Have you ever spent an hour creating the perfect bullet journal page, complete with hand lettered titles and illustration and color and then — whoops! Your cat jumps on your desk, your arm gets nudged, and all of a sudden there’s a smudge. Right. Over. Your. Masterpiece!!
Yeah, I’ve been there. But all is not lost! Don’t rip out that page in frustration just yet! Not until you’ve tried one of these three tricks to fix mistakes in your bullet journal.
Turn messed up lines into decorations/florals
The first trick is for those times when you’re trying to draw a straight line and mess up. This happens to me ALL the time. Probably because I refuse to use rulers in my bullet journal (this is supposed to be fun and creative, not geometry class!). If you’re a rogue like me, this has probably also happened to you. And maybe you don’t care! I’ll admit that sometimes, I don’t either. But if the rest of my page is nice and neat and straight, that one line will stick out like a sore thumb.
The easiest way I’ve found to cover this up is to just turn it into a decorative element. My element of choice is always florals, because the organic lines blend in so well with any kind of squiggle mistake you’ve made. I add some vine, leaves, and flowers, and then it looks like I planned my border or box to look that way all along!
Create a blacked out box or page
This is great for any time you mess up a header, or just simply don’t like how it came out. Invert it by shading in a black box around it, and then use a white gel pen to write on top of the blackout! Not only does this give you a do-over, but that black box will probably give you an even more striking effect for your header.
I mean, really, there’s nothing stopping you from blacking out an ENTIRE page if you just REALLY didn’t like how a spread came out!
Use a sand eraser + white gel pen
The last trick is the one I use most often because it is great for any little slip ups you make here and there. I use a special sand eraser, which basically files down the top layer of paper, which has most of the ink pigment. Don’t erase too hard, because that will make a hole in your paper! After sanding that top layer down, you’ll notice any ink that was there before is much lighter, although not completely gone. To cover it up even more, I take my white gel pen and use it almost like a white-out pen and color over the area I want to “erase.” At a quick glance, you would never even know you ever made a mistake!
Just note that this tip is best for small areas. It wouldn’t be feasible to try to sandpaper a whole page you didn’t like! It also wouldn’t work if the page was completely saturated with lots of ink.
There you have it, three handy tricks to have in your arsenal to fix any mistakes you make in your bullet journal! Have you ever used any of these tips, or have any other ideas? Let me know in the comments below!