How To: DIY Bullet Journal with Refillable Dot Grid Paper

By now everyone knows my obsession with the bullet journal system. For those of you who love planning your day like myself, you know how hard it can be to find "planner peace" and I think I may have found it in this system.

Most people who bullet journal use a bound notebook like the Leuchtturm and Moleskine but I like a more flexible system, so I decided join a system I already use (disbound) and make my own bullet journal and I'm so happy I did. This DIY is perfect for those of you who are like me or just want to give the bullet journal system a try before going all in.

For my journal I used a discbound notebook by Martha Stewart that I already own. I've had this for years and it's held up pretty nicely.

But I'm not in love with the discs that orginally came with the Martha Stewart notebook so I changed the discs to something more sturdy and "luxe".  I personally love the Levenger Gold Dics, well I love anything Levenger actually. I also recommend the Staples Arc Notebook Rings and the me & my BIG ideas Gold Rings.

The hardest part was finding good refillable dot grid paper and I couldn't find dotted paper that I loved so I decided to make my own. I like bright thick paper, not card stock; just good quality paper that will not bleed thru. I highly recommend the Hammermill 32 lb, 100 bright paper and if you want something thinner the Hammermill 28lb, 100 bright paper is also really nice. Of course, you guys know how much I love to share so below you will find a printable of the Gray Dot Grid Paper I use.

Click the links below to download Gray Dot Grid Paper 

For different colored Dot Grid Paper visit our etsy shop 

Keep Reading to learn how I created my own Discbound Bullet Journal

I use US standard sized paper (8.5 by 11) and before I begin to print I like to cut each sheet in half. I feel that my printers print better when everything is already cut and ready to go. To cut each sheet in half I use the Swingline Paper Trimmer. I'll admit it took me a little time to get the hang of this paper trimmer but once I did, I loved it and use it all the time.


Once each sheet is cut in half, all your sheets should measure 5.5 by 8.5 and at this point you should be ready to print. If you plan to cut everything first like myself, use the first dotted grid paper link (the one that doesn't say spread). 

To learn how I save money on printing make sure to checkout my blogpost: How I save Money on Printing 

As I mentioned earlier I use a disc bound system but you can also use a Junior Size Binder, Carpe Diem, Kikki K or Filofax if you want. 

After printing all you have to do is punch each sheet. I use the Levenger Circa Punch.  I feel that this punch works best with any brand of discs compared to other punches I've tried in the past. Just make sure to set it to "Junior" size before punching.

And it's that easy, once everything is punched all you do is place each sheet in your notebook and begin to bullet journal. Best of all you can also use any printable in my blog and also place it in your disbound system. I've designed each page with that intention in mind :)

Hope this serves you as inspiration. I'd love to see your creations on Instagram just tag me #jolanijolie.

Happy Planning, 

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