Autumn is here and it is time to fully embrace the season. I enjoy this time of year as it is one of my favourite seasons. I love the colours that autumnal weather brings and it also means a bit of cooler weather, which I love as it means I can bring out leather jacket and cosy jumpers.
When it comes to your bullet journal in Autumn there is so many doodles, titles or dividers that create fun, beautiful spreads to embrace the season.
What is a bullet journal?
If you are new to bullet journaling and have no clue what a bullet journal is, it is a planner system, usually known in a dotted page notebook where you can plan freely with no restrictions.
This system was created by Ryder Carroll, but over the years, it has been developed and adapted for everyone to put their own spin on it. This is where you see the beautiful spreads on Instagram. However, if you want to try using a bullet journal, but feel like you can’t draw, there are many ways you can still use this system.
Autumn in your bullet journals can be a fun season to design spreads around because there are so many simple doodles you can do in your bullet journal for some fun page ideas. You can choose from general autumnal doodles such as:
- Autumn coloured leaves
- Hot drinks/pumpkin spiced latte/apple cider
You then have the option especially in October to create Halloween doodles for your bullet journal. That can create fun doodles that are easy to draw and perfect for beginners. Halloween doodles can include:
- Scary pumpkins
- Spiders/spider webs
- Black cats/bats
- Witches/broomstick/witch’s hat
- Mummies/Frankenstein/Grim Reaper
- Cauldrons/potions/magic ball/candles
- Sweets/candy/Trick or Treating
- Spooky house/graveyard
Borders and dividers for your bullet journal
If you aren’t confident in creating artistic spreads, you can still add a simple border around your page, or a divider that can add some depth to your bullet journal spreads. In addition, it can be a great way to add some colour to your pages.
Borders and dividers are easy to design and can simply be a line drawing. If you do not feel confident in free hand drawing a border you can use washi tape or stickers to add colour and texture to your pages.
Best pens for bullet journaling
Now, this is my opinion of the best pens to use when designing bullet journal spreads. It does depend on your page gsm as to what pens are best. I am currently using a Leuchtturm, which is 100 gsm, so it can see a lot of ghosting and bleeding of certain pens.
For doodles, I first draw my designs in pencil. Then, I can go over the doodle in my black fineliner which is my Pigma micron 05 pen. It dries quickly and is very pigmented. But if you want to have finer lines, you can use a smaller mm, which is what I opt for when doodling smaller designs.
For colour, I love to use Tombow brush pens because there are so many shades. I also love Staedtler fine-tip coloured pens and my Crayola super tips. I have used Staedtler coloured pencils, which can be a good choice if you have a lower page gsm to avoid ghosting/bleeding or denting.
Practise bullet journal doodles
No one is perfect at doodles especially at the start, but if you practise, you will learn and develop your skills.
I was never an amazing drawer growing up, but I always liked to doodle, colour and draw. Using a bullet journal is the perfect purchase as it has blank pages to fill and be creative with.
So, when you have time, you can dig out your journal and start doodling. t can be a great self-care activity and teaches you to be mindful. You can use empty pages and spaces in your bullet journal to also doodle different Autumn designs.
I am still not perfect with my doodles, but I am enjoying learning and developing my designs. Creating doodle pages in your bullet journal for each season can help to inspire your next few months of spreads. The doodles, borders and dividers I am sharing really easy to recreate in your journal.
I hope hat this post gives you some autumnal ideas for the next few months in your bullet journal.