7 Quick Ways to Add Functional Decoration to your Bullet Journal

Quick and Easy ways to add decoration to your Bullet Journal, even when you're super busy

Quick and Easy ways to add decoration to your Bullet Journal, even when you're super busy

Have you seen the beautiful bullet journals on Instagram? With doodles and Drawing and hand lettering and colouring and even watercolour!

They're gorgeous but it can seem pretty overwhelming and gives the impression that bullet journaling is a very time consuming planning method.

In reality, bullet journaling can be super simple without any need for decoration but I'm guessing, because you're reading this post, that you want a bit of pretty in your journal!

In this post I'm sharing my favourite ways I incorporate colour and washi tape in my Bullet Journal to add both decoration and functionality.

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How I Colour Code my Bullet Journal

I don't colour in my Bullet Journal and I like very simple layouts but I do use lots of colour when I'm filling out my spreads!

Facebook group promo tracker 

Colour code

Different colours for different threads in my Facebook Group Promo Thread Tracker

Each different colour is a different type of promo thread. Eg; blue for blog posts, green for social media and pink for video.

Content creation calendar

Colour coding in my Blog Editorial Calendar in my Bullet Journal

Colour coding in my Blog Editorial Calendar in my Bullet Journal

I use a coloured pen to show which type of content I'm working on. Eg; pink for video, blue for blog posts and green for email. It makes it really quick & easy for me to see what I'm working on on any given day.

Monthly calendar

I'll colour in a day or draw round important events to block off times and make them stand out.

Notes

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Pretty Notes

I've used a coloured pen to outline the important headings so I can quickly see what's covered in each section

I use a coloured pen to highlight, underline or outline words and phrases, depending on what mood I'm in! There's no system to how I annotate my notes!


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Washi Tape

Washi tape is coloured, self adhesive paper tape that comes in different widths and literally hundreds of different colours and patterns.

How I use Washi Tape in my Bullet journal

As a divider 

Washi Tape to help separate the days in my daily spreads

Washi Tape to help separate the days in my daily spreads

A simple strip of tape to split up my days in my Daily spreads (and cover up a mistake!)

A simple strip of tape to split up my days in my Daily spreads (and cover up a mistake!)

I use washi tape to split up my dailies and to mark the change of a month in my content creation spread.

To highlight or block off important dates 

I've used washi tape in July’s content planning spread to mark the days I'm on holiday so I can quickly see when I need to get organised for! And I use it as a border around important parts of a spread, like the ‘forward planning’ section of my July calendar.

I've drawn attention to the 'Forward Planning' part of this spread with a washi tape border

I've drawn attention to the 'Forward Planning' part of this spread with a washi tape border

Washi tape as a reminder of my Holiday dates

Washi tape as a reminder of my Holiday dates

As super simple page tabs 

I think this might be one of my favourite ways to use washi tape. Simply fold a small piece of tape over the edge of a page to make it easy to find at a later date or make it protrude and create a flag to mark a page.

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Pretty page tabs

A piece of washi tape folded back on itself and trimmed to make a flag page tab

I've created page tabs for my regular monthly July spreads so they're easy to distinguish from my pages of other notes.

Tape folded over the top of my July Monthlies to separate them from my other July collections

Tape folded over the top of my July Monthlies to separate them from my other July collections

My July washi tape page tabs from the top of my Bullet Journal

My July washi tape page tabs from the top of my Bullet Journal

You could create a colour code and use different colours to mark different types of spread.

as a background

Another way I've seen bullet journalists use tape is to write on it. I can't do this at the moment because I've only got super cheap tape that is too shiny to write (and it's patterned) but I think it's a clever way to highlight important events or as a pretty background to spread headers.

My Favourite Bullet Journal Decoration Materials

Pens

I use Tombow dual brush pens but in theory any coloured pen would work. Just make sure you do a little pen test to test if your pens bleed through the paper of your journal.

The coloured pens I use for writing are just Bic Cristal ballpoints that I've been using for years because... pretty colours!

Washi tape

I'm new to the world of washi tape but I've discovered there are loads of different brands and, as usual, a big difference in the quality of the tape.

If you want to keep your journals for future reference, or nostalgia, make sure you use an acid-free tape to protect your layouts from discoloration. If you're not fussed on the longevity of your Bullet Journal, you can use the cheaper tape that is probably not acid free.

I hope you've enjoyed this look at how I combine pretty with functional in my Blog Planning and don't forget to follow me on Instagram for more pictures of my Bullet Journal.


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