Hello Planning Mashers!
Today we will talk about probably the best hack you can use in your Bullet Journal – grid spacing guide.
This spread is a complete game-changer for setting up your Bullet Journal pages. And the best thing – it takes just a few minutes to add it to your journal.
In my 2021 Bullet Journal setup, I finally remembered to create a grid spacing guide, and I must say it’s been very very helpful.
This was a pretty new concept for me and it took me a while to figure it out myself, so I thought I’d save you the time and create this little guide to help you create a perfect tool for yourself.
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The Whats and Whys Of Bullet Journal Grid Spacing Page
Ok, think about setting up your Bullet Journal pages. What’s that one annoying thing you always have to keep in mind?
Every time I open my journal I need a ruler (and sometimes a calculator) to figure out how I can divide the page equally by certain parts.
This takes some time and it absolutely drives me nuts when I actually get it wrong and mess up the whole balance of the page.
Well, the grid spacing guide spread is created to help you with that. This is basically your cheat sheet on how many squares you need to count to divide your page by equal parts.
The grid spacing guide helps you to keep track of your notebook dimensions and makes it easy to divide your pages by the most common divisions.
If you have a grid spacing guide spread you won’t need to do calculations each time you set up a weekly spread, for example, all the numbers will already be there!
How To Create Grid Spacing Guide Spread
The best part about this hack is that it’s very easy to set up and takes just a few minutes!
First, I recommend you to count how many squares you have vertically and horizontally. This will help you with your calculations, and it’s always nice to know what your journal dimensions are.
Even though most popular notebooks for Bullet Journal come in A5 size and the dot grid is usually 0.5 cm, you still can be surprised by how different dot amounts can be! So I recommend creating this spread for every new brand of the journal you have.
And to be clear all my grid guide pages in this post are from my Archer and Olive journals, be it A5 or B5. If you also use an Archer and Olive journal you can simply copy my page.
The next step is to divide the page by half, both vertically and horizontally. I feel like this is the dimension we all need and use.
The numbers on top and the side will help you see how many squared you need to count to find the middle of your page.
What kind of dimensions you add later depends on you and what you need from your journal.
You can create vertical and horizontal divisions.
This is what you usually need. For example, when I set up my weekly pages I often need to divide by 3 or by 4 vertically. I might also need to divide the page by 2, 3 or 4 horizontally.
So these are the measurements I added to my journal. But you might need something else, so just give it a thought.
Plus remember you can always add more dimensions later as you go.
I also wanted to include here an amazing video by Plant Based Bride where she sets up a grid guide in her journal and talks about ways she likes to use it.
If you’re more of a video-watching kind of person, this one might be useful.
Grid Spacing Guide Tips
I thought it might be useful to share with you some tips and different ways to set up your grid guide, so here they are.
Some of these I already tried in my journal, some are on my to-try list for the next one.
You don’t have to do them all, just see what seems interesting for you!
It can be a fun idea to use the same colors for the same divisions.
For example, if you divide the page horizontally by 3, you might use the same pen color to get measurements on diving it by 3 vertically.
Just drawing grids and lines might not be that easy to understand from one glance.
What you can do instead is draw blocks. You can add colors and write numbers for necessary squares inside the blocks.
It doesn’t have to be a huge two-page spread thought, you can easily fit all the blocks on just one page.
It might look a bit crowded at first, but it will do the work and will definitely help you with your setups!
Use Left Side Of Your Page
Your grid spacing guide is the page you’ll be looking at pretty often while working on your Bullet Journal.
Believe me when I say it’s easier and more convenient to reference the page that is on the left side.
Add Square Numbers
Actually, if you just draw your divider and look and the numbers of squares you added you’ll be able to see how many you need for each part.
But it can be easier if you also add to your grid how many squares are in each section.
The whole point of the grid guide is to help you simplify things, so why not use this little trick to save a little bit more time.
Use Washi Tape On The Edge
Your grid guide is something you’ll be looking back at pretty often, so it can be a great idea to make it easier to find.
You can do it with a simple washi tape trick!
You can create a little tab, or maybe just add some wash to the border of your page so it always stands out.
Add Other Dimensions
I like the idea below to add more than just page division.
Here are also some more detailed measurements for things she uses a lot in her Bullet Journal, such as small calendar boxes, habit tracker boxes.
This is a great idea and I think I might try something like that in my next journal.
One more thing you can do is create a grid guide and cut it out.
You can keep it in the back pocket of your journal and take it out every time necessary. Kind of like a stencil.
If you use an Archer and Olive journal I can recommend ripping a page from their notepad instead. The size is the same as their notebooks and that way you won’t need to worry about cutting out a page from your journal.
(psss, in case you want to get a notepad, be sure to use my code MASHA10 to get 10% off any Archer and Olive purchase!)
Grid Spacing Guide For Archer and Olive Journals
I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of Archer and Olive journals, and I’m actually fortunate enough to be working with them as part of the Design Team.
I also know a lot of people these days have their ARcher and Olive journals as well, so I decided to share with you grid guides for every size of notebooks available on their site.
For B6 I decided to use a blackout book to make it look a bit more interesting.
Also, can we note how beautiful acrylograph pens look in black paper!
For A5 I went with the kraft journal, which I must admit I don’t use as much as I should.
I like how with this format it’s so much clearer how many squares are in each division, but it is pretty inconvenient when you plan to have the measurements on two pages.
I love my travelers notebook and I use it for many things.
But of course, since it’s a smaller-sized notebook I don’t need such a detailed grid guide – just a few measurements.
Square journal grid guide is probably my favorite – it’s so neat to just have the measurements on one side!
I went very basic with my grid guide design, but you can actually get so creative with all the free space you have.
I love my B5 journals, I mostly use them for creative purposes – it has so much space to let yourself go.
They are also great for planning, especially if you’re quite busy and have lots of things on your to-do list.
Therefore I went up to dividing each side by 7, so it’s perfect for planning.
US Letter journal is the one that came in Archer and Olive Subscription Box and I definitely was afraid to break into this one.
I’m happy I decided to start with a grid guide, now I’m not that afraid to start using it.
There is also a small mistake in this grid guide, particularly in the horizontal division by 7. It should be one square longer, so take this into consideration if you decide to copy it.
Did you ever use a grid spacing guide in your Bullet Journal? Are you planning to?
Let us know in the comments!
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