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One of my 2018 Goals was to stay better organized with a bullet journal. I’d seen a lot of beautiful designs and all kinds of lists plastered on pinterest and instagram, and being the artsy list-maker that I am, I wanted to try it out.
I did a lot of research on the right pens to get, the right notebook, and all kinds of extra stuff to make your bullet journal the best it can be. Hopefully this post will help you out in deciding on some great products without having to break the bank!
First up is the Peter Pauper Press: Dot Journal from Amazon for $10.87. The cover is a durable material and resists stains, moisture, and tearing. There is an elastic band that holds the pages tightly together, and an inside back-cover pocket that holds stickers, stencils, rulers, or any other flat items you want to keep handy. The inside pages have a light gray 5 mm dot grid that are the BEST for bullet journaling, offering structure without those pesky lines. A black ribbon bookmark lets you pick up right where you left off.
I’d read a lot about getting a Leuchtturm1917 A5 Notebook but changed my mind after checking out the price tag. As great as the notebooks look (and come in many beautiful colors), paying $20 was a little much for me.
Next up are these Mudder Fineliner Colored Pens from Amazon for $7.99. This set comes with 12 fine tip pens with a 0.4 mm tip (including black). These are great because they don’t bleed through the paper, and the colors come out clean and bright. If you’re looking for more than just 12 colors, the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pen set has 20 colors (including black) with a 0.3 mm tip for $15.65.
Something I would definitely recommend when building your Bullet Journal starter pack is a ruler. I recommend the Helix Acrylic Office Ruler. This one is six inches long and fits great in the back pocket of my journal. At only $3.18, this little buddy can be your new best friend.
And there you go! The perfect products to start your bullet journaling! These right here are the bare bones of what you need. Want even more? Here are a two more items I would also suggest…
- A set of Yalis Bullet Journal Stencils if you feel a bit squeemish about free-handing banners and boxes. This set has 12 sheets of super awesome stencils that I use all the time.
- Ticonderoga EnviroStik pencils. These are super nice and sharpen and erase VERY well! If you’re like me and you want to sketch your your page design before putting it in ink, a good set of pencils will work wonders. They’re also environmental friendly with a latex free eraser that doesn’t rip up your page.
- A good set of brush-tip pens to spice up your handlettering. Nylea 15 Pack Dual Tip Brush Marker Pens are nice if you’re going for quantity over quality. If you’re looking for quality over quantity, I’d go with the Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, though they are pretty pricey for only a 10 pack.
What are YOUR favorite bullet journal products? Let me know in the comments below, or shoot me a message. I’d love to hear from you!