Digital Bullet Journal • April 2018 Set-up (Noteshelf 2 Tutorial)

Digital Bullet Journal • April 2018 Set-up (Noteshelf 2 Tutorial)


Hey everybody! Today I’m going to be setting up for April
2018 in my digital bullet journal. I talked about why I use a digital bullet
journal in my last video on the subject, but the short answer is this: it works better
for my workflow, it’s faster for me, I get to use my graphic design skills, and I’m
too finicky about how my bullet journal looks. If you have never created a digital bullet
journal before, I will walk through the process again today because I know this is pretty
new for a lot of people. If you have any questions or if I don’t
cover anything thoroughly enough, feel free to leave them in the comments or visit me
on Twitter or Instagram — I’m leysketch at both of those, and I check them pretty
frequently. The footage happening right now in the background
is me creating notebooks for the rest of the months in the year and adding personalized
covers to each of them. I wanted to add some colour to my bullet journal
system, since previously I had it set up as past months had a grey cover and the current
month had a purple cover, but I imagined that getting really dreary really fast. I decided instead to do a rainbow gradient
across all the covers, with the reds in the summer months and the blues and purples in
the winter months. Unlike all the other covers and spread templates
for Noteshelf 2, your notebook covers have to be in your photos library. So I created them in Photoshop and uploaded
them to iCloud, downloading them to my photos so I could access them. Noteshelf of course has a ton of default covers
you can use if you don’t want to be super extra like me. You can set your covers when you’re creating
new notebooks, which is what I’m doing, or you can edit them afterwards. So, of course, after creating the covers for
the notebooks, I wanted the first page within each notebook to be its own separate month
cover page in the same theme. I uploaded all of those using Dropbox and
then went through all the notebooks and changed them. Thanks to the power of having recorded everything,
I know that both creating the notebooks for each month and changing their first pages
only took about five to six minutes. It’s really an intuitive program once you
get used to it, which is part of the reason why I love Noteshelf 2 so much. Now let’s get to setting up April! This will be my fourth month of using a digital
bullet journal system and I honestly really love it so far. It’s so quick for me to just grab my iPad,
fill ‘er in, flip through to the page I need, change my spreads when I get bored — that
kinda stuff. I actually changed my bullet journal a ton
after my last video for March, but you’ll see those spreads today. I’m going to start off by adding all my
page templates to Noteshelf. To upload a page template, you need to actually
be inside a notebook. You then click the gear icon to open up the
menu. You’ll want to go into notebook options
— then change page template. It will bring up the change paper screen. You can either use preinstalled papers, or
you can access downloadable ones provided by Noteshelf 2, or you can go to custom and
upload your own. In the custom box, you’ll see all my previously
uploaded papers. Click the big grey box to upload your own. There are a few options here, but I prefer
to keep all mine on my Dropbox. Easy to upload, easy to access. Click the file you want to install, it downloads,
and then you can rename it. Do that for all the files you want to add
to your custom papers! So, Noteshelf 2 has updated since I last posted
a video! It now has this handy favourites toolbar up
top where you can save favourite brushes for the highlighters, pens, and such. It also does a thing where you swipe and hold
before it adds a page, so that’s cool. Maybe people had issues adding too many pages? I don’t know. Maybe they just wanted to make it more obvious
what was going on. The new page will have the same paper — in
this case, my April cover page — as the past, but you just go into the gear icon again
and then go into change page template again and find your custom paper from the custom
menu. My first page is my monthly spread, which
I colour coordinated with the cover page. I wanted to add some cute flowers or something
but couldn’t find any I liked so it is pretty plain. I left room for the new favourites toolbar,
and decided to add Easter since I do work in the service industry and Easter can be
a big deal. On my monthly spread, I tend to put anything
I want to look forward for. So, when I’m uploading videos — and I’ll
put in which video is scheduled for when, but didn’t do that here since ~spoilers~
— appointments, that sort of thing. My next spread is Art Momentum. So, it’s this kinda thing my friends and
I created a couple years ago as a way to get us to create every day. I don’t want to say the only way to improve
at art is to draw every day, but you’ll definitely remain looser and find it easier
to get drawing if you do it every day. There’ll be less of a warm-up period. At least for me. I use the highlighter to fill in the wee calendar,
and the legend below is filled in with colours in a slightly smaller size. So for each day I accomplish something, there’s
a dot to fill it in! The highlighter is pretty rad in Noteshelf
in that it is transparent over the text below, and I’ll fill in the first week so you get
an idea of that. At the bottom is a list of things I want to
draw. So if I want to draw, say, Psylocke from the
X-Men, that would be filled in there. I have a to-do list related to anything art-related
— say if I have a piece I want to finish for a certain day — and then I have art
goals and where to improve. Art goals would be something like learning
how to draw perspective and create backgrounds. It’s something I haven’t done that I want
to learn how to do. Where to improve would be something like anatomy
— yeah, I know how a human body looks, but you can always improve how you draw it. Next is no spend mode! In the winter, I don’t get as many hours
so there isn’t as much income. No spend is set up pretty similarly to the
art momentum page, where I have some boxes to fill in, I use the highlighter with a colour-coded
legend to mark when I have and haven’t spent money. It’s all pretty self-explanatory, I think. The weekly spread is probably the most straight-forward
of them all. I have played with my weekly spread a lot
over the past couple months and I’m going to try this more simplistic approach for April. Like with all my weekly spreads, I fill in
the date range and then fill in the little boxes next to the days of the week with the
date. Since April is themed around green, I’m
using a green pen instead of purple. Oh! Noteshelf 2 also recently added a sharper
pen, so that’s really nice. That’s what I’m using here. Have you tried a digital bullet journal? Have you ever tried a bullet journal in general? Let me know down below in the comments! I’d love to hear from you. If you enjoyed this video, please give it
a like! It really helps combat that YouTube algorithm. Also, if you enjoyed hanging out with me and
want to see future videos about art and bullet journalling, please subscribe! That’s it for now. Thank you so much for watching and I hope
to see you in the next video. Bye!

