Bullet Journal For the Absolute Beginner: Supplies

Welcome to the ‘Bullet Journal for  Absolute Beginners” series! In this series, you are learning the basics of bullet journaling, and more specifically, what you might need to get started. Today is the first official day of the series, where you will learn about the actual supplies you are going to need. While you might want to eventually pick up some other items, the following list provides everything you need to get started. If you are super new to bullet journaling, read here to see how bullet journaling can help you to be more organized!

Supplies for the Beginning Bullet Journal

Buy Your Journal or Notebook

The first thing to get is, of course, the journal itself. For beginners, you don’t need to worry about the type of journal or notebook you get. It is not uncommon to eventually upgrade to a different type of book when you get a handle on bullet journaling and have more ideas. For now, look around and find something that feels right.

Keep in mind your budget, since you have more supplies to buy. Don’t spend nearly your entire journaling budget on the journal itself. Starting with a basic notebook is absolutely fine! Some of your options might include:

One thing that is good to make note of when you buy the bullet journal is looking at the size and the types of pages. You might be using different types of pens and embellishments, so something with thicker pages is typically better. My favorite notebook tends toward thinner pages so ink peeks through–and I’m totally OK with that–decide if you are OK with that or not.  Also, try to choose a journal that has at least some completely blank pages without lines so they don’t get in the way of sketches and calendars you create in the journal.

Don’t Forget the Writing Utensils

The next decision to make is what writing utensils you buy. Again, this will depend on what you like writing with and how creative you want to get. You really don’t need more than a single pen you enjoy writing with, but you might eventually want to get different varieties. It is good to have colored pens when you are writing different sections or grids on a page, in order to organize them properly.

Having some pencils and erasers on hand is good when setting up pages for the first time so that you can erase your mistakes.

Additional Bullet Journaling Supplies

When you start putting your bullet journal together, you will understand that quite a few other supplies do come in handy. Keep in mind that these are all optional, but some other bullet journaling supplies to consider are:

  • Tabs
  • Highlighters
  • Washi tape
  • Ruler
  • Correction tape/whiteout
  • Stencils
  • Binder clips
  • Stickers
  • Embellishments

Now it’s time to go shopping! Have fun gathering your different bullet journaling supplies. We will see you next week– Deciding What to Include in Your Bullet Journal.

I’ve set up a handy Amazon list of some of my very favorite things! Let me know if you find something that is super that is not there and I will check it out and add it!


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Written by Dakotapam
I'm a Lutheran pastor's wife and mom to six kids, including young adult sons down to 8-year old twin daughters. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!