5 Reasons I’m Not Creating a Bullet Journal for My Crafts

By nature, I am a lover of lists. I love crossing things off and keeping everything in my life organized. I even have a spreadsheet for my book list! That’s why, when I saw bullet journals pop up all over Pinterest and other social media outlets, I thought carefully about whether I wanted to make one. After much deliberation and lots of research, I decided against it. Here’s why.

1. My Bullet Journal Would Never Look As Good As the Examples

I don’t consider myself a traditional artist. I am super creative and crafty, but I can’t draw or paint. I don’t even have nice handwriting. Most of the examples of bullet journals I see are beautiful, filled with doodles and nicely decorated lists. Mine would not look like that! I’ve read about using stencils, but I’m not sure that it would be worth all of that work to create gorgeous headers if you couldn’t even read the lists below them.

2. If You Mess Up, You Can’t Pull It Out

Not only would my bullet journal be hard to read, but it would also have blunders everywhere! I am constantly changing my mind, and therefore, my lists. It would be impossible to keep it up to date and effective and still make it look nice. Unlike crocheting or knitting, you can’t just easily pull out your mistake. Sure, there’s white-out, but that stands out from the page. I can’t pretend the mistake never happened. My journal would not be aesthetically pleasing, and it would end up stressing me out.

3. All of My Lists in One Place Sounds Like a Disaster!

I have an assortment of lists for different purposes. If I stored them all in one place, it would be a disaster! I often spill coffee all over my lists, leave them places, or forget them at work. If I had all of my lists only in one place, I’m sure they would be destroyed or go missing within a week. Just this weekend I went to pick up produce at the farmer’s market with my To Market Bag and forgot my handwritten list. Thank goodness I had a second version on my phone! Like I said, disaster.

4. I Don’t Need that Negativity in My Life

Have you ever started a project but then not finished it because something more exciting got in the way? I have been finding myself in this predicament a lot lately. I start something and then get distracted by a new project or something else that just becomes more important at that moment. I don’t want to feel bad about not achieving one of my goals. I know many people can shrug it off, but I have a lot of guilt when I write something down and then can’t cross it off my list. It becomes more stressful than fun. That’s why a bullet journal just won’t work for me. I don’t need that negativity in my life.

5. I Have More Time to Actually Craft!

With the release of Interweave Crochet Summer 2018, I don’t have time to write down all of my goals or keep track of my projects and deadlines. I want to start one of those patterns now before it gets lost in my Ravelry favorites! I’m thinking of making Sharon Ballsmith’s Going Ashore Shawl available in a kit so I don’t even have to search for the yarn. You won’t see me wasting time on a journal—I’ll be crocheting like crazy to get these done before the fall issue comes.

While bullet journals continue to be popular, I just don’t think they’re for me. Are you making a bullet journal? Maybe you have convincing reasons for making one. If so, please let me know in the comments! But for now, I’m sticking with my spreadsheets and sticky notes.

Happy crafting!

Marissa Bouska
Assistant Editor, Beadwork magazine

Keep crochet in your life – make your list, and check it twice!

One Comment

  1. Anonymous at 2:28 pm July 2, 2018

    I read the post about bullet journals for crafting. I was intrigued, but also knew it wouldn’t work for me for most of the reasons above. But I realized that although I didn’t want to do that, I did want a way to organize my crochet projects.

    I love the ARC line of notebooks at Staples, so I went and got a new one (I already have at least 5 for other things) just for my crochet projects. This is the one I got: https://www.staples.com/Staples-Arc-System-12-Month-Undated-Planner-Assorted-5-1-2-x-8-1-2-50056/product_2103797

    I also bought dividers, and for right now I have these sections:
    –yarn on hand
    –projects I want to make
    –completed project

    In the “Projects I want to make” section, I have a page for each one, with the pattern and yarn I plan to use, and a start and finish date. Then when I finish it, I move that page to the Completed Projects section. I want to add a photo to that page, but I haven’t done it yet.

    I love the ARC system because it’s completely customizable and you can easily move things around.

    No, I don’t have any affiliation with ARC except as a happy customer. 🙂

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