Ah the Bullet Journal, the most anal yet most satisfying form of journal keeping. I’ve always been big into notebooks, sketchbooks, journals, the likes and I have a giant box full of my journals dating right back to when I was 10 ranging from Moleskines, Wreck Journals and a bright red one with “Rebel” written on the front that I got from Claire’s Accessories when I was about 11. I used to go all out with the scented gel pens and write all sorts of fact files and lists and covered them in stickers galore! There hasn’t been a time since I was about 8 that I haven’t had a notebook on the go although since having kids my journals have become thinner and thinner because I just never had the damn time.
Anyway, here are my top picks for bullet journalling!
The Mother of all bullet journals! This is the notebook most people go for when it comes to bullet journals, either this or Moleskine. I’ve had both and I must say, I much prefer this one. It has numbered pages and a sections for the contents which makes it super helpful for finding certain pages. TIP: Dotted paper is best for bullet journals!
A highlighter is pretty staple when it comes to Bullet Journal must haves and Stabilo are a good shout if you don’t know where to start. I find a lot of cheaper highlighters are too dark and end up making the writing underneath pretty illegible. These lovely pastel ones come in various colours but this pastel pink one is my absolutely favourite.
I normally use these for my illustrations along with Copic markers but my favourite Copic has run out of ink and the nib has died a terrible death at the hands of children. The ink in MICRONs doesn’t run or soak through the paper making it perfect for bullet journal related shenanigans.
This is my sketching pencil, I tend to up it for portrait outlines or at least I did when I had to time to do pencil drawings. These, longer term work out better than pencils because you can buy led refills, the lines are neater and they’re just all round nicer to work with.
This is essentially a glorified eraser. You press the top and it comes out like a mechanical pencil, I use this for pencil portraits too because the precision is brilliant so it makes it brilliant for little bullet journal illustrations too.
So, these are my top picks, this little collection are perfect for bullet journalling, especially if you’re just starting out! I’m really determined to at least semi keep up with this for once, normally my journals have huge chunks of time where I just haven’t had time to write in them, or at least it’s been that way since having kids, haha! This year however, so far so good!
For more inspiration check out my Bullet Journal Inspiration Board on Pinterest.