Bullet Journal monthly spread ideas are hard to come by. That’s why I created this incredible list of 120+ ideas to help you find a theme for every month!
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A bullet journal is a marvelous way to keep your planning in full force all year long. One of the best ways to keep your bullet journal pages exciting and fresh after a long time is by creating fun bullet journal monthly spreads!
These monthly spreads are an opportunity to try new techniques, practice your lettering and drawing skills, and generally get yourself hyped for the month ahead.
Here are 120+ bullet journal planner ideas to help jumpstart your creativity!
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January is a magical time of year because it offers a fresh start. You most certainly can start anything at any point in the year, but January provides a great opportunity to look at your goals and make big plans. Here are some of my favorite bullet journal monthly spread ideas for January!
- Use Your Favorite Color: Create a simple theme with your favorite colors to start the year off right.
- Pick A Word Of The Year: Focus your monthly spread around your word or quote of the year.
- Use Your Favorite Animal: Pick your favorite animal and weave it into your January spread.
- Build Around Your Goals: Have a specific new year goal? Make that your bujo theme for January!
- Focus On Positive Memories: Draw or letter some of your favorite memories from the past year.
- Dream A Little: Manifest your dream vacation and make that your monthly theme.
- Embrace The Cold: Get seasonal and draw out a chilly winter theme.
- Celebrate The New Year: Ring in the new year with fireworks and sparklers in your notebook.
- Gather The Avengers: Add some superpowers to your monthly spread by creating a Marvel theme.
February is around the time that I get awfully sick of winter. I begin to dream of spring and imagine all the fun things I’ll do once it gets warm. This is the month when things really start to settle down after the excitement of the new year, and you fall into new (or old) habits. Just because it’s the month after January doesn’t mean it can’t be a transformative month!
- Jump Into Spring: Center your February bullet journal monthly theme on the garden you plan to grow in the spring.
- Create A Beautiful Wreath: Pick a favorite color combination and create simple and delicate wreaths.
- Use A Inspiration Quote: Find a nature-inspired quote and add that to your monthly calendar.
- Hold On To Winter: Figure out a fun winter activity you still want to do before spring arrives and incorporate it into your calendar.
- Imagine Spring: Draw out spring’s first buds to inspire you through the last stretch of winter.
- Be A Romantic: Get romantic and create a Valentine’s Day theme with hearts galore.
- Add Some Warmth: Cozy up with a warm scene of you in your own living room, complete with fuzzy socks and a hot drink.
- Create the Purr-fect Spread: It’s never a bad time to create a cat-themed monthly bullet journal spread.
At long last, winter is releasing its grip and spring is nearly here! March promises new growth. Take this opportunity to look at your new year goals and see how they are coming along. Then adjust and course correct so you keep on building a great new year!
- Bring Your Plants To Life: Pick your favorite houseplant (or a houseplant you want to get) and make that your March bullet journal monthly theme.
- Channel Your Green Thumb: Want to grow a vegetable garden? Imagine all the delicious veggies and herbs you’ll grow and add them to your bullet journal.
- Find A New Hobby: Focus on a hobby you want to try out and make that your March theme.
- Get Ready For The Madness: Celebrate March Madness and make your bullet journal spread a beacon of basketball.
- Celebrate St. Patricks Day: Go Irish and fill your days of the month with shamrocks, gold, rainbows, and leprechauns.
- Time To Migrate: The geese and migratory birds are coming home, so celebrate their return by drawing them in your bullet journal.
- Get Nautical: Get nautical by drawing a ship on beautiful blue ocean waves.
April is a wonderful time of year for me. Not only is it the first month all year with somewhat warm weather — it’s my wedding anniversary month. I’ll always associate positive memories with April. And what’s not to love? The flowers are beginning to bloom in full force, the birds are singing again, and you can start to go outside without bundling up.
- Spring Into Spring: Focus your April theme on spring flowers, like peonies or tulips.
- Get Colorful: Lean into pastels for your April bullet journal to allow the colors of the season to shine.
