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Simple and Subtle Bullet Journal Cover Using Mod Podge and Stencils

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If you have been looking for a way to bespoke your bullet journal covers, I’ve got a great little idea for you today! I’ve shared different ideas in the past, like my paper doily bullet journal cover, a duct tape cover, and even a portable bullet journal system! So I really love making my bullet journal a little bit special by changing the cover.

Simple and Subtle Bullet Journal Cover Using Mod Podge and Stencils

In this version, you’ll need a plain bujo. I bought mine from Michael’s for $5, and they have them in TONS of colors and in different paper types (graph, dot grid, lined, plain). You’ll also need your favorite plastic stencil, some mod podge and a sponge brush.

To begin, you’ll need to decide which stencil you want to use on your cover. I have tons, so I chose a basic circle pattern.

Simple and Subtle Bullet Journal Cover Using Mod Podge and Stencils
Simple and Subtle Bullet Journal Cover Using Mod Podge and Stencils

Once you know which stencil, place it exactly where you want it to be on the book and then use some painters tape to tape the edges down, making sure not to block the pattern.

Simple and Subtle Bullet Journal Cover Using Mod Podge and Stencils

Once your stencil is secure, use your sponge brush to pick up a bit of Mod Podge and carefully dab it over the pattern. Try not to pull the sponge across the stencil or you may get some underneath. Just dab gently on top (see the video if you’re confused).

Simple and Subtle Bullet Journal Cover Using Mod Podge and Stencils

Once you have done a layer, you can either stop or add a second layer. Once you are happy, carefully remove your stencil, undoing the tape and pulling up.

Simple and Subtle Bullet Journal Cover Using Mod Podge and Stencils

If your stencil is smaller than your journal, you’ll need to place it down again to continue the pattern. Be careful not to get Mod Podge on the book as you do this. Re-secure it with more tape and then follow previous steps to add your Mod Podge to the rest of the book.

Simple and Subtle Bullet Journal Cover Using Mod Podge and Stencils

Once you’re done, remove the stencil and leave the journal to dry. This can take hours depending on how thick you layered your Mod Podge. It should dry clear, and there should not be any tackiness to it.

Simple and Subtle Bullet Journal Cover Using Mod Podge and Stencils

You can watch the video for more ideas on how you can jazz it up even further, but I love the subtle clear texture that shows through on this one! Let me know what you think!

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