Where has this year gone?! I feel like we just rang in the new year and now here we are, planning our October bullet journal. With the holidays right around the corner, I need to start planning my schedules, shopping, travel, and more.
I decided to go with a Halloween theme for the month of October. I incorporated potions, coffins, and spider webs. I added a couple of alternative covers and monthly calendars for more inspiration. I also added a page dedicated to weekday headers, and an October Color Palette.
For those of you that don’t celebrate Halloween, I’ve also included a few alternate ideas for this months bullet journal setup. I realize that Halloween isn’t for everybody so I didn’t want to forget about you this month.
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The pages I used in my October Bullet Journal include:
- Cover Page
- +2 Alternative Covers
- Monthly Calendar
- +1 Alternative Monthly Calendar
- Weekly Calendar
- + Weekly Headers
- Brain Dump
- Habit Tracker
- *Colors Schemes
I kept the cover page pretty simple this month with just a bottle of potion. I used watercolors and my Derwent Watercolor Pencils for the lettering and Kuretake Gansai Tambi for the green potion. I kinda wish I had added a little more to this page but all in all, I still like it. Do you prefer bullet journal covers with a lot going on, or more simple? I also made a few alternate covers for my October bullet journal, you can check those out below.
COVER PAGE (#2)
For this cover page I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors (purple), and my Derwent Watercolor Pencils (black branches). Overall, I like the look but I think the branches could be cleaned up a bit.
The “October” lettering on this cover page is some of my favorite that I experimented with for this months spread.
COVER PAGE (#3)
Can you tell I’ve been on a watercolor kick here lately? I used the same watercolor products as above.
For the orange “October” lettering I used my Tombow Dual Brush pen (#933). The branches were done using my Pigma Microns.
COVER PAGE (#4)
I tried using gold in combination to the Halloween color scheme, I didn’t really like how it turned out for this page. It didn’t flow together the way I imagined it would in my head (happens often).
The October monthly calendar turned out really nice, and I even managed to cover up my mistake. I have a really bad habit of misnumbering my calendars. I just get distracted and before I know it I’ve over numbered or wrote the same number twice.
The black construction paper on the bottom right is covering up the extra numbers I decided October should have. I just tore the paper and used a glue stick to apply it (thank god my kids have random glue sticks lying around the house). I did the same to the top left so the black paper would look more intentional.
I went with green and purple watercolors for this calendar to keep it cohesive with this months theme.
This weekly calendar turned out better than expected. I wanted it to have Halloween vibes without being over cluttered and it turned out GREAT. PLUS, from what I can see here I didn’t misnumber! HURRAY.
I used my black Gansai Tambi watercolors to outlines the coffins.
Looking for other weekly calendar ideas? Here are a few:
- Minimalistic with Halloween Colors
- Potion Bottles
- Pieces of Candy
This is the first time I incorporated a page dedicated to weekly headers in my monthly spread. Not that you need to do this, I mostly did this for you guys! Instead of just showing you what I’ve created for each month I think it’s important to also give you guys alternate ideas to spark some inspiration. You can use these for any calendar, any month, in any color!
Not much to say about the “Brain Dump” page, as usual. It’s the simplest page to make and one of my favorites.
I kept the coffins going! I brought them over from the weekly calendar and decided to also incorporate them into my habit tracker. I filled in each coffin using my green watercolors (Kuretake Gansai Tambi).
Remember to track any habit you feel is important to you. It doesn’t have to be these exact habits. Want more ideas for your habit trackers? Check out these habit trackers for more inspiration.
Here are more page ideas to consider in your OCTOBER Bullet Journal setup:
- Mood Tracker
- Books to Read
- Wish List
OCTOBER COLOR SCHEMES
Sometimes I struggle with getting started on my monthly spreads. I can’t decide what colors to use, designs, or fonts. So, this month I made a color palette and referenced it for my pages. I like seeing how the color looks on paper rather than just looking at the marker cap.
I didn’t follow each color box exactly for my pages, I kinda mixed them up.
The swatches on this page were done with Crayola Supertips from the 100 pack.
SUPPLIES I USED FOR THIS OCTOBER BULLET JOURNAL SPREAD
Bullet Journal: JARBO DOTTED JOURNAL (120 GSM)
Fineliners: PIGMA MICRONS
Stencil: 20 PCS STENCIL SET
Markers: TOMBOW DUAL BRUSH PENS
Watercolor: KURETAKE GANSAI TAMBI
Watercolor Pencils: DERWENT COLORED PENCILS (WATERCOLOR)
Highlighter: ZEBRA MILDLINER (Grey)
Brush Pens 1: PENTEL SIGN TOUCH PEN
Brush Pens 2: ZEBRA MILDLINER BRUSH
White Gel Pen: UNI-BALL SIGNO UM-151
Crayola Supertips 100 Pack (color palette)
BEHIND THE SCENES SUPPLIES
Mechanical Pencil: (0.5MM) PENTEL GRAPHGEAR 500 (all pre-planning outlines)
Eraser 1: TOMBOW MONO KNOCK
Eraser 2: GENERAL TRI-TIP
That wraps up my bullet journal layout for October. Remember, bullet journaling doesn’t have to be intimidating it should be something you enjoy and increases your productivity.
Want more bullet journal ideas?
Check out my bullet journal set up for September or August. You can also check out the new September setup on YouTube HERE.
Did you find something that inspires you? I’d love to see it!
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