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I’ve been Bullet Journaling since 2018 and at the moment I’m on my journal number 3, almost about to move to my number 4.
So I thought it would be fun to look back at all the themes I did so far and share with you all which ones I’d rate as my top three.
A little note here – I actually only have 2 journals with me. My very first journal was not made in a good notebook. It only lasted me 4 months and then it literally fell apart.
When we were moving out of China, I had to make sacrifices, so my very first journal was sent to be stored at my parents’ place.
But that was a bit of a training journal anyways, the two journals I’ll be looking through here are the ones where I really went full-on and started developing my style.
I’ll also include blog posts for all the themes that I was writing about. You can see there more pictures and sometimes even theme inspirations from other creators.
There is also a YouTube video at the end of the post of me going through all the pages, so be sure to scroll down and check that out!
Ok let’s dive in!
Bullet Journal Themes In Journal 2
This was finally the moment for me to invest in a good journal and at the time I chose a Nuuna journal. I fell in love with the journal designs, their pure white paper, and the smaller dot grid.
I don’t think I could ever go back for my daily planning to a different journal. This is it for me.
But! The paper really isn’t as good as they promised, so there isn’t much experimenting I could do there creativity wise.
Nonetheless, it works perfectly for me and what I need from my day to day planning journal. If you want to learn more about it – check out my detailed Nuuna journal review.
I also had to protect it and I got a custom made cover from Cocoa Paper. I still keep my journal in that very first cover I bought.
Ok, time to look into the themes!
August 2018 – Unicorn Theme
I wanted to start my journal with a bang and what can be more magical than unicorns!
To this day this is probably my favorite theme and definitely my favorite take on unicorns.
I was so worried about creating this theme – first proper theme in my first dream journal!
I’m pretty happy to see how it came out eventually, and it helped me very much to go through a tough time. I was in the process of looking for a new job and that really wasn’t going as well as I wanted.
September 2018 – Cartoons Theme
That month I received some stickers from a Russian company and I thought it would be cool to include them in my Bullet Journal.
I have never used stickers properly in my journal before and I don’t think it looked that good when I did it in September.
But it was a very cool month for my weeklies because I tried a lot of new types of weekly setups.
October 2018 – Halloween Theme
This is probably the most popular theme I ever did in my Bullet Journal. You guys seem to really like my take on spooky stuff!
It was a lot of fun creating it and that’s when I first discovered the effect of white gel pen on top of black. And how much that white gel pen can help in fixing mistakes!
For me, it was very fun playing around with all these creepy doodles and fun pumpkins!
November 2018 – Black And White Floral Theme
This was the month when I finally got my floral drawings book by Alli K. Her tutorials are amazing and flowers are absolutely incredible.
Really, if you want to learn how to draw flowers this is a great book to have.
For me, I still think florals aren’t my strong suit. I felt pretty uncomfortable creating this theme. Especially in black and white.
But no way back, I had to power through and I did. At least it helped me to improve my floral skills.
December 2018 – Christmas Movies Theme
This was a very ambitious theme on my part. I decided to create pages based on some of the most popular Christmas movies.
I feel like my monthly pages worked, but I couldn’t pull out the same cool style on my weeklies. They were very functional, but probably not as epic as I had it in my mind.
January 2019 – Pigs Theme
As you see, I didn’t really start my journal in January.
First of all, I rarely have just one journal per year. And secondly – December is already a very busy and convoluted month, I really don’t need the extra stress of setting up a brand new journal.
Ok back to the theme – I chose a pig theme because 2019 was a year of a pig! They are easy to doodle, can be very cute and with me living in China at that point, it made sense to create something around the Chinese calendar.
This theme was my husband’s idea, and January was also the first month of my new job. So there are a lot of positive emotions connected to this monthly setup.
February 2019 – Twin Peaks Theme
In January we started watching Twin Peaks with the hubby and I was all over that show. Yup, I didn’t watch it when it came out, so it was my very first time experience and I was absolutely obsessed.
That’s why we have this as my theme for February.
The only problem was – I didn’t expect my new job to be so very demanding! In the end, I don’t think I gave enough justice to how awesome this theme could’ve been.
Maybe I should consider doing it again at some point…
March 2019 – Boho Theme
This theme was so much fun to create, and so simple actually!
