Bullet Journal 101 – Make it Your Own

Welcome to week #4 of Bullet Journal 101! I’m so excited to be ending this series with some inspiration for how to personalize your Bullet Journal.

Before we dive in, I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to each and every one of your for your support and excitement over these past few weeks. Creating this series has been the highlight of my month, and I feel so blessed to have the platform to help so many get started with a system that has changed my life.

When trying to plan out this final Bullet Journal 101 post, I wasn’t sure how I would approach it. I toyed with the idea of explaining every spread in detail but soon realized that would be an incredibly long post.

Instead, I decided to do a quick “flip-through” of sorts. The following are a select few of my favorite spreads from each one of my Bullet Journals so far. My hope is that you’ll see how my style evolved over time and get some inspiration for what you might like to include in your own Bullet Journal.

Feel free to click and enlarge each photo to get a better look at each spread!

Bullet Journal #1 – August 2015 – December 2015

Bullet Journal #2 – January 2016 – May 2016

Bullet Journal #3 – June 2016 – Present

Make it Your Own

While I know that there is a TON of inspiration out there in places like Instagram and Pinterest, I can’t stress enough how important it is to make your Bullet Journal your own.

The satisfaction that you will get from flipping back through your old journals is indescribable. It’s so fulfilling to look back and see your progress over the course of the months and years.

Don’t be afraid to just dive in. Regardless of how you feel about your handwriting, your doodling skills, your planning skills… Remember that your Bullet Journal is a work in progress (just like you) and that the journey to get where you’re going is all a part of the fun.

Bullet Journal Q&A

Throughout this series, I have done my best to answer as many questions as possible. I know that I have missed some here and there, and that there are a lot of things that you would like me to explain in more detail.

To make sure that I leave no question unturned, I decided to do an additional post/video next Monday where I answer ALL of your remaining questions.

Drop your questions in the comments below, and I’ll see you on Monday for the Q&A! :)


Bullet Journal Overview
The Basics
Make it Your Own (you’re here!)
Bonus Wrap-Up + Q &A


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Kara Benz
Kara Benz is the artist and author behind Boho Berry, where she inspires her readers to lead a more centered, fulfilled, and inspired life. Kara also runs a successful sticker shop on Etsy - Boho Berry Paperie.
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  • Christyne Richardson

    Thank you Kara! I have loved all the videos in your series! It was to see how your bullet journal progressed in today’s video. Can’t wait to see what’s in store!

  • joyfulmomofmany

    Kara, you have done an *awesome* job with this series! Thank you so much. Looking forward to Monday’s video.

    One question, do you incorporate “weekly” spreads or just “daily” into your planner, or both? I’m trying to figure out the best way to make this work for me.

    Thanks again!

  • Kathleen Brune

    Thank you so much for all the inspiration you provide! I really enjoy your site, and read it regularly. :)

  • Christine Deakos

    Kara, great job explaining the Bullet Journal process. I just subscribed to your site and have watched most of the series. I was wondering how often do you have to purchase a new Leuchtturm? On average one will last about 6 months for someone who has been bullet journaling for more than a year compared to a beginner like me? ( Mine is on the way…I’ve been “practicing” in a one subject notebook) Thanks!

  • Fran Dickenson

    I love your white sticker on your black journal! Did you make that yourself?

  • Jody

    What advice do you have on how to make your handwriting better? Are there any resources to look to for fonts and how to emulate them?

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  • Ayu

    Hi Kara, thank you for this. You’re such an inspiration! I’m starting my bullet journal – a newbie here :)

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  • Wendy Hughes Humphrey

    In your journal #2 the individual day (photo 6?) you have the numbers 1-12 listed 2 times over each date. They are colour blocked and have a small sun and moon over it. What is this for? I see it in several of the pictures?

  • Lori Langdon

    Hi Kara… I love your blog and descriptions for bullet journaling. How do you or where do you log future entries like a dentist appointment six months in the future. This seems to be day by day… how do you future plan?

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  • Cherry Minas

    I love you Kara. This will be my first bujo and I’m looking at your spreads as guide. :)

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