Dereck Turner

17 thoughts on “Digital Bullet Journal • April 2018 Set-up (Noteshelf 2 Tutorial)

  1. sambeawesome says:

    A digital bullet journal is a neat idea, idk why I never thought about it xD But it was cool to see how you organize yours 😀

  2. Prinxo says:

    Hi! Nice digital bullet journal! I’ve taken some ideas from it! I have a question: do you use an external keyboard? Thank you

  3. KDrawDraw says:

    Great vid! No spend week is important indeed! #discipline. Liked to combat that nasty YouTube algorithm! 🙂

  4. Paige Mendenhall says:

    Do you have an iPad Pro? Another cool app is Procreate!! I would love if you checked out my April bullet journal video ❤️

  5. Bevin Manus says:

    Can you have a tutorial about how you set up your bump pages?

  6. poupette6100 says:

    Hello, I enjoyed your video, thank you for sharing ! But why use Noteshelf rather than Goodnotes ?

  7. abominablyawsm says:

    I bullet journalled for a bit. Not digitally. It was fun for a bit but I started stressing too much over getting my pages done and what to add outside of schedules and grocery lists

  8. Sarah Thayer says:

    Love it, girl!

  9. Widget Otaku says:

    I've tried, but haven't found a good app where you input via keyboard… Until now with your video! 😀

  10. Marysa Morin says:

    Can you please do a video on where you get your spreads or how you create them?

  11. Amber Leeper says:

    I just ordered my iPad pro and I can't wait to get it. I wasn't sure how I felt about digital bullet journaling until I watched your video and now I can't wait to try it. My only question is do you take your iPad with you when you leave the house to have your bullet journal with you on the go?

  12. Ley Saulnier says:

    I've gotten a few requests for my templates, and I've at last opened a Gumroad shop where you can find them! Visit my shop here: http://gumroad.com/leys
    You can also follow my shop to be alerted of new uploads! New templates coming soon.

  13. Kim Post says:

    Do you create the journal on your IPad or do you create it on the iMac and upload it to the iPad ?

  14. Kassandra Zuniga says:

    Do you have the art momentum template available anywhere?

  15. Melida Latigo says:

    Love it! Do you have the art template available anywhere?

  16. tapchik says:

    It is so cool that you have your own unique workflow, your own custom papers and have your own ideas about digital journaling! So inspirational!

  17. xeen17 says:

    This is FANTASTIC! Thank you so much! I used to have a paper bullet journal but bought an iPad. I wanted to transfer my note book to digital but couldn't work out how, so I've been falling behind in so many areas that bullet journalling had been taking care of so well.

    I really like Evernote and set up some folders in there, but I wanted to add handwriting and be able to mark up pdfs calendars, etc, too. This is the best solution I've seen so far. I'll give it a try with Noteshelf 2 and will let you know if I'm successful.

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