10 Washi Tape Ideas for your Planner/Bullet Journal

Ahh, washi tape. I know we all have it. I’d guess that we all have too much of it. Wait, no. I take that back. No such thing as too much washi, right?? They’re very affordable, each roll lasts you forever, so versatile, and of course, CUTE! I even keep many of my washi tapes out as decoration around my craft room.

Because each roll of washi lasts forever and I know we all need more ideas of how to use it, today I have 10 tips for how to use washi tape in your bullet journal or any other type of planner/journal! For a more in depth look at each of these, watch the video below:

1. Make an easy page header.

If you’re in a rush, or have trouble creating headers for your planner, this is a great way to make your headers stand out. You don’t need to do any fancy lettering and it’ll look great! I find Sharpies to be the best pen/marker to write on top of washi tape since they often have a slightly slick surface. Any width washi works for this, but I would stick to basic patterns like solids, stripes, and polka dots so that it’s still easy for you to read the writing on top.

2. Call out a block of text.

I will often write down quotes I like from books that I’m reading, but then later on, I can’t find the quotes among all the other writing on my journal pages. Instead, I now create a frame around the quote or text I want to call out with some super skinny washi so that I can easily flip through my pages later on and find them. This is also a great tip when taking notes for class to highlight due dates or key topics!

3. Divide sections on a page.

Similarly to the last idea, if you have a whole page of text or ideas, it can be very helpful to simply add a thin border of washi in between sections to separate different topics. It stands out a lot more than just drawing a line with your pen and breaking up information visually can help you skim through your notes later. Any pattern works, but I find that thinner washi tape works better for this.

4. Highlight a block of dates.

Oh my monthly and weekly spreads, I love to use washi to highlight blocks of dates - these can be for vacations, travel, events, and "no-buy” weeks for me.

This is my favorite way to highlight dates because I can still see my grid and box lines underneath since washi tape is translucent. It is also easy to move around in case travel days change around. I like to stick to skinny-medium widths of washi in basic patterns for these.

5. Fill in and decorate empty spaces.

When you have an empty space on a page, this is a great place for you to decorate and play with your washi collection! The best part is, you can go crazy with the patterns and colors you use, because this is the decorative part of your page! I like to layer different widths of washi to create a collage-like effect.

6. Create an easy monthly cover page.

If you’re not great at illustration, or like a more graphic look for your bullet journal, you can create a really easy and fun monthly cover or decorative page with your washi! The simple pattern below uses different widths of washi in two color families. I like to stick to a limited color palette and patterns so that it creates a more plaid-like effect, but play around and have fun with it!

7. Line your page edges.

This is one of my favorite tips because not only does it add some color and pattern to a long but subtle part of your page, but it’s also very useful!

Since you fold your washi tape over the edge of the page onto the other side, this creates a thin strip of color that you can see when your book is closed. This creates something like a divider so that you can easily find a spot in your journal! I think this would be great to do on all your cover pages for each month so that at the end, you can easily flip to whatever month you’re looking for. For this technique, I would use medium-thick widths of washi so you have enough to fold over the edges, and have fun with the colors/patterns!

8. Create divider tabs.

This is similar to the last suggestion, but this time, you’re creating dividers that stick out like little flags. You’ll fold over a length of washi on itself around a page, leaving some sticking out, and then you can write whatever section you need - this is a great way to divide months, or to create sections such as classwork, finances, etc. If you plan to write section titles, make sure you use simple patterns.

9. Make a corner bookmark.

This is especially helpful if you have a notebook that doesn’t come with ribbon bookmarks! My Leuchtturm1917 notebook actually comes with three, but these are more fun anyway! ;) All you need is a regular envelope. Snip off the two corners on the non-flap side so that you have a nice little triangle. Then decorate with washi! I make same design on both sides so that the edges look neater, and go crazy with the pattern! I pulled out one of my absolute fav washi tapes which has gold foil cats! Isn’t it adoooorable!?

10. Spruce up some ordinary office supplies.

Dig through your office supplies and pull out those binder clips, clothespins, and even paperclips! You can easily turn a boring supply into a cate accessory that you would find in a boutique stationery store by just adding a strip or two of washi!

Having clips like these on hand are great for keeping your pages down if your notebook doesn’t lay completely flat, but let’s be honest - we all want that extra cuteness for those Instagram flat lays haha!! ;)

So there you go, 10 ways to use that washi in your bullet journal! How big is your washi collection??

Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Black
Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Black

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Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Nordic Blue
Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Nordic Blue

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Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Berry
Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Berry

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Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Emerald
Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal - Emerald

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Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Kraft
Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Kraft

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Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Black
Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Black

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Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Red
Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Red

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Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Grey
Moleskine Cahier Large Notebook - Grey

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Micron Pens - Variety Pack
Micron Pens - Variety Pack

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Sharpie Fine Tip
Sharpie Fine Tip

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