How To Decorate Bullet Journal Cover Pages

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If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the lookout for fresh Bullet Journal decoration ideas to spruce up your beloved BuJo. Whether you’re flipping open a brand new journal or gearing up for the next month, the cover page stands as your canvas, ready to be transformed into a reflection of your unique style and creativity.

In this post, we’re diving into the whimsical world of how to decorate a cover page, ensuring it not only captures the essence of your personality but also sets the tone for the pages that follow. Whether you’re contemplating the overarching theme for your entire journal or brainstorming designs for your monthly cover pages, I’ve got you covered (pun totally intended).

I’m here to guide you through the process, making it as enjoyable as flipping through your beautifully decorated pages. So, grab all of your favorite supplies, and let’s get started on this creative journey together!

Seeing all those highly artistic cover pages online, it’s easy to feel like you need to be Picasso to create something like that. But here’s the kicker – there are plenty of other ways to decorate your journal, and in this blog post, we’ll dive into a few different techniques, including something that even the most clueless beginner can do.

Honestly, when I first started my Bullet Journal journey, I was intimidated by the elaborate designs I saw plastered all over Instagram and Pinterest. It felt like everyone had a degree in fine arts except me. But then, I realized that the beauty of Bullet Journaling lies in its flexibility and personal touch, not in perfection or artistic prowess. It’s about making your journal truly yours, in whatever way speaks to you.

So, whether you’re someone who can barely draw a stick figure (like me in the beginning) or someone who can whip up a masterpiece in minutes, there’s room for you here. From simple doodling and washi tape borders to mixed media art and collage techniques, we’ll explore a variety of methods to bring your Bullet Journal cover pages to life. No fancy tools or skills required – just your creativity and the willingness to experiment.

Remember, the aim is not to create a work of art worthy of a gallery (unless that’s your thing, of course), but to craft a space that inspires and motivates you every time you open your journal.

Oh, and be sure to scrill until h end because i have a few freebies for you that will help you make your cover page that much more fun and ceative.

Stationery Recommendations

Before we look into decorating your cover pages, let’s talk stationery, since this is the key piece that will help you easily add color and creativity to your spreads.

Here are a few of my recommendations:

  • Sakura Pigma Micron – a good set of fineliners is a must-have, and these particular ones come in sets with different nib sizes, allowing a variety of line thicknesses.
  • Tombow Twin Tone Markers – this is a great way to add color to your Bullet Journal. These markers come with a marker and a pen tip, so you can use them for even more projects.
  • Tombow Fudenosuke – a wonderful set of brush pens that would be perfect for you even if you’re a beginner in brush lettering.
  • Washi Tapes – washi tapes are an easy and fun way to add colors to your Bullet Journal, and this shop has all the colors and patterns you can imagine.
  • Stencils – this set has several stencils created specifically to add beautiful drawings and banners to your Bullet Journal.

Now that you have all your supplies ready, let’s get to it and see how you can use them to make your cover pages pop!

How To Decorate Bullet Journal Cover Pages

Let me just lay it out there – it’s totally up to you how you decorate your Bullet Journal cover page, or even if you decide to have one at all. This is your journal, your sanctuary of thoughts, plans, and dreams. It’s a no-judgment zone where your rules reign supreme.

So, never feel pressured to mimic the elaborate designs you see in others’ journals if that’s not your jam. Your BuJo should be a reflection of you, not a carbon copy of someone else’s masterpiece.

Now that we’ve cleared the air, let’s dive into some fun ideas on how to jazz up your pages. Remember, these are just jumping-off points. Feel free to mix, match, and modify to suit your style and needs. Whether you’re a minimalist who loves clean lines and simple sketches or a maximalist who can’t get enough of colors and patterns, there’s something here for everyone.

Remember, Bullet Journaling isn’t about perfection; it’s about progress and personalization. It’s a tool to help you live more intentionally and joyfully. So, let’s make those cover pages pop in a way that makes you smile every time you flip open your journal.


Doodles are my favorite way to decorate my Bullet Journal pages, including the cover pages. With doodles, you can play around and create anything you want, any theme you can dream of! And I love those limitless possibilities.

