2021 BuJo – January pages

As I mentioned last weekend I have started a new journal or bullet journal or BuJo for short. This is the second one I’ve used and I am enjoying the process of working out what I need and don’t need to include. As you can imagine I am also enjoying making it pretty but in ways that don’t take all the time I should be spending on the ‘to do’ list I write in the journal!

This is my January title page; I know it’s almost February and I should be sharing the Feb page but I will catch up and start sharing ahead by March (I hope). I’m going to have a different theme for each month, otherwise I would get sick of them I’m sure. The January theme as you can see was mountains and trees. Start with what you know, right?

I die cut a 3¾” circle from a large post it then tore some more post-it edges to mask mountain tops while I blended a blue sky with chipped sapphire and stormy sky distress inks and blending brushes. Not too surprising that I would pick my favourite blue distress inks for my first theme. After blending the dark sky I turned the torn edge of the post it on its side to blend shadows on the mountain sides with stormy sky ink. I drew the trees with a Stabilo point 88 dark blue and a Papermate flair grey.

For the month double page spread I used the same products and method but added a circle mask for the moon before blending the sky. At present I don’t have activities outside the home other than groceries and exercise so I am recording those along with birthdays and the meals we make just so I remember what we’ve eaten lately and for ideas later when I don’t know what to cook.

During January I have also been using a habit tracking page for water consumption, vitamins and correspondence, a to-do list page and a project tracking page for design work, blogging and class planning. I’m still working the kinks out of the layouts and content but I used the same mountain and trees theme.

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15 Comments on “2021 BuJo – January pages”

  1. Patricia Rowe says:

    Heather,
    This is another incredibly beautiful group of pages. I can’t tell you how I struggle with designing my little booklets and these ideas are just what I need. Of course, these are wonderful for cards, too.
    Thank you beyond measure.
    Want to share. I opened my shutters facing the front yard. A beautiful buck was standing in my yard, looking at me. I was not sure if he been at bird feeder or not. He casually walked away, trying to find food under the leaves. No snow but cold.
    Tish in South Carolina

    • Heather says:

      Oh, I’m so glad this is helpful, Tish, the challenge for me is keeping things simple but still pretty! The morning view out of your shutters sounds beautiful! We have been seeing foxes run through our yard more lately but we are too close to the road and the city to see deer. Funny you should mention a lone buck in your front yard because I just completed the title page for February in my bullet journal and it has a lone deer on it. You’ll see it on the blog next weekend!

  2. Lynn says:

    This is beautiful Heather….very calming to look at. I am not sure of the concept of this type of Journal. Is it an art journal?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Lynn, thanks for your encouraging message. This one isn’t an art journal it’s more of a notebook type of journal which I am using to keep myself organised. The pages are smooth and dotted to give a structure for writing or doodling. You can get them with blank, dotted or gridded pages.

  3. nancystiz says:

    Your page is just beautiful! I almost wish I were more organized to do something like this since it looks so fun. Your winter scene is gorgeous! What a delightful post today.

  4. Bonnie says:

    Wow! A beautifully illustrated January, Heather! I may need to CASE this for my 2022 calendar! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

  5. Connie S. says:

    Love the journal page mountains. You have a real knack for them.

  6. Loll says:

    What a gorgeous journal already Heather. I smiled when I read your “mountains and trees. Start with what you know” … we are so blessed in Canada to have such amazing geography!! In BC we can see the trees and mountains and water all at the same time — very lucky!! 🙂

    You are so organized. I wish I could do that too. I did when I was younger and worked full-time, but after being retired over 10 years, I’m just lazy! 🙂 Great project … looking forward to seeing February’s pages! xx

  7. Pat says:

    What a wondeful look for your January pages in the Bullet Journal Heather and your winter scenes are always gorgeous. Great ideas for what to include in the journal and I look forward to seeing next month’s theme and layout. x

  8. swanlady21 says:

    Just beautiful!. Thanks for the idea … love the softness for a BJ. I was only using pencils. Going to try this too.

    • Heather says:

      I haven’t used pencils yet but plan to try them soon. It is nerve-wracking using inks but I tell myself it’s not the end of the world if some bleed through.

  9. […] of winter here in Canada so I chose a northern lights theme for my February journal pages. Like last month I masked a shape and did all the blending inside the shape. This time I masked a square and […]

  10. […] die-cut a surround circle mask to protect most of the page, a technique I used in August, April and January. I cut leaf masks from post-it notes using the ‘autumn jewels’ dies from Penny […]


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