The fact that March starts tomorrow kind of hit me in the face yesterday?? I’m still shook that January ended already ? So in the middle of watching Iron Man 3 (and then rewatching season 2 of Avatar: the Last Airbender), I panic-pulled up Pinterest and went to town.
I didn’t know what theme to go with?? I feel like March is often so dreary, so I wanted to do something bright, but not vivaciously colorful? That just misrepresents the dreary nature typically ascribed with March. Last year, in 2020, Finding Neverland was my theme and I loved it! But didn’t want to exactly recreate it. The perfect theme for March is, of course, plants and succulents, but I just really struggle to draw those ? Eventually, I just went with some low-stress leaves :)
[ See my January 2021 Bullet Journal spreads here ]
[ See my Feb 2021 Bullet Journal spreads here ]
[ See my 2020 Bullet Journal spreads here ]
[ See my Inspiration Pinterest board here ]
My Monthly Spread
Here is my monthly spread!! I actually saved this page for last, after I figured out what I wanted to do with the rest of my spreads. Usually I’m more of a planner, so I have an idea of what I’m doing ahead of time, but this time I based everything off this single Pinterest picture, and really didn’t know where to go for my main page. Eventually, a bouquet of leaves won out.
My initial thought was to have a focal color of green, and then accent colors of yellow and a bit of brown ink throughout these spreads. But once I started with the leaves, the yellow really didn’t feel right. Everything you see is actually the same green Tombow #243. I just varied it in shade by doing just once “coat/layer” and making it darker/deeper by going over the leaf a few times.
Reading Tracker + Habit Tracker
I have my standard reading tracker on the left, and then I did something *really* different and included a habit tracker!! I haven’t done a habit tracker in… four years. Or so ? I started a low-key one last month as I tracked my 30-day Yoga Challenge, and I wanted to tentatively bring a habit tracker back. I’m … skeptical… because I don’t do a great job of flipping *out* of the current week when I’m using my bullet journal, so I think this would have been more successful if it was included IN the weekly spreads, but I couldn’t figure out how to make it happen this month. We’ll see how this goes! ????
Week #1: This page was the first bit I did for this whole month, inspired off this Pinterest picture and I think it might be my favorite??? These are definitely my crispest leaves, because I mostly just free-handed the rest of them ?? Horizontal weekly spreads are definitely my preference anyway, so I’m *quite* happy with this finished product :)
Week #2: These leaves are huge ?? If I had Kraft paper (I actually just tear up shipping paper to put into my journal usually) I would have pasted that in instead, but I’m pretty pleased with the boxes anyway :) It feels very jungle-y with I love!!
Week #3: This spread is very similar to week three, except it has smaller leaves and shadowed circles. The circles were… a choice. I’m not really sure why I did that?? I think I just wanted something different from the previous page (beyond just “smaller” leaves), but it doesn’t really match. Oh well!!
Week #4: This is probably my second-favorite page!! I really love the way the leaves happened on the top and bottom, giving it more of a luau-theme?? than a Jungle theme?? idk ?? This is definitely my second-fave :)
Monthly Reflection + Quote Page
One thing I’m trying to incorporate more of in my bullet journal is a monthly reflection/recap. Hence the page on the right! I have a scrapbook journal that I use to catch my thoughts and memories, but having this space in my bullet journal would be really nice to look back on. Plus, it will allow me designated time to reflect on my social life, finances, money management, or any other thing!
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