When I first started bullet journaling I was constantly looking for new bullet journal supplies. I thought the more supplies I had, the better my bullet journal would be… not true. I also thought that more expensive supplies would deliver better results, also not true.

 

 

The only thing that will make your bullet journal “better” is time and practice. You’ll start figuring out what you like, what works for you, and how to achieve that vision you see in your head. Don’t feel the need to create elaborate pieces of art for every page in your bullet journal. Focus on making something that works for you and your productivity. A lot of times people put more effort into their “art” rather than the functionality side of bullet journaling.

 

 

The only thing you need to bullet journal is paper and a pen. Yep, that’s it. You don’t have to run out and drop $100 bucks on supplies to start bullet journaling. Start small and then add more supplies to your collection, and a little personality to your journal. For this supply list, I’ve added all of the supplies I personally use and a quick note for each one.

 

 

 

bullet journal supplies

 

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I started with a few supplies that were considered “staples” in the bullet journal community. Over time I added to my collection and it’s grown quite a bit (okay, a lot). Some supplies were better than others, and some were better for beginners or more advanced users. Before purchasing bullet journal supplies you should ask yourself what it is you want when it comes to your own bullet journal. For example, if you’re into the minimalistic look you’ll need fewer supplies than someone who’s looking to go all out with color, watercolor, washi tape, stickers, and more.

 

 

 

BULLET JOURNALS

 

 

 

160 gsm scribbles that matter

 

Scribbles that Matter

Scribbles that Matter is one of the most popular bullet journals around. They offer two A5 versions, the “Pro Version” and the “Iconic Version”. The difference is on the cover.

The “Pro” has a plain solid color cover, and the “Iconic” version has the doodles on the cover. They have recently upgraded their paper from 115 gsm to 160 gsm, matching that of Archer and Olive and SEQES.

This journal offers A LOT of extras. This is my number one recommendation for beginners, and pros alike.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Comes with the following pre-printed pages: key, index, and pen test.
  • More features include: numbered pages, 2 bookmarks, a back pocket, and dot markers representing the halfway point (and center) on each page.
  • A nice option for those who plan on using watercolors in their bullet journal.

 

 

Leuchttrum 1917 Bullet Journal

Leuchttrum 1917 Bullet Journal

With the Leuchttrum 1917 Bullet Journal, you’ll get perforated pages, a pre-printed index, and a durable cover. The paper in the Leuchttrum journal is not the thickest. I wouldn’t recommend this bullet journal to those who plan on using watercolors in their bullet journal. The Leuchttrum 1917 bullet journal also comes in a large variety of colors.

 

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Comes in a large variety of colors. 
  • I do not personally recommend this bullet journal to those who use watercolors.

 

 

 

 

erin concern bullet journal

Erin Condren Bullet Journal

Erin Condren is a household name when it comes to planning. The bullet journal offered by Erin Condren is a little smaller than your typical A5 size (perfect for travel). I like that this bullet journal comes with a printed cover, the true Erin Condren way. This journal is pretty basic if you’re not one for bells and whistles this is the journal for you.

 

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Basic journal (this is still a bullet journal)
  • Great price point.
  • A good “on the go” journal due to its smaller size.

 

 

 

Lemome Bullet Journal

Lemome Bullet Journal

My first bullet journal EVER. Of course, this journal holds a special place in my heart (dramatic I know). Has a great paper quality and it’s a great bullet journal for those on a budget (win-win?) The pages in this bullet journal are more of a cream color rather than stark white.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Nice paper quality (120 gsm)
  • Pretty basic but still has a back pocket, bookmark, and pen holder. 

 

Lemome Bullet Journal

You can read my full Lemome Bullet Journal HERE. Or, click the image above.

 

 

 

 

Minimalism Art Bullet Journal

 

Minimalism Art

*Disclosure: It was noted on Amazon that the dots in this bullet journal are not even. After looking through mine I can confirm this is true. So keep this in mind when purchasing. 

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Despite the issue with the uneven dots in this journal I like the paper and overall design of this journal. 
  • Sleek Design, comes in a stylish box.
  • The pages in this journal are pretty white, has numbered pages, a back pocket, and a pre-printed index page.

