I am excited to be sharing this post because I am back to bullet journaling. If you didn’t see me from my social media, I swapped to using a Happy Planner or a period of time, but I missed designing my bujo monthly spreads.
I like to make to-do lists and plan my week, but in addition, track my blog and social media statistics as well as my daily habits. I was drawn to YouTube and fell down the rabbit hole of bullet journal planning and knew I needed to swap back.
When I was planning out my new bujo, I was thinking about all the supplies I would need and so I thought that I would share the bullet journal supplies you would need to have in order to start a bullet journal planner. There is nothing better than fresh new notebook pages waiting to soak up all the creativity.
This is a list of 4 supplies that you will need to create a creative yet functional planner:
1. Bullet Journal
There are so many different brands that offer a bullet journal style notebook with varying prices, so that you can find a dotted journal for every budget.
You can splurge on an Archer and Olive dotted journal which is towards the top end of the price range and then you could go to Yop & Tom where they have dotted journals that are the dupe of Archer and Olive, but for half the price! There are also other brands like: DingBats Notebooks, Leuchtturm, Stationery Island and many more.
I chose to use a Leuchtturm one this time because I had an extra one in my lovely big notebook stash! One reason I love Leuchtturm notebooks is you can get them in such a wide variety of colours.
2. A Decent Fineliner
When you are deigning bullet journal spreads, whether writing or doodling, fineliners are the best for intricate or smaller lettering. Fineliner pens make your designs look clear and bold without looking heavy. There are so many black and coloured pens on the market that would be perfect for you bullet journal. My pen recommendations are: Pigma Micron pens (in varying tip sizes), Uni-ball Eye micro pens and Staedtler. These pens, if you shop around, are not super expensive. Remember to check out Amazon for great pen deals
3. Washi Tape
Okay, so washi tape isn’t necessarily a bujo essential, but for many people it is. Washi tape is a simple way to add colour and create fun designs, which is perfect if you want to bullet journal, but cannot draw. Washi tape is an inexpensive supply that can add a lot to a simple layout. I get beautiful washi tapes from: Handmade Dorset, Amazon and Etsy.
The extra supplies are things like: pencils, ruler, rubber and brush pens or Crayola colouring pens, which work so well for brush lettering especially for beginners. For some, these may not be essentials, but if you want to design habit trackers and more artistic designs, I recommend first designing in pencil and going over the lines with your fineliner.
Bullet journaling doesn’t have to be an expensive form of planning. However, there is also no shame in spending a little more on stickers, washi tapes or pens etc. Bullet journaling is about planning how you want to.
There are so many things that you can use your bullet journal for and areas of your life you can track:
- Savings tracker
- Bucket list
- Wish list
- Dream log
- Meal planning/food diary
- Doodle pages/title designs
- Party planning
- Birthday gift planning
- List of movies you want to see
- Places you want to visit
- Weight loss tracker
- Water log
- Exercise log
- Chore lists
- Self-care ideas
- Spending log
- Christmas gift planning
- Blog post ideas
- Blog statistics tracker
- Bill tracker
These are my bujo essentials list that I use to design my bullet journal monthly spreads. If you bullet journal, what supplies do you use? I’d love to hear in the comments.