When I started my Bullet Journal journey a couple of years back, I haven’t given much thought to monthly cover pages. I am an extremely non-creative person and my artistic skills are nowhere to be found, so I didn’t see the point in making something that is exclusively for showing your artistic and creative skills. So I put it off.
And I was fine without a cover page. It was all about the Bullet Journal system, anyways. That’s what I kept telling myself. I must admit that I always loved my minimalistic Bullet Journal (you can check it right here) but I was drawn to using more color and to making a cover page.
When I started my blog – which is basically about those journals that lack artistic and creative side – I realized it was time to start working on my cover pages, however, they turn out. Of course, a part of my non-creativity is the inability to come up with good ideas. Thankfully, there are some months in the year where the theme is quite obvious (like these themes I gathered for October monthly cover page), but there are some that don’t spark any creative note in me, so I need to seek inspiration online.
November is one of those months. I actually consulted Wikipedia before seeking visual inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram. I just wanted to find out what’s specific to November and maybe find inspiration for my Bullet Journal. (*side note: Among others, I found out that 7th of November is National Men Make Dinner Day in the US – what a great day :))
If I was an American, I’d probably make a Thanksgiving spread, but since I live in Croatia, and our Thanksgiving day is in August, that was not an option. When I finally settled for a theme (you can see it at the end of this post), I decided to roam around Instagram to find some beautiful, simple November cover pages that anyone can make, so I made this post to help those lost souls who, like me, need help with inspiration.
While my October monthly post was predominantly about two main themes – Halloween and fall – I decided to diversify this one a bit.
So, enjoy my selection of ideas, I hope you’ll find something for yourself 🙂
⸳ November rain
Any Guns’n’Roses fan will automatically think of their iconic song but that’s not the theme I was thinking of. (Although I can totally imagine someone using the song video as an inspiration for their November spread – I’m simply not creative enough to do it :)) Yes, I was thinking of literal November rain. And it’s actually a cool theme to work with – just look at this page from @myhellobujo.
You know, I was actually picking mushrooms in October 🙂 but the weather is still so perfect I think there’ll be some mushrooms for picking in November, too. I really like this cover page by @bujopallette. No matter the month you actually pick mushrooms, this spread has that fall-y, November-ly feel 🙂
Well, this one is quite obvious for fall. Because leaves fall. Duh 🙂 I must admit that I love the leaves theme. They are quite easy to draw, you can make different versions easily and they look great. Change the color and leaves you drew in the fall are suddenly spring leaves 🙂 If I didn’t have a falling leaves theme for ma October cover page, I’d definitely do it now.
While searching for ideas I stumbled upon a lot of November monthly cover pages with crystals all shapes and sizes. I didn’t know what it had to do with November but one quick Google search revealed a lot. It turns out that November’s birthstone is the topaz which symbolizes friendship. Quite cool, actually. Just like this cover page from @4leaf_flowver.
⸳ Dia de Muertos
In my country, which is mainly Catholic by faith, we celebrate All Saint’s Day on the first day of November and All Souls’ Day the day after. The same as in Mexico, but without the celebrations, all the world knows as Dia de Los Muertos when family and friends gather to celebrate the lives of their deceased loved ones. A very recognizable symbol is a very beautifully ornamented skull, like this one by @taffy76_journal.
⸳ Sweater weather
If you live in the Northern hemisphere November is the first month that it actually starts being really cold. In my language, November is called ‘studeni’, which literally means “very cold”. So it’s a perfect time to get those sweaters out of the closet. And add to your BuJo 🙂 as @craft.and.cats did on this beautiful cover page.
⸳ Hot drinks
I actually wanted to call this theme ‘hot coffee’ at first but then realized that a cup of hot chocolate or hot tea are equally great drinks for November. As is this beautiful cover page by @s.mayaestic.
This theme is not directly related to November and can be used for any other month, too. It’s beautiful, it can be made in many different ways, doesn’t seem very complicated and it really looks fantastic. Just look at this page by @elle.in.design, doesn’t it look amazing?
⸳ Washi tape
If you still feel you’re not up to drawing something yourself, there’s always a perfect other option – washi tape! Washi tapes come in all sizes and patterns and are a perfect solution for using it for making your cover pages. I really liked this cover by @nias.journal using different washi tapes.
Today I learned that in November Canada celebrates Remembrance Day in memory of those who sacrificed their lives in wartime and honor those who served and that it is also known as Poppy Day, so poppies seem like a great choice for your monthly cover page, even if you’re not Canadian. @pens_and_journals had a beautiful poppy themed cover page.
In the end, here’s my cover page 🙂 After some thinking, I set my mind on Movember as my November theme. Movember is a month-long annual event, that happens in November, when men grow mustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. The goal of the movement is to “change the face of men’s health”.
So, that’s about it! I hope I helped you with finding inspiration for your November cover page. Feel free to share it with me in the comments or use a #monthlyuglyjournal hashtag on Instagram so I can check it out. You can also hop to my Instagram to see my full November monthly spread.