I think this was also the time I fell in love with Zebra Mildliners. So far, I’ve been using mostly Tombo Dual Brush pens but the March theme is what opened up my love for Mildliners.
Later, I also created a Doodle With Me video for the things I used for this setup, you can check them in the blog post below.
April 2019 – Floral Theme
One more floral theme, but this time I felt much more confident with my skills, plus florals in color look so much better if you ask me!
Looking back at this theme, it really made me want to do some florals again! I think I haven’t really done a proper floral theme ever since.
May 2019 – Cameras Theme
This theme was my debut on YouTube! That was so scary to do for me, and I couldn’t imagine how much more difficult it will be to plan without having my nose a few mm above the paper.
I think it worked pretty well combining cameras with more florals, and it was a good theme to have in Spring when everything is about to bloom.
Bullet Journal Themes In Journal 3
May was the last month in my second BuJo – pages ran out! And that couldn’t have happened at a better time!
June is actually my birthday month, so I thought it made sense to start a new journal as I start a new year of my life.
I decided to start a new journal every June.
Until June 2020 came around. My third journal is much thicker than the one I had before, so it actually lasts me for more than a year. As I write this I’m in August and I don’t think I’ll be needing a new journal until maybe November.
I could just go with it and start a new journal anyways, but I get really attached to my journals and all the memories I keep in them, so I’ll just wait until it’s time to say goodbye.
June 2019 – Unicorn Theme
I thought I might as well start the journal with the same theme as I did my last one.
I don’t think this take was as good as my first one, but I still have warm memories about it.
I think the issue was mostly that I was so very busy at work that I started using hobonichi weeks for my day to day planning and my BuJo kind of took a backside.
It lasted just a few months though because I really missed Bullet Journaling.
July 2019 – Beach Summer Theme
July is the hottest month in Beijing and I kept craving for some beach vacations, especially since I was working in a school and practically all the staff took the month off to go to Bali or Cambodia.
This wasn’t an option for me, so I decided to add summer vibes to my Bullet Journal pages instead.
This was also the first time I faced a problem with my paper quality since my Zebra Clickart pens were ghosting like crazy!
August 2019 – Blackout Book
August didn’t exist in my journal. I got my blackout book and I decided to play around with it.
I really like the blackout book and creating pages there, but I’m still not that comfortable with it so I didn’t move there as my full-time journal.
Instead, I use it more to play around, create quote pages, and some creepy Halloween setups.
In my actual journal, I created a travel-themed cover and a few pages inside that I really hated so I just used washi to tape them together.
Now you’ll never know!
September 2019 – Back To School Theme
September was a crazy month for us, we just had an almost week-long trip to come to Bolivia from China.
Oh and La Paz is 4000 meters (around 13.000 feet) above the sea level, so I needed a lot of time to teach myself to breathe and not have a heart attack every time I went up the stairs.
So actually I thought I’d skip September altogether.
But one day, I just sat down to jot down a short to-do list and ended up creating a monthly setup.
I’m really really happy with this setup and it was so nice after all this stress to just quietly sit down and plan
October 2019 – Halloween Theme
October was once again back to my Blackout book.
It’s a Halloween month, so it was fun to move back to the dark pages and explore the dark vibe.
I’m still not as confident in my blackout book skills, but it’s always fun to play around with it. And I did experiment a lot with different types of weekly spreads that month.
November 2019 – Coffee and Books Theme
This month was awesome! I picked a theme I really wanted to do and I think it shows how much I loved it.
The idea was to have a different type of coffee on each page, so in a way, it was also educational. My coffee knowledge is pretty limited to a latte or flat white – the two of my favorites.
It was also the time for a horrible thing to happen – I spilled some peanut soup on my habit tracker page. It was a tragedy!
After throwing a fit and crying my eyes out, I fixed it with …. White gel pen! Honestly, this is the best tool you can ever have! The stains are now barely noticeable.
December 2019 – Harry Potter Theme
It’s been a long time coming for me to try a Harry Potter theme and what better time than for a Christmas month.
For me, the magical atmosphere of the books and movies is always associated with Christmas for some reason.
Plus just look at Gryffindor colors, aren’t they screaming Christmas?
I’ll be honest here – I’m very proud of how this theme came out and I had tons of fun creating it.
February 2020 – Rainbows and Clouds Theme
I have no idea what happened to January. I think we might have been celebrating too much and I probably just did some small to-do lists in my Hobonichi weeks.
(Psss, actually I moved to a refillable Filofax journal for January, check out my post Refillable Bullet Journal Setup – January Plan With Me)
February though was there full-on with my blight and happy clouds.
I went for a very simple theme because I was too busy preparing for Planner Con 2020!
I got my visa, got my tickers and it was all about preparing and planning the big event. I really haven’t been that excited for a while – visiting Planner Con was a total dream.
March 2020 – Self Care Theme
This was so well placed – with the pandemic breaking out and me being stuck in the USA this theme really helped me to keep it all together.
It was a very emotional month full of vivid experiences. I’m happy I had my journal with me to remember it all.
Oh and self-care is such a strange theme, let me explain a bit my approach.
What I did was basically each page was themed after something I like to do as a self-care activity. Like applying makeup, planning, traveling, eating (don’t judge!).
April 2020 – Sushi Theme
With all the things happening I wanted to create something cute and happy in my journal, so I went for cute sushi aka my favorite food in the world!
Looking back at these pages I still remember how therapeutic it was to draw them and how much I enjoyed it.
Should I create a Doodle With Me video on how to draw sushi? Let me know in the comments!
These sushi doodles are actually available for our Patreons as printable stickers, so if you want to get them and tons of other BuJo goodies – be sure to drop by our Patreon and learn more.
May 2020 – Animal Crossing Theme
To keep myself from going insane during the quarantine I got a Nintendo Switch Lite and Animal Crossing game.
This game basically saved me from just being in the worst mental state ever. And it won me over with its cute designs and adorable characters.
So, of course, it just had to be my theme for May!
I also created Animal Crossing stickers for Patreon if you want to check them out.
June 2020 – Simply Gilded Theme
If you didn’t know – Simply Gilded is a little business that created tons of stationery, but mostly washi tape.
I never used washi tape in my journal, but once I got introduced to this brand I just couldn’t help myself. I had to have them ALL!
I didn’t buy them all, but I bought enough to realize I needed to push myself to use washi tape more and more.
Simply Gilded was also one of the highlights of my quarantined life, so I thought it makes perfect sense to use their products as a theme for my June.
I really went out of my comfort zone for this, but it was an interesting creative journey and now i know more on how I can incorporate washi tape to my journal pages.
July 2020 – Space Theme
A while ago I started asking my Instagram followers what theme they’d like to see on my next setup, and for July they picked Space.
Be sure to follow me on Instagram so you can be a part of this decision as well!
I wasn’t feeling too inspired – I had to spend two weeks in quarantine in Bolivia in a different city and it was not a pleasant experience.
But you said Space, so I went with it and actually I got inspired as I went. This is now a very special theme for me, the time when I kind of had a little rebirth.
Space is actually an awesome theme and it can be so very easy! All you need is a circle maker and you can create some super cute pages.
August 2020 – Fireflies Theme
I’m writing this in August and the theme you chose is fireflies.
I decided to spice it up with more elements like crystals, stars, and flowers, so it has a bit of a witch vibe. At least that’s what I was aiming for.
For me, this was probably the most difficult theme to tackle. I feel like there isn’t much you can do with fireflies and I really had to push myself to come up with something more or less unique.
My Favorite Bullet Journal Themes
I hope looking through these was also a bit of an evolution journey. At least for me, it was so obvious how the more spreads I created the pretties they became.
That’s always going to be like that, so don’t get discouraged if your first journal doesn’t look like the perfect Pinterest images.
Time to announce final winners!
Favorite from Journal 2
Definitely my very first unicorn theme. It was so special to me and it always brights tons of amazing memories when I look back at it.
Favorite from Journal 3
November coffee theme. I had a lot of fun with it and I really like the way it came out.
Self-care theme. March 2020 was such a memorable and emotionally charged moment for me that this theme is just the most special of them all.
Plus I really loved how it allowed me to play around and be very different with each page.
My Favorite Bullet Journal Themes: Video
Finally, if you want to see a huge flip through my two journals with some comments from me – check out this YouTube video I recorded.
What is your favorite theme from all you’ve done so far? Share with us in the comments!
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