Bullet Journaling can be a great way to blend creativity and productivity/organization. It can also be a great way to become broke really fast! I’ve definitely fallen down the rabbit hole a couple of times, bought supplies that I heard EVERYONE talking about, and then watched them collect dust for months. I don’t want that to happen to you! I’ve put together a list of my top 10 tried and true bullet journal supplies to look through – if you’re looking for something new for your journal you may just find it below! 🙂
I want to add one quick thing before we jump in to the supplies – if you are just starting out bullet journaling, or have been doing it for ages, all you NEED is a notebook (like this cheap ruled one) and a pencil. Everything else is completely optional. For more about the original method take a look at the bullet journal site. If you’re looking to be more creative in your journal, keep reading!
My Top 10 Bullet Journal Supplies!
1. A notebook!
I couldn’t start talking about my favourite supplies without first talking about my favourite notebook. The notebook debate in the land of bullet journalers is long and confusing, and I want to say off the bat that you may not love this notebook. We all have different criteria we are looking for in a planner. I get it!
My first notebook was a Moleskine, I didn’t love it, but didn’t hate it. The paper was definitely a bit thin for my liking, and I prefer a hardcover, but overall I do understand the appeal.
My current notebook, and my previous notebook have been the Leuchtturm 1917 dotted, a5. One of the main complaints I hear from people is the ghosting – yes it ghosts slightly, but honestly I don’t notice it, and once something is written on the page behind it, I don’t think you will either.
I have also heard great things about the Scribbles that Matter journal on Amazon, so trust me when I say I’ll definitely be giving that one a whirl at some point 🙂
p.s. if you are looking for some more notebook advice go have a look at Pam’s super detailed bullet journal notebook review, over at the Stationery Nerd. She reviews a whopping 24 journals! You’re sure to find one that works for you.
2. Brush Pens
I, like many others, love the Tombow Dual Brush Pens. I also know they are quite expensive, especially if you’re just starting out and just want to practice. Here’s a link to a cheaper alternative if you want to just get the hang of things! Michael’s also has their own brand of brush pens that are significantly cheaper (especially with a coupon!)
My personal favourite markers are the Crayola Supertips. I love the tips of them because they are great for faux calligraphy and lettering! Shelby at Little Coffee Fox has a great tutorial for using Crayola Markers for lettering.
4. Fine liners
I would bet money that with any layout or spread you create in your journal you want to use a black fine-liner. In my opinion it makes spreads look cleaner and I love how they come in some many tip sizes to create different line thicknesses! My favourite fine-liners are the Sakura Pigma Micron, they come in lots of different sizes and even a couple different colours.
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5. Washi Tape!!
Honestly I never thought I would jump on this bandwagon. I used to scoff and not understand all the hype behind “coloured tape”, until I came across a sale at Michaels. I figured that I would give it a shot, and try to incorporate it into a spread. My eyes have been opened to all the potential – washi tape can be used to decorate any page if you don’t have time, to create sections in your journal, or to decorate the outside of your journal. All I can say is, don’t knock it ’till you try it!
6. Cardstock/Scrapbook Paper
I love love love using scrapbook + cardstock paper in my journal. I’ve just started integrating it into my journal, but the gist of it is that it’s great to add colour or texture or thickness to your journal paper – and its great for covering up a page that is beyond whiteout!
The next time you are struggling with page ideas use some scrapbook paper! You can honestly find it in ANY pattern or colour imaginable. 🙂
7. Tape Runner
Branching off of the previous supply, one of my must have supplies is my tape roller. I personally don’t enjoy the feel of glue in my journal, and scotch tape isn’t as permanent as I would like. When I discovered a tape runner I was overjoyed! I’m able to add any extra media into my journal that I want, including extra paper, tickets, pictures – really anything you would want to keep in your journal!
8. Pencil & Eraser
I feel like this one can go without saying, but seriously don’t underestimate the power of a pencil and eraser. I used to try to copy spreads from Pinterest with markers right away, and then get frustrated when I would make a mistake. Well duh! I wasn’t laying everything out in pencil first – something that I initially didn’t realize that most bullet journalers do. Sure, it adds a little bit of extra time, but it saves a lot of frustration over uneven spreads! I personally love using a mechanical pencil, but you do you!
Do you like to use pencil first in your layouts? Or do you jump right in with a pen?
I love integrating other mediums into my journal, and when I discovered how to use watercolours without absolutely destroying my journal I was sold. It makes such a pretty looking background on layouts! I personally love using watercolour pencils, but regular old watercolours works just as good – just be mindful of the amount of water you use as journal pages are typically a lot thinner than watercolour paper!
My final must have supply! This goes hand and hand with the watercolours, but I seriously love my Aquabrush so it deserves its own bullet point.
So those are my top 10 bullet journal supplies! I of course have other stationery supplies that I enjoy using in my journal, but those are the 10 that I would have a hard time living without!
I would love to hear what YOUR top supplies are! What do you love to use with your bullet journal? Lets enable each other! Let me know below in the comments!