10 Black Paper Bullet Journal Layout Ideas

Using black paper in bullet journaling is such a cool and unique style! Here are 10 different bullet journal spreads on black paper to help you get started!

The use of black paper in bullet journaling is not super common but is such a cool and unique paper type! The use of black paper originates with the fun childhood gel pen art notebooks. It has moved its way over to bullet journaling. Because it is less common, it can be difficult to find inspiration for the use of black paper instead of white paper. One way to combat this is to take a white paper inspiration and invert it in editing software to see how it looks. However, there are a number of amazing black paper journalers out there. Here are 10 different bullet journal spreads on black paper to help you get started!

Brown Embroidery on Black Paper

I love the use of both black and brown shades in this spread. The tan-brown shades really pop! Also, it appears as though the floral center is embroidered on which is really neat.

Flowers in Space

What I find so cool about this particular spread is the use of paint and texture. The lines are clean and simple. However, the center is super textured and almost watercolor-y but it is not watercolor. Super unique!

Fridayest Friday

Quote pages are a fan favorite and can be a great way to fill empty space! Here is a super fun Friday-themed black paper quote page!

Black Paper Galaxy

Of course with black paper, it would be natural to create a galaxy themed spread! The background is already dark, now all you would have to do is add the stars and planets! Here is just one great way to use a galaxy theme!

November in Black

Archer and Olive really are a great example of utilizing black backgrounds and pages. They create some really cool floral-themed spreads on both black and white flawlessly! Not only is this layout super inspirational, but their entire Instagram is.

Hello August

One galaxy-themed layout is simply not enough! Check out this outter-space-themed spread! I love the little planet doodles and the quote!

Floral November in Black

Using black paper in bullet journaling is such a cool and unique style! Here are 10 different bullet journal spreads on black paper to help you get started!
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If you are looking for something with simple linework, this layout will give you a general idea of what it will look like. White on black is a super clean look and the use of linework looks phenomenal! You don’t have to use florals, you can use any shape or design you want for this flawless look!

Fireside Quote

Using black paper in bullet journaling is such a cool and unique style! Here are 10 different bullet journal spreads on black paper to help you get started!
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Here is another quote page idea. This one not only includes the use of white on black paper but includes artwork that involves various other colors and shading! This is a great way to create nighttime artwork.

Week in Black

Using black paper in bullet journaling is such a cool and unique style! Here are 10 different bullet journal spreads on black paper to help you get started!
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If you are looking to keep things minimal, then here is an example for you! This simple spread can be used without issue no matter what color paper you are using!

October Multimedia

The use of multiple forms of media is a huge draw for some people. Here is a great way to utilize tape, paper scraps, stickers, pictures, and more in your black bullet journal!

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Nighttime Sky May 2019 Bullet Journal | Plan-With-Me

May’s theme came so easily to me this time. I generally wait until the end of a month to create the next month’s spread. However, this time I will be away on vacation, so I worked ahead. Working ahead did not phase me since I knew what I wanted to do while I was still creating my April set up. Without further ado, check out my Nighttime Sky May 2019 bullet journal set-up!

My May 2019 Process & Theme

I decided what I wanted my may theme to be while I was working on my April bullet journal set-up. I do not know what inspired me specifically, but I was excited to get it going. Once I finished April, I immediately worked ahead to get May going. I wanted to go for a night sky kind of feel. I have not used watercolor yet this year and I thought that would be the best way to get the look I was going for. It worked out perfectly.

First, I covered the entire page in black watercolor, I wanted it dark but not too dark. Then, I added some indigo blue and my own purple mixture in an attempt to get a galaxy feel. The colors aren’t as vibrant as I originally hoped, they cannot really be seen in the images. Regardless, I really like the turnout.

Since I enjoyed the use of white paint pen in April I decided to do white stars over the watercolor. After I finished, I realized it looked more like a snow storm than a nighttime sky. So, I went over the white stars with gold instead. I went over the white lettering with blank pain ink. Gold and black lettering made a huge difference and I stuck with that for the rest of my set-up.

My May 2019 Set-Up

Like usual, My set-up includes a hello page and weekly pages. I keep this relatively simple. So, the hello page for May is completely covered with the watercolor and gold stars as I previously described Then, the lettering is done in black minimal calligraphy per my 2019 theme.

The weekly layouts are identical to my April set-up. The blank space is covered in the same black, blue, and purple watercolor mix and gold stars. Then, the lettering for the header is done in black minimal lettering. Further, there are seven columns, one for each day of the week. The columns are outlined in black. Lastly, each day of the week is written in a black print font this month.

Honorably Mentioned: New Theme Page

I have seen these theme swatch pages floating around on Instagram more often lately. This is a layout I didn’t know existed previously. However, I love them!

I decided to go back and start one of my own. Here are my theme swatches for the first five months of my 2019 bullet journal!

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Black & Gold Geometric March Bullet Journal Plan-with-Me

This month’s theme is black and gold geometric and was inspired by Emma’s title page. I have always loved very geometric modern shape designs and was planning on using it at some point this year. Since I did not have any ideas for March, I decided now was the time! Read more about my layouts below.