 

 

 

 

Archer and Olive Bullet journal

Archer and Olive

The OG’s of bullet journaling with some crazy good paper quality. They were the first to offer bullet journals with 160 gsm paper. They offer a whopping 19 cover options for those looking for a nice selection to choose from. This journal pretty basic in terms of extra features but packs a punch when it comes to paper quality.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • A good option for people who like using watercolors in their bullet journal.
  • This journal is on the pricey side. Comes in at $30 plus shipping. 
  • Archer and Olive offer a “gilded edge” version of their journals for an extra $5.

 

 

 

seqes bullet journal

 

SEQES

The SEQES bullet journal is pretty similar to the Archer and Olive journals. This one doesn’t offer near as many color options, however, the price point is

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • A  good option for those who like using watercolors in their bullet journal.
  • A budget-friendly journal offering 160 GSM paper.
  • NOTE: some of the dots seem to be “faded” in comparison to surrounding dots. This isn’t on every page but it is something worth mentioning.

 

 

 

Looking for a bullet journal on a budget? Check out these Bullet Journals under $15.

 

 


 

 

WRITING

 

Besides the bullet journal, you’re going to NEED something to write with. Pen and paper are truly your only NEED when it comes to bullet journal supplies.

 

 

The Pens

 

 

 

 

Uni-Ball Signo DX (.5 and .38)

When it comes to filling in my bullet journal calendars, task pages, or anything else I use regular gel pens. The Uni-Ball Signo DX pens are some of my favorites.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • These can be difficult to find locally. If you can’t find them locally try Amazon, Tokyo Pen Shop, or Jet Pens.
  • My 3 go to pens in this model are below:

 

🖊 (0.5) Black Ink & Blue Black
🖊 (0.38) Bordeaux Black

 

 

 

Sarasa Clip

I really like the Sarasa Clip Pens, they dry quicker than other gel pens and write smooth.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • These come in numerous colors and sizes. (0.3, 0.5, and 0.7)
  • Can sometimes be difficult to find.

 


 

 

 

Brush Pens

 

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

 

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

You can’t have a list of bullet journal supplies without Tombow! Can you? My first pack of Tombow Dual Brush Pens was the Bright Pack. I recommend starting with this set and adding on later down the road. With this set, you’ll get a lot of basic colors to get you started.

NOTE: if your ultimate goal is to acquire all of the Tombow Dual Brush pens I recommend buying the 96 count. There is also a pack of 108 since they came out with new colors. However, I do not recommend buying the set of 108 due to the price. If you want the 12 new colors, consider buying them separately. I can’t image paying an extra $180 for the 12 new colors (even if you do get the updated storage case). This is the best way to avoid duplicates and you’ll save some money, in the long run.

If you want the updated storage case you can find that HERE.

 

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Each brush pen is dual-ended. One end is the brush pend and the other is a fine tip marker.
  • Purchase these in multi-packs, individually, or by the set.

 

If you’d rather purchase these in packs you can do that also. Here are some of the most popular sets available:

 

Desert Flora

Floral Palette

Galaxy

Pastel

Tropical

 

 

pentel brush

 

Pentel Arts Sign Pen Touch (Brush)

If you’re looking for the brush style pens click HERE, if you want the felt tip pen you can find that HERE. They look almost exactly the same, the brush style has a glittery barrel that’s the easiest way to tell the difference. I like these for lettering on calendars and small areas where the Tombow Dual Brush Pens don’t fit. 

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • These are smaller in comparison to Tombow Dual brush pens.
  • Limited color selection color selection.

 

 

 

 

FUDENOSUKE BRUSH PENS

 

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens 2-Pack

Another great option for creating beautiful calligraphy. With the 2 Pack of Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens, you get one hard tip and one soft tip. The soft tip creates bigger lettering and the hard tip creates smaller lettering. These are some of the most popular brush pens in the world of bullet journaling.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • The hard tip brush pen is great for creating smaller lettering. The soft tip, on the other hand, creates larger letters.
  • As much as I like these they do have a tendency to be low on ink after ordering them from Amazon (this isn’t the case when I purchase them in my local craft/art store).

 

 

 

Mildliner Brush

These are the same as the Mildliner Highlighters except in the form of a brush pen.

