Have you ever had journal envy? That’s what you get when you find yourself wishing your journal looked like some of the ones you see on pinterest and other sites.
It starts out easily enough, and it’s not at all uncommon…
You may have been up late at night, unable to sleep, and found your way to the crafty side of the web. Blogs, videos, and uploaded images show pictures of journals that are decorated in a number of ways. You may have even seen a few that you like. The problem is you may not know how to go about decorating your journal so it fits your personality and creativity, but also stays functional.
Here are five ways that may work for you.
Washi tape is a paper based tape you can locate in most dollar stores and craft stores. There are various styles including cartoon characters, glitter, solid colors, or designs. You can use this tape to decorate the sides of your journal pages, to separate entries, or to mark off goals. You can even use it to decorate for certain times of the year or just to offer something different as a border. (And yes, all that washi tape in the title graphic is mine. :))
Stickers are an easy and fun way to make your journal pretty. You don’t just have to stick to kids stickers either. There are an increasing number of stickers showing up in craft stores and online that allow you to express yourself through wording, inspirational quotes, or a fandom you may belong to. These can be placed on the cover, inside, or throughout the journal.
Photo Frame Inserts
If you like to print out pictures, but you can’t figure out how to insert them into your journal to make it pretty, consider photo frame inserts. These are sticky frames or sticker like frames that can house the picture and keep it in place within the journal. These are ideal if you want to take pictures of your goals for manifesting them into your life.
Markers and Highlighters
Markers and highlighters can help you color everything from the date of your entry to goals and pages as a whole. No matter what you want to color or draw, you can do them with markers and highlighters. Keep in mind these are better for journals that are made of cardstock or heavy pages rather than composition notebook style journals or ones with traditional paper pages. These are the ones I just bought, and they work great in my moleskine notebook:
One of the things I get envious of in my fellow journalers pages is all the fancy borders and icons. I’m not that great at drawing and have tried to do a few borders myself but they never turn out quite as nice as other people’s do. I recently found out that you can use stencils to get the same look if you can’t draw well enough to get the look you’re after. Searching through Amazon I found out that you can actually buy “Bullet Journal” Stencils, so guess what I’m ordering!
These are just a few of the ways you can use to decorate your journal and add your personality. Once you know how to add a little creativity to your journal, you’ll be able to avoid envying all those crafty journals you see online because your journal will be uniquely you.