Stationery Haul & Product Review

The world of stationery can be very overwhelming. Check out my thoughts on the products and get 12% off your Paperhouse order!

The world of stationery can be very overwhelming and finding and testing products yourself can be daunting and expensive. reached out and offered to send me some of their products to test out so that you do not have to! This article is a product review where I will walk through my first impressions, pros and cons after use, and final impressions of the products they sent. Check out my thoughts on the products and get 12% off your Paperhouse order!

Overall First Impressions of

Paperhouse sent me so many products; I was overwhelmed at first and just had to try them all out immediately. The pictures above show my first trial of each of the products outside of sticky note tests. I have very few negative first thoughts. The only negative that stood out to me was how difficult it was to use the fruit tape without ripping it. However, everything else worked just fine. The iridescent tape is beautiful, and the pens are really fun to play with!

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Double Lines & Colors Pen Set of 3 Double Lines & Colors Pen Set of 3


  • Very unique
  • Instant depth
  • Varied color options
  • Write well on paper
  • Come with 3 pens


  • Not my favorite color pairings
  • Require some practice (not a ton)

Glitter Washi Tape Set of 3


  • Beautiful coloring
  • Irridencence


  • Sticky, but could be stickier
  • Not glitter

Rainbow Masking Washi Tape

Rainbow Masking Washi Tape


  • Many color options
  • Easy to use
  • Beautiful color


  • Sticky, but could be stickier

Watercolor Fruit Washi Tape

Watercolor Fruit Washi Tape


  • Perfect for a summer bujo theme
  • Beautiful
  • Various options


  • Rips very easily
  • Loses stickiness easily

Cherry Pink Sakura Stickers

Cherry Pink Sakura Stickers


  • Gorgeous artwork
  • Varied styled
  • Good size to use in planner
  • Stickiness is optimal


  • Difficult to store

Plant Cactus Washi Stickers

Plant Cactus Washi Stickers


  • Gorgeous artwork
  • Varied styled
  • Good size to use in planner
  • Stickiness is optimal


  • Difficult to store

The Beautiful Planet Sticky Notes

The Beautiful Planet Sticky Notes


  • Good size
  • Beautiful design (watercolor)
  • Round


  • Not very sticky

Colorful Thin Decor Foiled Washi Tape


  • Huge variety of patterns
  • Varied colors within the pack
  • Awesome designs
  • Very thin
  • Stick well


  • Not for everyone

Weekday and Clock Time Washi Tape


  • Very useful designs
  • Small enough to fit time on one A5 sized page
  • Perfect tape pairing


  • Oddly colored

 COLNK Outline Marker

 COLNK Outline Marker


  • Very unique concept
  • Super useful to outline headers/lettering
  • Various color options
  • Vibrant coloring
  • Writes very well/smooth


  • bleeds on some paper types
  • Doesn’t show up properly on some paper types

Final Thoughts on

I love the unique pen types, the iridescent and rainbow tapes as well as the houseplant stickers. These are my favorite items of those noted above. Overall, I am delighted with the products Paperhouse sent me and would recommend them all, though, the fruit washi tape does rip a lot. I intend to use each of these products in my future layouts!

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12+ Washi Tape Sets You Must Have

If you're like me, then you love using washi tape, but it can be difficult to find tape to fit you. Here are some of my favorite washi tape sets!

If you are anything like me, then you absolutely love using washi tape in your bullet journals and planners, even in some of your DIY projects! However, with the immense amount of washi tape sets that are available, it can sometimes be very difficult to find great washi tape to fit your bullet journal.

Not only are there a million different washi tapes to pick from, but there are dozens (if not more) ways to use it! Let’s learn some more about washi tape, how to use it, and check out some of my favorite washi tape sets!

What Is Washi Tape?

Maybe you are reading this article and wondering “what is washi tape?” So, what exactly is washi tape?

Washi tape is a type of decorative, often colored or patterned, adhesive tape. They are often colorful, have decorative patterns, and are popular among bullet journal, planner, and DIY communities. Also, they can come in a variety of lengths and widths!

