Fun Books for Your 2021 Planner


I love the smell of a new planner in the new year, don’t you? Dress up your planner and work on your art skills with these doodle and calligraphy books for your 2021 planner!


Beyond Bullets

Megan Rutell

Going beyond basic tools, this book offers tips, tricks and creative ways to transform your notebook into a treasured life companion, including: • Ornamental lettering • Personalized habit trackers • Colorful calendars • Decorative headers • Customized productivity lists • Inspiring artwork • Creative future logs • Unique planning pages

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Journal Me Organized

Rebecca Spooner

Get organized! Blogging star Rebecca Spooner shows how a great journal can put your life in order. Whether you're planning the week's menus or training for your first 5K, Journal Me Organized offers a creative way to eliminate mental clutter and focus on goals. It covers everything from choosing a notebook and cross-referencing to goal setting and time management. Inspirational pages, fun ideas, and easy-to-follow instructions accompany tutorials and templates for designs that range from minimalist to exuberant.

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Journal with Purpose

Helen Colebrook

The ultimate reference for journaling, this collection is packed with over 1,000 motifs that can be used to decorate and enhance bullet or dot journal pages. Featuring banners, arrows, dividers, scrolls, icons, borders and alphabets, this amazing value book will be a constant source of inspiration.

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Journal It!

Jenny Doh

Presents the work of nineteen mixed-media artists who discuss the variety of techniques that they use in creating their personal journals and present advice for tapping into sources of creativity and inspiration.

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Artful Alphabets

Joanne Sharpe

Create uniquely artful words with secrets from Joanne Sharpe! Joanne Sharpe--author of the popular book The Art of Whimsical Lettering--has gathered together 55 of her favorite hand-drawn alphabets for this light-hearted collection. Follow simple illustrated steps to replicate each style...no lengthy instructions or extensive practice required. Any "imperfections" only add to their charm! Try your hand at letterforms inspired by feathers, flowers, postage stamps, vintage type, doodles, taxi cabs, chalkboards and more. Equally exciting are the variety of media used, from colored pencils and markers to paints and inks. Looking to add an artful touch to the world around you? These letters are perfect for personalizing anything from family calendars and daily planners to wall art, art journals, cards and one-of-a-kind gifts. You can even use the techniques and inspiration in this book to invent completely original alphabets of your own. With this A to Z guide, there's no limit to the statements you can make! * Awesome alphabets--55 in all, ranging from basic block and stick letters to fanciful illustrated fonts * Beginner-friendly instructions--Each alphabet is broken down into just a few simple steps * Creative variety of tools and media--pens, markers, brushes, inks, paints, colored pencils, fountain pens, cardstock and much more

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Kawaii Doodle Class

Zainab Khan

The Japanese word kawaii translates to "cute," and this how-to book is chock-full of super-adorable images of tacos, sushi, smoothies, clouds, rainbows, cacti, doodle monsters, Christmas trees, lipsticks, teacups, and more for your adoration. Popular kawaii artist Zainab Khan shows you how to draw 75 super-cute characters with simple step-by-step illustrations and instructions. She has also included fun search-and-find images and inspiration boards that show you how to give your characters different facial expressions and zany accessories. Thanks to this crash course in Kawaii Doodle Class, soon you will be enhancing your notebooks, stationery, artwork, and more with your own unique kawaii world!

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Kawaii Doodle Cuties Sketching Super-Cute Stuff from Around the World

Zainab Khan

Learn to draw cute artwork from countries around the globe with Kawaii Doodle Cuties.

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Kawaii Doodle World

Pic Candle, Zainab Khan

Take your doodling skills to the next adorable level with this follow-up to popular YouTube artist Pic Candle's best-selling Kawaii Doodle Class and Kawaii Doodle Cuties—featuring over 100 lovable, huggable characters in 25 tableaus, with simple step-by-step illustrations and instructions, search-and-find puzzle patterns that you can color, and inspiration pages. Chock-full of super-sweet tableaus that are chock-full of super-cute characters of everyday objects, you will learn how to draw multiple characters and arrange them into a super-fun scene. Complete the scene by embellishing it with sweet decorations and faces. Soon enough, you will be enhancing your notebooks, stationery, artwork, and more with your own unique kawaii universe. So, let’s get this doodle party started!

