This week's tutorial is a little different, today I'm going to show you how I lay out my Knitting Journal and keep it simple but cute so it's useful and easy to keep up with. Keep in mind that this is just what works for me right now, a different set-up might work better for you and I might find a better set-up for myself in the future. The best part of making a bullet journal is getting to custom tailor the layout to what you need as you make each entry so have fun with it & make it your own! If you have any questions, you can always email me directly: email@example.com
Have fun & happy knitting!
Journal (lined, unlined, dot-grid, used, new... whatever you like best)
Stickers, washi tape, any art supplies you would like to use
Create a simple title page for your journal & decorate it however you like.
Find out how many pages your journal has and determine if you'll be using 1 page per project (like I did) or if you'd like to use more than 1 page. This will help you figure out how many projects this journal is likely to hold so it's easier to determine how many pages to set aside for your index. (It's ok to use a rough estimate, too. I always round up a bit and include 1/2 - 3/4 of a page of extra space in my Index just to be safe.)
Create your Index pages. Make a line for each project that will fit in this journal and decide how you want to track progress on each project. It's a little tedious, but this is the only time you have to do this per journal so take the time to do it now as you're getting things set-up.
How I Track My Progress:
= Supplies are collected & project is kitted-up (ready to go when I am)
/ = Project has been started & is a current WiP
X = Project is finished!
Decorate your Index! Have fun making it cute in a way that speaks to you & makes you happy.
Create your first project page & enter it in your Index. Keep in mind that you want this to be a repeatable process if you want a cohesive look to your whole journal. If, on the other hand, you are ok with each entry taking on a bit of a different feel depending on your mood just create your project pages how you see fit for each project. It's your journal so have fun with it!
Sections I Currently Include on Project Pages:
Note: I do recommend only creating project pages as you need them and not filling in your entire book at once. As you use your journal you'll learn what information is helpful to you and what you don't really need to include so you can edit future entries as you get accustomed to using your journal by only creating the project pages you need right now.
Repeat Steps 5 for each project you start or want to start. The Index provides a quick overview of everything that you have going on so it's easy to never loose your WiPs or forget that you bought a SQ for cozy winter knitting. The side benefit of all this is less stress about where things are or what to work on next after you bind off your current project.
Now you can create your own Hobby Journals customized to your personality and needs! The best part is that this works for other crafts and hobbies outside of knitting, too. I have ones for reading, cross-stitch, sewing, spinning and more. It's fun to look back on all my progress & be able to see what I've accomplished at a glance. I hope you enjoy making them, too!