Halloween is a popular holiday in the United States and many folks love to get into the spirit. One way to insert a little spooky into your life is to create Halloween inspired layouts in your bullet journal. Check out these Instagram posts.
Another way to add Halloween flair to your bullet journal is to draw some spooky doodles on your layouts. Here are a few of our faves. Follow us on Insta over @moxiedori for more spooky doodles.
The Halloween bullet journal stencil is shaped like a cat and contains six spooky elements. This video tutorial will show you how to make this October calendar using the gravestone element.
The Tombow MONO Drawing Pen 03 is great for adding detail lines at the bottom of the gravestone You can also use a grey Mildliner to create a drop shadow on one side of the gravestone.
October Bucket List
This October word art is a spin on the traditional bucket list. Using a pencil, trace the outer edge of the Halloween stencil to create cat shaped container for your words and phrases. Pen your bucket list in various fonts and in varying directions. I suggest you use a Tombow MONO Drawing Pen 05 to pen your word art so the lettering is thick enough to create the overall cat image. When you are finished, erase your pencil markings.
Geometric Bat Mood Tracker
Draw a bat on your journal page and use a straight edge to create 31 geometric pieces inside the bat. Decide on your color coding system and create a color coded key for your moods.
Zombie October Goals Layout
Looking for a fun way to create your monthly goals page? Zombies!!! This layout is created with the zombie arms on the Halloween Stencil. Just daube the zombie arm element with Distressed Ink in Wilted Violet and Twisted Citron. I find that outlining in an 03 or 01 black pen makes the Distressed Ink really pop off of the page.
Spooky Bat Weekly
This spooky bat weekly is so much fun! Draw a bat onto a piece of black card stock. Cut out the image and glue it to your journal pages using a Tombow adhesive. Next use a Sakura White Gelly Roll 08 to pen the days and dates on the bat.
These large card stock bats can also be used as home decor. Place some double stick tape on the back of the body, fold the wings a bit and adhere to your wall.
More Halloween Inspiration
You can find even more Halloween journaling inspiration on this Halloween Bullet Journal Pinterest board. Remember to follow us on Pinterest as we are always adding more great links to our over 40 bullet journaling boards.
Want to learn how to make the most effective habit tracker? Chances are you've played around with a few different types and perhaps haven't found the one that works best for you. You might find the right fit in one (or more) of these three habit trackers.
1. Weekly Grid Habit Tracker
The Weekly Grid Habit Tracker hones in on six or fewer habits. Maybe these are the habits that glue your life together. Maybe three of these habits are old hat and three are behaviors you are trying to turn into habits. Or maybe you are just paying attention to how many times per week you do these things.
Regardless, this handy little 6 by 7 grid box tracker can be made quickly with The 4 Piece Essential Stencil Set. You can use Distress Inks or a damp makeup sponge and watercolors to create a colorful grid. Then you can trace the box in black pen once you've completed the habit. (Pro tip: I find if the habit tracker is a bit of eye candy, I tend to use it more.)
This tracker will more than likely live on your weekly spread, where it will be easily seen and therefore worked. Seeing the tracker there will be the trigger to get the behavior chain going and the habit formed.
2. The Graduated Tracker
Some habits or tasks are not all or nothing, right? Maybe you didn't walk 10,000 steps today but dang it you walked 7,667! Or maybe you went above and beyond and walked 15,000.
The Graduated Tracker shows if a habit/goal/task is complete or if it is partially done. It also allows room for growth to show that you surpassed your initial goal. For example, if I decided to tackle Mt. Laundry on the day in the photo below, I could use the 4 Piece Essential Stencil to pen in another square or 2 and color them in as I completed additional loads.
Likewise, if I wash and fold but don't put away, I only get to color in part of the box. Make the plan, work the plan. Wash, rinse, repeat.
3. Completed Task Tracker
The Completed Task Tracker is an alternative to the full page monthly habit tracker. Just looking at all of those tasks exhaust me and I never remember to flip to that page and fill the boxes in. The result is a depressing page of incomplete tasks every month.
