Like many bullet journalers, I get very intimidated by photos of spreads with weather forecasts on each day with adorably drawn cartoon sunshines and raindrops. I feel inadequate next to fitness tracker pages with drawings of tennis shoes and elegantly written motivational quotes. I worry I’m not worthy of my instagram followers when I make a book list page without ONE drawing of a book in the corner!
But then it hit me: Would I be able to stick to it if I did put that much effort into every page? I remember buying scrapbooking supplies back in the day and then never even making ONE PAGE because it took too much effort and I don’t have the attention span to stick with something that takes that long. So, do I think I would have SEVENTEEN VOLUMES OF BULLET JOURNALS under my belt if I drew works of art on EVERY. SINGLE. PAGE?
(Let’s put aside the fact that I have no artistic skill and couldn’t draw a leaf on a fall day if you paid me.)
LOOK AT THAT STACK. That first journal started in August of 2013 and I’m currently working on volume 17. I 100% guarantee you I would not have stuck with it that long without depending on simple spreads to get me through every page. I like to use markers as highlights sometimes, and decorative paper tape to hold things in, but there are plenty of pages without either of those things. I mainly break them out when I’m trying to justify buying more because THIS GIRL RIGHT HERE HAS AN OFFICE SUPPLY ADDICTION.
So today I’m celebrating the simple spreads and just accepting that I’m going to always err on the side of “SIMPLE” because if I don’t, if I start to worry about being more ornate or detailed, I won’t ever pick up volume 18.
Here are some examples of my simple spreads!
I do rely heavily on colored ink and markers as accents because I like looking at my pen pouch like a palette. That is my way of upgrading the “simplicity” just a bit. And I took a hand-lettering class in February so obviously THAT month I used tons of fancy lettering but I got bored with it because it was VERY DIFFICULT. So over all? None of these spreads took me long at all. And if I don’t have time to break out the colored pens and markers? There are DOZENS of pages in each volume with ONE color ink. AND THAT IS OKAY! Because this is a hobby I want to sustain forever as I love going through my Dad’s old notebooks and I want my kids to have them long after I’m gone. So! Now I need to to follow some Simple Spread type of bullet journalers so I can get some inspiration! Do you follow any? I’m going to start using the hashtag #SimpleSpread on my instagram and hope to find people that way!