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You don’t need much to start a Bullet Journal. The beauty of the system is that it can be as simple or as fancy as you want. All you absolutely need to start a bullet journal is a 20 cent notebook and that weird pen your insurance company gave you.
That being said, most people don’t keep it quite that simple. Some people have gorgeous, hand lettered, colorful bullet journals that are so pristine I don’t know how they dare write in them, while others stick to the basic framework. Most of us fall somewhere in between. My bullet journal is imperfect, practical, and fun. You won’t find fancy layouts or beautiful hand lettering in my bullet journal. Instead you will find cross outs, scribbles, and slanted lines. Still, I enjoy adding special touches even if they are amateurish. I do what suits me at the time, and that is the heart of why the bullet journal system works for so many people.
So, for the average joe bullet journal, what supplies do you need?
A notebook you love. I like a spiral-bound notebook with thick pages and a hard cover.
A ruler. Absolutely essential if you care at all about straight lines or anything that comes close to a straight line. I have one of these metal rulers, but I’d prefer one of these transparent, 6 inch rulers. I started out thinking I didn’t need a ruler, but after a few pages I gave in, and I’m happier for it.
Pens that write nice. I picked up a 3 pack of these Micron Pens on sale at Michael’s, and they were worth it! They make a nice smooth line and don’t bleed my pages. I use them to create my layouts, but not to write in my bullet journal because they are on the pricey side, and I write a LOT.
Colored Pencils. If you want to add color to your pages, go with colored pencils. They don’t bleed through the page, and they add a touch of color without being overwhelming. I use regular old Crayolas!
An everyday writer. This should be your favorite pen and reasonably priced if you plan to use it often. I love these Lamy Safari Fountain Pens with this refill adapter and Noodler’s Ink. The initial expense is high, but a bottle of the ink lasts forever and the pen does too.
That’s all I use for my bullet journal. My equipment works for me in practical ways, and it makes my journal enjoyable to keep. For the average person, the items on this list will get you well on your way to a great bullet journal.
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