Bullet Journal

The Only Bullet Journal Supplies Guide You’ll Ever Need!

Bullet Journal supplies

With so many Bullet Journal Supplies out there, it can be difficult to narrow down what might come in useful. Are you wondering which tools are best suited to your style of journaling? Or what will give you the most bang for your buck? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered…

To start a Bullet Journal, all you really need is a pen and a notebook. However, once you get into a journaling groove, you may find that you want to try out a few different tools.

Experimenting with colour, calligraphy, doodles, borders or shapes are all fun ways to explore techniques and creativity.

Sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly what to spend money on and what to skip altogether. Hopefully this list will give you a bit of an idea of what’s out there and help you to decide what might work for you.

I definitely wouldn’t recommend buying all of them, just pick one or two items that sound like the best fit for where you are with your journaling and that suit your budget.

Plus, all of that aside, who doesn’t love using something a bit fancy? There’s just an unexplainable joy in using good stationery (or is that just me?).

Note: If you’re starting out, check out my post; How To Start A Bullet Journal (A Foolproof Guide).

So have a look through these bullet journal supplies that could help you on your bu-jo-urney!

Bullet Journal Notebook

If you’re completely new to bullet journaling then you’ll need to start by choosing something to write in.

There are so many different types of notebooks available. The most popular option for a bullet journal is an A5 sized dotted grid but you can use whatever suits you best.

A few things to think about when choosing a bullet journal notebook:

Size

Firstly, decide on the size of notebook you want to use. Are you looking for something handy that will fit in your bag? The A5 or a smaller A6 or A7 may suit your needs better.

On the other hand, you might want something with a little more space. Maybe you like to record notes on your phone during the day and then transfer them into your journal in the evening (along with a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit or two)? If this sounds about right then you may want try the A4 option.

Page layout

Next up, decide on a page layout. There are a few different types to choose from; dotted grid, lined, squared or plain paper.

Dotted grid – The dotted grids (plus the horizontal and vertical lines they create) can be really helpful with both writing and drawing. This is the most popular choice for bullet journals. The dots are usually light enough to blend into the background once the page is filled.

Lined – Lined paper in a standard notebook can work just fine as a bullet journal too! Perfect for if you’re mainly using it for note-taking with just a few embellishments here and there. Or if you’re just testing the bullet journal waters and don’t want to spend too much just yet, try a lined notebook.

Squared – If you’re going to include several graphs or trackers in your bullet journal then squared paper could work for you. However, the squares can sometimes be a little distracting.

Plain paper – If you’re more of a sketcher at heart then maybe you want to skip out on dots, lines or squares altogether. A plain notebook will give you a little bit more creative freedom with your ideas.

Hardcover or softcover

This will depend on the role your bullet journal will play in your daily life.

Is your journal likely to be exposed to the elements ie. pulled in and out of a bag every day? Will it be sitting on a cafe table or on your desk at work? If the answer is yes to either of these then the hardcover option will protect your pages better.

On the other hand, if your journal is going to be a homebody that has a snug spot on a bedside table, then the soft cover will be fine.

Thickness of paper

Thickness of paper is another thing to consider. If you prefer a minimalist bujo style, using just a biro or a fine liner, then it won’t really make a difference whether you use thick or thin paper.

However, if you’re planning to use calligraphy pens, felt tips or even watercolour paints then definitely go for a thicker type of paper.

Note: The higher the gsm number, the thicker the paper.

Thicker paper will minimise bleeding, ghosting or smearing, and the individual pages of your bujo will hold up better.

Here are 5 notebook options to consider:

Essentials Dot Matrix Notebook

For a beginner, the Essentials Dot Matrix notebook from Peter Pauper Press is a good place to start. It also comes in a couple of different sizes (A5, A4) and as a squared or ruled version.

Pros

Hard cover with elastic band closure

Comes with a page marker ribbon

Reasonably priced

Expandable pocket inside the back cover

Good thick paper

Cons

No pre-printed page numbers, no index, no pen loop

Cover doesn’t come in other colours

Lemome bullet journal

The Lemome dotted Bullet Journal is another basic bullet journal option.

