Starting A Bullet Journal And My Essentials

I am so excited to be sharing this post because it means I am back to bullet journalling. If you didn’t already know I had been bullet journalling for 2 years and then I came across the Happy Planner (which I wrote about here). I have trialled the planner for several months and at first it worked well, but I began to struggle.

I like to make to-do lists, plan my week and track my blog and social media statistics and my habits. When I was using the Happy Planner, I had to use a separate notebook to track those other aspects of my life. I was re-visiting old bullet journals as well as falling into the Youtube black hole of bullet journal videos, it made me remember that I can just have all those aspects in one place again. It is a much more simple method for me.

Although I spent quite a lot of money on the Happy Planner, it has allowed me to trial a new way of planning and organising my life. I now know what works best for me. The Happy Planner is on its way to its new home with a lady from work who loves them. There is definitely no need to waste stationery or paper ha ha!

I thought because I am starting a new bullet journal experience that I would share the essentials I have got to get started again. I get so excited with a brand new bullet journal, fresh pages ready to soak up all the creativity.

A New Bullet Journal

This was actually one I brought nearly 2 years ago, but then ended up being gifted one at Christmas by my Uncle and Auntie. This bullet journal is a Leuchtturm1917 in navy. I like this brand and you can get them in a range of bright or neutral colours.

Leuchtturm1917 bullet journal

Fineliners (Black and Coloured)

I like using fineliners all the time, to draw, doodle or design titles and lettering. I have so many different brands and colours, so I should have all the pens I need to start my bullet journal. I like writing with fineliners as I think it makes my writing so neat.

Staedtler Pastel Fineliners 

Washi Tape

I like having any excuse to use washi tape. I like to use them in bullet journal spreads to add a pop of colour. I am going to start off this bullet journal with simplistic spreads and layouts. I am sure as the months go on, I will experiment with more creative looks. As I haven’t bullet journaled in a while, I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself at the start.


These are the 3 main essentials for me to start up my new bullet journal journey. I am beyond excited to get started and I will be sharing some bullet journal posts throughout the next few months, so you can follow along.

Do you have a bullet journal? What are some essentials you must have? I’d love to hear in the comments.




50 thoughts on “Starting A Bullet Journal And My Essentials

  1. I bullet journal but do like a pre-laid out journal too. I think the beauty of something like the Happiness Planner is that you’ve probably found a few things that you liked which you can incorporate in your new bujo 🙂

  2. I’ve just started a bullet journal too! I really enjoyed having a few hours to design my July spread but I would love some ideas! x

  3. I love that you found a new home for the Happy Planner! I think most of us would have just thrown it away, but giving it to someone who likes it is so much better.
    My own “bullet journal” is more of a minimalistic mess, but I totally agree with you on the washi tape. I can’t go without it, even though I don’t even use it on a regular basis.

    x Envy

  4. Love bullet journalling – I love how flexible it is and gives you the chance to be as creative or minimalist as you want which is great for me because some months I go all out and others not so much! I love some Washi tape though to add something different but I would definitely recommend Crayola super tip pens and brush pens too which just add a little extra to any spread. in my opinion. Can’t wait to see your future spreads and set ups!

    1. I have lots of brush pens but I haven’t got those crayons super tips, I am going to have to buy some haha! I had Staedtler felt tips but they aren’t the same. Thank you, I am excited to share them. Please can you send me the link to your blog as the link above isn’t working

  5. I have started bullet journaling this year and it has honestly changed my life!
    It’s such a fun way to express how I’m feeling and record my memoirs.

    P.S I have the same bullet journal too

  6. I keep my bullet journal super minimal to avoid the pressure to “keep up”. I also keep my supplies minimal so I don’t fall into the trap of “oh I don’t have my purple polka dot tape or hot magenta pen so I will have to do this later”. I have a dot notebook, a tombow fudenosuke for brush lettering headings, a black Bailey ballpoint cross pen for all my writing, and a grey mildliner as needed.

  7. You know how I said I didn’t think bullet journal was for me? Well, reading all about your posts about it and doing a quick search on Youtube made me want to try it a third time! 😀 I’m thinking of starting next month and I’ll be prepping it sometime in the last few days of July.

    I’m thinking of starting of using one of the many unlined journals I impulse-bought and just my usual drawing pens, color pencils and watercolor. But I would love to add some washi tapes in it when I (hopefully) get the hang of it!

    Kate |

  8. I started a BuJo a few years ago but struggled to keep up with it creating new layouts and stuff, but this has inspired me to reconsider! I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts in this in the future 😊

    1. Definitely don’t need elaborate themes! You will develop as you go or keep it minimal. It’s what works best for you. Thank you for reading and commenting! Xx

  9. I’ve tried 2 different kinds of dotted notebooks, and find myself not to be too picky. For two years I used the Muji dotted notebook. I liked it because the paper wasn’t too thin and it had a spiral spine, which I liked, because it was easier to get to the center of the notebooks. They discontinued that line of notebooks, and so I went on amazon to look for my next one. This time around, i ended up with the minimalism art dotted notebook. I really like it! I really like soft cover notebooks, and this one is the perfect size. I got it in black this time around, but next time I might get a different colored one! Great post, I always love looking to see what notebooks people like using xxx

    Melina |

  10. After reading this I realised I have a bullet journal without knowing there was an actual name, “bullet journal!”. Or something similar at least.

  11. I am not a bullet journal-er yet, but this post is getting me there! I recently stuck some washi tape in my ordinary scribble notebook in a fit of boredom and was amazed at how bright and inspiring it was!

  12. i’ve been dying to try bullet journaling but it always seems to slip my mind. the idea of having a notebook that can have literally everything and anything you’d need to stay organized sounds wonderful to me lol! i love those pens, this is making me want new stationary!! xx

    mich /

  13. I’ve never actually had a bullet journal before but I’ve seen so many lovely ones and it always makes me want to give it a go and start one. I might have to give one a go now! X

  14. I’ve always been tempted to try a Leuchtturm notebook, they have such a great range! Of course, I don’t need anymore notebooks (haha) but this one looks like such good quality so I’m kinda tempted 🙂 I love that you are back into bullet journalling again, your designs and spreads are always so nice to see! Can’t wait to see what you come up with, especially as your have such awesome washi tapes and colourful pens, I’m sure it will look fantastic. Thanks for sharing Lauren, great post! <3 xxx

    Bexa |

  15. Glad you’re back bullet journalling because I LOVE reading bujo posts 😀 Your essentials are definitely ones I agree with – could not live without my fineliners xxx

  16. I haven’t seen a ring binder bullet journal how awesome is that!!! I definitely have started off more simplistic this time around. We shall see if it changes xxx

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