Emilee Speaks: 6 Affordable Bullet Journal Supplies for Beginners

Monday, June 19, 2017

6 Affordable Bullet Journal Supplies for Beginners

If you are new to bullet journaling and wanting to get started without much investment, this post is for you!  When I start a new hobby of any kind, I research the most affordable way to get started.  Bullet Journaling was no exception.  I've been bullet journaling for awhile, but I haven't posted on it much.  I love sharing educational and inspirational planning resources.  

Remember: You only need a notebook and a pen to bullet journal.  Anything after that is purely up to you.  I know a lot of people use stickers and even washi.  Not me.  I like a little bit of color in my pens and markers but mostly my pages are black ink.

Crayola SuperTips are GREAT markers for bujos.  They're affordable and fantastic quality.  Great for highlighting things, creating titles, and coloring mandalas/trackers.  I have a large set but you can start small.  I chose a larger set because I wanted the more pastel colors.  I've picked those out here.

The Staedtler Sketch Master template stencil.  This ruler is my absolute favorite.  It's flat and portable so it will fit right in the pocket of your notebook.  I keep mine in the back pocket of my Leuchtturm 1917 bujo.  It also has stencil shapes for perfect precise circles and squares.  I use the circles all the time in my pages.

I've used several black pens over the years.  I'm a bit of a black pen snob.  Hands down my favorite pen for my bujo is the Faber-Castell PITT artist pen F.  It has the perfect sized nib on the end, and the ink quality is superb.  It writes like a dream and is a very bold black.

While we're on the subject of Faber-Castell, sorry Tombow, but my favorite brush markers for the bujo are Faber-Castell PITT artist pens B in pastel.  Tombow dual brush pens are great for lettering, but they're quite large.  These are a great size and the brush itself is smaller.  90% of my bujo is Faber-Castell pens.  I love this brand!

June is the first month I attempted a Mood Mandala.  I was always afraid of it because I'm not a great artist.  I decided to give it a go for June and I love it!  I doodle on the Mandala when I'm feeling stressed, and it's so relaxing.  There are awesome stencils to help you create Mandalas and I'll likely invest in one soon, however, nothing beats a good basic cheap compass.

If you're familiar with my planner posts, you know I've had this set of Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens for awhile now.  They're still in my top 5 favorite pens.  I love the organization of their container, and how flat it is for portability.  With a 0.3mm nib, these are great for smaller handwriting.  I use the black one for my timelines.  I really only use the colored ones for weekly summaries and goals to color code.  You of course can purchase the black pens separately.  I started with a 4pk of black Staedtler Triplus Fineliners before I purchased the 10pk.  I love the colors in the larger packs, but I'm just not a colored ink pen user.

I hope this post was helpful for you.  I know it can be overwhelming getting started with bullet journaling.  There are some really creative bujo'ers out there and it can be intimidating.  The beauty of bullet journaling is, it's yours.  You can do whatever works for you and whatever makes YOU happy.

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