10 Easy AF Ways To Make Your Bullet Journal 100x Cuter With No Artistic Ability

Why, hello there my beautiful blog family – fancy seeing you here. Today is yet another bullet journalling post because, let’s face it, I’m an addict and I need some way to justify my ever-expanding stationery collection.

One of the things people always say to me on my posts about bullet journalling? “Oh, Mia, I really want to start a journal it’s just that I’m just not that creative – I couldn’t make a journal pretty”. Two truth bombs for you, kids:

  • Your journal doesn’t have to be pretty, it has to be functional. If you aren’t wildly creative and your bu-jo isn’t Instagram worthy . . . who cares? What does it matter?
  • After today’s post, you will have zero excuse because I am sharing ten ways to make your bujo super cute with absolutely zero art skills. None. Nada.

No, but seriously though guys I want you to internalise that your journal doesn’t have to be pretty. Take a look at my January-June bullet journal flickthrough video below. (Stick it on 1080px.)

Half of my weekly spreads are the most plain things ever. Why?

Because they’re there to help me organise and record my week, not to look pretty.

I love being able to spend time creating pretty spreads, sure; it’s a great outlet and I love the crafting part of it. However, I don’t feel pressure to. If it needs to be quick and plain, it needs to be quick and plain. Okay? We all got that? I don’t want you pretty people to feel like every page has to be a work of art.

That being said . . . I mean, we’re visual creatures. Your pages don’t need to be art, but it’s pretty damn cool when they turn out to be, right? So this post is for my fellow lazy girls; my fellow “I can’t draw for shit, but I want my bu-jo to look like a sketchbook” girls. Here are my top hacks to make your bullet journal instantly cuter – with absolutely zero artistic skill.

1. Washi tape

First and foremost is the heavy-hitter: washi tape. I warn you, my friends, this is not for the faint of heart or mental strength – once you buy one roll, you will buy 3 more. It is inevitable. However, washi tape is fantastic at making a spread instantly cuter. You can use it to stick notes down, to separate up pages or to just look damn cute.

Let’s look at one of my bu-jo spreads that washi tape has saved:

See? Nothing fancy, just a ‘lil border running up the page. Now imagine it without the tape. So bland, so painfully bland.

Gold Foil Floral Washi Tape – £0.96 each

Want to know where I get my cheap and super cute washi tape? Take a read of my Washi Tape Collection + Where To Buy Them Post!

2. Polaroids

My next favourite way to make your bullet journal cute – and more of a memory-trove too! – is polaroids. I actually have a whole post dedicated to how to take cute as fuck polaroid pictures coming up (and it’s a fun one ie I had loads of fun taking all the pictures ready for it) but they’re a great way to literally trap memories in your journal!

One of my favourite spreads that used a polaroid? The title has to go to my Summer 2018 Bucketlist spread – that’s one of the funniest polaroid photos I’ve ever snapped.

If you don’t already have a polaroid camera, my friends, what are you waiting for? They’re so cute and fun!

Instax Mini Blue – Amazon UK – £69

Instax Mini Blue – Amazon UK – $56

3. Dried flowers

You guys already knew this was coming. I hold my hands up; I love dried flowers. If I could find a way to encorporate them into my makeup routine, I would. I’ve used flowers in many of my bullet journal spreads, but the most recent example? My June spread!

4. Stickers

Number four has to be our trusty stickers . . . oh where would we be without stickers? Don’t answer that question, guys, I just don’t want to know. It’s not a world worth imagining.

Stickers are so cute (and easy) that they are present in probably 90% of my journalling spreads. But I’m picking 1 – so let’s take a quick peek at my July Bullet Journal Spread.

90 Paper Cuts – £2.49

If you want to know my favourite stores for cheap and unbelievably beautiful stickers, check out my post here!

5. Pastel Highlighters!

While the other additions to this list may be somewhat fancier, pastel highlighters are the real MVP. They are there for you, whatever you’re trying to create. They can add some joy and life to any bullet journal spread. And they can do it quickly.

Just take a look at some of the pages from my March Bu-Jo Spread

Pastel Highlighters – Amazon UK – £5.57

Pastel Highlighters – Amazon US – $11

6. Coloured fineliners

Another really fun and easy way to add some colour and depth to your journal? Write (or annotate, or doodle, or circle, or underline, or anything you damn well want) with some coloured fineliners! One of my favourite journal spreads of all time (who am I kidding with “one of”? Definitely my favourite journal spread) is my New Year Goals and Resolutions spread.

