We have just hit February which means our longest month of the year is over! Technically of course January is as long as every other month but with winter stretching out, it is always a struggle. As we look forward to brighter months and indeed brighter times, let me show you how to make your very own future log bullet journal.
What is a Future Log Bullet Journal?
Let’s start by looking at what a future log is. A future log bullet journal is a great way of logging events, fun things and birthdays you have coming up in the months to come. Bullet Journaling is their to help you be organised and productive, future logs help you keep a lot of important things in one place. You will make a future log at the front of your bullet journal and refer back to it, as and when you need it.
Remember to note the page numbers down that you use for your future log, in your index.
What should you use your future log for?
I use mine for birthdays, future meetings, future social occasions, to mark any holidays in e.g Christmas and to note down any recurring work I have e.g file my taxes!
Here are some things you could add to your future log. Remember – the secret to bullet journaling is simplicity so don’t overload your log.
- Key events
- Holidays – E.G the Lunar New Year
How to create a future log.
First I will show you how to create the basic layout of a future log before we move onto our more detailed version.
- Count the number of lines on your page and divide by three.
- With a ruler draw a line across the spread.
- Title each box with a month
- Add the future log page number to your index.
How to create our 2021 Future Log.
Are you excited to re-create this future log? I used a very simple method to create it which makes it really easy for you to do at home.
First of all let’s start with the technique I used to create this. I used the dutch door style which has become very popular within the bullet journal communities. The dutch door style is when you cut a line horizontally (or vertically) in your page to create an illusion of dutch doors. In the video above you can see me doing this horizontally. You can use either scissors or a craft knife.
I use the same method for all of my doodles, small and large! Let me show you step by step the winning formula.
Step 1 – I do all of my pencil work. (Like writing in all my dates in pencil, did you notice this in the video? Take extra care with this step because you don’t want to miss out a day!)
Step 2 – Outline with waterproof black gel pen. Do you have a waterproof gel pen? You can find one here.
Step 3 – Single light wash of watercolour. If you don’t have watercolours, find some here.
Step 4 – Light grey colour for shadows.
Step 5 – Use a white gel pen or watercolours for highlights. Find the perfect white gel pen here.
Now to put the dutch door style and the doodles together! To re-create this future log start by cutting the two ‘middle pages’ horizontally and removing the top layer.
- Write Future log on the ‘bottom pages’.
- Write all of your dates and months in pencil, space our evenly.
- Go over your months with watercolour.
- Once dry fill in all of your months and dates with a black pen.
- Create your doodles (copy the video for my technique) and follow my steps above.
- Make sure you have outlined everything and highlighted the areas you wish to show off.
- Feel free to put your own twist on things. You could play around with colours or you could change the doodle to match your main cover page or your overall theme.
This is a very simple way to create an attractive future log which will help you boost your organisational skills and productivity levels.
Have fun with it and if you do re-create it, let us know in the comments? Watch our for our blog on how to create a cover page.