The Completed Task Tracker is more of a "Done" list than a "To Do" list. You list the habits or tasks you would like to complete. Then you pen a box (or a star, heart, or water drop) after the task and color it in when you complete it. If you want to reset your goal, draw another box and go for it! This way you'll see a tracker of the habits and tasks you have completed.
Habit Trackers are great ways to maintain or create new habits. They serve as triggers for the desired behavior and act as accountability. Your challenge is to find the tracker that works for you and not the other way around. Best of luck!
If you have any questions or want to see more tips and tricks like the ones you saw here, hop over to our Facebook Group Bullet Journaling Tips and Tricks.
We also have a curated Pinterest Board of Bullet Journal Trackers over here.
Being present in the moment has numerous emotional and physical benefits. Besides facilitating an overall feeling of well-being, mindful presence can lower blood pressure, reduce stress levels, improve sleep and much more.
It most likely won't surprise you to hear that your bullet journal is a fantastic tool to help you be more in the now. Here are five tips in using your bullet journal to stay present in the moment.
Document the Past
Want to keep on doodling through December? Add thirty-six fun November and December doodles (Thanksgiving, Fall, Christmas, New Years, Winter, etc.) to your calendar, journal, or planner today with these easy how-to guides.
Get your immediate Fall & Winter Doodle Book here.
Over the last seven weeks, we've donated mask extenders to quite a few Cleveland nonprofits and healthcare institutions.
Yesterday we paired 25 of our mask extenders with 25 white cotton masks that we received from the state of Ohio that aren't needed by our own employees. I had the privilege of dropping this donation off in person at Edna House, an organization in Cleveland that gives women an opportunity to recover from alcohol and drug addiction by providing a safe, sober place to live.
Jenn Lasky, Edna House’s Executive Director, was recognized in 2019 as one of Cleveland Crain’s Business Magazine’s “Notable Women in Nonprofit”. Providing these services, especially during these exceptionally challenging times, is so incredibly important. Thank you to Jenn and all her staff, for what they do, each and every day.
To learn more about Edna House visit https://ednahouse.org/
Ask yourself what happens leading up to the habit you want to stop and write it down in the first part of the loop. In my case it was that every weekday afternoon, I would stop working and come downstairs when our kids got home from school, they'd fix themselves a snack, sit down at the table to eat it before starting their homework, and fill me in on their day. While there with them, I would also help myself to a snack - caloric intake I did not need.
For every habit, there's a feel-good reward - which is why it becomes a habit. The reward is not the drink, the snack, the sweet, the unnecessary purchase, the screen time, etc. We're depleting not treating ourselves with those things once they become habit. The reward is the actual positive thing you seek and/or get from the habit, like social interaction, a mental break, a sense of control, relaxing after a long day, etc. Duhigg says we need to figure out what the reward actually is, and we do that by varying our routine.
My PLAN: When the kids come home at 3:30pm during the week, I will head downstairs and make myself a cup of tea because I get to take a break and visit with them about their day.
By making a specific plan to replace the unhealthy part of the routine with something healthy, I break a bad habit and create a new positive habit in turn. Duhigg suggests we post the plan somewhere we'll see it every day (ahem, journal) and stick to it for about a week to give it time to replace the old routine.
The same approach can be used to START A GOOD HABIT. I fill in my habit loop with the habit I wish to start, a cue that will trigger a specific routine I visualize, and the meaningful reward it will provide for me.
My plan: When it's 5:30am, I will wake up, use the restroom, put on my running gear, go down to the basement, pull up Family Guy on the old tablet that's mounted to our treadmill, and watch/laugh while I run for 30 minutes, getting the regular exercise my body needs.
This 8" by 11" (28 x 20cm) zipper journal pouch is big enough to hold both your bullet journaling supplies and your journal. The pouch is made of a black durable canvas cotton fabric, strengthened by a second natural cotton canvas lining, closes with a zipper, and features a 6 inch (15cm) wristlet strap.
Keep all of your stencils, pens, and your journal all in one place, ready to go wherever you're headed. Here's a bonus: an iPad fits in as well. Store, protect, and tote your stuff in style.
The Hobonichi Stencil
We've redesigned our Hobonichi stencil to be a bit more stable, feature, one additional box, and fit the 3.7mm grid of most Hobonichi products - including the new Day-Free journals.