What are “ugly bujos”?

I just got home from a weekend spent in the country with friends as we worked on several creative projects. On the long drive home I thought about how differently people use their bullet journals.

I’ve seen many beautiful spreads created using a black pen to make complex-looking, decorative, gorgeous florals and perfect ruled boxes. I’ve seen vertical spreads, horizontal spreads, and spreads in the shape of a triangle or parallelogram. I even recently saw someone create a habit tracker in the form of a stove. Talk about creative!

Then there are the bullet journalists who proudly say theirs is an “ugly bujo.” 

So what’s an ugly bujo? I’d describe an ugly bujo as a plain Jane, no frills, messy weekly spread or daily log/to-do list. The creator doesn’t worry about making it pretty, and if they do they might add some color with pens or markers, or put on some washi tape randomly. (Or intentionally.) 🙂

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know why I love this system so much: because it’s about whatever the creator wants it to be.

However, that’s not the point of this blog post. The point is that I must respectfully disagree with these notebooks being called “ugly” because I see them as beautiful too.

I’ll use my own husband’s bullet journal as an example. He considers it ugly, but I personally love it. Take a look:

A page out of my husband’s “ugly” bujo. He loves it. Clearly.

I love it because it’s a notebook that’s being loved. I know it sounds repetitive but if you’re here I’m going to take a wild guess that it’s because you find a used notebook fascinating, like it could have it’s own story aside from whatever’s on the pages.

I love it because it’s minimalistic and simple. I love that he didn’t even think twice before he scratched things out and when he made a mistake he didn’t like, he just whited it out without worrying about how it’d look or trying to fit specific days to make a weekly spread. It’s very fluid.

In the end what I’m saying is whatever makes paper crinkle and a notebook look beaten and weathered, you know there’s a history there. And it’s that history that earns a notebook its beauty.

That’s all this bullet journal and paper enthusiast has for you today.

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