- Go Abstract: Get abstract with dots, stripes, or blots of color — bonus points if you use metallics like gold!
- Get Inspired By Nature: Drink in the newfound warmth and draw your favorite hiking spot for your monthly bullet journal theme.
- Think Of The Woodland Creatures: Draw baby woodland animals, like birds, rabbits, deer, or foxes.
- Celebrate Easter: Celebrate Easter with colorful eggs, bunnies, and baby chicks.
- Celebrate Easter Cooking: You can also get into the Easter spirit by drawing out your favorite holiday dishes.
- Mark Passover: Mark Passover on your calendar by making it the theme of your April bullet journal spread.
- Embrace Spring Cleaning: Jumpstart your spring cleaning by imagining your ideal home and turning that into your monthly theme.
- Enjoy The Rain: April showers bring May flowers, so create a rainy layout to celebrate the transformation!
Spring is in full bloom with the promise of an upcoming summer. May is a sweet time of year that never fails to bring nostalgia since it is typically the month that school lets out for the summer. I associate it with the freedom and joy of childhood.
- Celebrate May Flowers: Pick your favorite flower and make wreaths, boughs, and accents with it in your May bullet journal monthly theme.
- Celebrate Summer: Highlight your favorite summer themes in this monthly log, like swimming or fishing.
- Goto The Ocean Depths: Speaking of fish, you can make May a colorful display of local or exotic fish.
- Remember Your Childhood: Draw out playground equipment to remind you of playground fun as a kid.
- Use A Quote: Letter out a quote that makes you excited for summer.
- Keep It Simple: Keep your bullet journal monthly theme simple by using only a few summery colors like blue and green.
- Get Funky: Get funky by drawing out a fun summery pattern like the kind you’d see on a swimsuit.
- Look To The Sky: Dream up some fluffy clouds in a blue sky for your May bullet journal.
- Keep The Rain Coming: Celebrate the rains of May by making your theme a little stormy.
Before you know it, you’ll find yourself halfway through the year! June is a wonderful month for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that it’s my birth month. This halfway point in the year is the perfect chance to look at your goals, evaluate what steps you want to take, and get back on track. It’s also a wonderful month for getting a little spontaneous and having a summer adventure. Here are some excellent ideas for your June bullet journal monthly theme.
- Look To The Stars: Draw out constellations for a simple but striking June theme.
- Journey To The Desert: Try drawing or painting some beautiful succulents.
- Make It Shine: Everyone loves crystals, so make your June theme packed with crystal clusters!
- Hakuna Matata: Celebrate the Lion King.
- Get Magical: Summertime is a time for magic and fairies. Try incorporating that into your June monthly spread.
- Find Some Flora And Fauna: Take another approach to a magical scene by drawing a mushroom forest.
- Goto The Beach: June is a perfect time for a beach day, so focus on the beach for your theme!
- Visit Your Favorite Park: Pick a national park you love or want to visit and turn it into a monthly theme.
- Enjoy Some Summer Fruit: Bask in summery goodness with beautiful red strawberries.
- Revisit Your Favorite Books: Grab your favorite book and make that the theme for your monthly.
- Create A Day At The Pool: Draw out a scene by the pool complete with a towel, sunscreen, and a big floppy hat.
Summer is in full swing with hot weather, thunderstorms, and sunglasses. This is a time for enjoying the good things in life, basking in nature, and good summery food. There are so many ways to make your July bullet journal monthly theme fun!
- Enjoy A Summer BBQ: Make your theme all about the grilled food and icy drinks that make summer delicious.
- Capture Some Fireflies: Draw out golden fireflies that come out at night during this season.
- Relive Your Childhood Dreams: Focus on your inner child and make your theme what you wanted to be when you grew up.
- Add Some Citrus: Make your entire July spread all citrus with orange, lemon, and lime wedges.
- Draw Your Favorite Critters: Pick an insect that you love to focus on for your theme, like a butterfly or dragonfly.
