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.
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BUT if you’ve been awestruck by 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 those who love to spend time nurturing their bullet journals, there are a plethora of tools that can help beautify your spreads.
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.
This is another favorite among the bullet journal community.
It comes with dotted, numbered pages, which makes it easy to create your spreads and stay organized. The cover features intricate little doodles, and it’s vegan, too.
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!
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.
I love the way a fountain pen makes me feel when I write. There’s just something magical about writing with a fountain pain – I can’t put my finger on it – I think it just makes you feel like what you’re writing has value, haha.
While many fountain pens are pricey, this one by Pilot is super affordable and comes in a few other colors, too. I love the black one.
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.
Another popular choice, 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.
This black pen is a great option for brush lettering. It’s made by Tombow, which is a company that makes incredible products specifically for hand lettering.
The pen has a fine tip, so you can use it for writing notes, making thin lines, or creating small symbols in your journal.
These gel pens are inexpensive and 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.
These erasable pens are my absolute favorite. I’m always in awe at how the eraser (which never gets smaller, like a pencil eraser does) erases the ink so effortlessly.
The pens have over 4,000 4.5 star customer reviews on Amazon!
I love using these because if I make a mistake it’s no big deal – I can just erase away!
Plus, they offer several color options. (I used the green and red pens a lot in December to add some festivity to my journal). I also happen to love the purple one.
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 helps me with time management).
Staedtler pens get a lot of praise from bullet journalists. They’re celebrated for their vibrant color and ease of writing.
If you want to learn how to hand letter, 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, and you’ll be ready to use these pens in no time at all!
If you want a more affordable alternative to more expensive brush pens, you’ll find it in these Crayola SuperTips! They’re great for beginners and for practicing your brush 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.
These muted highlighters don’t bleed through paper, and they come in a variety of colors. They won’t be 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.
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. This means you don’t have to be a ridiculously talented artist to have a good-looking #bujo spread!
There are so many varieties of washi tape, so find one that you love and tape away! I particularly love washi tape around the holidays because you can use it to decorate your other DIY crafts, too.
I 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, below.
I have sheets and sheets of stickers because they add detail to my spreads, and because some of them have lettering on them that serve as reminders, such as “To-Do”, “Take Note”, and “Important”. As someone who’s not a gifted drawer, stickers help me express my creativity.
RULERS & STENCILS
Lots of bullet journalist draw their straight lines without the help of a ruler. If you don’t like squiggly lines, however, then you should keep a 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.
I know it’s not necessary, but it really helps to give my spreads a more cohesive look, which helps me feel more organized.
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 column.
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 endlessly for the tools you need.
The following items are ones I recommend for keeping your supplies both organized and looking neat.
This washi tape storage box is cool 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 up my list of bullet journal supplies. Of course, there are tons upon tons of products on the market that you can use in your journal – this list covers everything you need to start your first bullet journal and turn it into your passion hobby!