May Bullet Journal Setup

After bullet journaling for 9 months now, I’d like to say I’m in a pretty good groove. I love trying new spreads, both weekly and monthly, new color schemes, and new collections. My May bullet journal setup is no exception. I think it’s one of my prettiest setups yet, and I’m trying a few new things. But before we get to that, let’s take a peek at April!

My may bullet journal setup might be my favorite monthly layout yet! It has my calendar, goals, habit tracker, mood tracker, weather tracker, and more!

April Review

I fell in love with my April cover page. That little lamb was just too cute!

 

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 I did my usual layouts in April: Monthly calendar, habit tracker, and gratitude pages. I also added a new page: a weather tracker. I hate spring in the south. Every storm brings so much anxiety for me, so I’m coping by keeping track of it all!

I tried a few different weekly layouts in April. This one was one of my favorites! (Inspired by Kimberly @Sublime Reflections on Instagram!

Favorite April Weekly Spread // My may bullet journal setup might be my favorite monthly layout yet! It has my calendar, goals, habit tracker, mood tracker, weather tracker, and more!

May Bullet Journal Setup

I’ve been feeling a little homesick for Texas lately, so my monthly theme is Texas! There’s nothing prettier than Texas bluebonnets in the spring, and they definitely took over my monthly pages! I might have gotten a little carried away with them!


May Cover Page // My may bullet journal setup might be my favorite monthly layout yet! It has my calendar, goals, habit tracker, mood tracker, weather tracker, and more!

Calendar

I typically prefer the regular grid-style calendar, but this month I wanted to give the traditional bullet journal calendar a try. There’s a good chance this journal won’t have enough room to last through the end of the month, so if I don’t like it I can always switch calendar styles when I set up the next journal.

May Calendar // My may bullet journal setup might be my favorite monthly layout yet! It has my calendar, goals, habit tracker, mood tracker, weather tracker, and more!

Trackers

My habit trackers are usually outlined with ruler-straight lines, but this month I wanted to go a little more free-form and open. I also moved my weather tracker higher up on the page so that I have more room to record all of the many severe weather warnings we’ll be getting this month.

May Trackers // My may bullet journal setup might be my favorite monthly layout yet! It has my calendar, goals, habit tracker, mood tracker, weather tracker, and more!

The biggest changes I made for my May bullet journal setup are these pages. I separated my mood tracker from my regular habit tracker and gave it its own page. I also changed my rating and color scheme. Instead of giving the day a rating of 1 to 5, I broke it down into specific moods. Each day I’ll erase the pencil outlines of the flowers and draw it in with a felt-tip pen.

Mood Tracker & Happiness // My may bullet journal setup might be my favorite monthly layout yet! It has my calendar, goals, habit tracker, mood tracker, weather tracker, and more!

I also renamed my “gratitude” pages to “Happiness is…” I’ll be recording one thing every day that gave me a smile or made me happy. I would normally give this two pages so that I have plenty of room to add doodles and lettering, but I have a feeling only half of this month will fit in the book anyway.

Weekly Spreads

And to start of the month, I’m trying yet another new weekly spread. One of my favorite things about bullet journaling is making new spreads and not being tied to just one layout all year long. Naturally I want to try them all!

Weekly Spread // My may bullet journal setup might be my favorite monthly layout yet! It has my calendar, goals, habit tracker, mood tracker, weather tracker, and more!

I’ve never shared my whole monthly setup before, but I love this one so much that I just had to! Hopefully it will inspire some beautiful pages in your own journals!

Do you theme your monthly pages? Are you a minimalist? Tell me about your May bullet journal setup below in the comments! Also, if you’re new to the bullet journal system, check out my beginner’s guide here, and also the original creator, Ryder Carrol at BulletJournal.com.

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43 Comments

  1. Ugh yes southern storms give me tons of anxiety too. And I love your May design 🙂 yay bluebonnets!

    • They are just so awful! It can’t just be thunderstorms, it has to be thunderstorms and TORNADOS! I’m not okay with this!

  2. Oh, I love it! The little bluebonnets are perfect and adorable!

  3. omg if only I have any ounce of artistic talent, I would so be doing this! Yours looks awesome 🙂

    • Thanks, Nicole! These flowers were so easy to draw, and they really don’t take any artistic talent at all! Give it a try, and you’ll probably surprise yourself!

