Semester 2 Bullet Journal Spreads

College Life with EG: Part 11

Hello everyone and welcome back to College Life with EG! I paused this mini-series in November when semester one ended, but now that school has started back up, so will the series. I love to relate these posts to what is going on in school, so today I will show you some bullet journal spreads to get you prepared for the semester ahead! I hope you enjoy the second “round” of my mini-series, and please do not hesitate to give me some suggestions on what you want to hear about!

Grade Tracker

This first spread is perfect for keeping track of big assignments in all of your courses. It isn’t meant to track every grade, just the major ones: essays, tests, and quizzes. It’s a pretty simple design but can keep you on top of all your classes. With just a glance, you see what classes you are doing well in, and what classes might need some help. To make this spread, just write grades at the top of the page along with the semester name right below. I said winter/spring because it goes through both seasons, but you can call it anything you want. Next, divide your page into however many classes you have. After the title, my page was 48 boxes tall, and I have 4 classes, so each class takes up 12 rows. Then, make a box for each class, leaving one row for the class name. For example, mine were only 11 boxes tall. Once you have the boxes, write the names of your courses on top; you can either write the entire name (like American Government) or just the department and course number (PSI 101). In each box, I made sections for what the assignment was, the date, the weight/value of the assignment, and what grade I received. You can section these off however you like. Then, draw vertical lines to separate each section, and you’re good to go!

Semester Overview

If you read my other post on college bullet journal spreads, you have seen this one before. I mixed it up a little, but I think this spread (or something like it) is crucial when beginning the semester. On this page, I write down all the dates of my major assignments throughout the semester. You can use it for any assignments you want, but I only use it for tests, quizzes, essays, and BIG assignments (anything I should prepare for far ahead of time). I did this in two pages for the last spread, but I wanted to conserve room this time so I condensed it into one. It shows what the assignment is, the date it’s due, what class it’s for, along with mini calendars for each month so you can visualize everything at once. To make this spread, start with a fancy title, as always. I used my favorite brush markers, the Tombow Dual Brush Pens! Then, I divided my page into four equal sections by dividing it down the middle vertically and horizontally. For each month, I started by writing the name of the month in the middle of the section and a calendar below. Each day of the calendar took up one box in my spread. For the rest of the space, I made a big box (which ended up 19 by 16, so I can write down 16 assignments). At the top, I made one legend to show what each assignment was and one legend to show what class it was for. For example, sociology is orange, and tests have a box around the date. I use the shapes (for what type of assignment it is) in the mini calendar around the date. Then, I write the assignment in the box below and highlight the assignment (based on the legend) for whatever class it is. If you want to make another section in each box for the due dates, you can do that as well.

Before the Semester Starts (.5 pages)

This is the perfect spread for getting last minute items checked off your list before the semester starts. If you’re like me, you want to be overly prepared by the first week of classes. If you start off ahead of the game, it boosts your confidence for the rest of the semester. It make seem like a lot of work, but trust me, it really helps. I wouldn’t copy my spread entirely (obviously) because I am doing things that pertain to each of my classes. However, you can totally use the layout AND this can help give you an idea of what you might want to get done. I would start doing the items on this list a week before your first class, so you don’t have to rush anything.

If you noticed, I don’t have a space to buy any binders, notebooks, or folders on this list! That’s because I like to buy everything like that in the summer, when everything is really cheap for back to school. I buy all the supplies I will need for both semesters so everything will be ready to go when winter semester starts. Here is a list of my favorite school supplies (I did these off of Amazon because I know a lot of people are more comfortable doing online shopping right now).

Anyway, here is how to make the spread! I started off by writing “what to do before class begins” at the top of my page. I would choose a different color combination because mine doesn’t really match. Then, I made sections of different categories of what I need to do. For example, I do need to buy a few things. Then, I want to customize different items, prep for my math class, etc. However, you can make any categories you would like! The one I would highly suggest is prep work fir each class. Sometimes professors send out an email of a few things you can do to get ready for the first day, and I would always do that so you can start the class ahead of the game. As you noticed, this spread is only a half page, and the other half is a broken down description of each class schedule, so I will discuss that next!

