Bullet Journal: 50 Monthly Theme Ideas

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It's been a bit quiet on my blog this month, I wish I had a good excuse but I don't really! I've had a straight up lack of inspiration, a blog identity crisis and not a lot of motivation to write. But yeah, enough of that, I'm breaking the silence with a classic bullet journal post. 

One of my all-time most read blog posts is '50 Page Ideas for your Bullet Journal' (by a long shot - I still get over a thousand views a day on it) so I thought I'd do something a bit similar as that went down so well. 

Since bullet journals became a thing, they've gotten more and more creative. Maybe I just didn't notice it back when I started one, but something I notice a lot nowadays is 'monthly themes'. I started to introduce this in my journal last year and I've gone all out this year. I like the idea of them as a way to break up each month clearly. 

Here's some ideas if you wanted to use monthly themes or are lacking inspiration (like I am right now, ironically - I wrote this list a few days ago fortunately!) 

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50 Monthly Theme Ideas for your Bullet Journal 

  1. Blossom

  2. Hygge

  3. Books

  4. Cities

  5. Woodland

  6. Space

  7. The ocean

  8. Crystals

  9. Gold

  10. Autumnal

  11. Mountains

  12. Paris

  13. Lights

  14. Magical/mystical

  15. The sky

  16. Succulents

  17. Stormy

  18. Tropical

  19. Midnight

  20. Love

  21. Wild flowers

  22. Harry Potter

  23. House plants

  24. Travelling

  25. Pastel

  26. Mandalas

  27. Disney

  28. 90s

  29. Pink

  30. Grey

  31. Sunset

  32. Snow

  33. Geometric

  34. Seaside

  35. Halloween

  36. Magic

  37. Origami

  38. Roses

  39. Peonies

  40. Butterflies

  41. Fairy tales

  42. Leaves

  43. Aztec

  44. Watercolour

  45. Patterns

  46. Romance

  47. Bees + honeycomb

  48. Fruit

  49. Candy

  50. Music


50 Theme Ideas for your Bullet Journal  | www.hannahemilylane.com
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How to use a monthly theme

I thought I'd also include a mini guide to monthly themes in case you weren't sure how to use them. Of course, as always, bullet journals are totally unique to you and you don't have to do it exactly how I do or how someone else does - make it work for you!

My monthly setups usually include:

  • Month cover page (usually painted with the month name in black calligraphy)

  • Monthly log for important dates or things to remember. This I take from my yearly log at the start of my bullet journal and add to it if things come up throughout the month.

  • Habit tracker

  • Running to do list, goals and future log

  • Weekly logs

  • Memories from the month at the end

These will all be themed in the same way. Some ways I do this are:

  • Using a colour scheme

  • Illustrations and doodles to fit the theme

  • Accent colours on headings or lines etc

  • Print out pictures

  • Washi tape

  • Fonts

Colours are the biggest thing for me - I try to keep these similar for the whole month. In January I used a pastel pink highlighter and in February I used a grey crayola pen, alongside watercolours. 

You can see my themes more clearly in this post on my January + February Bujo Setup

Do you use monthly themes in your journal or just go with the flow? 

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