- Go Camping: Create a summery camping theme for July.
- Celebrate The Fourth: If you’re a US citizen, then get patriotic with red, white, and blue this month.
- Go Crazy With Fireworks: You can also draw out fireworks to celebrate Independence Day.
- You Can Never Have Too Much Color: Invoke bright jewel tones by showing off a peacock’s plumage in your bullet journal.
At the heart of summer lies August. August is a time for hot, slow summer days and warm nights. This is the last month of true summer, so you have to take it in and enjoy it. This is typically when most kids go back to school, so it’s the time to have any last summer adventures.
- Have A Picnic: Have a picnic in your August bullet journal monthly theme complete with a basket and a picnic blanket.
- Imagine an Ant Hill: Capture the busy energy of ants by depicting ants at work in your journal.
- Get Celestial: Gaze upwards and imagine celestial bodies dancing above your head.
- Draw Some Summer Flowers: Draw out any late summer flowers that catch your fancy, like alliums, hydrangeas, or sunflowers.
- Create A Beehive: Bask in the sticky sweetness of summer by drawing bees and their honeycomb.
- Watch The Quidditch World Cup: Decide who wins in your bullet journal monthly!
- Answer The Siren’s Song: Make your August bullet journal an ocean fantasy with mermaids.
- Go Abstract: Go abstract and create drips of watercolor down the pages of your August bullet journal.
- Grab Some Candy: Think like a kid and fill your August pages with bright candy.
- Build Your Dream Sandcastle: Build your dream sandcastle for your August theme.
- Don’t Let It Melt: Nothing is more summery than ice cream, so go nuts doodling ice cream and popsicles all over your August monthly layout.
While often still hot, September is the gateway to autumn. If you’re a big fan of fall, then this is the month you will start getting hyped for the coming season. Leaves might not be falling yet, but you’re likely beginning to think of Halloween, pumpkins, and the joy of the upcoming season.
- Grab The Hogwarts Express: Hogwarts is back in session.
- Transition To Fall: Get yourself in the fall mood by drawing out leaves in transition.
- Heat Things Up: Channel your inner Guy Fieri and make everything in your September bullet journal layout flamin’.
- Get Foxy: When you think of fall, what animal do you think of? Center your September bullet journal monthly theme on that animal (for me, it was the fox).
- Embrace Your Inner Stationery Addict: If you’re a big stationery fan, then cover your September pages with doodles of black pens, tape, rulers, and more bullet journal supplies.
- Keep It Simple: Keep September simple and create an ombre effect with your favorite fall colors for a minimalist layout!
- Track The Moon Phases: Showcase the moon’s many beautiful phases in your bullet journal theme.
- Move From Night To Day: Depict the duality of the sun and moon together in your September theme.
- Draw A Beautiful Landscape: If you like landscapes, draw out a forest scene with the first touches of fall across the days of the week.
- Go For An Autumn Camp: Try creating an autumny camp theme.
- Lighten Up Your Journal: Light up your journal with lots of glowing lanterns this month.
October is the month where fall gets into full swing. Leaves are changing, the air grows colder, and there is a whisper of darkness in the air. Halloween is around the corner, and the holiday season follows closely behind. This is a month full of excitement, anticipation, and good vibes.
- Embrace The Darkness: Embrace the darkness by creating a spooky dark October bullet journal monthly theme with glowing red eyes.
- Don’t Look Under The Bed: Pick your favorite horror monsters, like the werewolf or Dracula, and focus your theme on it.
- Explore Local Lore: Get even more spooky by finding an urban legend from your region and making that your bullet journal theme.
- Carve It Up: Carve up your ideal pumpkin by drawing it in your bullet journal.
- Go Abstract: Go abstract with swirls or patterns in traditional Halloween colors.
- Layer It Up: Draw a leafy layer packed with fall colors.
- Go With A Harry Potter Theme: Go full Harry Potter with your bullet journal and draw your favorite themes from the series.
- Tell A Ghost Story: Love a good ghost story? Doodle out some ethereal or adorable ghosts!
