A Simple Guide to Planners and Bullet Journals

Hello American Crafts fans! It's Lucile! Today I'm here to give you tips for starting planners! 2020 is almost here, so it's the perfect time to start a planner or a bullet journal. The beginning of the new year is a great time to make organizational resolutions and using a planner is the perfect way to stay organized! This year, I decided to use a bullet journal. 

I used a beautiful Kelly Creates bullet journal for this project. This journal is perfect because the paper is super high quality. It is thick enough for all of my pens!


The very first thing I do when I start a planner is a quick retrospective of the previous year on the first page. This allows me to reflect on everything that I accomplished previously and motivates me for the following year. 

For this page, I started by adding a 2019 sticker in the center of the spread. Then I looked at all the photos of the year on my phone and I selected the best memories of 2019. Next, I printed all my photos in square format in black and white.


I pasted my photos by each month and added a monthly sticker nearby. This page is such a good way to quickly look over the previous year and all the wonderful memories made!


The next page is my future log. It is a spread of all the events in a year at a glance. This page helps me easily plan out long term events. I decided to use a 6-month span, but you could do a year as well. 

I started by adding monthly stickers and a monthly calendar.  then I stuck a calendar to pre-fill. Stickers save time and add so much beauty!


Next, I added a sticker to write the main events for the months. Below that, using my brush markers, I added lines for other events. I absolutely love the colorful simplicity of this page. 


What is a planner without a goal page? I only include three goals because it is easier to stick to less. I also added plans to help me keep my goals, and notes section!

I hope you enjoyed this post and I can't wait to see what you create! Happy new year! 



  • Creative journal pink suede (ACR-349231)
  • Kelly Creates – Sticker Book with Foil Accents (ac-351383)
  • American Crafts – Art Supply Basics Collection – Pens – Dual Tip – 24 Pieces (ac-356053)
  • American Crafts – Art Supply Basics Collection – Pens – Fine Tip – 12 Pieces (ac-356051)
  • American Crafts – Journal Studio Collection – Sticker Book (ac-349362)