Today, we’ll talk about one of the best hacks I’ve come across: the Bullet Journal Grid Spacing.
Are you tired of counting all the spaces in between your dot grid over and over whenever you set up a new bullet journal spread? I found that’s annoying and such a waste of time.
Well…bullet journal grid spacing is here to save the day!
What is a Bullet Journal Grid Spacing?
Grid spacing is essentially a cheat sheet on how to set up your spreads while keeping the spacing balance and equal. At the minimum, a grid spacing page should have your notebook’s page dimensions and most commonly-used page divisions.
It might sound more complicated than what it actually is. You can refer to the video below to get a better picture of how grid spacing looks like.
How to Set up Grid Spacing?
Depending on the notebook you use and how you usually set up your spreads, your grid spacing might look slightly different than others. That’s okay because the grid spacing page should be personalized to your preference.
Below, I break down how to set up a grid spacing page in your notebook in 3 simple steps.
On a blank page, number all the spaces of the dot grid vertically and horizontally. I tend to set up the grid spacing page at the very beginning of my notebook so I can easily locate it.
You can start the number at the first row and column. I usually let the vertical numbers and the horizontal numbers meet at the number “3” to make the page looks more interesting.
Draw 2 lines to divide your page in half vertically and horizontally.
I believe this is the most common division that anyone can benefit from. Whenever I set up a new page, I always want to know where the middle is to keep things even.
For example, I know that I need to count 13 spaces to get to the middle of the page. This is especially helpful when you write page title or header.
Step 3 (Optional)
You can definitely stop at step 2 if you want to keep your grid spacing simple. However, I like to take a step further to mark all the divisions that I use the most when I set up the weekly spreads.
I suggest flipping through your bujo notebook and note the divisions you often use.
As you can see above, I divided my page vertically into 7 sections for 7 days of the week. I left the top empty for any title and header. There are 5 spaces in between 2 lines. Here is how I’d mark it on my grid spacing
Next to the line, I note 1/7(5) so I know that the page is divided into 7 sections, and each section has 5 spaces.
This is another weekly layout that I often use in my bujo.
As you can see, the page was divided into 2 columns and 4 rows. The dimension of each rectangle is 8 spaces x 12 spaces, with 1 space in between the rectangles. Here is how I’d mark my grid spacing.
I also note 1/4(8) next to the vertical line and 1/2(12) for the horizontal line.
With this mechanism, you should be able to mark the grid spacing to any page divisions that you usually use in your bujo notebook.
Grid Spacing Video
I hope this post has been helpful. If you still have questions regarding the grid spacing, drop the question in the comment section or you can DM me @joliecious. I’ll try my best to answer your questions.