Can you believe it? November is right around the corner! Which means Halloween is approaching followed by Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more. So, let’s start working on that November calendar so we can start planning! Do you have a theme in mind for your November bullet journal?
This month my bullet journal theme is fall (Autumn). I knew I wanted to incorporate pumpkins, leaves, fall colors, and a little bit of gold. Again, I used watercolors. I’m trying to up my watercolor game (since I’m a total newb) and the only way to get better is practice!
I know the upcoming months are busy, and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season may have already started for you. If that’s the case don’t feel pressured to make your bullet journal spread elaborate. Keep it simple and functional and make sure to keep lots of open space for planning.
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Here’s the November Bullet Journal Pages I included:
- Cover Page
- Monthly Calendar
- Weekly Calendar
- Brain Dump
- Mood Tracker
- Fall Bucket List
- Fall Quotes
November Bullet Journal Monthly Spread
I know this November cover page may not be everybody’s cup of tea but, I LOVE IT. I practiced this fall wreath a number of times and they never turned out as good as this one. I guess I made it count when it really matters.
This month I decided to try something new. Instead of just showing you the finished page I decided to give you more of a step by step along the way. I think this way is the best way for me to give you more information on my planning process.
I always start with an outline when I’m creating my bullet journal spread. This way I’m not just guessing and I have something to guide me along the way. I incorporated a pumpkin, sunflowers, fall leaves, into a fall wreath. Some of those leaves were IFFY, but I managed.
My original plan was to use watercolor pencils (Derwent Inktense to be exact). I decided to use my actual watercolor because the pencils (as much as I LOVE them) they didn’t look the way I wanted them to for this spread.
Since a lot of these colors are similar (the pumpkin, sunflower, and leaves) it’s important that some elements are darker than others, especially when they’re right to one another. If you see that your colors are starting to all look the same just darken up a couple of the elements to separate them.
Want to learn how to draw your own sunflowers? Check out my April Bullet Journal setup on YouTube! This was the first YouTube video I ever made, and it shows (quality-wise) so bear with me.
Here it is, the finished cover page! I went in with my gold gel pen to add some more details.
The November calendar is pretty simple with a few fall details. I wanted another pumpkin and some leaves, but I didn’t want it to look too much like the cover page.
I decided to use the edge of the page for my leaves with a nice yellow background. I really like the way this turned out. I also added some gold detailing. I also added a quote to fill in the empty space.
Give thanks with a grateful heart.
You know that yellow background with the leaves? I ran with that for my weekly spread. I liked it that much. I did the exact same thing that I did on that little section of the monthly calendar.
I did a little bit of hand lettering for my days of the week using a nice reddish-brown color. It went well with the yellow background and I really like the contrast.
Everything was going great until…
I thought I had mislabeled my weekly calendar. I didn’t though, and by the time I realized this, it was too late!
I intentionally started week one to start on Sunday, November 3rd. Clearly, I wasn’t’ thinking and thought I should have started the calendar on Friday, November 1st. So, I began covering up my first three days and realized that I didn’t actually screw this up. It was too late though so I just had to go with it. Do I like how this page turned out? Yes, on the right side! Not so much on the left. But that’s okay, it’s only those first few days and I can live with that.
Note: You can start your weekly calendar on whatever day you like. I usually like to start on the first Sunday with a full week so I typically have a full 7 days across two pages. You may have a few stray days at the end of the month doing it this way, but that’s okay for me.
Not much going on here. It’s a simple “brain dump” page for keeping up with ideas, thoughts, and more.
I like to keep my brain dump pages pretty simple, this way I have more space to write.
Do you use a brain dump page in your own bullet journal? If not, and you’d like to start be sure to check out all of my Brain Dump Pages for some inspiration.
For my habit tracker, I decided to keep up with 6 habits for the month. If you don’t want to keep up with this many habits just start with two or four. If habit trackers aren’t for you, consider changing this to a mood tracker, or eliminating it altogether.
With the mood tracker, I kept the fall theme going and used leaves as the element to color in. If you’ve never used a mood tracker before I’ll give you a brief note on how it works below.
Since November has 30 days for that month, I created 30 leaves. Each leaf will be colored a given color depending on your overall mood for a given day. I made a key to show what color to use for a given mood. At the end of the month, each leaf should be colored and you’ll end up with a colorful page showing you how your overall mood was for that month!
You can number each leaf for a given day when creating your mood tracker or number the leaves as you go.
FALL BUCKET LIST
This fall bucket list kinda just happened by chance. It originally started out as a mood tracker when I outlined my pages, but I didn’t like it. It was hard (okay, annoying) counting out 30 tiny leaves for a tree. I like to add numbers to my mood tracker and these weren’t cutting it. So, a fall bucket list it became.
How did I plan out this tree? I winged it. I didn’t know what it would look like, I didn’t reference anything, I just went for it… and to be honest, those are the things that usually turn out the best. If you’re doubting your abilities when it comes to drawing, lettering or anything else for that matter, JUST GO FOR IT. I’m to the point now that I don’t care if I destroy a whole page in my journal, in fact, I keep it there and move on to the next page. I like looking back at my mistakes and seeing how far I’ve come and realizing I still have a long way to go.
If you’re doubting your abilities when it comes to drawing, lettering or anything else for that matter, JUST GO FOR IT. I’m to the point now that I don’t care if I destroy a whole page in my journal, in fact, I keep it there and move on to the next page. I like looking back at my mistakes and seeing how far I’ve come and realizing I still have a long way to go.
I decided to make a page dedicated to quotes this month, more specifically fall quotes. Since I live in Hawaii I don’t get to experience “fall weather”, I’m not complaining but a little sweater weather from time to time never hurt anyone. I did this page on watercolor paper, not in my actual bullet journal. I’m planning on making more quote pages like this and putting them all together in my A5 Webster Planner!
The fall quotes I chose for this page include:
-Happieness is coffee on a fall day.
-Fall is proof that change is beautiful.
-It’s fall y’all.
I get that the last one may not really be a quote per se, but hey I’m originally from Texas and that’s a quote in my book!
When it comes to November spreads there are so many elements you can incorporate into your theme. It doesn’t have to be a fall/Thanksgiving theme, it can be whatever you want it to be. I listed theme ideas that would appeal to people interested in a spread that represents November in some way, shape, or form.
Here are more page ideas to consider for your November Bullet Journal:
- Books to Read
- Thanksgiving Menu
- Black Friday Shopping List
- Favorite Fall/Thanksgiving Recipies.
Looking for a more simplistic bullet journal setup? Check out the Minimalistic Setup.
SUPPLIES I USED FOR THIS NOVEMBER BULLET JOURNAL SPREAD
Bullet Journal: JARBO DOTTED JOURNAL (120 GSM)
Fineliners: PIGMA MICRONS
Stencil: 20 PCS STENCIL SET (for circles on mood tracker, and fall bucket list)
Watercolor: KURETAKE GANSAI TAMBI
Gold Gel Pen: UNI-BALL SIGNO BROAD POINT GEL
Brush Pens: PENTEL SIGN TOUCH PEN
Brush for Watercolors: PENTEL AQUASH WATER BRUSH
Want more bullet journal ideas?
Find inspiration from previous layouts, the September Bullet Journal Setup has a nice fall color scheme. You can also check out the December spread with a Christmas theme.
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