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Mini Kawaii Doodle Cuties

Pic Candle, Zainab Khan

Prepare for the cutest world tour ever with this miniature, portable, and even cuter version of Kawaii Doodle Cuties! YouTube celebrity artist Pic Candle shows you how to draw kawaii characters from every stop on the map! The Japanese word kawaii translates to “cute,” and this how-to book is chock-full of super-adorable images from your favorite spots around the globe. With doodles of food, nature, animals, architecture, fashion, and more, you will learn to draw cute artwork from countries all over the world! Learn how to draw a darling Eiffel Tower, macaron, and beret from France. Or master how to draw precious natural wonders like Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and enchanting architecture like India’s Taj Mahal. Or sketch fashion fun like a K-pop skirt from South Korea and charming transportation like a tuk tuk from Vietnam. Mini Kawaii Doodle Cutiesfeatures over 100 lovable, huggable characters and includes simple step-by-step illustrations and instructions, search-and-find puzzle patterns that you can color, and inspiration pages. Thanks to this adorable crash course in doodling all things kawaii, you’ll soon be enhancing your notebooks, stationery, artwork, and everything with unbelievably adorable illustrations!

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The Art of Doodle Words

Sarah Alberto

In The Art of Doodle Words, YouTube artist Sarah Alberto shows you how to combine hand lettering and carefree doodles into your own artwork. If you love the look of hand lettering and calligraphy, but find it too intimidating or perhaps too ornate, then The Art of Doodle Words is the book for you. Now you can learn the basics of lettering just by doodling. Sarah Alberto, the artist behind the popular YouTube channel Doodles by Sarah, likes to start her doodle words with a simple letter or word. Whether you're drawing a word like cold or love or idea, Sarah will show you how to transform it into doodles using super-cute sketches and simple lines. A basic word becomes an adorable illustration. Sarah will also teach you how to work in reverse, starting with a doodle and turning it into a cute illustration of letters and words. Pick up The Art of Doodle Words and begin learning stress-free, laid-back lettering styles now!

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Dot Journaling—A Practical Guide

Rachel Wilkerson Miller

Organize your life, record what matters, and get stuff done! What the heck is a dot journal? It’s a planner, to-do list, and diary for every aspect of your life: work, home, relationships, hobbies, everything. Early adopter Rachel Wilkerson Miller explains how to make a dot journal work for you—whether you find the picture-perfect examples on Pinterest inspiring or, well, intimidating. You decide how simple or elaborate your journal will be, and what goes in there: Lists of your to-dos, to-don’ts, and more Symbols that will make those lists efficient and effective Spreads to plan your day, week, month, or year Trackers for your habits and goals (think health, money, travel) Accouterments such as washi tape, book darts, and more!

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All about Techniques in Calligraphy

Provides step-by-step instructions covering the techniques of calligraphy.

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Calligraphy Techniques

Mary Noble

This illustrated guide to the craft shows how the beginner should set about acquiring the necessary skills to become a proficient calligrapher.

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Cute Hand Lettering

Cindy Guentert-Baldo

Make your journal pages shine! With this book, readers can learn to hand letter as beautifully as the experts in the planner and journaling communities. Inspirational teacher and sticker designer Cindy Guentert-Baldo shows you how. Tutorials and example pages will have you creating amazing journal pages and art projects in no time. The book includes plenty of practice space and prompts to inspire daily drills and experimentation. Decorate letters, learn different styles, and add to your toolbox of journal-lettering ideas!

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How to Doodle Everywhere

Kamo

Anyone can doodle—and this book proves it! Your intrepid doodling guide Kamo is the author of many bestselling drawing guides, and in this one she shows you how to create simple doodles anywhere using just a ballpoint pen. You'll learn to use Kamo's motto: "Once you know the basics, you can draw anything!" This book provides hundreds of examples showing you how to create doodles that are lively and entertaining in three easy steps. Unlike fine-art or manga drawings, there are no rules and no fancy techniques. All that's needed is a free hand and a free spirit! This book makes an ideal gift for doodlers of all ages, beginners and amateurs alike. It shows you how to doodle anywhere—at home, in the office and on the go—on loose scraps of paper or in a notebook. Learn to use your decorative doodles to dress up and enliven things you use everyday—from letters, gift cards and invitations to journals, appointment books, household labels, business cards and scrapbooks. Doodles are useful and fun—and their applications are endless!

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Hack Your Journal

Lark Crafts

DIY planners have become a super-popular way to stay organized, and Hack Your Journal helps readers create eye-catching customized pages! Every section showcases a set of layout concepts--for weekly planning, habit trackers, daily reflections, and more--but with unique variations and artistic styles. Some require only a pen and paper; others feature elaborate ideas for adding color and embellishments. Step-by-step instructions make it easy to recreate these pages, while sidebars provide quick tutorials on decorative techniques.

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