If you’ve been here awhile, you probably know that I’m obsessed with my bullet journal, for a lot of reasons. But I’d have to say my favorite thing about the bullet journal system is that it’s so flexible.
While Ryder Caroll gave us a true gift with the original bullet journal system, I love that it’s still evolving and people are finding neat tricks to make it even better.
There are hundreds of bullet journal hacks out there, but I love the ones that use washi tape. We already know that washi tape is a cheap and useful tool in the bullet journal, but it’s also great for hacks! Here are 6 washi tape hacks to make your bullet journal better!
P.S. You can find lots of pretty washi tapes on Amazon, or at your local art store!
Don’t have a bullet journal? Check out this post!
1. Fold-Out Key
Okay, you guys know I’m not a big fan of a bullet journal key, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a good use of washi tape!
Rather than flipping back and forth between your bullet journal key and the page you’re on, you can create a fold-out bullet journal key so you can refer back to it, no matter what page you’re on!
I love how simple this is, too! All you’ve gotta do is write down your key on a scrap piece of paper (if you’ve got this Leuchtturm1917 journal, there are 8 perforated pages in the back of your journal that you can easily tear out and use) and tape it to the inner side of the front/back cover using a piece of washi tape.Then, just fold it in and out when you need it!
2. Separate Months Using Washi Tape
You ever try flipping through your journal looking for a page from a specific month and it takes forever? This hack allows you to easily flip to past months in your journal quickly! This is a hack I’m implementing this year, and I’m so excited to see my journal at the end of the year (I know, I’m a nerd.)
This one works best if you’ve got a variety of washi tapes to use, although I guess you could use the same tape. Simply put a piece of washi tape on the page at the beginning of the month (the picture shows it at the top but you could also place it along the side or bottom) and place another piece of washi tape marker (the same style) at the end of the month. This makes it easy to flip between your months and it’s a visual way to organize your bullet journal!
3. Mark Multiple Days in Monthly Calendar
Okay, I know you could easily do this with a highlighter also, but I just think this is a cute and unique way to block out multiple days in your bullet journal. With washi tape, you can use simple designs to make your monthly calendar stand out a little more also!
For this hack, I’d suggest using a light-colored washi tape though so you can easily write over it and see the writing.
4. Create a Unique Cover
The possibilities of this one are endless! Click the link to get a quick and easy tutorial on how to decorate your bullet journal cover. (There’s also an explanation on how to add the washi tape to your pencils also!)
Of course, the most obvious (and most common) use of washi tape is to use it to decorate your journal! It’s a simple and easy way to personalize your journal and fill empty space.
Not only can you use washi tape to fill empty space, you can also use it to tape in your favorite pictures, or even just to separate different sections/days of the week.
Pro tip: When using washi tape in a spread, try to be conscious about the colors already in the spread. What I mean by that is, if you used a pink highlighter on a page, use washi tapes that have pink in it and/or colors that complement the color pink. This gives your layout a more cohesive look!
6. Tape in an envelope
If you don’t already have a flap/envelope built-in in the back of your journal (like in this journal), you can also use washi tape to tape in an envelope to store important notes/your stuff in it!
Fun fact: You can also use washi tape to create an envelope! Find the tutorial here!
Hope these hacks help you out with your bullet journaling endeavors! If you’re in desperate need of some bullet journal inspiration, be sure to check out this post!
And don’t forget to pin this so others can find it!
Have you used any of these hacks before? How’d they work for you?
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