Where Did ‘Washi Tape’ Come From?

The term washi references a Japanese paper. Washi tape is usually (or at least historically) made from natural fibers such as bamboo, hemp, or the bark of trees that are native to Japan. 

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How Can You Use Washi Tape?

Now one of the questions you have likely been looking to answer, how exactly can you use washi tape. You might already be aware of one or two ways to use it, but there are so many more possibilities than you are likely aware of!

While this list is not a complete list (as people are constantly coming up with new ways of using washi tape), here are some of the most popular ways to use washi tape!

  • Planner decoration
  • Bullet journal decoration
  • Planner labeling
  • Houseplant pot decorating
  • Wall decoration
  • Home decorating
  • Craft projects
  • Labeling
  • DIY stickers
  • Picture frame decorating
  • DIY picture frames
  • & MUCH more!

Our Favorite Washi Tapes

Now that we’ve explored washi tape a bit, I wanted to share with you some of my absolute favorite washi tapes. These are tapes that I actually own and use! Additionally, you can check out some of our other posts on Bullet Journaling Notebooks and Colorful Pens!

Wonderful Washi Tape – Geometric Collection

This particular set of tape was the very first set I bought myself. I am personally very picky about patterns, but I love a lot of the tapes in this set. My favorites are the arrow ones and the black and white ones. Pattern aside, this tape is a good quality for paper. Though, I have not tested it on other surfaces.

Savena Washi Tape Set

This washi tape set is another staple in my collection. I love a good black and white washi tape with a fun pattern! These tapes function similarly to the previous set in that they work great on paper, but I have not used them on other surfaces.

Fantasy Starlit Sky Washi Tape

You simply cannot go wrong with galaxy patterns! I love this set of three tapes with pink, purple, and blue galaxy designs. These tapes are fairly sticky, but I do not have any issues with weirdly ripping, so they are a winning set!

Ocamo Sky Washi Tape

I am a huge houseplant fanatic, so naturally I ordered plant washi tape. The tape you see here is not the exact tape I ordered, but it is one of the options that are available with the houseplant ones. Each time I look back, the houseplant tapes are sold-out. However, they have a few other options such as flowers and sky. The tape is really sticky and I have not had any annoying ripping. Plus the designs are super cute!

Thin Black Washi Tape

I know, this tape is really really boring. However, it’s essential to have thin black washi tape for lining and borders. I love this role because it works. I used it in my October Plan-with-Me in order to create and complete lines. It only tore my paper when I let it sit too long or pulled it off too quickly; however, it sticks nicely as well!

Dalus Gold Foil Washi Tape

If you love gold as much as I do, this tape set is such a fun set to have. There are varied colors and designs, all of which include gold foiling in the details. I absolutely love it!

Antner Floral Washi Tape

Floral washi tapes are a solid choice if you are unsure about what to get. The floral theme is such a popular one, you are likely to use it, well, unless you hate flowers. Either way, this set is a great one because of the sheer amount of patterns, the price, and the good quality!

Knaid Floral Washi Masking Tape Set

Here is yet another floral washi tape set. This one is more bubbly and fun than the previous but is of similar quality. The main difference (other than the patterns) is that you pay slightly more for this one. However, it is likely that the price difference is due to a tape dispenser being included in this set.

Thin Colorful Washi Tape

Thin colorful tape is another staple for bullet journaling. Luckily, this set is super cheap for the number of tapes you get! While these tapes lose their stick fairly easy, there are so many colors to choose from and for a fair price.

Washi tape an amazing way to add creativity and function to your bullet journal or to your DIY projects. Hopefully, this post has inspired you to go out and use washi tape!

Do you plan to add tape to your bullet journal? Let us know how you use washi tape in the comments!

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Ultimate Gift Ideas List | Bullet Journaling & Planning

Coming up with gift ideas is difficult when you arn't into bullet journaling. Here is a HUGE list of gift ideas for the bullet journaler in your life!

