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How To Be Creative with Your Journal + Update | Nia’s Chit Chats

Hello bookworms! I’m Nia and today I’m going to be talking about bullet journaling. Again.

I was so happy to see that you really liked when I write these type of posts, and since I love creating and sharing them, I think I’m going to be talking about this more in the future.

But for now, I’m going to be sharing you some tips to not lose interest when bullet or book journaling. So withour any further ado, let’s start!

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So it’s nothing new that’s it’s quite hard to be always creative when it comes with journaling. Whether it’s because you don’t really want to spend much time creating new things, or simply because you don’t know what to do with it, it’s something that happens to everyone.

But honestly, you do you. I’ve recieved a few coments saying that they really don’t have the time to start a journal, or aren’t that creative. And I completely understand you. But you really don’t need to copy everything I do. I just post these things mainly because I find this so relaxing and therapeutic, and because I want to inspire you to do your own thing. You don’t have to add drawings or doodles, or have straight lines or a colour theme every month, I just do it because I’m a perfectionist and I like playing with new things.

Also, every person is different and have a different life. I just write things that help me remember things or that I’m really curious about (like my dreams), but if you’re really a busy person (or not), you could do a complete different thing.

For example, this month I tried a different thing, and though I don’t really like how it came out, I really want to give it another try, because one of my 2018 goals is to be more creative and try to draw illustrations.

And where do you come out with those ideas? you might ask. Well, this month I tried to think about something I really like. I finished last month The Cruel Prince, and since I really enjoyed that book I decided that I wanted to focused this month’s theme in fairies (you’ll later see that there are more leaves and stuff that fairies, BUT STILL). I usually base that month’s aesthetic on something I’m enjoying lately, so that’s why.

Most of the times everything is the same as the previous month. It took me a while to find what worked for me, so don’t be afraid to experiment with new things and add them to your journal, maybe they’ll work for you!

I find that for me a big calendar works amazingly, because when I had a smaller one I couldn’t really add anything and it was a bit messier, but with this method I really like how everything is. I also really like to add a fairly big TBR, where I write down the books I want to read said month. When I do, I underline that book.

Sometimes I also add a little space for blog or book ideas. For the ones of you who don’t know (probably everyone, lol), I’m in the process of writing a book. I’ve had a few ideas, but I still have to outline and start to write, but I’ll be doing that in a future. So maybe I’ll be adding some bookish related stuff to my journal, because that’d be helpful, I’m positive.

Another thing you’ve probably already seen is my blogging related pages. I always make sure I have a page related to that month’s posts, releases, reviews and hauls. It’s super easy once I decided to do this, because I always reach for it when I have to write something, and I know whose posts I’ve already scheduled and not.

If you find sometimes a lack of inspiration, I totally recommend you look for things on Pinterest, WeHeartIt or Instagram. You wouldn’t believe how many people have joined this bullet journal thing, and it’s a wonderful thing, honestly. That’s what I do when I’m uninspired or don’t know what to do with my journal. And most of the times I do find some really cool things I wanna try!

For example, there was one time when I saw a really beautiful post about a habit tracker, and I decided to try it myself. Turns out I really loved it! So in this particular ocasion, I placed my habit and mood tracker horizontally and together.

I also decided to incorporate more personal stuff that I wanted to have an eye on, and a few moods more that I hadn’t last month. Something I really like to do with my moods is track them each day in the morning and at night, because they ALWAYS change. It’s been really helpful so far, so I think I will be continuing with this method for the next months.

My sleeping tracker and dreams is pretty much the same. I totally recommend, if you want to have a more complex journal (and if you love that vibe) to print pictures you like and glue them in your notebook. Not only they add a really cool aesthetic, but they are super pretty to look at.

You don’t need to do much, honestly. I know it looks like it takes a LOOT of time, but if you don’t want to spend too much time with it, you don’t need to. I print my pictures at home, after creating a collage with all the photos I want (save paper, folks!), and it’s something that I really love. I also adore washi tape. It’s an amazing little tool that’ll make your journal look awesome and beautiful, and the best thing is that you don’t have to do anything, it’ll do all the job for you!

Aaaand this month, since I participated in the ContemporaryAThon, I decided to dedicate a whole page just to write down my whole experience (turns out, it was better than I thought!). Even though it was a pretty simple layout, I think it came out really cool, and it helped me a lot to track everything!

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I also changed my weekly layouts (I actually do that every month). Even though I usually stick to a same theme per month, mostly to see how I feel about it, and about adding new things to my bujo, I also do that so I won’t lose interest and stop journaling. It’s something that happens to me everytime, and I love experimenting with new things!

For example, this month not only I added leaves to each day, but also I decided to incorporate a little water tracker (spoiler alert: some days I drank more than 4L), and a little habit tracker (I’m not pretty sure I’ll be keeping that in future journals). I also wanted to add a songs of the week space, mostly because my moods and the music I listen to are pretty much related.

Another thing that’s the same as it was in January is this space decicated to my mini reviews. I cannot tell you how helpful these little things are! Not only it helps me to remember everything I want to say in a review, but also it’s a kind of reminder of what I liked and didn’t about those books.

So that’s pretty much it for today, guys! I really hope you enjoy these type of posts, because it’s something that I love to create! And definitely let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for a future post, and I’ll for sure do it!

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Do you have your own journal or would you like to start one? Let me know if you have any suggestions for any type of posts related to this that you’d like to see in a future, because I’d definitely do them!

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11 thoughts on “How To Be Creative with Your Journal + Update | Nia’s Chit Chats”

  1. I used to have a journal but I ended up scrapping it because I couldn’t get it to the level of perfection I wanted it to be. I really enjoyed reading this post and looking at pictures of your journal. Have a great day 🙂

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    1. I used to have a planner but I found this method to be way more artistic and useful to me! Also it’s super therapeutic, and I always look for the time to start planning a new monthly theme💕.

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  2. Your journal is SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I’m so envious of your ability to make it so neat. I think I would get frustrated because I wouldn’t feel as if I had the time to make it one pretty like yours! I love all your pages and ideas for it too! -Ashley

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    1. Thank you! I have to say it took a while for it to look like that, because when I started it was a bit messy and not that great, haha. I’d honestly recommend you to try it out, you’d be surprised if you keep doing it every single month!

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  3. Your journal is so pretty. Such GOALS but I think I’m going to try to make mine a little prettier, but I just suck lol. I’m not artistic or crafty whatsoever so we’ll see lol. 😛

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    1. Thank you! I felt the same way when I started, but I totally recommend you to check bujo pictures on Pinterest and try to copy them until you find your style and what you want to keep on your journal (that’s what I did and it’s been working so far!).

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