If you prefer to WATCH a video of my set up, you can either scroll to the bottom of this page or check out my video on youtube here!
Hey hey! February flashed by in the blink of an eye? Maybe because it’s such a short week or the beautiful weather means we’re spending more time outside having fun?
Still, I managed to get my March pages in my bullet journal set up and ready early! Last month I asked my YouTube viewers to suggest a theme and I got a suggestion to create a theme with insects, spiders or dragonflies. And I ended up choosing dragonflies!
I absolutely adore how this theme has turned out because I’ve managed to include the use of my forever favourite – Coliro Gold watercolour paint.
- Dingbats Earth Notebook
- Pencil, eraser and ruler
- Prima Watercolor Confections – Tropical Palette
- Coliro/Finetec Pearl Colors
- Staedtler Pigment Liners
- Kelly Creates fine liners
Make sure you scroll to the end of the post to see the video on how I created each spread.
As usual I started with a cover page or hello page for March 2019. Of all the monthly spreads, I enjoy creating this the most because it’s purely decorative, you can just let your creativity flow.
Usually I only use one page for my cover page, but for March I decided to spread out over two pages and I love how it’s turned out.
The font was something I created myself. I started with a simple serif font but added some interest by lengthening parts of the letters. Kind of like bounce lettering.
I found inspiration for the dragonfly from Pinterest (of course) and decided to give my own twist by keeping the drawing simple but adding lots of colour with my watercolour paints. The random circles of gold were drawn using an old school compass, which I find gives more accuracy and control than the Helix circle makers which are very popular at the moment.
If you plan on using fine liners and watercolour, I discovered after creating my cover page, that if you draw the outline first with your fine liner, this can soak into your page and “deteriorate it”. So when you go over it with your watercolour paint you’ll find there might be bleeding through the page where you’ve used both the fine liner and the paint. So on all my next pages, I have used the watercolour first and then used the fine liner. This has prevented any bleeding.
March Bullet Journal Monthly Log
This month I moved from a calendar layout to a horizontal layout. The days of the month are written across the middle of the page or pages and any tasks or events are written on the pages and connected to the corresponding date with a line. This layout is pretty but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who has a full-on month with lots to write down as this can get very cluttered and messy.
If there are any areas where you don’t want paint on, I suggest using washi tape to cover up these areas and then painting over it. Make sure the washi tape is good quality though!
My next two pages which aren’t shown are my Dinner Tracker page, and my Spending Log. For my Dinner Tracker, I’ve just created a heading and listed the days of the month down the side. With this tracker I’ll write down what we have for our evening meal every night. I do this because I actually go back and have a look at what we’ve eaten in the past for ideas of meals that I can use again. It kinda sounds a bit weird, but I do find that we eat seasonally and eat the same small set of meals over and over which do change with the seasons. The dinner tracker helps me remember what we ate (and what was a hit with the kids) this time last year.
My Spending Log is used to track my personal spending (too many coffees!!) and also my blog spending.
I haven’t decorated these pages at all which is why I haven’t shown them (you can see them in the video though). They are boring to look at!
Bullet Journal Weight Tracker
One of my goals this year is to lose some weight, so I have been including this in all my monthly set ups so far this year. I’ve done it previously but fell out of the habit of filling it in, so gave it up.
Basically, I have weight along the y-axis and the days of the month along the x-axis. I weigh myself first thing in the morning every day and fill in the graph. Underneath the graph I have a traffic light system for “exercise”, “food” and “water”. So if I’ve eaten well, I give myself a green heart if not, I get a red heart and if it’s somewhere in between I give myself an orange heart.
Bullet Journal Habit Tracker
For this month, I’ve actually added in a habit tracker again. Previously I just had an exercise tracker, but this month I felt like I needed to track a few more things. I’ve noticed that I haven’t been reading as much lately, so that’s been added to my habit tracker. I’m also heading down the slippery slope of eating all the treats and giving no fucks, so that is going on the list. And also this month, there are chores that I know I need to do more of so those are also going on the list.
So my next spread that I’ve been including every month this year is my Sales tracker spread. Here I’m just listing all the sales I make over in my Etsy Shop – Rose K Paper Co. If you haven’t checked it out yet, head on over and do it! I sell bullet journal printables and stickers. And if you’re keen you can get a discount if you join my Mailing list, just sign up here.
Ok so I usually don’t separate my weeks if they straddle two months. I had initially planned to have the first 3 days of March belong to my February set-up. But since I had bleed through from the paint and fine liner on my cover page, and also because I had a spare page after March’s spending log, I decided to have the first 3 days of March on this page.
I think it fits in nicely and I love the dragonfly detail. One thing I wish I had included was the word “March” above my mini calendar. I’m still in two minds as to whether or not to include it now.
Have you set up for March yet?
So that is my March 2019 monthly set-up in my bullet journal. I absolutely adore this dragonfly theme. If you are keen to try it as well, I have actually created a dragonfly template for you to download and print. You can use this template to trace the dragonfly into your own bullet journal and create your own dragonfly theme. If you want different sizes, just remember to scale your printing before you send it to the printer. You can find the template in the Little Miss Freebie library.
Make sure to use the hashtag #littlemissrose if you do give this theme a go. And if you’re not on social media, you can always email me. I’d love to see it!
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