Shopping for everyone during the holidays can be a real hassle! Coming up with gift ideas is often difficult when you are not involved in the same hobbies as the person you are shopping for. Look no further! Here is a comprehensive list of gift ideas for a bullet journaler or planner obsessed person!

Content Overview

  1. Notebooks & Journals
  2. Brush Pens
  3. Other Pens
  4. Lettering Book & Guides
  5. Washi Tape
  6. Stickers
  7. Paints
  8. Stamps & Ink
  9. Stationery
  10. Desktop Decor & Organization
  11. Other Odds & Ends

Notebooks & Journals

The most basic thing you can get someone is a notebook or journal for their bullet journal experience. There are a ton of amazing journals, but chances are, your loved one is interested in one of the following journals!

Leuchtturm1917 Dotted Journal

Moleskine Classic Notebook

Midori MD Notebook

Miquelrius Soft Bound Medium Journal

Some Lines A Day 5 Year Memory Book Hardcover Journal

Dingbats Wildlife Hardcover Notebook

Essentials Dot Matrix Notebook

Dotted Bullet Notebook – Eco-Friendly Natural Cork Hardcover

Rhodia Goalbook

Brush Pens

Brush pens are a specific type of pen that your loved one is sure to want! These pens are great gift ideas because they make it easy to do amazing lettering in your journal and come in so many amazing shapes, sizes, qualities, and colors! Here are a couple super popular brush pen sets!

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Set

Faber-Castel Pitt Artist Brush Pens

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen

Metallic Calligraphy Brush Marker Pens

Royal Talens Ecoline Liquid Watercolor Brush Pen

Crayola Super Tips Washable Markers

Other Pens

Maybe your loved one is looking for something other than brush pens? Here are some gift ideas for other types of pens like art pens, markers, high lighters, fine liners, etc. Check some of these well-loved pens out!

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens Set

Metallic Markers Pens

Sakura Gelly Roll White

PILOT G2 Rolling Ball Gel Pens

Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens

Sakura Pentouch Paint Marker, Medium

Pentouch Paint Marker, 1.0mm

Zebra Mildliner Highlighter Pen Set

Lettering Books & Guides

Sometimes we are gifting for someone who is interested in something but hasn’t quite gotten around to learning how to start yet. Well, these lettering book gift ideas are perfect for someone who wants to improve their handwriting and brush lettering but doesn’t know how!

Creative Lettering and Beyond

Hand-Lettering for Everyone

Hand Lettering 101

Lettering and Modern Calligraphy

Washi Tape

Washi tape is a fun way to spice up your bullet journal and it is perfect as a gift idea! The fun shapes, colors, patterns and designs that washi tape comes in is sure to excite your loved one!

Savena Washi Tape Set

Decorative Washi Tape DIY Rainbow

Wonderful Washi Tape – Geometric Collection

Washi Tapes Month Week Daytime Todo

Crafty Animal Washi Tape

Japanese Washi Masking Tape

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So many people love to add stickers to their journals and notebooks. This as well as the immense variety of stickers to pick from, makes these sets perfect gift ideas for bullet journalers!

Holiday Seasonal Planner Sticker Sheets

Cute Nature VSCO Girl Stickers

Various Special Shaped Stickers-Flower Series

Clear Cursive Planner Sticker Bundle

Ultimate Productivity Planner Stickers Set

The Happy Planner, Clear Dates Stamps


Just like washi tape and stickers, paint is a great addition to any artistic bullet journaler’s toolbox! Giving paint is a great gift idea if your loved one is an artistic person!

DecoArt0 Media Fluid Acrylic Paint


FolkArt Metallic Acrylic Paint


ARTEZA Watercolor Paint


Watercolor Paint Set


Stamps & Ink

I love using stamps and ink in my bullet journal. It’s a quick and easy way to add art! As such, stamps and ink make a great gift idea for a planner!

