7 Supplies to Kickstart Your Bullet Journal Practice
By Alvin Ward
Bullet journals are part planner, part calendar, and part to-do list—and you may have seen them on Instagram recently. While getting the hang of the method may take a couple tries (or weekly spreads), it helps to have the right tools to get you started. And if you're a devoted follower, you might be on the hunt to find supplies to make your journaling easier (and more enjoyable). Below we've collected just a few of our favorite products to help you take your journaling to the next level. And if you're looking for some new ideas to help you get the most out of your bullet journal, we've got you covered, too.
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1. Leuchtturm1917 Notebook
Choosing a bullet journal notebook is ultimately a matter of personal preference, though many users go for ones with dots or lines to keep lists straight, and books that lay flat when open. The Leuchtturm1917 is especially popular for its blank table of contents, numbered pages, and durability. Plus, you can choose the size that fits best in your purse or bag, as well as from a variety of hues. The included stickers help when it comes time to archive your journal.
Find it on Amazon for $20.
2. Sakura Pigma Micron Pens
While artistic users go for crazy colors, it's best to start out with a simple, fine-tipped pen that won't bleed through your pages. The Pigma Micron pens from Sakura are great for strong but delicate writing that doesn't take up a ton of space. This set includes several different nib sizes, so you can experiment to find the one you like best. Plus, the archival ink is meant to stick around—great for when you're looking over bullet journals from years past.
Find them on Amazon for $11 or at these other retailers:
3. Rhodiarama Dot Notebook
Slightly more advanced users might like the Rhodiarama Dot, which earns points for its durability, fancy leatherette cover, and the fact that you can weigh pages down with artwork and washi tape and still close the cover.
Find it on Amazon for $16.
4. Stabilo Fineliner Pens
If you want to add a little pizazz to your bullet journal, these colorful fine-tipped Stabilo pens from Europe are a perfect choice. The pocket size makes them easy to stash alongside your notebook.
Find them on Amazon for $9.
5. Moleskine Dotted Journal
The Moleskine journals are tried and true, and many bullet journalers like this dotted version. The dots are dark (but not too dark to interfere with your work) and the soft cover holds up like a champ.
Find it on Amazon for $12 and at these other retailers:
6. Tombow Brush Pens
If you're the type who wants to add hand-lettering to your bullet journal (all the better for those Instagram snaps), you might already be familiar with these Tombow pens. They can help you achieve a watercolor effect, and work great for calligraphy.
Find them on Amazon for $16.
7. Poppin Soft Cover Notebook
The Poppin notebooks include lined pages and a back cover, plus a variety of fashionable metallic covers that set them apart.
Find it at Poppin for $10 to $12 or at these other retailers: