As I gear up for my second bullet journal for the year, I thought I would take some time to share some of my favorite bullet journaling supplies. These are things that I use consistently, month-to-month, and often day-to-day. Some of them, I’ve used since I started bullet journaling in 2017; others I found more recently through trial-and-error.
Note: this is not a sponsored post, and none of these links are affiliate links — they’re simply products I personally enjoy using!
Favorite Bullet Journal Notebook: Leuchtterm1917 Medium (A5) Dotted Journal
Every time I think about branching out to a different notebook, I keep coming back to this one. It has more pages (251) than most I’ve seen, which makes it perfect for my bullet journaling system. I don’t use the official “Bullet Journal,” because I find I don’t nee the extra dedicated pages. But I do enjoy picking out a new color every year or half-year.
Favorite Black Pen: Pentel EnerGel RTX Gel Pen (Needle-Point: 0.3mm)
I use this pen for everything. Journaling, keeping track of tasks in my business planner, scribbling notes on scrap paper or notepads, paperwork — anything that I just want to write in standard black ink.
I’m partial to gel pens, and this one is both super fine-tip and dries very quickly, which is great for my small handwriting and working in my bullet journal. (The website linked above also sells refills, which means I don’t have to replace the entire pen every time it runs out of ink!)
Favorite Colored Pens: Uni-ball Signo UM-151 Gel Pens (0.38mm)
As I said, I’m partial to gel pens. I tend to have a heavier hand when writing, so felt-tip pens have ended up breaking on me in the past. I tried a number of colored pens of various types before landing on these, and I don’t know that I’ll ever look back.
Favorite Brush Pens:
These were some of the first brush pens I tried, and I still love them! They’ve got a great range of colors, and I like that they have a lighter color. I use them mostly for highlighting, but also for drawing and coloring as well.
So far, I’ve only used the grayscale set, but I love the colors of these as well. I’m sure in the future I’ll have to try more of them!
Favorite stencil/tracing supplies:
I just got this one last Christmas, and it’s been a game changer. I used it create circle designs on my monthly cover pages in my current journal, as well as the circle habit trackers in my April and June monthly spreads.
Where would I be without my ruler? I cannot for the life of me draw straight lines, even with dot grids to guide me, so I rely heavily on a ruler. The one I use has cm markings, which is super helpful since the dot grid in my journals are spaced at roughly 1/2 cm apart.
I have run into one small issue when using a ruler with gel pens — even ones that are as fast-drying as the ones I use. Sometimes the ink will gather on the edge of the ruler and smear onto the page. So I keep a tissue handy to wipe off excess ink from the ruler every so often.
While these are my favorite bullet journaling supplies for a reason, I’m always on the hunt for new journaling tools and stationery! I’d love to hear some of your favorites!
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