Can you feel it? The potential that the turning of a new month brings? Here are some September bullet journal themes so you can capture it!
I love starting fresh, looking at my goals and accomplishments, and moving forward.
I absolutely cannot contain myself that autumn is nearly upon us! Let’s dive right into my favorite September bullet journal themes, shall we?
1. Get foxy in your September bullet journal
To state the obvious, I LOVE foxes. And September just feels like a fox month, you know? I am super happy with how these pages turned out because they are very simple, elegant designs. I did lots of seemingly fancy line work with the foxes, they didn’t take a ton of thought since the designs were actually rather straightforward. In fact, both foxes were quite cathartic to draw.
2. Figure out a bird that speaks to you
You might resonate with a raven, flamingo, hawk, or bird of paradise. Whatever it is, pick that bird and roll with it as your September bullet journal theme!
3. Dive in with Aquatic Creatures
If you want a September bullet journal with flow and movement, then you can’t go wrong with fish and other sea life!
4. Why not a Whale?
Instead of fish, go with a whale theme instead! Whales are fun to draw and they have a boatload of symbolic meaning to a lot of people.
5. Big Cats
Everyone loves big cats. Pick one you love, like a tiger or a lion, and incorporate it into your September bullet journal.
6. Try a Different Facet of the Natural World
Crystals are easy enough to draw and they’re fun to color! Or try a cluster of mushrooms to add life to your spread.
7. Wreaths Rock
You know what never gets old? Handdrawn wreaths! They can be made up of flowers, leaves, berries, twigs — whatever you want!
8. Give the Trees a Hug
Everyone loves trees, and there are so many options! You can go with a nice wooded area, or a beautiful tree getting ready to transition to fall.
9. Leafy Layers
If you don’t want to draw a wreath per se, you can still use foliage to your advantage. Try layering leafy boughs on top of each other to fill space beautifully.
10. Flower Power
Everyone loves flowers! Find a flower that’s in bloom this September and feature it in your bullet journal. Or just pick your favorite flower and make it the star!
11. Get Campy
September is a great time for camping before the summer concludes, so create a camping themed September bullet journal!
12. Fire it Up
The end of summer and the beginning of autumn is a perfect time to add some firey elements to your bullet journal.
13. Look to the Stars
A winning September bullet journal theme you can always lean on is astronomy. Draw or paint planets, comets, moons, suns, and stars in your bullet journal.
14. Make it Hot
Want to create an exciting September scene in your bullet journal? Try drawing out a desert with canyons, plateaus, and rock structures!
15. Find a Firefly Forest
Pull back the scope and show a whole landscape in your September bullet journal. Here I created a firefly forest with layers of color to create depth.
16. Dream Up a Tropical Paradise
Take your September to a tropical state of mind with a bright and colorful beach scene.
17. A Haunting Sea
The ocean isn’t always bikinis and beachballs. Create a colder ocean scene with rocky cliffs, crashing waves, and maybe even a boat off the shore.
If you’re one of the brave folks who use watercolors in their bullet journals, then here are some fun ideas just for you!
18. Layer Up the Color
I love adding layers and layers with each new layer changing the color until I get a beautiful gradient. That’s what I did with this canon scene and it turned out so vibrant and gorgeous!
19. Let it Run
Pick one or several colors for your September bullet journal and apply them in puddles at the top of your page. Then tilt your journal so the puddles run in drips down your page for a unique and fun effect!
20. Box it In
Draw out your calendar boxes for September and use watercolors to paint just inside the boxes to create this poppy look.
21. Box it Out
Instead of painting just inside the boxes in your September bullet journal calendar, try painting around the boxes and leaving the interiors white.
22. Letter Your September
Want a more minimalist look with an element of watercolor? Keep your whole spread black and white and just use watercolor to letter out September with some lovely colors.
23. Dots on Dots
Sometimes all you need to do for a great theme is include one consistent element that stands out, like simple gold dots of paint.
24. Make Gold Marbling
Another great use of gold paint is using it to create marble-like veins across your page.
25. Splash it Up
With watercolor, create small puddles of paint. Then blow with a straw or directly on the paint to make it splash and spray out like wild. Make sure to have paper towels on hand!
26. Make a Watery Backdrop
Use splashes of color in your September bullet journal as a backdrop for your headers and lettering. Just add some paint and dab it away with a paper towel!
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27. Celebrate Labor Day
Do you like to acknowledge Labor Day each summer? Make your September theme patriotic to celebrate this summer holiday.
28. Have a Cook Out
To me, September marks the end of grilling season. If you live by the grill, then make a theme out of a backyard barbeque.
29. Portray a Picnic
This is the perfect time to have a picnic and enjoy the outdoors. Draw a picnic blanket, basket, and your favorite picnic food and drink for your September bullet journal layout.
30. Fit In Your Final Summer Theme
Is there a summery layout you’ve been sitting on for the last few months but haven’t used yet? This is the last month you can use it before we really get rolling with fall. So now’s the time to squeeze out the last drops of summer in your bullet journal!
31. Keep it minimalist
If you don’t have time or patience to put together a carefully themed September bullet journal layout, then go minimalist. Use a black pen to create any boxes and lettering and use one highlighter or accent pen to bring in a subtle pop of color.
Set Up Your September Bullet Journal Theme
Now that your creative juices are flowing and you have tons of ideas in mind, it’s time to start setting up September! Don’t let it sneak up on you before you’re ready. Make sure to tag me on Facebook or Instagram if you decide to make your September bullet journal layout with one of these ideas so I can see what you made!
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