And I know, I know you’re probably thinking, “But I don’t have the talent, I can’t doodle.” Well, the good news is that you don’t have to have a special talent to doodle, it’s a muscle, and all you need is just to keep on practicing and watch yourself getting better.

If you need some help on your doodling journey, though, be sure to check the links at the end of this post for a detailed guide for beginners.


Patterns are an easy way to create something that will look much more elaborate than you thought. The great thing about patterns is that you can play around with different ones, use color, or make it black and white. It really allows you a lot of customization.

Plus, the general process of creating patterns is calming and almost meditative.

There is a blog post at the end with some pattern ideas for you to get started. But also, partern is just one element repeated over and over, and it can really be anything you want!


Printable are actually a fantastic idea for your cover page! There are so many different printable cover pages, and all you’ll need is to print and stick.

If you want more customization, you can use black-and-white cover pages that allow you to play with colors. I always create printables in my shop this way, so you have all the hard work already done and just need to enjoy coloring and customizing them.

Washi Tape

Washi tape is great for decorating your Bullet Journal pages; pill it and stick straight to your spread, and you get instant lift!

There are also so many colors and patterns that anyone can find a few rolls that fit their style and aesthetic so well. And that’s just about using washi tape to decorate your journal, there are so many more uses for them. Check the end of the post for more idea on that if you’re looking to put your washi tapes to good use.

But for a cover page, you can do so many things! from just adding a few strips of washi tape to the corners of your page for small accents to using washi to cover up the entire spread, the possibilities are limitless

Kraft Paper

Kraft paper, or any type of colorful paper, can work lovely to create more interest and contrast on your pages.

Plus, I think generally kraft paper is something so cozy; it makes the pages extra comforting, and it’s so perfect for a cold season.

I like using my Archer and Olive notepads (use MASHA10 for 10% OFF) because they have the same high quakity aer snd come with dot grid, but you can use any scrapbok paper or even kreaft paper from your shopping bags.


I don’t use stickers much myself, but I love the siplicity of decorating your pages with them. Simply pick a ggood place to stick them and you’re done!

Just like with washi tapes, there are so many amazing sticker designs of all styles and colors that you can find something that fits the theme you want to create in your journal.

I’ve been obsessed with RoseKPaperCo’s shop. Her stickers look absolutely stunning, and the big calendar-like floral stickers are perfect for decorating a cover page. Also, her kraft paper stickers are to die for!

Credit: @rosekpaperco


Collages are not just a great way to create a cover page, they are great for covering up your big mistakes. Have the cover page you’ve created? No problem, just collage over it!

You can use anything you have available – stickers, wahsi tapes, colorful paper, any joural cutouts. Put it all together and watch the magic happen.

I also really like using photos for my collages.


Mandalas are beautiful and calming to draw. I enjoy drawinghem even just to draw, it’s almost like a meditation.

ANother thing I enjoy about mandakas is that they are all unique and different. I thiknthere is a special beauty in knwing you’re ceaing something hat is one of s kind.

Plus, they are so easily personalizable. Use the colors you like to make it black and white. Use patterns inside or create patterns from dots. With mandalas, you really have no limits!

Brush Lettering

Last but not least is brush lettering, the beautifu lckill of rawing your letters with a brush pen.

This seems like a very minimal approach: just brush letter the name of the month, but you can play around so much with it and add a lot of different effects and other elements around your brush lettering.

I prefer things simple myself, though. Probably also because brush lettering is still a bit out of my comfort zone, but with anything, it’s all about practice!

And just like that, you’ve got 9 easy and not-so-easy ideas on how you can create and decorate your own unique cover page!

Creativity Freebies

Do you want a shortcut to decorating your Bullet Journal? I’ve got you covered with these freebies.

Especially for you I’ve created 3 exclusive freebies to help you add a spark of creativity to your Bullet Jlutanl.

Simply sign up in the form below, and once you confirm your subscription, you’ll get the freebies and tons of other resources on decorating your journal.

More Resources

There are so many more guides and posts to help you with all of your creative skills! I think having a creative and fun journal is something that adds extra motivation, so I create a a lot of resources for you.

Check out these next:

>>> How do you like decorating your cover pages? Let us know in the comments!

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