2018 Bullet Journal Set Up!


Hi everyone! January is already coming to an end and I realised I hadn’t shared my 2018 bullet journal set up with you so that’s what I’m here to share today! I’ve decided to split this post into two parts, one for my general set up and a few collections and then next week I’ll be sharing how I’m using my journal in 2018 to track books and blog!

This year I am sticking with a trusty Leuchtturm  1917 dotted grid journal in berry colour, which I am just in love with! I’m continuing to use my Staedtler fine liners but am also going to hopefully use more washi tape and small stickers this year to jazz up my pages!


To open my journal is this simple page. In 2017 I became a bit more brave with my own doodles and so I thought I’d start of 2018 with a little ‘hello’ and a pretty feather filled with geometric designs. Now for my staple set-up pages…


First up is my ‘Year at a Glance’ page. Trust me when I say that this page is the BIGGEST pain to set up. It takes so long to write in all the numbers but I couldn’t do without it. (Ps. printables are easily found online if that makes this easier for anyone.) I love being able to quickly glance at days and dates and it’s so handy when planning ahead. I followed this by a page for my ‘Birthday’s’. Last year I did a birthday wheel but I wanted to keep it a bit more simple this year so did a fancy bit of font and some simple bunting.

Next up is my ‘Future Log’ and this year I have changed it from how it looked last year. I decided I fancied a change and went for a vertical set up. These pages are my LIFE, honestly. I put everything in these pages so I know what I have coming up. These get merged into my monthly spreads but I love having these pages to jot down upcoming events that are further ahead than the rest of my journal. I added a little bit of arrow washi tape at the bottom to keep me moving forward!


Next up is my ‘Work Dates’ Calendex. I used this spread a LOT last year and so I knew I had to include it this year. It is really handy to track my work dates, meetings and commitments separately to my personal dates etc. Plus I can fit the rest of this academic year (Jan-Jul) on two pages. I also included the quote ‘Nevertheless, she persisted’ to remind me to keep on going even when work i tough. I’m really proud with how the lettering turned out on this quote.


My ‘2018 Goals’ page is blank here as I took these photos a little while ago but it has since been filled, maybe I’ll share a picture soon. I wanted to keep with the blank spreads theme for this post. This one is self-explanatory!


‘Memories of 2018’ is going to be where I jot down or doodle my favourite memories of each month. It will be lovely to look back on this at the end of the year. I’ve also decided for 2018 to keep ‘A Year in Pixels’ page. Although I will still track my moods monthly/weekly, I thought this would be really fun to look back on at the end of the year and filling out that little pixel at the end of each day is really satisfying!


Mindfulness is something that I am making a priority this year. I had some tough times towards the end of 2017 and struggled to always look after my own mindfulness. This page is going to become a bank of things I can do when I’m finding it tough. A page I can look at when I’m struggling that will inspire me to take time for myself.

And there we have it, for now! My basic set up for 2018, if you want a closer look please do click on the pictures. I’ll be back with another bullet journal post next week, this time to share how I am tracking my books and blog in my journal.


Do you use a bullet journal? What is your favourite thing about it?

What spreads are your essential to start a new year in a new journal?


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  8. Okay, so I bullet journal, but definitely not to this degree or level. I especially loved your work dates pages so I might have to try something like that in my own journal! This post was so inspirational!

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  9. Hi Kelly!
    Wow! Your bullet journal looks AMAZING! It’s awesome that you draw all of these by hand! I tried bullet journalling a while back, however, I don’t have the time to create each page. Recently I’ve been falling back on the good old agenda to keep track of important dates and tasks :’)

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  10. Your spreads are beautiful! I am ashamed to admit that I have just skipped January in my bullet journal – starting afresh from February! Can’t wait to see what your journal looks like at the end of the year.

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    • Thanks Christina! I’ll definitely keep sharing pictures and blog posts throughout the year, especially as I get so much positive feedback about it being helpful to others too.
      One of my favourite things about the bullet journal is that if you don’t have time then that’s just fine, you pick up where you left off 🙂 I hope February is a great month for you!

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  11. Your bullet journal is as gorgeous as ever. I’m really trying to get the hang of fancy hand lettering fonts, but it’s so hard! I might nick your memories page idea too – it’s too easy to forget the good things!

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  12. I absolutely adore your bullet journal posts. They’re what inspired me to start my own bullet journal.

    I don’t track my work in my bullet journal, and it never occured to me to do a year spread for upcoming events. I started my year with a birthday wheel and my reading challenges for the year.

    My journal is still pretty messy but I’m trying to get it to look more beautiful.

    Do the fineliners you use bleed through the pages? I’ve tried a couple of other brands that did and annoyed me but I don’t like the effect of doing everything in biro.

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