36 Pack Colour Fineliners – Amazon UK – £5.99

48 Pack Colour Fineliners – Amazon US – $12.99

7. Sticky notes!

This is a new favourite of mine, but we will be seeing more of it in the coming months, have no doubts.

8. Adding backgrounds to your pages

With the recent purchases of a bunch of pretty sticker backgrounds, your girl has slowly but surely become obsessed with having backgrounds on her bullet journal spreads (especially for title pages). They’re a great way to just add some contrast and make everything look like it was so much more artistic than it really was.

9. Using different handwriting styles

A big tip of mine? Change your handwriting up – and no, I’m not talking bloody calligraphy. I mean, I acknowledge that yes calligraphy is awesome, but us mere mortals can’t actually do it. However, just switching between all capital letters, thinner or thicker pens, cursive writing and even letter sizes can create great contrast.

Take a look at my blog goals bullet journal spread.

It’s the most simple spread ever – but just using different font styles and colours changes it up massively.

10. Collages!

My last tip, I confess, requires a little more artistic skill than the others – but only in that you need to own glue. Collages are a quick and easy way to make everything look so much more put together and artistic. Plus, unlike drawings, it doesn’t matter if they don’t turn out right because you can just stick something on top of them and call it “art.”

In fact, I shall share with you a sneak peek at one of my upcoming posts that shares a collage spread . . .

I’m so excited to share that post with you guys – I think you’re going to love it. Anyways, my friends, those are my top 10 ways to instantly make your bullet journal 1,000xs cuter with zero artistic ability done! If you found any of them useful, give this post a pin!

And, if you enjoyed this and are a fellow bullet-journalling addict, have a follow of my Bullet Journalling Pinterest board for a shit-ton of inspiration!

Which of these was your favourite hack? Have you tried any? Did you watch my bullet journal flickthrough – which spread was your favourite? Let me know your thoughts down below!

Peace,

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43 thoughts on “10 Easy AF Ways To Make Your Bullet Journal 100x Cuter With No Artistic Ability”

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      In my experience, not a lot at all. You can sometimes see an outline, but nothing too disruptive 🙂

      On Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 10:34 AM, Beautiful, Creative, Inspiring . . . Life. wrote:

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  1. Mia I am so envious of you & your ability to not only keep up a journal/diary but make it look so beautiful. January 1st my intentions are good and pure, I buy my diary, I write some shit in it and think I am an organised bitch. January 3rd… the diary is thrown into a dark, sad draw with all my other 30 diaries never to venture into the light of day again. I am pathetic and you are fabulous.

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Awww thank you so much Abby – and I actually feel that down to my soul LOL these past two years are the only years I’ve managed it and I’ve been attempting sketchbooks and journals since I was like 9 ;-; xx

  2. K.M. Sutton – I am a country girl living on the Upper East Side of the concrete jungle. My friends call me a modern day Renaissance woman. I have dabbled in a little bit of everything, from being a yoga instructor to holistic chef, to skating coach, to glorified nanny, to student. I am a self admitted coffee junkie. A wannabe mermaid. A wanderluster who dreams of other countries. A fashionista who really does need a bigger bank account. But most important of all, I dream of living in a bungalow by the ocean and being a published writer (in style of course) sipping coffee in the morning and a martini in the evening. I love to meet my readers, so feel free to comment or email me. Happy reading!

    I think I know certain person who always says that to you…ahem;p And girl this post speaks to me! You give me hope! You give me inspiration. You make me maybe kinda sorta attempt a bullet journal….and then promptly hide it form the rest of the world! ;p Joking aside great tips beauty! <3

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Ahaha girly you’re not the only one don’t worry! And OOOH I would love to see your bullet journals, you’re always up to such interesting things I bet they’d be v v full! Thank you <3

  3. Henrietta Watson – Panama City,Florida – Hello my name is Henrietta Watson. I am a mother of a 30 year old daughter and a 23 year old son. I also have a 5 year old granddaughter and a 3 year old granddaughter.I am a Security Officer. I also write short stories, blogs and poems. I like cooking,grilling,fishing,skating,playing billiards,going out to eat and going to see movies.

