September IS COMING!

Guys! Tomorrow. Is. SEPTEMBER.

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Can you tell I’m a little excited?!?! September is my favorite month.  That’s likely largely due to the fact that my birthday is this month.  But it’s also because fall is coming, and I love all things fall.  The leaves, the boots, the scarves, the boots, the hot cocoa.  And did I mention THE BOOTS?!?!

And this year, September means that I’m officially beginning a new bullet journal, and not just any new bullet journal, but this absolutely-to-die-for special edition of the Leuchtturm1917 dot grid journal in COPPER.  Tell me she’s not gorgeous! If you know me, you know I have a slight obsession with all things rose gold, and this is oh so close!

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I also got this new fountain pen, because really one can’t buy a new journal without a new pen. This is the Nemosine Singularity Demonstrator with an extra-fine nib.

But really, today I wanted to share my September set up, because I’m so impressed with how far I’ve come since I started bullet journaling that I’m just so excited I can’t wait any longer!

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This edition of the Leuchtturm1917 journal is a little different than my previous ones.  (Rumor has it that all the Leuchtturm1917 colors will be having this format from now on.) The index is actually only two pages instead of three. I’m not really sure how I feel about that.  But I’m in love with the new design of the index.

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After the index, the first page is blank, so I’ve used that page for my key and weather icons (those are stencils… I’m still working on my drawing skills).  Officially, page one is right here on the right side of this spread.  I’ve been using that page for an inspirational quote for most of my journals and I’ve really liked that.  So I decided to keep with that tradition.

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I wanted to keep my future log pretty basic, so this is one spread that I designed myself (yay for finally taking all I’ve learned and branching out to design my own spreads!)  I’ve been averaging about four months in one journal, so I split the pages in half so that each of the four months this journal will cover has half a page.  To the right of the header for each month I’ve added a small calendar. (In case you’re curious U = Sunday, and H = Thursday, I really have an issue with having two “S’s” and two “T’s” so I do that so all the days of the week have a different letter.) Under the main month header, I list out the day and any event on that day.  Under the month calendar I’ve used the boxes for the color scheme for each of the months.  I recently purchased the glorious 50 pack of the Crayola Super-Tip markers.  I numbered each marker to help me know which color is which (since some of them are so close!) I plan to change my color scheme for each month.

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My next page is a wish list, which I’ve added items that were still on the wishlist from my previous journal.  Some items that were on my wishlist in my last journal I actually no longer want – so the wishlist is helpful in eliminating purchases.  Generally if it stays on my wishlist for more than one journal, it is something I really want. (Like that HP sprocket…)

After that is my september header. The flower is a stamp that I stamped into my journal using black ink.  The handwriting for HELLO SEPTEMBER is purely mine.

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I decided to go back to this monthly spread instead of drawing out a calendar grid like I have been doing.  It just seemed more helpful this time around.  I’ve also decided to do a gratitude page (in the style inspired by Kara over at Boho Berry.)

Over the course of September, I’ll just add things to this page that I’m thankful for. This is something I’ve been really bad about in the past.  So I really want to try and make that work.

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I’m pretty proud of this next spread.  And I’m really excited  to see how it will work for me.  This is all things finance.

On the left page I’ve split my general income and fixed expenses into September 1-14 and then 15-30.  (I get paid twice per month).  Below each income section, I’ve listed the expenses that are due out of that paycheck, with the amount that is generally due, and the due date.  I’ve left a spot for the amount that I pay because I often pay over what the minimum is to stay ahead.

At the bottom of that left page I have a space for tracking savings.  I’m planning a trip to California next year, so I’m saving for that in addition to growing my emergency savings. Each box is worth $10 so as I transfer the money over to my savings account I get to color in the box.

On the right page I have my variable expenses.  I really only have three: Groceries/Food, Gas and Other.  I’m really trying to stay within my budget for things that are outside my fixed expenses, so I’m hoping keeping track of each time I shop in these categories I’ll be able to stay within the amount I’m allowed to spend here.  Each budget amount is listed in the top colored bar for each variable expense.

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My next page is a books to read page.  This is the first time I’ve ever really drawn out a spread like this.  I was pretty proud that I was able to make it work, and actually look like the page I was inspired by.  I found the design of this page here. The plan is that as I finish a book, I’ll color it in.

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Next we have my sleep log & heart rate tracker.  See inspiration here.

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Then I have a general health tracker.  This page I designed myself.  I’ll share more about this once I start using it.

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Lastly, I used the last two pages in my journal to do a 2018 future log.  On the left I have just a list, where I’ll be able to put the event in the left column and then in the right column the date in the square corresponding to the month of the event.  Then on the right page I have a 2018 yearly calendar.

Phew! Wow that was a lot of information! Stay tuned … October’s coming next!

Stay addicted bullet journal-aholics!

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