  • The fine tip of these are a little different on these compared to the traditional mildliner highlighters (the tips on these are a little finer)
  • VERY had to fine. Not available in the US until August of 2019 ( I found mine HERE at Tokyo Pen Shop)

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

MARKERS

 

crayola supertips

 

Crayola Supertips

If you are looking to invest a small amount of money for a lot of BANG I would recommend these! You can create doodles, beautiful lettering, and much much more. Sometimes the 100 pack is sold out. If so, keep checking back or consider the 50 pack. I’ll put the links to both of those below. As far as traditional markers go, these are the only ones I currently use.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • A great set of markers for beginners or those with experience in bullet journaling.
  • Comes in a huge variety of colors.

 

100 Pack Crayola Supertips

50 Pack of Crayola Supertips

 


 

Fineliners

 

 

Staedtler fineliner pens

 

Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens

These are great for filling in your calendars, making notes, completing habit trackers in much more. I love the wide array of colors that these come in.

You can find them HERE.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • These come in a number of quantities. Buy a large pack or a little pack of 6 if you prefer.
  • These are “Dry Safe” meaning if you leave the cap off for a couple of days it won’t dry out.

 

 

Read the full review of the Triplus Fineliners HERE. Or, click the image below.

 

Staedtler Fineliner Pens

 

 

 

Sakura Pigma Micron Fine Liners 

I LOVE these for creating fine lines. You can choose from numerous tip sizes and create the perfect doodle or line. I like to use these for creating calendars, doodles, and even small lettering. I got the 9 pack which is a great way to try different sizes instead of buying them individually. You can find them HERE.

 

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • You can create a nice variety of line widths with these to create unique looks, all with just simple black ink.
  • These are fadeproof against sunlight/UV light. You don’t have to worry about all of your hard work fading (I’ve been there).

 

 

 

Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Pens

A great option for anyone looking to get a large number of fineliners without spending a fortune. Comparable to the Staedtler Fineliner Pens.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Hexagonal in shape like a traditional wooden pencil.
  • These come in different quantities.

 

 

 

Zebra ClickArt

These are a fineliners with a click pen mechanism versus a traditional cap. They currently come in 36 colors.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • I really really like these but they don’t like my bullet journal paper. They go on the paper pretty smooth but start to feather out over time. I’m currently in the process of testing these in different bullet journals.
  • These feel durable and I like that I don’t have to keep up with the cap.

 

 

Copic Multiliners

These are great for line work, writing, drawing, and more. They come in numerous tip sizes similar to the Pigma Microns.

  • These can sometimes be difficult to find (depending on where you live).
  • The Copic Fineliners write really SMOOTH.

 


 

WHITE PENS/MARKERS

 

WHITE GEL PENS-White-Uni-Ball UM 153 Signo Broad Point Gel Pen

 

White-Uni-Ball UM 153 Signo Broad Point Gel Pen

I highly recommend these. I LOVE contrast so these really make my text pop on dark-colored backgrounds. I also use them to cover up my mistakes. They come in a pack of three and the price is great. You can find them HERE.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • These provide rich white color on top of dark backgrounds.
  • I find that these (and other white pens/markers) don’t perform well on certain types of ink. For example, the Pentel Sign Touch Felt Tip.

 

 

 

Posca Paint Pen – Fine Tip (WHITE)

This another great option for white ink. Because it’s a paint pen so it can be used on different surfaces and it comes in numerous colors.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • The Posca Paint Pens come in a large variety of tip sizes from fine tip to broad tips.
  • These can be a little pricey depending on where you find them.

 

 


 

 

GOLD INK

 

 

Posca Paint Pen – Fine Tip (Gold)

This is the exact same pen as the white one above, except this one is gold. I like to use these for details on text and watercolors.

 

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • The Posca Paint Pens come in a large variety of tip sizes from fine tip to broad tips.
  • These can be a little pricey depending on where you find them.

 

 

 

Uni-Ball SIGNO UM-153 (Gold)

My all-time favorite pens in the color white and gold. The ink goes on smooth and bold compared to other pens.

  • The Uni-Ball Signo UM-153 pens can be difficult to find in your local stores. I had to order online.
  • These can be a little pricey, but if you like to use gold ink this is the way to go!

