Designer Planners, Bullet Journals and Notebooks

Designer Planners, Bullet Journals and Notebooks
The new iPad and Apple pencil give everyone the freedom to take notes on the iPad and on the go. There are several iPad note-taking apps, but GoodNotes is the most popular.

What does that mean for the digital artist? Just search for digital planners and stickers on any marketplace such as Creative Market or Etsy, and you will see for yourself the popularity of these items.

So, where do you start? I started by visiting several marketplaces and artist's websites to check out what other digital artists were creating. Of course, I can't cover everything here, so let's take a look at the most popular products.


In the GoodNotes app, you can create a new document, called a notebook, in either the landscape or portrait orientation. You also can choose from several default covers (see screenshot) and page styles (see screenshot) and you have your choice of sizes (see screenshot).

So why would you want to buy a planner or bullet journal, instead of using one of the defaults? The designer planners and bullet journals have an Index page with hyperlinks that will take you to the individual sections of the planner. For example, you could have a calendar section, containing yearly, monthly or weekly calendars. This calendar section would be listed on the Index page. When the user clicks that link, the planner will jump to the calendar section. We will cover how to make your own hyperlinked planner for GoodNotes in a later tutorial.

Designer Planners, Bullet Journals and Notebooks

Most common are digital planners, bullet journals and notebooks. The digital planner is ready-to-go, because it contains the cover, linked section dividers and various pages. Some of these pages can include yearly, monthly, weekly and daily calendars pages. Also included are pages such as habit tracker, wellness, payday, meals, shopping, cleaning, meeting, project, gratitude, to do, quotes, reading/books, goals, notes, contacts and sticker pages, to name only a few. These planners can contain hundreds of pages and cost over $50. Obviously these are for the serious planner enthusiasts. If you're not that serious yet, other planners contain only a few page templates and cost much less.

The bullet journal (BuJo) is popular because it contains only a few empty page templates and therefore, you can use them for just about any purpose. You can think of these as starter documents, leaving it up to the user to determine what to include. Many artists create BuJo packs or kits, containing anything you might want to add to your BuJo, such as covers, page templates, dividers, inserts, stickers, embellishments and more.

The digital notebook or notepad is very basic and contains only grid, dotted, lined and blank page templates. Of course, as with the BuJo, you are free to add just about anything.

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