Bullet Journaling 2021 // Tips and Favorite Designs

Happy New Year! (plus one day. (: )

I have had a few questions about different things regarding bullet journaling recently, so I figured that I would make a post where I talk about a few of my favorite things when bullet journaling (including my favorite journals) and the different styles of fonts and pens. And, a page of titles and designs I love.

I have tried a few bullet journals in my time including one from Hobby Lobby that was abandoned on a end cap, a dupe for the Archer and Olive journals that I can’t pronounce (here. This is what I used last year. Very pretty!) , and these, which are my favorite that I have used. These journals are by Minimalism Art. They have a significant range in sizes and pages, and they have quite a lot of colors. For this year, I chose two of the 190 page journals. One white, one black. In 2019 I used the tan one which has a bit over 250 pages, which is just enough for a year for me. But I liked black and white, so I got the two smaller page journals to get me through 2021.


I have tested out quite a few different types of pages as far as the grid goes, and a few years back landed on dotted grid pages as my favorite. I like that you can do art on top of them and you don’t see big lines, and they are faint, but you can still see them to help yourself make straight lines every time. But, most dots in each journal (any journals) are different. So, whenever I get a new dotted bullet journal I make a little not in the front about how many dots wide and tall the journal contains. This helps me if I need to make a line straight through the middle and I won’t have to cont up all the dots to find the mid part.

I make little grids all of the time, and I usually just freehand them by counting out 8 dots (or 7 spaces) and then draw it two dots high. Depending on the size o your journal, you might want to go 2 or 3, maybe even 4 dots tall if your dots are tiny and close together.

I am going to keep it pretty simple as far as the design goes for this post, but you are welcome to turn it into whatever you like! I like to look at stickers or pretty papers or pictures of different things on pinterest to decide my theme, but sometimes I just make it up without looking at anything for inspiration, too. For this design, I had these cute floral themed stickers to which I drew inspiration.

If you’re going for a simple theme, just centering your title (the name of the month) in the page with minimal designs around (I just did three flowers diagonally on each side of the title) is really pretty. I love going for more simple themes like this, but I also love going more into detail with harder themes. Speaking of, any theme ideas for this year you’d like me to try?

Choosing a color scheme can be one of the hardest parts for me, but go with what you love! For this theme I chose warmer, rosy tones and a deeper warm green in the Tombow dual brush pens (the exact shades are 772, 912, 026 and 249, which are all dear favorites that I’ve used multiple times in bullet journal setups.). You don’t have to over do it as far as color goes. Just a black pen and/or black brush pen and one or two colors would be plenty!

This kind of simple design is really easy and pretty, and you could carry these little flowers (or hearts or leaves or pumpkins ar books, whatever you choose!) through the rest of your pages and it would be so pretty!

I always like to make a little insert in my journal of my most used fonts to refer to through the year to help keep everything cohesive. Number 1,2,4,6 and 8 are the ones y’all see the most, but somewhere I would like to use the bubble letters (#7). A bit farther down I have a list of title fonts you could use to refer to, hope they help! (:

Below are some fun title and design ideas I love. Let me know if you use any!

I do weekly logs in every spread, and I seem to always be trying out a new layout. Below are the ones I have used many times before. You can check out this, this, this, and this to see a few of these designs in action.

These are my favorite and most-used pens. Overall, my most used are the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens. If you don’t have them, they’re worth the $7!

Below I have the Pigma Micron in 02 (my favorite fineliner!), the Tombow dual brush pen, a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen, a Tombow Fudenosuke, a pencil, a Ecoline brush pen, and a Baoke brush pen (in S23). If you want a more detailed pen post, let me know!

And lastly, the main add ends I love to use in my bullet journal: Washi tape and stickers. I find these add some very fun colors, patterns and textures, and you can use whatever suits your fancy! I also like to incorporate kraft paper, patterned paper, magazine clippings, etc. But, these two categories are my main used(:

Maisy wishes you all farewell and Happy New Year! ❀

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and maybe you were able to pick up a tip or two. I hope you are all doing well, have a lovely day! And, please be sure to leave me any post suggestions below, I’d love to hear what you would be interested to see.(:

Do you do any of these things in your bullet journal? What is your favorite color group? Do you like sweet or salty better?

14 thoughts on “Bullet Journaling 2021 // Tips and Favorite Designs

  1. I adore the colours you chose. I love the TomBow brush pens, (Asparagus 192 is my fave) even though they are quite pricy I think they are definitely worth it. What do you think?

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    1. Hi! Thank you! 192 is the best! 192 and 312 are my favorite greens. I agree. They are rather expensive, but they last years (I have a set from them of the colors and I’ve had them since 2018 an only had to replace the black one so far). I love mine, probably my favorite pen discovery! Thank you for the comment! ❀

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    1. Oh yay! I’m so happy you were inspired to start one! Ooh, I’ve heard of that journal. I’m glad you like it!!
      Thank you for a sweet comment! ❀

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  2. Ahhh your handwriting and artistic style is so gorgeous!! I think I’ll steal some BuJo ideas from you!πŸ˜‚ My favorite color arrangement is anything soft and pastel, like muted pinks, blues, and purple … but I also love peach tones! And as for sweet and salty, it truly depends on the day!XD

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    1. Thank you so much, Makayla! For sure you can steal some ideas! (:
      Ahh.. pastels are SO nice. I love using them.
      Haha, yes! Same here.
      Thank you for the comment! ❀

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  3. OMG I LOVE BULLET JOURNALING TOO!!!! Sorry I’m overreacting. I have to admit though, lately I’ve been straying from bullet journaling because I’m too bombarded with school. I really really like your style!! Everything is sooo pretty, and I’m not exaggerating. My favorite color group would be neutrals, can’t seem to have a spread that doesn’t include a neutral color. https://www.pinterest.com/reindeershermaine/journal/my-journal/ (See!!)

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    1. YAY! ISN’T IT GREAT?! Haha, no problem! Yes, I understand, bullet journaling takes quite a bit of time. Hopefully you’ll be able to jump back in! Thank you! I love your style, too. It all looks very aesthetic and cohesive. Beautiful!
      Thanks for the sweet comment! ❀

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