Welcome back to the next part in my bullet journal series. Last time, I shared a little bit of my background and the beginning of my journey into bullet journaling. I also shared some of my favorite resources that helped me gain my footing. (Shoutout to AmandaRachLee and Pinterest, my dudes.)
But, what supplies do you need? The short answer: a notebook and a pen. But I know that most of us use highlighters, brush pens, rulers, stencils, stickers, and so much more. It adds up and can quickly get expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.
ESSENTIAL NUMBER 1: A trusty notebook.
Naturally, the first essential is a durable notebook or journal. It can be a standard spiral notebook or a bound journal; it’s all about personal preference. Usually, avid bullet journal enthusiasts will stick with a dot-grid notebook. In my years of bullet journaling experience, I’ve been solely using dot grid journals. So, I suggest using a dot grid, but it isn’t mandatory or a necessity. You can just as easily use a regular grid or lined notebook and get the results you want (or use a blank notebook if you’re feeling risky or like living on the edge).
The following are some options for you if you’re lost on what to get:
ESSENTIAL NUMBER 2: All the pens.
I’m such a stan for good stationery, especially good pens. I always benefit more from putting pen to paper as opposed to using digital means to organize my life.
Now, I know the term “pens” is SUPER VAGUE but hear me out. There are so many options, from brush pens, to felt tip pens, to gel pens, and everything in between. Options is the keyword. You can stick to a basic retractable pen, or you can get as creative as you want with it. And your pen of choice is the best way to get creative without getting too wild, ya know?
Some of my go-to pen recommendations are:
- Gelly Roll Gel Pens
- Sakura Pigma Micron Pens – PN version
- Pentel Brush Pens
- Tombow Fudenosuke Calligraphy/Brush Pens
- Sharpie Pens
- Paper-Mate Flair Felt-Tip Pens
ESSENTIAL NUMBER 3: Highlighters galore.
I’m all about color coding everything. On top of that, I use highlighters to fill in my daily mood and habit trackers and it still feels like I’m coloring in a coloring book. I know that sounds lame, but honestly — I couldn’t care less about it.
Here are some suggestions for highlighters and highlighter packs to add to your collection:
ESSENTIAL NUMBER 4: Washi Tape
Washi tape can be used for so much. From adding a little flair, to bookmarking a page, Washi tape is incredibly versatile. There are so many different print and finish options to choose from that you can never go wrong. I have a whole arsenal of metallic rolls of Washi tape that I got from both Michael’s and Walmart for a relatively inexpensive price. I think Washi tape is a great way to add dimension and extra pizzaz to any spread.
Here are some options for those of you starting out your Washi Tape Collection:
- Metallic Copper Washi Tape Roll
- Scotch Matte Black Washi Tape — Great for any neon, white, or metallic gel pens
If you take one thing away from this post, and my series on bullet journaling overall, let it be this: There is no wrong way to use your bullet journal. That precise point was what gave me minor (read: massive) panic attacks at first, but when you let go of that — it’s the most empowering part. Bullet Journaling is what you make it. You make it work for you. I hope this post helps you in starting your supply collection. I tried my very best to give you all affordable options to some of these supplies as it can get pricey. Please, don’t feel like you need to go out and buy all the things at once. I slowly built my collection and found what works best for me.
If you’d like to see my planning process, whether it be in blog form or video form, let me know and I will absolutely do that. Thanks for sticking around and happy bullet journaling.