2022 Bullet Journal Setup - Vintage Explore Collage Style
HAY, how art you? We have come to the end of 2021 and it is time to migrate to a brand new bullet journal for 2022! I was really excited to set up my journal, which is an A5 dot grid linen cover notebook from Tittle&Jot. Ever since I did a review and pen test on this journal a few months back, I have been looking forward to using it because of its smooth cream-coloured pages. The theme that I am going for this coming new year is “Explore“, and I used elements like postage labels, stamps and map textures to gel the theme together. I’ve also kept the colour scheme to brown, black and yellow mainly for some vintage vibes. Keep scrolling to see my 2022 bullet journal setup!
2022 Plan With Me Video
Check out the following video to watch the setup process and plan with me!
2022 Bullet Journal setup – Supplies I used
Here is a list of supplies I used for the setup this month:
2022 Bullet Journal – Spacing Guide
No new bullet journal setup is complete without a grid spacing guide! The first page of a journal usually opens up in an awkward manner, so I set up my spacing guide right on the first page. I used a thin brown washi tape to mark out section (full, halves, thirds and quarters), and wrote the number of grids next to each one. It is a simple but visual way of marking the spacings, plus it is not too time-consuming to create. I used an alphabet stencil for the heading, and the font is a surprisingly good match for the vintage style! Lastly, I finished off with a small collage section at the bottom left corner to fill up the remaining space.
2022 Bullet Journal – Cover Page
The cover page is the most fun to set up in my opinion, and I love combining it with a quote of the year for a dose of motivation. I picked the following quote from Mark Twain for 2022:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbour, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.”
Here’s a fun fact – the theme “Explore” is inspired by this quote!
How I Made My Cover Page
- I typed the numbers “2022” on a word document file on the computer using a minimal and bold font.
- I saved it as an image file (you can simply screenshot it) and transferred it to my iPad.
- On my iPad, I flipped the image, set it to my lock-screen wallpaper and adjusted the size of the image to fit my journal page.
- Using the iPad as a makeshift light box, I then traced the flipped numbers onto my map-printed paper.
- I cut out the numbers.
- Before pasting the numbers on my journal, I used stamps to decorate the corners of the page.
- I pasted the numbers at the centre, and a minimal but bold cover page is completed!
The Quote Page
2022 Bullet Journal – Annual Highlights
I wanted a clear visual spread showing my highlights for the entire year. These map-printed papers that I own inspired me to create this spread with little flaps that can be opened to reveal each month’s highlights.
To create the flaps, simply mark out six boxes on each paper and use a cutter to cut three sides of each box (check that you are slitting the correct sides, especially if the orientation of the print matters!). Since the map prints are pretty dark, I used a circle-shaped puncher to cut circles from a cream-coloured paper, and stamped on numbers to label each flap.
2022 Bullet Journal – DIY Paper Pocket
The journal that I am using does not come with a paper pocket at the back, so I decided to DIY one myself! I created a simple template on the computer, printed it on kraft paper and folded it into a paper pocket. I also decorated the paper pocket so that it matches the theme of my setup.
Click on the image below to download the template! For a demonstration of how to fold and glue the template together, check out this video.
Free DIY Paper Pocket Template
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