37 Beautiful January Bullet Journal Ideas to Inspire You (2024)

Updated October 22, 2023
About the Author: Denise Cruz has lived in 4 countries and visited 35+ others. After her second sabbatical, she began sharing travel advice at Wander Her Way.

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Beautiful January Bullet Journal Ideas from Around the World.

Are you ready for the new year?

January feels like a fresh start. It is the time for setting goals and planning things out for the year ahead.

Bullet journaling is a great way to get yourself organized and can serve as an excellent productivity tool for everyone—from students to working professionals to busy moms. And travel bloggers, of course!

A bullet journal is a kind of planner where you create entries by writing lists on empty pages, adding drawings or photos on blank pages, or using stickers.

Bullet journaling can help you stay organized and track your progress towards your goals. You can use it to create monthly spreads with inspirational quotes or pictures that will give you encouragement when times are tough.

Additionally, a travel bullet journal is a fun way to keep track of the places you’ve been, organize your itinerary, and manage your travel budget.

This January, be creative and think outside the box to keep up with the resolutions you made for this new year.

I’ve put together this list of January bullet journal spreads and ideas from artists from all over the world to inspire you.

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Essential Bullet Journaling Supplies

If you’re new to bullet journaling, here are a few items you’ll need to get started:

JOURNAL: Hardcover, a blank notebook, or journal with dots or a grid (not lines) like this one by Leuchtturm1917.

BLACK MARKERS: A good set of pens for your black lines—the Faber-Castell 8 PITT Artist Pen set is great to start with. And even comes with some brush pens!

COLOR HIGHLIGHTERS: Quality highlighters in as many different colors as you want! This Zebra Double-Ended Highlighter Set comes with 25 gorgeous colors that will make your artwork pop.

RULER: Flexible 6-in stainless steel ruler with cork on the back.

METTALIC MARKERS: Finally, to bring some spark to your January bullet journal spreads, I recommend you buy a set of metallic calligraphy markers like this one.

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January Bullet Journal Ideas

Without further ado, here are beautiful January bullet journal ideas created by artists around the world:

1. Plants & New Beginnings

Totally adorable plant-inspired January bujo theme by Fiona Cates (@fionacatecreates), a hand lettering artist from the UK.

credit: @fionacatecreates

2. Sweet Dreams with Bunnies

Hop into the new year with this “Sweet Dreams with Bunnies” bullet journal by Lena (@len.journals), a student from Belgium.

Credit: @.len.journals

3. Vibrant January

I absolutely love the energy that the bold, vibrant colors of this bullet journal bring to January! The theme was inspired by muralist Steffi Lynn (@steffilynn) and created by Kiersten (@kesysbujo), an artist from the US.

credit: @kesysbujo

4. A New Chapter

This lovely book-themed watercolor bullet journal combines two of my favorite things: books and abstract art. By Elena (@ohnoelbujo) from Spain.

credit: @ohnoelbujo

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5. J is for Jellyfish

 This high-contrast jellyfish design is another gorgeous concept by Kiersten (@kesysbujo) from the United States.

credit: @kesysbujo

6. Purrrrfect January Bullet Journal

Minimalist cat-inspired January bullet journal by Soph (@bujoshawty), a “casual bullet journalist.”

credit: @bujoshawty

7. Sparkly New Year

This January bullet journal by Jess Yuna (@byjessjournals) from Los Angeles, California is the spark we need to ring in the new year!

credit: @byjessjournals

8. Sushi Obsession

I am just obsessed by this sushi January bullet journal spread by Marta (@its_marta_bujo). I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the new year.

credit: @its_marta_bujo

9. Board Games

Super creative and beautiful January bujo inspired by board games like Scrabble and chess. Created by Tory (@creativemindscoffeegrinds), a kindergarten teacher from the United States.

credit: @creativemindscoffeegrinds

10. Books, Books, and More Books

There’s nothing better than cozying up by the fire with a book in the winter. So, if you love reading as much as I do, you’ll love this January bullet journal theme by Anna (@annasphere) from Germany.

credit: @annasphere

11. Shoot for the Stars

I give five stars to this galaxy-themed January bujo by Joo (@would_you_bullet) from Algeria.

credit: @would_you_bullet

12. Snow Globe

Delightful snow globe-inspired bullet journal theme by Larissa, (@bujobylarissa), an American student.

credit: @bujobylarissa

13. Harry Potter Bullet Journal Spell

We can all use a little magic in January! I could not leave out this Harry Potter bullet journal design by Kira (@mrsk_plans) from Alberta, Canada.

credit: @mrsk_plans

14. Polar Bear Bujo

You have to admire the craftsmanship of this minimalist bullet journal with a polar bear theme. Created by Lou Lacoste (@lou.lacoste) from Belgium.

credit: @lou.lacoste

15. Friends Nostalgia

The iconic purple door on this January bullet journal theme says it all. This Friends theme is another fantastic concept by Tory (@creativemindscoffeegrinds) from the USA.

credit: @creativemindscoffeegrinds

16. Coffee Kick

Who could use a caffeine boost to get the year started? This coffee-inspired January bullet journal idea is yet another one of my favorites by Tory (@creativemindscoffeegrinds) from the US.

