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!
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:
- Spiral notebook
- Soft or hardcover journal
- Journal specifically made for bullet journaling
- Planner converted into a bullet journal
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:
- Washi tape
- Correction tape/whiteout
- Binder clips
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.
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