How to Create A Bullet Journal Key/Legend

Bullet journal key

Hey there! I’m Andrea from @wildeyesbujo on Instagram and I’m an artist ambassador for Zebra Pen. Today I’m going to show you how to create a key page for a bullet journal using my go-to Zebra Pen products. This key/legend is simply a handy reference guide that helps remind you what colors, letters, or symbols you use in your bullet journal to signify various tasks.

I’ll breakdown the process step by step exactly how I created mine in the video. Let’s get started!

Materials Needed

Video Tutorial

Step 1: Sketch it out

First, sketch out your bullet journal page with your key using a Zensations Drafix Technical Pencil. I love this pencil because it is so easy to go over with pen or marker. To start, I drew a tall rectangle for the title box. Then I added some flowers and greenery around it for some visual interest.

Step 2: Add a title inside the title box

Next, add your title inside the box using the Zensations Double Ended Brush Pen. I used the medium tip end because I wanted my lines to be a little bit thicker. The Zensations Double Ended Brush Pen is perfect for bullet journaling because it’s so versatile with both fine and medium tips. I like to use it for lettering and outlining my drawings.

Step 3: Color in your drawing

Next, use Mildliner Brush Pens to add color. I used light and deep purple for the flowers and teal and light blue for the leaves. I love using Mildliner Brush pens to add drawings to my bullet journal pages because their brush tip makes it easy to create both thick and thin lines.

Step 4: Outline title box

After adding color, use the Zensations Double Ended Brush Pen to outline the title box. For this step I used the medium tip to create a thick bold line.

Step 5: Add details

Next, add details to your drawing using Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pens. The Sarasa Clip pens pair well with the Mildliner Brush Pens and they come in 37 different ink colors. Their 0.5mm tip is perfect for adding small details. After adding details to the flowers and leaves, I used the Sarasa Clip in gold to add finishing touches.

 

Step 6: Add symbols and color code

Lastly, use the Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pens to create your key and color code. I used the black Sarasa Clip to write in the symbols and key words. The symbols can be customized to fit what works for you and your bullet journal; I used the most common for this page. Then I used four different colors to create a color code.

Now you’re done! For more bullet journal inspiration, check out How to Create a Minimalist Bullet Journal.