Dark academia journal setup for October 2021

Aaah, I’m sooo ready for fall and winter! It’s crazy because I’m actually a summer girl. But for some reason I’ve been waiting for the cold to come this year. I want to sit on the couch covered in blankets while sipping tea and eating snacks. I am done with the heat! Thankfully the fall weather has really set in and I created my dark academia journal setup for October. Check the video here and view the pictures for details down below.

dark academia journal setup
envelope in journal

October usually sparks cover pages with pumpkins, latte’s and Halloween designs. However, that’s not my style. I don’t like doodling and I like a more mature look in my personal journal. After doing some research I came across the term dark academia and how this lifestyle and/or aesthetic became a trend during the lockdowns. According to Google’s definition, this is what dark academia is: 

Dark academia

Dark academia is a social media aesthetic and subculture centered around higher education, writing/poetry, the arts, and classic Greek and Gothic architecture. The subculture is associated with ancient art and classic literature.
dark academia journal setup

The funny thing is that this way of living has been cool amongst certain people for years. Even before it became a trend on TikTok, dark academia was already a thing. It just didn’t have a name yet. However, the aesthetic and the vibe can be found in many books, movies and real life. I love reading Anne Rice’s books about vampires and witches. To be honest, she describes dark academia very well without giving it a name. I love her books by the way!

dark academia bullet journal

Anyway, my dark academia journal setup for October is one of my favorite themes. I experimented with white gelly roll pens on black paper. I made an envelope with a cute message to myself as a little nod to passing notes in class. I totally see a student doing this while sitting in a dark academy classroom. I messed up the trackers a bit, but hey… I’m a student of life and journaling so I’m allowed to make mistakes, haha!

I hope you like my new video on how I created this dark academia journal theme. Let me know what you think and enjoy your day,


P.S. Here some of the items I used to create this spread:

dark academia bullet journal theme
bullet journal fall theme
bullet journal fall cover page
gratitude page ideas
october cover page
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