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Today we are talking about Minimalist Bullet Journal and I’ll be sharing with you tons of ideas for page designs so you can create your own stunning minimalist spreads.
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Ok, to the topic!
Minimalism has been very popular lately and of course, it is reflected in the Bullet Journal community as well.
What is minimalism though? It usually means having less, but the way people interpret it in their Bullet Journals is very different and varies from person to person.
I would say generally these are characteristics on minimalist spreads:
- Usually in black and white or with a very little color
- Practical, simple and clean design
- If there is any decoration, it’s often geometrical patterns
- There is a lot of white space
- Layouts usually take less time to create
With that being said, let’s talk about who would benefit the most from using minimalist spreads.
Who Are Minimalist Bullet Journal Pages For?
First of all, minimalism is a great strategy for beginners. If you want to give the Bullet Journal method a try and ease into it, starting with minimalist spreads is a great idea.
This style won’t overwhelm you, you’ll learn to use the system and find your own techniques and methods without investing time into decoration.
Plus, I know as beginners you probably expect perfection from your first journal. This is much easier to achieve with simple but extremely classy looking minimalist pages.
A minimalist Bullet Journal style is also great if you’re not very artistic, or are not very sure in your skills.
There are of course more complicated minimalist styles where people decorate their pages with patterns or brush lettering that might require some skills. But even if you don’t have any of these, you’ll still be able to create beautiful minimalist spreads.
If you’re still learning and working on your skills, but don’t want to stress over your BuJo pages not being as perfect as you imagine them to be – definitely give minimalism a try.
You can use it as a basis and as you go and improve your creativity you can start bit by bit adding more decorative elements and customizing your journal style.
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Finally, I think the minimalist Bullet Journal style will be perfect for any busy person. In fact, this is one of the techniques I recommend in my post How To Bullet Journal When You Don’t Have Time.
Setting up a minimalist Bullet Journal page usually takes 5-15 minutes, it’s a very reasonable amount of time that we can all find during the day.
Are you one of these types of people or something in between? Let me know in the comments why you use minimalist Bullet Journal spreads!
Another benefit of having a minimalist Bullet Journal is the fact that you don’t really need to use that many supplies, so if your budget is tight maybe this style is for you (even though there’s still tons of budget quality stationery).
Here are a few supplies you might consider starting with:
- Fineliners. These are the bones of your pages so be sure to get some good ones. I’d recommend Sakura Pigma Micron of my new favorites Pitt Artist Pens.
- Ruler. A good ruler is an essential supply for any Bullet Journal, but especially for a minimalist one. If you feel like something extra, consider getting this circle ruler – one more perfect shape to add a little decor to your pages.
- Monochrome markers. Since minimalist Bullet Journal spreads use a very little color, try monochrome or muted colors. I’d recommend monochrome collection of Tombow Dual Brush Pens and of course my favorite Zebra Mildliners.
One final thing you might consider is getting some stencils. They will help you with straight boxes and pretty letters, especially if you’re just a beginner. Below are a few options you might want to take a look at.
Minimalist Bullet Journal Page Ideas
Finally, we’re done and ready to dive into the pages themselves. These are all amazing examples of how you can create something stunning and yet so simple. I hope this will inspire you to give a try to minimalist Bullet Journal style.
Cover pages are a great way to show off your creativity, and also create a certain division between your months or years if you’re like me and don’t start a new journal every January.
Below are minimalist cover pages, which can vary from something super simple to elaborate patterns.
The future log is one of the first pages in my Bullet Journal and it’s super useful since it allows you to, well, plan your future.
Here are a few ideas on what you can add to your future log:
- National holidays
- Business trips
- Doctor’s appointments
- Payment deadlines
Here are simple ways you can set up yours for it to still look stunning.
A monthly log is the cornerstone of your monthly setup, it’s a place for you to plan out your month and make sure nothing is forgotten.
A monthly log can be created all by itself, or can also include other elements, such as monthly goals, monthly to-do list or even a habit tracker.
When it comes to minimalist monthly log, it’s usually pretty simple, but extremely functional.
Habit trackers are some of the most useful tools you have in your Bullet Journal arsenal. Be sure to give a look at my Ultimate Guide To Habit Trackers if you’re not sure how they can help you or having trouble sticking to one.
Meanwhile, here are some amazing minimalist habit trackers to sparkle your imagination.
Bullet Journal collections are pages that have information united by one theme, like “books to read”, “chores to do”, “favorite movies” and such.
There are tons of ideas on what collections you can create, and the fact that you have a minimalist Bullet Journal doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them, Just take a look at some of the collections below.
Finally, we are down to the most basic Bullet Journal spread – weekly/daily log. This is where most of the planning happens and where you make sure you do something every day to achieve your goals.
Weekly or Daily? This is a question a lot of people ask and the answer differs from person to person. It could be one or the other, or even both! Be sure to check out this post to learn what’s the difference and what format will fit you better.
Meanwhile, here are a few minimalist Bullet Journal weekly inspirations for you.
If you need some more weekly inspo, be sure to check out the post with 31+ Minimalist Bullet Journal Weekly Spreads.
Will you give a try to minimalist Bullet Journal? Or maybe it’s already your style? Be sure to let us know in the comments!
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And always remember! Keep Bullet Journaling and don’t be a Blob!
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