credit: @creativemindscoffeegrinds

17. Washi Tape

What an elegant way to begin the year. I love the style of this watercolor bujo created by Cristina (@crinspire) from Spain.

credit: @crinspire

18. Penguin Holiday

Simply adorable penguin-inspired January bullet journal theme by @leftyartlover.

credit: @leftyartlover

19. It’s the Little Things

There is something very comforting about this January theme by Rijoy (@rijoy.journal) from Indonesia.

credit: @rijoy.journal

20. Winter Wonderland

Here’s an example of an absolutely charming winter wonderland idea to start your bullet journaling year! This one is by Marie (@metro_boulot_bujo) from France.

credit: @metro_boulot_bujo

21. New Year Resolutions

When it comes to new year resolutions, I bet ‘eating better’ is a popular one. So this adorable bullet journal idea by @doodlesbyadreamer is a fun reminder to stay on track… or just have one slice!

22. Space

The simplicity and attention to detail on this black and white space theme are just stunning. This January bullet journal idea is by Rachel (@rach_bujo) from the US.

credit: @rach_bujo

23. Kitchen

This adorable kitchen theme is one of my favorite bullet journal designs of all time! The creator, Uta (@utaisjournaling) from Germany, used her own kitchen as inspiration and the result could not be better. Just beautiful!

24. Foxy January

Nana (@nana_k_bujo) from France created this stunning concept for a winter January bullet journal. The foxes are such a beautiful touch!

25. Pop in The New Year

Ciao, January! I love the energy on this festive bullet journal theme by Francesca (@framiaojournal) from Italy. Pop that Prosecco and let’s go! https://www.instagram.com/framiaojournal/ from Italy

credit: @framiaojournal

26. Flamingo

Living in Miami, I can certainly appreciate a good Flamingo-themed bullet journal layout. This lovely design is by @cin_bujo from France

credit: @cin_bujo

27. Little Prince

The Little Prince is one of my favorite books. It’s about human relationships, love, and new experiences. And what better way to start your January bullet journal? This design is by Cass (@cass_afrass_k) from the US.

credit: @cass_afrass_k

28. Coffee and Confidence

For the coffee lovers out there, here’s one more coffee-inspired January theme. I just absolutely love the style and detail on this bullet journal spread by Jocelyn (@jos_artroom) from Hong Kong

29. Ratatouille

And of course I had to include a Disney-themed bullet journal spread! This lovely design by Leana (@bullet.creation.ls) from France captures the essence of the movie and set the perfect tone for the new year ahead.

credit: @bullet.creation.ls

30. Honey Bee

This bee-themed January bullet journal is all the buzz! Created by @journalburrito from India.

credit: @journalburrito

31. Moon

Another minimalist January theme, this one inspired by the Moon. Betty (@bujobybetty) from Canada uses only black and white to create stunning spreads for her bullet journal.

credit: @bujobybetty

32. It’s Magic!

I love the style and various techniques Chiara (@chiara.plans.and.creates) from Italy used to create the spreads in this mystical theme.

credit: @chiara.plans.and.creates

33. Spiderman

Have no fear! Spidey is here! Char Dangerfield’s (@chardangerfield.art) from Vancouver, Canada used her spidey senses to create this awesome theme for her January bullet journal that is quite unlike anything else on this list.

credit: @chardangerfield.art

34. White Space Winter

A very unique take on the winter bullet journal theme by Leyre (@giira.sool) from Barcelona, Spain. Her minimalist illustration, use of white space, and limited colors make for a beautiful design.

credit: @giira.sool

35. Tea Makes it All Better

Another design by Anna (@annasphere) from Germany. This one is inspired by tea! She uses tea cups, tea pots, and tea bags to create the spreads in this charming January bullet journal theme.

credit: @annasphere

36. A Starbucks Summer

Finally, here’s one fun concept by Brazilian artist Miriam (@obujodami). Besides being a super cute celebration of Starbucks, you have to appreciate the summer message—when it snows in North America and Europe, it is summer in South America.

credit: @obujodami

37. Let’s Travel

Finally, here’s to a year of many travels and adventures! Alice (@bridgetsjournal) from Italy created this stunning January theme that reminds me of so many places I’ve traveled to.

credit: @bridgetsjournal

Final Thoughts

So there you have it: 37 January bullet journal ideas to inspire you!

Bullet journaling is a fun way to reduce stress and increase productivity. It’s also a visually pleasing way to take notes and make lists.

However, the best thing about using a bullet journal is that you can customize it to your lifestyle and work flow habits. You make the rules, and there are no limits to your creativity.

So now that have have loads of inspiration from bullet journalists from all over the world, go ahead and give it shot at your own January bullet journal theme!

Denise, travel blogger at Wander Her Way

About Denise Cruz

Denise is a marketing executive who escaped corporate to travel the world… twice. A Brazilian native living in the U.S., she’s lived in 4 countries and visited 35+ others. After side-hustling her way to financial independence, she curates solo destination guides, slow travel tips, and travel blogging advice on Wander Her Way. When she’s not on the road, you can find her in Miami with her dog Finnegan.