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      1. Henrietta Watson – Panama City,Florida – Hello my name is Henrietta Watson. I am a mother of a 30 year old daughter and a 23 year old son. I also have a 5 year old granddaughter and a 3 year old granddaughter.I am a Security Officer. I also write short stories, blogs and poems. I like cooking,grilling,fishing,skating,playing billiards,going out to eat and going to see movies.

        You are welcome!

  4. Joy – Beauty Blogger - Wanderer - Movie Lover

    Awesome post!! I love adding polaroids to my planners, and dry flowers look nice too!!

  5. xo, Ana Rita – Hey, I'm a 19 year old Portuguese girl living in England & blogging about alternative fashion. I love heavy metal and all things spooky, and I'm also a bit of a literature and sci-fi geek.

    Great tips here! Will take these on board 100% x

  6. Hey Mia, @ me next time. I thoroughly enjoyed this post, not necessarily because I’ll revert from my lazy ways and start making even the slightest effort, but because I love anything that revolves around your bullet journal life hacks and that bloody washi tape xx

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      😉 😉 I mean I won’t say this was for you, but I WILL say that PRIYA I DESPERATELY WANT YOUR PLAYLISTS TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY CUTE JOURNAL PAGES THAT I CAN SHARE TO MY PINTEREST ACCOUNT. And thank you girly! (Be prepared, I have a washi tape collection post coming out soon…soz…) xx

      1. AHHH omg that’s so funny though because I write all my monthly playlists in my bullet journal for convenience, but they’re never pretty soo…..omg the washi tape rip.

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thanks girly! And haha I started like 3 before i stuck to one, so no worries

  7. Love your journal! I’m so envious of people who writes real journal. I mean…i bought diaries, all so pretty that I thought it will be a waste to let my awful handwriting in there haha.

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you so much girly 🙂 And I’m sure your handwriting is fine 😉 x

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you girly 🙂 And YAAAS girl, I love a good polaroid xx

  8. SimpleSerenity – My name is Azra, welcome to my blog SimpleSerenity. I'm from Bosnia and Herzegovina, 24 years old chemical engineering student that works as a beauty journalist. I hope you'll enjoy spending time on my blog and enjoy my content. It would mean a world to me if you would subscribe and leave me any feedback that you have! If you want to ask me something you can email me at simple_serenity@outlook.com.

    Your bullet journal is always so pretty and creative. I love the posts that you feature your journal in. xx

  9. Niesh – I'm Niesha and I'm an antisocial butterfly who is here to share my experiences with life, my current style trends, and to connect with other genuine and bad ass butterflies.

    I’ve never bullet journaled, but you definitely inspired me. It would be great for organizing my thoughts! Thanks!

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Awww thank you so much girly 🙂 I highly recommend it to be honest, give it a go 🙂 x

  10. Hannah – Hello there! My name is Hannah and I am a 22 year old lifestyle blogger who loves travelling, coffee and social media. Welcome to my corner of the Internet.

    These are all such great tips – thank you for sharing! I love making collages with photos I have taken and cut-out of leaflets I have acquired. xx

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you so much lovely, hope you do try some of these ideas out 🙂

  11. seaofwordsx – Christina, 27 years old, blog about my journey in life, loving yourself and mental health 🌸

    Omggg this post is everything So beautiful, loved it! I use a scrapbook and I love to use washi tape, stickers and polaroids. I also love dried flowers. I have exactly the same blue Polaroid camera. Your bullet journal looks beautiful It really is a pleasure to look to something so great. I also love to make collages.

  12. And the bullet journal QUEEN posts once again… I loved this post because I’m currently in the process of starting my august spread. I also love using dried flowers bc they are so gorgeous.

  13. brujies – I'm a 26-year-old mom trying to figure out life, beauty and the art of self-care. I have battled my anxiety and depression for as long as I can remember, but (right) now I'm the one coming out on top. Follow me for stories, reviews, quick tips, and so much more! Let's figure out this world together

    Great tips! And such a fun read xx

  14. growingthroughsomething – I am a college student who aspires to strengthen my relationship with God through writing experts about my personal adventures. I am experiencing all of His love, gaining a deeper understanding of my purpose, and finding more depth behind the reasonings for each and every moment in which God blesses me. "He must become greater; I must become less" ~ John 3:30

    Hey! Love this post! I have been so excited to spend some free time making a bullet journal and, guess what?! When thinking of who would have good tips, you were the first to cross my mind. I was right! Blessings! Xoxo

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