Pros

Hardcover with elastic band closure

Page marker ribbon

Reasonably priced

Cons

No index or page numbers

Moleskine Classic dotted notebook

The Moleskine classic dotted notebook is one of the more popular choices for bullet journaling. It comes in a few different cover colours and sizes. Plus, if you want a different style of paper (plain, squared or lined) then those options are available too.

Pros

Choose from hard or soft cover

Cover comes in different colours

Has an elastic band closure

Comes with a page marker ribbon

Expandable pocket inside the back cover

Cons

Pages can be a little thin so possible bleeding/ghosting if you’re using felt tips or a fountain pen.

A bit more expensive

Scribbles That Matter

The Dotted Journal from Scribbles That Matter comes in A4, A5 and A6 sizes. Plus, you can choose from a few different designs and colours.

Pros

Pre-printed page numbers

Quite a thick notebook (200+ pages)

Thick paper

Has a pen holder

Has a pre-printed key and index

Comes in different colours

Comes with a ‘Pen Test’ page

Has two page marker ribbons

Cons

Expensive

Prone to some bleeding

Leuchtturm1917

The Leuchtturm1917 also makes the official Bullet Journal notebook. Favoured by Ryder Carroll (the creator of the bujo), it comes in different sizes, colours and page layouts (dot grid, plain, squared or lined).

Pros

Choose from hard or soft cover

Pre-printed Page numbers

Pre-printed index and key

Has two page marker ribbons

Cons

Expensive

Some ghosting

Fine liner pens

Once you have selected a notebook, you will need a pen (or two) to go with it. A biro or a pencil will work fine to start with but if you’re looking for something a little more stylish or permanent then it might be worth giving a fine liner or a fountain pen a try.

Artists fine liner pens are great for writing or doodling in your bullet journal. They often come in different sized nibs and colours too.

There are several different types out there but a couple of the most popular options are:

Fabre Castell Pitt Artists pens

The Fabre Castell Pitt Artists pens are a good reliable writing pen. They’re great for daily use and the ink isn’t too thick so they don’t tend to cause any ghosting. You can buy them in black or assorted colours.

Pros

Waterproof ink

Dark black ink

Quick drying ink

Smooth to write with

Good value for money

Cons

If you press too hard with the nibs, they are sometimes prone to breakage

Sakura Pigma Micron Fineliner pens

The Sakura Pigma Micron Fineliners are another good choice of bullet journal pen. Similar to the Fabre Castells, they also come in black and assorted colours.

Pros

Waterproof ink

Dark black ink

Quick drying ink

Cons

Sometimes prone to leaking

Can be a little more expensive but still good value for money

Fountain pen

If you’re looking for a nice pen which writes smoothly then you might want to add a fountain pen to your possible list of bullet journal supplies. Just make sure that you’re using a thicker paper that won’t bleed or ghost onto the following page.

Parker fountain pen

Although there are lots of different Parker styles to choose from, the Vector Parker pens are my absolute favourite when it comes to fountain pens. I have used them since I was in primary school. They’re reasonably priced, smooth to write with, durable, don’t leak and it’s really easy to swap out the cartridges when they’re empty.

Ruler

A ruler is a really handy item to have in amongst your bullet journal supplies. Use it for drawing boxes, underlining headers or dividing up sections in your spreads.

You can buy a basic plastic ruler pretty much anywhere. However, if you’re looking for something a bit more sturdy then a stainless steel one won’t fade and is good value for money.

Pencil

A pencil can come in useful if you’re going to roughly map out your spreads or trackers. A standard HB pencil will work fine on most bullet journal surfaces.

Just remember not to press too hard if you’re planning on erasing it later.

Eraser

If you’re using a pencil to sketch out a rough design in your bujo then you’ll need an eraser in your bullet journal supply box too.

Any kind of eraser will do, but if you’re looking for something a little more high quality then try a kneaded eraser. It removes mistakes without leaving a mess and works well on coloured pencil as well.

Stencils

Stencils can come in useful if you’re not overly confident with your drawing skills or if you’re in a hurry. They can add some extra character to the pages in your journal quickly and neatly.

They can be made from a few different materials but are usually plastic or metal.

Note: If you’re using a fine liner pen with your stencil, try and remember to give it a quick wipe when you’re finished using it. This will help minimise smudging or smearing next time you use it.

