Hello there, July! I am so glad to see you! Summer is officially here, and the year is already halfway over. Time flies when you’re having fun journaling! My July bullet journal setup has been a struggle for me, mainly because nothing turned out quite like I was trying to make it look. There was some trial and error and some mistake coverups, but overall I like it. I’m super excited about some new spreads I’m trying this month. So without further ado, here it is!
July Bullet Journal Setup
My theme for July was going to be fireflies, but I was having the hardest time with those! I will revisit the idea after a little practice. This book is apparently meant to have a flower theme the whole way through, so I’m just sticking with it.
My last page of the month is always my highlights. On the last day of June I’ll sit down and reflect on the month and record what I consider to be some great moments. For example, I’ll definitely want to mention my first mani/pedi that I’ve had in way too long, and a date with Hubs. I usually use doodles or lettering for each highlight.
I really wanted to use watercolors this month, so I might have cheated a little bit. I was trying to practice some watercolor fireflies on watercolor paper, and they just weren’t working for me. But while I was doing that I was marveling at how wonderful that paper was. So when I ditched the fireflies idea and moved on to the next, I decided to keep it on that same paper and just tape it in my book. I really like how it turned out, plus it adds a little extra texture to the journal.
I am really loving the horizontal/list-style calendar layout! I started using it in May, and I will definitely keep this style for my July bullet journal setup. I feel like I have a little more room to write the events, and I don’t have to cram a long word into 5 tiny squares. I’m keeping this journal nice and bright, so this month I am using Tombow dual brush pens 685 (Deep Magenta) and 925 (Scarlet). By the way, I use these two colors throughout the monthly pages, but each weekly spread still gets its own color scheme, as well. That keeps me from getting bored.
On the facing page I have my month-at-a-glance calendar for quick reference, and spaces to write my monthly goals, notes, and memos for next month. The flowers and the header are done in watercolor, and July is written with a Tombow fude brush pen.
Monthly Habit Trackers
Last month I tried a new horizontal layout for my monthly trackers, and it was a total win! I am doing it again this month, but I moved my mood tracker in with the sleep tracker. I simplified the moods I was tracking, and assigned them to a number. You can see the key for it in the bottom right corner.
This page is where I had some major problems. I did the title just like I did on the previous page (with watercolors and a brush pen), but the ink smeared so badly!!! I was about ready to scrap the whole thing and just start over, but that just felt silly. I went back to that amazing watercolor paper, made new headers, and taped them over the smudged stuff. I really like the way the lettering turned out this way, and it matched the doodles I already had going down the side of the page. Disaster averted!
Time Log and Weather Tracker
The first new spread! I’m not sure how well this one is going to work for me, but I want to experiment a little bit. Instead of tracking how each hour of the day is spent, I want to track how many hours I’m spending doing certain things. I’ve also broken it down into morning hours and afternoon hours. If this is too much to keep track of, I might switch to the time bar on my daily spreads.
Then of course there’s my weather tracker, and nothing really changed for that. For me it’s just fun to track the weather, and sometimes it has a direct affect on my moods.
Expenses and Currently Page
My other two new spreads! Just out of curiosity this month, I want to keep track of how much money we’re spending on the extras (not groceries, bill, or necessities). I always think I don’t spend money on myself, but then I end up with three new pairs of leggings, two more journals, and a stack of new pens. This should be interesting.
I want to make notes of what I’m reading or obsessing about on the currently page. And the Wish List is for all the items I can’t stop thinking about! They may or may not get moved over to the expenses page! Lol!
It’s also worth noting that this was another page that got a coverup. Initially, the word “Currently” was supposed to be written directly on the page, however, I was paying too much attention to the lettering and not nearly enough attention to the spelling! Whoops. So I went back to the watercolor paper, wrote it out, and taped it in. I kinda like the multi-media feel it gives!
Happiness & Gratitude
My last monthly spread is my Happiness is page. Each morning I write down something from the previous day that gave me a smile or made me happy. I can’t wait to finish up this month’s Happiness page so I can share it with you on Instagram (make sure you’re following me – click here!).
Again, the header for this one is done on watercolor paper, but by the time I got to this spread I was just liking it how it looked anyway! Plus it’s actually a little less stressful to do lettering on a separate piece of paper anyway. It takes off some of the pressure because if it gets messed up, you can just move down a little bit and try again!
What I Love about my July Bullet Journal Setup
It wasn’t what I had planned on doing, but my journal seems to have a mind of it’s own! I really love the watercolor lettering! Doing it on the watercolor paper allowed me to use a little more water and play with the paints a bit more without worrying about it bleeding through.
The colors remind me of a gorgeous summer sunset, which is kind of appropriate as this will more than likely be my last month in this journal. I know, it seems like I just set this one up! But I use so many pages daily for to-do lists, journaling, artsy stuff, and zentangles.
I’m really excited to try out these new spreads in my July bullet journal setup! I feel like I made a lot of trackers to keep up with this month. I really wanted to try them out, and if they don’t work or if it’s too much to keep up with, I can always scrap them next month.
I hope this helps inspire ideas for your own journal! And don’t stress about mistakes, they can always be covered up!