If you are getting ready to start a bullet journal or are just curious what I use, I have pulled together a comprehensive list of bullet journal supplies.
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Depending on how picky you are, notebook selection can make a huge difference. One of the big ideas of the bullet journal is having your pages numbered. I learned about numbered pages when I first started bullet journaling and now use page numbers for everything. I even wrote a whole post on “Why You Should Number Your Pages”.
I love love love my Leuchtturm. I have used at least 4 of these and am now using them for work and personal.
The pages are already numbered and there is a great looking Index all set-up for you. You can buy these in dot-grid, ruled/lined, or squared (grid/graph). They also come in a variety of sizes and colors. (I find the A5 size to be my favorite and super convenient.)
Some people complain about bleeding and ghosting (being able to see the shadow of your writing on the opposite site). The ink and pens I use generally do not cause bleeding and the ghosting does not bother me.
If you are looking for a budget-friendly option, I highly recommend the Essentials notebooks. You have the option of grid, dot grid, lined, and blank pages.
They are the same A5 size as the Leuchtturm. The paper is thicker so there is less ghosting but my fountain pens seem to bleed more on these.
My only complaint about the Essentials is they do not have page numbers, so you’ll have to add these yourself. (It took about 5 min for me to do this while watching TV)
Because of my loyalty to Leuchtturm, I haven’t had a chance to try out the Scribbles that Matter. I’m fairly active in the Bullet Journal community though and the general consensus on these is that the paper is thicker and having a pen loop is handy. Personally, I do not like the “font” on the Index page, but I’m neurotic.
Once you have a notebook, we are ready to talk pens.
Disclaimer: My style is pretty minimalist. While I like some color and to create pretty calligraphy headers, I simply don’t have the time or patience to draw really elaborate spreads.
I use a mix of fountain pens and roller balls in my bullet journal. I’ll go through my favorites for pretty much all the kinds of pens out there. This is really just experimentation and finding out what works for you!
If I had to pick one pen and one pen only to use for the rest of my life, it would probably be a Pilot G2 with a 0.38 tip. Other pens have slow drying ink or too much bleed through or show through.
Because of how fine the 0.38 is, the ink dries really fast, I minimize show through to the other side, and I can cram lots of writing in a small area. Mr. PaperGazer likes the 0.5 tip version.
This is great for my future planning page, which has 3 months on one page.
For Color Coding
I am not a big fan of ballpoints. I had never really used one that I loved. I hated using them in all my science classes that required use to use them for carbon-copy paper. Then I found the PaperMate InkJoy ballpoints. These write super smooth.
When I think of felt-tip pens, I think of PaperMate Flairs. My mom uses these. My grandma used these. They come in a bunch of colors.
Lots of BuJo-ers swear by the Staedtler Triplus Fineliners. These have good color variety and I haven’t had any bleeding or problems.
For black (or blue or red), I really like the Pilot Razor Point or the finer Pilot Razor Point II. These are great, cost-effective alternatives to the Pigma Microns. Pigmas are really nice but I don’t notice a huge functional difference, so I opt for the less-expensive Pilots.
I use markers for 3 different purposes in my bullet journal: Brush Lettering, Outlining different bullet journal layouts, and shading.
My favorite pens for brush lettering are the Tombow Dual Brush markers. I use these for almost all of my collection headers. I love having a skinny tip that matches the brush color.
These are really high quality. While they are on the more expensive side, I think they make great gifts and hold up really well. In my opinion, they are well worth the investment. (Michael’s has their own Tombows but I do not like the colors as much.)
You can create the look of brush letters using Crayola SuperTips! These are a super inexpensive option that gives you lots of colors!! Just play around 🙂
For shading, I love to use the grey Tombow Dual Tip. I love N75 — Cool Grey.
What if I make a mistake…
If you just have a slight smudge, the Tombow sand erasers are great at getting light mistakes out.
If you really messed up (ie drew a line in the wrong space), I recommend a correction tape.
You can see in this Instagram below that I was able to fix up a messy spread with an eraser and correction tape.
Where do I put my pens when I’m on the go?
If you just want to carry one pen with you, you can purchase a pen loop for your notebook.
Depending on how many pens you want to carry, I recommend a pencil case. This LIHIT lab one is a great price and high quality.
How do I find my page quickly?
I love these Post-It Tabs. I use these on everything. They are really high quality and thick, so they don’t bend. I move one from week to week in my bullet journal!
What are your favorite bullet journal supplies?
Do you have a favorite I forgot about? Feel free to comment below!
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