Welcome to week 2 of our Planner Series!  Today, we are talking with Helen Colebrook from Journal with Purpose and how she uses her Bullet Journal to plan her days.  When I first found Helen on Instagram, I was completely enamored of her simple layout style, the way she combined work with home and her blog post on Using Your Bullet Journal to Get More of the Good Stuff Done.  I have always wanted to use a bullet journal since the first time I saw a picture of my friend, Krys Salvetta using hers.  After my interview with Helen, I am happy to report that I finally bought not one but TEN bullet journals, I am seriously addicted.

During our interview with Helen, she takes us through what she loves about using a bullet journal for her planning, how she stays organized, tips and tricks and some of her favorites.


The Bullet Journal is referred to as an “analog system for the digital age” by Ryder Carroll, the creator of the Bullet Journal.  According to Helen, she loves its simplicity, because you can use it anyway you want.  If you want to just use it for lists, keeping track of your schedule, using it as an art journal or a combination of all the above, the bullet journal is a true reflection of you.

It’s peaceful, not a chore.

Helen Colebrook – Journal with Purpose

Helen’s System

Check out how Helen uses her Bullet Journal with her Traveler’s Notebook.

Plus, her fabulous Tip-in card that she uses for her main goals for the week.


Traveling Bullet Journal

See the pictures of the Traveling Bullet Journal, the spreads from the people involved and where it is now.  Traveling BuJo Updates

You can also search for #thetravelingbujo on instagram.


Helen’s Favorites

Favorite PenStaedtler Multi Pigment Liner

Favorite Ways to Decorate – Washi Tape, Planner Stickers and doodling

Favorite Use – Gratitude and Memory Pages


Important Tips from Helen

Use your last page in your Bujo as a pen test page to make sure it works nicely in your bullet journal.

Recommended Supplies

Rhodia Bullet Journal – Heavier paper and allows for more art journaling, watercoloring, Tombow Dual Brush Pens work GREAT!  (Personally, I like the A5 size)


Staedtler Pigment Liners – great for writing, but also for watercoloring and using with Tombows

Links Referenced

Using Your Bullet Journal to Get More of the Good Stuff Done

Traveling BuJo

Ryder Carroll

Ninja Traveling

Where to Find Helen and Journal With Purpose





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Suzanne’s Thoughts

After my interview with Helen, I couldn’t help but pick up a bullet journal or 10.  The first one I purchased with the Rhodia Webnotebook on Amazon.  It has a hard bound cover and I absolutely LOVE IT! Plus, I picked up 8 more of the soft cover Rhodia A5 notebooks from Blitsy because the colors were way too yummy and their prices were better than Amazon, plus free shipping!  I also purchased the official Bullet Journal from Ryder Carroll the Leuchtturm1917 in the beautiful teal color.  I can also say that not all bullet journals are the same.

If I was just using the bullet journal or bujo, as they are fondly called, for what it was originally intended for, the Leuchtturm1917 would be perfectly fine.  It has creamy smooth paper, but it’s a lot thinner than the Rhodia Rhodiarama.  As a crafter, I knew I was going to be stamping, coloring and using Tombows in my bullet journal and the Rhodia definitely held up better with the abuse.  The Leuchtturm1917 had more ghosting (bleed through) so it made more sense for me to stick with the Rhodia.

I will say this though, the Leuchtturm1917 does include sticker labels, an index, numbered pages, tips for getting started and an entire section in the back for how to use the bullet journal as Ryder Carroll intended.  Laurie Huff from Quo Vadis has an incredible blog post regarding Ryder’s system and I highly recommend you read through and listen to some of the podcasts he has done on the topic.  The Leuchtturm1917 truly is a beautiful piece of art, but I still enjoy the Rhodia for the thicker paper.

I switched to using the bullet journal for my daily calendar on April 22nd of this year and I will say this, if you want to decorate and create something custom that works for you, it is GREAT!  It also takes a lot of time, which is why I did not use it prior to now.  Like Helen, I use a daily spread, because a weekly just isn’t realistic for all I have going on.

My main Rhodia I use for my daily to do’s, appointments and projects.

I also have one for my podcast, which is a God send!  I can keep track of my series, show notes, interviews with guests and ideas for future episodes.

Since I couldn’t handle the thought of messing up my bullet journal (after I totally butchered the first few pages), I am using one that is strictly for practice.  I practice my layouts, hand writing, styling, borders, even my brush lettering!  Kelly Klapstein uses her Rhodia for her practice sheets and it is incredible!

Bottom line, bullet journaling can be used in a very simplistic “capturing moments” format, as it was intended, or you can customize and beautify your journal and shape it to fit your needs and personality.

As we mentioned in Why the Hype, the 3 questions you need to ask yourself as you try and figure out the perfect planner for you are:

  • What do you need for it to track?
  • How big do you want it?
  • How much time do you have to invest in planning?

Bullet Journal

  • Can track whatever your little heart desires and customized to fit your needs
  • Comes in several sizes, but the standard is an A5 (5.5 x 8.75), which is a perfect desk size
  • Time to capture – Minimal; Time to decorate – mediocre to extensive

If I still owned So Suzy Stamps, there is no way I would have had time for a bullet journal.  Now that I have a bit more free time, I am absolutely loving the different creative outlet that the bujo allows.

Be sure and leave us your questions or how you use your bullet journal in the show notes!

Next week, we will be talking to Jessica Marie from Jessica Marie Design on custom planners.

Happy Planning!