just leave it blank for the moment and come back to it later when you’re more confident and it doesn’t give you any more anxiety.
I really hope this post was useful and gave you some ideas. At any rate, I just want to make sure you know we all share those fears and have to fight that anxiety. But if you’re prepared I promise, it gets better. Hopefully, my ideas helped you to prepare a bit.
What did you use for your cover page? Or planning to? Looking forward to reading your comments below.
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