A couple of days ago, I was trying to get some inspiration and motivation to get back into bullet journaling regularly again. If you’ve read my last post in this series, you probably know that I kind of feel off using my journal but I really wanted to get back to it as it’s something I really enjoy doing.
Where does one go searching for inspiration of any kind? Pinterest, of course! Which is exactly what I did and I have to say, it might have done the trick? Plus, it inspired a little series within this series that I’ll be sharing with all of you in the next couple of months – starting today!
I absolutely love seeing the kind of themes other people use for their journals, especially since my tend to be more on the minimalist-ish side of things. But these themes are something most of us can recreate (even if not to the same extent, especially if your drawing levels are somewhere around those of an elementary kid – aka, where my skill level is at) and don’t need a ton of different materials!
In fact, all you’ll need is your journal of choice and either coloring pencils or markers and both of them can be bought for cheap – you don’t need those name brand markers! But now, let’s get into these themes already, shall we?
Theme #1: Ice Cream
This was one of the first themes I saw on Pinterest that had me go ‘OH! I can do this too!’ and sparked a little fire inside me to try something else for my monthly cover page. Plus, having a theme in general means you can use it over and over again throughout your journal as decorative items too. My daily ‘spreads’ all have some sort of ice cream next to the weekday which is a nice pop of color and gives the page a bit of interest.
And if you want more ideas for how to use this particular theme throughout the month with various different spreads, check out the blog post that goes along with it!
Theme #2: Citrus Fruits
I feel like something that I really appreciate in the themes I look at for inspiration is color. This way, you already have a few different colors you can use throughout your spreads all month and don’t have to think too much about it – win-win! Plus, I feel like a citrus fruit is something most of us can draw, especially if we take a glass or cup to help with the circles!
Theme #3: Beach Vibes
I’m sure most of us think of the beach when we think about summer, right? And if you’re as pale, freckled and ginger as me you might also immediately think of the potential sunburn. But we’re thinking positive things here, people! So, sand! sandcastles, seashells – all that! No sunburns.
Honestly, I’m not sure if I could recreate this particular theme as well as shown here, but we can try, right? And if you want some different ideas, check out this spread and as always, AmandaRachLee has a really, really fantastic beach themed one too so make sure you check it out too!
Theme #4: Fireworks
I’m sure most of us associate fireworks with New Year’s Eve but apparently, my brain went with summer because in most of the American shows and/or movies set in or around summer, 4th July is kind of a big thing and that comes with fireworks. But I’ve also noticed quite a few different places having fireworks this summer too so maybe it is a summer thing!
Theme #5: Palm Leaves
For some reason, whenever I think of summer, I think of various big leaves (that in my head are all referred to as ‘palm leaves’ which is where the heading comes in) in the brightest shades of green. Plus, these seem easy enough for me to draw which is obviously a big, big win! xD
We all know there are a ton of different ways to interpret and use any given theme so make sure you don’t feel like you have to do any of them the same way as shown above. Take what you need from any and all of them and then go for what feels right for you and your journal. 🙂
How about you guys? What are some things you immediately think of when you hear the word summer? And what are some themes you guys love to use for your journals? They don’t have to be related to this at all, I’m just curious what you guys love. 🙂