Bullet Journal Now the Biggest Club at Northside
By Adriana De Santiago
Northside has over 90 clubs: dance clubs, cultural, hobbies, etc. and the most prominent seem to be the dance clubs. With Latino Fest in Oct., Dance Showcase in Jan., and International Night in March, the performances never seem to end. The hallways are always full of dancers, but what we do not see is the clubs that are working behind doors in classrooms. Bullet Journal Club has already surpassed all of the dance clubs at Northside after less than a year of being founded. At the most recent meeting, there were over 150 members working diligently on their bullet journals. Sponsor Ms. Jacqueline Woodruff, math department, and Kimberly Grabiec, Adv. 902, founded the club this past year in an effort to bring bullet journaling knowledge to Northside community.
Bullet journaling has been around for a long time but it regained popularity through Youtube. It is intended to be practical for organization yet a space for individual creativity. Most people use dotted notebooks to create calendars, habit trackers, to-do lists, notes, journaling, and doodling, but the list goes on. Instagram accounts sometimes feature picture collages, birthday reminders, and mood trackers as well.
Grabiec is often seen in class doodling or writing something down in her bullet journal. This is where the idea to create a club came from, so Grabiec and a few friends found a sponsor and thus the bullet journal club was created. The first few meetings didn’t have many people, but after making an Instagram page Bullet Journal Club’s popularity soared. One of Grabiec’s monthly spreads was posted on a journaling page and now the club’s following includes over 14,000 people. Even people outside of Northside are direct messaging the club to ask if they can come to meetings and share their journaling.
The most impressive news however is that Grabiec was contacted by NBC News Chicago to talk about a recent sponsorship. Instagram users that have a big following often receive sponsorship offers from companies to promote their products and now Bullet Journal Club is one of them. Numerous companies such as Crayola, Micro, Michael’s, Joanne’s, and Papermate want Bullet Journal Club to promote their products. Grabiec said, “It was just a hobby initially, but now we’re even getting sponsored and I feel like Northside can become known for bullet journaling!”
Ms. Woodruff is also very enthusiastic about the club. She said, “I got into the Bullet Journal system because I appreciated how flexibly it allowed me to organize my work, home, and family responsibilities. But now that the official journals have ink-proof paper, the dot grid layout, AND full integration with Snapchat and Insta, the journal keeps my entire life together. Students who plan everything from study sessions to outfits online feel like this new component to Bullet Journals streamlines their busy lives too.” With recent sponsorship from numerous companies, everyone can get free journals and start their bullet journal today!
All you need to start bullet journaling is a notebook and a pen! Calligraphy pens, highlighters, and markers can be used to embellish bullet journals as well. Contact Grabiec or Ms. Woodruff for more information on the next meeting, but be ready to fight for a seat in one of the math classrooms. Also, follow the Bullet Journal instagram page at Bullet.Journal.Club for ideas on your weekly or monthly spread.