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How To Fix Bullet Journal Mistakes – My Top 10 Hacks!

How To Fix Bullet Journal Mistakes – My Top 10 Hacks!

How to cover up mistakes on paper

You don’t have to worry about being human and making mistakes on paper. In this post, I will show you how to cover mistakes in a bullet journal.

It can be pretty frustrating to have mistakes in your bujo especially if you like to be artistic with your bujo and try different spreads, layouts, and materials.

Nobody likes a misspelling, right? But what to do when you misspell the large header of your page?

I have been making mistakes in my bujo for… well, a very long time! I was setting up my monthly theme and used 4 different strategies to cover up my bullet journal mistakes.

I keep telling my friends that mistakes don’t matter because indeed they don’t and that you will forget it on the next page! You can just cross them off and start again.

But it is easier said than done sometimes.

For that reason, I decided to write about them because some of my hacks here are pretty neat and I discovered them through trial and error (and a lot of frustration too!).

So below I am giving my best tips on how to correct bullet journal mistakes in case they happen. I am also giving you some tips on how to avoid mistakes in the first place.


How to fix mistakes in the bullet journal

First I will start with the obvious choices and then some neat tips and hacks to erase pen I got along the way:


  • Use correction fluid

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This is just like being back at school. So easy to use and you can cover either small or large area. I like to use either the correction fluid with the brush for larger mistakes or the pen for smaller details.

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  • Use Correction tape

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I prefer using the correction tape more than the fluid because the tape requires absolutely no time to dry.

From my experience, the page color is very similar to the tape and even I have a hard time finding the correction area later on.

I use them a lot and you can hardly ever see it from my spreads pictures unless I take a very close shot like this:

Hot to correct mistakes in your bullet journal

How to fix bullet journal mistakes

I use Tipp-ex correction tape which is very popular in Europe, I think it is one of the best correction tapes around.

However, another popular brand is Wite-out, which seems to be very popular in the USA.

Get your correction tape here!


  • Use the Frixion pens

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The frixion pens are erasable pens that you can remove by using the rubber at the end of the cap or pen.

I think they are brilliant and they come in gel pen version but also felt tip marker versions.

The only caveat is that these pens are erased by heat and if you leave your journal inside a hot car or in the sun you might have some letters disappearing (but they seem to come back when you place the journal in the freezer?).

That has never happened to my bujo so I myself cannot attest whether the colors really disappear (or come back!).

I think they are super smooth to write with though and I have used them for several projects.

Before erasing these markers please make sure you test them in the paper first. They are to be used in normal writing paper and will not work on laminated paper – they will smear here.

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  • Use washi tape

Oh, washi tape and its many uses!

Have something to cover up? Washi tape to the rescue! It could be a doodle that went wrong, a line that was misplaced, or just for the fun of it… simply, washi it!

Just pick the ones with darker colors because many washi tapes are semi-transparent and that may not be really useful for this purpose.

I like to use metallic washi tapes for covering mistakes because they are not see-through at all!

Get yourself some cool washi tapes here!

40 Creative Bullet Journal Washi Tape Ideas


  • Use Stickers

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Just as brilliant as the washi tape just perhaps a little more colors and some cool graphics you can use.

If you have stickers that match your bullet journal theme for the month then you are sorted.

bullet journal stickers


  • Draw on top of it

Yep, sometimes an extra line here becomes a flower doodle at the end of the page. I did it a LOT before I had other correction tools and good pens because my gel pens used to smudge a lot in the beginning.

I would just draw or color something on to and be happy!


  • White gel pen

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This is something I only discovered recently after getting a white Uni-Ball gel pen to help decorating my hand letter fonts.

I like that it helps me fix deformed hand letters when I accidentally put too much pressure on the pen while writing something. I am still learning after all!

I just simply follow along the line with my white pen and it covers all kinds of inks, I have tested it with several of my pens.

So now I use it to correct small details when writing my entries in my book.

The ink flow of this pen is very generous so just leave the ink to dry for several seconds before carrying on with your project otherwise it will smudge.

Check out my favorite Bullet Journal Pens here!

Best Pens for Bullet Journal


  • Use metallic pens to hide the mistake

I am in love with these metallic pens and have used them in pretty much every layout I have done since I got them.

I like them mostly because it gives a little shimmer touch to the color and the ink is so strong that it covers most other ink in one go (but some need 2 layers to cover completely) without bleeding through paper.

These pens are my favorite hack on how to fix marker mistakes too.

They are my go-to fixer when I have to come up with something pretty creative to correct a silly mistake that is super visible.

I simply make a banner or header covering the entire mistake area then I write on top again.

How to cover up mistakes in your bullet journal


  • Add a blank piece of paper

This is for really big mistakes!

Yep, sometimes you mess up or misplace the whole page and there is little you can do but cover it and start all over.

You can also just cover a small area of the page with another paper to write on or colored paper as decoration.

If you need some coloring printables to cover a notebook page you can check my free printables here (just remember to resize to your notebook size before printing).


  • Get rid of the page

Sometimes the mess is so big that there is no point in even covering up mistakes.

I know, ripping pages out of bullet journals is super radical! But once in my early bujo days, I colored a page using markers that bled through terribly.

It didn’t only mess up the back of the page but it did mess up my next page too!

So I would have had to glue 2 pages to fix the problem...

I then realized that the pages were closer to the midsection of one of my notebook binding spines. So I just carefully ripped those pages out, including the one I had colored, and started anew!

In hindsight, I could also have cut the pages close to the binding center and used a washi tape in the middle to ‘decorate’ and hide the edge. If I had to do that again I would probably take this approach now!

How to create a vision board in your bullet journal


How to avoid mistakes in your bujo

The tips below might seem like obvious things but I had to learn them all the hard way so I am mentioning them here in case you are new to making bujo mistakes!

  • Use a pencil first! You don’t have to go freehand with a pen straight away, most of my difficult layouts get penciled first.
  • Plan what will be where in your pages before writing it.
  • Count dot grids to make sure your sentence will fit – this happens all the time!
  • Don’t plan and watch TV at the same time (pretty much all my header misspellings happen in this situation, LOL).

Eventually, you will learn to be less frustrated with mistakes. I now laugh out loud with mine and share with my friends.

What is your most hilarious bujo mistake? Share with me and let’s laugh together!



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Monday 24th of February 2020

White out tape is the best - I have a black pen and a journal. Nothing fancy - If I stopped to put on a sticker or draw a flower I'd go off the rails - I have ADHD Inattentive and the quicker and easier a task is the better! Ryder Carroll's original bullet journal is just right! Although I DO love to see other's beautiful pages!

Diary of a Journal Planner

Monday 2nd of March 2020

Hi Paris, Sometimes the simplest method is the easiest and most effective! It's great that you have worked out exactly how journaling works best for you. Happy journaling!


Wednesday 16th of October 2019

I live in South Florida I write with erasable Pens and highlighters, love them, and I leave my BoJo in the car a lot. I carry everywhere I go. Not to mention my pencil bag (very large) and I have never had any of my words or letters erase on me. And that can be in my BoJo, Bible notes, Bible Study or anything else. So not sure where this started but I have never seen it. And in a car here in the summer within 3 min it can get to 110 degs. Great Hacks, tried most. Joan

Diary of a Journal Planner

Saturday 19th of October 2019

That's great to hear Joan! Thanks for sharing your experience. I have never experienced that myself either (but I live in Ireland so I am risk free! lol).

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