Hand Lettering Ideas

Hand Lettering Ideas by Sam Granger

One of the things I’ve always enjoyed playing around with is hand lettering. I remember drawing bubble and block letters as a child and teenager, practising my cursive alphabet, and playing around with colouring letters. I think it was just a natural artistic interest I had, along with many others at the time (like obsessive knitting as a 12-year-old).

When I began my bullet journal back in 2016, I found myself drawn (no pun intended) to the hand lettering I saw many people doing. Could I do that? I thought I’d try, at least! Fast-forward a year and a half and I now own brush pens and calligraphy supplies. I’m by no means a professional and I never find the time to practice more than every so often, but it’s certainly a fun hobby and a nice way to make my bullet journal look a bit more how I want it to.

I decided to make a video sharing some of my favourite hand lettering styles and techniques. I go through adding shading, highlights, brush lettering, faux calligraphy, mixing fonts, and adding doodles.

While I do show you how I do each style, it’s not a proper tutorial, so please check out these links for more detailed instructions if you need them. Will Paterson has a good beginners tutorial on brush lettering. Kara from Boho Berry created a great faux calligraphy tutorial over on her channel.

So, in this video, I’ve used a selection of different pens and markers. For brush lettering, I used Zig Art & Graphic Twin markers, and one I got from a Chinese shop and I have no translation for (so, it’s a Chinese or Japanese style calligraphy brush pen). For regular lettering, I used my Artline200 0.4 black pen and my PaperMate InkJoy Gel 0.7 in black. I used the Uni POCSA White 0.7 pen for some highlights, and the Faber-Castell Precision Needle Point Correction Pen for others. I also used Zebra Midliners and a Staedtler Triplus Fineliner.

Hope you enjoy! x

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Minimalist Weekly Log

Minimal Weekly Log by Sam Granger

I have a new video up of my minimal weekly log. I like to have an overview area before my dailies each week, which usually contains things like tasks I want to complete during that week, appointments, and bills. This means I can see at a glance some of the most important things without having to constantly flip back to my monthly log.

Minimal Weekly Log by Sam Granger

As you can see here, I have a title at the top with the week’s date range, then below this is my overview section. Spaces for tasks, appointments, bills, and my work hours. Then below this is a little flourish to separate the overview from my dailies.

Usually, I create my dailies as I go, but for the purpose of the video, I wrote each day out. Doing it as I go just means I have more flexibility with daily log size. So, if I have a particularly quiet or busy day, I’m not wasting or running out of space respectively.

Check out the (very quick) video down below to see how it all came together.

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May 2017 Flip-Through

May 2017 Flip-Through by Sam Granger

It’s that time again, where I flip-through my bullet journal on camera and then spend two hours editing in pixelated areas over private information. Hahaha. Such is the nature of actually using something you do enjoy sharing publicly!

I received a comment the other week about possibly sharing some weekly setups on my channel, since I haven’t done any of those in a long while. I don’t typically share them anymore as videos, because they’re very similar week-to-week which would get boring to watch. I do usually share my weekly setups on my Instagram (@samjgranger), though, so if you want up-to-date peeks, check there.

Something else I mentioned in this video is the possibility of sharing wedding planning on my channel. We are starting to plan our wedding soon, so I’ve been making a binder for that. I was going to use a bullet journal for it, but I’ve found that I really need a system I can insert pages into anywhere and organise in a linear fashion.

Anyway, check out the video down below for an update on how my bullet journal is going. I can tell you, I am so in love with this, unlike my last bullet journal!

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May 2017 Setup

May Setup by Sam Granger

This month’s setup is slightly different to what I have been doing the last few months. While I have a regular monthly log style on the left page, I decided to extend it across the right page. I used the week separator lines to do this, as you can see in the photo below.

May Setup by Sam Granger

So, on the left page, I will put appointments and reminders, as usual. The right side is for bills and overflow. At the top on the right, I have a space for notes and tasks that are currently dateless.

