September Plan With Me | My Bujo | Sitting In The Clouds

How are we in September already? Do you realise it will be Christmas in 114 days. I’ll just let that sink in a for a minute. But with a new month means brand new bullet journal spreads and reflection on how the past month has gone.



August Review

August was the first month in my brand new bullet jounral (my brand new bullet jounraland it went so well. I really started to use my journal as a memory keep sake, including daily doodles as well as a “scrapbook style” page.

What Went Well?
> tracking seperate sleep related habits as part of my sleep tracker. I tracked habits such as, reading before bed, wearing my retainer and if I used my phone/laptop before sleeping.
> the stats section on my blog tracker page allowed me, at a glance to see how well my blog has been developing. Unfortuntely August was down in everything compared to July.
> my daily doodles
> tracking my water intake daily

What Could Have Worked Better?
> my mood tracker, although so pretty to look at, it’s not very pratical. I can’t easily see what mood I was feeling each day.
> I didn’t end up liking using a seperate colour each day for my habit tracker. It ended up being a bit too distracting and in September I have really simpified it.



Weekly Spreads

I really loved how my weekly spreads were coming out each week so I kept them all similar, just with sublte details changing. I love flipping through these spreads even after the week has passed just to admire my doodles and remember what the week entailed.



Scrapbooking

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This was my first ever attempt at scrapbooking in my bullet journal. I had one of the best weekends in August, not only because I got an interview for the Disney Cultural Exchange Program (I got the email) but I also went to Friendsfest, an event I look forward to each year and Tylan, a youtuber I mentioned in my 5 Youtubers You Should Be Watching blog post, noticed me and replied. He actually thanked me for feauting his wife and him in my blog post. I was truly in fan girling mode. Therefore with all that exciting stuff happening to me within the space of 72 hours, I had to remember it in all it’s glory.

I simply printed some pictures and wrote some text to go along with the images. It’s not the most perfect spread I’ve done but I’m happy I’ve started scrapbooking in my bullet journal and I definitely want to do more in the future.



September Spreads

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Septembers colour is purple but I find the Steadler fineliner in the dark purple is too dark so I decided to use both of the purples and I really like how the colour combo came out.

I’m using the same spread style as usual for my monthly spread. I’m a creature of habit so once I find something I love and works well for me, I tend to stick to it.

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I decided to switch up the overall font for this month and I absoutely love it. As you can see my spending tracker is exactly the same. This style works so well for me and I’m hestiate to try new ways of tracking my money. I’m also loving the ombre style my headers have.

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A new spread for me, the time log style spread. I have tried using a similar spread before but found I didn’t stick with it. I just found it too much effort. I’m trying something slighty different to see if I can stick with it this time but I still have a gut feeling that this spread just isn’t for me, but we’ll see.

My sleep tracker is fairly similar but with my new sleeping schedue of sleeping by 10 and up at 6, I feel like this spread will be really helpful this month. I have some new bed time related habits to track, ie up in the middle of the night and if tom is staying round. This month I also did little doodles to symbolize each habit and I love it.

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My final double page spread is my habit and mood tracker. I decided to put these two on the same page to see if there is any correlation between what habits I’m doing daily and my overal mood for that day. I also mentioned that last month I found my habit tracker too distracting with all the colours, so in September I made a grid and I will simply dot  the boxes of the habits I complete each day. I’m excited to see how it will turn out.

The mood tracker is the same style. I will simply place a dot next to a mood I was feeling that day. I have roughly done it from the best mood to the lowest mood as I want to then join the dots to make a line graph. My moods consist of, hyper, excited, happy, content, okay, meh, sad, cried, productive, stressed, annoyed and tired.

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And finally, next weeks weekly spread. I’ve continued with the monthly colour theme for this week but I do like switching up the colours each week. It looks really plain at the beginning of the week but at the end of the week, it’s so busy and colourful due to all my doodles.



So that’s it. August is over and September has offically begun. I’m excited to play around with my new time log spread and to see whether it will work for me this time round. And just generally start a fresh month.

