Journal Extras and Bonuses

 
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We’re so glad you’re here. We hope we can help make using your Bible Colouring Journal and Year Planner a wonderful and rewarding experience.

How to use the Journal monthly pages

 

Here’s what’s in your monthly pages:

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The month ahead

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  • Calendar

  • Planning space

  • Monthly focus

Your journal doesn’t include the dates for the monthly calendar. We’ve put them in this picture as a demonstration. Choose your favourite pen or pencil and write them in as you go.

Four separate sections have spaces for you to plan according the categories you choose. Select from the list below if you need help and write them in.

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Dates, tasks, notes

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  • Dates and spaces

  • Blank page

Keep track of birthdays, anniversaries, important dates, and upcoming appointments on the left hand page.

On the right, the blank page has infinite possibilities. Brainstorm, or brain-dump… you could use it for anything.

Look through the ideas below and choose what suits you best.

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Looking back

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  • Review the month

  • Four categories already chosen

  • Four flexible review categories

What’s important here is to take time to think back over the month. Reflecting back in constructive and positive ways is something we don’t often do in our busy world, but it’s a worthwhile exercise.

Choose your favourite review headings from the list below.

 

Heading ideas for monthly pages

Tasks

Notes

Goals

Things to do

Things not to do
(We added this in to remind ourselves that for every ‘yes’ there is also a corresponding ‘no’. If you do something, you won’t be able to do something else.)

The Master List

Bills Due

Monthly household tasks

Monthly personal tasks

Monthly work tasks

Checklist

Personal projects

Giving

At church

 

Planning

Coming up/ Next Month

At Home To Do List

At School To Do List

At Work To Do List

To Follow Up

To Think About

Personal plans

Work/business plans

Creativity goals

Future

Self-care plans

Financial planning

Events This Month

Household

Travel Plans

Places to go

Productivity tips

Other

Prayer points

Prayer answers

Currently reading

Currently watching

Currently enjoying

Currently making

Things For Me

Memories

Wish list

Celebrations

Spending

Savings

Brain-dump

Brainstorm

Quotes

Pleasant event schedule

This month's ‘game changer’

Review

I’m proud of…

I wish I hadn’t…

I would handle differently…

Prayers answered

I’m grateful for…

I enjoyed…

Achievements

Attendance

Reviewing my month’s focus

My relationships

How I’ve grown

My habits

Things I’ve done

How I’ve served

Good things that happened

How did I spend my time?

What memories did I make?

How to use the Journal weekly pages

 

Here’s what’s in them:

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The month and the dates for the week get written in here. You can also add dates for each day of the week in its box.

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Two flexible spaces for you to keep track of things relevant to you. Find ideas in our list below, or choose your own.

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Each day of the week gets its own equal amount of space. Write your specific to-do items for each day here.

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In this space we’ve included something pretty to colour. At the top of the page, there’s often a Bible verse. When it’s blank, add your own.

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We’ve added another flexible space on this side of the page so you have plenty of options for keeping the lists you want.

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Extra blank space to use as you like. Write stuff down, or create your own pretty doodles to colour.

 

Heading ideas for weekly pages

Tasks

Notes

To do

At Home

At Work

At School

At Church

For Me

Checklist

My projects

Appointments

Meal planning

Shopping List

Homework

Tracking

Sleep habits

Hydration

Exercise

Nutrition

Prayer and Bible

Symptoms

Mood

My monthly cycle

Regular cleanups

Relaxation time

Spending

Savings

Financial Health

God, me and others

Prayer points

Prayer answers

Gratitude

Currently reading

Currently watching

Currently enjoying

Currently making

Chill time

Memories

Wish list

People to ring

People to pray for

Playdates

How to use the Journal ‘adventure pages’

 

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Choose what you want

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Write in a heading

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Index your page

What you'll choose depends on what you want to use these pages for. Maybe you're looking for organisation inspiration, or maybe you're hoping to fill the pages with free-flowing writing. Scroll down for our ideas, or imagine your own.

Use your best artistic handwriting to create your page heading. Or if that seems too hard, you can scroll down to find our already-artistic list of the headings below. Save to your computer and print. Then cut out and paste on your page.

Don't forget this important detail. Indexing your page at the front of the Journal helps you find what you're looking for later. Who needs to flip through pages for hours just to find something?

 

Personal

Books I’ve read

Books I want to read

TV and movies I've watched

I will be kind to myself today by:

Things I’ve given away

Things I want to give away

Things to do differently

What works when I...

