My September Bullet Journal Setup!

It's September here in Melbourne, meaning that we've reached the first days of Spring - not that you would know it, with frosty winds billowing through the CBD. I asked my followers on Instagram what theme I should do for September with a smattering of possible doodles:

My little page of doodles

My little page of doodles

In the end, the most popular ones were city themes and succulents - and the winner, a forest theme! So without further ado, here is my monthly setup for September:

 

Image 1 is my cover page. I ended up putting Totoro in the Forest, with some mushrooms, and next thing I knew, I was drawing a lot of Totoros! Image 2 shows my monthly log. It still uses the Ryder logging system of a list of dates down the page, but I have it in the centre now so I can have more than one event there if needed. On the right hand side of that, is my mood tracker (the mood tracker is basically a rating scale of 1-5, the more to the right it is, the better the day was). The little bullets next to each day is so I can write 1-2 words about why the day was good/ bad.

To the right of the mood tracker, you can see a little monthly calendar (calendars make more sense to me that way, but I don't like using the monthly-layout with the little boxes that are quite common in planners, I find them too small, so the bullet-journal style list is perfect for me). Underneath that is my Instagram tracker for my two accounts, and then, a To-do list, kind of like a future log for that month, and I generally put big tasks that I need to do there. 

Sometimes, I take one of those big tasks and do a log just for that task - what needs to be done by when, and I transfer that to my weekly to make sure I get it done in time. I like sitting down at the beginning of the month to determine what needs to be finished in the coming weeks.

Turning the page, I have my expenses list, and then a "brain dump" page. The expenses list is great as I can write down what I have that might be taxable during the month. I generally put the receipts to the back of my LT, in the pocket, and then transfer them to a receipts folder at the end of the month.

Drawing Totoro as my opening page awakened something in me, and I couldn't help but keep scribbling him everywhere. I use a Sakura Micron fineliner (in 005, 01, 05, 08) when I am doing my sketches, and I find, unless I colour the same spot forever, I don't get any bleeding through my Leuchtturm journal. I do get ghosting, but I don't mind it so much. Here's another pic of Totoro to welcome the month ^_^.

 

Look at him, blowing in the wind!

Look at him, blowing in the wind!