Bullet Journaling – 2018 Set Up, January Spreads & Student Spreads

Hey friends!

If you follow me on Instagram (@teawithkayla) you’ll know that I started a bullet journal. What is this you ask? Well a BuJo for short is a method of organizing tasks and to dos, sort of like a planner of lists, but it is so much more. As you’ll see in my spreads you can keep collections (lists of activities, items), goals, track spending, habits, moods, health etc, and use it like a creative and flexible planning system.

Below is an overview of my spreads to set up the year, and myself for the semester.

The journal – Michael’s store ($5 USD, $9 CAD)
Yearly overview calendar and events
Savings goal tracker, student debt tracker, social media stats
Collections: what I read/watched

Student spreads

This is where it gets messy. Two versions of my schedule. The right side version I messed up and decided that it was better to not have the gym schedule included. I set up the left first but left it blank because I thought I would like the right better. I did not.
Readings for the semester – inspired by @Caitlinmariedasilva
Semester at a glance – syllabus, tests and assignments

January set-up

I made a monthly events overview, habit weather, and mood tracker, expenses page (not shown because it was already filled in, and a tried a few different weekly spread layouts

Printables from the Petite Planner http://thepetiteplanner.com/vip-resource-library/
January Events page (left) Habit tracker, Weather and mood with notation for feeling sick and period (right) Clearly I need to work on some habits
First Weekly Spread. I like this layout but Would shift the spacing down a little next time since there was a lot of wasted space
Next weekly: This time I tried more of a planner style horizontal layout. I did not make the best use of this but overall would try this spread again
I made a one page weekly spread in two different formats here. Left: I used printables from The Petite Planner (http://thepetiteplanner.com/vip-resource-library/) and wrote numbers on them. This spread would work for a less busy week Right: a more straightforward list style, after filling in more details I noted the day that I intended to do each task next to it.


  • Bullet journal – Artist’s Loft Dot Grid Journal from Michael’s ($9 CAD)
  • Black Pens – Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens 4 pack (B, M, F, S)  from Chapters ($12)
  • Bible Journal double sided markers (fine and brush) from Michael’s clearance
  • Crayola Supertips markers 50 pack from Walmart or Michael’s (~ $10)
  • Glue tape / double sided tape (not pictured) from Dollarama ($2)

Thanks for reading. Let me know, Do you use a Bullet Journal or unique planning style? What are your favourite stationery supplies?




2 thoughts on “Bullet Journaling – 2018 Set Up, January Spreads & Student Spreads

  1. I’ve been bullet journaling for a bit over a year and am now switching over bullet journaling in a travelers notebook because I think I can be more organized that way and and it’s refillable!

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