I'm Christina the creator behind christina77star. If you are new to bullet journaling and don't know where to start, this page is for you. You might find yourself being bombarded with various styles and ways of doing things. That can make you feel a bit overwhelmed and you might not know where to start. Just keep things simple and start slowly. 

I've gathered all the information you might need for your new bullet journal adventure. Feel free to scroll down and click on the links that interest you. 

-- What is a Bullet Journal?

A Bullet Journal is a simple customisable organisation system on a notebook. You basically create your own planning layout and inserts according to your needs. All you need is a bit of creativity and a notebook.

The creator of this system, Ryder Carrol, describes it as:
An analog system for the digital age. It helps record the past organise the present and plan for the future. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook and diary and all the above.
You can find out more about it in his very informative website that you must visit to see all the information and the detailed video that thoroughly explains his system.

However, this shows the basis of this system. There is a whole new world full of inspiration and ideas on how to bullet journal that is ready for you to discover. You can visit my Bullet Journal Board on Pinterest to get an idea.

-- How to start?

You'll need a planner. Bullet Journaling is a system that can be used on any type of notebook. However, there are certain notebooks that are considered to be the favourites in the bullet journal community:

Dotted, lined, squared, plain it's really up to you. However, if you want a dotted one I also found these ones made by a make called Fabriano. You can check my review on the Leuchtturm1917 as well as my post on comparing the Lechtturm1917 vs the Moleskine notebook.

-- Index and Keys


The first few pages of your bullet journal are your Index. Here you simply add the topics of your Pages and/or your Collections and their page numbers, so you can quickly find and reference them at any point. The Classic Bullet Journal and the Leuchtturm1917 come with a blank table of contents already implemented, while you have to create one in the other notebooks.

Key Page

A key page is one of the basic pages that you're supposed to add in your bullet journal. It basically shows the symbols, the signifiers and the colours you use in your bullet journal to indicate different tasks/events/categories.

You can follow the basic system keys as thet were created by Ryder Carrol, or you can create your own symbols and signifiers as you see fit. For example, you can use a checkbox instead of a dot for a Task.

For more inspiration on key pages click here.

-- Future Planning

The first thing to do with your bullet journal is to begin with your future planning. This includes your Future Log, your Monthly and Weekly Spreads as well as your Dailies.

Future Log

There are 6 different ways to future plan with your bullet journal:

Monthly Log

The Monthly Log helps you organize your month. It consists of a calendar and a task list. To set up your first Monthly Log, go to the next available spread of facing pages. The left page will be your Calendar Page; the right will be your Task Page.

This is the basic way to plan your month. However, there are a number of different ways you can do it.

For more inspiration click here.

Weekly Spreads

Weekly Spreads are an important part of my monthly planning. They help me stay focused, note down any events or appointments, plan my housework, track any number of things I want and do some meal planning as well. You can add anything you want in your 2 or 1 page weekly spread.

For more inspiration, check out these posts:
Weekly Spread Ideas for Bullet Journals

Daily Spreads

Daily Spreads are sections in your Bullet Journal where you write your tasks, appointments and all the things you need to do on a specific day. It could take a small section of the page, or a whole page, it's really up to you and how busy you are on that day. You can personalise your daily with banners and various doodles or drawings. You can also add more information, like the weather and the temperature, food log, any number of trackers for anything you want to track on that day and so on. Very popular is also to add a time management bar, where you track what you do during your day.

For more inspiration on your Monthly, Weekly and Daily Spreads follow me on Instagram and Pinterest.

-- Bullet Journal Categories / Collections and Inspiration

Map of your Life
Gratitude Log
Bucket List
Level 10 Life
Level 10 Goals
Miracle Morning Routine Tracker
Mission Statement
Methods for Relaxation
Self-Care activities
Skills to Learn
Online Purchase Tracker
Future Purchases
Wish List
Snail Mail Tracker
Interesting Websites
Habit Tracker
Sleep Log
Dream Journal
Life Goals
Things I love
Things that make me Happy
Acts of Kindness
6-word Stories
Journal Prompts
Makeup Wishlist