Do you have a bullet journal? What spreads are you using this month? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel

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June Plan With Me | My Bujo | Sitting In The Clouds

A fresh month in your bullet journal is always exciting as there are clean new pages to fill out and experiment with. This month I’ve kept some of my old favourites, and got rid of others.

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I hated the colour scheme I did for May so in June I decided to try something I haven’t done before and tried doing an ombre effect with yellow and pink. I’m really pleased how it came out.

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I stuck with my first double page spread being my One Line and Doodle A Day spread but I’m already regretting doing a Doodle A Day this month as I’ve been enjoying incorporating a doodle into the blank space I have left on my weekly spreads. Therefore this spread might get abandoned but we’ll see.

I realised in May that leaving only one line for my One Line A Day sometimes wasn’t enough so therefore I’ve removed the dates down the left hand column and everyday after I’ve finished writing my one “line”, I will put the next day straight underneath. This is just give me more room if I need rather than trying to squish everything together.

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Seriously without Boho Berry I don’t know where my bullet journal would be, she gives me so much inspiration for spreads. This circular mood tracker was inspired from hers, of course. It’s a simpler version of the mood tracker than last month’s. I will just rate the day out of 10 depending on how good or bad it was then colour in the according boxes. Hopefully it will make a cool patter at the end of the month.

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Within each spread I’ve made my birthday bold because why not? haha! My monthly habit tracker has pretty much stayed the same with the first section of habits. I’ve included a “creative time” as I’m officially on summer break from uni and I want to make sure I’m still creating things and keeping up my skills. The section underneath is all to do with my recent health kick. In 2016 I wanted to take up swimming and I’ve FINALLY had motivation to do so. Today was my first session and I really enjoyed it. I’m excited to go back and build up my stamina and just feel better about myself.

I’ve also been slacking on my water intake recently and because it’s getting warmer in the UK now it’s even more important for me to drink more water. Therefore I’ve made my daily target 3 litres. I’ve also added a “no food after 8pm” on my tracker as well because I want to train myself to stop late night snacking.

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My spending log is back because I find it really useful to see where all my money is going. Thankfully I won’t have to spend much on uni this month and there will probably be a lot of pink columns. It is summer after all.

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And finally before we get into my weekly spreads, I’ve included “20 Things I’ve Learnt in 20 Years” as I am turning 20 this month. I have 11 more days until I’m no longer a teenager so I wanted to reflect on my time on this earth so far and think about all the things I’ve learnt. Once this spread is complete, I would love to do a blog post on it, if you’re interested.

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This is my first full weekly spread in June. I’m in love with it already. I just love all the colour and the doodles I’m incorporating. It just makes me so happy to look at.

I have incorporated my water intake into each day with the squares on the left hand side. I just colour in a box for each 500ml glass I drink. This just allows me to track my water more easily as I know then if I colour in 6 boxes I’ve drunk my target of 3 litres.

My past weekly spreads used to see Saturday and Sunday share a rectangle but I’ve recently realised that I needed more room to write my weekend activities so I reformulated the layout to enable me to allow the weekend days to have a box each. I really like this layout now and think I’ll be sticking with it for a while. It also takes me half the time to create which is a lifesaver sometimes.


I’m really excited to be back in my bullet journal as in May, near the end I just couldn’t be bothered to fill in my spreads. With the little changes I made and how much nicer the colour scheme is, I feel like this month will be a good one.

Do you bullet journal? What spreads have you done for June, let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel 
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April In Review + May Plan With Me

March In Review | My Bujo | Sitting In The Clouds

Welcome Back!!!…but I’m actually getting bored of saying that every time I start a new post, so you may not see it in my next one, but anyway. This past month I’ve been trying to really utilise my bullet journal and make it something more than just a place I write my to-do lists down in. It’s always been a place to let my creativity flow so at the end of February after being so inspired by Boho Berry, I took inspiration from a lot of her spreads to try for myself, therefore it was the first month in my bullet journal that I used a “month in review” spread and it’s came in so handy that I thought I’d share it with you guys.

