Have you started a bullet journal (or are you planning on doing so) but are you not sure how to make it look pretty without spending a fortune on supplies? Then this is the post for you! Cause I will be sharing with you, my top 5 ways to spice up your bullet journal.
1. Washi Tape
The first and probably easiest way to spice up your bullet journal is to use washi tape. These days it is widely accessible. Any craft store carries at least a few designs and you can find endless designs online (I personally use aliexpress a lot). All you have to do is rip a small piece of tape from the roll and stick it on any part of your spread that needs some spicing up. I personally love matching solid colors with cool designs (see the picture below for an example) and I like layering them over top of one another to create some texture on the page.
This is the way to make your journal personal. Print any kind of pictures, your own ones or cool pictures that you find on the internet. It can make an entire page come together. And to make it even more visually appealing, you could add things as borders (these are really easy to draw) or photo corners (you can buy a bunch of these for really cheap). You could also cut the images in different ways, for example, cut around a person to create an outline (see the last picture of this post for an example).
Handlettering, modern calligraphy, fauxligraphy. Whatever you want to call it, it can look spectacular in your bullet journal. Just writing your headers in different fonts can do wonders, but if you really want to go all out you could think about using different kinds of fonts on each spread. You could also make entire handlettering pages or write out your favorite quotes in cool styles. I personally write down a quote on (nearly) all of my weekly pages.
Another thing that can break up a boring page is using a different texture. Think about incorporating some craft paper into your spread (to write your heading on, for example) or using stickers and sticky notes. These can act as borders, as you can see below. Just slap down some craft paper and stick a picture over top. Or use a sticky note to write down a nice quote to get you through the week.
Now, this is something I am trying to master. I am not a huge drawing talent, so my doodles aren’t amazing. But that is also kind of the point. Doodles don’t have to be perfect, it’s fine if they’re a bit messy. It adds character (or at least that’s what I tell myself). And it can really help when you’re like me, and you hate empty spaces in your journal.
Please note that most of my doodles are inspired by Cheyenne Barton so credit goes to her.
I really hope this post inspired you and motivates you to start experimenting in your own bullet journal! If you give any of my tips a try, please be sure to tag me on any of my social media platforms (insta: @lotterature | twitter: @lotte_marleen) cause I would love to see your journals!
Lots of Love,