Planning / Reviewing
Yearly Planning
Monthly Memories
Monthly Goals
Monthly To-Dos
Yearly Review
Monthly Review
Weekly Review
My 5-Year Plan & Goal Tracker
Future Project List
Hobbies - Entertainment
Books Read
Books to Read
Books Published per Month
Movies to Watch
Movies watched and review
TV Series Tracker
TV Series to Watch
TV Show Schedule
Bullet Journal Banner Ideas
Crafting List
Nail Polish Swatches
Planner Icons

Morning Routine
Evening Routine
Daily Routine
Seasonal Housework List
Weekly Housework
My Planning Routine
My Bullet Journal Routine
Skincare / Beauty Routine
10 Minute Tasks

Weight Loss
Weight Loss Tracker
Calorie Tracker
Exercise Schedule
Exercise Tracker
Diet Plan
Weight Loss Stats
Healthy Snack Options
Foods to avoid
Daily Water Intake

Daily Journal Page
Pen Test Pages
Brain Dump
Home and Family
Family Goals
Kids' Chores
School Schedule
School Holidays
Family Contacts
Emergency Numbers
Important Addresses / Phone Numbers
Babysitter Info
First Aid Checklist
Home Maintenance
Vehicle Maintenance
Family Activities
Home Repair Tracker
Summer Bucket List
Moving out Plan
Moving Inventory

Weekly Meal Planning
Shopping List
Freezer Inventory
Pantry Inventory
Recipes to try
What I ate today
Healthy Food List
Restaurants to try List
Menu Planning Ideas

Monthly Budget List
Income and Outgoings
Insurance Info
Savings Goals
Budget Tracker

Birthday Wish List
Gift List
Party Check List
Party Ideas
Yard Sale Checklist
Blog Stats
Blog Affiliates
Blog Post Ideas
Instagram Planning
Blog Weekly Schedule
S. Media Promotion Schedule
S. Media Picture Sizes
Blog Mission
Blog Information
Monthly Analytics
Monthly Review

Packing List
Travel Information
Holiday Planning
Vacation Ideas
Countries Visited
Road Trip Planning

Christmas Recipes
Christmas Card List
Christmas Checklist
Christmas Gift List
Christmas Menu
Christmas Party Checklist
Christmas Wishlist
Stocking Stuffers

Spotify Playlists
Playlists in the making
Song of the day
Songs to listen to
Favourite Songs
Favourite Lyrics

-- Bullet Journal Hacks

Some articles that can help you with your Bullet Journal experience:

Timeline Ideas for your Bullet Journal
How to Bullet Journal when you don't have time.
All you need is a notebook and a pen. But we all know that adding colour and having lots of pens and stationery to play around is more fun! ;)

So here are the ones that I really like:

Leuchtturm1917 Dotted Grid A5 Notebook
Pelikan Coloured Pencils
Staedtler Triplus Fineliners
Staedtler Pigment Liners
Pilot G-TEC C4
Pilot Frixion Ball 0.7

Check also these posts:

My Favourite Bullet Journal Supplies
The Battle of the Best Black Pen
Leuchtturm1917 - Review
Lecuthtturm1917 vs. Moleskine


I am uploading lots of pictures with the progress of my bullet journal as I'm filling it in, so don't forget to check out my Instagram and Facebook accounts.

You can also join my Bullet Journal Inspiration Group Board on Pinterest.

I Appreciate You!

I'm here for you as a friend and also to provide inspiration and information. I want to hear your opinions. I want to know how else I can help you. Bullet Journaling taught me that there's an amazing community out there, ready to welcome you and help you along the way. That's how we all learn together, including me :)


  1. Hi Cristina! I'm from the Philippines I do love your blog a lot and I keep on trying to make my own journal. I started on a daily basis because sometimes I fail to jot down tasks (bad me) and im so obsessed with doodling but I really can't draw. but still thank you for keeping on inspiring me. more power to you! God bless!

    1. Hi Humille! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your kind words! It means a lot to me that I was able to inspire you and help you along your way with your bullet journal. Have a lovely day! :)

  2. Hi! I just started bullet journaling today and I've lowkey been stalking your Instagram page! Also I've been watching tons of YouTube videos so I'm really excited! I really wanted to start but i didn't know where to begin! Your blog is quite helpful so thank you for inspiring me to get started!!