I use this basic reusable plastic stencil set.

They’re really good value for money and although a few of the stencil designs are the same/similar, there are still lots of different images to choose from. Stencils have been part of my bullet journal supply kit for a while, and although they don’t get used all the time, it’s nice to know I have them just in case.

Alternatively, you could try a two in one metal ruler and stencil.

Colouring pens

It’s often nice to add a bit of colour to your bujo pages. You don’t even have to draw or colour with them, just by underlining headings or using colour coded bullets you can really make your journal pop.

Crayola Supertips are a good set of colouring pens if you don’t want to spend too much of your hard earned cash. They come in lots of different colours, are good quality and you can also use them for practising calligraphy.

Coloured pencils

Call me old fashioned but I quite like having coloured pencils in with my bullet journal supplies. You can get some good shading and you don’t have to worry about bleeding or ghosting at all.

I use the crayola double ended pencils. The colours are vibrant and there is a good range.

Washi tape

Add a roll of washi tape or two (or three) to your list of bullet journal supplies! It’ll last you for ages and is a really inexpensive way to add some fun to your bujo.

Looking for some creative inspiration? Have a look at the post ‘What is Washi Tape? (And 30+ Simple Ways to Use It) or check out ‘8 Easy Washi Tape Weekly Spreads You Can Create In Minutes’.

Circle maker

Another item that can come in quite useful is a circle maker. It can help add extra interest to those weekly spreads, habit trackers or monthly cover pages.

If you don’t want to spend money buying one, use a compass or failing that, just find something circular to draw around!

Brush pens

If you’re keen to try out some hand lettering or calligraphy then you might want to add some brush pens to your list of bullet journal supplies. Use them in headers, for outlining or adding a shadow.

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

These Dual Brush Pens are really popular and the Tombow brand has a good reputation. They are a little on the pricey side but I think they’re definitely worth the investment. I have the pastel coloured set and love them!

Pros

They come in a variety of different colours

Dual ended: Brush tip and fine bullet tip

No bleeding

Comes with a colourless blending pen so you can create a watercolour effect

Cons

Although they are a little on the pricey side, the tombow brush pens are really good quality.

Some have said that the pen ink dries up quickly (although I haven’t had this problem).

Faber-Castell Brush pens

The Faber-Castell brush pens are a slightly cheaper option than the Tombow dual brush pens.

Pros

They come in a variety of different colours

Waterproof ink

No bleeding

Good value

Cons

Only one brush tip per pen

No blending pen

Stickers

Similar to washi tape, stickers are another cool way to brighten up your bujo. It’s fun to use stickers if you don’t have time to doodle.

Try out bubble stickers, something glittery or doodle stickers. Or if you’ve got some washi tape, cut circles, squares or other shapes and make your very own washi tape stickers!

Stamps

Stamps are perfect for when you don’t have much time but still want your bullet journal to look decorative. With just a quick dip on an ink pad and a firm press on your page, you could have filled your spread in minutes.

Note: If you can, get a mounting block and acrylic stamp sheets as they are less bulky than the traditional wooden block stamps.

The great thing about stamps is that they can be used again and again, don’t take up much storage space and they will save you heaps of time!

You could try out one of these functional stamp ideas:

Habit tracker stamp

Create your habit tracker for the week in a few seconds with a habit tracker stamp. Go for a blank grid so you can fill it in with whatever you like.

Water glass stamp

Keep track of your water intake by using a water bottle stamp. Fill it in daily and improve that water drinking habit.

Days of the week stamp

A days of the week stamp in a pretty font would come in handy on a weekly spread. It would save lots of time on hand lettering. Once it’s dry, maybe add some colour to make the days stand out even more!

Number stamp

Use a number stamp to add in dates, numbered ‘to do’ lists or to fill in your habit trackers.

Monthly stamp

A monthly stamp could be used on your monthly cover page, at the start of a weekly spread or in a monthly habit tracker.

Paperclips and mini bulldog clips

Clips can come in really handy when you want to keep a page in your journal or if you want to hold things in place.

Don’t want to spend too much on clips? Buy plain ones and jazz them up with a bit of washi tape!

I hope this list of bullet journal supplies gave you some food for thought. Although remember, all you really need to start a bujo is a notebook and a pen!

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