Today is a full Adobe InDesign Tutorial on how to create Bullet Journal Pages for the iPad Pro, specifically I’ll show you how to create:

  1. Lined Notes Pages
  2. Dot Grid Pages
  3. Graph Paper

And then I’ll show you how to export them and open them up on your iPad Pro so you can start bullet journaling with them right away in your favorite Note Taking Apps on the iPad.

NOTE: Ideally, you will need an iPad and Apple Pencil from 2017 or later.


  • 0:00 What Part 1 Bullet Journal for the iPad Pro is all about
  • 0:40 What today’s Adobe InDesign Tutorial will cover
  • 1:10 Why I don’t Bullet Journal
  • 1:12 What Part 2 Bullet Journal for the iPad Pro will cover
  • 2:10 What Part 3 Bullet Journal for the iPad Pro will cover
  • 2:39 Which Apps already have built-in Bullet Journal Pages for you
  • 2:55 Today’s InDesign Tutorial Agenda
  • 3:15 4 Different Ways to create Lined Notes Pages
  • 3:36 Tutorial #1: Lined Notes Pages
  • 6:41 Tutorial #2: Dot Grid Pages
  • 9:26 Tutorial #3: Graph Paper 10:58 Tutorial #4: How to Export your pages from InDesign
  • 11:54 Tutorial #5: How to upload your files to Google Drive
  • 12:18 Tutorial #6: How To Open your pages in Procreate OOPS – I mis-numbered – there is no missing Tutorial #7
  • 13:07 Tutorial #8 How to Open Your Pages in GoodNotes
  • 15:07 What Part 2 Bullet Journaling will cover
  • 15:15 Where to learn more about creating your own Planners – Planner 101 Course FREE

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Today’s Part #1 of 3 on how to create your own bullet journal using adobe indesign for the ipad pro.

Now I’m going to be showing you today how to create those

  • graphs,
  • grid lines,
  • and regular line pages

that you need to open up inside, procreate, good notes, paper, fiftythree. Are any of the other apps that you can start bullet journaling on your own.

Hi everyone. I’m Lisa from pretty fabulous and I help online businesses create beautiful digital downloads using adobe indesign. So if this sounds like you are something you might be interested in, make sure to hit the subscribe button below. I posted do videos every Monday and Thursday and I do unboxings unsat Idi. Now. As I mentioned today is part one of three of four bullet journaling. And just so you know today I’m only going to cover grids, graphs, and note pages that you need to just kinda get started if that’s the basics and that’s all you need. However, the biggest thing about bullet journaling is that you can basically create your own designs. Now the whole point of pretty fabulous designs and what I do is so that you never have to stare at a blank page again, and bullet journaling is all about having a blank page and making things on your own.

So sometimes it’s hard to come up with ideas. So part two is we’re going to recreate some of my favorite bullet journal examples and if you Google bullet journal pages right now, you’ll find a ton of them and I’m just going to give you probably two or three so it’s not a 10 hour lesson. And then in part three, another big, huge advantage of bullet journaling is if you have beautiful hand lettering, then you can and, or artistic ability, you can draw things on your own inside the bullet journal. Now I am not artistic, uh, even though I to make a lot of beautiful things, I very much follow guidelines and rules and symmetry. And so I’m not a free hand drawing. That’s just not who I am or any of my talents. So if that sounds like you, but you still love the beautiful hand drawn items, I’m going to give you a little hack for how to get some of those beautiful hand drawn items or those calligraphy read letters are bounce lettering into your bullet journal without having to really know it or learn how to do it. So stay tuned.

Today I’m going to show you how to create three popular bullet journal based pages and I say based pages because we aren’t actually doing any bullet journaling. We’re simply using these as the framework for us to create future bullet journals. So the first step is to have the pages and I, if you watched my other video on how to bullet turn on your ipad pro, there are a couple apps that already have this built in there. So make sure to watch that. You went to learn which ones already have dot grid and graph paper’s in there, but not all of them do. And maybe you’re really like to use like I do a nother app like procreate and they don’t have these sort of bullet journal pages already prebuilt in there. So I’m going to show you how to create your notes page, your dot grid page, and your graph paper page in adobe indesign.