    1. Hi! It can be a bit overwhelming in the beginning! It took me a week to start... I was just staring at my notebook and making notes after notes of what spreads and lists I wanted to create. I'm glad you found my blog helpful. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Welcome to the Bullet Journal community, and I hope you have fun :)

  3. Hi Christina! I'm trying to search out bullet journaling, because I had a few people recommend it, but it seems a little confusing and overwhelming to me still, and I know that's not the point of bullet journaling, so could you help clarify a bit? So is it weird that your collections are intermingled with your weeklies and dailies? I feel like I'm just learning how to get organized, and at first glance it doesn't seem organized for me, (but then again, anything would be better than what I have going on right now;) Currently I have scrap pieces of paper everywhere, and I think if I could practice and get over the perfectionism, I think this system would really work for me because everything is all in one place, everything that needs to be done and the calendars. I just feel that because I'm starting from scratch and scrap pieces of paper, I do t know how to organize it all. I don't know how to draw, doodle, and hand letter, but I would really LOVE to learn! Maybe this could help me? I don't want to feel so overwhelmed though. Could you help me? Sorry about the long comment. :)

  4. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog! Bullet Journaling can feel a bit overwhelming in the beginning, but I promise you it's an amazing organisational system that will definitely help you. Make sure you watch the video I mentioned above. You don't have to have every single spread you see around. Just start with the basics. For example, you can make your yearly overview, where you'll write down all the important dates per month. Then you can do your monthly spread and then your weekly spread, or you can just do dailies, if that helps you better. You can adjust this whole system to how you are used to work and function. That's the magic of it. Then, I would suggest to see all your little pieces of paper you mentioned and group them into categories. Once you've done that, you can transfer them in your bullet journal, and then you'll know that you have everything you need there. Your collections/spreads will be inbetween your dailies and your weeklies and that's fine, cause you have an index in the beginning of your journal where you note everything down, and therefore you know exactly at which page everything is. Once you start bullet journaling, you'll understand the way this system works and everything will make sense, I promise you. It might seem complicated, but it really isn't. I hope this made things a bit more clearer for you. If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask me. I'd love to help you :)

  5. Thank you for your response! I am excited to try it, because it seems like it may be my missing piece and just what I'm looking for! I do love the fact that I put in my planning part of the month, then add the collections of what I need during that month. I really love how you use your bullet journal, it seems to be my type of style as well. I'm going to try and read all I can on your blog and see if I can understand it better. Do you have a YouTube channel where you talk about your bullet journal and how you plan and organize? Thank you for all your tips! I'm excited to learn more! Thank you!

  6. Hello Christina, I'm from germany and I just found your blog! I'm new to Bullet Journaling and your Blog is full of Inspiration, thanks so much!

    1. Hi! I'm so glad you found it helpful!! :)

  7. I've seen a few posts about bullet journaling and it always looked too complicated and time consuming. But, your site has inspired me to take the plunge! Thanks for the inspiration, Christina!


    1. Hi Sara!
      I'm so glad I was able to inspire your bullet journal adventure! Have a nice day :)

  8. Nice, I like you BUJO!
    I'm from France

  9. I just started doing my bullet journal in December, but am really enjoying it! Your blog is wonderful and helpful (I've signed up for the newsletter). I do have a question: if I do all the pages I want, it seems I will fill my notebook before the end of the year. Is that common? Do most people use more than one notebook in a year? Thank you!

  10. Hi Helen!
    Thank you for visiting my blog and signing up for my Newsletter! It is actually very common for people to use more than one bullet journal per year. Me personally last year, I used two bullet journals. Other people manage to use only one, but I've also heard of others that use 3 per year, or even more! It all depends on how busy you are, and how many spreads you create in your bullet journal. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions I can help you with. :)

  11. I just wanted to thank you for doing your pages in both Colored pages and the "Coloring pages" I downloaded the Black & White pages so my daughter has something to do while we wait in the many different Doctors office... she is disabled and has so many appointments its nice having someone like you that has beautiful layout that you are willing to share & that they are as functional as they are beautiful!

    1. Hi! I'm so glad that you like my designs and that you enjoy using them! Colouring and drawing can be very therapeutic and can help pass the time, like in your situation, while waiting for the doctor's appointment. Thanks again for your comment, I really appreciate it :)


I love to hear what you think and I do read all comments. I will try and answer any questions you may have! Thank you for visiting my blog! I really appreciate it! :) Christina x