How To Use Bullet Journal Printables

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Today we’re talking about Bullet Journal printables and answering your most burning questions on the best way to use them in your BuJo.

Printables are a great addon to your Bullet Journal! They can help you in many ways to use your journal to maximum and keep it pretty.

Whether you’re just getting started with a Bullet Journal or are an experienced user, learning how to use printables is a great way to personalize and make your journal even more useful. You can find endless possibilities for thrilling, motivating spreads that will help you stay on track while tracking progress.

After reading this post, you’ll have plenty of ideas on how to make the most out of using printables in your Bullet Journal!

If you ever wondered why would you use Bullet Journal printables, or how to add them to your Bullet Journal – you’re in the right place.

Today we will discuss everything you need to know to get all the benefits of using printables.

Believe me; it will help you plan so much faster! As well as figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.

And be sure to scroll until the end to get some more ideas and tons of free printables for your Bullet Journal as well as video on how to add printables to your Bullet Journal.

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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 (or my Patreon), 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 Bullet Journal printables?

Printables offer a quick and easy solution to jump-start your Bullet Journal without having to draw out every page. Plus, with a variety of designs available online, you can find one that suits your style and preferences.

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

Before you sit down to print your pages, check the file size.

It can be US Letter or A4, which means they are much bigger than your planner and need some work.

It is the size of your planner if it’s A5. Or at least A5 is the usual size for Bullet Journal notebooks, so it would help to double-check your journal size as well.

Below let’s go step by step on how to print each type.

If the file is A5

  1. After you download the printable, use a PDF Reader like Adobe Reader (100% free and safe download) to open the file.
  2. Find your print button and check the printing settings: do not print double-sided, and be sure that you have selected ‘Actual Size’.
  3. Print it out!
How to print your Bullet Journal printables | Masha Plans

If the file is Any Other Size

This means that the size doesn’t fit your journal, and you need to adjust it before printing. Here is how you do it.

  1. Open the file with a PDF reader like Adobe Reader (100% free and safe download) to open the file.
  2. Press print, and in properties, set the paper size that you want (for most of Bullet Journal notebooks, it’s A5)
  3. Set the settings to “Fit To Page”
How to print your Bullet Journal printables | Masha Plans
 How to print your Bullet Journal printables | Masha Plans

You’re basically tricking your printer into thinking that the paper is the right size, but don’t worry – it will all be printed ok!

No, it’s time to actually add your printables to your Bullet Journal.

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Add Printable Journal Pages To Your Notebook

Now that your page is printed, here is how you add it to your Bullet Journal.

It’a a pretty simple process, so let me share it step-by-step, including the supplies you will need:

  • Cut it out – you can use an Exacto knife, scissors, or a straight edge cutter (which is actually my choice)
  • If your journal has rounded corners, you might want to do the same with your printables. I recommend using this paper punch, but of course, you can use just scissors just as well.
  • If you used self-adhesive sticker paper – just add it straight to your Bullet Journal.
  • If you use the 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. In case you’re using adhesive tape, you won’t even need to do that.

You’re done! Enjoy your beautiful page, and have fun decorating it!

How To Use Bullet Journal Printables: Video

I also created a video on how to use printable, in case this format works better for you.

I think the printer settings might look different on different laptops, but the basic idea behind it is still the same.

And be sure to check the tips below as well because it’s essential to follow at least the first one.

Tips For Using Printables

There are a few things you probably don’t even think about when starting with printables, so I’m just here to make sure you think it through.

  • Be sure you use good printing paper.

You probably don’t want your pages to bleed or ghost after you write on them, so you should think of using better-quality paper. Moreover, if you’re planning on using brush pens when coloring your weeklies, you should be aware that using ordinary printing paper might damage them.

Since both these things sound horrific, I recommend getting high-end printing paper, HP Premium Paper is my favorite one that I’ve been using and can stand behind!

  • If you’re printing stickers, use self-adhesive paper.

There are, of course, ways to add stickers to your journal without that type of paper, but believe me, self-adhesive paper will give you a better result.

It’s really not that expensive, and if you’re printing lots of stickers – it can be a good investment. This is the sticker paper I’ve been using, and it’s both good and affordable.

  • Consider using a binder.

If you decide to just go with printables for a while, consider using a binder and an adjustable 3 hole punch. This definitely is an easier and more convenient way to add printables.

Free Bullet Journal Printables

There are many amazing printables out there, a lot of them are actually free!

I have my own Resources Vault with free printable stickers, trackers, lists, weekly spreads 50+ other printables for your Bullet Journal.

To join Planning Mashers and get your access – use the signup form below.

If you don’t have access yet, you can always sign up in the form below.

Once you confirm your subscription, you’ll get the password to get 50+ free Bullet Journal printables, stickers, and worksheets to use right away.

More Resources

If you love printables, I’ve got you covered because I create and gather free printables from all over the internet.

Here are a few more posts that I think you’ll love:

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