Filofax Bullet Journal: Planning & Set-up

Last month, the amazing folks over at The Goulet Pen Company reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in trying out one of their new products — a Filofax Domino. When I saw the gorgeous turquoise color, I immediately fell in love, and I knew that I wanted a Filofax Bullet Journal. But at the same time I had questions and concerns.

Could I use a ring-binder based system and still maintain all of the aspects that I love about Bullet Journaling? Would the rings get in my way while writing? Would I miss my beloved Leuchtturm1917 notebooks?

Ultimately, I was wooed by the supple, shiny beauty of the Domino and decided to give it a try.

Today I’m walking you through my thought process, and showing you how I’m planning to set up my very own Filofax Bullet Journal.

Ever wonder how to set up a Bullet Journal in your favorite Filofax? Today I'm sharing my planning process :)

Pre-Planning

The first step in setting up my Filofax Bullet Journal was to do a little brainstorming. I knew that the set-up process would be much different than a standard bound notebook. And I knew that I wanted to divide my Filofax into sections.

Once I had determined what things I wanted to include in my Filofax, it was time to figure out how to divide up all of that information. This is the final list that I came up with:

Brainstorming my Filofax Bullet Journal set-up

My Filofax Bullet Journal

With all of my pre-planning complete, it was time to get to work!

My first step was to create my own custom dividers for my Filofax. I wasn’t really a fan of the plain beige dividers that came with the planner, so I ventured out to Michael’s to find some pretty cardstock and scrapbook paper to create my own.

Creating custom dividers for my Filofax Bullet Journal!

Although I haven’t finished the dividers (I still can’t decide between the pretty paper and the hand-drawn black and white ones!), I decided to take the plunge and get to the important part — the planning.

I created some divider templates to use until I figure out what I really want, and dove straight into deciding what goes into each section.

SECTIONS

1. PLANNING

Do you love Filofax planners? How about Bullet Journaling? Today I'm walking you through my very own Filofax Bullet Journal Set-up!

The planning section is going to be the heart and soul of my Filofax Bullet Journal. In it, I’ll keep my Calendex, along with my monthly logs (traditional BuJo style), monthly challenge lists, weekly spreads, and of course my precious daily pages.

Due to the monthly vertical dividers (those little tabs up top), this is the only section of my Bullet Journal that will not have an index. There will be no need to number these pages since it will all be in chronological order anyway.

2. PROJECTS

Do you love Filofax planners? How about Bullet Journaling? Today I'm walking you through my very own Filofax Bullet Journal Set-up!

The second section is going to be for all of my project planning. The first page will be an index of all of my projects. I’m not sure whether I’ll number each page or give each project a number to keep them organized… we’ll see!

Within this section, I’ll have free reign to create all of my planning pages and progress trackers for each one of my ongoing projects.

3. COLLECTIONS

Do you love Filofax planners? How about Bullet Journaling? Today I'm walking you through my very own Filofax Bullet Journal Set-up!

Collections are all of the lists and logs that don’t really have a place in my day-to-day planning section and don’t necessarily qualify as projects. Again, I’ll have an index at the beginning of the section along with numbered pages to easily flip to what I’m looking for.

4. GOAL-SETTING

Do you love Filofax planners? How about Bullet Journaling? Today I'm walking you through my very own Filofax Bullet Journal Set-up!

The fourth section is where I’ll do all of my goal-setting, tracking, and progress reviews. Spreads like my Level 10 Life, monthly tracker, and future fitness trackers will all live within my Goal-Setting section.

5. BUSINESS

Do you love Filofax planners? How about Bullet Journaling? Today I'm walking you through my very own Filofax Bullet Journal Set-up!

Within the Business section of my Filofax Bullet Journal, I plan on having three vertical dividers. One each for my blog, Etsy shop, and YouTube.

The business section will house everything related to my (surprise!) business. Including things like stats trackers, inventory lists, post ideas, business planning, and my time log for each month.

6. TRAVEL

Do you love Filofax planners? How about Bullet Journaling? Today I'm walking you through my very own Filofax Bullet Journal Set-up!

The final section is going to be a place to house all of my travel information. I have been traveling a ton lately and it doesn’t look like I’ll be stopping anytime soon. The travel section will allow me to keep all of my travel-related planning in one place — like budgeting, itineraries, packing lists, and any supporting documentation that I may need.


After the six main sections in my Filofax Bullet Journal, I’ll have a section with lined paper for notes and additional dot-grid pages ready to be placed wherever I need them.

THE PAPER

In case you’re curious about the paper I’m using in my Filofax Bullet Journal, here’s some info for you. The dot-grid pages are actually a couple of A5 Goulet Notebooks. I followed Madigan’s guide for hole-punching and trimming the notebooks down into single A5 sheets.

In addition to the Goulet Notebooks, I purchased some loose-leaf A5 paper on Amazon (that’s an affiliate link – disclosures here) and designed my own dot-grid pages.

Do you love Filofax planners? How about Bullet Journaling? Today I'm walking you through my very own Filofax Bullet Journal Set-up!

Although I love the page design, I’m not entirely happy with the quality of the paper itself. It held up well during regular writing in a pen test, but when shading and coloring in it did bleed through a bit.

Do you love Filofax planners? How about Bullet Journaling? Today I'm walking you through my very own Filofax Bullet Journal Set-up!

For now, I’ll be sticking with the Tomoe River paper of the Goulet Notebooks until I can source a better paper to print my own.


I’m hoping to move into my brand new Filofax Bullet Journal at the beginning of the year once I finish my current Official Bullet Journal. Going through this set up process has definitely got me SO pumped up for the new year and I can’t wait to dive in!

Want to see her in all her glory? Check out the video I made over on YouTube or down below :)

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.

are you on the list?

Get our weekly newsletter and updates delivered to your inbox every Friday!