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Now a “month in review” spread varies for everyone but generally it’s a spread in your bullet journal to evaluate how your month has gone; what pages worked well and you want to create again for the upcoming month, what spreads just really didn’t work and new ideas you have and want to try. Doing this enables you to really look at how to fully use your bullet journal and have no wasted space. I LOVED doing this spread and I feel it’s enabled my April spreads to really adapt and evolve into spreads that will really help me.

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I’ve been using the same monthly overview spread since starting starting this particular bullet journal back in September. I, did however, used to use a different format which I wanted to try out again and see if it still worked for me. I still really enjoy the classic box a day calendar spreads, I just wanted to switch things up. Therefore in my April Plan With Me you’ll be seeing a new monthly spread.

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I thought my other monthly overview page would be a great spread to put all my monthly to-dos, blog posts, books to read, etc, however in the end it just become a dead space. Although I did try to use it, I never really flipped back to it and this spread. After trying it for a second time, I have decided this style of spread just isn’t for me.

My “One Line A Day” spread on the other hand, worked really well. I knew it would as I love my “One Line A Day” book, but having this spread within my bullet journal instead of having it in a completely different book was really helpful. It’s a spread that I have continued onto April along with new spread I’m really excited to use. However, you’ll have to wait for my April Plan With Me to see what it is.

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My blog tracker spread is one that never disappoints. It enables me to track my blog posts, plan ahead my posts for the entire month, and write down any new ideas. I love how I use it and how it looks, I don’t think I’ll be getting rid of it or switching it up any time soon.

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Now my time log started out strong but it fizzled out around the middle of the month. Because I’m kind of a perfectionist I had to have one block of each colour meaning I had to track where my hours of the day went on a post-it note and then at the end of the day, add it all up and then track it in my bullet journal. This just became hassle for me during the weekdays with work and uni, things I didn’t feel like I need to track, so this spread failed for me and I won’t be continuing onto April. It was a great idea that unfortunately just didn’t work for me.

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My spending log on the other hand was amazing. It made me really think about where my money was going, and if I wanted to buy something I knew I had to track it in my bullet journal and that always made me rethink if I needed it/wanted it. For this reason and the fact it helped me see where my money was going and made me cut down on things I didn’t really need, I’m continuing it onto April, but with a few new adjustments because the current spread is very messy so I’m hoping that my new layout will be a lot neater overall.

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Here is just a few brain dump pages I made. I’ve never been keen on brain dump pages before as I just liked my bullet journal to be like a planner, very neat and tidy and I found brain dump pages kind of messy. However, after being so inspired by Boho Berry and wanting to make my bullet journal more than just a to-do list book, I decided to try a brain dump page.

OMG they are wonderful. I was being told a lot of information at university one day and just decided to write it all down in my bullet journal on a “brain dump” page and it really helped me clear my mind and make me less stressed about it all. Although I haven’t really flipped back to either of the pages much, I still love having them as they have come in handy sometimes. I am no longer afraid of making my bullet journal a little messy with pages like this and will for sure be doing more in the future.

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This is a spread that you wouldn’t have seen in my March Plan With Me as I added it a few days into the month and that is my “sleeping tracker” spread which I LOVE!!! I track how many hours I sleep and how good I feel when I wake up. I also track if Tom has stayed round as I always sleep better in his arms….soppy I know and if I’ve read before I’ve slept to see if reading does actually relax me and help me get a better night sleep. So far I’m seeing a collation between getting 7 hours sleep and feeling really good. It seems the more sleep I get sometimes I worse I feel. I love this spread and I’m finding it really interesting so I’m definitely carrying it into next month.

Much like my month overview, I was just getting bored of planning out the same weekly spread each week and wanted to try something new as well as something more simple so it took me less time to set up each week. I got this idea from someone else, although I can’t remember who but I love it and found it worked really well for me. It still enabled me to track my water and habits within the week as well as my uni deadlines and other notes. This spread is a lot more clean and simple and a lot easier to read, I’m really enjoying them.

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As you can tell I added quite a few new spreads and collections to my bullet journal in March as I just loved being in there. One of my new collections is the “how I rate my books”. Now to be honest, I was just bored one night and wanted to be in my bujo so created this spread and although I really like it, I don’t flip to it at all, maybe one day it will come in useful.

