If you have ever been curious about what exactly bullet journal dutch door is, and how to go about creating one, this blog post and video will hopefully help you out. You can watch my video explaining what a dutch door bullet journal is, and/or bookmark this post for easy reference and inspiration. I’ll be including a gallery below, so check that out!
What is a Dutch Door?
For those that don’t know (because I didn’t realize this particular door was called this), a dutch door is, well, a door, where the top and bottom portions open separately. You can also latch them together and then it work as one solid door.
Now, a dutch door in a Bullet Journal is similar. You cut your page and create a flap that works independently from the page behind or in front of it.
What is the Purpose of a Bullet Journal Dutch Door?
The purpose of a dutch door can be for whatever reason you want. It can be functional, decorative, or both! A functional dutch door allows you extra room for your daily, weekly, or monthly tasks/journaling. I have used dutch doors for my separate rapid logging task lists for work and home. This gave me more space to include my daily boxes, as well as accounting for the separate lists.
A more decorative use of a dutch door would be the ability to include a particular design element. For example, making some space for a sticker or doodle you particularly like.
My favourite is to combine the functional and decorative aspects of a dutch door. I like to incorporate a design element while still keeping the addition functional to use.
Ways to Create a Dutch Door
There are 3 ways to create a dutch door: folding the page as needed, cutting your page, or taping/gluing a page in.
Folding the page
This works best for vertical dutch doors. By folding the page, you have a ton of extra space – 2 full pages, and your journal won’t be as bulky. Basically, you measure out the size you want and then fold it. You can fold it in half, fold a third of the page, or even try an accordion style (which I am now intrigued to try!).
Cutting your page
When cutting a page in your bullet journal, it can be very intimidating! Before cutting in my bullet journal, the old adage of “measure twice, cut once”, runs repeatedly through my head.
For a vertical dutch door (running from the top to the bottom of the page), I will use scissors to cut. When creating a horizontal dutch door (edge of the page to the spine), I’ll cut with scissors until I reach the spine, and then use a craft knife to cut to the spine. I will also use a craft knife to cut along the spine, to make sure I get as close to the middle of the page as possible. A craft knife works well as it eliminates any little flaps of paper that can stick up and get in the way. (If you do have a small flap, you can try to glue it down, out of the way.)
If you prefer to use a craft knife for all of it, using a piece of cardboard underneath the page you’re cutting will protect the rest of the book.
Attaching your pages
If you choose to use paper from outside of your journal (instead of cutting), there are a few ways you can attach it.
Using glue tape, you can fold a flap on the page to be glued, place some glue on the flap, and stick it in your journal.
For my Tardis mini-dutch door, I cut the paper to size, glued down the body of the Tardis, and then folded the flaps over for the doors. I used the same technique for the books in my library layout.
This is my go-to option for attaching pages in my bullet journal. Normally, I use some plain white washi tape if I don’t have something to match my theme. For the most part, I like sticking to the white since it doesn’t overwhelm the layout or my theme.
You can also use clear tape, or scotch tape, or cello tape (depending on where you are from!). This option is great because, well… it’s clear. But I find the clear tape can be hard to write on and, depending on how chunky your journal gets, it can split.
Extra Bonus Dutch Door Method
Lately, my favourite way of creating dutch doors has been to “nest” the page. What I mean is, I cut the page how I want, and then glue the extra piece down. This allows dutch door to sit flat in the journal. Depending on how thick your pages are, a dutch door can create a ridge or a bump. This method keeps it flat instead and eliminates extra bulk in your journal.
So depending on your design, you might like to try this method.
I hope you found this post helpful and that you are ready to create some dutch doors in your own bullet journals!
If you have any comments or questions, please let me know! I would love help or learn more tips and tricks.