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DIY Grid Bullet Journal

9/03/2016,0 Comments

I love these Seagull index tabs I got. I've been looking for these for a long time!
Instagram is a great source of inspiration. I can scroll through the feeds for hours and not get bored. But of course, that's not productive at all.

And then there's also weheartit. I am not sure if you guys have heard of it but it's mostly girly stuffs posted in there. For a girl who's looking for inspiration in fitness, arts, DIYs, photography, love, and career, weheartit is a great website to browse. It has "collection" feature that allows you to make an album out of all the things you "hearted," kind of like a board in Pinterest.

Anyway, I was inspired by Lavenzz Ooi of Penpapersoul and her daily spreads that look minimalistic and cute at the same time. The "parallel time ladder" layout she's using looks so flexible and I think I just found the time layout that works for me.

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She's using a dotted journal. I have also have a DIY dotted journal (I made my own because I cannot find a dotted journal anywhere!) but although it's nice enough, my handwriting sucks in it. I just can't make my writing straight and clean. It's nice for making doodles, though, like the road map I made for 2016. I decided that I need to use a grid journal so that I can practice my handwriting.

I cannot find a grid journal decent enough for my liking. The stuffs I find are ridiculously overpriced and don't look pretty at all.

So, again, I made my own. My new motto is:

"If you can't afford to buy one, make one."

Sounds nice, doesn't it? I've always wanted to do things on my own. It makes me feel better about myself. Anyway, if you're interested in making your own, here's how I made my DIY grid journal.

The cover of my DIY grid journal. I used cheap wallpaper for the cover. I like the print because it looks so cute.
I had fun making the journal itself. The journal has enough pages to cover the "Ber" months starting from September to December. It's light and I can easily carry it wherever I go.

September 3, 2016 daily spread featuring my note to myself: Channel your inspired mood to something creative in order to make good use of it. We wouldn't want an inspired mood to go wasted, would we? Considering it's getting rarer and rarer for me to such mood nowadays. 
In the upper bar, I have three columns for the date, (day's) weather and (my) mood, and priorities. My mood often dictates my day and I have the Note to Self section to stop my mood from ruining the day.

In the left column, I have three sections for the
  1. Note to Self
  2. Foods eaten
  3. Notes.
I'm still figuring out what color to use in drawing doodles and section headers. I'm thinking of using black next time and see which one looks better.

It's important for me to have this Note to Self part because I need to have a reminder of my chosen guiding philosophy for the day. It makes it easier for me to tackle the day with a Note to Self. It's like an advice to myself on how I will face the day ahead.

 My handwriting isn't perfect and I'm struggling to make my letters as straight as I can make them. The grid really helps in achieving such.
For the Foods eaten section, I write the foods I eat every
  • Breakfast
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Supper
It's a nice practice to keep track of the food I eat. I'm not on diet or anything as of the moment but it makes me conscious of the foods I eat -- which is a good thing.

The Notes section is for things I want to remember, rants, monologues, diary entry, reminders, or just about anything I want to write that doesn't fit with any of the other sections.

The parallel time ladder inspired by Lavennz Ooi of Penpapersoul.
The parallel time ladder here is printed. Yup. Printed. And I don't see anything wrong with printing it. I mean, yes it makes me look lazy but I don't see the point of having the draw identical time ladders in every page if you could just print them out with the grids. This is one of the benefits of a DIY planner. I am in charge of the layout. :)

I like this particular layout because it's very flexible. It's a time-bound layout which can also cater to what a to-do layout offers. I can play around with arrows, be reminded of my to-do list while still keeping track of the time.

For more inspiration, you can find more images of my planner and journals in my Instagram and Weheartit accounts. :)
Here's what everything looks like. I like this layout because, as I said, it looks neat and minimalist. But the best thing I like about it is it serves the purpose of a planner, which is like the primary standard in choosing a BuJo (bullet journal) layout, right?

How is it guys? Is there a layout you recommend me to try next? Hit the comment section below and tell me what you think.

Images of my DIY Grid Bullet Journal as seen on Instagram:

(Updated with every upload)

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