March is almost over, so it’s time for another Plan With Me post! And today, I’ll be sharing a little bit more than just my April Bullet Journal setup.
Yup, in this post, you’ll find sushi Bullet Journal theme inspirations from other creators and me as well.
As I’ve been doing every month lately, I created a poll in my Instagram stories, and you guys voted for a sushi theme.
Of course, I couldn’t be happier to oblige!
Japanese food is probably my favorite food in the world, and it’s great to have something you love on your journal pages during these times.
So, today I’ll be sharing with you my April pages, some step-by-step sushi doodle tutorials, and inspirations for the theme from other creators!
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April Bullet Journal Setup
Let’s start with my own setup.
I must say I really love the way it turned out and I think this has been one of my favorite themes ever.
What do you need to create this theme? I would say red, yellow, green, and black are the main colors, so just a set of Mildliners would work.
Personally, I also decided to put my new Tombows to use as well, just to make sure I explore all my color versions.
For black, as always, I used my Faber Castell Pitt Artists pens aka my favorite fineliners.
I wanted to start the month by doodling tons of sushis, and I think I did quite well, if I say so myself.
I didn’t want it to be too much, so it’s just a few doodles in the middle of the page.
Oh and you see now that I have a special little washi flag attached to the page – this is the way I find the beginning of every month since my journal doesn’t actually have an in-built bookmark.
Just like in March, I managed to actually include all the pages I needed in this one spread.
The space next to the calendar is for the month at a glance – so any birthdays or other big events.
Underneath it’s my monthly to-do list, as well as my content plan. Things are so chaotic with everything right now, so I decided not to divide it.
And at the bottom, you can see my monthly habit tracker. Since I’m living a refugee life until the quarantine is over, I added just essential habits that I know I’ll be able to follow through with.
I know, I really don’t ever use the mood tracker in my journal.
My problem is that I usually have so many moods happening to me during the day, that I have no idea how to choose which ones to track.
Well, as you can see from my key at the bottom left corner, I decided to generally evaluate the day from good to bad.
I assigned a color to each level of the mood, and I’ll just color the sushi from that day with the color I feel. Since each doodle is pretty big, I might even be able to color several moods I had.
And yes, in case you’re wondering – this page did take ages!! I have no regrets though, I have ALL the time these days, and I’m always happy to have something to distract me.
During my exile, away from my immediate family, I felt like it was important to track my moods and work on improving them as much as I can.
Another new thing I decided to try this month is journaling.
Journaling is a great practice that helps a lot with mental health and support, so I thought it might be a good idea to include it this time.
Plus, my gratitude log from last month was a lot of writing, and I must say I deeply enjoyed it.
So far, these are all the pages I have!
But don’t leave just yet; let’s first look into doodling sushi.
I do set up my weeklies as I go week by week, so all the weeklies below will be after the pen. This is actually the way I prefer showing pages anyways – they just look so much better filled.
April Memory Page
A new thing I started doing in February is a memory page. It’s kind of a spread with the highlights of the month.
It quickly became my favorite page for each month!
Sushi Bullet Journal Doodles
These little guys are cute and also super simple to doodle! It might be a cool idea for you to use in your Bullet Journal.
So here I got some step-by-step tutorials and inspirations on how you can doodle Japanese food, including some ideas from me personally.
I like the idea of animating my sushi doodles, so that’s why they are animated in my tutorials as well.
I think it adds more fun and character to the doodles, even if they are super basic.
There are so many tutorials on this one page! And as you can see they all are very simple and easy to replicate.
I like that the doodles are kind of tiny, I think it makes them look so much cuter.
These doodles are gorgeous and definitely make me want to have some Japanese food for lunch.
But also – how stunning is the header on this page!
I like that even when the tutorials repeated themselves, they still look different because each creator has their own style and their own way to doodle things.
I love how easy to follow these tutorials are.
Isn’t it fun to know a little bit of Japanese? At least enough to order your favorite sushi.
And these guys are so cute! I don’t even want to eat them.
I love this style with just a slight presence of color!
Sushi Bullet Journal Theme Inspirations
Of course, I’m in no way the only person doing a sushi theme in their journals, and I wanted to share with you some amazing work from other creators.
I did some research, and here are some creative spreads I found. Everyone has a bit of a different approach to sushi doodles, and I hope these will inspire you to find your own style.
We’re starting with cover page inspirations since they are the most representative of a theme and probably my favorite ones to create.
I love this cover page and how delicious these sushi look.
