A Bujo Story

Lifestyle / Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

In this digital age, writing down notes or ideas aren’t that hard anymore. With countless of different businesses offering planners, we sometimes don’t even know which brand to choose from. Even if you don’t want it as a physical notebook, some artists can offer it in digital form as well. Let’s be honest, writing a task down is so old-school but sometimes it’s the best guarantee that we won’t forget the important things to do.

Bujo stands for Bullet Journal.

Crediting the Brooklyn based artistic director of his new way to jot down using just pen and paper, Ryder Carroll. It is basically a diary, planner, and journal all in one. Compared to the traditional planner, bujo is more personal and a good outlet for your creativity as you will be the one to design everything from the monthly cover down to the weekly schedule planning. It is used by people who are getting tired of those traditional planners- maybe finding it way too expensive or not as helpful at all, and people who have a long list of to-do or has a lot of things floating in mind.

A bujo can be whatever it is that you want it to be and it’s purely magic.

  • Monthly planner
  • Daily planner
  • Weekly planner
  • Monthly goals
  • Motivational quotes
  • Book list
  • Movie list
  • Sketchbook
  • Scrapbook
  • Diary
  • Habit tracker (water consumption, gym, etc.)
  • Finance tracker
  • Savings tracker
  • Mood board
  • Meal planning
  • Vacation planning
  • Grocery list
  • Mood tracker

The list just goes on. Think of the sky as your only limit.

Bujo Cover


I don’t know about some of you but doing this thing is kind of therapeutic and I heard some people who have mental issues find doing this calming, peaceful, and it helps them a lot. Most of you would think that the thought of bujo is stressful and you need a lot of time to design and curate a perfect sheet, and that was also my thought before. Until I decided to start again with just doing spreads that I know would help me in my daily activities since I have a full-time job and managing the house so it’s quite hard to not have some of those tasks noted down. What I did before was I patterned my bujo to some inspirations I got off of Pinterest and I got stressed out because the days were moving so fast that I can’t keep up because I admit, half of my day was spent on doodling, drawing and doing everything on faux calligraphy. That is why for this coming year I’m having a minimalist theme with a small pop of colors- without over designing the pages.

Bujo: Year Overview

Some people prefer their planners to have a lot of designs and some want to keep it as simple as possible. For me, simplicity works best. I like it to have a lot of empty spaces, drawing only minimal shapes and colors. Though I’m not good at drawing but I can say my handwriting is pretty good.

Bujo: December 2017 Cover

Bujo: Daily Planning

What’s good about creating your own planner is that you can decide the legend or the icons you will use to decipher what’s ahead.

·  A small thin dot indicates a new task

An x sign indicates that the task is completed

> A forward arrow means the task is migrated to some other day

A small circle indicates an event

A dash is a note

* A star for priority task

My dotted notebook is from Muji but you can have a blank or grid pattern as well. I picked the dotted paper so the dots can serve as a line making my penmanship straight. You can find a Muji store in Dubai Mall (Ground Floor, near Daiso) and Mall of the Emirates (Debenhams). My pens were also of the same brand. They were having a buy 6 for 45 AED (roughly 12$) promotion that time.

Bujo: Pens and Highlighters

The other pens are from the supermarket before but they were too bright and neon-ish that’s why I only use it at some time. Also, my Stabilo highlighter is very bright and until now I’m searching for those pastel colored one- I heard Zebra Mildliner is also good.

Short story: My highlighter pens were from the Philippines. I asked my mom to buy it for me so my dad can bring it to me back here in Dubai. I told her I need the pastel-colored highlighters and she told me she knew what I was talking about. That same day she messaged me the picture of those pens that she bought; it wasn’t the pastel collection because she said she can’t find those in the bookstore but still, thanks, mom.

Bujo: The Happiness Project

For the year 2018, I plan to be more grateful even on the littlest of things. Sometimes we are focused on what we want instead of being thankful on what we have.

At the back of my bujo is my journal section. In here I have 30 self-discovery questions that I should reflect daily but since I just have a small number of pages I’m answering one question per week. The questionnaire that I am using is from Lavendaire, one of my inspirations in blogging. You can also incorporate your calligraphy here but since I’m a bummer for that, I found a faux calligraphy letters in google and printed it as a guide throughout my planning.

Bujo: Self Reflection Journal

Bujo: Faux Calligraphy Stencil

I hope you find mine helpful and inspirational for you to start your own one. Remember to make one that would be helpful for you, and enjoy bujo-ing!


Love & Light,

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