The Ultimate Guide to bullet journaling supplies
Are you itching to get started with your new Bullet Journal, but finding it hard to make a decision on where to spend your money?
It’s hardly surprising. With so much choice online, it can be hard to know if you are making a great choice, or spending money on something you may never even use, and this can be even more difficult if you are a Bullet Journal beginner.
The good news is, we will guide you through all of these decisions, with this post packed full of our favorite Bullet Journal supplies and what they are used for.
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Getting Started with your Bullet Journal
There really is no secret formula when it comes to getting started with your first Bullet Journal, all you’ll need is a Bullet Journal Notebook and a pen – and you’re all set to start planning!
It’s quite likely that you will already have some fineliners, highlighters and gel pens hiding in the back of your drawers at home, so before spending anything, have a good look around and see what stationery you already have!
The more you get used to Bullet Journaling, and making regular entries, the better idea you will have of what you would like to get out of your Bullet Journal journey and add to your supplies.
Knowing Your Bullet Journaling Needs
Knowing what type of entries you will be making in your Bullet Journal is an important part of understanding which supplies you are likely to need.
Over time, you may find that the main focus of keeping your Journal, is to take your planning and organization to the next level, meaning your Bullet Journal supplies will be more functional – so a fine tip, black pen would be top of your shopping list.
On the other hand, your Journal entries could be fulfilling your creative outlet, certainly if you have a lot of time to fill those blank pages. In this case different colors and brush pens would be a great option for you.
The best way to decide what you would like to buy, is to make a shopping list of Bullet Journal supplies you might want, then look at each item on there to see if they have a part to play in your own Bullet Journal, if not – cross them off of your wish list!
There’s a great deal of choice when it comes to picking the best Bullet Journal to suit your needs, with different sizes, index pages, paper quality, paper weight and thickness, all playing their part.
A little further down this post, we have shared the best list of Bullet Journal supplies.
…But before rushing your decision, only to find out that you want a different notebook after just a few entries, we’ve put together a guide to the key features you should consider when choosing the best Bullet Journal Notebook for you.
- Different Sizes
Journal notebooks are available in different sizes, depending on whether you would like to keep it in small spaces like your pocket / bag throughout the day, or a larger Journal for your bedside draw or glovebox.
A5 size tends to be the top choice within the Bullet Journal community, being small enough to transport, but still providing enough space for creativity.
- Paper Thickness
This is referred to as gsm paper, or ‘grams per square metre’. Basically, the higher the gsm, the thicker your notebook pages will be, and therefore a good quality paper.
Thicker paper will help prevent ink ‘bleeding’ or ‘ghosting through to the other side of the page.
- Journal Pages
If you’ve already had a look online at Journals, the first thing you may have noticed is how different the pages can be.
Plain Journal pages will lend themselves to more creative spreads, while the dot grid in other dotted Journal notebooks help you create super neat and organized monthly spreads with minimal effort.
- Optional Extras
Here are a few other little bits to look out for that might just make a huge difference too!
Numbered Pages – These are a great way of helping you stay organized and can make the job of Indexing Your Bullet Journal that much easier.
Page Marker – Permanently attached to the Journal, this will help you jump straight back in where you left off, to capture any notes and update your to do list throughout the day.
Hard or Soft Cover – A hard cover will make your Bullet Journal more durable, where a soft cover may be more practical if your Journal notebook will be traveling with you.
Elastic Closure – This is a very practical addition to any Journaling Notebook and a great way to keep your pages protected in between your Journal entries, avoiding those nasty bent-up page corners and stains.
Pen Loop – While this might seem like a bit ‘gimmicky’, many Journal Notebooks have a pen holder attached at no real extra cost, meaning you can keep your favorite pen handy at all times, for any lightbulb moments, or updates to your to do list throughout the day.
Here are Maverick Mindets Top Bullet Journal Picks…
Just a snip (1cm) shorter than A5, this dotted notebook has thick premium paper, 124 dotted pages, plus 4 index pages, with a smooth leather cover, inner pocket and an elastic closure band. This Journal Notebook is a great choice for a range of Bullet Journaling needs.
This stunning A5 Notebook has ultra-thick paper, resistant to any bleeding or rough erasing. It comes complete with a durable hard front and back cover, dotted and numbered pages, a pen holder, pen test pages and a re-enforced rear pocket!
Inside this stunning A5 Journal is quality, thick 150gsm paper. This Journal Notebook arrives complete with a durable elasticated pen holder, two attached bookmarks for easy page navigation, an elastic closing band and free stencils. Talk about getting your monies worth...
Best Bullet Journal Pens
If deciding on the right notebook is the most important decision to get you started, then the set of pens you choose is a very close second priority for your Bullet Journal supplies!
