The 5 Must-Haves for Planners and Bullet Journals

20161229_calendar_001_600wFor 2017, I decided not to set lofty, unattainable New Year’s Resolutions. I always vow to journal more, to record more of life’s little moments, and I expect to fill an entire journal by the end of the year. I’m good for the first week, and then my journal sits on the nightstand until the next year when I start over with another blank journal. I can’t tell you how many journals I have with only the first few pages filled in. So this year, I thought that I would set an achievable goal by jumping on-board with the current planner trend. Planners are a great way to record life without getting your expectations too high. You can create an artful planner with just a few must-have materials and then fill in each day with the moments you’d like to remember forever.

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Fancy Pens

20161229_calendar_017The basis of every artful planner is a great set of pens. Whether it’s Pitt Artist pens or festive Copic Atyou Glitter Pens, the pen is the foundation for your planner’s entire look (think of it as the Little Black Dress of the planner world). Invest in a good set of pens and you’ll never be worried about getting a clear line of ink or having your ink get spotty halfway through.

Explore Pens and Markers.

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Washi Tapes

20161229_calendar_016Washi tapes are a really versatile tool for both planners and art journals. Mark the length of your vacation on your planner page with a piece of washi tape, or line the side of each bullet journal page with washi tape so that they are color-coded and vibrant. You can also add decorative clips to your pages that coordinate perfectly by attaching a piece of tape to the side of a paper clip or binder clip.

Explore Washi Tapes.

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Journaling Cards

20161229_calendar_011Journaling cards are a wonderful way to add extra writing space to your planner or bullet journal. Attach a grocery list to the bottom corner, then detach and take it with you when you run to the store. Had an extra memorable moment, write a journal entry and tape it in place with decorative washi tape. These are also great for to-do lists or anything you don’t want to save because you can detach them when you’re finished. Want to include photos in your planner or journal? Journaling cards provide a beautiful mat for all your photos so that they match the rest of your planner’s décor.

Explore Journaling Cards.

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Stickers and Rub-Ons

20161229_calendar_014Looking for a way to instantly add a glamorous detail to your bullet journal or planner? Try stickers and rub-ons! These are a great way to tie together the whole page with cohesive elements. Add a fun sentiment with Tim Holtz’s SmallTalk Stickers, or infuse your pages with decorative details from Prima Marketing’s rub-ons. Stickers can help create a cohesive theme or motif that will make everything look precise and polished.

Explore Stickers, Rub-Ons, and Labels.

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Stamps

20161229_calendar_013Stamps can be a building tool for any artful planner or bullet journal page. Add a sentiment that inspires, or create borders to your favorite pages.  The best part about stamps is that you can create colorful combinations on your pages that will make them vibrant and beautiful. Color in the designs, or use embossing powder to create bright pops of color. The possibilities are endless.

Explore Art Stamps.

20161229_calendar_007However you decide to infuse creativity into your life, we wish you a very Happy New Year and we hope that 2017 is your most creative year yet.

Shop Artful Resolutions.

 

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Posted: Friday, December 30th, 2016 @ 11:04 am
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9 Responses to “The 5 Must-Haves for Planners and Bullet Journals”

  1. Linda Cummings says:

    Great suggestions!

  2. Veronica says:

    Great article and super ideas! Thanks!

  3. Marjorie says:

    I totally agree about the pens. So important to writing and lettering. Thanks for sharing this article. It’s inspiring me to journal more this year. I really need to get back to that.

  4. Anne Lahr says:

    Some great ideas for making our planning more creative. Thanks!

  5. Thanks for new ideas on designing my planner more creatively. I’ve been using planners for decades; not only does the calendar help but there are sections for all areas of my life. My planner is my mini-office, giving me an instant glance at not only what’s going on today, but later this week, month, year.

  6. Where is the actual planner from that you’re showing? Did you draw it yourself? Or can it be purchased somewhere? I’ve been looking for exactly that kind that has a decently sized Notes section on the righthand side. Please advise!

  7. Lisa Sherman says:

    Love the little “extras” that you use to make our planning pages fun and unique! Pens can become a passion, so watch out! And buy more pens!!!

  8. Believe it or not, I have never had a planner or a journal, but after seeing your examples and the different things I could use to personalize, I’m all in. Thanks!

  9. ava gavloski says:

    great suggestions and inspirations, thx

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20161229_calendar_001_600wFor 2017, I decided not to set lofty, unattainable New Year’s Resolutions. I always vow to journal more, to record more of life’s little moments, and I expect to fill an entire journal by the end of the year. I’m good for the first week, and then my journal sits on the nightstand until the next year when I start over with another blank journal. I can’t tell you how many journals I have with only the first few pages filled in. So this year, I thought that I would set an achievable goal by jumping on-board with the current planner trend. Planners are a great way to record life without getting your expectations too high. You can create an artful planner with just a few must-have materials and then fill in each day with the moments you’d like to remember forever.

20161229_calendar_010

 

Fancy Pens

20161229_calendar_017The basis of every artful planner is a great set of pens. Whether it’s Pitt Artist pens or festive Copic Atyou Glitter Pens, the pen is the foundation for your planner’s entire look (think of it as the Little Black Dress of the planner world). Invest in a good set of pens and you’ll never be worried about getting a clear line of ink or having your ink get spotty halfway through.

Explore Pens and Markers.

20161229_calendar_004

Washi Tapes

20161229_calendar_016Washi tapes are a really versatile tool for both planners and art journals. Mark the length of your vacation on your planner page with a piece of washi tape, or line the side of each bullet journal page with washi tape so that they are color-coded and vibrant. You can also add decorative clips to your pages that coordinate perfectly by attaching a piece of tape to the side of a paper clip or binder clip.

Explore Washi Tapes.

20161229_calendar_008

Journaling Cards

20161229_calendar_011Journaling cards are a wonderful way to add extra writing space to your planner or bullet journal. Attach a grocery list to the bottom corner, then detach and take it with you when you run to the store. Had an extra memorable moment, write a journal entry and tape it in place with decorative washi tape. These are also great for to-do lists or anything you don’t want to save because you can detach them when you’re finished. Want to include photos in your planner or journal? Journaling cards provide a beautiful mat for all your photos so that they match the rest of your planner’s décor.

Explore Journaling Cards.

20161229_calendar_005

Stickers and Rub-Ons

20161229_calendar_014Looking for a way to instantly add a glamorous detail to your bullet journal or planner? Try stickers and rub-ons! These are a great way to tie together the whole page with cohesive elements. Add a fun sentiment with Tim Holtz’s SmallTalk Stickers, or infuse your pages with decorative details from Prima Marketing’s rub-ons. Stickers can help create a cohesive theme or motif that will make everything look precise and polished.

Explore Stickers, Rub-Ons, and Labels.

20161229_calendar_006

Stamps

20161229_calendar_013Stamps can be a building tool for any artful planner or bullet journal page. Add a sentiment that inspires, or create borders to your favorite pages.  The best part about stamps is that you can create colorful combinations on your pages that will make them vibrant and beautiful. Color in the designs, or use embossing powder to create bright pops of color. The possibilities are endless.

Explore Art Stamps.

20161229_calendar_007However you decide to infuse creativity into your life, we wish you a very Happy New Year and we hope that 2017 is your most creative year yet.

Shop Artful Resolutions.

 

20161229_calendar_003

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