Even if you don't consider yourself artistic, it is completely possible to still create really pretty layouts. Discover how you can use one tool to do just that!

How To Create Pretty Bullet Journal Layouts For The Non Artist

Last Updated on October 21, 2020 by Keri

Stencils are such a great way to get creative in your Bullet Journal, even if you don’t consider yourself to be very artistic! You can find a wide variety of designs, and they are very easy to use!

Stencils can also come in really handy if you find yourself short on time, but you still want to create really pretty layouts! With endless options of different box sizes, checklists and more, you can create a really functional spread in very little time!

Today, I am going to show you how to get started with stencils in your Bullet Journal! The possibilities are endless, but I hope this will give you some inspiration to get creative with stencils!

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Stencil Possibilities

You can get a stencil for almost anything! Here is a quick breakdown of what you will find in my favorite stencil pack!

  1. Boxes
    This 20 pack of Bullet Journal stencils is the perfect starter pack if you are just getting started with stencils in your Bullet Journal, or if you are looking to add more variety to your collection!
  2. Banners
  3. Arrows
  4. Checklists
  5. Icons
  6. Flowers
  7. Letters
  8. Numbers

And more!

The best part of stencils is being able to combine all of these different elements together to create something unique!

My personal favorite stencil pack comes with 20 different sheets, and you get a wide variety of options! Everything from different banners to doodles to letters! It costs less than $10 USD, which is a very affordable way to discover if you like stencils!

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Creating Layouts

When it comes to designing my layouts with stencils, I like to come up with a layout design first. My layouts are always changing, just depending on what kind of mood I am in, so I will shuffle through my 20 Pack of Stencils that I got on Amazon to see what catches my attention!

I will look for a combination of boxes, banners, icons, checklists, and whatever else I may want to include! The 20 pack I use also has some stencils with some pretty embellishments that I may try to include here and there!

It is easy to decorate minimalist layouts for your Bullet Journal or DIY Planner with the use of simple stencils.

On this layout, I wanted to add some banners for the days of the week. I found a small banner design that I liked and using the small tip on my Tombow Dual Brush Pen, I colored the banners in so that they were all black.

Next, I used a white gel pen to write in the days of the week on the banners.

This picture was taken before I filled in any of my weekly to-do lists, but I used one of the checkbox rows found on those stencils to create a to-do list for myself every day!

Boxes come in very handy on many layouts, and stencils are a great way to draw the boxes. It save you a lot of time instead of having to measure everything out!

On this budget layout, I used a rectangle stencil to draw out my weekly expense trackers!

Because the stencils are already designed, and I didn’t have to measure anything out, I was able to create that entire spread in less than 15 minutes!

It added some functionality to the spread, as well as some simple separation from the other elements of the spread.

Doodling With Stencils

I am going to tell you a little secret!

A lot of the layouts that you see on Instagram or Pinterest are created with the help of stamps and stencils. So don’t ever feel like you are cheating!

There are so many different ways to combine the different elements you will find within your stencils packs. First, let’s take a look at some of the ways to combine the boxes with some of the banners and embellishments found in this 20 Pack of Bullet Journal Stencils!

The best way to draw these designs is to start with your banners or embellishments, and then connect the box to it once it is done!

Stencils make it really easy to add banners and other pretty elements to the boxes you will include in your Bullet Journal!

You can get stencils with a wide variety of shapes! I really like using these shapes to create unique headers, or as a place to include a quote!

These different shapes are a great way to give your headers some variety in your Bullet Journal! All of these shapes come from the 20 pack of stencils from Amazon!

If you love to use banners but are not great at drawing them, then this stencil set is sure to please! There are so many banner designs, and they all come in different sizes as variations! There wasn’t enough room on this page of my journal to even include them all!

Banners are so much fun to add to your Bullet Journal! This stencil set comes with tons of different designs and sizes to suit your layout style!

Arrows are another fun doodle to include in your Bullet Journal, and these stencils contain ALOT of them!

Lettering With Stencils

The stencil pack that I have only has one lettering style on it, but there are several stencil packs available for purchase with lots of cute alphabet styles! This is perfect if you don’t want to do any hand lettering, but want to add some variety to your headers! 

Get some variety with the lettering on your Bullet Journal layouts even if you don't know how to letter! Stencils make it easy to add variety, and there are lot's of different styles and options!

 This pack of stencils also comes with some of the basic stencils which is great if you are more eager to stencil your letters than your designs and icons!

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Drawing Your Habit Tracker

Drawing habit trackers every month can get a little bit tedious. This Bullet Journal habit tracker stencil will help you create your monthly tracker quick and easy!

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Additional Tips For Using Stencils

To get the best results with stencils, you need to keep a couple of things in mind! These are just some best practices that I like to use!

  1. Make sure you have a lot of elbow room! You are going to mess up if your elbow hits something in the process of tracing the stencil.
  2. Use your non-drawing hand to hold down the stencil. Especially where the stencil gets thin! The worst is when you’re tracing one of the squares near the edge of the stencil, so just be careful!
  3. If you are using clear stencils, be sure to work with good lighting. It will be harder to see where your pen is going with the clear stencils.
  4. Take your time! The faster you go, the more likely you are to mess it up.

Do you use stencils in your Bullet Journal? What are your thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time!

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