Bullet Journal 101 - Being Creative
Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal 101 – Being Creative

It’s week four of this series and this is probably my favorite of all the Bullet Journal 101 series. Welcome to Bullet journal 101- Being Creative. If you take a look on any Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest pages and you’ll get lots of creative ideas for your bullet journal. The key is it’s your journal and you get to do with it what you want. Consequently, there is no right or wrong here. What works for you is what you go with plain and simple.

I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite tools for being creative in my bullet journal.

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I have to admit stencils are becoming a new favorite. They offer so much variety for the non- artist, are very inexpensive and don’t take up a lot of space. Consider storing them in page protectors in a 3-ring binder and you’re all set. I just bought this set a few weeks ago and I LOVE IT! The best part is it came with it’s own pouch to keep all the stencils in one place.


Colored Pencils

You might just have a set of colored pencils lying around the house. If not check out the Dollar Tree where you can buy a basic set for $1. You can create different shades of the same color depending on how much pressure you apply. I own the Prisma set and use it all the time.


Ahh, markers! So many colors so little time!  It pays to do a test in the back of your bullet journal to see how much ghosting or bleeding comes through. Again one good set with a variety of colors is the way to go. Here are the marker sets I own and I use them all.

Faber-Castel Pitt Artist Brush Pens (24 Pack), Multicolor (167147)

Zebra Pen Mildliner, Double Ended Highlighter, Broad and Fine Tips, Assorted colors, 15-Count

Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens, .3mm, Metal Clad Tip, 20-Pack, Assorted (334SB20BK)

Tombow 56185 Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Bright, 10-Pack. Blendable, Brush and Fine Tip Markers



picture of various marker sets



Washi Tape

What did crafters do before washi tape? The colors and variety of widths are endless. It’s easy to use and reposition if you don’t like where you placed it. You can tear it or cut it, write on it or color it. Altogether washi tape packs a power punch to any bullet journal page.


a drawer of assorted washi tape

Rubber Stamps

I have been a rubber stamper since 2002 when I became a Close To My Heart Consultant. At that time I was making cards and using stamps to create scrapbook pages. This year it dawned on me “Hey I can use my rubber stamps in my bullet journal!” I LOVE THIS CREATIVE OPTION! As a result, I have a ton more theme options than before. Just a note, stamps are more expensive so it’s not a must-have when creating a bullet journal layout but if you have them use them. You won’t regret it.

a cabinet of rubber stamps


The variety in the sticker aisle at any craft store is massive. One word of caution with stickers – be careful when writing on the backside of the page with a sticker. Your ink may skip when you hit the edge of a sticker which can be frustrating. So as much as I love all the stickers out there it’s not my go-to when decorating my bullet journal.



Did you just cringe and say “No way. Not me, I can’t draw.” when you read that word? Maybe tracing is a better word for me to use. In a world of Pinterest and talented artists, it’s easy to doubt our abilities. I for one want to draw elaborate scenes or cute icons all throughout my bullet journal however I don’t draw well. I could practice and get better but why not make it easy and print off some amazing images and trace them.

colored carstock, markers and school images

No Excuses

I hope by now you realize that bullet journaling doesn’t have to be hard, time-consuming or lack inspiring art. There are countless ways to be creative. Again, the main concept with bullet journaling is to make it your own. If it doesn’t work for you it’s not worth doing.


What are your favorite tools to use in your bullet journal? Share with me in the comments below.
Is there a tool you love to use that I didn’t list? Let me know.

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