February Updates

Before we get into my March set-up, I have added some layouts to February since writing my February plan-with-me. As you can see, there are 3 layouts that are new. These are a measurement tracker, exercise plan or schedule, and a meal tracker. Halfway through February I joined a group for exercise and meal planning and wanted to test out tracking my progress in these areas. I only used the meal tracker for a week and fell off near the end. I stopped tracking this in my planner. The measurements and exercises have been useful and I will continue to use these.

My March Set-up

My setup this month is not unlike my previous set-ups. I kept the title page different but remained with the minimal gold font of my 2019 theme. Then I move directly into my weekly spreads. These involve 7 columns, one for each day of the week. There is a main header identifying the month, then a week number on the right page. Each column has its own header identifying the date and day of the week.

My March Process & Theme

This month’s process was a little more messed up and chaotic than normal. I knew I wanted the theme to be geometric so I rolled with that. Once I got to the second week I realized that the Sakura Pentouch Paint Markers bleed quite a bit so I went back to week 1 and began painting the inside of the boxes white.

Immediately I realized that I did not want to paint over the dots inside of the daily boxes. I continued to paint everywhere else, including the title page, and re-drawing all the boxes, circles, and other shapes. Once I figured out how I wanted it, I finished the remainder of the weeks that way.

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Vivian’s Minimal Black Bullet Journal

Vivian ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. Vivian’s planner is an A6-sized Essentials Dot Matrix Notebook.  The primary colors used for Vivian’s notebook are purple and black. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, year at a glance, monthly calendar, and weekly columns. Here you can read more about Vivian’s planner.

Layouts Included

Here you can learn more about the layouts for Vivian’s custom planner.

Watercolor Title Page:

Vivian’s title layout is a purple watercolor title page. For the header, “Vivian’s” is in a calligraphy font. Then, on the second line, “bullet journal” is in an all-caps print font.

Year at a Glance:

This year at a glance features 12 months, January 2019 through December 2019, in a calendar format.  Further, the months vertical and in black cursive lettering. Then, “2019” is at the top of the page in a print font. Lastly, “at a glance” is in a minimal script font.  

Simple Monthly Calendar:

For each monthly layout, I used a simple grid calendar. Then, the header is a simple black minimal script lettering. Additionally, the header is located vertically down the right side.

Weekly Columns:

This page features seven columns for seven days of the week. Next to the rightmost column is black and white washi tape. Further, the washi tape is different for each month. The main titling is in a black print font. Then, the weekday titling is just the first letter in black. Finally, each letter has a subscript for the date.

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Alana’s Black, Watercolor, and Floral Bullet Journal

Alana ordered a custom bullet-journal-inspired planner. Alana’s planner is an A5-sized Essentials Dot-Matrix Notebook.  The primary color used for Alana’s notebook is black. Further, the layouts involved include a title page, year at a glance, life goals, yearly goals, handy hashtags, embroidery designs and phrases, books to read, monthly calendar, monthly habit tracking, flower calendar, weekly grid, and journal pages. Here you can read more about Alana’s planner.

Layouts Included

Here you can learn more about the layouts for Alana’s custom planner.

Title Page:

This page is a minimal title page. In a calligraphy font, I wrote “AMB.” Then, on the second line, “2018 Planner” is written in an all-caps print font. Finally, at the top left of the page “property of” is in a minimal cursive.

Year at a Glance:

This year at a glance features 12 months, January 2019 through December 2019, in a calendar format. Further, the months are written vertically in black print. Finally, the main header is “2018 – 2019 at a glance” in print font.

Life Goals:

This page is mostly blank. Then, “life goals” written at the top in a calligraphy font.

Yearly Goals:

Similar to the life goals page, this page is blank. However, “yearly goals” written at the top in a calligraphy font.

Handy Hashtags:

This is another blank page with the main header is a calligraphy font at the top. This title is “handy” in calligraphy and “hashtag” in print font. Next to this header is a “#.”

Embroidery Designs & Phrases:

This page is two blank pages with “embroidery” written at the top in a minimal cursive and “designs & phrases” written below it in print font.

Books to Read:

This is a list page with four columns to write in book titles. The main header is written in both calligraphy and minimal cursive. “books” is in calligraphy and “to read” is in minimal cursive. 

Monthly Calendar:

There are two different monthly layouts represented here. 

Minimal Calendar:

I used a simple grid calendar and simple black cursive heading vertically down the right side.

Monthly Calendar: 

I used a simple grid calendar and simple print fonts. This calendar has empty space on the right side where I painted in watercolor flowers of varying colors.

Monthly Habit Tracking: 

The habit tracker is a grid for each month with a square for each day of that month. The header is in black calligraphy font and black print font. The grid lines are not written in and, instead, this is represented as a grid.

Flower Calendar:

This calendar is different each month. It includes a black print mini calendar of that month. Then also includes a watercolor flower. Each month features a different flower.

Weekly Grid:

This is a simple 8-square grid. All lettering is done in a simple print font. 

Journal Pages:

This is a series of 3 blank pages every 4 months. The title is in black calligraphy font.

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