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On the opposite side I have a monthly habit tracker and yes I was tracking my habits weekly but I wanted to try again with a monthly overview to see more of how each of my habits was playing out over the month rather than weekly. I much prefer it even though I did like the weekly. I have adapted it by adding a few new habits and it’s been recreated in April.

At the bottom you may also have noticed a mood tracker. This was a spare of the moment idea as I had some room left over but I actually really like it and have included it, but a new take on it for April.

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I was reading quite a bit in March and when I came to colouring in my old spread, I got so confused with which books they were and what order I’d read them and even the colour coding system so I started a fresh. I’ve seen loads of people use the bookshelf design to track their reading so I decided to give it a go and so far I’m loving it. I find it a lot easier to see what I’ve read as I now write the titles on the spines as well as the ratings I gave them as the colour coding system for me is a lot easier to read.The other page is a cute little quote by Dr.Zuess to fill up a blank page before heading into my new weekly spread.

I was enjoying experimenting so much in March that I decided to try another new weekly spread.

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I haven’t even started this coming week yet and I can already tell I’m not going to like this new spread. I got inspiration from “bujo_blossom” on Instagram as her spread is beautiful but it just isn’t working for me already. I completely forget to leave a space to track my water and my blog posts so I know it’s not going to work for me from the get go. I will be going back to my previous weeklies for April for sure.


I really enjoyed looking back over my month in my bullet journal to see what worked and what didn’t and I feel it has really helped me plan out for the month of April. My April Plan With Me will be live on my blog at the end of next week so keep your eyes peeled for that as I’m so excited to share it with you. It turned out amazingly!

Thank you for reading and supporting my blog. I did have a little one week break as I just didn’t feel motivated to write and I didn’t want to put our content just for the sake for it but I have some really good blog posts coming so get excited.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel
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Plan With Me: March Set Up | My Bujo | Sitting In The Clouds

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Welcome Back!!! I’ve always loved my bullet journal but since Kara from Boho Berry has been uploading her “month in my bujo” videos each day in February, I have become really inspired to experiment and utilised my bullet journal more so when planning out March I decided to add more monthly spreads to try and stay even more organised and really track and keep on top of things. At the end of March, I will review how well the new monthly spreads worked for me but I’m excited to start using my new spreads to see if they actually work.


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However, before any of my new spreads come into play, I have my regular month at a glance double page spread as I love starting the new month off with an overview so I can plan ahead easily. I don’t have much planned for March at the moment but I’m hoping by the end of the month it will be filled up.

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The next spread is a new one for me, however I have tried a similar style in the past but I didn’t end up using it. I decided to try it out again after getting inspiration from Kelly from Kelly Rambles here on WordPress, but of course adapting the spread to my own personal needs. I think the “uni” box will come in super handy, along with my monthly TBR and To-Do list. I’m apprehensive about how useful the others one will be but the bujo system is all about experimenting so I’m interested in if they will work and if I could adapt them for the following month if I end up really liking the overall system.

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Opposite, I have a “one line a day” spread. I actually have a “one line a day” book that spans over five years and when I fill it out, I love looking back over it. However, recently I keep forgetting and so I thought I’d transition the idea over into my bullet journal to see if because it’s in something I look at everyday it will help me remember to fill it out.

This spread is simply an adaption of the “gratitude log” a lot of people have. However, I personally prefer calling it “one line a day” so it can be negative or positive or even a quote. Really just one line about anything that I did or came to mind that particular day.

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My monthly blog tracker has been part of my bullet journal for a while now but only the since the beginning of the new year has it become a double page spread. I like having the check boxes of “pictures taken”, “written”, “edited” and “posted”. It really helps keep me stay on top of everything blog related. The “notes” section is very big and I haven’t yet filled it up all the way but I like putting anything blog related there. For example, I hit 600 followers on the 1st of February so I did a little decorative area to celebrate this in the “notes” section in my February blog tracker spread.

