Over the last few days I have posted Part One: Materials and Ideas and Part Two: Spread Layout of my How to Create a Bullet Journal for Blogging series in which I gave hints and tips on materials available, content ideas and set up and layout of spreads. The final instalment of this is decoration and design – something that I enjoy immensely. It isn’t for everyone and isn’t actually necessary at all, but one of the many exciting things about creating your own Bullet Journal is that it can be personalised according to your own preferences and available time. These can be as simple or as complicated as you like. For me, if a spread that I’m working on looks nice, I’m more inclined to use it and therefore inspired to make more.
Remember: they don’t have to be super complicated or something that causes stress levels to rise – stick with what you are comfortable with.
Developing a Theme
One major idea in Bullet Journal decoration focuses around a theme. This can be anything – a colour, season, event, celebration, an object, flower, types of weather, space and planets, buildings… I’ve seen endless designs and ideas that are all unique and beautifully done. The theme is often started on the cover page and continued throughout the spread. You can see this idea in the pages I have started to create below – a simple leaf theme with a hint of different green colours to accent it.
Here’s other ideas of themes from readsweekly – with the same colours and illustrations being used throughout the spreads, and a cover page in the form of a mason jar from Pauline.mariee – this is a simple and yet perfect idea to continue through the next few pages are there are a number of lovely elements that work well. Click on the images for a full view.
You may wish to write certain things in different fonts, or adopt the same font for a particular month. I haven’t thoroughly mastered the art of many of these (particularly calligraphy) yet, but I have been able to develop a faux-calligraphy style that I like. I change my font style from month-to-month simply to make it more interesting for myself in the planning process. There a lots of font tutorials available on YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest – one of my favourites is by AmandaRachLee.
Writing can be done directly onto the page, or (if you’re feeling a little more artistic) onto a coloured piece of paper and stuck in. Sticking pieces of paper in is also useful when you’ve made a mistake and don’t want to start again. Here are two further examples across a spread from h.andwrittens and Pernillereads
Banners and Dividers
Two things that are common in Bullet Journals: banners and dividers. These are used to write dates or titles in and divide the page into different sections, depending on what you are putting into a spread. Rather than giving a hugely detailed explanation, I have created a selection of some of these onto a page, along with a few simple corner ideas, to give you an idea as to the different styles that can be used although this small amount barely scratches the surface of possibilities. Some are quite intricate, some are simply a coloured line, but all are effective.
Here is a lovely example from studunicorn that show how a simple design around the dates in a month can really highlight them:
Doodles and Illustrations
Doodles play a huge part in spreads. Pages are illustrated with little ideas that fit within the chosen theme – often making them more aesthetically pleasing and filling some space. Depending on your artistic talent, you can do whatever you like – plants, flowers, succulents, planets, mason jars, insects, animals, weather, food, sports, seasons, seashells, leaves and balloons are quite common. These can be drawn directly onto the page or on a different coloured piece of paper and stuck in. I’ve also seen illustrations of social media icons (which is useful for bloggers). These examples from crinspire and bluelahe show small drawings and doodles on a page can really take it to the next level. Click on the images for the full view.
Blocks or lines of colour, washi tape or printed images can be added to your spreads to make them look special. Here are beautiful examples of how these can be used from Crystal.studies, peachmilkstudy and troubles.bujo
There are some lovely designs that can be created with stickers too – check out kaistudi’s spread using Happy Planner stickers
- Quotes are also a nice idea to put into your spreads, and even simply done it can look effective. I like to include at least one quote a month for inspiration.
- Photographs of places you have visited that month
- Pictures of your favourite inspiration people or your pets
- Song lyrics
- Stamp designs – you can buy stamps and ink from good craft stores
- I’ve even seen decoupage ideas!
Here’s two brilliant example from Vivian.studies and wilmastudies as to how two totally opposing ideas within the same colour palette can be used – images, washi tape, different font styles, doodles, or simple lines and a small quote… And they both work really well!
There you have it – the basic guide to setting up a Bullet Journal for blogging, covering everything from materials, set up and layout designs, developing spreads and decorating it to suit your own needs… It’s something that I’m looking forward to developing further over the next year!
What about you guys? What sort of ideas do you like for Bullet Journal decorations?
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