In case you’ve never heard this before, you can start a bullet journal with just a regular pen and notebook. That’s all you really need. Well- and a ruler too, for drawing all those straight lines.
BUT if you’ve been awestruck by all those beautiful bullet journal images you’ve seen on Instagram and Pinterest, then you probably want to know what supplies they use to achieve those spreads. This list is a compilation of the most popular supplies that are used by bullet journalists around the world, and a few of my favorites, too.
While the purpose of a bullet journal is to keep you organized and help you stay focused on your goals, it’s also so much more than that. Always remember that this little do-it-yourself planner affords you the opportunity to be creative and artistic. That’s why so many people consider it passion hobby. Luckily for all of us who love to spend time nurturing our bullet journals, there are a plethora of dedicated tools that are designed to beautify our planners.
Let’s take a look at the list!
BULLET JOURNAL SUPPLIES & TOOLS
You can’t have a list like this and forget to mention the Leuchtturm1917 Classic Hardcover Dotted Medium Notebook that every bullet journalist raves about – it’s probably the most popular bullet journal around. It comes in so many colors, and it also comes in a slightly bigger size. This notebook gets so much praise because its pages are numbered and it comes with an Index page, which are 2 essential parts of a bullet journal. I also love that’s it not made of leather – as a vegan, that’s important to me.
Bullet Journal – Lemome Dotted Hardcover Notebook
This is another favorite among the bullet journal community. It also comes with dotted, numbered pages, making it easy for you to create your favorite spreads and stay organized. The cover features intricate little doodles, and it’s vegan, too.
Minimalism Art | Classic Notebook Journal
This is another wonderful journal option because it’s half the price of other notebooks, and it’s dotted. The pages aren’t numbered, however, so you’ll have to do that yourself. I love the colors that this brand offers!
Dingbats Wildlife Medium Hardcover Notebook
Here’s a notebook with a sophisticated design. It’s faux-leather and made from biodegradable and recyclable materials. It’s also dotted and comes with a pen holder!
A good pen is the workhorse of a bullet journal. Everyone has their favorite, but the ones listed here are the most popular, and I included one of my favorites, which I haven’t seen other bullet journalists talk about.
Pilot Metropolitan Collection Fountain Pen
I love the way fountain pens write, and I love the way I feel when I write with one. They’ll make you feel fancy. There’s just something magical about writing with a fountain pain – I can’t quite put my finger on it – I think it just makes what you’re writing feel legit. While many fountain pens are pricey, this one by Pilot is super affordable and comes in a few other colors. I love the black one.
Sakura Pigma 50047 Micron Blister Card Ink Pen Set
I’ve seen these Micron pens showcased in so many #bujo spreads on Instagram. They’re incredible for drawing lines and doodles, and they don’t bleed through the page. They also last a very long time, so they’re a great investment.
Pitt Artist Pens – Wallet Set of All 6 Pen Styles in Black
Another favorite, these Faber-Castell pens are perfect for drawing lines and doodles. They come in different sizes so you get a lot of variety within this package. Lots of bullet journalist use them for brush lettering, as well. If you don’t know what that is or want to learn to do it, head over to my blog post where’ll you’ll find easy-to-follow handlettering tutorials. Trust me – you’re going to want to learn this art form, and it’s NOT as difficult as you think!
Tombow 82039-Fudenosuke Brush Pen, Soft Tip, Black, 5 Pack
Another great option for brush lettering, made by Tombow, a company that has incredible products specifically made for the art of lettering. The pen has a fine tip, so you can use it for writing notes, think lines, or small symbols in your journal.
Pilot G2 Retractable Premium Gel Ink Roller Ball Pens
These gel pens are inexpensive and are perfect for writing notes in your bullet journal, especially if you love black-ink only spreads. They’re a great option if you can’t spend a lot of money on supplies right now. They’re also a good tool to have if you like that monochromatic look.
Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens
These erasable pens are my absolute favorite and I’ve used them for years. I’m always in awe at how the eraser (which never gets smaller, like a pencil eraser does) erases the ink so effortlessly. I love using erasable pens because I make mistakes in my journal often, and with these pens, that’s not a problem – I can just erase away instead of using white out! Plus, they offer several color options. (I used the green and red one a lot in December to add some festivity to my journal) The black erasable pen is indispensable to me – I use it when I create a minimalistic spread, and when I use my Productivity Planner (a product that keeps me focused on my daily goals!).
