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Want to learn some tricks on how to decorate your journal even if you aren’t very artistic? I’m here to help with some ideas.
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We all want to create beautiful Bullet Journal spreads. However, sometimes it can be pretty hard: you can feel uninspired to decorate, maybe you aren’t that confident in your artistic skills yet, or possibly you’re just way too busy at the moment to have time for pretty setups (that is a case with me pretty often!).
But I don’t want this to stop you from starting your own Bullet Journal! There are tons of fun little tricks you can use to make your journal pretty without any hustle.
The best way to decorate your journal pages if you’re not very artistic is with stickers! It’s also an extremely fast way! I used stickers to make every spread in my September monthly setup, and I was very pleased with the result.
Thankfully these days you can get any stickers you like! I personally absolutely adore stickers from independent Etsy sellers – they are so unique and pretty!
Like, look at these cute stickers! Small shops on Etsy always come up with such amazing designs. This sheet fits so much my own style that it will look natural on any page. I know you can easily find something there that would fit your style.
I love my coffee stickers – I have tons in my collection and always open to buying some more. I feel like they are so useful and can look good on any spread. And of course, they are perfect if you’re creating a Coffee Themed Bullet Journal Setup.
Amazon also has some good stickers.
And if you want a subscription – Pipsticks is my absolute favorite and it’s definitely a great choice! It’s a great low-cost choice that will allow you to have tons of great high-quality stickers of different sizes and designs.
They offer different subscriptions with different sizes and most importantly- ship worldwide! Check out my Pipsticks Subscription Review to see if it’d be a good choice for you.
Stickers don’t have to be only about decorating though, there are many options that are also incredibly functional.
For example, check these water tracking stickers – how much easier it will be to use them instead of creating trackers every day.
These are actually printable stickers from my shop!
I’ve been really obsessing with printable stickers lately since you can print and use them as many times as you want. So I started adding a lot of stickers to my shop, both decorative and functional. So be sure to give it a look.
Another one of my favorites is calendar stickers – these will save you so much time when setting up your Future Log or birthday pages.
You can find all kind of stencils on the market at the moment:
- Letter stencils, so you can add beautiful lettering to your pages.
- And even drawing stencils, from which you can easily create flower arrangements, leaves, and so many more things!
- Plus of course, you can start with the general geometric stencils – playing with these you can create absolutely stunning minimalist spreads!
Stencils are great for practical reasons. First of all – with weekly stencils, you can easily create simple daily boxes for a fast weekly setup. I have some weekly stencils from OopsaDaisyUK and they are amazing!
There are also things like circle stencils that can help you to add those gorgeous-looking circle trackers to your Bullet Journal pages.
I have an amazing circle stencil from Jayden’s Apple – it’s metallic so I know it will serve me a long time.
Stencils don’t have to be only about functionality though. There are many awesome ones that will help you with decorating as well.
(psss, mandalas are a great way to relax and to decorate your journal, so be sure to check my post How To Draw Beautiful Mandalas In Your Bullet Journal, which also has tons of BuJo inspirations with mandalas).
Can’t draw an image? Just stamp it! Thankfully now you can find a lot of wonderful stamps with any kind of design. And if you pick different colors of ink, you can add a lot of variety to your pages even with just a few stamps!
I personally love acrylic stamps, since they are so light and easy to carry around. I just started on my stamp game and honestly, it’s so much fun and so convenient!
Yes, stamps can be a bit pricey, but unlike stickers they are multi-use, so you’ll get much more out of one stamp than a set of stickers.
There are so many beautiful stamps out there that can help you decorate your page, or maybe you can just stamp one thing many times to create a beautiful pattern for your cover page.
Personally, I also absolutely adore little quote stamps that are perfect for an easy pick me up in your weekly spread or a powerful vision board.
Lately, I’ve been trying to use more stamps, and among my favorites are the ones from Everyday Explorers.
But stamping is not only about being pretty, there are tons of functional stamps that will help you to speed up your Bullet Journal process.
Start from awesome calendar and habit tracker stamps – these are the things you have to use all the time and it definitely saves a lot of effort to just stamp it.
I also like letter stamps for your daily headers, make them look more cohesive and so much easier to create weekly setups.
And of course, there are awesome stamps for daily boxes, to-do lists, or just areas with some more important information. I always have trouble drawing these boxes and having them simply stamped sounds like a great idea!
