Tools & Tips for Creating your Bullet Journal

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We did already touch upon collections in last week's blog. They are the place for you to add everything that doesn’t fit into any of the categories you’ve set up. Collections can be: 

They are a great place to get information written down on a page that you don’t necessarily have anywhere else to add. Putting something into a collection can help you simply get something out of your head and onto paper.

Setting Up a Collection

Setting up a collection is as easy as turning to the next blank page, putting a title and starting to write. Always remember to add it to your index so you can find it easily in the future.

An alternative is to add your new collection to the back of your Bullet Journal so it doesn’t interfere with the flow of your dailies, weeklies, and monthlies. It’s your preference that counts the most. Some people even keep a separate journal just for their collections. Remember there is no right or wrong way as long as you feel your choice helps keep you organized and moving in the direction you want to.


4 Collections That Will Inspire

1. Memory Collection

A bonus of creating a Bullet Journal is the fact that it becomes a sort of time capsule. Flipping back through the pages will help you remember moments of your life through your goals, appointments notes, and doodles. This is a benefit that you can take advantage of in a unique way.

After each monthly, you can set aside space for a memory collection. As you go through your month, make a note of any events or thoughts that you can benefit from in the future. We forget so much, so quickly - do you remember what you did last week Thursday? This will help you go back and recall even small events in a day that had an impact, however small, on your life. 

Over time, certain memories may fade or the memory may evolve. This way you can keep track of it and the date it happened.

2. Meal & Recipe Planning

Figuring out what to make for dinner, keeping track of recipes, and creating a grocery list can be some of the most challenging tasks in our daily lives. Maybe it comes easily to you, but not to the majority of us. 

A meal or recipe collection is the perfect place to track recipes you come across and also to jot down ideas for your next meal. Having them in a collection can really help when planning. 

Try using sticky notes (we have a lovely variety in store!)

Each time you have a new recipe you want to try, jot it down on a sticky note. Go to your Meal & Recipe Collection and stick it on the first page of the spread. The first page can be recipes you want to try. Once you’ve tried a recipe and like it, simply move it to the opposite page. The opposite page can be meals you’ve enjoyed and want to incorporate into your regular rotation.

If you are really into meal planning and recipes, having separate collections is an option. The thing to keep in mind is it has to work for you and enhance your life.

3. Gratitude Collection

From Oprah to your friend on Facebook, it seems that many people talk about keeping a gratitude journal. Like exercise and eating well will improve your life, so will being grateful. Not to blindly jump on this long-living trend, there is proof that keeping a gratitude journal does help.

According to Berkley Univerity’s Greater Good Science Center, studies have shown interesting benefits in keeping track through writing, things we are grateful for. Some of the benefits are less illness, more happiness, and better sleep. Click on over to the Greater Good’s website if you want to find out more about keeping track of gratitude and how to make it work for you.

Here are some tips:

4. Goals

Like New Year’s Resolutions, it seems that goals are destined to fail. However, writing them down (in your Bullet Journal), and keeping track of them can help you to reach them.

Before you take the next two pages and write “Goals” across the top, there are a few things to keep in mind. 

First of all, your goals should be SMART!

Tips and Tricks for how to bullet journal, a blog by Paper Papier

In an article by Positive Psychology, goals play an important role in the way we see ourselves and others. You are more likely to have a positive approach to life if you are focused and goal-oriented. Studies have also demonstrated that if you train your mind to focus on what you want in life and take steps to make it happen, your brain will automatically rewire itself to make it part of your self-identity.

When you’re ready to set up your Goal Collection, here are 4 steps that will help you along the way:


A very useful tool you can add to your Bullet Journal is a tracker. A tracker can help you to be more organized and stay on top of your goals. Keeping a tracker can help you to build a habit. There are trackers for almost anything you can imagine. From business to health.

Tips and Tricks for how to bullet journal, a blog by Paper Papier

Some tracker ideas for inspiration:

Tips for Beginners from Experts

Tips and Tricks for how to bullet journal, a blog by Paper Papier


If you’re just starting out with your first Bullet Journal, a good piece of advice is to not try everything at once. Simply setting it up and adding in the first monthlies and dailies is enough to get started. If you take on too much at once, you are less likely to keep using your Bullet Journal.

If you start with a limited scope, you will get more used to it and then you can start adding in collections or trackers here and there. As you start to enjoy it more and see the results, you’ll look forward to adding in something new.


A Bullet Journal is not something that will immediately become your favourite tool. Like anything useful, it will come with time and it’s worth waiting for. Slowly you will be able to integrate your Bullet Journal into your life. It really is worth the investment of your time.

Mine is Better Than Yours

If you browse Pinterest, you can see so many examples of beautiful Bullet Journal spreads, collections, gorgeous artwork, and sophisticated organization. The thing to remember is it takes time to develop a really beautiful, artistic journal and that isn’t really the point of one, is it?

Getting inspiration from other Bullet Journals is a great idea but it's more important to have it actually help you organize your life rather than be something you want to frame. Although, we must admit, it's great to see what people have done! Next week we are going to look at some specific examples to give the artist in you an opportunity to be inspired!

Try it Out

Possibly the best piece of advice is to try out what you think you might like and practice. Your Bullet Journal skills will evolve as you try new things and get better at them. Changing up your Bullet Journal routine once you get the hang of it will bring you more rewards. 

Sometimes you can create a spread with the best of intentions and then never use it. Not every tool, collection or tracker we add to our Bullet Journals is used. What might look great may not actually be helpful.

Good Quality Journal

While it may be tempting to pick up a really inexpensive journal, you will find that paper quality does make a difference. Good quality paper will make your pages more useable with different pens, markers, even paint. You won’t get any bleed-through and you’ll be happier with your work. We offer journals at a range of prices and all good quality paper: Leuchtturm, Clairefontaine, Rhodia.

Tips and Tricks for how to bullet journal, a blog by Paper Papier
Tips and Tricks for how to bullet journal, a blog by Paper Papier
Tips and Tricks for how to bullet journal, a blog by Paper Papier

Bullet Journals in a Time of Pandemic

Maybe you’ve been baking bread or starting a new hobby during the various lockdowns. Perhaps you’re feeling a little lost or out of sorts? This can be a great time to start a Bullet Journal! It can bring you a little comfort and structure in a time where there is often few other ways to get that.

Self-Care Collection

What better time to focus on self-care than now? Some of us even have more time than before. It’s easy to get caught up in the news and the stresses of these times. Not to diminish anyone’s experience but simply to offer some ideas. Taking a moment for yourself to either create a Bullet Journal or add a self-care collection to help to put things into perspective.

Our next blog is about learning about different styles, migrating, digital journals, and finishing your Bullet Journal!