POST 09 // BULLET JOURNAL
Bullet Journal Calligraphy & Functionality
BEAUTIFUL & FUNCTIONAL
by Lucy Mellor
02 / 06 / 2019
Whether you purchase the official journal/ planner or use your own notebook (lined, dotted, blank) use the same overall idea for this craze - we have a design layout for you to try along with journal calligraphy.
Bullet Journals & Planners; the old fashioned cousin of your iPhone notes is something I can't get away from - the purpose of the whole idea makes so much sense and when we get the things done it's a win win! Bullet journalling goes one up from the regular notebook - it brings aesthetics to the table. Well, this clearly appeals to us! Everyone’s Bu Ju (what the kids are calling it) are different and thats part of the main appeal - there’s literally no one laying down the rules, the do’s or dont’s - start with a page and see where you go with the creative element whilst keeping your focus on the jobs at hand. This is where our calligraphy and hand lettering comes into play!
The new craze is a new way of looking at note keeping - which I’m all for especially adding a splash of colour and design to the more mundane tasks of admin and alike.
As Bu Ju is a rather large community stretching from one country to the next - there’s plenty of inspiration out there and we’ll be adding our Bullet Journal Calligraphy ideas and layout designs to our socials more often as we’re actually big fans personally so thought we’d share how we incorporate calligraphy and hand lettering into the core functionality element of journalling.
Our eyes moves from left to right on a page, webpage, magazine, menu etc. and that's the way we work through our notebooks so if you’ve something exciting and spectacular in mind and want to promote this early on - get this on the left page to be the first thing you see in the month so if you're having a rough day you'll get a little pick me up.
For us, we’ll be incorporating hand lettering on every page, even those more dull pages for things like the weekly shopping list - but our main feature page of illustration and lettering will be on the left and we’ll use the full page to really give it a full effect - no need to squeeze everything in, there's plenty of room! And if you run out of pages in your notebook buy another and please don't compromise your creativity and enjoyment to fit in something so blurgh as a your weekly shopping list!
From here, once we’d got started and like where we’re heading - we’ll very loosely keep the theme throughout the month as this is rather helpful when flicking through the notebook looking for your current month. Of course, be more or less strict on your themes and consistency to your preference!
Usually, the first two pages aren't too functional - more of a relaxing time to experiment with different styles and colour pallets - then we’ll be getting down the functional elements, sorting our key (if you have one that is), prioritising tasks and basically getting everything from your mind on paper.