Clear Stamps, Holiday Planner Icons

Planner to Do and Planner Everyday Stamp Sets

Planner to Do and Planner Everyday Stamp Sets

Hero Arts, Weather Icons

Wooden Box Number Alphabet Letter Rubber Stamp

Ubegood Stamp Pad

Tsukineko Versacraft Ink Pads

Avery Carter’s Foam Stamp Pad, Black

Craft Ink Pad Stamps 20 Colors


People who love bullet journaling and planning often love stationery as a whole! Here are some stationery items such as cards, notepads, sticky notes, and more!

Hunger Gradient Color Sticky Note

Bliss Collections Daily Planner Tear Off Pad

 Bliss Collections Daily Planner Tear Off Pad

Marble Stationery Paper

Officemate Binder Clips, Gold

Gold Premium Cute Paper Clips

Tombow Mono Hybrid Correction Tape

American Greetings Pastel Stationery Sheets and Colored Envelopes

Recycled Cardstock Notecards with Natural Tree Design

Desk Top Decor & Organization

Being a bullet journaler can get hectic and chaotic. Trying to find places to store everything can feel impossible! Here are some gift ideas to help your loved one organize their bullet journaling tools!

Rose Gold Desk Organizer Set

Simmer Stone Desktop Letter Sorter

Desktop Organizer – Adjustable Wood Display Shelf

Desk Accessory Organization Kit

Reliancer File Organizer Triangle

Other Odds & Ends

Not every bullet journaling or planning gift idea falls neatly into one of the previous categories. However, that does not mean that it isn’t an amazing idea for a gift! Here is everything I recommend for a bullet journaler that doesn’t fit neatly into a category.

HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer

HP Sticky-Backed Photo Paper

Glitter Shake Jars

Quickie Glue Pen

No matter what kind of bullet journal or planner you are shopping for, this list is bound to help you shop for them! Which of these was your favorite gift idea? Did you go ahead and buy any of these? Let us know in the comments!

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Green Houseplant August Bullet Journal Plan-With-Me


It’s a new month which means it is time for a new plan-with-me. This month’s spread is green and houseplant themed. Interested in learning more? Then, keep on reading!

The Green Houseplant Theme Process

For August, I decided to use green as my main theme. However, I did not want to use acrylic paint again. So, I browsed my ink collection thinking that I could use mosaic stamps. This idea was another flop as I don’t have a green ink like I thought I did. I knew I wanted to use houseplant washi tape and needed some more, so, about halfway through July, I ordered some houseplant tape through Amazon AND Etsy hoping that one of them would come in time though neither had tracking information.

I finally settled on using watercolor and began mixing a green color that I felt would match the tapes I had ordered. I painted up the pages well in advance but the washi tape was not coming in time. The first week and a half of August I did not have completed layouts, I took pictures before the washi tape came in, then you can view the layouts once I completed them with the washi tape. You can also check this out in the video flip-through embedded above.

Before Adding Washi Tape

After Adding Washi Tape

The Layout Descriptions

Per usual, my August spread includes a hello page and then weekly planning pages. First, the hello page is painted almost entirely in green watercolor paint. There is a strip across the upper-middle of the page that is not painted over. This unpainted section is bordered with houseplant washi tape. Finally, in a minimal black script, “August” is across the center.

Next, the weekly layouts follow a general design. I painted the space of this layout in the same green watercolor as the hello page. Then on the bottom edge of the page is more green houseplant washi tape. Each page features a different washi tape. Next, I outlined the seven columns found in the center of the two pages in black ink.

Additionally, the header is in a black minimal script font on the left page. Then, on the right page is the week number, again, in black. Lastly, the letter and number indicating the day and date are in black at the top of the day’s column.

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20 Creative Washi Tape Swatch Layouts For Your Bullet Journal


Are you a washi tape collector?? Me too! I am always trying to find new and unique ways to keep track of my washi tape collection but I can never quite find a way. Here are 20 different creative washi tape swatch layouts for you to use in your bullet journal!

Washi Tapes by @b.bulletjournal

What I like about this layout is its simplicity; this is the kind of simple swatch I might gravitate toward when creating my own!