We’re going to save this as a pdf and then you can open this later on your favorite app. So let’s take a quick preview. The notes page is just simply line notes and I do have another video that shows you four different ways to create this. Today we’re just going to do one, uh, the second way. The second page is your grid page, which is my personal favorite, and the third is graph paper. So let’s go ahead and get started. So all you’re going to do is you’re going to go to file new document and we’re going to go ahead and make this an eight and half by 11 portrait. We’re just going to make one page, like I said before, and for margins, just go ahead and put zero because we are using the ipad pro and this is bullet journaling. So you are eventually going to draw on top of those.

So let’s not worry too much about the margins. Now, the first thing you’re going to want to do is you are going to want to create a new color. Now, my favorite is always a little late gray kind of color. And the reason I say that is because if the lines are the background for your bullet journal are too dark, then you’re not going to be able to see what you were trying for your actual bullet journal. So let’s go ahead and change this to rgb. And this is my code. You can put whatever code you want. That’s the light gray color that I like to use. Um, so he didn’t see that that code was d, zero, c, d, c, d, and then we’re going to go over to paragraph styles. Now, if you don’t see this on the right, you can go to window type in tables and simply go to paragraph and that will show this fly out menu.

So let’s click paragraph styles. We’re going to go down here to create new style and it’s going to default to say paragraph style one. I’m going to double click that and I’m going to rename this lined notes so that I know exactly what it is in case I want to refer back to it later. Now the second thing I’m going to do is I’m going to double click that and once I’m inside here, I’m going to go to paragraph rules and I’m going to turn this rural on. Now we just created that new color, so let’s go ahead and select it and also we want to go ahead and go to basic character format and I’m going to guess that this is going to say, let’s say 18 points because I know 12, it’s probably a little too close together. I’m going to say, okay, I’m kind of going back out here and I’m going to select the type tool and I’m going to drag and drop from the top corner all the way to the bottom and create a big tax box.

Now my cursor’s blinking up here in the top, all I have to do is hit the return key over and over again, and I have that line page, so I’m pretty happy with that. These lines are a little closer together than this one, so if I want to make these a little wider, all they have to do is make sure I go over here to line notes, double click that, and then over here, right where we were before, basic character formats, I can make this a little larger, so if they turn preview on, I can see what changes I’m making and I could let’s say make this a 24 and that’s pretty big, or maybe I want something a little smaller, maybe a 21. I can say. Okay, so you can play around with that however you want. Now let’s go ahead and create. We’re next going to create the grid pages, so to create that diagram page, let’s just go ahead and stay here.

We’re going to go to pages and I’m going to say create new page, so let’s double click on page to hide this fly out menu and I’m going to go over here to the ellipse tool. Now if you don’t see ellipse tool, sometimes it’s defaulted to say rectangle. Just right click on that tool and make sure ellipsis circled. Now hold down your shift key. This is really important because you want a, an equal circle, uh, not something that looks like an oblique or something too tall or too wide. So hold the shift key and that’s going to make sure everything stays in a perfect circle and you’re just going to draw your first tiny little dot. So I’m pretty happy with that dot. Now if you can’t see it, I mean no one can see that. It’s pretty small. You can go ahead and hold the apple key and the plus key and that’s going to make it your sheet really huge.

So then from here, you could resize this if you wanted, but I’m pretty happy with that. I’m not too worried about that right now. So let’s go ahead and we want to replicate that dot all over the page. So you are next going to go to Adelaide and then you were going to select step and repeat. Now you’ve probably never used step and repeat because it doesn’t actually have a lot of uses inside adobe indesign. So we’re going to go ahead and say, I’m going to guesstimate because I really don’t know, I’m going to say about 40 rows and four columns. I’m going to say let’s say 30 columns. We can always change this later and I’m going to make sure create as a grade is checked off and for the offset I’m going to say a quarter of an inch for vertical and horizontal. And I can preview this if I want so I can see that I don’t have enough columns. So let’s go ahead and change that to 33 and let’s tab so it can make. There we go and I can say I don’t have enough rose, so let’s make that 43

and now I have enough rose. So I’m going to go ahead and say okay, so it’s gone ahead and it’s made my sheet. I know it doesn’t look pretty. We’re going to go here to the selection tool and then I’m going to hit the letter w and I’m going to unselect those. I know I can see all of my dots. So again, if you want these closer together or further apart, you can change some of those numbers and that step and repeat. But I’m pretty happy with how this looks. So let’s go ahead and go on. I’m going to hit w guns. We’re back to a regular screen. I’m going to go ahead and add another page right down here. I’m going to double click that new blank page and this page, remember we’re doing the third one, which is graph paper. Now graph paper is simply just a big a table.

