Hey guys, hope you’ve all been enjoying your summer so far! I feel like it was strawberry season just yesterday, but now things like summer sunflowers are popping up everywhere. I thought this would be a perfect theme for a July bullet journal, and to mix things up a bit, I decided to also incorporate lots of other elements to create a fun collage style this month.
For my cover page, I drew a few sunflowers from different points of view: straight on, from the side, and from the back. I like how realistic this makes the arrangement look. I also scattered around some drawings of sunflower seeds. For a detailed tutorial on how to draw and color these sunflowers, check out the video!
Then, I brought in lots of color and texture by finding some fun stickers and washi from my stationery collection. Come on, I’m sure you guys have some stickers you’ve been hoarding that would be perfect for this! I used some letter stickers for the title, and also ripped out a page from an old book. I love the texture and vintage feel this gives the page, and it’s the perfect addition to the illustrations.
For the next spread, which is the large monthly calendar, I wanted to shake things up even more and created a completely inverted calendar! I started by mapping out the shape of the calendar days, and then went to town with my black marker to completely fill this in. I know, it’s a bit scary. And you’re probably wondering if it bled through to the other side… surprisingly, not much at all!! I was really pleasantly surprised that I could only see the shadow of the shape, but no bleeding. (I used my black Crayola supertip marker in my Leuchtturm1917 journal. The results might be different if you use a different marker/journal combo, of course!)
Again, I added some sunflower illustrations along with some seeds, and then added my ripped book page and letter stickers. On the other side of the page, I found a piece of patterned paper with a vintage grid background that I thought would be the perfect space for my to-do list. I like that this gives dimension to the page, but it is still completely usable. If you don’t have patterned paper, you could try using grid paper, have some fun staining some stationery with tea, or simply draw a box as you normally would. I finished the page off with some more stickers and washi tape.
I hope you these July spreads gave you some inspiration for your bullet journal, and that you have fun going through your stationery collections to see what you can add to your pages! Be sure to tag me on instagram (@michelleyuen_) if you create something based on my spreads, because I’d love to see them and cheer you on!