How to Create Backgrounds for Your Digital Planner Pages

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One of my favorite things about digital planning is the ability to create anything! On this blog posts, I’m going to teach you how to create a beautiful background mockups for your digital planner or digital paper using the Procreate app and the GoodNotes app.

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The images that I use for my mockups are from Her Creative Studio. The image that I’m using in this tutorial is this one.

Other places where you can find background/mockup images are:

Note: Be careful with the images that you find on Google, as they are subjected to copyright.


Procreate App:

Note: If you are a windows user, the app sketchable is a great alternative to the Procreate app.

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On the top right of the screen, click the “+” > import >

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choose the mockup/background image from your camera roll or cloud folder.

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Your mockup image will look like this:

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Now, you can paste a digital ring paper or a digital planner over the background image.

Note: You can only add images to the Procreate canvas.

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Over this image, I’m pasting a digital spiral paper.

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Use your fingers to enlarge and slightly rotate the image.

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If you need to reposition the picture, simply click the arrow icon from the tool bar.

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Every new picture that you add to the canvas will create a new layer. If you are going to draw on your image, make sure to always create a new layer.

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Now, let’s add some digital stickers/clipart images to the canvas. You can find the Monday sticker here.

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Use two fingers to enlarge and position the digital sticker.

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Remember that if you want to change the position or size of any of your pictures, simply click on layers icon > select the image that you want to edit > click the arrow from the left side of the top menu.

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My favorite brushes to use are iPad Lettering Brushes and Behance Brushes. Make sure to always create a new layer before you start drawing on your pictures.

Other places where you can find Procreate brushes:

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You can find the glitter brush from this image here.

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GoodNotes:

You can create the same feminine background effect using the GoodNotes app.

On the top left of the screen click the “+” > import > select the folder or cloud where you have the background image that you want to use.

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Your background image will look like this:

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Now we are going to add the digital ring paper over the background image.

Note: If you want to preserve the hyperlinks of your digital planner, make sure to add the background image while you are creating the planner in the Keynote app. Once the digital planner is imported to GoodNotes you cannot add more hyperlinks or pages. 

On the top right of the toolbar click the “+” > image >

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select the folder where you saved your digital paper.

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Use the blue dots to stretch the image and the green button on the top of the image to rotate it.

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I love creating a 3-D page effect by placing one of the images bigger and another one in the back.

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Play around with your digital stickers, the best thing about GoodNotes is that you can rotate images to fit any layout you create. I hand-drew the memories title and added a little bit of color using the highlighter tool.

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Final Thoughts:

Play around with the Procreate and GoodNotes apps to learn what app works best for you. You can see a lot of pictures of other people’s layouts, but you have to try creating your own layouts to fall in love with your work. Remember that practice is what makes you better at something.

If you want to learn more about digital planners and bullet journaling, you can join my Facebook group. Readers from all over the world share their bullet journal layouts and digital layouts. It’s amazing to see and learn from other people that share a common interest.

You can also check out my facebook page and Instagram for blog posts updates and freebies that I share from other amazing bloggers.

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  1. I have a blank journal from one of the digital planning groups I’m in & I love the planner but the background (the right and left edges) are blank. I’m on Android and using XODO (which is awesome for digital planners). Is there a way to add a background to the edges in a universal manner? Right now, I’m just adding the photo I want to use to the individual pages as I come to them and that’s taking an insane amount of time because of resizing and repositioning.