Today, out of all Bullet Journal page ideas, we will be talking about that important first page.
Starting something new can be very scary, so the Bullet Journal first page is always a challenge.
Even now, when I’m already on my 3rd journal, there is still so much anxiety around it! But as with always, preparation is the key, so let’s prepare for it together with these ideas.
I’ve got plenty of ideas here that will help you set up a show-stopping first page. Get ready to get inspired and start your brand new Bullet Journal!
First, let me tell you that as scary as starting a new journal, it’s worth it.
I hope you’ll also give it a look and get ready to start your 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.
Even though this post is a part of my Bullet Journaling for beginners series, in truth, these ideas can work for any journal, be it your first one or the 5th one.
And be sure to keep on scrolling because there is a freebie for you at the end of the post, as well as some more resources.
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Write Current Year
When I think 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 in sorting 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.
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 it bit by bit any day you feel like it.
My One Word For This Year
A very interesting practice I found when I started Bullet Journaling is to actually pick a word to be your word of the year. This means – picking one word which would describe what you want to become and achieve by the end of the year.
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 are to be successful in my endeavors.
What does your journal usually start with? My Archer and Olive ones always start from a “this book belongs to” page.
You can use that as your cover page or create one in whatever journal you have.
Bullet Journal Key
Key is a very useful page since the symbols there are the ones you’ll use all the time.
Starting your journal with a key will be both useful and less stressful.
Of course, you can always just draw something. Floral drawings are a very popular theme for the Bullet Journal title page.
Something else you can create as your cover page is a pattern.
Creating patterns is just as calming and meditative as creating mandalas, and it can be pretty simple too. All you need is a pen and maybe a ruler.
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 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 a few of my covers in the post, which is why I just don’t like any of my covers anymore, I got a bit better, and those don’t look that pretty to me.
As an example, here is the cover page from my 2018 journal. I’m not impressed.
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 ensure 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.
Supplies For Bullet Journal Cover Page
I can talk about stationery for hours, but let’s try to do a little roundup here, just to get you started.
Here are some of the supplies you’ll need:
- A journal. Of course, you’ll need one! Your perfect journal will depend on a lot of different things (check some blog posts below to learn about that), but you can actually start with any notebook you have lying around. My personal favorites, though, are Archer and Olive journals (and you can get 10% off with my code MASHA10).
- Fineliners. Fineliners are the basis of any doodles or drawing you will make, so make sure to get a few, preferably with different tip sizes. This will definitely give dimension and help you with the setup. Among my favorite fineliners are Sakura Pigma Micron and Staedtler Pigment Liner.
- Markers. 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 more budget options, definitely check out Crayola Super Tips Markers, they are great, and you can use them for lettering as well as coloring.
In case you want to have some more recommendations, check out these posts:
- How To Pick A Perfect Bullet Journal Notebook
- 13 Notebooks You Should Try For Your Next Bullet Journal
- Bullet Journal Supplies For Beginners
There is so much more on the blog to help you with your Bullet Journal.
But not to overwhelm you, here are just a few posts that will help you out with your next step:
- How To Overcome Bullet Journal First Page Fear
- Bullet Journal Cover Page Ideas For Every Month Of The Year
- Step By Step Bullet Journal Setup Guide
Free Bullet Journal Printable
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.
What did you use for your cover page? Or planning to? Looking forward to reading your comments below.
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And remember: Keep Bullet Journaling, and Don’t Be A Blob.