While setting up my 2019 Bullet Journal I got reminded how useful washi tape actually is, so today I want to share with you 13 washi tape ideas to finally put to use those beauties in your Bullet Journal.
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I’m totally addicted to washi – there are just so many beautiful types of washi tapes out there in the world! Just check out this beauty, how can you ignore it?
I’m sure I’m not the only washi tape hoarder here, and I bet you also have tons of washi tapes mysteriously appearing in your stationery trolley, nesting there and forming families.
But if you’re anything like me, sadly, most of your collection also goes pretty much unused (let me know in the comments, to release some guilt).
Well, it’s time to fix that! Let’s put those cute wheels of joy to use! Here are some creative and fun washi tape ideas for your Bullet Journal.
1. Page dividers
Do you want to easily flip through your journal? Use some washi tape to create little dividers.
Cut a piece of washi tape and stick around ⅓ of it to a page. Then fold the tape and stick it to the other side of the page.
This will create a small little flap coming out of your pages, so the marked page will always stand out and it will be easy to find.
You can add those to section out the months in your BuJo, or maybe just to mark important pages you’ll be going back to often.
Alternatively, you can always cut out your dividers from harder paper like scrapbooking paper and use washi tape to attach them to your pages.
2. Cover Up Mistakes
Washi is amazing in covering up mistakes, especially if it happens to be on a header.
It’s pretty easy. Basically, just cover your mistake with washi tape! Use black washi to write with white (or gold) pen on top of it (like I did in my 2019 Bullet Journal Setup), or maybe add something cheerful and colorful - whatever fits your page design better!
You can even turn it into a theme for the page you’re making and do all the headers the same way with washi. No one will ever know of that mistake hiding behind it. Unless you blog about it.
3. Post-it Note
Use washi tape to create a post-it note. It can be just more space for you to write your tasks, or maybe it can be a decoration or a way to cover something beneath it, be it a mistake or some private information.
Start from cutting a piece of paper. It might be dotted paper from the end of your journal or, if you wanna add some special drawings, you can cut out a piece of watercolor paper to draw on it.
Then just use a piece of washi tape to attach it to your page. You can use it from just one side so you can flop and check the information below. Or you can attach washi from two sides and cover completely what’s underneath.
4. Hollowed Out Lettering
Washi tape can help you create some pretty fun lettering, perfect for your headers.
Cut a few inches of washi tape and stick it on your hand a few times to make sure it’s not that sticky. Then add it to your page, leaving some space above and below it.
Next step - take a marker and write your header on top of your washi tape. Make sure your letters appear both below and above the tape.
Next - take another colored pen or marker (a fineliner in my case) and trace along the horizontal sides of the washi tape. Or don’t, it’s up to you, depends on what look you want to go with.
Finally, peel off the washi tape and write your header inside. It can be the same word, or maybe the second part of the header.
5. Washi Tape Swatch Page
I LOOOOOVE swatch pages, you can see them appearing over and over on my Instagram account (which you should totally visit and follow!).
Swatches aren’t only about the pens though, you can create some super creative washi tape swatches as well!
This is a great outlook on all your collection, plus you’ll be able to see at one glance what washi are a good match together. It’s super helpful for the next time you want to use them to decorate your pages.
6. Color Coding
Are you into color coding? Assign a special washi tape to a certain category and then add that washi to the edges of a particular page.
Take a piece of washi tape (it could cover the whole edge or just a part) and stick half of it on the page, then fold it and stick the other half to the other side of the page.
Done! Now even with the notebook closed you’ll be able to easily see where you have what kind of information.
Washi tapes are great to decorate your Bullet Journal, especially if you’re in a hurry and don’t have much time to draw.
Use washi tape as your header, as a divider between blocks of maybe just at the bottom or top of your page.
8. Paper Clip Flags
Paper clips can be super useful to find certain information in your journal, but it will be even easier if you add little washi flags to them.
