Today I came to the realisation that this is the last month we’ll be planning for 2018!! And that we have only 34 sleeps until Christmas!!! 😬 Eeeekkk!!! I’m ready for all the lights, and trees, and love, and family, and food, and presents, and parties!!!! 🎄 I’m also already setup in my planner for the rest of the month! I knew with all the Christmas shopping, decorations and events I won’t have enough time to plan as I want to in my bullet journal, so I took the time to do it now, that everything is more calm and relaxed.
So, for December I knew I had to go with a Xmas theme! 🎅🏻 But I still wanted to make it fun and a bit different. So, the theme I chose for this month is ‘Gingerbread Cookies’. I had so much fun creating these pages (and now I can’t wait to make and more importantly EAT gingerbread cookies!!! Yum!). I also used a different technique with a combination of my coloured pencils and my Tombow markers to create the cookies.
Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the post, because there's also a video, where I'm showing you exactly how I've created each spread.
We start as always with the Cover Page of the month. I added lots of different types of gingerbread cookies. I like how cute they look and that the colours make them pop on the page! I used a technique that blends my coloured pencils with my the Tombow markers and that gives a more blended and vibrant effect . You can watch how I do it in the video, at the end of this post. I really like how they turned out and this is one my favourite cover pages of 2018!
The next spread is my Month at a Glance. Even though I've been using a smaller one-page layout the past few months, I knew that for December I had to go back to my 2-page spread. With all the events and things that are happening during the month, I need more space to write things down. I decided to use red lines all through the month, instead of black and of course to decorate my pages with a gingerbread cookie or two…!
Next comes my list with the Monthly Goals. I always separate mine in personal and work related ones, but of course you can add more or less categories, according to your needs. I added some beige lines to add more colour to the page and I finished the layout with the two cute gingerbread cookies at the bottom of the page.
Very conveniently, my weekly tasks moved to the page opposite and now it’s very easy to see what I need to do and allocate a specific timeframe for that task. Since I started using this method, a few month back, I have seen such a big improvement in my productivity! I finally get more things done!
As always I added a page for notes. It’s the page for all those miscellaneous stuff you have in your head and you don’t know where to write them down! I know I have loads of those in my mind and it feels so good when I have somewhere to place them! And the funny thing is that, once I write something down, I remember exactly where it is! Does this happen to you too?
A December setup would not be complete without a Christmas present list or page! I want to be very organised this year and plan all the presents way ahead. Also, I want to do all the Xmas shopping really early, to avoid the chaos that happens the closer you get to Xmas time! Let’s see if I’ll do it this year! 😉
Lastly comes the first Weekly Spread of the month. I used a layout that I’ve been using for the past few months and I love! I kept it pretty simple with a few Gingerbread Cookies on top and red lines instead of black.
And that is the last month of 2018 planned in my bullet journal. Have you setup your bullet journal for December yet? What theme did you use?