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The Time Log spread is something completely new to me but I was so inspired by Kara from Boho Berry, I really wanted to try it out for myself. Basically, each square equals one hour and I’ve colour coded the tasks I want to track. For example if on March 1st, I spend 2 hours on my blog, I will colour in two boxes in yellow, if I spent 1 hour reading, one box will be coloured in green. If this spread goes according to plan, it will be really interesting at the end of the month to see how I spend my time and what I prioritise. I have a feeling a lot of it will be pink and blue ahah!!

Similarly, I also now have a spending log, using the same idea of colouring in boxes according to how much I spend on certain things, such as my car, traveling, entertainment and food. However, each box will represent £1. I have tried to do this sort of spread in the past but the idea flopped because I was spending so much, I didn’t have enough boxes on the page and I felt so guilty spending so much. However, as I am a student now, I’m working less but still spending money on my car and traveling into London for lectures I really feel like this spread will really open my eyes into where exactly my money is going each month.

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Right at the bottom of the spread, I have included a start and an end box. This is simply for me to place where my bank balance was at the start of the month and where it is at the end of the month, allowing me to see actually how much I’ve spent in the entire month.

Turning the page will start my normal weekly spreads.


I’m super excited to try all my new spreads out in March as I’m hoping they will really help me out, especially the time and spending log. To be honest, I just want February to end and March to begin so I can start using them all.

Do you use any of the same or similar spreads? Do they work for you? What are your favourite spreads I’ve mentioned or do you have a favourite spread in your bujo that works really well for you? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel 


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Welcome Back!!! I had hardly made a dent in my bullet journal for 2016 as I only started my new one in September so I thought it would be pointless to move into a new journal for the new year despite how much I wanted to. However, I’m really pleased at how I divided the years and started a fresh for 2017 but in the same bullet journal.

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To divide the two years I decided to take a double page spread and list all my year goals on one page and create a nice decorative page with one of the quotes I love and I want to try and focus more on in the new year on the other. I absolutely love this double page spread and it’s now one of my favourite spreads in my bullet journal.

The quote reads…”we take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone”.

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The following double page spread is my January monthly view. I’ve been using this exact monthly view layout since starting university in October and I really like it and how it works for me. It enables me to plan for the entire month and let’s me easily see how my month is going to plan out. And it’s just so simple and easy to use that I didn’t not want to include it for the new year as it really helps me stay on track.

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I’ve been using a blog tracker of some sort since I started my bullet journal. However, for the new year I thought I’d revamp it a bit. It used to only take up one page but for 2017, I decided to take two pages and on the other page create a check list with tick boxes for “photos taken”, “written”, “edited” and “posted”. So far this is working really well and helping me stay more organised with my blog. I also created a nice big “notes” box where I can write down any blog posts I want to make sure to post in that month as well as anything else blog related that comes to mind.

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If you’ve been following me a while, you’ll know that I LOVED my cinema movie spread from 2016 and I loved it so much I had to bring it into 2017. However, since the cinema spread only took up one page, I thought of what I could include on the other single page before my first weekly spread started on the flip side. I finally decided to create a 2017 reading tracker. My goal for 2017 is to read 50 books so I created 50 boxes and each time I complete a book I can colour in a box. I know this method works really well for me and helps me stay motivated as I love colouring in boxes, it makes me feel very satsified. However, I decided to colour code the boxes.

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Depending on the rating I give the book depends on what colour I colour in the box. As you can see above, I created a little key to help myself remember. And following the key you can see that the first book I read in 2017 was a 5 star. At the end of the year, if I complete 50 books, it will be awesome to look back on and compare what ratings I gave all the books I read and just see the entire page coloured in.

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And finally it’s my weekly spread. You are probably sick of seeing the same weekly spread by now but I’m scared to change it or even rearrange it slightly as it works so well for me at the moment so I doubt I’ll be adjusting this layout any time soon. The only real difference is the headers for my weekly spreads. I’ve started working on my handwriting and love the added touch of colour around the font.


So although I didn’t change my bullet journal for the new year, I’m really pleased on how I decorated it and created some new spreads ready to help me conquer the new year ahead. Did you start a new bullet journal for the new year? Or did you stick with your one from 2016? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel 


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