Get the perfect messy scrapbook look in your bullet journal. If you have been drooling over travel journals then you need to see this!
How this post is going to be laid out: First is some maximalist weekly spread inspiration with some tips on how to achieve the look. Then some more scrapbook bullet journal inspiration for some other spreads in your journal such as year at a glance, monthly layout, daily recap, monthly recap and a review page. I have crammed a lot of information into this post. The scrapbook maximalist look is my favorite but it can be hard to come up with ideas at first that are still functional. Too messy and its hard to find important information. The best part about the scrapbook look is that you can add photos of special memories, ticket stubs or any other memorabilia. As with anything, it just takes some practice.
I always say this but its important to reiterate: this is YOUR bullet journal. All that matters is that you enjoy using it. I hope this post helps!
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If you are NEW to Bullet Journaling I recommend checking out my guide on How to Start a Bullet Journal before getting into how to completely overwhelm and pack your journal from the get go!
TOOLS TO GET STARTED BULLET JOURNALING:
Before we get started, I wanted to share some of the best and most affordable tools available for bullet journalling.
This notebook which is almost identical to the cult favorite and has raving reviews for a fraction of the cost!
This pen that won’t bleed through the page and is great for inputting your dailies
This Pen for art work and faux calligraphy
These Markers for decorating and color coding your journal
These stencils for making layouts quicker
This AMAZING Printables kit! 1000+ Printables including new ones being created now!
Obviously the only things that you need to get started is a notebook and pen and you will use them the most. However, the markers are useful for colour coding your journal and the stencils will save you time in creating beautiful layouts!
How to get the perfect messy scrapbook bullet journal look each week:
Print off some photos from Unsplash
You will find it super helpful to print and cut out a ton of photos at a time. I store my photos in a little box. When I sit down to make a new spread, I can just sort through that box to find photos that I like. This way technical difficulties don’t slow me down anymore.
A great website for searching for photos is unsplash.com. Photographers upload their photos to be used for free by others.
Pick 2-3 photos that follow a similar a color theme.
Plan where the photos will sit on the page. The corners are a safe bet that always looks nice.
Experiment to find what works for you, make the spread as you go or adding the days as you need them.
Some people will pre-make the spread so that each day of the week is exactly the same amount of dots apart. I prefer to add the days in the morning of each day. That way each day gets the exact amount of page space that it needs. Some days are busier than others and this makes most sense to me. The one disadvantages to the rolling weekly is if you are using different pens to write the titles of each day then you need to carry multiple pens around. I have always used my tombow to make a big title for each day and my fine point pilot pen for my dailies but I think I will experiment with just using my pilot pen to simplify things for myself. You do whatever makes most sense for you.
Once the pages are filled in, go back to add quotes, doodles, washi tape and stickers to fill in the pages.
Some extra things to add to the weekly bullet journal spread:
An events/ to do list
I love doing this since I use this spread as a rolling weekly. This way the important things get added to the page immediately but only added to each day as the days are created. This is also helpful in keeping the important things organized and quick for you to find.
Tiny Monthly Calendar
Monthly Layout Inspiration
Year At A Glance Scrapbook Bullet Journal Inspiration
After you finish a movie, tv show or book, create a review spread! Add some photos and do a whole write up. How fun to look back on at the end of the year?
Share some of your thought and favourite memories at the end of each month. Add some photos that you took that month for some extra memory keeping.
What About You?
What are some of your best tips for getting the perfect scrapbook bullet journal look?