So let me make this a little, this page a little smaller so you can see it. So all we’re going to do is we’re going to go over here to table and we’re going to say create table. And again I’m going to kind of gas. I’m going to say I’m 47 rows, 30 columns. I don’t have to worry about headers and footers because I’m not actually going to type in this table. It’s just there to help me make grids. And then I’m going to say, okay, so now you can see I have a loaded cursor. So I am simply going to take that mouse and that cursor and drag and drop it from the left to the right to fill up that page. And there’s my graph. Now this graph is defaulted to have those black lines. So I’m going to control, not control. I’m going to select all of it and I’m going to change these lines.

So the color is that grade that I just created. There we go, and I’ll use the selection tool so I can see. I can send her this over a little that my graph paper now has gray lines. So if I hit the key, now I can see that it has some of those gray lines. So that’s the graph paper. Here’s my dot grid. And here’s my line pages. Now I want to open these pages. So I created this all in one file. It just to show you what this looks like. You might want to create separate files depending on if you just want to keep using a dot grid page over and over again. Now we’re going to open these up as our cds out as Jpeg. So I’m going to go to file export and I’m simply going to make sure the format says jpeg and this is my line notes page and I will say save and export that out.

And same thing, this is rinse and repeat for the rest of the pages. Same thing for the doc grid and you can see I’ve already saved these out as pdfs as well and that’s because different apps can open jpegs versus pdfs. So we will export this and this is my graph paper and I’ll say save. Now I’m going to go ahead and save all of these folders that you saw, so both the jpegs and the pdf into my google drive so I can retrieve them later. Now if you’re using the chrome browser, you can simply drag and drop these into your google drive. You don’t have to hit the upload version, so now all of those files are in there. So let’s go ahead and switch over to our ipad pro so we can open those up. Now remember from the other video, there were apps such as note shelf that already had dot grids and graph paper’s already built in there, but adobe sketch and procreate did not. So let’s go ahead and use my favorite APP which is procreate, and we’re going to go ahead and select import and I remembered that I saved this in Google

drive. And let me hunt it down. It’s an ipad pro. Okay, and let’s go ahead and open up our dot grid page. So now you can see I have a perfect grid and I can go ahead and add a new layer on top of this so I don’t Ruin my dad grid and I can go ahead and start writing anything. I feel like writing so and then I have my doubts obviously to guide me along. Now the next APP we want to check out is good notes and in good notes it does have graph paper, but it doesn’t have that dot grid. So let’s go ahead and import from Google drive that dot grid that we just created. So something a little bit different about this app is that I don’t need in a Jpeg, I can actually go ahead and open up a pdf. So let’s go ahead and find that folder so you can see these are all options. I could open the jpeg if I want, but instead let’s open up the pdf and then once I have this pdf open, I can go ahead and make any sort of boxes that I want to make to do.

Maybe that wasn’t the best color. It’s kind of hard to see, but you get the idea. So this is this APP and it’s a pdf. So same thing. I could have used the jpeg but procreate requires the jpegs. I always save them out as both. Um, I could open the other folder. There’s the other files we created two, if you want to see that. Let’s say I went to open up that I’m lined. Maybe I went to open up the graph paper because I like my graph paper may be better than yours and maybe I added something to it. And so now I can start using this over here, creating my don’t change that color. Oh, there we go. This is a better color and that’s pretty much it.

Alright, I hope that was helpful and I will see you back here for part two where we are going to go over some of my favorite bullet journal examples and I’m going to walk you through exactly how to recreate those for your ipad pro. If you love the idea of making your own planners and then make sure to sign up for a planner, what a one which walks you through all the different types of layouts and planners that are available to you to get you started. I will leave the link for that below and otherwise I will see you guys next week. Bye.


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