Hi and welcome craft friends. If you love to bullet journal or you're just getting started and not sure where to begin, then you will find this article really helpful. I can't live without my bullet journal, I use mine every single day. If my bullet journal isn't with me, I get a bit panicky, like something isn't quite right.
What bullet journaling means to me is freedom. I don't worry about forgetting anything. Everything is right there laid out in my own perfect system that works for me. And once the book is closed, my mind is clear of worry and clutter.
Simply put, a bullet journal is a planner system designed to work with your lifestyle that you customize yourself. This system was designed by Ryder Carroll who is a digital product designer and inventor of the bullet journal method.
For those who would like a visual, Nifty has one of the best videos that explains how to set up and use a bullet journal.
You can just use a pen and dotted paper and that's totally fine but for those of us who have a bit more of an obsession with planners and stationery, we need a whole lot more than that to fill our needs. Here's a list of some of the things a bullet journal junkie will most likely have on hand.
My two favorites are the Leuchtturm1917 and Scribbles That Matter B5 Bullet Planner. These are both dotted, which is important for bullet journaling. I always go for a hardcover but that's just personal preference. Bullet journals come in soft and hardcovers. The soft covers are especially handy for travelers journals because they can squish right into your backpack or suitcase easily.
I use this journal for planning tutorials and article ideas. The copper color is amazing but if you prefer another color, not to worry, this journal comes in many different colors to choose from. The pages are numbered and the book opens flat for easy note taking. It has a handy expandable inner pocket and page marker.
This is what we have all been waiting for! Scribbles That Matter has introduced a B5 bullet planner. The positive reviews keep pouring in and no wonder! The journaling community has been asking for this for I don't know how long. Thanks for listening to everyone who was begging for a larger planner! This is the bullet journal that I keep all of my main spreads in. It has more than enough room to plan out your budgets, household, work, trackers, planning spreads, everything.
If I had to describe the paper, it's well, buttery and soft. The way the markers and pens glide onto the paper is quite dreamy. I don't know what can possibly convince me to use anything other than this B5 for my main planning. It has an expandable pocket at the back and three page markers. Very high end. One day I'll post a full product review on this planner so you can take a closer look.
Pens & Markers
The Sakura Microns are known for their smooth and crisp ink lines. They are used for fine details when drawing doodles and writing. They don't smear and they last a long time before running out of ink. You can purchase them in a pack but I find that I use the 03 and 05 sizes the most.
Gel pens are a must have because they are a bit more durable than the fine liners so they are good choice when there's a lot of writing to do. I find that the Gelly Roll set glides over the paper smoothly. As someone who uses and tries a lot of gel pens, these are worth every dime. The Gelly Rolls shown below are the stardust sparkle set. I also suggest purchasing a set of white gel pens to write over dark washi tape or on black sections that you want to highlight in your journal.
There are many sets and colors to choose from when it comes to brush pens but I would suggest to start with just a plain black brush pen. The Tombow's have both a soft and hard tip so that you can create a fine line or medium strokes.
These are my favorites because they don't cost a ton and they don't bleed through the pages. Use them for accenting different spreads and coloring. These are fine line markers with a versatile tip so that you can draw thick or thin lines.
Pencils & Eraser
These pencils come in a set of 12 and have a progressive degree range from 6B - 4H so they will suit your needs if you are using them for drawing or writing. They have a lead cord adhered throughout the entire wood case so that they are break resistant. There's nothing more annoying than sharpening a pencil all the way down to the end trying to find a spot that's not broken inside! You can sharpen them without worrying about the lead breaking inside.
This eraser is made with natural rubber latex and silica grit and removes colored pencil and ink marks easily.
Stickers make it easy for you to customize your journals, making everyday routines even more fun. The Happy Planner has tons to choose from.
Use washi to cover up mistakes, extra decoration, and to make certain pages stand out for easy reference. Washi tapes are great to use because they don't leave a sticky residue and you can reposition them easily. There are many designs to choose from so you will easily find a set that suits your themes.
I know that this is a big list of supplies but you don't have to go crazy at first, just pick and choose what's best for you. If you aren't sure if bullet journaling is even for you yet, print out a free bullet journal practice sheet to play around with first before committing to an actual bullet journal book.
Here are a few YouTube channels that you might want to follow. These channels are my absolute favorites when it comes to bullet journaling and stationery. I'm hoping to get interviews set up with these three amazing journalers for Friday Favorites. Fingers crossed!
Amanda Rach Lee
My Life In A Bullet
I know there are a ton more of amazing bullet journal channels but these three are the ones I watch on a regular basis. If you have a channel you would like to share leave the link below.