Pleasant event schedule

Habits and rewards

Take care of me: Ways I relax

My goals

Seasonal Bucket Lists

Life Bucket List

Craft projects - future, past, present

Measurements or Weight Tracker

My 5-year goals

Quotable inspirations

Favourite Music

My relationships

What I’ve learned

What I’m thinking about

What I’m feeling

Things to remember

Family & household

Budgeting

Savings Goals

Spending Tracker

Event planner

Celebration planner

Hospitality

Master Grocery List

Recipe Bank

Brain dump 

Cleaning Schedule

Holiday Planning

Packing Master List (if you go away a lot)

Family and Friends Presents List

Things my kids say

Family memories

Ways to use less plastic

Environmental steps to take

De-cluttering lists

Gardening

Plants list

Outfit planning

Dreams

Passwords list

Contacts

Phone numbers

Health & fitness

Exercise tracker

Learn something new

Bird watching page

Get outside in nature

Drinking water tracker

Health pages, including

  • appointments, dates and times

  • what the health professionals said

  • Health plans and ideas

  • my feelings about my health

Faith & growth

Gratitude, including

  • “Flaws” I am grateful for & why

  • Material objects I’m grateful for

  • People I’m grateful for

  • Trials I am grateful for

  • Everyday “nothings” I’m grateful for

Prayers and prayer lists

Meaningful Scriptures

People to encourage – and ways to do that

Ways to serve at church

What's holding me back

Identifying fears

Promises of God to hold onto

 

Birthday time capsule

On your birthday, make yourself a 12-month summary, including these ideas:

  • Books you’ve read

  • Concerts you’ve gone to

  • Personal accomplishments

  • Demographics (weight, job, relationship status, income, etc)

  • Hobbies

  • Current projects

  • New friends you’ve made

  • Classes you’ve taken

  • Things you’ve learned

  • Dreams and aspirations

  • Favourite Things

  • Places you’ve travelled

  • Letter to yourself

Journaling pages

Free writing pages

Prompts: "If I could..."

"The first time I..."

"One day I will know...”

“The dream in my heart…”

Sermon notes

Bonus Downloads

 

Bonus: printable page headings

Click here to go to three pages of printable Journal headings. Save to your computer and print. Then choose your heading, cut out and stick on your chosen page.

 

Bonus colouring: Journal Cover

Click on the graphic and save the PDF version of the Journal back cover. Print and colour.

*You may print the file for your own personal use and to share with family. Please do not photocopy for groups, distribute the file to any other person or upload the file to the internet.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why are there no dates printed in the Journal?

We wanted to make this a very functional and flexible tool for you. When dates are included in a planner or journal, users are locked into one specific twelve month period. With an undated journal, you can start when you like and finish when you like. Also, not including dates reduces cost and waste. One of the biggest fillers in recycling bins are out-of-date-diaries that haven't been sold. We like to avoid those recycling bins and keep things in circulation for as long as possible. 

This is an unusual type of year planner. What’s the thinking behind it?

Both Cecily and Lorien love the recent rise in popularity of the ‘Bullet Journal’ developed by Ryder Carroll. In his words, it’s an ‘analogue system for the digital age, to help you track the past, organise the present, and plan for the future.’ Bullet Journals can be as plain and simple, or as arty and complex as you like. Two key features are the Indexing system, and the ability for the journal to be completely personalised according to the needs of its user.

Search for ‘bullet journal’ or ‘bujo’ on the internet and you’ll see some amazing and artistic page layouts. We know that not everyone is artistic, but lots of us would like to be, so we’ve created a sort of ‘hybrid’ bullet journal. It’s laid out for you, and its pretty with Lorien’s gorgeous art, but it’s also flexible and able to be made your very own.

Everything in a bullet journal is written by hand, including the dates (another reason for leaving this journal undated). The physical act of writing - sitting down with a pen and paper - when so much of life today takes place on a screen, is an antidote to the rush and bustle of the digital age.

How do I write in my dates?

We suggest you choose your very favourite pen, make your favourite hot drink and sit down for a quiet half hour with a calendar in front of you. Write in your dates in a calm, mindful way, praying about the days to come as you do. 

Can I get downloads of the Bible verse designs to print and colour?

We've often included digital downloads of colouring designs with our physical products, but in this case, you'll need to head to our SHOP to find what you're looking for.

How do I use the Journal pages?

Scroll up and check out our tips on using the Journal pages above. There are no rules. Use them in ways that make you feel satisfied.

Where can I get another Journal?

You can find a second (or third, or fourth) copy here

Why are the weekly pages laid out this way?

Some people would like the first day of the week to be Sunday. (We know, because you’ve told us.) While we sympathise, and we see your point, we’ve stuck with the common convention of listing Monday first on the weekly pages, simply because it’s easier for planning to keep Saturday and Sunday together as one unit on the page.

At popular request we’ve given each day of the week its own space, rather than squish Saturday and Sunday into a combined box.

And, we’ve given you plenty of different spaces to keep the lists and notes that work for you. Once again, it’s all about flexibility and personalisation.