Bullet Journaling On Blank Paper: How and Why It May Be For You

New to bullet journaling? Or maybe you’ve gone around the web and saw those beautiful bullet journals being spread on social media and want to try your hand on that? Based on some research I did, you might want to use blank paper with your bullet journal.

Can you even bullet journal on blank paper? You can bullet journal on any kind of paper. The system is flexible and it is recommended that you find what works best for you. Blank paper will work fine, but it would depend greatly on how the user will use the journal itself. For those who need a creative outlet, this may be the paper for them.

Depending on your plans for the bullet journal and what kinds of modules or collections you may want to include, blank paper may be for you. However, there are also disadvantages that you may want to consider before going all in.

Why Use Blank Paper For Your Bullet Journal?

Blank paper has many uses in the bullet journal community. In fact, I’m sure you’ve already seen the beautiful spreads that are going around Instagram for a while now. Chances are those pictures are using blank pages for their bullet journal.

Aside from that, there are many other reasons to use them:

  • You know you’re way around the system
  • You need a creative outlet
  • Perfect for bullet journal peripherals

You know you’re way around the system – The bullet journal system is a very simple but flexible one. However, while it’s easy to get the hang of the basics, mastering it may require more time and experience.

Due to it’s flexible nature, there are many modules, or moving parts, so to speak. You can include all sorts of trackers, brain dumps, mind maps, and other sorts of collections.

The possibilities are vast with a bullet journal, that’s one of the reasons for its effectiveness.

Given that, the seasoned bullet journalist may want to include things that would fit more, and be more aesthetically pleasing, in a blank paper. The can put in all sorts of trackers and collection that won’t be hindered by a lined or dotted paper.

If you need freedom on the page, then the blank page is for you. You can place any collection, idea, thought, or task. With a blank page, you’re free to do anything you want with it.

A good example of a collection for this is a brain dump.

With a blank page, you’re free to dump any thoughts you want to heart’s content. There is no clean, no messy, only your uncensored, unadulterated, ideas and emotions on the page.

You need a creative outlet – While one of the reasons for bullet journaling is the increase in productivity, the mindfulness aspect is equally as important.

Of course, some may find easier to reflect upon their day through art. And if that is what works for you, a blank page would allow you the freedom to move around, and create masterpieces without having to worry about the lines and dots other notebooks have.

As long as the paper can handle it, you may paint on it, sketch, do collages on it and it will be picture perfect, and aesthetically pleasing.

Perfect for bullet journal peripherals – In bullet journaling, while there many collections you can include that are just plain drawn on the page, there are also peripherals that you may add or stick to your journal.

Some of these are stickers, printables, washi tapes, and more. The list goes on, and is only limited by the user’s imagination.

For some of those peripherals, a blank page would work best.

A good example of this is either a printable or sticker calendar. With this you can shop online and pick a good design as your calendar, or year at a glance. You can stick it to your blank page, without thinking of any lines or dots to mess it up.

If you want to start a simple bullet journal, feel free to swipe left or right to find out how. You can also follow the link for guide on how to make your own simple bullet journal

Who Is The Blank Page For?

Given all the advantages listed above, you may have already formed a good idea if this is for you.

But here are some that the blank page bullet journal may be perfect for:

  • Bullet Journal Veterans
  • For Artists
  • For those who prefer to customize their journals

You may have noticed that the advantages of using a blank page are leaning more to the aesthetic aspect of bullet journaling, and that’s okay.

The purpose of the bullet journal is to find what works for you. If you find more benefits for you with an artistic and aesthetically pleasing journal go ahead.

Honestly, while I’m not particularly artistic, I deeply enjoy seeing these around.

Bullet Journal Veterans – As I’ve mentioned above, people who know their way around a bullet journal may need more from the bullet journal that dotted and lined pages may be a hinder to.

They will be able to execute their vision of the perfect journal for them with more freedom using a blank page. They will have more freedom to design and manage all the collections within it, as well as have it more visually appealing.

You have to admit, whether you’re a minimalist or maximalist, a clean notebook is usually easier to navigate than a cluttered one.

For artists – For artists, this may be the perfect bullet journaling paper for them.

With a blank page, they can marry their passion for art with the productivity of a planner. There are even collections and spread where they log information through color, drawing, sketches, and even paintings.

As I’ve said, the only limit to the blank page is the imagination of the user.

For those who use bullet journal peripherals – For many bullet journal enthusiasts, the peripherals like prints and stickers are their way of marrying fun and productivity.

It’s a win-win situation for them.

They can customize their journal all they want, and still reap the benefits of productivity the journal offers.

It also adds to the ease of use for the journal because won’t need to set the collections up themselves.

It’s as easy as printing or ordering a sticker of a collection they need, and sticking it on the journal. Easy. Efficient. Aesthetically pleasing.

Whom Is The Blank Page Not For?

While we explored whom it may be for, discussing whom it may not be fore may equally be as important.

Here’s a short list:

  • Minimalists
  • Those with little time
  • Those who journal

Minimalists – Now while the system itself may be minimalist in nature, the particular execution with a blank page may not be. In fact, more often than not, it’s pretty maximalist.

If you’re a minimalist and you just want to use a simple pen and paper, then a blank page may not be for you.

Also, if not writing in a straight line drives you crazy, I would advise you skip this. Unless, of course, you want to use other tools like rulers, paint brushes, and other peripherals, then use a lined or dotted paper instead.

Those with little time – Creating an artistic bullet journal spread will take time. If you’re one of those that doesn’t have an abundance of it, or if your form of relaxation isn’t creating beautiful art, then you should probably stick with a lined or dotted paper.

Those who journal – If you’re a recent convert to bullet journaling because you want to merge your diary and bullet journal then it’d probably be best to skip this.

I would suggest you use a lined paper instead. It will let you write long form, and you won’t have to worry about lining paper.

Check out our article for more info.

Samples And Ideas For Those Who Wish To Use Blank Paper For Their Bullet Journal

While there are pros and cons to using a blank paper, like everything else, it is up to you to decide on what to use.

This is bullet journaling. Whatever works is right.

If you do go ahead with a blank paper for the bullet journal, here are some awesome examples and ideas!


Jm here! I run the Scribbler Planet website. If you're new to bullet journals and journaling, I think I can help you out. I've always had problems with keeping on track with what I'm doing, so when I heard bullet journaling could help I tried my hand at it. Here we are about a year later and I'm glad to say it significantly helped. Here's hoping I can help you do the same!

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