I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been very intrigued about the bullet journal system but I’ve always brushed it off as something I couldn’t do because I can’t draw, I’m not overly artistic and I feel like I never have ‘enough time’. In October of last year however I decided it was finally time to give it a go, and guess what? I’m loving it! I thought today I’d run through my BuJo staple supplies – what do you really need to start a bullet journal?
I’ve actually filmed a 3 monthly flip through, as well as my 2018 bullet journal collections and set up which you can watch below or here!
The BuJo I decided to pick up was the A5 Leuchtturm1917 dotted notebook from Amazon for £13.00. I’ve jazzed this up with a little bit of awesome Gemma Correl dancing pug washi tape I purchased from a local shop near me (you can get on amazon here). The quality of the Leuchtturm notebook is incredible, the paper is really nice and thick meaning pens do not bleed through and the pre numbered pages make life so much easier!
I’m pretty monochromatic as a general rule so I decided I’d probably opt for a predominately stick with black, white and grey for my journal. For my main pen I opted for a trusty favourite of mine which is the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner. I chose some automatic pencil (very cheap ones from Tescos!) and invested in a quality eraser because you know I was going to be using it a lot! The eraser of choice was the Helix eraser which are super cheap but really good quality. I also picked up a folding ruler from Wilko and I was good to go.
I’ve watched a LOT of Bujo videos online and so many people favour the TomBow Dual Brush Pens. I’ve dabbled in calligraphy in the past and hope that 2018 will be the year I truely get my head around it all so decided to pick up one in the shade N79. Until I get the hang of proper brush lettering, I’ll just be using it to highlight or colour in small areas of my Bujo.
I’ve been carrying my BuJo everywhere with me for the last three months and absolutely loving the versatility it has offered me, but I was struggling with keeping a pen with it as I wanted to use the same pen at all times. I did a cheeky amazon search however and saw that Leuchtturm did a pen loop so picked one of those up for a bargain £2.50. It has been a life changer!
The internet really is an incredible resource and there is SO many incredible channels out there but I’ve found it can be quite hard to store all the incredible videos I’ve watched online so I’ve turned a lot to Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. I love pinning onto my BuJo board ideas for future weekly spreads etc (you could follow my board for some inspo of your own) and have also created a ‘collection’ on Instagram where I can do the same.
For an actual physical guide I treated myself to the 365 Bullet Journal guide. It isn’t a necessity but it is a really love visual book. I don’t think its contents are anything life changing but it is a really nice book to have; I’ve enjoyed flicking through it for a few nuggets of inspiration. The only downside is that the spine of the book is SO stiff which makes it very difficult to lay flat and see the pages clearly. I’m sure it’ll loosen up in time.
If you are thinking about bullet journalling but worried about the long list of supplies you may need or the endless reems of creative talent – you don’t need either of those things. A notebook (dotted is great, but a grid, lined or plain would work too) a pen, pencil, ruler and rubber are all you actually need.
Are you a #BuJo-er? Let me know how you are finding the system! Also if you have a channel or Instagram I could follow, please be sure to link them in the comments below!