Washi Swatches by @sleepy.tofu

As a fellow artist, I died when I saw this washi tape swatch because I love how creative it is. The idea of painting the tape across the layout was brilliant.

Washi Bookshelf by @nohnoh.studies

A bookshelf is another fantastic way to show off washi tape! Love it!

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Washi Puppies by @casawashi

Puppies! How cute and creative, who would have thought to use dogs to show off your washi collection.

Hanging Washi Tape by @sleepy.bujo

The hanging photos is a classic and I love it!

Hanging Washi Tape by @zenithjournals

Here is another hanging washi tape layout, fantastic!

Washi Swatches by @bastiendoesthings

The eclecticism here is wonderful, this reminds me a lot of my design style and I might just steal it 😉

Washi Tape Collection by @bujomiranda

I like this hanging one because it is different, instead of being a ton of tiny squares, she keeps enough length to show off the tape design.

Washi Sneaker Swatches by @theinkystory

Sneakers! What a cute and creative way to show off washi tape! 

Washi Theme Ideas by @amber.journals

How cool that this layout is a theme layout, not just for swatching. She matches ink to each tape; I love it!

Washi Tape Swatches by @bujobycindy

Taping “pictures” to the wall, what a cute spin on the hanging pictures style layout!

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Patchwork Quilt by @birdybujo

I am a huge fan of this one because I love quilts, How fun!

Pastel Washi Swatch by @adagio.studies

How neat is it when a swatch also uses theming? I find it super aesthetically pleasing.

Mega Swatchi Tape by @hydrostudies

Price tags! How creative!

Washi Tape by @lamardewashi

Again, I love a simple tape swatch spread!

Washi Tree by @casawashi

I have not seen any washi tape spread so unique, What a cool idea of creating a washi tree!

Washi Café by @viva.fe.mas.creatividad

If you are a coffee fan, this swatch spread is for you!

Washi Tape Wardrobe by @ghiblistudies

Hanging tape off of hangers like fabric or clothing, I love how creative these swatch layouts can be!

Washi Collection by @laurelei

Another super amazing example of hanging washi tape!

July Washi Tape by @robys_bujo

I love seeing tape hung over hangers like fabric!

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Night Sky July 2018 Bullet Journal Plan-With-Me

This month’s bullet journal layout is far different than my layouts usually are. Normally I keep my bullet journal fairly minimal and simple, I keep color and art to a minimum; however, this month Life of Colour sent me their watercolor brush pens to try out, and I just had to create my July pages around the idea of watercolor. This post may contain affiliate links.

Theme | Watercolor Abstract Night Sky

If you follow me on Instagram, then you are well aware of my love for watercolor and how often I try to incorporate it. That being said, when Life of Colour contacted me about trying out their pens and becoming an ambassador, I simply HAD to say yes. After messing around with the pens and creating their ‘pen test” page (see below), I can safely say that these watercolor pens are amazing!

I messed around with the pens for a few days, then inspiration hit! First, I needed a new theme for July but had been too busy to give it any thought. I have always loved seeing super artistic bullet journaling Instagrams who create night sky art that is phenomenal. While I could never do something so beautiful with any kind of pen, I thought that I could embrace my imperfect art style and create something sort of abstract—a night sky was the perfect fit! Thus, I created my night sky themed July bullet journaling layouts.



I chose the night sky theme. However, you really only see that at play on the title page. The title page is covered completely using the blue and gray watercolor pens speckled with “stars” using the yellow pen. I blended out the starts using the water blending pen that came with my Life of Colour pen set I also used the yellow pens in the center of “July” and then outlined it using a black Tombow Dual Brush Pen. The goal of this layout was to be messy and abstract, I did not want perfection because the imperfections are my favorite part of watercolor.

After I created the title page, I focused on my monthly page. I wanted to switch things up even more while I was being uncharacteristically artistic. I put the calendar on the right side of the page and put my goals on the left. This month I felt there to be no need in taking up space with labeling the month since I had a hello July page. I filled the background of these layouts with the yellow watercolor.

