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How to setup your Dingbats* Notebook for December using a Thanksgiving theme

Happy November everyone! I'd like to start this post by giving everyone a big virtual hug! Thank you for all the love you've shown to my first 2 blog posts here on Dingbats* blog! You guys are amazing! 😍

So, November is already here and the countdown towards Christmas and the end of the year has started! November is the month of gratitude and of giving. It’s the month where you get to reflect and be thankful for everything you have in your life.

As always one of the things that I love to do in the beginning of each month is to setup my bullet journal, so that I’m prepared and organised. In today’s blog post, I’d like to show you how I’ve setup my bullet journal for December using a Thanksgiving theme.

I decided to choose a limited colour palette for all my designs and spreads this month. I believe that it makes everything look more cohesive and put together. So, I chose various shades of grey, white, black and red. You can see all the supplies I used to create the spreads at the end of this post.



We start with the Cover Page of the month, which I decided to keep pretty simple. I created this very cute little turkey and I added the name of the month underneath, using my usual font.


I also chose to add a black border around the design. I love how clean and simple it looks but also cute and festive at the same time.

To keep up with the theme, I wanted to create a page with various words and phrases about being thankful. I thought that the best place to create this page, would be opposite the cover page. That will set the tone and the message for the whole month.

 So, I wrote ‘thankful’ with big black letters and then I used different grey pens to write words associated with being thankful, as well as phrases that we use to show people that we’re grateful and thankful.  I’m super happy with the result and I think that the two pages look so good together!

Next comes my Month at a Glance page. As I mentioned in my previous post, I like making a one-page layout for my monthly log. And because the Dingbats* notebook is a bit wider, than most of the regular notebooks, it allows me to have enough space for all my entries. I added the little turkey friend up on the top and finished the page with the quote ‘There’s always something to be grateful for’, which goes perfectly with this month’s theme.

For November I also decided to keep some sort of journal, where I write what I’m thankful for. It’s very important to appreciate what you have in your life and to be thankful for all your blessings. I wrote a big ‘I’m thankful for…’ in the middle of the two pages and I added some grey lines to add some interest and so as not to leave the page empty. I also like that some of the entries will be highlighted because of the grey colour. I deliberately didn’t add any dates on the lines, because I don’t want to push myself to write every day. I can write whenever I feel like it and I can fill in as many lines as I want.

Lastly, but not least comes one of the weekly spreads I created especially for the Thanksgiving week. I chose to use the dutch door layout and I love the way it turned out! I always like to use this layout for various occasions. It’s very practical and functional.

For those that don’t know of the term, the ‘dutch door’ system is a way of creating a weekly spread in your bullet journal, where part of the page remains stationary and the other part can move as normal, so that you can turn the pages as usual. The reason it’s called a dutch door layout, is because by cutting out sections of your pages, you create a door-like mechanism in your notebook.

This system can be applied horizontally or vertically. For this particular weekly spread I used a vertical layout.

On the left hand page I added the Thanksgiving menu plan, where I created different sections for the various types of food and beverages. 

 In the middle section, I added the guest list on one side, and a to-do list on the other. On the right hand page, I created a one-page weekly spread to plan ahead all the various tasks and appointments of the week.

I also decided to use the piece I cut off the page (nothing goes wasted!). I turned it into a very handy shopping list and decorated it with a cute little pie at the bottom. Now I can write all the things I need to buy for the week, and take this list with me when I go shopping!

 So, that’s how I planned my Dingbats* notebook for November. I hope you liked the theme and the layouts. Let me know in the comments below what you’re grateful for. 

I’m wishing you all an amazing month full of planning and organisation 😉




Dingbats Notebook

Tombow Dual Brush Markers (N75, N89, N95, 991 and 835)

Sakura Pigma Micron 0.3

Faber-Castell PITT artist pen M

Stabilo Pen 68/46

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