Use these examples and brief tutorials to add fun creative headers to your bullet journal. From beginner to more advanced, you can easily add some decoration to your journal.
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I love creating new headers for my bullet journal. Monthly pages, collections, and even my weeklies have artistic headers. It allows me to practice my hand lettering, and add a splash of color and creativity to my journal without much effort.
I’ve drawn up some of my favorites. I’ll show you examples and briefly explain how to start creating them in this post.
14 Creative Headers for Your Bullet Journal
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#1: Use a light colored marker and print your text. I opt for tall and skinny. Then, using a black fine tip pen, write the same word(s) in cursive over the word you previously wrote in marker.
#2: Write your header in a cursive font. Now, create a double line on the downstrokes of your word. You can fill in the area with black to create a faux calligraphy look. Or you can color it in with a different color, or leave it white.
#3: Draw two horizontal lines in pencil. This is where the break in your block font will be. Now, draw the tops of your letters above the top line. Use a pencil so that you can fix any mistakes along the way. This one can take a little practice. Do the same with the bottom half of the letters. Go over your pencil (minus the horizontal lines) with a pen. Allow the pen to dry and then erase the two horizontal lines. Use a pen and write whatever you like in the break between the block letters.
#4: Use a pencil to sketch out block letters. Go over them with different color pens. Leave the inside white, add lines, or fill them in with color for a dramatic look.
#5: Use a brush pen and write your header in a bouncy cursive font. Need help with brush lettering? Check out this post.
#6: Draw a banner. Use a tall skinny font to add your text inside the banner.
#7: Draw a curved line long enough for your text. Add enough small triangular flags for a number of letters your will be using. If you want to add color, do it before adding the text. Then write in one letter per flag.
#8: Sketch out block letters with a pencil. Draw in floral doodles along the edges of the letters with a black pen. Trace over some of the edges of the letters with a black pen. Erase your pencil marks.
#9: Write your word with a thicker tipped marker and then go back in with black pen and rewrite the word, creating a glow effect around the black text.
#10: Write your word in the center of your page. Use a ruler and draw two horizontal lines on both sides of the word. Connect the two horizontal lines with a rough vertical line near the word. It should look like ripped washi tape. Draw whatever design you want for your washi tape and color it in.
#11: Write out your word, and add double lines to the vertical sections of the letters. Decide on two colors you want to use. One should be light and one should be dark. Use the dark color and color in the bottom half of the letter. Then, take your light color and color the top of the letter, slightly overlapping the dark color. This will blend the two colors together to create an ombre effect.
#12: Sketch out block letters with a pencil. Use a pen to create horizontal lines inside the letters. Once the ink is completely dry, erase the pencil marks.
#13: Sketch out block letters in pencil. Add a drop shadow to each letter in pencil. Now, carefully trace over ONLY the drop shadow in pen. Don’t trace any of the actual letters. Fill in the drop shadow with black ink. Allow to dry, and then erase all of your pencil marks.
#14: Using a light marker, write out your header in cursive. Use a thin tip darker marker from the same color group and go over the bottom half of your letters. Then, go back with your lighter marker and blend the two colors together.
There are a million options for creative headers for your bullet journal. Grab some scrap paper and start writing! Mix different fonts. Cursive, block, tall and skinny, serif, sans serif, traditional calligraphy. Tag me in your Instagram pictures of your favorite headers, @the.petite.planner. I would love to see them!
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