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Plan with me : 2021 Bujo set up

"New bujo, who dis?!"

I’m so excited for my 2021 bullet journal! I’ve always liked the feeling of fresh starts and new beginnings. Plus, I’m a sucker for new notebooks. I like to start a new bullet journal with a mini plan in mind and ask myself how and what I'd like to use my journal. When it comes to my themes and layouts I'm pretty minimal and use a theme with one color. This year my plan is to use way more colors in a spread while still keeping layouts minimal.



For the bujo beginner starting out all you really need is a pencil, some pens, and a dotted grid notebook. In previous years I’ve used an A5 Leuchtturm dotted notebook but this year I’m going to switch things up. This year I’ll be using an A5 Archer and Olive dotted notebook!

I have nothing against Leuchtturm notebooks at all. The reason why I'm switching to an Archer and Olive notebook is only because of the paper thickness. Since the plan is to use more color, I don't want to worry about pages ghosting if I decide to use paint or layer different colors.


My favorite pen to use for my layouts are the Sakura pigma mircon pens. They come in different sizes and tips but my go-to sizes are 005, 01, 05, 08 and 2.

For everyday writing I use the refillable Uni Style fit pens. They also come in different tips and my preference is 0.38 tip. I like these pens because they can be refilled and they don't smear.

When I feel fancy and want to add more style to my spreads I use my white Sakura gelly roll pens in white or gold, Mildliner highlighters, and Archer and Olive Acrylograph Pens.

Now let's get started

When it comes to keeping a bullet journal there are absolutely no rules. My journal ebbs and flows with my life giving me the creative freedom to scrapbook, journal, or plan. Because there’s no rules, taking on a new notebook can be overwhelming for anyone. This year I’ll be carrying over spreads I used in the past but also include some new spreads to my 2021 set up. This is probably the most elaborate bujo set up to date. Honestly, that’s why I decided to start my new bullet journal in December. I have so many layouts that I wanted to try. Here’s some inspiration and ideas for you to start your new year.