I’ll be the first to admit, I am not a doodle expert, and really I hardly decorate my bullet journal pages other than a few colors in the mood tracker…

I decided it was time to try something a little different – to step out of my comfort zone and get a little artsy. Once I finished these spreads, I couldn’t wait to share the results with you! These were so fun to make, and allowed me to just get creative without even really thinking. And I wanted to share with you how easy it is to create these fun patterns without even being artistic or creative.

So here’s the backstory…

There’s one weekend a year that I look forward to more than ANY other weekend and that’s when the Hangout Festival comes to my town! It’s a 3-day music festival where a TON of fun acts come play in Gulf Shores on the freakin’ beach. I’ve been going for years now, and have a blast every single time. 🤙

This year, I thought I’d do it big in the journal. I wanted to recreate the line-up across three different pages in my book and make them beautiful! I started by hand lettering the line-up but realized I needed a little more oomph after just writing the simple schedule… so I tried out some “filler-doodles.”

I shared them on Instagram and I got a great response – I even got regrammed by @festivalpeoplemagazine!

Here’s the 3 pages I made in the journal:

I’m STILL planning on messing around with these spreads by actually marking which acts we saw (and loved) – and I’ll update when I have. For now though, I just wanted to show you exactly how to make these fun patterns. Yes, it takes a little bit of time, but its actually pretty relaxing and you get a really gorgeous result. 😍

And did I mention, you need absolutely NO artistic talent here to draw these patterns. I made a short video to show exactly how to draw these guys. In the second spread (Saturday), I used some simple stencils – an oval and star – all of different sizes, and just drew them over and over again…

The stencil part isn’t in the video, but I show you the 4 other designs from Friday & Sunday’s page – these are seriously super easy and once you learn the technique, you’ll be showing me up in no time!

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Watch and Learn…

Now see how simple that was?!

Like, it’s actually kinda relaxing – I would LOVE to see if you guys try these techniques out. It’s pretty much just repeating patterns over and over until ya wanna stop! 😜Definitely tag me in your pics if you try this out. I’d love to see!

Supplies I Used…

All you need for these designs is a pen, paper and MAYBE a ruler if you’re wanting to be a perfectionist. 😬 (um. guilty. 🙋‍♀️)

I just recently realized I’d lost my favorite Helix ruler, so I had to reorder – and I reordered TWO just to be safe! The little mini Helix is my favorite because it has the cork-back that helps prevent smearing, and its short enough to fit in my little travel cases. I tried a plastic 12-inch ruler once and regretted it immediately – seriously a smear-fest. Do yourself a favor and grab a little stainless steel ruler like this one! (or a door hanger 😉)…

Also, I’m using the Sharpie pen – a tried and true favorite – it’s cheap, and never bleeds for me!

The notebook I’m using in the video is a “bum-around with all my ideas” notebook I got from Michael’s online. It was FIVE DOLLARS 🤯 and it’s a dotted A5! It’s great for someone who is just beginning and doesn’t wanna spend a ton of money… It’s the Black Dot Journal By Artist’s Loft™ in case you’re interested. 😊 I bought it in one of my hauls when one of their fabulous “60% off one thing” coupons! [I can’t just buy ONE thing]

The Final Video…

Here’s the final product from the video… there are SO many different designs you can try with this simple concept. Try different shapes, sizes, amounts, etc. I’d love to see your creations!

Use these doodle patterns as filler in the blank spots on your pages – I have a “Zen a Day” section in some of my weekly spreads, and this is a perfect filler!

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