We’re going to share with you some of the best pens on the market and what each type is used for, so you can be sure you’re buying the right type of pen, to suit your Journaling needs.
For a more in-depth look at the best pens for Bullet Journaling, you can check out our Ultimate Guide to Bullet Journal Pens.
Here are Maverick Mindsets Top Pen Picks…
These are without doubt our favorite pens for Bullet Journaling. Their 0.3mm hard tip with black ink, is perfect for thin lines, helping you to keep your Journal entries neat and sharp. With 6 in a pack, you'd be wrong if you thought cheap Bullet Journal supplies weren't worth having!
Tombow brush pens certainly aren't cheap supplies, but these 6 stunning pastel colors will help you to create beautiful spreads in your Journal. Like mini, handheld paintbrushes, you can blend watercolors on the page, perfect for stunning hand lettering.
This pack of 10 vibrant colored gel pens, gives you a range of choices for your Bullet Journal Spreads. A cute set of designs that are super smooth to write with, perfect for doodling, drawing and designing, their 0.5mm gel tip is perfect for a range of different Journal entries.
This pack of 6 Pigma Micron Fineliners are a range of different thicknesses, so you can be sure you will have the pens you need for your daily Journal entries. These fineliners are renound for their archival quality, with ink quality that lasts a lifetime on the page, preserving your entries for many years to come.
These Double-ended marker pens feature a medium brush-like soft tip for achieving fluid, elegant strokes, and a fine bullet tip for predictable, clean lines. Zebra Mildliners certainly aren't cheap supplies, but you can buy them in packs of 5, 10 or 15+ depending on your budget.
Crayola Felt Tip Coloring Pens
These Crayola markers create smooth, bold, beautiful colors for your Bullet Journal Spreads. With 24 vibrant color options, you're spoilt for choice. Their soft tip makes them perfect for both thick lines, and thinner, more subtle details.
Best Accessories for Your Bullet Journal
Shopping for accessories is a really fun part of building up your Bullet Journal supplies.
Every Bullet Journal is individual, and your own personal style will play a big part in the accessories you choose to use.
We have put together some of our favorites, and a few important things that will not only make your Bullet Journaling easier and neater, but for a little extra cost, can also help you get insanely organized along the way.
We just love this selection of 12 different Washi Tape rolls! 15mm in width, Washi Tape is a perfect decoration for color coding your Mood Trackers, Habit Trackers and Bullet Journal Themes.
These removable sticky notes are perfect for indexing your pages and capturing quick notes or highlighting entries. With strong adhesive that leaves damage on the page, you can remove and re-stick, without any concerns of marking the page or weakening the tab itself.
This is a really popular tool among Bullet Journalers. The correction tape is liquid free, and can be written over immediately. The shape of the dispenser allows really precise application of the correction tape, allowing you to pick up exactly where you left off.
These stencils are a must have for creative spreads! They are high quality, reusable, washable, durable and eco-friendly. Packed full of letters, shapes, icons, numbers and patterns, giving you no end of options in creativity for yourJournaling spreads.
This cute set of 40 binder clips has some stunning designs, from cherries and flowers to polka-dots, they will not only help take your organization to the next level, but will leave your Journal dripping in style as they do it.
Organizing Your Bullet Journal Supplies
As you build your stash of Bullet Journal supplies over a long time, you may want to look at some storage options before your pens and accessories start vanishing around the house!
Whether you need your Bullet Journal supplies ready to just ‘grab and go’ so you can head out to a quiet corner of your favorite coffee shop, or maybe you’d like to keep your collection of brush pens and markers all in one place, we’ve put together some of our favorite storage options for you.
This is the perfect storage solution for Journaling on the go! Large enough to hold a great selection of your favorite Jorurnaling bits, but small enough to fit in your bag, this stand up, canvas pencil case is smooth, cleanable, and available in 6 different colors.The telescopic function is pretty cool too, helping you see all of your pens perfectly.
Ok, so maybe this storage option isn't for the feint hearted... but if you've been Bullet Journaling for some time and like the idea of keeping your brush pens seperate from your fineliners and your Washi Tape seperate from your felt tips, then this might just be the answer! This wooden desk tidy measure 21x25cm and provides an outstanding storage solution.
So There You Have It!
Hopefully you’ve found what you need to get you going or enhance your Bullet Journal!
And remember, when building up your Bullet Journal Supplies, start slowly.
It’s better to place an order for something you are missing, than be surrounded by stationary that you are never going to use.
As you Develop Your Handwriting and Lettering Skills, you can add more brush pens and colors to your Bullet Journal supplies over time, helping you to create some Stunning Bullet Journal Themes and Monthly Spreads You’ll Just Love!