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17 Inexpensive Products That'll Make Your Journal Even More Awesome

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1. Design title pages for your journal with neon sticky dividers large enough to decorate with words and other illustrations.

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Promising Review: “I use these dividers in my bullet journal in place of a key or index, and they work perfectly. I actually laminated them and attached them with decorative washi tape because I literally use it everyday and didn't want the paper to wear out. I'm sure they would work without doing this, but I'm a little lamination obsessed.” —PDiddy

Get a 60-pack of assorted colors from Amazon for $5.25.

2. Invest in an affordable calligraphy pen set and the book Learn Calligraphy to take your lettering ideas to new heights.

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Promising Review: “I bought this calligraphy set for my husband who just became interested in calligraphy. It has different colors to choose from and point thicknesses. As a beginners set, I'd say it’s perfect.” —Elizabeth

The 33-piece calligraphy kit comes with four pens, five various-size nibs, 20 color cartridges, a practice pad, and an instruction book all housed in a metal case.

Get them from Amazon: calligraphy pen set for $16.99 and Learn Calligraphy for $12.84.

3. Divide your goals or separate your pages into multiple sections using different colored washi tape or a days of the week tape roll.

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Promising Review: “I’ve started bullet journaling and because my penmanship is pretty bad, I wanted Washi tape to jazz it up. The tape in the set has nice patterns, stick well, and are easy to peel and replace.” —Marmsy

Get the 12-pack of washi tape from Amazon for $13.97. Get the days of the week washi tape roll from Washi Gang on Etsy for $2.73.

4. Make a color index using a set of dual-tip brush pens that can write both thick and thin ink lines.

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Promising Review: “I purchased these after seeing several well-known artists utilize them, and I was not disappointed! They are incredibly pigmented, but easy to work with. I use them for hand lettering and calligraphy. They flow smoothly and are perfect for people starting to hand letter or just looking to draw with quality brush pens.” —Maisie Saffle

Get a 10-pack of pens on Amazon for $15.43.

You can watch a full-color index tutorial by Boho Berry here.

5. And avoid the heartache of unwanted ink stains with a pack of fine-tip Sharpie art pens that don't bleed through pages like thicker-tipped Sharpie pens.

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Promising Review: “I love these pens so much. They're awesome for sketching, doodling, or outlining pencil drawings. And they also write smoothly and dry instantly.” —Maddy

Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $11.57.

6. Create some beautiful headers and backgrounds to write and draw on with a set of watercolor paints and watercolor brushes.

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Promising Review: “This pan set has very pigmented colors and they mix well. They are easy to blend and the selection of shades is all-around perfect.” —Kristine

The three-pack of watercolor brushes includes a fine-, medium-, and large-tip brush.

Get them from Amazon: 36-Color Watercolor Pan Set for $7.87 and three-pack of Watercolor Brushes for $11.97.

You can read a full tutorial on adding watercolor paint to your journal by Little Coffee Fox here.

7. Keep smudges and leftover pencil marks from ruining your pretty pages with a pack of Hi-Polymer erasers that remove lead with ease.

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Promising Review: “These erasers are an absolute standard for drawing or coloring with pencils. I have been using these erasers since I was in school — yes, they had erasers back then! They don’t smudge or smear when using them, and they last a long time. For the money, you can't go wrong.” —Luki James

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $2.57.

8. Attach some adorable cat sticker dividers to the top of your pages to identify sections of your journal or flag pages you may need to update or find quickly.

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Promising Review: “These are adorable! I have the Louis Vuitton Agenda PM, and they fit perfectly for page markers and dividers. I'm glad the pack comes with 240 sheets of cuteness!” —MV

Get them from Amazon for $6.99.

9. Make the drawing process easier — especially if you aren’t the best artist — with a sturdy set of planner-size stencils that’ll work for various sections in your journal.

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Promising Review: “These stencils are great. The metal is a thick quality, and they're easy to maneuver on pages.” —Kindle Customer

Get the set of three from Amazon for $11.56.

10. Use a whiteout tape roll to quickly correct any mistakes you’ve made while writing in your book.

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Promising Review: “I write in a notebook as part of my job and these roll great and allow you to cover the tip to prevent the roll from getting damaged. I have had the opportunity to purchase and compare these to another well-known brand, and I have to say these are far by a better product.” —Lisa

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $3.03.

11. Draw even lines and make perfect grids with an 18-inch plastic ruler that will cover both sides of your journal's pages at one time.

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Promising Review: “This transparent ruler is nice for laying out parallel lines or cuts on paper. It also helps you quickly draw perpendicular lines with reasonable accuracy.” —C MacPhail

Get it from Amazon for $8.72.

12. Give some circle design templates a go — like a wheel calendar or pie chart for financial tracking — with a flexible jumbo circle stencil.

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Promising Review: “This stencil is great for helping me draw perfect circles. It is sturdy but can also be slightly bent for curved surfaces.” —Jennifer C

Get it from Amazon for $10.43.

Read a full Wheel Calendar tutorial by Decade Thirty here.

13. Brighten up your pages with a gang of highlighter pens you can use to identify important dates, trace over page headings, or simply fill in white space.

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Promising Review: “These highlighters don't dry out if you accidentally leave them clicked open, and the chisel tip is sturdy and accurate. They deliver the perfect amount of ink and don't puddle at the end of each highlight. They also do not bleed through the pages of the books I am use them in.” —Amazon-O-Holic

Get the eight-pack from Amazon for $7.98.

14. Code the dishes in your meal log or decorate the section’s header with a colorful food tape roll.

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Promising Review: “I love these washis. They are pretty, very different, and the customer service on my order was great.” —Angelique McHam

Get it from JnM Studio on Etsy for $2.20.

15. And specifically force yourself to break your fast food habit with a pack of "No Junk Food" tracker stickers designed to fit the pages of a range of popular planners and notebooks.

Promising Review: “This shop's stickers are so detailed and clear. The colors are sharp and the designs are fun." —TDerry Berry

Get a 20-pack from Annas Planner Bubble on Etsy for $2.58.

16. Track the dates for your goals on your individual journal pages using an undated mini calendar stamp.

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Promising Review: “I can’t wait to use this stamp in my bullet journal. It is a great size and of really good quality.” —Jacqueline

Get it from Cool Japan Stamp on Amazon for $9.32.

17. And pack away all of your journaling tools in one place with a space-saving plastic storage case that features adjustable dividers for pencils, stencils, and any other design goodies.

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Promising Review: “This is the cutest bin organizer I've bought in a very long time. It keeps all my scrapbooking items neat and saves a ton of closet space.” —Karen V Peralta

Get it from Amazon for $19.19+. Available in four colors.

The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.