So, you've decided you want to get started Bullet Journaling. That is so awesome; I'm so stoked for you!
Getting started is super easy when it comes to supplies. Here are my 10 fave buJo Supplies. Not all are must haves, and to make things more fun I have tons of options for you to browse through on my Pinterest page: Bullet Journal Supplies, or you can just pick out what you want from an Amazon List I pre-made just for you (or made easy for me to pre-order!)
First things first, you'll need a notebook: The "Traditional" BuJo is a dotted journal, like the Leuchtturm 1917 dotted. The medium size is best, and I prefer the hard cover version.
Moleskine also makes a nice journal, but in truth you can use any kind of notebook. Ryder Carroll sells his version on his website ; I think it's nice to have a book with pre-numbered pages (like the Leuchtturm 1917, which makes making an index easier); but you really can use any kind of book that you want: as long as there are pages you can write on, you're in business.
You'll also need pens: the leuchtturm have a nice thick page that reduces bleed through or "ghosting" with a fountain pen or other writing device, but it's not guaranteed. My favorite pens:
I like to color pictures ever so often in my BuJo, and colored pencils are the best for that. My fave colored pencils are the Prismacolors -- I love the ones for students because they are cheaper in cost but the same pencils. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J07PAE/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_img?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2DBKOB3HIV15N&coliid=I39I6F807ATWQ0&psc=1
If you like Fountain Pens, I love and recommend the Pilot Metropolitan. Below, I'm showing off the cute Retro Pop version of their pens. My favorite nibs are fine points, but I suggest exploring around with what you like. Thanks to Jen Kickliter for telling me about these pens :) I love how smooth the ink is and the pen itself is really comfortable and easy to use.
For brush lettering, you can try the Tombow Dual Brush Pen. It gives you that calligraphy look. (ProTip: if you're intimidated by calligraphy but want to have fancy lettering in your journal, try stencils!)
I live for stencils, and there are so many to choose from out there on the market, but I recommend ones made with brass or a thick plastic. Etsy seller Jayden's Apple https://www.etsy.com/shop/JaydensApple has some awesome brass stencils from banners to cute lettering.
If you are meticulous and like nice lines, a ruler is a good thing for calendar spreads. Any ruler will do. I like a pocket size one that can fit in the pocket of my BuJo.
For embellishments, Washi tape is a great thing. I'm a big washi fan. It's great for covering up mistakes, for making lines in your journal, and for adding some decorative flair. Shop around for washi, amazon runs pretty good deals, Michaels will have discount sales, Etsy sellers will run lot sales often.
I'm also a fan of stickers. I signed up for PipSticks, a sticker subscription club-https://www.pipsticks.com/ - https://www.pipsticks.com/ where every month you get a packet of awesome stickers. This is a great thing to share with a friend, because you really get a TON of stickers.
The #1 thing my students would ask me is "how can I make my BuJo more "me" or colorful or fun, and I think stickers and washi and stencils are a good way to do that. You don't have to be an artist, you just have to be willing to have some fun and decorate a page or add a little flourish here and there. It's about the journey, not the end result.
That's my last supply: an open mind. In truth, you really only need a notebook and a pen and an open mind to making your journal work. You don't need fancy stuff to make it pretty, these are just bonuses-- icing on the cake if you will. The open mind though-- that is a must.
1. A journal
2. A good set of everyday writing utensils, like the Staedler Triplus Fineliner
3. Colored pencils
4.A fountain pen if you're feeling fancy, like the Pilot Metropolitan
5. brush pens for doing some fancy calligraphy moves like the Tombow
6. A set of stencils -- I prefer brass
7. A ruler -- pocket sized to fit in your BuJo
8. Washi tape. All colors and patterns
10. An open mind. (This is essential)
For more supply tips, check out my Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.com/hillarykyeager/bullet-journal-supplies/ and my Amazon List http://a.co/7l8GhCt
Later this week, I'll walk you through how to set up your BuJo for January and get started with some goal setting prompts! If you want to sign up for updates, just fill out my contact form and indicate that you want to be in the know for the BuJo series! And of course, if you have a supply to share, tell us in the comments!