Washi tape can be used for much more than just decoration in your planner or bullet journal. Here are some of my favorite ways to use it.
If you’re not sure what size washi tape to get, I recommend:
3mm (skinny washi tape) – for bullet journaling as it doesn’t take up much space on the page. It’s also good for covering up the black border lines between days in a planner
5mm – most bullet journal notebooks have a 5mm dot grid so this washi tape fits perfectly. This is my favorite size for days of the week washi tape
7mm – less common size, I like to use this for borders at the top and bottom of the page
15mm – this used to be the only size that washi tape came in. I rarely buy this size anymore as it’s too big (for me), for anything other than borders
If you only have 15mm washi, wrap half around the top of the page to make it look thinner
7 Tips for using washi tape in your bullet journal or planner
1. Days of the week washi tape
Apart from checklists, my favorite functional washi tape!
There are a few brands offering this washi tape now, see this post: my favorite days of the week washi tape
Sunshine Sticker Co.’s 5mm washi tape is my current favorite.
If you can’t afford to buy every color, just get the black text on white background version, then you can use highlighters over the top to make the washi tape whatever color you want.
Most days of the week washi tape are 5mm to fit the most common dot grid size that bullet journal notebooks come in. The We R Memory Keepers washi tape is 15mm but as you can see in the photo below, it takes up so much space (so I rarely use it).
2. Fill awkward gaps
Most dot grid notebook have a 5mm dot grid, yet even those with the same page size, seem to have a different number of dots horizontally and vertically. I almost always end up with an awkward gap where one of the rows on a weekly spread or monthly calendar would be much larger than the others. So instead, fill the gap with some washi tape and make it look like it was part of your layout all along…
A plain black border is fine… but some thin washi tape will just give it that something extra, especially if you’re writing everything in black pen.
Read more: My Favorite thin washi tape for planning
4. Layer with stickers
These days of the week stickers are from the handwritten Happy Planner journaling sticker book. On their own they can be a bit plain so if you want to add color, add a strip of washi tape behind.
Layering washi tape works well for headings too
And for borders..
If you have an awkward space, try 2 different sized washi tapes. Solid washi tape on it’s own might be a bit plain, but it looks good when you match it up with pattern washi.
2 different color washi tapes works well too. Some color combinations:
- Pink & purple
- Pink & blue
- Pink & green
- Pink & orange
- Purple & blue
- Purple & green
- Purple & Orange
- Blue & green
- Black & pink
- Orange & blue
Because washi tape comes in so many patterns some other options are:
- 2 patterns together e.g. stripes and dots
- Use a pattern washi tape and a solid color washi tape that matches one of the colors used in the pattern washi tape e.g. rainbow chevron that has blue, red and yellow matched with a blue, red or yellow solid washi tape like I did below:
Related post: 10 Bullet Journal Daily Scheduling Layout Ideas
5. Covering up mistakes, expired dates & sections you don’t need
Most washi tape is see through so I almost always use glitter washi tape for this (pairs well with any color too!)
6. Habit tracking washi tape
If you do a lot of monthly spreads, invest in some dated washi tape. You can get monthly washi tape in vertical and horizontal format for habit tracking.
If you don’t want to turn your page, cut the dates strip in half:
Or get the vertical version
You can get hourly washi tape too!
7. Page Markers.
Place on the side or the bottom corner of your bullet journal or pages you access frequently in your planner to make them easier to find.
More washi tape posts:
- Best pens for writing on washi tape
- Favorite washi tape for planning, planner decorating & color coding
- 7 Useful washi tapes for bullet journaling
- 7 tips for storing planner supplies
- My 10 biggest planner pet peeves
- How to color code bill paying in your planner (7 different ways)
- How to choose a binding system for your planner (comparison and which one I like the most)
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