I kept the weekly layouts incredibly similar to normal. The main difference was filling the top with the yellow watercolor. Additionally, I used the same blue and black watercolor night sky method on the days of the week. I was so inspired by this theme that I ordered some night sky washi tape to add to my weekly layouts. This month may easily be one of my favorite layouts so far this year!


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A Bullet Journal for Bujo Beginners | 10-Day Challenge

I was sitting at my desk the other day, looking at my list of bullet journal post ideas, trying to figure out what to post today. It occurred to me that I had not done a challenge in a while, nor had I addressed bullet journaling beginners. So today I will be challenging both beginners and pros (though this will be particularly helpful for beginners) to a 30-day bullet journaling challenge! Let’s get started!

Getting Prepared for the Challenge

Before you can begin this challenge you need a few things: a journaling notebook, colored pens or markers, other tools (stickers, washi tape, stamps, etc.). There are no specific tools that will work for everyone, some people might use a blank notebook and still others might use lined, gridlines, or dotted and that is okay! Below are my bullet journal tools of choice. You can also click here to read about the best bullet journal beginner’s notebook!

Now that we have everything we need, let’s start with day one.

Day One | Create A Plan Of Action

What is a plan of action you might ask? Well, you plan out your first few pages. For me, this means planning out the order of my started pages. My starter pages always include a title page, key, index, and year at a glance. Planning them does not necessarily mean finalizing them, but you can if you’d like. I like to at this point simply choose which pages are which (aka the order they will go in).

If you are not interested in using some of the starter pages I use, then do your own thing! Maybe add some list pages. Today is just for planning, so if all you do is pick some page types and order them, that is fine.

A Bullet Journal for Bujo Beginners | 10-Day Challenge

Day Two | Pick Your Symbols and Colors

Now we will tackle the key page. For some people, they choose to stick to the generic bullet journal key. Others, like me, like to go a little crazier and include additional symbols, rules, and colors. For some inspiration check out these bullet journal keys:

Day Three | Design Your Title Page

Today we will be designing your title page! Before you start designing your page, get inspired here. Next, be sure to start in pencil just in case you don’t end up liking it or in case of a spelling or positioning error. After the design is drafted completely in pencil you can finish it in black pen or color (or whatever else you want!).

Day Four | Design Your Key Page

For some people, this day will be easy, while for other’s it’s more complicated. It’s very important to draw this one out in pencil first and to have completed day two first. Once you know what you want on your key page, draw it up! Here is some inspiration

Day Five | To Index or Not to Index

Did you decide to include an index? If no, then today, design any other of your starter pages that you’ve planned. If yes, you need to design it. Do you need to manually number your page? Do you want to set aside several pages for the index or make it a broad index? I chose a two column, color-coded, multipage index.

Day Six | Take a Break

Designing your bullet journal pages is tedious and can easily burn you out if you don’t take some time off. So today, set aside your journal and spend some time taking care of yourself.

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Day Seven | Monthly? Weekly? Daily? Let’s Plan!

Today we are starting our regular planning pages. To do this you have to decide what pages will be included in your monthly, weekly, or daily planning. Head over to Pinterest for some inspiration. Today is a planning day so you don’t need to start a design, just have a general idea of what you want that layout to include (monthly title page, monthly calendar, goals, weekly spreads, daily spreads, mind dumps, financial planning, etc.) and how many pages it will require.

A Bullet Journal for Bujo Beginners | 10-Day Challenge

Day Eight | First Month Designing

Now that you’ve planned your monthly layout, design it. Just like before, start with pencil and get inspired! Check out these simple layout designs!

Day Nine | Catch-Up Design Day

Get caught behind the schedule? That’s understandable, I did too. Use today to catch up!

Day Ten | Use Your Journal!

Your journal is ready for use, so start using it!! At this point what you do with your journal is 100% up to you, no need for guidance. When it comes to using your journal from here on out, I suggest you take a few things into consideration.

What did you think of the challenge? Was it helpful? Let me know in the comments!

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