The creator added those shadows to each doodle, and I love the way it ended up looking.
I see I’m not the only one who’s been thinking about sushi in Spring 2020.
I adore how the creator made the white rice stand out on white paper. That’s quite a trick.
I like the idea that you don’t need a lot of different doodles to create a beautiful cover page.
You can pick a few and then use them to create kind of a pattern.
What a beautiful cover page, and the brush lettering is simply perfect!
I also really like that little sheep enjoying onigiri, it’s so adorable, and it looks like a little bowl of rice.
Yum! Writing about this theme just makes me hungry.
This cover page is lovely, and I like that the creator added a new doodle we haven’t really seen yet – chopsticks. And they are pretty easy to draw.
I like how she filled out the background of the cover page.
And the lettering on the header is fun with that red shadow. Check out my post with Bullet Journal Fonts to get some more ideas.
This cover page is very different, and I love it. The colors are super cute and happy looking. And I adore that striped black background.
Next up are monthly logs, and there are some beautiful ones here.
Such a beautiful monthly log and I love the colors, especially since the creator used my favorite Zebra Mildliners.
I don’t think it’s that practical, though, since that sushi plate covers a part of the calendar.
Really clear and well-organized monthly log.
I love that the doodles have a shadow and that they almost make a pattern on the background.
Clean looking and very on point – this is one of the neatest monthly logs I’ve ever seen.
I also love those tiny sushi stickers; I wonder where these are from.
Are trackers something you use in your Bullet Journal monthly setup? Let us know in the comments.
I usually have some type of tracker in each setup.
How does this artist manage to make their pages look so damn perfect! I’m definitely jelly; my hands are too shaky for that haha
I’d love to see this tracker filled; I hope it’s all yellow and orange!
At first, I thought this was like a treasure map made of sushi, and only later I realized that this is just those moving tables where you get to pick as much sushi as you want and you pay later depending on the number of plates.
I really miss those! It’s such a fun and cheap way to have Japanese food.
If you decide to track your finances, this is a great inspiration.
For more inspiration, you can check my post Bullet Journal Tracker To Manage Your Finances.
I admire how pretty and well-planned this tracker is. Notice also how all the calendar letters are more or less even and very easy to read. Count me impressed.
The only thing is that 9 habits are probably too many for me personally.
I’m so happy to see that most of this color is filled out with orange and yellow. Means it was a good month.
I’m also impressed with how neat this tracker look. I always find that my circle trackers are a bit wonky.
I just have to mention how incredible is the handwriting on this page! Total goals, if only I wasn’t so lazy to work on mine.
But if you’re not a lazy ass like me, be sure to check my post with 9 Simple Tricks To Improve Your Handwriting.
Cute tracker, and I love how many things are included here. Also, the wordplay on the quote definitely made me giggle.
I picked some incredible weekly spreads for you, so let’s dive in!
This page has beautiful illustrations and really pretty lettering.
But for me, the daily boxes are too small to plan properly. Maybe if the days are not that busy.
This is such a fun idea, or adding a box of sushi in the middle as a decoration.
That way, you can doodle as many as you want, but you also have so much space for all your weekly planning needs.
Looks lovely! I love the idea of adding dates to the sushi doodles.
Also, the brush lettering here really makes you think of traditional Asian calligraphy. I wonder how this effect was achieved.
I love how the cat is so disapproving of life haha
I also really like that doodly style of sushis on this page. Easily achieved by using a thicker black outline for each doodle.
These food illustrations are so detailed that at first, I thought it was a recipe spread.
I can’t imagine how much time the person spent drawing t hese, but it was definitely worth it, they look fantastic.
The mix of red and black is really fantastic and gives off a feeling of a Japanese restaurant.
I also like the affirmation on the top, that’s the way to go!
Perfect weekly spread to be minimalist, but also to have a little area for a set of doodles.
I love those little teardrop shapes around the doodles, it makes them look really fresh and delicious.
What a cool approach to doing a dutch door spread.
Cutting all those details definitely took some time, but it gives you a lot of extra space for planning, and it looks stunning.
Very simple weekly spread, but with some beautiful and detailed illustrations.
I love the headers and they definitely make me wanna get some stamps to get the retro feeling.
The white-on-black effect is one of my favorite ones to use, it’s also a cool trick to fix your Bullet Journal mistakes.
I like that the decorations are very minimal here, so you have a lot of space to plan. But it’s still a very decorated and beautiful spread.
This is probably my favorite weekly spread, with beautiful colors, and cute little mini headers.
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