Bullet Journal Printables are fun, easy, quick, and affordable! What’s not to love? You can get daily, weekly, and monthly layouts, as well as trackers, coloring pages, and more in just minutes! While many of these are very cheap and sometimes even available for free, they are definitely not one size fits all.
One of the advantages to bullet journaling is that each spread is customized to the owner’s needs and preferences! With that in mind, this is a guide to creating your own printables at home, which you can tape or paste into your bullet journal, or punch holes in to include in a binder system. You’ll be surprised by how easy it is!
All you need for this project is a computer, a program to make your layout on (this tutorial uses Microsoft Word – it is versatile, easy to use, and most people already have it!), a printer, and half letter (5.5” x 8.5”) paper.
To get half letter size paper simply cut regular printer paper in half horizontally. This is the size that is as close to A5 paper as you can get in standard printer settings, although it is a little bit bigger, so make sure to leave margins!
Additionally, you can buy letter size sticker paper or shipping labels and cut it the same way to print pages with sticky backs which are even easier to paste into your journal than messing with glue or tape. This method is more expensive, but well worth it since it is less bulky and more secure than tape or glue.
The most important thing to do for this method is as soon as you open your program, whatever you are using (in this example, Microsoft Word), is to SET YOUR DOCUMENT SIZE TO HALF LETTER OR 5” X 8”. This is important to do BEFORE you start working, otherwise your layout will not print properly and you will have to redo it! In Word, this can be done by going to Page Layout > Size > Half Letter.
From there, just have fun with it! Download pictures or coloring pages to add, use the table feature to add perfectly straight tables, and so on! There are many online resources to download images, coloring pages, and even fonts to include in your layouts.
A great website for fonts is dafont.com, which is free and easy to use and has countless fonts which can be included in your layouts. For this example, I am making a monthly tracker. This method is great to use for things such as this, as instead of spending time drawing it each month, you can save your file and print one out each month after changing the month!
Again, remember to keep your margins to a size that you can trim down to make the paper fit in your journal properly when you are done. When your layout looks just the way you like, you are ready to print!
Load your smaller paper into your printer, and make sure that both your printer properties and the document size are set to print on half letter size paper – in case you haven’t heard, this is the most important part of this process!! You may have to adjust things and print several copies before it is exactly the way you want it, so make sure you save once you get everything perfect, so you can use the layout again!
If you do not feel up to creating your own printables, there is a plethora of free or paid printables available online. There are some beautiful ones out there! They are pretty easy to find if you search on Google or Pinterest ‘free planner printables’ or some variation thereof. Many of the results will be to blog posts by others who have either made their own printables or have compiled the work of others. These are often free or very inexpensive and come in a variety of layouts.
To print, simply open it, select print, and set the printer preferences to half letter size. I recommend testing these prints before using your expensive sticker paper, or printing a large document, because not all files are compatible to this type of resizing, but many are. Another thing to keep in mind if you do this is that the type on the page may be small and hard to read depending on how small it was to begin with. As long as you keep these things in mind, this can be very useful!
I also use it A LOT to print PDFs or instructions and place them in my journal. I am an avid knitter, so I simply print the pattern I am working on and put it in my journal, so I can have it with me without needing to carry a separate folder. This can be used to print any other information you need to keep with you!
This technique can be as time consuming or as simple as you want it to be – so make it work for you! If all you want is a table for a tracker so you don’t have to go through the hassle of drawing one, just print a table! Similarly, if you just want to print pretty quotes and pictures for your layouts, go for it! Other fun things to look into are printable stickers and washi tapes, or calendars.
Consider printing Filofax printables on sticker paper to use in a journal, there are hundreds of free ones out there that are just beautiful! This method is so simple, but opens so many doors for adding to your layouts, or simply perfecting their designs. Enjoy!