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Hello Everyone! Today I want to share with you the way I stay organized with my planner! In 2016 I tried the bullet journal system for the first time ever, using the highly recommended Leuchtturm 1917 dot grid notebooks. I absolutely loved it! I wasn’t perfect by any means – there were a lot of days where I wouldn’t plan or write anything (I still do this, I’m so bad). But when I did need that extra reminder, my bullet journal was the perfect place to put it!

My version is modified beyond the true purpose of the bullet journal’s simplicity. While some bujo users stick to the simple method created by Ryder Carroll, many other users (myself included) have added our own twists and artistic flairs. It’s amazing how much creativity can be found inside the pages of someone’s journal! Rather than Ryder’s monthly list method, I would draw out a monthly calendar on a full spread. For my daily spreads I pretty much only used dots and hyphens, forgoing all of the symbols indicated for use by Ryder. I also liked to track expenses every month, as well as monitor my health and fitness goals. Those tracking pages were in list format, so I have not included photos in the blog post. If you are intereted I could always post a few snapshots over on my Instagram!


Come 2017, my Leuchtturm 1917 was completely full and it was time to start a new journal! But this year I decided to try implementing the bullet journal system into a Filofax planner! My planner-of-choice was the Filofax Saffiano in the special edition Rose Gold color, A5 size. I’m OBSESSED with rose gold, so I just had to have this color! My second favorite was definitely The Original in Fuschia, but that one runs quite a bit more expensive (although it is currently on sale for $80.50, orig. $115!). If I ever need a second planner I can see myself going back and getting this one as well. The color just really speaks to me.



My dividers just came in the mail the other day, and I’m so excited to have them! I ordered these from Minted Sugar over on Esty. I purchased both the dividers and a dashboard for the very front with a pocket, perfect for storing receipts for my expense tracking.

For my paper, I had to get creative. I ordered two Rhodia No. 16 Notepads from Goulet Pens (my favorite stationary company! They are so wonderful and helpful). These come perforated so they were perfect for the purpose of tearing from the notepad, hole punching, and inserting into my Filofax!  I put one notepad worth of paper in it, keeping the other as backup and also for playing with my brush lettering.

For the hole punch, I had to order a special one from Amazon. The official Filofax hole punch runs upwards of $60 and had poor ratings, so that was a no go for me. The Amazon Recommended product for the hole punch was the Open Industrial 6 hole punch which I purchased for just $19.75. With Amazon Prime, this showed up on my doorstep within 48 hours! It only punches about 4 pages at a time, but it punches clean and well and is perfect for the price and purpose. It took me just under 5 minutes to punch through a ream of the aforementioned Rhodia paper.

Through bullet journaling I became an avid pen-freak. I LOVE fountain pens (which is why I went all out with the Rhodia paper for my Filofax, I knew it would be perfect for the ink) and have only started my collection. I rely heavily on my turquoise Pilot Metropolitan pen with a fine nib (far left in above photo). This one is perfect for daily writing and is such a great introductory fountain pen. You can’t beat the price or ease of use! I use the Pilot Namiki black ink in this pen.

I use my black Staedtler fineliner pen in 0.3mm every day for drawing up the layouts (far right in above photo). The fineliners are a staple in most bullet journalist collections, but there are many other pens that are similar to choose from (I’ve heard the Stabilo pens are wonderful also!). The only complaints I’ve heard on these is the nib wearing down fast. SInce I write mainly with my fountain pen I can’t attest to the nib longevity on the fineliners, but I do have a backup pack of four black ones on hand just in case! You can find the Staedtler pens at Target if you’re interested in picking up a pack and don’t want to wait for shipping!



My all-time FAVORITE pen so far has to be my Edison Nouveau Premiere Spring 2016 Edition Water Lily. Whew, that’s a mouthful! Adequately nicknamed the “unicorn barf” pen, it is a beautiful swirl of aqua and a lilac/pink color. I was pleasantly surprised with it as a birthday gift, along with cartridges of both black and aqua Diamine ink cartridges. I currently have a trial size amount of Diamine Hope Pink ink in my pen. I absolutely LOVE this ink and fully intend on buying a full size bottle for use in this pen. I love the way the pink compliments the color on the pen!

I hope soon to add a new pen to my collection. I’ve been eyeballing the Matte Black Pilot Vanishing Point pen with a fine nib for quite some time now, and think it would be a professional, sleek pen to have. I’m nervous about having the clip being where I would write, but I also wonder if it wouldn’t make it easier to grip. I’m hoping they come out with a special edition of this one – Kara over at Boho Berry had a blue/purple gradient on that was limited edition that I love!



Of course, my collection wouldn’t be complete without some fun washi tape and stickers! I haven’t decorated the pages much in my Filofax, but my Leuchtturm saw washi tape quite often. These two rolls here are the newest from my collection and were purchased during my recent trip to Ohayocon, an anime convention in Ohio that I visited this past weekend. There is an artist whos booth I visited and apparently I had bought variations of her artwork before. This year I discovered it was all her work! I fan-girled a little bit, told her all about the first chrome-detailed piece I’d bought from her and a coffee mug/coaster I bought a year previously as well, all while purchasing two more prints (one with more chrome detailing), the tape, and the stickers! The artist is Cari Corene, and she runs the Etsy shop Story of the Door . For the two foxes in the stickers above she did a collab with Etsy artist Devil’s Bakery. Check them out if you want to see more of these two cute little foxes! They even wrote a children’s book of which the foxes are protagonists, so make sure to check that out if you have a little one at home!

So there you have it! All my necessities for planning in a Filofax. So far I’m really enjoying the migration to the FIlofax system from the Leuchtturm. My biggest peeve with the bound journal was having to constantly re-find spreads if I needed to migrate information. I really like having things grouped together, so being able to move pages around and keep information together and organized really makes me feel better. It’s also nice being able to throw away junk pages or mess-up pages. I hate looking at them. I’m not a perfectionist by any means but it just brings me no joy to flip through my pages and see big x’s and scratched off pages. Although I must say I miss the simplicity of just carrying around a little bound notebook and cracking it open to jot things in.

Do you plan in a bullet journal? What system do you use? Let me know in the comments below, or link me to your blog/instagram if you have photos! I love following other bullet journalists to get inspiration from their pages and soak in the creativity. I am NOT a creative person by any means, I can’t doodle to save my life. So when I see a well planned page with cute doodles and gorgeous handwriting it inspires me to try a little harder in practicing my own handwriting and doodling.

I hope you enjoyed the post! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful Friday!


xo, Karli