Bullet Journal Supplies for Beginners and a few of my favorite products to use.
When I started my first bullet journal, I wasn't really sure what I was getting into. Now, after over a year of playing around with it, I'm more familiar with the many things that bullet journals can be, depending on your tools and creativity.
What is a Bullet Journal?
A bullet journal is a system that is a balance between mindfulness and productivity (Bulletjournal.com). There is no concrete structure to a bullet journal - it is whatever you want it to be.
Your journal should help you accomplish your goals, but how you go about planning out your strategy is completely open to interpretation, and most importantly, your creativity.
Start a Bullet Journal on a Budget
Bullet journaling and planning in general can get really expensive. Check out my post on how to start off without destroying your budget.
While there are tons and tons of types of journals and planners out there, I shared a bunch of super cute journals here under $20 and some under $10 too.
Being organized doesn't have to be expensive. You just need to know where to look, and I can help point out some awesome deals!
Huge tip: Shop with Ebates. It's completely free to use, and depending on the store, you can save in-store and online. Ebates gives you money to shop with their app - how awesome is that?
I've received $387.93 cash back from them, and you can too.
Bullet Journal Supplies for Beginners
When you're first starting out, you're going to think you need everything that's considered an art supply, but try not to buy bucket loads of pens until you know what you like. Here are some supplies that'll help you get your bullet journal on track to experiment.
My recommendation is to test out items one style at a time before buying a bunch. When you know that something really works for you, then you can go crazy (but not too crazy). Stay on budget.
Also, I shop at Michaels a lot (too much), so most of my recommendations will come from there. That is where my experience is, and I want to share products that I've tried or at least seen in person or given away as gifts.
GRAB THE ONLINE COUPON THE DAY YOU SHOP, IN-STORE OR ONLINE to save a bunch of money.
Ok here we go.
These tapes are essentially really cute masking tapes. They aren't super sticky, but they stick well on paper, and you can find adorable designs for all tastes.
How to use: Washi tape can be used as dividers and/or border deco for your layout. Showcase different themes with all sorts of washi tape designs.
Michaels also has planner sets, so once you've decided you like washi tapes, you can grab a box of 'em and be totally set.
I've always loved fine tip pens, but now, I think everybody is into them. They're great for intricate designs and writing really small on tight layouts (or super busy days). These pens are sold by different brands and come in so many colors.
I recommend the more affordable sets, because if you write a lot, you'll need to replace them often. Still, they all work the same way, so you may as well pay less.
This set is what I have, and my boyfriend has the smaller set of 10. They're perfect and write super smoothly. If you write while holding your pen slanted, you might have a hard time with fineliners, so try out the individual ones in the pen section first. If you can get on with this style, I highly recommend these.
Rules and Protractors
Unless you can draw straight lines without a problem (I'm jealous if you can), you'll want to have these tools on hand.
I'm always borrowing my boyfriends ruler for my journal, so I may as well keep it. Protractors really help me with the hello pages, since I like to draw my hellos within an arch or circle of some kind. Check out my free printable hello page designs here.
Stamps and Stencils
If you go to Michaels or any craft store, you're going to find an enormous selection of stamps and stencils. There are so many to choose from, so I recommend going in with a plan - what style you're looking for.
There are sets and individual stamps that you can mesh together to create some awesome deco. I enjoy swirls and cute quotes, but the world is your oyster. Beware - you'll want to buy them all.
Stickers and Sticker Books
Do you remember being in grade school, and stickers were traded like gold? Well, welcome back to that time where it's totally cool to be obsessed with stickers.
Stickers add so much personality to your layouts, and there are tons and tons and tons of options - some more affordable than others.
These sticker books are for the Happy Planner, but you can use them for your bullet journal - there aren't any strict layouts to restrict their use. The booklets are huge, and they're always on sale, so grab 'em while they're hot.
This is a set of 427 quotes stickers (I'm obsessed with quotes), and there are so many different themes to choose from.
Do you have an idea for a sticker theme but can't find it in the store? Make it yourself!
I love making my own stickers. On my Etsy shop, I sell a bunch of 'em, so hop on by if you want to check them out.
Making your own stickers is really easy. You can use Canva, Office programs like Word, PowerPoint and Excel to make all sorts of sticker designs. I'm coming up with a tutorial soon!
Want to give sticker making a try? This is the sticker paper I use for my planners. They're matte, so you can write on them, and they stick lovely. Since they're full sheets, you can print and cut to any shape you want.
Want glossy, gold or another kind of sticker paper, this is where I get my stash. Shhhh! It's our secret.
I love these things. If you're not a fan of scissors and can find a paper punch shape to satisfy you, these are a lifesaver.
I have a couple circle sizes for my round stickers, because I hate cutting out circles. These paper punches lets me design my own stickers, print them out on sticker paper (like the one above) and punch them out easily.
Michaels has a variety of shape options, and if you like to shop in person, remember each store has a different stock selection, so shop around.
If you're a fan of hand lettering and calligraphy, you could create so many beautiful designs in your bullet journal.
Brush pens can be pretty pricey, but Tombow pens are currently on sale at a pretty good deal. Plus, with all of their coupon offerings, it's super easy to save.
The dual brush pens are great, because you have the brush tip as well as a finer, more sturdy tip to write with.
I have the Artist's Loft dual brush pens, and I think they're wonderful. However, you'll have to check in store to see if they're in stock, because they aren't online anymore.
So there you have my recommendations for bullet journal supplies. I hope this has helped you put together a little shopping list for your bullet journal layout creations!