If you want your bullet journal to be as effective as possible, you need to show a little TLC to your monthly spread!
Why? Well – because it serves as a reminder of what you have going on that month, what you need to accomplish before the next month, and what major events need to be prepared for.
Essentially, your monthly spread serves as the bigger picture.
Sometimes, however, you need a little help figuring out how to create your monthly spreads, especially if you’re a beginner. Remember, your monthly spread should inspire you to keep journaling throughout the next 4 weeks.
Luckily for you (and me!), you won’t ever want for inspiration.
With all the gorgeous bullet journal images on Instagram and Pinterest, you’ll have plenty of ideas to pull from. Put in a little work to make your bullet journal look nice, and you’ll keep coming back to it, day after day!
The wonderful thing about a monthly spread is that you can feature a theme for each month, which presents the opportunity to get creative and artistic.
Your monthly spread for February, for example, can feature a Valentine’s Day theme in which you decorate your spread with hearts and pops of pink and red.
For July, you can draw the American flag, and for November, you can decorate your spread with pumpkins and foliage. How fun is that?!
To get your creative juices flowing, I’ve included 10 gorgeous monthly spreads from bullet journalists who are definitely bringing their A game when it comes to keeping themselves beautifully organized.
DON’T feel intimidated by these spreads. Rather, take ideas that you love, and customize them to fit your unique needs.
EVERYONE who starts a bullet journal starts from scratch, and almost no one begins with Instagram-worthy spreads that took them only 20 minutes to complete.
When you start creating your own themes, think of it as your “me time” and try to enjoy the process! Try different layouts, and pick the ones that accommodate your planning needs.
I myself like a more traditional calendar set-up, whereas other people might prefer a less conventional layout like some of the ones shown below.
Let’s get started!
10 Inspiring Bullet Journal Monthly Spreads
@Misfit.Plans shows us an example of a non-conventional monthly calendar and it’s brilliant. The dates are written along waves, (she used washi tape for this! )which looks pretty neat.
She used two pages for this unique wave theme and wrote the month and year at the very top. Follow Misfit.Plans on Instagram for more inspiration!
Dan takes a minimalist’s approach to his bullet journal – and that’s something I find inspiring because it keeps things clean, neat, and simple.
This spread is unique, and yet still so functional and organized.
His Instagram profile highlights his journal layouts, which feature black-ink-only spreads. Make sure you have a good, reliable pen for this style, such as the highly-reviewed Micron (a personal favorite), the Pilot Fountain Pen, and the Faber Castel Artist Pen. Follow @pacificnotation on Instagram to see more of these spreads!
I love this monthly spread because it looks like a traditional Calendar, and it’s also pretty, feminine, and artistic.
The lettering is beautiful, and so are the roses that she drew at the top and bottom of the page.
Nina wrote the date at the top of each box and highlighted it with a pink art marker. It’s gorgeous, clean, and functional, and definitely worth a try!
Follow @bujobeyond on Instagram for more.
If you’re looking for something simple, you’ve got it in this monthly spread. It’s lovely and easy to do, even for bullet journal beginners.
Ellen wrote the first letter of the days above the dates, which she then highlighted in pink.
She didn’t draw any boxes or any lines, and yet the design is incredibly effective. The name of the month is at the very top in capital letters, and she included an adorable Valentine’s Day doodle in the middle. Find more on her IG account @youngflovemommy!
This monthly spread is inspiring because you have the days of the month on the left page, and on the right page, you have a gratitude calendar where you can write what you’re grateful for every day of the month.
This brilliant idea encourages productivity and positivity and serves as a reminder that you have plenty of things in your life to be thankful for.
It’s wonderful to have your monthly reminders and your gratitude spread alongside each other. You can follow Nicole on Instagram @bujo_blossoms for more awesome layout ideas.
This bullet journal monthly spread is truly remarkable because it includes the days of the month in a beautiful set up on the left page while the right page houses important tasks, goals, next month’s goals and an inspiring quote.
This bullet journalist made her spread more visually appealing by adding a lovely shade of orange marker on both pages to make them look in sync.
Oh, and the hand lettering is gorgeous, too! Don’t know how to hand letter? Check out these easy tutorials!
You can follow Rhean on Instagram @bulletby_r to see more of her unique designs.
Here’s another two-page monthly spread.
@Pen_studies drew individual, stand-alone boxes for each day and wrote the date at the top left corner of each box, which makes this spread really interesting-looking!
She added flair by drawing an intricate flower at the top while including pops of blue and purple ink throughout both pages. This monthly spread is definitely another work of art!
December is my favorite month of the year, so I’m in love this festive monthly spread.
Jildau from @agirlthatjournals included the perfect December accessories: ornaments and snowflakes!
It’s a pretty layout that also leaves room for her notes on the right-hand page. It’s perfectly decorative while also leaving plenty of space to write your most important monthly tasks and reminders. If you want your spread to look as pretty as her’s, you’ll benefit from using a ruler.
How beautiful is the art on this monthly spread? I can just stare at it all day long!
Elisa obviously is a very talented artist and she captured Winter so perfectly. She wrote out the days of the month at the very top and then drew 5 rows of boxes across both pages.
She then wrote the name of the month on the left page and made it stand out by adding a pop of red. So inspiring! If you’re an artist – add your talent to your spreads!
Follow Elisa on Instagram @mydearsputnik.
Kimmy’s monthly spread is breathtaking. She took inspiration from London and added pops of blue, pink, and purple.
Her layout is truly unique, artistic, and functional. I love that she wrote all of the dates along one line, and only included her most important reminders beneath the dates. It’s a combination of minimalist meets artist.
Follow @bumblebujo for more inspiration!
Now that you’ve seen how other bullet journalists create their monthly spreads, I hope you’re leaving this blog post with a few fresh ideas that will help you with bullet journaling. Remember that there’s no right or wrong way to create a spread, as long as it serves its purpose in keeping your organized and inspired. Keep journaling and before you know it you’ll be creating something that you’re proud of.