My May 2019 bullet journal setup has an old school, 90’s vibe going on. Here are the pages I’m using for May as well as a drawing tutorial for old tech devices.
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It’s been a long time since I shared one of my monthly layouts on my blog. I guess YouTube kinda takes the cake for that.
But, for May I ended up doing an old tech + flowers theme (I mean…May… flowers… they had to be incorporated).
And I really like this theme and through it would be fun to share it here and then show you how to draw some of the old school tech features from this monthly layout.
Prefer to watch the video? You can check out my May 2019 Plan With Me, here, or watch it in the embedded video below.
May 2019 Bullet Journal Setup
The last few months I have kind of been back and forth with artistic spreads and more minimal spreads. But, May! May got me like, whoa!
Do you ever just get in a creative mood where you can sit and draw for hours? That was me when I was working my May bullet journal setup.
For my cover page, I did a large drawing of an old school Polaroid camera with the picture being a miniature calendar for the month. I then added some flowers and the title for May.
The font was intended to be a very doodley, imperfect 3D block letter font and I use it for all of my headers through my monthly pages.
I have been using cover pages or well over a year now. And sometimes I get asked what their purpose is. For me, a cover page is a divider between months and it’s also a place to just get creative and set the theme for the month.
If you don’t feel confident drawing your own cover page, you can use stickers, washi tape, stencils, or stamps. You could also do a collage like the one seen in this post on junk journaling techniques.
I have used so many different monthly overviews over the years. But recently, I have been using my calendar as an editorial calendar where I right in my upcoming blog posts and YouTube videos. So, I like the more standard look with larger boxes.
This month I put spaces between the boxes to make each day kind of pop on its own and just give it a different look than April.
Putting spaces between the boxes does require bit more effort and concentration when drawing the lines, but I think it’s worth it.
On the right side of the calendar are some horizontal bars that I use to track my growth on Instagram and YouTube. I write in the number of followers on the first day of the month and then each following Monday. And then, I add them all up at the end to give myself a total.
Below m social media tracker is a section for my monthly goals and notes. I like having a larger space for my goals to write in my action plan, but this month, it just seemed like a good spot, so I went with it.
Again, on this page, I stuck with the same flowers and then added the old Nokia phone and cassette tape to go with the theme. I’ll show you how to draw all of these at the end of this post.
Okay, this is definitely one of my favorite looking habit trackers to date. Granted, it took a long time, but it was sooo worth it.
I started with these individual doodle trackers in March when I drew 31 small lotus flowers. Then, in April, I made stickers with Procreate and my Cricut. All these doodle habit trackers are inspired by @bujowithbecky.
And then for May, I decided to draw them all out again. Even though it’s very repetitive and my carpal tunnel kicks in bad, this kind of drawing is actually pretty relaxing.
So, for my May bullet journal setup, I created 31 individual Nintendo controllers. Each little piece represents a different habit. And I have been changing up my habits monthly based on what my goals are.
Once I feel I have something nailed down and I’m doing it regularly, I take it off my habit tracker. However, I always have things like yoga and workout on there because I like to look back over the month and see how I did on those particular habits.
The habits I’m tracking in May are:
- Water intake
- Write 500 words per day
- Handstand practice
- Splits practice
- No binge
- Tracking calories
- Spend 15 minutes outside
CBD + Stats Page
This is a somewhat new page to my monthly pages. In the past, I have had stats pages, but this month I had the opportunity to collaborate with Green Roads on a YouTube video.
Green Roads is a CBD company based out of Florida who makes a wide range of CBD products as an alternative to prescribed pharmaceuticals. As part of the sponsorship, they sent me some CBD oil, CBD gummies, and CBD infused tea to try.
And I thought it would be good to put this with my stats tracker to see how CBD affects my sleep, stress, and productivity. PS: I’m not loving the name Stats Page, so if you have another idea of what to name a page like this, let me know in the comments, pretty please.
I’ll be mainly using CBD to help with stress and general day-day-anxiety. Although, it is beneficial for a number of different conditions including depression, anxiety, chronic pain, migraines, etc.
This circular tracker (credit to Tiny Ray of Sunshine) will allow me to track my stats each day. I also created a color key to track each item before and after CBD, as well as if I took CBD that day, and which product I used.
Similarly to the other pages, I added in some fun 90’s tech toys like the Polaroid camera, boombox, and a Gameboy. Each of these will be shown in the tutorial at the end of this post.
The last page in my May 2019 bullet journal setup is my gratitude log. This is a really open concept page that doesn’t have much structure. I added a header, a border, and some flowers, but the rest is blank.
I did this for April as well and really liked it because it allows me to doodle or letter for each day and make it as large or as small as I like. In my May Plan With Me, you can see an example of how I fill this page in throughout the month.
90’s Tech Doodle Tutorials
If you want to learn how to doodle all of the 90s tech seen in my May bullet journal setup, you’re in the right place! I created a step-by-step video tutorial that shows you how I draw the Polaroid camera, a cassette tape, a Nokia brick phone, a Nintendo controller, a boombox, and a Gameboy.
I hope you enjoyed this post. If you want to recreate any of my spreads, please feel free. All I ask is that you tag me, @the.petite.planner, if you post on Instagram.