I finally did it! I reached the end of my berry Leuchtturm1917 journal. I’ve never used an entire journal or planner before. I always get distracted, find something new, or lose interest in it. You can understand how excited I am to be moving on to my next book – a lemon yellow LT1917. I started Berry at the end of February/beginning of March, so there was no extra stress of moving to a new bullet journal in the middle of the month. This time, however, took a few extra steps.
I want to share my moving process to help take off some of the stress for you! Some people panic at the thought of leaving things hanging or moving in the middle of the month, but this really felt so seamless for me.
Moving to a New Bullet Journal
First thing’s first – plan ahead! Keep an eye on how many pages you have left, and how many pages you use each week. I have several pen test pages in the very back of mine, so page 236 was my last usable page. When I got to page 200, I made a new spread to plan out my move.
Details, details, details!
I listed out the details of my next journal: which one it would be (I had a few on hand), the theme or colors I would be using, and what supplies. The bright yellow cover is such a happy color that I wanted everything inside to be bright and happy. I decided to use the bright set of Tombow brush pens, some bright watercolor flower stickers from Happy Planner, and a different set of fine-liner pens for my color-coding key.
Decide what collections to move.
I went through my index and noted what collections I would want to move over to the new bullet journal: my weight-loss tracker, blog post ideas, and a few other important lists. Just to be on the safe side, I also flipped through the journal itself to see if I missed indexing any lists, and I found one or two more that needed to be moved. I made a list of all of these on my planning pages so that I could check them off and have all of my moving info in one place.
Start with pen test pages.
My best piece of advice for starting any new journal (whether it’s your first or your tenth) is to do some pen test pages in the back. I do a small ink sample with each pen so that I know how they’ll look on the paper and if I need to worry about any ghosting or bleeding. I do this with my fine-liner pens, markers, brush pens, and fountain pens. These pages help break the ice and make an empty journal seem less intimidating.
One of my favorite things to do in a new journal is to pick a fun quote to put on the first page. I love to add some doodles and make it look pretty. What goes on your page 1?
Do main planning pages, next.
Set up your index pages (if your new bullet journal doesn’t already have those), your future log, and fill in any info from your previous journal. I also like setting up a 2-page spread right after my future log with a list of birthdays and anniversaries in the family. There’s no way they’d all fit on the future log, so this is another handy collection to use.
Copy your collections.
After your main planning pages are done, start copying your other spreads in whatever order you want them. Even though they’re right at the front, it’s still a good idea to make sure you add them to your index. (Need ideas for a few new collections? Here are a few of my favorites!)
Set up the current month.
Once you have everything set up just how you want it, you can set up the current month. For me, that meant another May cover page (“Hello again, May!”), a calendar for May, and the monthly trackers. I highly recommend transferring all of your monthly info to the new book. It might seem kind of tedious to rewrite all of that all over again, but it’s helpful. Then at the end of the month you have all of the monthly data in one place, and you don’t have to carry around two journals if you need to reference anything.
If you use weekly layouts, set up the next week, or just skip straight to your daily logs. If you missed transferring a collection, don’t sweat it, just add it in wherever. That’s the beauty of the bullet journal system!
This whole process seemed so easy and seamless. Just make a plan, give yourself plenty of time (I started my setup when I had about a week left in my old journal), and don’t stress. I hope this makes your move much easier!
I’m so excited about this new journal. I’ve never been a huge fan of yellow, but I fell in love with this lemon journal so hard! I can’t wait to get to the end and see all the bright happiness as I flip through the pages.