5 Beginner Bullet Journal First Page Ideas

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Out of all Bullet Journal page ideas, the first page is probably the most overwhelming one.

I get it; that first blank page of a new Bullet Journal can be as intimidating as a blank canvas to a new artist. It’s like the journal is saying, “Okay, hotshot, show me what you got!”

But don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Even the most seasoned Bullet Journal enthusiasts among us remember the jitters that come with starting out.

That’s why we’re going to explore some beginner Bullet Journal first page ideas together. Because let’s face it, the first page sets the tone for your entire Bullet Journal, and it can feel like the hardest one to conquer.

But hey, no pressure, right? We’ve got this! Here are some fun and straightforward ideas that even a Bullet Journal newbie can tackle with confidence.

The best way to overcome the overwhelm of that daunting first page is to come prepared. With these beginner Bullet Journal first page ideas, you’ll be 100% prepared to conquer it.

You’ll transform from a hesitant newbie to a confident Bullet Journal enthusiast in no time!

And be sure to scroll until the end to grab your free printable Bullet Journal first page and even more resources and tips to help you on your Bullet Journal journey.

Bullet Journal First Page Tips

Before we get into the ideas, I wanted to mention a few important things to consider about your first page.

The first page may seem like a crucial one, but it actually isn’t. Your first page will likely be the least polished page in your Bullet Journal, and that’s perfectly okay.

Why? Because with every entry you make, you’re going to improve.

And quite frankly, the first page isn’t one you’ll be revisiting often. I’ve had my fair share of less-than-perfect first pages in the past, and yes, it was disappointing at the time.

But as you immerse yourself in Bullet Journaling, you’ll seldom look back at this first page. Eventually, it loses its perceived importance.

I’m sharing all this because I don’t want you to feel held back by an intimidating first page. If it feels too overwhelming, just skip it and dive into planning. Remember, Bullet Journaling is a journey, not a destination. It’s about progress, not perfection.

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Stationery Recommendations

Of course, to create a first page, you’ll need some supplies. And that part can also be very confusing since there is such a wide variety of stationery items out there.

So here are a few I can recommend:

  • Sakura Pigma Micron – these fineliners are some of the best and can be essential in creating every Bullet Journal page. Plus, they come in a set of different nib sizes, so you can get a variety of line thicknesses.
  • Tombow Fude Brush Pen – these tiny brush pens are amazing for brush lettering, even if you’re a complete beginner. They are also great for drawing and are a handy tool for any Bulle Journaler.
  • Crayola Super Tips – if you want to add color to your Bullet Journal pages, these pens are amazing. They have a lot of colors and are pretty affordable. If you want to invest a bit more into your colored markers, try out Tombow Dual Brush Pens who also come in many colors and have a brush and a marker tip.
  • Washi Tape – these little pieces of colorful paper are perfect for decorating your Bullet Journal, and there are so many different designs to choose from.

Ok, we’ve got the supplies ready, so let’s start with the ideas.

Beginner Bullet Journal First Page Ideas

To be honest, the number of ideas for your first Bullet Journal page is limited only by your imagination, and this list could extend into infinity.

However, we’re focusing on beginner-friendly Bullet Journal first page ideas here. So, let’s delve into some simple yet effective concepts that anyone, regardless of their artistic abilities or Bullet Journaling experience, can easily implement.

These ideas are designed to ease you into the wonderful world of Bullet Journaling without overwhelming you.

#1 The Current Year

The first idea, and my personal favorite, is to simply write down the current year or perhaps the date you began your Bullet Journal journey.

This serves as a neat chronological marker and can be fun for archival purposes. It’s uncomplicated yet practical, making it a perfect starting point for beginners.

You can dress up the numbers with doodles, stickers, or colors, or keep it minimalistic – the choice is yours. This idea sets the tone for your journal and creates a sense of commencement, reminding you of the day you embarked on this creative journey.

#2 Name Your Journal

Here’s a delightful idea I picked up from Caitlin Da Silva that I think is absolutely charming. Ready for it? Name your journal!

Yes, you heard it right. Give your Bullet Journal a name and dedicate the first page to it. You could think of this as the ‘birth certificate’ of your journal.

Maybe you want to name it something inspiring or calming, or perhaps you want to give it a fun, quirky name that brings a smile to your face every time you open your journal. The choice is entirely yours.

