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Bullet Journal Washi Tape Swatch

If you have a large washi tape collection like I do, you will find that a bullet journal washi tape swatch or sample page is a must!

A washi swatch is a small piece of washi tape that is taken to represent the larger washi tape roll. A small sample taken from your existing rolls can assist you in designing your bullet journal and putting together matching designs.

This spread becomes very important when you have a larger collection of tapes that is stored away.

A washi tape swatch is also a very fun bullet journal washi project to make. Who doesn’t love playing with washi?

I am a huge fun of stationery (surprise!) and nail polishes. So I decided to make a washi tape sample page using nail polish bottles.

Read on for the step-by-step tutorial for making these washi tapes swatches in your bujo too.


How to Make a Bullet Journal Washi Tape Swatch


You can make a tape swatch in any for you like, just strips of tape will do. But, if you enjoy the artistic side of bullet journaling you can follow my tutorial to make a nail polish swatch for washies.

What do you need for this project:

I started by doodling one nail polish bottle and check how it would fit in my bullet journal page.

Here is the step by step nail polish bottle doodle tutorial:

nail polish bottle doodle tutorial

Love doodling? Check out all my doodle posts here!

I measured roughly how they would fit in my journal and I was able to add 30 nail polish bottles to my open A5 notebook using 2 pages. Each bottle doodle took about 4 square grid in width and 9 square grids in height, producing 3 rows of 5 bottles per page.

So I counted from the bottom of the page the space that my 3 row of washi tapes would need before I started doodling. This was necessary for symmetry and also to make sure I had the header space where later I was going to add my swatch header.

The first step was to draw one bottle and see how it looked complete. I tested one washi tape in the middle too.

Once I was satisfied with how it would look I went ahead and doodled all 30 bottles using my Sakura Pigma Micron #08.

how to make a washi tape swatch

Next, I added the washi tape in the middle.

Note that, just as I did in the nail polish bottle doodles, I didn’t fill the bottle entirely with the washi swatch. I left the edges of the bottle free so I can doodle around it and make the same glass effect that real nail polish bottles have.

It was roughly the exact size for my 10mm washi tapes. However, when adding my skinny tapes I had to add 2 strips side by side to fill in the bottle space.

how to make a bullet journal washi tape swatch

Now it was time to finish the doodle and color the bottle cap. The little doodle details and shades were made with my Sakura Pigma Micron #005 and the cap was painted with the Sakura Pigma Micron Brush pen.

I love these pens, they have archival ink and don’t bleed or ghost on your journal. For more information about my favorite pen check this post here!

nail polish bottle washi tape swatch

The next step was adding the header, I have been practicing my brush lettering and I am super happy with how it turned out. I added some shades to the header and used the white gel pen to decorate.

This is how my bullet journal page for washi tape swatches turned out at the end!

washi tape collection sample swatch

If you have a lot more washi tape than 30 you can have more pages. You could change the design for every page and try different washi swatch doodles ideas, such as gift tags, banners, gift boxes etc.

Or you could also add thematic washi tape collections for every month using the latest washi you are into at the moment.

There was many washi tape swatch ideas, just let your creativity flow.

washi tape swatches

What do you think about this page? Do you also have a washi tape swatch in your bullet journal?

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About Diary of a Journal Planner

Lover of all things journaling with a serious pen and washi tape addiction. Lifelong doodler who loves to keep life organized. Want to keep a bullet journal? Here you will find plenty of bujo, calligraphy and doodle ideas to get you started.

2 thoughts on “Bullet Journal Washi Tape Swatch”

  1. I am new to bullet journaling. I just learned about it today at my homeschool convention. I love the swatch idea and plan on adding it. Where in the journal do you recommend it to be added?

    • So glad that you found out about bullet journaling. You could really add it anywhere that makes sense to you. We have seen people create a new one for each monthly theme and add it to their monthly spread, or do a whole collection one after their index page. There is no right or wrong so have fun experimenting 🙂

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