I am such a huge fan of family traditions! Nothing makes the holidays (or any time of year for that matter) feel more special than making new traditions and passing on old family traditions to the newest generation. This time of year is ripe with so many of our favorites that I had to make a new collection to celebrate everything: my family traditions bullet journal spread!
If you’re not familiar with bullet journaling check out my beginner’s guide here!
Making Your Own Family Traditions Bullet Journal Spread
To design your own family traditions spread, make a list of traditions you want to commemorate. Mine were:
- Steak dinner for our anniversary.
- Beef stew for dinner on Halloween. (Here’s my recipe and why it’s one of my favorite traditions!)
- Pumpkin pie for breakfast on Thanksgiving (my mom started that one for my brother and I when I was a baby, and I’m so excited about continuing it with my kids now!).
- Elf pockets. Another one my mom started when we were kids that I’m continuing.
- Dinovember. Quite possibly my son’s favorite.
- Enjoying mimosas while we open our Christmas presents (here’s my favorite recipe with our secret ingredient).
- Opening stockings on Christmas Eve.
- And listening to Christmas music while we put up our tree.
Need some ideas for your traditions? Check out these Thanksgiving traditions for any family!
If you know when the traditions started, make note of that, too. It’s so neat to see how long some of these traditions have been going on!
Then make an illustration that represents your traditions, write the tradition inside it (or next to it), and then color it in. Easy peasy! And I love how this looks!
A Few Tips!
- Definitely practice on a scrap paper to get the feel of your illustrations and how you want to lay it out.
- When you draw it in your actual bullet journal, sketch it in with pencil first, then go back and trace over it with a pen or marker. (I used a black Staedtler fine liner.) Don’t forget to erase the pencil marks before coloring your illustrations. Drawing in pencil first saved me a huge amount of headaches; I had a few false starts with some of these drawings.
- Leave a little white space. You don’t have to fill in the whole spread now. This gives you time to add more traditions as time passes. It also gives you room to edit or revise some traditions – hence my double Christmas trees. When Hubs and I were first married, we started watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation while we put up our tree. Then our son started helping, and he’s a little echo and repeats every single thing he hears (and then his sisters echo that!). So now that tradition has evolved to listening to Christmas music while we put up the tree!
- You don’t have to limit this to Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions. Do you have any back-to-school or spring time traditions? Toss those in, too!
Don’t think you can draw?
I told myself this, too. For many years I never doodled or did any drawings because I told myself I was horrible at it. So here are a few ways to get around this:
- Cut images out of magazines and make it like a collage.
- Print something! You can always print your illustrations and paste them into your bujo.
- Draw cute shapes or squares instead of illustrations to put around your traditions.
- Make a chart or list-style spread. It doesn’t have to be illustrated. You can always decorate it with stickers and washi. Or you can keep it minimalist and not decorate at all – that’s fine, too!
- Give yourself the benefit of the doubt, and just try. You might get a pleasant surprise. Look for inspiration or how-to’s on Pinterest and YouTube. While I was doing this, most of my Pinterest searches looked like “how to draw pie…” There’s nothing wrong with that!
My family traditions bullet journal spread is quickly becoming my favorite collection in my bullet journal! I love how it turned out. Bullet journaling is really bringing out the creativity in me.