I got a new journal because I wanted to motivate myself with my Christmas bullet journal spreads. I was so happy to hear that I could find a Leuchtturm1917 journal in my local Ryman store, there was so many colours to chose from but pink (cherry) made the final cut – after what felt like an hour trying to choose. They had a few of the special collection bullet journal, the ones with bullet journal embossed on the cover but only had three colours to choose from. Other than the embossing both of the journals were exactly the same. I’ve had so much fun over the past four weeks getting creative with my new bullet journal, I am also pleased that I have planned the next month out so I know what presents to buy, places to visit and so on.
The first thing I did was see if my different pens bled through the paper. I found only a Sharpie bled through, the other pens did shadow through the paper which was a tad disappointing. The way around it was to skip a page after each spread and glue the pages together, it worked, I’ll just need a new bullet journal sooner. Leuchtturm1917 states it is ink proof at 80 g/sqm which was true. In total there is 249 pages in the Leuchtturm1917 journal. I didn’t use the first page just because my heart couldn’t do it, I can’t even explain myself I just couldn’t.
I wish I had written down what order I wanted my spreads as they are slightly mixed up but life’s about learning right. I should have done my hello December page first. As done before I used my cutting up washi tape tip which you can see below – The holly.
I looked around Pinterest for some ideas and found so many. I didn’t want to copy someone’s pages so I mixed up different ideas be that the illustrations, colours, words or layouts. I am hopping to try and do monthly doodles after finding it so fun and easy to do.
I wrote out every week in a diary style, I knew once I had finish that it wouldn’t work for me as I needed something simple to look at, faffing around looking for the day I needed would put me off it. I wrote out November on one page and found it easy as well as very helpful to keep a track on what I had coming up. I have done a one page December calendar after getting on so well with the November spread.
I will add though that I used my Christmas stamps for my diary spreads which was a quick and effective way to be creative, I simply had to just colour the pictures in. I love stamps as they save so much time.
The main spread I did need was a present page as it’s easy to forget who to buy for. In the presents I’m going to write what’s left to buy and categories the type of presents ie alcohol, smellies, books, gift vouchers and so on. The usual Christmas stuff you only really get at Christmas. On the page next to it is everyone’s name to which I’ll colour when they are complete. I had to pair everyone up as my tree run out of room.
(Can you notice which one of my boxes has a mistake that I keep forgetting to tipex )
I couldn’t forget my Christmas Wish list now could I? I will tick off any I do get at Christmas, I’ll then add what I can to my birthday wish list next year. Someone has told me they got me the origami set before I did my wish list so I can tick that off now.
I thought of the Christmas count down all by myself! No Pinterest, no google, nothing. There is probably lots of Christmas countdown ideas I just thought of the baubles. I know it’s not the first yet I just circled it to show you how I plan to tick off each day, I wish it was the first already!
A few years back I shared with you my Favourite Christmas films to watch , to my surprise that list has changed slightly so I wrote down a new list in my bullet journal. What are your favourite films to watch? I am putting the Grinch on when I decorate the tree on the first of December. I have noticed that I have never mentioned my all time favourite Christmas film! How did I forget how much I love The snow Queen after watching it 100 times, I have not watched it in years so I plan to buy a copy asap and watch it.
I really enjoyed using my Leuchtturm1917 journal and found it so smooth to write in. I would buy one again and highly recommend it if you don’t mind shadowing through the paper, I wouldn’t have minded if I wasn’t aiming to take photos. I like how I made time for myself to get stuck in with planning. Really if you look at my pages it’s all simple enough with stamps, washi tape, I used a ruler to make the lines perfect. I mostly put effort in the doodles page which took an hour at most, it is also good to have for seasonal illustration ideas. The journal has many more perks which I have listed below. What is your favourite journal to use?
- Two page markers.
- Stickers to label.
- Elastic enclosure band.
- Numbered pages.
- Blank contents table pages.
- 8 perforated and detachable pages.
- Gusseted pockets.
Have I missed any key things to put in my bullet journal to help plan out Christmas? What journal do you use?