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12 Bullet Journal Year In Pixels Spreads That Are Perfect

If you haven’t already come across this super popular trend lately, you’re about to be amazing. Have you ever heard of year in pixels spreads? Well, it’s pretty simple but at the same time, incredibly awesome!

A year in pixels is basically a compilation of a mood tracker for all the months in the year through the use of a grid and is usually color-coded to indicate a specific emotion. The goal here is to fill in one block every day depending on how you felt for that specific day.

And let me tell you, the finished product at the end of the year will make you so pleased by how beautiful it looks!

So, if you would like to know more about bullet journal year in pixels or would also like a few layout ideas to try out, then we have everything you need right here!

Why You Should Create One (Pros & Cons)

Now, you might be wondering if it’s really necessary to include this is your bullet journal but knowing more about this may help you better decide what to do. At the end of the day, it’s not completely necessary or required to have one but you might surprise yourself. 


The concept of Year In Pixels was originally created by Camille from Passion Carnets where the goal is to be actively aware of what to focus on and in general, become more mindful.

We’re bound to have good days and bad days but when we task ourselves to overcome those bad days knowing that we have to eventually jot this feeling down, we may be tempted or motivated to turn a bad day into a good one.

It’s also a great way to incorporate self-care into your life by reminding yourself to try new things that will benefit you.

This year in pixel spread may help you to overcome negative feelings and have a more positive mindset. 


The only downfall to this type of spread is that in order to see if fully completed, you’ll have to make it a set task to complete each day which really isn’t that difficult since all you’re doing is coloring in a small block every day. 

Also, if you’re fond of monthly mood tracker spreads, then it may not be so interesting if you have to track the same thing each day.

Okay, now that you’ve probably chosen to keep a year in pixel spread, it’s time for the good stuff!

Supplies You’ll Need

As for every spread, you’ll need a few basic art supplies to get started:

  • A good bullet journal
  • Pens
  • Markers
  • Pencil
  • Ruler for drawing up the table

How To Create Year In Pixels Spreads

Step 1: Decide on the layout

As you’ll see in a bit, the majority of the year in pixels spreads are usually done portrait style but there are a few designs that can be done in the landscape view. It really depends on what you prefer or who like to use.

Step 2: Choose a theme

These spreads can actually be themed or you can just decorate them as usual. You can make them colorful with markers and washi tape or try a simple black and white design.

There’s plenty of ideas to choose from and all of these spreads are worth trying.

Step 3: Draw the grid

Depending on the type of layout you chose, this will help you determine how many rows down you’ll need to go.

For the portrait layout, you’ll want to create 31-32 rows (for each day of the month) going down and 13 blocks (for the months of the year) going across.

Having a dot grid journal will make it much easier and quicker to draw this out and figure out the best arrangement so you’ll be able to tell how much space you’ll need for things like your header and doodles.

Next, you’ll want to include the type of key or the way you’ll be tracking your moods. It could be a simple color-coded one or have a line doodle pattern. Either way will look amazing.

Year In Pixels Themes & Ideas For Inspiration

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Idea via Instagram @ BujoForStars

Make your Year In Pixel spread look bold and colorful with this gradient effect.

You’re going to need a few brush pens to blend the colors together but even if you do them in a block effect, I’m sure they’ll still look as fabulous.

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Idea via Instagram @ Bujo To The Minimal

This is a different layout you don’t see quite often but if you’re looking to change things up for the new year, try this two page Year in Pixel spread and there’s a space below that to write down your favorite memories for the year. Pretty genius if you ask me!

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If you loved the movie Inside Out and was taken away by the various emotions and their ‘moods’, then you’ll have loads of fun this theme that’s inspired by it.

Bright and bold titles can really bring out a spread and this particular one definitely caught our eyes.

You may need to customize it a bit more by adding the number of days and months for extra details.

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Here’s a black and white version of the one above but this one makes great use of the black and white marker! It definitely draws your attention to the headings and title of the blocks. 

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If you love doodling stars and dots, then this two-page spread with a quote will definitely help you keep your spirits up throughout the year. 

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Here’s a pretty and girly pink-themed Year In Pixel spreads that are mostly inspired by Disney princesses.

You also have small emoticons at the bottom to indicate which color represents a certain emotion.

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For a clean yet detailed spread, this one will be fun to explore many different emotions. You can either fill in the blocks with lines or color them accordingly – either way, both will look great.

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Here’s another simpler spread but with large font that will take up quite a bit of space on the page. 

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The fancy font at the top, the colorful dots at the bottom, and the colored in numbers on the side will make this spread look so pretty at the end of the year and you’ll be excited to see the finished piece.

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This color combo is actually really well done but if you would like to highlight what kind of spread this is, pop in a bold header font for the title and I think this spread will look even better.

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If you’re up for the challenge, try creating this bamboo themed pixel spread.

You can either color it with pencils or try a watercolor effect.

One thing’s for sure, you’ll no doubt be impressed with the final result.


So, what did you think of these Bullet Journal Year In Pixels Spreads? Are you planning to keep one?

Though they are a challenge to keep track of each month, they’re still incredibly satisfying when completed at the end of the year.

It’s a great way to also look back at the days that made you feel happy or blessed while also looking at the days you overcame stress and sadness. 

You’ll also be more mindful in the future to take better care of yourself and try new ways to resolve things that make you feel worried or stressed. 

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