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My Bullet Journal Setup

One of my goals this year was to start a bullet journal, and I have already begun.

kawaii bullet journal

The notebook I picked was a Leuchtturm 1917 A5 dotted notebook in Azure and I added a couple of my own Redbubble stickers to make it cuter. I’m sure I will be adding more.

kawaii bullet journal

The notebook has a pocket at the back but I also made another little pocket out of a square of washi tape. I’m undecided where to stick my 2018 postcard calendar so it’s just loose for the moment.

kawaii bullet journal

If you’re not familiar with bullet journals, it’s basically a custom planner with layouts and pages that you create yourself. Here’s what I’ve got so far.

kawaii bullet journal

The first pages I made have a box for each month, which I will use to track various monthly tasks and stats. I just drew these with a ruler and stencils and added stickers for fun.

kawaii bullet journal

Since I have trouble with my hands (RSI & nerve damage), I’ve made things easy for myself. I bought some simple washi tape to use for headers and printed out some calendars to glue in. This spread will be for major birthdays, deadlines etc.

kawaii bullet journal

This spread is for goal tracking. I’m colouring in the date every time I go outside and it is not going very well, thanks to my horrible cold. At least I can only improve. The other page has since been updated to track how many blog posts I write. I’ve decorated these with my favourite Sumikko Gurashi washi tapes to inspire me.

kawaii bullet journal

This spread is for my Ghibli Rewatch and has already helped me finally watch Grave of the Fireflies. I’m always forgetting which film comes next so I’ve pencilled them all in in order. Once I watch a film, I can go over it in pen. I will probably use the space on the right for my eventual ranking. I may have ordered some Totoro washi tape just for decorating this spread.

kawaii bullet journal

I’ve also got simple pages to track the films and TV shows I watch, new music I listen to and books that I rate at 5 stars. I’m not using this journal to track things that I already track digitally. Books are still on Goodreads, blog posts on Google Calendar, wish list on Amazon, links on Feedly etc.

Other pages I will probably add: blog post ideas, new product ideas, packages I’m waiting for. I’ll also be using this journal to plan my next Japan trip but I haven’t started on that yet.

kawaii bullet journal

Anyway, I just wanted to share my beginnings. I’ve kept things simple so I can make sure I use it before I spend a lot of time on it. I don’t plan to share updates publicly, hence why all these pages are still blank! I will check in later this year with how it’s going. I’ll also share some of my favourite supplies and inspiration on Super Cute Kawaii soon.


Hello! I’m Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I create illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii. This is my business and personal blog where I write about my creative doings, inspirations, travels, Japan trips and daily life. Read more »

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