Class Schedule (1.5 pages)

I made this spread into one and a half pages because I had extra room on the bottom of my “Before the Semester Starts” page. However, you can make it as long (or as short) as you like. This spread gives a layout of the entire course schedule, from course topics to due dates. This is different from the overview spread because it focuses on just one course at a time, and it shows exactly what I will be doing for every class period. For this spread, I pulled the information right off the syllabus. I just copied any information with dates onto here, which is why the sections are different for each class. This page will change a lot based on the class, but I will break down each of mine for you. To begin, I wrote the name of the course, the time, and the Zoom ID and password. Since all my classes are online this semester, I figured it would be a good idea to have all the Zoom information in one place. Below this information, I made a big box and started to section it off.

  • MATH 140: I made three sections: week of, Tuesday, and Thursday. Under the week of, I simple wrote the first day of the week we have class (Tuesday), Under the Tuesday and Thursday sections (the days I have class) are the planned topic for the class. Then, I highlighted every time we have an exam.
  • PSI 101: this class only meets once a week, so there is only one topic for the whole week. My sections were: week of, subject, quiz?, assignment, and read. We have a quiz every couple weeks, so in each box I either write what quiz it is or a simple line if there is no quiz. We have mini papers and discussions that go in the assignment section, and I write what chapters I have to read and take notes on in the read section.
  • SOC 101: As you can see, there is no meet time for this class because it’s truly all online. For each week, we have assignments, lectures, etc., and we are expected to get them done by the due date. So, my sections were: week of, topic, and due date. To save paper, I put two weeks into each row (meaning I wrote each of those sections twice). When there was a paper or exam, I didn’t section off the columns but instead kept the row as one whole section.
  • GEO 102: the outline of this class is a little different because each topic takes a couple weeks. Instead of breaking it down by individual weeks, it is in sections of a couple weeks at a time, which is why I just wrote the date range under the “week” category. My other categories were: topic, read, disc. (discussion), and HW (homework). Under read, I just write the chapter that we have to do for that topic, and under discussion and homework are the due dates of each.

Office Hours

This spread is nothing more than the office hours my professors posted for each class. I wrote it down because I had a little space at the end of the class schedules!

Thank you for looking through my spreads! I hope these can be helpful to you all as we start the semester. If you are not in college, I appreciate you just taking the timne to look through this and support me:)

As always,

wtih love,

EmmaGrace

Supplies

  • InkJoy Gel Pens: In “Grade Tracker,” I used this for the accent in the title, the boxes, and all of the pink writing. In the “Semester Overview,” they were used in making the boxes and the legends. I used them ifor all the writing in “Before the Semester Starts” as well as in “Class Schedule.”
  • Pentel Brush Pen: I used these for the calendar and month names in “Semester Overview” as well as the course names in “Grade Tracker.” I also used them in part of the title for “Before the Semester Starts” and the course titles/schedule/zoom information in “Class Schedule.”
  • Tombow Brush Pens: these were the title and the legend in “Semester Overview.” I also used them in the title of “Before the Semester Starts” and to highlight in “Class Schedule.”
  • Paper
  • To buy sticker in “Before Class Begins” (from Happy Planner seasonal stickers)

A Review of 2020

Hi all! First off, I want to say that my entire post got deleted on Sunday morning. I worked so hard to rewrite everything because I know you look forward to the Monday morning posts. That being said, if there are a few extra errors in the post, please understand ❤

Anyway, today I wanted to look back on 2020 (blog-wise) and everything I did/ accomplished! I was thinking about doing this last week, but I wanted to get those bullet journal spreads out so you could start using them right away! Now, there were a lot of things I did in 2020 that I was proud of, but today I just wanted to look at the year of my blog. As many of you already know, I just started this page last January, so it has officially been a full year! When I began, the only people who read the posts were probably my mom and my boyfriend. Besides them, I didn’t really tell many people about it, and I was lucky to get one or two other people off the internet. Honesty, that didn’t really bother me. I started this page to help other people and spread creativity, but I also did it for myself. It gives me something to do and allows me to spread my love of the bullet journal. If people read it, I love that! If there are only a few people reading it, I was okay with that as well. However, my long term goal was (and still is) to reach out to as many people as I can. Even if you don’t do my bullet journal spreads, I would love if you could read my page and be inspired to create anything you please. Or, to just use your creativity in everyday life. Over the past year, my page has grown so much in new followers and views, but also in what I post. I only wanted to do bullet journaling in the beginning, but now I post about anything and everything. I am by no means a “popular” or “famous” blogger. In all honestly, I still have less than 100 followers, but that doesn’t bother me! I have started to connect with more people, and for that I am thankful. For each and every one of you reading this right now, I am thankful that you are here and I would LOVE it if you would reach out to me in the comments! Let me know if you have a blog as well so I can share the love 🙂

