Bullet Journal Recommendations
I personally use and recommend all of these products. Though I cannot guarantee that you will love them as much as I do, I certainly hope they will bring you joy, as they bring me.
Most importantly, you have to invest in a good notebook. This will make all the difference. There’s a lot of good ones out there, but I can’t imagine straying from my Leuchtturm 1917 Medium Hardcover Notebook with dots.
This may sound silly but good rulers are a must. I thought I could get by with a cheap plastic one and I didn’t even last a week before I was ordering a good 12 inch and 6 inch metal ruler with cork backing.
Faber Castell Drawing Pencils with grip—there is a lot that I will write on or mark on first in pencil, so having a quality one is essential. These pencils write well, feel good in my hand, and erase nicely (I purchased the sharpener and erasers as well).
Okay, let’s talk pens. My two favorites are the uni-ball Signo 207 Gel Pen, Medium Point: and the Pilot Precise V5 Stick Rolling Ball Pens, Extra Fine Point. I like the uni-ball Signo pens because I normally write with a medium point pen and this one has a nice glide to it, but the ink doesn’t run or smudge like you sometimes get with a thicker point pen, and the line somehow seems more fine point than expected. The Pilot V5 pens give you that precise writing you need in a confined area, like on grid paper, but continue to have that smooth touch you look for in a writing instrument. I’ve become a real pen snob lately!
Staedtler’s Triplus Fineliner Pens, 0.3mm are amazing. Think of these as a cross between a fine marker and a thicker pen- with precision points, in bright, amazing colors. These are enough to make your bullet journal pop on its own. They’re too thick to write with everyday, but they sure add some fun and excitement without a lot of effort!
Coloring/Doodles/Effects: Do you like Colored Pencils? Markers? Or Both? I’ll give you recommendations on both and you can choose, one, neither, or both!
Colored Pencils: Prismacolor colored pencils are like butter. There’s really no other way to explain them. I have never worked with such soft, silky pencils before. These really are a treat and the colors are spectacular!
Markers: I love the rich pigmentation in Stabilo point 68 markers. The markers have a delicate enough point that you can use them in small areas but they are still able to fill larger sections with relative ease. There’s little to no bleed-through on the Leuchtturm pages either!
There are tons of stickers, tape, stamps, planner effects, stencils, highlighters, etc. that you can buy and use with your planner. I’ll talk about some of these in future posts (because they are fun), but none of this is essential to getting going. If you have a journal, ruler, pencils, and pens that’s all you really need to get started—the rest is just bonus!!