Adding a standout header or two in your bullet journal can make a big difference to any page.
Using a header or a banner is a really easy way to add some extra character without having to sacrifice too much space.
Where’s the first place you look when you pick up a piece of paper? Usually the top left hand corner of a page, right?
So that’s where you want to put a header that will grab your attention, something that’s easy to read – and will tell you immediately what’s happening. It should shout ‘look at me!’.
But before you start panicking that your doodling skills aren’t quite up to scratch, I’ll let you in on a little secret – you don’t need to be an artist to make some really cool headers.
Just by adding a few lines, arrows, boxes or embellishments, it’s easy to make a stand out header that looks great.
Maximum results, minimal time – isn’t that what we’re all looking for in bullet journaling?!
Why use a header?
A bold, bright or interesting header can instantly add some fun to a spread.
Use one to easily divide up sections on the same page.
A quick and simple way to draw your attention to a certain point. Whether it’s a different section or a tracker – you can add a header to anything!
If you don’t want to spend time experimenting with fonts then a little box around your plain text is a no fuss alternative.
On the other hand, if you do have a little extra time – why not use the heading area as space to get creative? Practice those doodles you’ve been thinking about, try out some different shapes, writing styles or colour combinations.
Tools for creating amazing bullet journal headers:
A ruler is possibly the most undervalued item in any bujo toolkit. Sometimes all your header needs is a nice straight line to give it that extra edge (haha…).
Anyway, moving on…
It’s a cheap and simple tool that always comes in useful.
Tip: If you are using a fine liner, give your ink a second or so to dry out before moving your ruler away. Also, if possible, give the edge a quick wipe to minimise smudging.
If you’re not totally confident with what you want to get down on the page, that’s ok.
Don’t feel guilty about using a pencil to roughly sketch out doodles or a new style of lettering. That way if something doesn’t look quite right or if it needs changing a bit then you can erase it and fix it up or even start again.
The more you practice, the better your freehand will get.
If you’re using a pencil then an eraser shouldn’t be far away. Use it for getting rid of those unwanted lines.
Artist’s black fine liner pen
A good quality black pen with a dark ink is another useful item to have in your toolkit. Use it for outlining your lettering or doodles to make them really stand out.
Try to choose one with quick drying ink, that way you don’t have to worry about smudging.
I always use the Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens, they’re good quality and great value for money.
These could come in the shape of colouring pencils, felt tips, highlighters, gel pens or even crayons! Whatever you want to use, it’s always nice to add a splash of colour here and there.
Try out different colour combinations, outline or add some shadows for some extra effects.
A few simple ways to make your banner or header stand out:
Use a fine liner to outline, outline and outline some more!
The dots are your friends
Use the dots (or lines) already printed in your journal as a drawing guide. Create a perfect square, rectangle or even circle by using the dotted grid as a guide.
They make everything so much easier.
Add colour effects
Have you thought of fading one colour into another? Using an alternative colour to grey as a shadow? Or adding a pattern like spots, stripes or chevrons? These effects are cool ways to make your bullet journal header stand out.
Try them out!
So now we’re all set, let’s get started with creating some amazing bullet journal headers.
Try out other fonts and/or use different colours
They really can!
These headers are all eye catching but still very simple. Just by mixing up the font and adding some bright colours, you can end up with something great in no time at all. Plus, there’s barely a doodle in sight!
Make your headings stand out by changing the lettering style. If you’re not sure where to start, just type in ‘handwritten font ideas’ (or something similar) into your search engine and a whole heap of ideas will come up. I like to click on ‘images’ to make it easier to scroll through and find some inspiration.
Easy 3 Step Faux Calligraphy
1. Write out your word in your best flowy handwriting.
2. Add an extra line beside every downstroke.
3. Fill in or colour the spaces.
These ribbon banners are so cool to look at. They’re perfect for when you don’t want to change your font but still need the header to stand out.
Simply adjust the size of the banner to fit the words.
Notes, edge banners and shapes
Another way of decorating your headings is to draw a shaped box around it. Why not try a mini post-it, a clipboard, a speech bubble or a mirror style frame?
By using the dots or lines on the page, it’s easy to make sure that your shapes or boxes are straight/even/in the right place.
Arrows can be used in a few different ways when it comes to headers in your bullet journal.
Write your header above, inside or next to the arrow.
The great thing about using one of these is that if you’re short on space, it’s just as easy as underlining and adding an arrow at one or both ends.
The doodle style banners are my absolute favourite.
The doodles are used as the ‘containers’ for your letters. If you’ve got a bit of space to work with then try out some of these! Headers are the perfect way to flex your creativity muscle and add a bit of character to a page.
If you’re looking for ways to improve your doodles, have a look at this post ‘8 Ways To Make Your Doodles Look Amazing’.
Other header ideas:
So what are you waiting for? Go on and give some of these bullet journal headers a try!