Well, I guess I should get into the REAL post now!

January 2020

I officially bought my first website! If you didn’t know, you have to buy the website domain (lifewitheg.com) and the “customizer,” which is what I use WordPress for. I had a free Google website before WordPress, but it did not have much to customize so I quickly switched over. I didn’t have any posts that month yet… not sure why!! I did begin to do my daily quotes, however.

February 2020

I still hadn’t officially started my blog in February. I planned on beginning to post then, but I guess other things in my life got in the way. I did have a few people viewing the page during February, and I began to customize the homepage a bit more.

March 2020

The blog began to take off in March. I finally began posting a few different things, but I focused mostly on my bullet journal spreads. I gained my first follower which meant a lot to me because it meant the page was beginning to take off. I posted a monthly spread for the first time and now I post them at the beginning of every month. I had nine different visitors and received my first like on a post.

April 2020

For the first time, I had over 100 views in a single month. 100 is a big milestone and I would love to keep growing that. In April, I posted even more, with a lot of to-do bullet journal spreads. This is because we were in quarantine so I really wanted to focus on getting stuff done. Honestly, I played a lot of video games, but each day I made a list of at least 5-8 things that I wanted to get done. I posted spreads about this so you could be productive as well! It got me to clean out all my messy drawers; I know that isn’s a blog-related accomplishment, but I am still proud. I also created the “Quotes From the Year” tab so you can see all the daily quotes I have ever posted. I still update this now:)

May-July 2020

I actually took a little break from blogging at this time 😦 Luckily, I still had a few viewers!

August 2020

I finally got back into blogging! When I moved into college, I decided to dedicate more time to the blog to give me something else to do. I really missed blogging because it gives me space to get out all my thoughts. And, I hope to be inspiring many people along the way. I decided to start the “College with EmmaGrace” miniseries with a bunch of tricks and tips for college. This was everything from getting settled in to surviving the first week. The miniseries was something completely new for me as I wanted to incorporate a little more variety into my page. I related each post to something that was going on in school at the time. Even though I was posting a lot more, I still didn’t have a true schedule. At this point, everyone coming to the blog was doing so through a search engine.

September 2020

September was by far the best month for the page. I went from about 50 views in July, to 100 in August, to over 300 in September. I am still so shocked by all the support. I also had some viewers from people all over the globe, such as Romania and Germany. I love that I can connect with people outside of my country through something as simple as a blog! I started to post twice a week, every Monday and Thursday. That was the first time I had ever made a set schedule for the blog. I enjoy posting regularly because people can always count on having a post up on a certain day. Even though I only post once a week now, I want you to rely on me in being able to read a post on a set schedule.

In September, I used a photo-editing software for the first time to blur out personal information on my bullet journal spreads. I saw other bullet “journalers” do that before and wanted to try it out for myself. I posted quite a few bullet journal spreads for college, which were really beneficial in keeping me organized, so I hope they helped some of you as well. I also started to use “tags” which is just like a hashtag on Instagram; it shows what the post is about. I think this attracted a lot of new readers, especially other bloggers with similar interests! Finally, I started posting on my Instagram once again. I created my Instagram in 2019 just to show off my bullet journal spreads, but I linked it to my blog in September.

October 2020

October was another great month for the blog! After starting my Instagram back up, I had a lot of people coming to the website from the Instagram page. I also began to post on Twitter and Facebook, so people were coming from those sites as well. When I began the blog, I didn’t know how to promote it at all, but then I realized social media is a great opportunity! It was really awesome to see so many people coming because they were referred from social media! I still posted twice a week and at least one of the posts was always from the miniseries. I received my first comment which was really special to me because it meant people were engaging with my posts. By the way, I always LOVE to hear from you all in the comments. I almost had 100 different viewers, and the number of countries they came from continued to grow as well. Finally, I started to change up the posts a little bit to make them more appealing. I used different blocks (this is what WordPress calls things to organize the post such as headers, tables, lists, etc.). I think a well-organized post is much easier to read, so hopefully you agree!

November 2020

I stopped doing my miniseries this month. I usually made the posts about what was happening in school, such as posting “Surviving the First Week” the first week of school. So, when there is no school, there is nothing to relate to. However, I plan on restarting it when school starts back up next week. I also to started posting only once a week. I thought that I could put a lot more heart into it if I only posted once. Hopefully you notice that!! I received a lot of views from the WordPress reader, which means that other bloggers are reading my posts. I love to connect with other bloggers to see what they have to say. Plus, sometimes you get great ideas from other websites on how to improve your own. If you have a blog, please drop the link in the comments because I would love to connect with you.

December 2020

I closed out the year with a bang! I had six people comment on my blog! To some, that may not seem like a lot, but it honestly means the world to me. I never knew how many people would see or enjoy my blog. Slowly but surely, I am getting there! Again, I had a lot of people coming from the WordPress reader. Without the miniseries, I needed to come up with something else to post about. I decided to make a theme for December, so I did a lot of holiday posts. I also posted an update on me, which I like to do every few months. I don’t talk about myself all that much, and I figure my followers should be able to know a bit more about me! I received 46 likes from posts that I didn’t even publish in December. It’s great when you see people liking posts 3 months back because that means they are really exploring your page. So thank you for that!

Thank you all for your endless support in 2020, let’s make it an even better 2021!

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

Happy New Year!!

Phew! Can you believe is FINALLY 2021!? Everyone keeps saying they hope 2021 will be so much better than 2020. In some ways, I agree, but I don’t think you have to count on an entirely new year for a better life. Yes, there we many many MANY horrible things that came out of 2020. However, that doesn’t mean it was all because of the year 2020, and it does not mean we cannot start recreating out lives before the new year. While the new year is a great time to start something new, I am a firm believer in not waiting when you know you want something. If you want to start living a different life in December, why wait another month? All that being said, I did make a “new year” goal spread and year in pixels spread, but feel free to start them whenever you please. I also made a 2021 “at a glance” page, so let me know what you think!

2021 At-A-Glance

I decided to keep this spread pretty simple, but it’s a great way to see this year’s layout all in one place. As always, I started with the title, doing a little bit of calligraphy that you can make as fancy as you please. Then, I counted my boxes across so I could have even spacing between each month. I did four columns and three rows, but you can flip flop that if your paper is a little more narrow. I divided my paper into four equal vertical sections, starting with January. I wrote all the days out just like a calendar and put “JAN” above it as centered as I could. I used a highlighter to make the month titles pop out. Then, obviously, I did this with the rest of the months. You could make each number of the month a 2×2 box if you wanted the spread to be a little bigger. As you can see, mine only takes up about half a page and it was a little difficult to fit the numbers into just one box.

Next, I made a section for important dates (if you decided to make your days of the month bigger, you might want to make this part its own page). This time, I sectioned my page into 3 vertical parts, and made the months go down four rows. I simply wrote the abbreviation for each month with a line underneath. Next to the title, I have a legend for all my important dates. For example, blue is for holidays, purple is for birthdays, etc. You can create a legend with any categories you would like.

My “Anytime” Goals

The beauty of this spread is that you can start it whenever you would like. The simple design reminds you of all your goals in many categories of your life. I started by writing the title, then sectioned the rest of my page into six equal sections. In each section, I basically just used a brush marker to write the topic, then did an outline in black pen. Then, I made a little bubble around the title and some arrows that will have the goals at the end of them. I only made a few arrows because this page is only meant to have a few of my MAJOR goals. Some of them aren’t really “attainable” in a certain time, but more of a life habit that I want to keep up on. For example, in my social life, a goal might be to reach out to a new person at least once a week. If you would prefer goals you can finish and cross off, do that! A few other categories might be fitness (pretty similar to health), blog-related, creative, spirituality, or kindness.

A Year in Pixels

Again, you can really start this spread at any time you would like, even in the middle of a month. Since it just goes through one full year, if you start in August, it will just end in August! Like always, start with a fancy title! I even added some pixels to the top for some decoration. Then, I wrote the first letter of every month (J for January, F for February, etc.) in a row. In the next column over, I wrote the days of the month going down, all the way to 31. Then, I made the boxes for each day of the year. In each box, you will fill in a color depending on how the day went. I usually do this at the end of the night before I go to bed so I can judge it from my entire day. Plus, it gives me something to look forward to right before going to sleep.

I also made a legend on the side, with 7 different “types” of days. You could make it even more elaborate with many more colors and types, or even less. Here are the descriptions of my days, as well as another example of how you could do this spread.

Year in pixels: my way

  • Angry, frustrated: it wasn’t the WORST day ever but you felt just angry at the world for most of the day. Maybe someone at work wouldn’t leave you alone, or your dog ate food off the counter.
  • Successful, confident: you did amazing and got stuff done! You felt happy with yourself and everything you did that day. Maybe you woke up early and marked off everything on your to-do list before lunch.
  • Normal, average: not an AMAZING day, but also not a bad day. It went by without any major positive or negative events.
  • Tired, bored: you didn’t really do much or everything you did was just boring. Not necessarily a bad day, but no exciting events occurred. Maybe you cleaned the house all day, which needed to be done, but was extremely boring.
  • Sad, gloomy, down: a depressing sort of day. Maybe a few positive things happened but for the most part your emotions just felt like a rainy day. Maybe it really was rainy outside!
  • Happy, pretty good: an above average day. You were in a positive mood and things went your way for the most part. That doesn’t mean NOTHING bad happened, but you didn’t let it ruin your whole day.
  • Exciting, amazing, perfect: the best day you can have! Everything was just how you wanted it to be and you felt great throughout the day! Pat yourself on the back for that one, but remember it’s okay to have bad days too:)
  • No date: this is just when there is not a day of the month, for example the 30th of February.

Year in pixels: using numbers to rate the day

  1. Very above average day: This is just the absolute perfect day. You did everything you wanted, you felt amazing, everything just seemed to fall into place.
  2. Above average: it wasn’t the best day you’ve EVER had, but it was pretty special none the less.
  3. Average: not really a good or a bad day. Nothing special happened but nothing horrible happened either.
  4. Below average: not a horrible day, but it definitely could have been better.
  5. Very below average: this was just a TERRIBLE day (and that is okay). Nothing went your way, you felt down or angry all day, and you just couldn’t wait for it to be over.

I hope you enjoyed these spreads and have an amazing rest of the week. Let me know if you decide to try any out. Also, don’t forget I am putting my supply list for my spreads at the very end of my posts from now on.

Finally, sorry for the delayed post, but I should be back to my normal Mondays next week. Thank you for your patience!

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

Supplies

Markers and pens

  • InkJoy gel pens: In my “2021 At-A-Glance” spread, I used these for the black in my title, as well as the titles of each month, and the days of the month. I also used them to write “special days” and the categories for the special days. In “My Anytime Goals” I used these for the black in the title as well. I also used them for the arrows and the outlines of the categories. Finally, in “A Year in Pixels” I used them for the quote at the bottom and the boxes. I believe I used them for the angry and exciting categories as well.
  • Zebra Mid-liners: I used these for the legend and to highlight the months in my “2021 At-A-Glance” spread.
  • Tombow dual brush pens: In “My Anytime Goals,” I used these for the titles of the categories as well as the bubble outline. I also used them for the word present at the end of “A Year in Pixels.”
  • Pentel sign pen: I used these for the word anytime in “My Anytime Goals.” They were used for the title and most of the legend for “A Year in Pixels.”

Paper

Delayed Post

Hi everyone! The scheduled blog post for tomorrow won’t be out until Tuesday, or Wednesday at the latest. Sorry! Have a great start to your week tomorrow ❤

As always,

with love,
EmmaGrace