Start of Year Splash Page

Happy New Year’s Eve, Everyone!

Stella paid my taxes while I drank tea and practiced gradient calligraphy on Jan 1. of last year

There’s still time to make up your Splash Page for the new year! If you read my post on Choosing a Focus Word for the Year and My 2021 Goals, you have already seen a bit of my Splash Pages.

My splash pages for this year is very similar to my 2020 one. I want to let you know how I do it and what I choose to write on it for inspiration. Hopefully you can find some things you like and want to adapt to meet your needs. If you have any suggestions for what I can include in future years, please let me know in the comments. I’d love for everyone to share their suggestions.

My Splash Pages for 2020 and 2021

What is a Splash Page

It’s like a spiritual (anti) to-do list for the year. To put it simply.

A splash page is like a heading for the whole year. It is difficult to plan everything out for the year, but it can be helpful to remind yourself what you want the year to look like. The splash page is a page you can flip back to periodically to see where you wanted to be going in the beginning of the year. You can gauge how much you have accomplished, and steer yourself back on track if you veer off course. Some years (2020) you will have to make adjustments, but overall, you get to listen to your past self.

Maybe there are things you care about in your life that you want to preserve. Perhaps there are things you want but don’t have and want to go towards those things, or aspects of your life you want to work on. If you have a list of things you want to try this year, goals or resolutions you don’t want to forget about, put it here.

How to Make a Splash Page

Make It Accessible

You want to be able to flip to it easily when you need to reference it. When you are thumbing through your journal, or if your journal falls open, you want your splash page to be the page it opens up to.

Tips for Making it Easy to Find
  • Put it on the first page of a nice new yearly planner
  • Glue in paper in glue two pages together to make the pages thicker
  • Washi Tape the edges so it is easy to find visually
  • If it is in the middle of your journal, put a tab on the page
  • You can also make your washi tape edger have a lip.
  • Make it colorful so you are more likely to stop on it
  • Put a special bookmark or paperclip on it

The key is to make it so your eyes fall on this page periodically throughout the whole year.

Keep It Simple

You want to design it in such a way that certain aspects catch your eye even if you quickly flip past it. You want to be able to read your entire splash page in a minute or two.

Tips for keeping it simple
  • Only put a few things on the page
  • Write big
  • Give everything borders and breathing room
  • Highlight Key Words

Make It Personal

The splash page is supposed to bring you peace and keep you motivated. You should feel happy whenever you see it.

Tips for personalizing
  • Color it or paint it, or keep it black and white if that’s what you like
  • Use Hand lettering
  • Print words out and paste them in
  • Draw a picture
  • Use Washi Tape
  • Post in a photo

My 2021 Splash Page

This is my splash page for 2021. It took me a few hours over two days to draw it all out. Of course, I was thinking about what to write on it for a while, and once I figured out my focus word, I did a little research on mantras and quotes. This year, I chose the color scheme of black and pink on a whim, and partially based on my washi tape.

A Walk Through

Start off by writing out the year. Last year, I wrote it in numbers, and this year I wrote it out in words. This is going to be the most eye-catching part of the page, so have fun with it.

This is a journal page that you may want to plan out a little bit to make sure everything will fit, so you may want to pencil things in first, or draw everything out on separate paper first.

Next, find a place for your goals. I didn’t have many goals this year, so I used some space to write out “goals” in large lettering.

Next, write in your focus word. This word should take up a good amount of real estate on your page, so don’t be afraid to make it bold.

The quotes and mantras don’t have to be grouped together, so you can leave them for the end. You can stick them in wherever they fit.

When you choose quotes, only choose quotes that you like. They should line up with your core values to a degree, but they should evoke curiosity as well. If you are unsure, choose quotes that you feel like you need to read more than once, and even then, you have something to think about. If all else fails, use quotes from people you like.

This year, I chose 2 mantras, but 1 is all you need. You should choose a mantra that resonates with you in a concise way. You may steer it in the direction of affirmations or powerful lyrics, or pump up words, if that is more your jam.

Happy New Year!

Remember, you are your best person to ask when it comes to what you want and need. Do yourself a favor and help tell yourself to go after them.

Even if you don’t feel like the best person to ask, you are the person who will have to live with all the things you have after you get them.

Have fun with making you Splash Pages, everyone, and have a very Happy New Year.

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