I’m back with another monthly setup in my bullet journal. April is almost over and I’m super excited for May to come (because it’s my birthday month! ✨). For me the rest of April is extremely busy and I wanted to have everything setup in my bujo as soon as possible. Some of you might be celebrating Easter this week. Here in Cyprus we celebrate Easter the week after, so there’s lots of things to do and arrange until then. Also the day after Easter we’re flying with my family to Vienna for a week! I’m super excited about this trip and I can’t wait to visit this amazing city!!! From the pictures it looks gorgeous 😍 ✈️ If you have any recommendations for Vienna - like coffee shops, things to do and of course stationery shops - please let me know in the comments below!!! ☺️
The theme I’ve chosen for May is ‘cacti’ 🌵. It’s a theme that I wanted to do for some time now. However, it’s not a unique theme and there are some amazing setups online from some very talented bullet journalists. So, I wanted to create my own version of it and make it different somehow. I’ve decided to keep it as simple as possible and to strip it down to the very basic shapes of a cactus. At the same time, I wanted to show people that you can be as creative as you want in your bullet journal and choose shapes and lines that are not the usual ones that you would associate with a cactus.
Unfortunately there won't be a video for my Plan With Me this month.
As always we start with the Cover Page of the month. I created 3 cute cacti using the basic shape. However, I wanted them to be different and unique. So, instead of the prickly lines I used zigzag ones, little circles and triangles. You can still see that these are cacti, but by changing the normal lines you’ve given them personality and made them to stand out. 🌵I also didn’t want them to be very clean and precise. I wanted them to look hand drawn and rough around the edges. So, I used again my watercolours with my Pentel water brush, and I love the effect that the different shades of green give.
You can check all the supplies I’ve used, at the end of this blog post.
I’ve also turned all the doodles of this setup into stickers. Aren’t they adorable?
There are mini cacti stickers with 8 different cacti designs, that fit almost all planners.
There are also bigger - die cut stickers that are really cute and can be used to decorate your bullet journals and recreate this theme.
You can now find the Cacti stickers in my Etsy Shop and add some cuteness to your bullet journal too. 😘
Next comes my Monthly Spread. I chose to use again a 2-page layout with the monthly calendar, but I played a bit with the boxes and added some green shading to make it a bit more interesting. I like to have big boxes that give me plenty of space to plan my appointments and activities. At the bottom of the page I added 3 more cacti to keep up with the theme. Again I continue with the same concept and instead of the normal prickly lines I use rectangles, straight lines and zigzag lines to add texture and uniqueness. The different shades of green add to this effect and I love how it turned out!
And then we move on to the first Weekly Spread of the month. I’ve went with a horizontal layout and added a different cactus for each day. Each one of them is different and I’ve also tried to give each one a different shade of green. It might look a bit messy but I love how this turned out. 🌵 You can use the mini cacti sticker set to add a cactus in front of each day of the week, if you’d like to recreate this weekly layout.
And that is the May setup in my bullet journal. I hope you liked it and that you’ve found some inspiration. Let me know in the comments below what theme you’ve chosen for May.