Hello Planning Mashers!
Printables are a great addon to your Bullet Journal! They can help you in many ways to use your journal on maximum and keep it pretty. How to use printables? How to make sure they fit the page? I’ll answer all your questions in my post below!
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What Are Bullet Journal Printables?
They are spreads already designed for your BuJo, which you need to just print out and add to your journal. There are, of course, printable shops (or my Patreon), but there is also a huge amount of free printables available all over the Internet, so everyone can find something for their own taste.
Why use printables?
Here are some of the main reasons I use them:
- Lack of time: if you’re too busy but still want a pretty spread – just go for a printable
- You aren’t that good at drawing: if you are still not sure about your creative skills and you’re still learning, using printables meanwhile is a great option
- You want to try new spreads: printables can be extremely creative, and it’s a great way to try out new spreads and new designs.
How To Add Printables To Your Bullet Journal
This has been a problem for me since I started because I wanted to use the printables but couldn’t figure out how to. The first step is, of course, to download them, and printables will usually be in JPEG or PDF format. For PDF files you’ll need to use Adobe Reader, which you can download for free.
How to make printables fit your journal
Before you sit down to print your pages, check the size of the file. It can be US Letter or A4, which means they are much bigger than you planner and need some work.
It is the size of your planner if it’s A5.
Below let’s go step by step on how to print each type.
If the file is A5
- After you download the printable, use a PDF Reader like Adobe Reader (100% free and safe download) to open the file.
- Find your print button and print your documents. Do not print double-sided and be sure that you have selected ‘Actual Size’.
If the file is A4 or US Letter
This means that the size doesn’t fit your journal and you need to adjust it before printing. Here is how you do it.
- Open the file with a PDF reader like Adobe Reader (100% free and safe download) to open the file.
- Press print and in properties set the size that you want (for most of Bullet Journal notebooks it’s A5)
- Set the settings to “Fit To Page”
Now that your page is printed, here is how you add it to your Bullet Journal:
- Cut it out – you can use an Exacto knife, scissors or a straight edge cutter (which is actually my choice)
- If you used self-adhesive sticker paper – just add it straight to your Bullet Journal.
- If you use usual printing paper – use a glue stick or adhesive tape (my personal choice) to add the page
- Use a ruler to rub it across the page, to make sure there are no bubbles and the fit is secure.
You’re done! Enjoy your beautiful page!
Tips For Using Printables
There are a few things you probably don’t even think about when starting with printables, so I’m just here to make sure you think it through.
- Be sure you use a good printing paper.
You probably don’t want your pages to bleed or ghost after you write on them, so you should think of using a better quality paper. Moreover, if you’re planning on using brush pens when coloring your weeklies, you should be aware that using ordinary printing paper might damage them.
Since both these things sound horrific, I recommend getting high-end printing paper, this is my favorite one that I’ve been using and can stand behind!
- If you’re printing stickers, use self-adhesive paper.
There are of course ways to add stickers to your journal without that type of paper, but believe me self-adhesive paper will give you a better result.
It’s really not that expensive and if you’re printing lots of stickers – it can be a good investment. This is the sticker paper I’ve been using and it’s both good and affordable.
If you want to learn more about how to create your own printable stickers, be sure to check my post How To Make Printable Stickers For Your Bullet Journal.
If you decide to just go with printables for a while, consider using a binder and an adjustable 3 hole punch. This definitely is an easier and more convenient way to add printables.
Masha Plans Free Resources Vault
If you’re looking for some printables, I have my own Resources Vault with free printable stickers, trackers, lists, weekly spreads and so much more.
To join Planning Mashers and get your access – use the signup form at the end of the post.
I often add new printables, so be sure to check it regularly! If you feel like you want some specific printables, feel free to comment below and let me know, I’d love to create something useful especially for you.
New Bullet Journal Printables Every Month
How does getting new unique printables every month sound?
This is just one of the rewards I’m offering to members of our Patreon family.
We have tons of new printables and stickers and so many more things that will help you with your BuJo adventures.
By joining, you can get:
- Complete monthly Bullet Journal setups (with you voting for the theme each month)
- New printable weekly spreads each week (reprint and reuse the ones that worked particularly well for you as many times as you want!)
- Lettering practice sheets and doodling tutorials every two weeks (work on your creativity)
- Printable stickers every month (unique designs just for Patrons)
- Early access to all my monthly setups
Moreover, there will be a lot of person to person interaction, our own private Facebook group and …. every tier is eligible to participate in our quarterly giveaway (that includes an Archer and Olive journal each time!)
You can join for as little and $1 and all your contributions go towards me building more things to help you enjoy creative planning.
I’m looking forward to seeing you in our Patreon family, or just as one of our Planning Mashers!.
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