Are you looking for easy ways to decorate your journal pages without having to draw?
We don’t all have the time to illustrate our pages or feel confident enough to draw or paint. I enjoy adding a drawing here and there when I have the time or feel inspired to, but sometimes we don’t have the time or ideas.
Here are five simple ideas to make your notebook pages pretty, and aesthetic for when you don’t have time, feel unable to draw, or lack ideas for drawings.
1. The best way, use aesthetic stickers!
Stickers are the easiest way to create an aesthetic journal page in an instant! They are illustrations all made for you, perfect right? Nowadays there are many talented artists who create and sell their own unique sticker designs, can be found online, or any local arts and crafts store. Stickers are a popular choice for bullet journaling, and one of my favorites.
If you are looking for pretty, illustrated sticker designs, you can take a look at my own collection below.
2. Add washi tape into your journal spreads.
If you haven’t tried washi tape, also known as masking tape, then you might want to consider using them. Washi tape is a decorative masking tape that can be used in so many ways, for journaling, sealing gift packages, creating a paint border, or anywhere else you want to use a pretty tape! These little washi tape rolls come in a variety of sizes and have so many unique designs printed on them. The most difficult part may be choosing which pattern you want to use.
3. Decorate your journal pages with pretty scraps of paper or cutouts.
If you have magazines, old books, pieces of pretty paper, then you have an instant supply of collage material for your journal. For a clean effect you can cut the paper with scissors, but if you want a textured ephemera feel, then carefully tear the paper for a jagged look. Then simply glue the paper down or layer it for a collage effect in your Bujo.
4. Write in typography styled letters.
This next idea is if you have favorite quotes, small phrases, or words you want to write in your notebooks pages. They also help to create a "break" in the page. Pinterest has tons of ideas for typography fonts for you to use. I like to save the fonts I find so I can use and reference them for later. if you want to take a look at mine here is my Pinterest Typography Board.
Use paint, brush pens, markers, or colored pencils to add color to the letters. It’ll add an instant pop of color to your journal page and doesn’t require art skills, but just a steady hand.
5. Paint a simple, patterned background.
This last idea may require a little bit more time but still simple to do! If you have paints at home : watercolor, acrylic, or gouache you can try this idea in your bullet journal. Before writing down your daily text, first paint the section you want to create a colorful, background effect.
The quickest patterns that go with any page layout are a solid color background, stripes, a gingham pattern, or why not simple flowers? Just make sure the paint is fully dry before writing on top. If you don’t have any paint you can try this with colored brush pens or glue down a piece of paper, for example from a pretty memo notepad.