 


 

HIGHLIGHTERS

 

 

Zebra Mildliners

When I first got these I want NOT impressed! I thought they were overrated in the bullet journal community, then I really started using them and I’m hooked. NOTE: Don’t use these like regular markers, use them to make your text stand out or as accent colors on your bullet journal pages. These are also really nice for taking notes.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • These can be difficult to find depending on where you live. However, you can find them on Amazon HERE.
  • I like that these aren’t traditional neon colors, they are exactly what the name says, “mild”.

 

 

 

 

Stabilo Boss

The shape and size of these definitely make them stand out in the world of highlighters. You may have trouble finding these in your local art/craft stores.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • These highlighters are much bolder than the Zebra Mildliners.
  • As much as I love these highlighters they do have a tendency to bleed through paper.

 


 

WATERCOLOR

 

 

Kuretake Gansai Tambi

I love these watercolors for my bullet journal (or anything else). These are a Japanese brand of watercolors and perform a little differently than traditional western watercolors.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • These are easy to work with (in my opinion) I can easily manipulate the opacity of these with little effort.
  • Seem to be hard to find, I recommend Amazon due to local availability.

 

 

 

Derwent Inktense Colored Pencils

If you like the look of watercolors but feel intimidated by them, consider using watercolor pencils.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • These are so VIBRANT, I’m still amazed at how well these perform. Most watercolor pencils are very dull in the end, not the case with these.
  • The Derwent Inktense Colored Pencils come in numerous quantities.

 

 


 

 

ERASERS

 

 

 

MONO Sand and Rubber Eraser (FOR INK AND PENCIL)

Works well but I’m not sure why they say it’s for INK and pencil. It may work for some types of inks but not any that I’ve come across.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • One side is sand (for ink?) and the other is rubber (for pencil).
  • A little pricey if you buy them individually.

 

 

General – Extra Soft Vinyl Eraser

Works VERY good and doesn’t leave behind a bunch of dust (eraser residue).

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • I don’t like using this eraser on thin paper. It’s so soft it tends to pull the paper and I end up bending and wrinkling my pages.
  • The softness of this eraser makes it prone to breaking.

 

 

 

General Tri-Tip Triangle Eraser

The Triangular shape of this eraser is great for erasing smaller details.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • The shape makes it easy to hold.
  • Doesn’t leave behind a ton of dust (eraser residue).

 

Tombow MONO Knock Eraser

Great eraser for small details, and it’s easy to use due to the shape and size.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Easy to travel with (even has a clip on the barrel), about the size and shape of a pen.
  • You’ll have to buy specific refills for the barrel when the inside eraser runs out.

 

 


 

 

EXTRAS

My list of bullet journal supplies couldn’t be complete without Washi Tape?! Could it? That would be insanity.

 

WASHI TAPE

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE WASHI TAPES

Each of these rolls came from different sets. I’ve listed the link below for each tube/roll these came from.

ROLL 1: Boho Paper Crafting Washi Tape Tube Recollections 496413

ROLL 2, 4, AND 5: Honeydew Crafting Tape Washi Tube Recollections 496410

ROLL 3: Soho Boutique Crafting Washi Tape Tube Recollections 496416


Here’s a view of all washi tape sets that I linked above:

bundle of pink and blue Washi tapes

Honeydew Crafting Tape Washi Tube Recollections 496410

 

multi pack of Washi tape

Boho Paper Crafting Washi Tape Tube Recollections 496413

 

washi tape rolls-purple and pink

Soho Boutique Crafting Washi Tape Tube Recollections 496416

 

 

 

20 PCS Journal Stencil Plastic Planner Set

Great purchase if you’re just getting started and you want to try new shapes, and designs. This was one of the first bullet journal supplies I purchased because my doodling game was pretty weak. I’ve gotten better with practice though!

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • A little flimsy but they get the job done. Just be sure they secure before starting to use the stencil. *Use a pencil first, then go back in with ink.
  • Over time you should practice these designs… without the stencil. 😊

 

 

bullet journal ruler

 

Westcott 6-Inch Ruler

Bullet Journals aren’t large, typically A5. I mostly use a 6-inch ruler because it’s a perfect size, and I can put it in that nifty back pocket!

 

Be sure to check back for updates on bullet journal supplies. As I acquire more supplies, I’ll add them here.

Need help starting your bullet journal? Check out my post on How to Start your Bullet Journal HERE or Bullet Journal FAQS.

 

 

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