Cut out a small piece of washi and fold it in half around the side of your paper clip. Then cut out the outer ends to be the shape of a flag.
9. Use Washi Tape On Your Pens
You can use your washi tape on your pens and pencils. In two ways actually.
First to mark the pens you’re using now. I don’t know about you, but I have quite a few of the same pens in my stash, so I always have a spare one in case the one I’m currently using runs out of ink.
Of course, I don’t want to use them all at the same time, so to make sure I don’t, I sometimes add a little washi tape on the pen I’m using at the moment.
Another way of using washi on your pens is to decorate them. Basically, you can just wrap washi around your pencils and make them look much more festive.
Measure how long your pencil is and cut out more or less the same length of washi tape. Stick the long side to your pencil and wrap it around it. If needed add one more piece of the tape.
Sharpen your pencil and you’re ready to rock with a new cool pencil.
10. Add A DIY Envelope
Are you looking for some secret storage in your BuJo? Try creating an envelope and adding it to your BuJo with washi tape.
For DIY envelopes I’d recommend using scrapbooking paper, even though the usual printing paper works just as well. Just don’t go for carton paper that’s hard to fold.
There are a few ways you can make an envelope without any special tools, you can check a wonderful tutorial on WiKi how.
To add your envelope to your BuJo, just use washi tape on two or three sides and you’re done!
You can keep there some mementos, or maybe something private and secret. Alternatively, you can just store there your stickers!
11. Add A Flap To Your Page
A flap can be pretty useful in your Bullet Journal. First of all, this adds extra space to your page, which is something you might find very helpful (for example for your weekly spreads).
Second, it’s a nice way to keep some information private. We all want to share our pretty pages on Instagram, but maybe you don’t want to show it all. Add your sensitive information behind the flap and you’re good to go.
Start from taking a piece of paper the same height as your BuJo page. The best way to do this is to cut out a piece from the back of your journal, or from your old journal if you’re using the same brand.
Cut out a piece of washi tape and stick half of it to that piece of paper. Then match that paper to the edge of your notebook page and stick the other half of your washi tape to it.
Finally, make sure to cut out the washi and the flop corners to fit your BuJo.
If you want to secure your flap even more you can add washi tape on the outer side of it as well.
12. Create A Pocket
Another way to add storage to your Bullet Journal with washi tape is by creating a small pocket. Those are great to keep your stickers or maybe some random notes.
There are a few ways you can do it, depending on how many things you want to store inside
First, you can just take a piece of paper and tape it from three sides to your Bullet Journal pages. This is a simple solution, but you probably won’t be able to put there as many things.
Another way is to create a little pocket. Take a rectangle piece of paper and fold it on three sides, each flap should be half an inch wide.
Cut out the two corners between the vertical and horizontal flaps.
To add the pocket to your bujo page stick half of washi tape piece to each flap. Then just stick the whole pocket on your page.
13. Bullet Journal Key Flap
This is the trick I used on my last Bullet Journal. Having a key on a flap is extremely useful, especially for beginners.
If you’re just getting used to the signifiers system, or maybe you added some new, or maybe you’re trying out color cording - having a key flap is a life saver. You won’t need to flip all the way back to the first page of your journal - just flip out the key and you’re golden. With the flap it’s always in front of your eyes when you need it.
It’s pretty easy to do it as well. Take a piece of paper and write your key there, try to center everything on the left or right, depending on which side of the notebook you’ll be adding it.
Then fold the paper and align it to your Bullet Journal cover. Finally, stick it with some washi tape.
To make sure it’s more stable, I’d recommend making the flap that attaches to the cover to be pretty large. In my case, it was the same size as the part with my key.
Washi tapes are not just pretty, but also can be super useful. Make sure you give a try to some of these ideas and start more actively using your washi tape collection.
What is your favorite way to use washi in your Bullet Journal? Let us know in the comments!
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