My Bullet Journal Setup For 2021

January 10, 2021

Welcome to my brand new series where I show you how I set-up my bullet journal. Bullet journaling has been a fun way to stay creative, and productive, for me. A goal of mine for this blog is to bring you tips, tricks, and resources that have worked for me in the process of bettering my life. My hope is that they will help you as well. Bullet journaling is one of those resources. To learn more you can check out this post where I discuss more about what a bullet journal is. Today I’m sharing my 2021 bullet journal setup.

*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. What this means is that, as an Amazon and Scribbles That Matter affiliate, I earn a small commission if you decide to purchase from my links – at no additional cost to you. 

2021 bullet journal setup

Where Do I Begin?

This is the question I ask myself each time I start a new bullet journal. It’s equal parts terrifying and exciting. I don’t want to mess up, but I know that I’ll enjoy the process once I start. Before we put (brush) pen to paper, let’s back up a bit.

My first step is to brainstorm what I want to include in my bullet journal and what theme I want to go with. I try to have a cohesive theme for each section in my collections and each month. The main topics that come through in my collections are goals, health, finances, routines, and miscellaneous trackers and pages. Then I take to YouTube, Pinterest, and other blogs to get some ideas. Once I’ve got a good idea of what I want to do, I’m ready to begin.

My Bullet Journal Process

I like to carve out a decent chunk of time on days where I decide to work on my bullet journal, especially when it’s for my 2021 setup.. That way I’m not rushed and I can enjoy the process more. Before I begin I like to gather all my supplies and start a Spotify playlist. Some of my essential supplies include my Scribbles That Matter bullet journal, brush pens, fineliners, markers, and stickers. Everything else is just a bonus. 

Once I’ve got everything together I try to layout the spreads I want to create for my 2021 bullet journal setup on a sketchpad, that way I’m aware of how many pages I’ll need. One of my favorite features of the Scribbles That Matter bullet journals are the amount of pages they have. I’ve never had to use more than one bullet journal in a year. Even still, I like to be aware of how much space I’m giving my Collections. Then I get to work on creating them, by going theme by theme.

Calendars & Goals

I chose to do a dreamcatcher theme for this section because I thought that was good energy to begin my bullet journal with. I surprised myself with how the dreamcatchers turned out. In this section you’ll see my words and phrase of the year, goals, and future log with holidays and birthdays, 


For this section I thought that butterflies would be a fitting theme here. This is the area that I want to see the most change in for 2021 and that is what a butterfly represents. You’ll see that this section is about physical and mental health. Although it’s more of the latter because I’ve already got a wellness binder for my physical health.


This theme is one of my attempts to be funny in picking out a theme. I chose trees because “money doesn’t grow on trees,” hence the need for finance trackers. You’ll find trackers for my bills and savings here.


I love a good Friends theme in a bullet journal, so I decided to try to create my own this year for my routines section in my 2021 bullet journal setup. I love the Friends stickers I got for this. I found them in this Etsy shop.


For the last section I have a mix of everything. Since a rainbow has a mix of colors, I thought it was the perfect theme to close out my 2021 bullet journal prep. I can’t wait to fill in all these trackers throughout the year.

Here is the video of my 2021 bullet journal setup. What do you think? What would you like to see more of in this new series? Let me know in the comments below.  


It’s not perfect, but I had so much fun creating this. The bullet journal I’m using is a @scribblesthatmatter I love this brand!! #bujosetup

♬ Pieces (Solo Piano Version) – Danilo Stankovic

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