If you want to learn more about stamps and how they can help you rock your BuJo pages check my post How To Use Stamps In Your Bullet Journal.
Washi tapes are available in all colors, size, and themes imaginable. They’re pretty cheap and can really help you brighten up your pages!
There’re so many ways to use your washi tapes. You can cut them into shapes, use to highlight something on the page, or color-code your whole journal with them. The limit is your imagination! You can start with these 13 Bullet Journal Washi Tape Ideas.
Washi tapes are great also because even though they stick very nicely to your pages – it’s also pretty easy to peel them off, so you’ll never worry about sticking it to the wrong place.
I must warn you though – washi tapes are addictive! Once you buy one or two you’re so likely to find yourself with too much washi is just a few months.
This at least is what happened to me, and in a way, it was a blessing – I’m having so much fun using my washi tapes now! And it was something I didn’t think I’d ever use at all.
You can also get tons of beautiful and unique washi tapes on Etsy, like some of the amazing ones below.
I love these washi tapes because they are so universal. The pattern and colors are so neutral that they will go with any Bullet Journal theme.
Let’s just take a moment and appreciate how cute these washi tapes are! Definitely coming right to my wish list.
If committing to a full roll is too much, you can always buy a sample with much less washi tape there to see if you like using it.
So, washi tape is great for decorating pages or fixing mistakes, but it also can be functional as well.
My favorite way is to use washi tape to create little tabs in my journal, so I always know where each new month is.
Another thing is special functional washi tapes, like the ones below with days of the week.
A great way to express your creativity is to create a collage on your Bullet Journal page. You can use scrapbook paper, magazine cutouts, wrapping paper – anything you have at hand actually.
This is also a great way to preserve memories in your Bullet Journal. I love to use different scraps I gather all over the place, especially when I travel because I used to be VERY into scrapbooking before Bullet Journaling… I might tell you about that experience in another future article.
You can use your collage skills to just decorate your pages with the same materials. No need to be extra artistic, just add some pretty paper and cutouts from magazines you like and see your page looking so good!
Personally, lately, I’ve been obsessing with kraft paper and just using it to decorate my pages. No fancy drawings, just some kraft paper and I’m loving it so much!
Check out my post with Cozy Fall Bullet Journal Inspirations With Kraft Paper to get some ideas.
Printables are a great way to get practical in your journal and also to experiment with new things.
Using a printable takes maybe 10-15 minutes while creating a full on-page can be anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
Moreover, there are so many printables available right now, that it will help you to play around with different pages and different designs to easily figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.
And printables aren’t just boring tables and squares – you can find some incredible ones with tons of beautiful decorations and impressive lettering styles.
When it comes to finding printables you like, here are a few options.
First of all – we have a free Resources Vault where you can find tons of amazing printables and other useful materials for your Bullet Journal.
If you’re not a part of Planning Mashers yet – simply sign up in the form below to get access to the Resources Vault and many more amazing things.
Secondly – you can join our Patreon! Patreon is a subscription-based service that allows me to create lots of Bullet Journal goodies just for you.
I work hard to make it the best it can be, so just for $1 a month you don’t just get my thanks, but also two printable weekly spreads each month, two doodling tutorials, and access to all the previous rewards for your tier. That’s already a very significant amount or weekly spread printables to choose from.
Some higher tiers include rewards like a complete monthly setup each month, printable stickers, and more! So be sure to check it out and maybe even join our Patreon family.
Finally, there are also lots LOTS of free printables available online, so you can always find something interesting in my list of 50+ Free Bullet Journal Printables.
The final tip for decorating your pages will be to go minimalistic. These pages require very little decor and yet they look so absolutely stunning and classy!
For creating those all you need is a pen and a ruler. You can just create boxes and banners, or decorate your pages with some geometrical patterns.
Whatever you choose it’s very simple and will look amazing, believe me.
For some more inspirations for this style and decoration you can create check my posts:
So don’t let anything stop you from being creative and making beautiful planning pages in your Bullet Journal. There are a million ways you can do so even without drawing.
What are some hacks you’re using in your Bullet Journal setups? Let me know in the comments.
As for me, my top picks are stencils and stickers!
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And always remember! Keep Bullet Journaling and don’t be a Blob!