  4. Wow! That is gorgeous! If I created something like that I would be afraid to write in it for fear of messing it up. I love the bluebonnets and the idea of coloring them to your correspond with your moods.

    • Thank you, Beth! I have found that I like the pages written all over even better than I like them blank, so it encourages me to keep writing things! Plus, I have *mostly* gotten past my fear of messing it all up. If it gets messed up, at least I tried. Then I can learn from it and get creative to cover it up. 🙂

  5. I just started bullet journaling again this month… my spreads so far look terrible, but I figured they would as I get used to it again and see what works well for me. I really like that last weekly spread.

    • I’m sure they don’t look as awful as you say, Crystal! And once you iron out the kinks you’ll be happy with it all again! Thank you for your kind words!

  6. Oh my god, this is absolutely adorable! I love the lamb and the May layout with the succulents! I would love to try bullet journaling!

  7. I love the layouts you’ve done in your bullet journal. I’ve wanted to get into this for so long but it’s quite intimidating!

    • Thank you, Lecy! The first time I did my own spreads I was very unsure of everything I was doing. But once I got started I realized that it’s all so much easier than it looks!

  8. I love your journal, it is so creative and pretty! I have yet to take on a bullet journal. I am organized, but when it comes to my schedule, I like to fly by the seat of my pants!

    • Thank you, Willow! There have only been one or two days where I’ve actually made a schedule, but I do love writing down all the to-dos and thoughts that keep running through my head. I feel like there’s not nearly as much clutter up in there now. 🙂

  9. Being creative and journaling, well this is something I want to do in my life.

  10. I love your bullet journal! It’s so pretty and creative! I have a calendar, but now you’ve really got me thinking about trying one of these. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Thanks, Shann! I loved my planner before I started bullet journaling, but then I realized how much more I could do with this vs. a planner. It’s so much fun! Give it a try!

  11. I have never done a bullet journal but recently I have been wanting to give it a try for the summer months to start. I have a busy schedule with numerous different jobs that I’m worried it won’t be beneficial to actually keep the schedule and times of things straight. This is a great example though that makes me want to give it a try still.

    • Thank you, Emily! You should definitely give it a try. The best thing about bullet journaling is that there are no hard and fast rules. If something isn’t working for you, change it! You can make it whatever you want it to be. Hopefully you’ll find something that will work for you!

  12. wow i cant believe you actually made it yourself, it looks great and inspiring. Sadly i dont think i have the skills to make mine look this great so i usually go for those already made but this is super cool.

    • Thanks, Lola! A few months ago I would have said the same thing… “I can’t make mine look like that.” But I’m learning to turn off the inner critic and just enjoy everything.

  13. LOVE the blue flowers you put on the pages…great colors on all the pages

  14. These bulletjournals layouts are beautiful. I started bullet journaling the beginning of this year. It’s fun and it’s a relaxing activity from the hours I spend looking at computer screen at work.

    • Ooooooh, yes, Julie! It’s so relaxing. I love making all the spreads and layouts and lists and doodles. It’s my happy place! 🙂

  15. You are so arttistic! I love your little drawings! They are adorable. And I love the way you lay out each week yourself! I know nothing about bullet journaling so maybe that’s normal, but I love it! Also, where did you get your metallic watercolors?

    • Thanks, Kristin! Everyone does their bullet journal their own way, I just happen to prefer using monthly, weekly, and daily pages. And my mom got the watercolors for me from Michaels, but I’ve also seen them on Amazon. Just search for “pearlescent watercolors.” 🙂 They’re not expensive at all, either!

  16. Wow! I am so impressed! Your journal work is BEAUTIFUL!

    • Awww! Thank you so much, Marlynn! I was a little nervous about sharing this, so your kind words mean so much!

  17. Love your layout and all the fun designs! So cute!

  18. The pictures you draw are beautiful and vivid.I like the way you design the calendar with the little clouds, which really make me look forward to the good things that happen next month. Thanks for sharing this!

  19. Great journal, Love the set up and style!

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  21. Hi, Samantha! I looove your weekly spread for May, it’s all the colors I love !
    Where did you find those washi tapes ? I find them so cute! What brand is it ?
    You’re very talented 🙂

    • I’m so glad you like it, Manon! The washi tapes with the succulents and the hearts came in a 2-pack together from Hobby Lobby (I think the brand name is The Paper Studio). The solid rose gold washi is the Scotch brand roll that I found at Office Depot. 🙂

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