Once you’ve chosen a name, write it boldly on your first page. Now, you can choose to decorate the page around the name with doodles, stickers, washi tapes, or colors. Or, if minimalism is more your style, you can keep it simple and clean. It’s all up to you!

2021-2022 Bullet Journal Setup, journal name | Masha Plans

This idea gives your journal a personal touch and makes it feel like an intimate friend you’re embarking on this creative journey with. Plus, it’s a fun way to kickstart your Bullet Journaling adventure!

#3 Word Of The Year

Here’s another fabulous idea for you – choose a ‘Word of the Year.’ This practice is a fantastic way to set your intentions for the year and guide your journaling journey.

Now, you might be thinking, “Just one word? That’s it?” But trust me, this simple practice can be profoundly impactful. It’s like setting a theme for your year, a beacon to guide your actions and decisions.

You can start by selecting a word that resonates with your goals or aspirations for the year. It could be anything – ‘Growth,’ ‘Joy,’ ‘Balance,’ ‘Courage,’ ‘Gratitude,’ whatever speaks to you. Write this word boldly on your first page.

Word of the year spread in my Bullet Journal - Masha Plans

I like to take it a step further and write down the dictionary definition of my word. Then, in your own words, you can write what this word means to you personally and why you chose it. Maybe even doodle around it or decorate it with washi tapes or stickers if you’re feeling inspired.

This exercise helps you connect deeply with your chosen word and imbues your Bullet Journal with purpose right from the get-go. Plus, it’s always fun to look back at the end of the year and see how this word manifested in your life.

#4 Journal Number

Got another fun idea for your Bullet Journal’s first page that I’m excited to share with you – number your journal! Now, this might sound a bit odd at first, but stick with me here.

I absolutely adore this idea because it gives me a clear picture of my Bullet Journaling journey. Every time I start a new journal, I number it. Journal #1, Journal #2, Journal #3, and so on. This simple act allows me to see how far I’ve come in my Bullet Journaling adventure, and there’s something incredibly satisfying about watching that number go up.

It’s like a little pat on the back, a reminder of all the progress I’ve made, all the thoughts I’ve penned down, and all the creativity I’ve unleashed.

Plus, it’s a super easy addition to your first page. Especially if you’re using one of those journals that come with a pre-made first page (you know the ones, with a space for your name, contact info, and all that jazz), just slip the journal number in there. No pressure, no fuss, just a fun little detail that adds a personal touch.

2021-2022 Bullet Journal Setup, this books belongs to spread | Masha Plans

#5 Bullet Journal Key

Now, this is usually one of the first pages you create when starting a journal, so why not make it your absolute first page?

The key is one of the most practical and essential parts of your Bullet Journal. Plus, having it as your first page means it’s always easy to find. No more flipping through pages trying to remember what symbol you used for ‘important’ or ‘deadline.’

And the best part? It takes away the pressure of coming up with some grand, perfect idea for your first page. You don’t have to be Michelangelo creating the Sistine Chapel here. It’s just a simple, useful page that gets your journal started on the right foot.

And there you have it, folks! A handful of creative and fun ideas to kickstart your Bullet Journal journey. Whether you’re a seasoned Bullet Journalist or a bright-eyed newbie, remember – this is your journal, your space.

There’s no right or wrong way to do it. So go ahead, choose your Word of the Year, create that practical key, or proudly number your journal. Embrace the process and make it uniquely yours.

After all, every blank page is a fresh opportunity to reflect, create, and grow. So here’s to a fantastic Bullet Journaling adventure ahead. Grab those pens, open up those notebooks, and let’s get journaling!

Free Printable Bullet Journal First Page

Of course, I didn’t want to leave you without a freebie, so I designed a cover page for you, full of mandalas but with space to add your name and other details on the first page.

It’s fun, you can enjoy coloring it in, and it’s already in the Resources Vault under “Other Pages”.

If you don’t have access yet, you can always sign up in the form below.

Once you confirm your subscription, you’ll get the password to get 50+ free Bullet Journal printables, stickers, and worksheets to use right away.

If you’ve never used printables before, be sure to check my post How To Use Printables In Your Bullet Journal.

It’s pretty basic, and you can find all the supplies you need in my post Supplies For Using Bullet Journal Printables.

More Resources

There is so much more to learn about Bullet JOurnal, so many more amazing ideas out there!

So here are a few blog posts for you to check next:

>>> What will you do for your first page? Share with us in the comments!

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