PLAN + ACHIEVE

INSPIRATION. CREATIVITY. PRODUCTIVITY.

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. The purpose of this list is to find new supplies to experiment with, get you started, and inspire new ideas.

 

 

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Scribbles that Matter

 

One of the most popular bullet journals around. They offer a few different versions of their A5 Bullet Journal including:

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.

 

 

 

Lemome Bullet Journal

My first bullet journal EVER. Of course, this journal holds a special place in my heart (dramatic I know). It has 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.

read the lemome bullet journal review

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.

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.

 

 

 

JARBO

 

If you’re on a tight budget or just getting started this is a great option for you. I got this as a spare journal to practice my layouts in because it was affordable, but it packs a punch!

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • 120 GSM
  • Acid-free ivory pages
  • At the time of writing this post this exact journal is unavailable but you can check out this Jarbo Bullet Journal as an alternative.

 

 

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.
  • The paper in this journal isn’t as thick as some of the other journals on this list, but some people prefer this. (80 GSM)
 

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 huge variety of cover options. 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, but the paper quality is worth it in my opinion.
  • Archer and Olive offer a “gilded edge” version of their journals for an extra $5.
  • You can find a signature A5 bullet journal,  the blackout book (black paper bullet journal), a watercolor bullet journal (has watercolor paper), and an A5 planner with some dot grid pages inside. You can find other journals/planners in different sizes as well.

 

Sakura Pigma Micron 10 Fineliner pens

 These fineliners are great for line work, doodles, and watercolors. Since their waterproof, you don’t have to worry about the ink smearing. You can find these Pigma Microns in a number of tip sizes (and a few different colors).

 

Point 88 Fineliner Pens

Looking for a nice everyday kind of fineliner? These are perfect, plus you’ll have plenty of color options.

 

 

 

Staedtler Color Pen – Set of 36 

These are my personal favorite fineliners for everyday use when I need to add some color!

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens

 

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 bullet journaling community.

NOTE: 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).

 

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 (or something similar) and adding on later down the road. This set gives 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 (you can find that below).

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.

Here are some of the most popular sets available:

Desert Flora

Floral Palette

Galaxy

Pastel

Tropical

 

 

Tombow Dual Brush Pens Set of 96

 

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.

  

 

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors, 48 Colors

 

This watercolor set is a great option for beginners and pros alike. Plus, their affordable, easy to find, and you can buy individual colors if your running low. You’ll find these in different sets, start with something small or jump right in with the set of 48.

You can also find their specialty palettes to add a little something different to your creations. Find all three right here (starry, pearl, and gem).

I used these watercolors for my September Bullet Journal layout, you can see the whole spread HERE

SEPTEMBER BULLET JOURNAL EXAMPLE PAGE

Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush Assorted Tips, Pack of 3

These watercolor brushes are easy to use and you don’t have to worry about dipping into that cup of water so often. You’ll find these in different tip sizes, and variety packs.

 

 

 

 

Derwent Inktense Pencil Set, Assorted Color, 24-Tin

These watercolor pencils are so fun to use, however, there is a bit of a learning curve. I’m still learning! These are on the pricey side but they are so vibrant compared to other watercolor pencils out there.

Here are a few set’s to check out: