Printables are a great addon to your Bullet Journal! They can help you in many ways to use your journal on maximum and keep it pretty. How to use printables? How to make sure they fit the page? I’ll answer all your questions in my post below!
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What Are Bullet Journal Printables?
They are spreads already designed for your BuJo, which you need to just print out and add to your journal. There are, of course, printable shops, but there is also a huge amount of free printables available all over the Internet, so everyone can find something for their own taste.
Why use printables?
Here are some of the main reasons I use them:
- Lack of time: if you’re too busy but still want a pretty spread – just go for a printable
- You aren’t that good at drawing: if you are still not sure about your creative skills and you’re still learning, using printables meanwhile is a great option
- You want to try new spreads: printables can be extremely creative, and it’s a great way to try out new spreads and new designs.
How To Add Printables To Your Bullet Journal
This has been a problem for me since I started because I wanted to use the printables but couldn’t figure out how to. The first step is, of course, to download them, and printables will usually be in JPEG or PDF format. For PDF files you’ll need to use Adobe Reader, which you can download for free.
How to make printables fit your journal
Printables usually come in US Letter or A4 formats, which are bigger than your A5 journal, but before you start resizing them, check if the printables aren’t already made to fit. If you see that the printable has huge margins and the design itself is kind of in the middle of the page – the page is probably already formatted to be A5. So just print it the way it is. Also, don’t forget to check Fit in the Page size section. In case your printable is a full page, here is how you should resize it:
- Change your paper size to A5, either in your Printer Properties or Page Setup
- Select Fit to Page
Now that your page is printed, here is how you add it to your Bullet Journal:
- Cut it out – you can use an Exacto knife, scissors or a straight edge cutter (which is actually my choice)
- If you used self-adhesive sticker paper – just add it straight to your Bullet Journal.
- If you use usual printing paper – use a glue stick or adhesive tape (my personal choice) to add the page
- Use a ruler to rub it across the page, to make sure there are no bubbles and the fit is secure.
You’re done! Enjoy your beautiful page!
Masha Plans Free Resources Vault
If you’re looking for some printables, I have my own vault with free printable stickers, trackers, lists, weekly spreads and so much more. I add at least one more printable every week, so be sure to check it regularly! If you feel like you want some specific printables, feel free to comment below and let me know, I’d love to create something useful especially for you.
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