Best Bullet Journal Supplies For Beginners

While bullet journal supplies aren't everything in your planning journey, they can certainly be a lot of fun! The truth is, you only need a notebook and a pencil to start one. For any beginner or advanced planner this can be more than sufficient.

I'm somewhat of a stationery addict, so I'm always in the search for the best supplies and materials. From everything that I've tried, I've compiled and curated a list for all of you who are starting your bullet journal or if you are in need of some inspiration.

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The Perfect Journal

If you're looking to invest into your bullet journal for the first time, I suggest you start here. For me, it's important that my notebook can last me throughout the entire year. For this purpose a hard cover notebook can be best. The other thing you should look into is the quality of the paper itself. If you're going to do a lot of drawing or painting in your notebook, you don't want it to bleed into other pages. You can choose any style but I prefer a simple dotted notebook.

Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted A5

Numbered pages

The Leuchtturm journal has numbered pages which makes it super easy to find what you are looking for.

Index

The journal has a built in index, which eliminates the need to make your own.

Two Ribbons

Unlike some of the other journals, this one has two separate ribbons, making it easy to switch between pages.

Price: $19.95

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Moleskine Classic Notebook

Excellent Paper

The paper feels silky and is of excellent quality.

Availability

Unlike the Leuchtturm, these noteooks are widely available online and in nearly every stationery store.

Smell

The smell of a new Moleskine notebook is truly special and full of nostalgia.

Price: $17.48

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Rhodia Webnotebook

90g Paper

The paper is perfect for fountain pens.

Lays Flat

For an advanced user, this might be a big factor. The Rhodia lays perfectly flat which makes it easier to design your spreads.

180 pages

The notebook is big enough for the entire year's use!

Price: $15.39

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The Perfect Pen

Your notebook being the fundamental resource for your bullet journal doesn't prevent you from having a little fun. When you first discover what a good pencil feels like you will never go back. In this section I will mention different pencils, pens, fineliners, and mildliners. They are what makes your bullet journal colorful or excitingly minimal in just black and white.

Sakura Pigma Micron

Smooth

Very smooth and skip free writing. One of my top favorite pens.

Many sizes

There are plenty sizes to choose from which makes this set a very good choice for beginners.

Drawing and writing

The Pigma Micron is an excellent drawing pen, you are not limited to writing only.

Price: $10.83

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Fiber Castell Ecco Pigment

Comfortable

I have spent many hours writing with this pen. After trying others it still remains the most comfortable because of its ergonomic shape.

Waterproof on paper

This pen dries quickly so you don't have to worry about smudging if this is a problem for you!

writing

Because of its shape, you will be able to write out of your bullet journal too. Great for taking notes in class.

Price: $7.90

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Fudenosuke Tombow Pens

amazing for lettering

These pens are my lettering favorites. Dual brush tips, one hard and one soft.

Comfortable

Solid grip which makes for consistent results.

Dark ink

The ink in these is spectacular and it lasts a very long time.

Price: $7.99

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Zebra Mildliners 3-Pack

Great Price

This three pack is very affordable which makes it an ideal starter for your stationery collection.

Soft Colors

These highlighter do not scream neon. They come in many pastel colors.

Long lasting

Zebra makes some excellent markers in general. They last a very long time.

Price: $13.50

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Tombow Twintone Markers

Double Sided

Broad bullet tip for bold lines or extra-fine tip for detailed, precise lines.

Doesn't bleed

Water-based ink doesn't bleed through most papers.

Long lasting

Long lasting fiber tips maintain shape after repeated use.

Price: $12.55

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Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pen

Quick drying

Dries 3x faster for reduced smearing.

colorful

This ink brightens your writing and keeps your notes looking neat.

Smooth

Smooth tips spread ink beautifully.

Price: $19.93

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STABILO Luckystar

Vibrant colors

I love these pens for doodling. Vibrant colors make beautiful artwork every time

Good with stencils

Tips encased in metal so they can be used with rulers and stencils

Long lasting

Water-based ink formulated to sustain long cap-off time

Price: $13.50

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Miscellaneous

Notebooks and pencils are certainly enough for you to develop your bullet journal habit. However, there are many useful resources and tools to make your planning even more exciting. This section includes items you have probably seen before or used at school. They are not necessary in any way, but they are worth looking into.

MT Washi Masking Tapes

Set of 10

This is a great set for any beginner just starting out their collection.

easy peel

These are very easy to peel and put back on, so you don't have to worry about making a mistake.

good color selection

If this is your first time buying washi tape, this set has ideal colors.

Price: $12.50

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Journal Stencils

easy to use

I find that stencils are a great way to get started in your bullet journal.

inspiration

If you are not a big artsy person but would love to have a decorated journal, this is the way to go!

consistent results

It's hard to make a mistake using stencils and they will give your journal a consistent style.

Price: $13.50

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The Perfect Book

For me this section is key to developing good organisation and planning habits. When I first got started these amazing books inspired me and changed how I see my life and how I lead it. They gave me my “why”. This is my go-to list for anyone interested in planning and optimizing all aspects of their life.

The Bullet Journal Method

This book is by the creator of the bullet journal method. I strongly recommend it. It gives you insight into this organizational system which allows you to further adapt it to your needs.

Price: $17.10

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The Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo

This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.

Price: $9.69

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Miracle Morning

“Hal Elrod is a genius and his book The Miracle Morning has been magical in my life. What Hal has done is taken the best practices, developed over centuries of human consciousness development, and condensed the 'best of the best' into a daily morning ritual. A ritual that is now part of my day.” 

—Robert Kiyosaki, bestselling author of Rich Dad Poor Dad

Price: $17.63

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miracle morning