I’m not sure I particularly like how it’s turned out, and later I did go over the week separators and days of the week in a pale apricot marker to add some variety.

My initial conception of this setup was to use the right side as a free flow area, with dateless tasks I know I need to get done, as well as bills. But it worked out that I put all the bills on the date lines, so I now feel like I have to be more structured that originally planned. Oh well, we’ll see how it goes!

Below, you will find the video of how it all came together. 🙂 xx

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Here are a bunch of free resources for your bullet journal. I have created some basic printables, as well as a handout which gives you basic measurements for setting up an A5 Leuchtturm 1917 notebook.

Note: The printables are 5x7inch size, which is a good fit for an A5 notebook. Print on sticker paper or regular paper, cut to size.

2017 Year Overview

Print out this 2017 Year Overview and pop it in your Bullet Journal for a quick and easy calendar view.

2017 Year Overiview by Sam Granger
2017 year overivew
30 Day Habit Tracker

This is a multi-month habit tracker. Simply print it out and write the name of the month to the left of “Tracker”, then list all the things you want to track on the left. If you like, you can put the day of the week initials above the dates.

30 Day Habit Tracker by Sam Granger
30 day habit tracker


31 Day Habit Tracker

This is a multi-month habit tracker. Simply print it out and write the name of the month to the left of “Tracker”, then list all the things you want to track on the left. If you like, you can put the day of the week initials above the dates.

31 Day Habit Tracker by Sam Granger
31 day habit tracker
Basic Bullet Journal Measurements

This PDF is a guide to basic A5 grid or dot grid notebook measurements. It covers a few different spreads, like creating a 6-month future log.

Basic Bullet Journal Measurements by Sam Granger
Basic Bullet Journal Measurements by Sam Granger
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Happy New Year (& Here’s a Bunch of Videos)

January 2017 Setup by Sam Granger

Happy New Year! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday season. I spent Christmas with family and New Year’s Eve with new friends and my guy.

It hasn’t been all play, though. I’ve been busy making videos and putting them on my channel and not posting about them here. Oops! It’s been a busy time so I decided to wait and share them all together.

The first is my weekly spread from 19-25 December. I tried some different styling for my standard weekly and dailies.

The second video was an experimental live stream, sharing my Erin Condren dot grid notebook. I had a lot of fun doing this and definitely want to live stream again soon, I just need to work out making sure everything is better quality.

The third video is my January 2017 setup. I love this setup so much. I’ve got a bit back to basics with this.

My last video is a part of a collab with Ashton and Leslie all about setting up goals in our bullet journals. This was a really fun way to get more involved in the bullet journal community and I hope to do more collabs in the future! (Let me know if you’re interested.) Here’s my video:

Here’s Ashton’s video:

And here is Leslie’s video:

Okay, so now that you have 50 billion videos to watch, I’m going to leave you to it. I’ll be back soon with a new post! xx


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Weekly Spread – December 12-18

December 12-18 by Sam Granger

Hi guys, this week I’m trying out a new weekly spread style, using a vertical dutch door. This uses a total of 4 pages. The first page has 3 dailies, the second is the dutch door with contains a week overview, goals and other notes, and my study plan. The fourth page has the last 4 days of the week.

Since I’ve been using this for four days already, I have a few notes for what I do and don’t like. The first is that the dailies are too big – I don’t need that much space because my study tasks have their own page. On that note, I don’t like that my study plan isn’t clearly visible. As you can see in the video, the study plan is on the underside of the dutch door, so when it’s folded it’s inside and you have to unfold the page to see it. All in all, I don’t think I’ll use this configuration again. The dutch door is pretty cool, but I feel like that might be more related to the novelty of it, rather than function. Lastly, it used one more page that I’ve been averaging lately. I can fit all my dailies on one page at the moment, so I end up using a total of three for my week.

As always, if you want to learn more about the resources I use for my bullet journal, please check out this page.

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