Bullet Journal Supplies: For Beginners

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Bullet Journal Supplies: For Beginners

The Internet is overloaded with all possible information on what supplies are best for a Bullet Journal (BuJo). When I just started off, I stumbled upon a million and one pens, huge bags and super expensive items.

I wrote this post for those who just want to learn if Bullet Journal works for them. They do not necessarily want to spend much on it; just enough so they get a gist of what BuJo is.

When you get more certain about Bullet Journaling, you can go ahead and get more advanced tools. Inspiration can be found in my other article

*** This post contains the products that I personally use and those that constantly receive positive feedback from my readers. Affiliate links are used***

What BuJo notebook to choose?

I discuss it in more detail in my book: “A Practical Guide How to Start a Bullet Journal

Two options I am obsessed with:

            Leuchtturm1917 Hardcover Medium Dotted Journal

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I prefer the medium size as it allows to locate more information and easier to use: I found it is more convenient to fit my hand while writing.
I always carry business cards that can be easily placed into this pocket.
Numbered pages 😍 This is invaluable! I prefer to spend my time on setting goals and to-dos, not numbering pages.
               Minimalism Art Notebook

This is a cheaper friend of Leuchtturm1917. I have recently discovered this one for myself, and I think it is decent. If you do not mind striped paper and non-numbered pages, you can go ahead and get one.

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Ultimately, it boils down to if you prefer dotted or blank paper. If you haven’t tried anything yet, probably go for striped and see if it’s too not many lines for you. 🙂
               Faber Castell Grip HB Pencil

This pencil is very popular among experienced users. HB stands for hard and black nature of the lead. See below the scale. 

HB is the most suitable for writing and kind of “one-size-fits-all”. Let me explain. When I was attending the Art School, they always told me: 

If you unsure, go for HB”. 

Gip in the name stands for the pencil’s body which prevents it from slipping out of your hands. So I recommend this one as it is quite standard and easy to use.

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          Faber Castell Pencil Eraser

A good eraser that does not produce so much dust.

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              Pilot G2 0.38 Black Pen 

These pens are perfect for drawing because gel dries quickly; they do not leave ‘drag marks’ from your hands. They are extremely easy to use: you do not need to press down hard to get the result you want to. In my experience, the majority of BuJo people use these pens.

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               Muji Point Black Pens

Still, there are some people who prefer Muji over Pilot G2 0.38 Pens. If you do not like Pilot for some reason, you can go for Muji pens. They seem a bit brighter on paper and can smudge slightly more than Pilot G2 0.38 Pens. There is no dramatic difference between them, but I would recommend starting out with Pilot G2 0.38 Pens as they are easier to use. 

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An example of how Muji writes:

              Plastic Transparent Ruler

The only requirement for a ruler is that it has to be transparent. It is simply more convenient when you can see where and what you are drawing. But it is up to you in the end. You will get two rulers: 12 Inches and 6 Inches

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That’s it.

In total, you will invest $ 19.68 in this ‘trial’; but it is enough to try it out, get a gist of bullet journaling, and learn if it works for you. When you get more certain about Bullet Journaling, you can buy more advanced tools. Inspiration can be found in my other article.

Please note: Your spreads will be black-and-white.  

I hope my suggestions will help you get started and get yourself more organized.



My books:

  • A Practical Guide How to Start a Bullet Journal
  • Guide on How to Improve Your Social Life

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