Creative Journals

Bullet Journal: Read Bookshelf

Hello, everyone~ How are you?
Today we are doing another entry in my Bullet Journal! I am so excited as I haven’t done this in so long. I won’t ramble for too long as I have spent so much time working on this, and I am excited to share this with you.
Read on~

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Materials:

  1. A bullet journal (Or any journal that is either plain or lined)
  2. A sharpened pencil with an eraser
  3. Coloured markers/texters
  4. A ruler
  5. Gel pens

Where to Buy:

These items can be found in the following places:

  1. Art stores
    http://riotstores.com.au/
  2. Newspaper agencies
    In-person store*
  3. Typo
    https://cottonon.com/AU/stationery-living/stationery/?prefn1=brand&prefv1=Typo
  4. Reject Shop
    https://www.rejectshop.com.au/
  5. $2 Store
    In-person store*
  6. Kmart
    https://www.kmart.com.au/category/home-&-living/home-by-category/stationery/350010
  7. Officeworks
    https://www.officeworks.com.au/

Suggested Buys:

  1. White Out
  2. Black Fineline pen
  3. Highlighters
  4. Scotch tape
  5. Fountain pen
  6. Smudge tool
  7. Stickers
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Creating the Final Look:

Step 1: The Bookshelf

The bookshelf was quite easy, I wanted three shelves because I only wanted thirty books, however, if you want 50- or even 100 books- on your Book Challenge bookshelf, then feel free to add as many shelves as you would like, but this is as many shelves as I needed.
For this, I spaced out the shelves exactly 10 squares apart, the top shelf is slightly smaller than the rest but you can hardly notice, it just looks like lighting or your eyes playing up. However, there is a slight difference from what I can recall.

Step 2: The Books

This was the most difficult step of all of them, honestly. It took me so long trying to get them right because if I hadn’t filled in the back of the bookshelf, it would have been able to see all of my pencil markings. You can still mostly seen them where the coloured pencil wasn’t able to colour over where the eraser had been. But that is only if you look close enough. The edges are far too round for my liking, or far too flat, but perfection ruins a picture. Doesn’t it? Creativity likes in the flaws. That’s what I tell myself to help me sleep at night at least.

Step 3: The Header

In case anyone is wondering, I will place the dimensions of the header down below. However, for this, I just replicated the usual header style, filled in the words. Instead of waiting till the end to colour, I decided I would colour while I was working on it, and choose my colours, which was a dark maroon colour.

*Each number is relative to a single square*
Step 4: The Decor

As always, this is honestly my favourite step as I get to see my entire creation come together. It either makes the page or breaks the page. It’s brutal, but it’s true.
To begin with, I started with adding colour to the bookshelf. First with marker adding it to the outside of the bookshelf, before going in with dark pencil. Then I did the ‘back’ of the bookshelf with a different coloured brown, hoping it would make it look like it was shaded in. I think the effects looks nice but would have prefered if the resemblance was a little bit closer.

Then I began the greenery, first beginning with the long vine of leaves on the right, drawing the stem before I began with the leaves. This took me several times because I hadn’t realized how bad I was at drawing leaves until now. Once I had decided this was as good as it was going to get, I moved on. Next, I drew the purple-flower (I’m not exactly sure what it was, but I googled ‘Bullet journal decoration’ and it came up. I won’t source it as it also came up on several different photos, so it didn’t come from a single source).

Finally, then I did the top left leaves, followed by the flower, and the rest in descending order. I feel as though I don’t need to explain that, as I just duplicated it across the page. For the leaves, I used three different green colours as you can see on the left side of the page, and then mixed it on the right side of the page.

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Pros:

  1. Simple
  2. Open, and spacious
  3. Colourful but neutral
  4. No obvious mistakes
  5. Colours match well

Cons:

  1. Book-tops
  2. Title colour

Highlights:

I feel, on an absolutely honest note, this is my favourite bullet journal that I have ever created. It is so gorgeous, and simple.
The colours are so vibrant with the neutrals meshing so well together, and the greenery decor truly ties the page together.
Not only that, but the books aren’t cramped together, leaving just enough space for exactly thirty books with tons of space to make it look not cramped, while also allowing enough space for writing.
I just adore it, hands down my favourite page.

Dislikes:

It is so difficult to find any dislikes on this page, at first I had so many, especially with the greenery, and but once I placed the colour in it truly tied it all together. However, what I don’t like about it is the tops of each of the books, it doesn’t exactly look the books, I couldn’t get the rounded/flat look as precise as I wanted. It either came off too flat or too rounded, which quite annoyed me. Other than that, I do wish I went back over the title again perhaps with the same marker or darker just to make it stand out a tad bit more. Or even perhaps put a bit of white underneath.

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That is it for today, I do hope you guys enjoyed. I don’t have much to say here besides to apologise for not doing any recent bullet journals, I don’t know why, I just have been so excited to do my Wreck this Journal or my 1 Page At A Time journal that I had mildly forgetten about this. But alas, I haven’t entirely forgetten. As always, if you enjoyed today’s post, please comment down below.
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See you in my next post x

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