If you love stationary, one of the greatest things about using a bullet journal is all the cool things you get to use. You don’t need a lot of stuff to make a successful bullet journal, in fact you really only need a journal and a pen, however if you want to get a bit more creative, there are literally thousands of products you can buy.
But even the most hard core journal addict doesn’t want to spend their cash on markers that leak or journals that crinkle. And that’s where I want to share with you some of my favorite supplies.
But let me be clear, if you’re just starting journaling, go slow. You don’t need to go out and get everything on the list. Especially if you’re not sure of your style yet. Some people love to draw and freehand their journal so stock up on markers and pens, others love all things washi tape and stickers and some like a bit of both. The point is, there’s no point spending hundreds of dollars on markers to figure out you can’t draw and are going to sticker your way to journal bliss.
So buy a few things first to get started. Start with the basics, and then as your bullet journal grows if you feel you want to try a bit more, then grow your collection.
Our Favorite Bullet Journal Supplies
The first thing you’ll need is a journal. You can technically bullet journal with any journal, however the dot grid journals are the most popular as they are the easiest to design spreads. They have small dots evenly spread out over each page to enable you to divide up the page, draw lines and boxes or just give you a guide for anything you want to do.
If you want to be able to use thicker or darker markers and pens, then go with a journal of at least 120gsm paper. The thicker paper will help prevent ghosting (being able to see what you have written or drawn on the other side of the paper).
Pens are an important tool for any journaler. The perfect pen does come down to personal preference, however take into account your paper thickness, as a more inky pen will require a thicker paper.
There are different pens for different uses. For your everyday writing pen you might want to choose a gel pen or fineliner. If you want to doodle and draw in your journal go for the fineliners and felt tips. And if you love to do hand lettering or fancy headings, you might want to get hold of a more inky calligraphy pen.
Remember, you don’t need to start with everything. If you’re just getting a feel for if you like journaling, then go for a pen you can use for everthing, such as a pack of fineliners or gel pens.
Sakura Pigma Micron Fineliner Pens
Pens are an essential part of you bullet journal. You want something that is going to write crisply on the paper and not smudge.
This 6 pack of Micron pens come with a variety of sizes for any writing, drawing or outlining.
If you want to decorate and doodle, then start experimenting with markers. There are a multiple of different types on the market to create any look you want.
Remember that the paper thickness of your journal will have a big impact on the markers you should choose. If you’ve got a journal with paper over 120gsm you can choose almost any marker to use without ghosting, but anything less than that may mean a bit of shadow through your pages.
Here are some of our favorite markers.
Bullet Journal Accessories
If you want to take your bullet journaling to the next level then you can start looking at accessories. Stencils, washi tape, stickers, glue, there are loads of things you can add to your bullet journal.
The extra things you start to add to your journal are totally up to you and how you want to design your pages. If you love to be creative, there are so many different ways you can decorate your spreads and it really just comes down to your taste and imagination.
Washi Tape & Stickers
Washi Tape and stickers are fantastic for adding some color and life to your pages, especially if you are not great at drawing – or just don’t want to.
Some of the prettiest washi tapes we’ve found at the Washi Tape Store.
Precision tweezers are great for working with stickers and paper. They allow you to pick up and place easily without leaving fingerprints – perfect for translucent stickers and washi tape.
I love these ones from PaperWrld as they’re easy to use with good tips.
You don’t need a lot to start a bullet journal, essentially just a journal and pen. However there are a lot of ways to personalise your bullet journal and expand your creativity. If you are looking at expanding your spreads and adding more color and design, then these supplies will help you get started.
Let me know below if you have any favorite things you like to use in your bullet journals.
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