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner
Staedtler pens get a lot of praise from bullet journalists. They’re celebrated for their vibrant color and ease of writing.
Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers
If you want to learn how to handletter, then you’re going to want to try these Tombow brush pans at some point. They’re pretty much the holy grail of brush lettering. Watch a few brush lettering tutorials on Youtube, and you’ll be ready to use these pens in no time at all!
Washable Markers, Super Tip, 20/PK
If you wany a more afforable alternative to all the other brush pens, you’ll find it in these Crayola SuperTips! They’re great for beginners and for practicing your bursh lettering before you commit to the more expensive brands. Plus, there are so many vibrant colors to choose from and they’re widely available in the U.S.
Zebra MILDLINER WKT7-5C (5-Color Set)
These muted highlighters don’t bleed through paper, and they come in a variety of colors. They won’t be like obnoxiously bright, but subtle and the perfect pop of color for your journal. Each pen comes with two tips – a thin tip, and a thicker tip.
Stabilo BOSS Original Highlighter, Pastels – 6-color Set
These highlighters are also celebrated among the bullet journal community, and you’ll see them often in #bujo images on Instagram. They’re shorter than your standard highlighter and they feature anti-dry technology.
Washi tape is perfect for adding detail and texture to your bullet journal or planner. That means you don’t have to be a ridiculously talented artist in order to have a good-looking #bujo spread! There are so many varieties of washi tape – find one that you love and tape away! I particularly love washi tape around the holidays – you can use festive tape to decorate your journal and your other DIY crafts, too. I myself love black-ink-only spreads, so I enjoy washi tape with decorative black-and-white designs. Of course, foil detailing is a huge trend, so I included this gold foil washi tape.
Knaid Floral Washi Masking Tape Set + Tape Dispense
Savena Washi Tape Set
AGU Foil Gold Skinny Washi Tape
I have sheets and sheets of stickers because they add detail to my spreads, and because looking at them makes me happy. As someone who’s not a gifted drawer, stickers help me express my creativity.
Productivity Planner Stickers
Essentials Weekly Planner Stickers (Set of 575 Stickers)
Me & My Big Ideas Pocket Pages Stickers 6 Sheets/Pkg-Love Yourself
me & my BIG ideas Fitness Stickers
RULERS & STENCILS
Lots of bullet journalist draw their straight lines without the help of a ruler, but not me. I need the help! I drive me a little crazy if my lines are squiggly, so I chose to keep my 6-inch ruler within arm’s reach. A ruler with a cork backing is helpful for ensuring that your ruler doesn’t slip on the paper when you’re drawing your lines.
Helix Angle and Circle Maker
I like this stencil because it helps you get precise little circles. I use these to mark my tasks down in my weekly and daily spreads. I know it’s not necessary, but it really helps to give my spreads a more cohesive look, which helps me feel more organized.
Westcott T-828 C-Thru Squares Template
Wescott offers some awesome products and this square stencil is no exception. I use this to make perfect boxes for my Monthly spreads, as it’s easier for me than using a ruler for each line.
If you make bullet journaling a habit, sooner or later you’re going to have a lot of supplies. Trust me, you’ll want to keep them all in one place instead of always searching in different places for the tools you need. The following items are ones I recommend, and use to keep my supplies neatly organized and looking pretty.
mDesign Art Supplies, Crafts, Crayons and Sewing Organizer Tote – Clear
Washi Tape Storage Box by Tanpopo Art | Clear Box Organizer with Adjustable Compartments
This washi tape storage box is neat because the compartments are adjustable, which means it’s a lot more customizable than the other organizers you’ll find out there. The fact that’s it’s clear makes it a pretty accessory to keep on your desk because you can see all those gorgeous washi designs!
That sums it up! Of course, there are tons upon tons of products on the market that you can use for your bullet journal. This list covers the basics and gives you an idea of exactly what you need to start a bullet jrounal, and to make it one of your passion hobbies!