- Get Witchy: Get witchy and draw out wands, brooms, black cats, tall hats, and more.
- Make It Bloody: For an easy but striking bullet journal monthly theme, take red watercolor and let it drip down the page for a bloody effect.
- Create a Potion: Pickled toad, anyone? Draw out potion bottles filled with icky specimens.
- Beware Of The Crows: Nothing is more ominous than a murder of crows. Add these black birds to your bullet journal.
- Visit A Cemetary: For the landscape lovers, you can’t go wrong with an old graveyard in your bullet journal.
With November here, the year is wrapping up. The weather is getting colder and the sweaters are here in full force. Bundle up, get yourself a hot drink, and create a November bullet journal monthly theme with some of these different layouts.
- Celebrate Thanksgiving: Celebrate the holidays in your bullet journal.
- Think Of Your Favorite Foods: Get your hunger on with all of your Thanksgiving favorites in your bullet journal, like pumpkin pie or sweet potato casserole.
- Be Thankful: Use your bullet journal monthly spread to remind you of all of the things you have to be thankful for.
- Use Your Watercolors: Keep November simple by creating a one-page watercolor theme with your favorite fall colors.
- Start Christmas Early: If you’re obsessed with Christmas, then take this opportunity to create a Christmas-y bullet journal theme.
- Think Of Warmer Weather: Dream up somewhere warm, like a white sand beach, and make that your November focus.
- Embrace The Classics: Go classic and draw out pumpkins, gourds, leaves, and turkeys.
- Capture The Good: Capture precious family memories by drawing out empty polaroid frames in your bullet journal and filling them up throughout the month.
- Enjoy A Cup Of Joe: Nothing is better than hot coffee during this chilly month. Make a coffee themed bullet journal monthly!
- Have An Apple Pie: Go with an apple-themed bullet journal this November, complete with cider and apple pie.
- Dangle An Air Plant: Draw dangling air plants in delicate glass containers for a warmer feel this November.
- Start Knitting: Make a cable knit pattern in your bullet journal for something extra cozy.
At long last, we reach the end of the year. Winter is finally here, Christmas is upon us, and the New Year is nearly here. This is a month for family, togetherness, and reflection. What did you accomplish this year? How did you grow? December perhaps is the most wonderful time of year, which leaves us with plenty of bullet journal themes to pick from.
- Santa Is Coming: Make Santa the focus of your December bullet journal monthly theme.
- Keep An Eye Out For Rudolph: Draw out the silhouette of Santa’s sleigh and all his reindeer flying across the sky.
- Give Yourself A Gift: Create a cheery monthly spread by showing brightly wrapped gifts.
- Lite A Candle: Go for a more old-fashioned holiday feel with candles and old-timey children’s toys.
- Catch Snowflakes: Depict delicate snowflakes falling from the sky.
- Embrace The Cold: Show a frozen winter forest scene, complete with snow-covered evergreens.
- Make It Sparkle: Add some shine by painting the shape of a wintery animal with metallic watercolors.
- Letter it Out: Letter out a saying full of holiday spirit.
- Have A Candy Cane: Create an easy December monthly theme with candy cane stripes.
- Go Abstract, But Keep It Simple: Go abstract with a red and green pattern.
- Get Frosty: Create a more frosty theme with frost-tinged windows.
- Build A Snowman: Build a snowman in your December bullet journal monthly spread.
Create Your Perfect Bullet Journal Monthly Spread
Whether you’re a minimalist or maximalist, your bullet journal monthly spreads are a perfect opportunity to really make your bullet journal unique.
These pages don’t need to be perfect in order for them to be fun. Consider them a challenge to try new things and expand your skills in your bullet journal.
Even if you feel like your drawing skills aren’t up to the task, give it a shot anyway. And if you want extra help, don’t be afraid to turn to stickers and washi tape to help set the scene.
No matter what, just have fun with your bullet journal monthlies and see what brilliant new thing you can create!
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