I’m going to start this off by reiterating that really the ONLY thing you need to Bullet Journal is pen and paper.
But I know there are some people out there who want to add a little more pizazz to their Bullet Journals and here are a few tools I’ve tried that have helped give my Bullet Journal its character, plus a few others I’ve heard are pretty swell, too.
I’m going to try to keep my comments on each short because this list could go on and on! And I apologize to my friends overseas on where you can buy all these things. A lot of them you can get on Etsy or somewhere on the Interwebs. I’ve tried to link to the main websites to all of these, so hopefully you can order from there!
- Leuchtturm 1917 – It seems like the entire Bullet Journal community is using this notebook! The A5 (medium) size of the notebook is sold out on Goulet Pens, which is where I try to order my notebooks (they seriously have amazing customer service and they do such a great job shipping your items!), along with the official Bullet Journal, which is a modified Leuchtturm. I think that’s an awesome testament to the power of social media AND the Bullet Journal system. I just imagine the Leuchtturm people fervently working on the notebooks with someone yelling, “The Bullet Journalists are coming! The Bullet Journalists are coming!” But seriously, these beauties come in fun colors, the paper quality is amazing and it comes in a dot grid! Super handy when you’re customizing, but don’t want lines or grids to get in the way. Both Goulet and Ryder have said their stock of Leuchtturm A5 dot grids will be back in stock in July. Woo hoo!
- Moleskine – I was a Moleskine user through and through until I discovered Leuchtturm. Truthfully, the only thing that really got me away from Moleskine is that it does not offer a hardback journal with a dot grid. But, the paper quality is pretty decent, it’s easily found (at least in the States!) and it has cool themes like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars.
- Rhodia – Oh man, the paper quality on these things is ahh-ma-zing! Super smooth, crisp paper that’s beautiful with a fountain pen. It comes in all sorts of types from pads to spiral-bound to leatherette hard cover. And it has dot grid paper in its hardback notebooks!
- Field Notes, Filofax and Traveler’s (formerly Midori) – I don’t have any experience with these, but I’ve seen them around on Instagram. They all look beautiful and l will have to try them out someday.
- Pilot Metropolitan (fountain) – This is my first well-made fountain pen. I’ve had a few from craft stores, but never any at this quality. I bought the fine nibbed pen and absolutely adore it. It’s well-made, pretty and writes beautifully. I highly recommend it!
- Lamy Al-Star (fountain) – I don’t have experience with this one, but it’s another fountain pen I see out in the social media world. Kara at BohoBerry gave a pretty sweet comparison of this and the Pilot Metropolitan. Also, Brian at Goulet Pens put together a great video on the Lamy Al-Star, the Pilot Metropolitan and a few other starter fountain pens on their YouTube channel.
- EK Tools Journaling Pens (felt-tip) – I love these pens. They’re felt-tipped, but have more of a rounded edge to them, which makes it easy to write with them. They come in a pack of different line sizes from .2 to .65 or you can buy them on their own. I’ve used these so much that many of them have dried up. Time for a new pack!
- Faber Castell Fineliner (felt-tip) – I really like my black Faber Castell Fineliner. I used it for a while instead of my Pilot Metropolitan, but I found it to be a bit too bold for my taste right now. The felt is also a little squared off, so you have to hold it at a certain angle to get the ink out.
- Pilot Frixion Gel Pens (roller ball) – I’m going to get some of these soon, I think. I just love the idea of an erasable pen. Plus, these are Pilot, so you know the quality’s gonna be good!
- TomBow Dual Brush Pens (brush) – I’m in love with the bright pens I bought about a month ago. They’re just my style with plenty of colors and gorgeous brush strokes. I love that they’re water based and come with a blending marker for creating your own colors!
- Copic Sketch (brush) – I only have a black Copic Sketch, but I know I’m going to need more. This one bleeds through almost every kind of paper I have, so you have to use it with something behind it. But it’s SO worth it. The brush bends beautifully and the lines are just splendid. The best way I can describe these are that they feel like butter. That means you have to have a lot of control, but once you do, boy you’ve got some game in the brush lettering world.
- Washi tape – Washi has become a phenomenon. It’s beautiful, adds a great touch to a craft piece and is super easy to work with. I have way too many for my own good, but at I’ve seen people with way more. (Which means I just have to go out and buy more, right?) I’ve seen it sold pretty much everywhere in the States. Target, Staples, OfficeMax/Depot, even WalMart! You can get some really cute ones on Etsy, too. I’m definitely going to invest in a few Totoro-themed ones at some point.
- Stickers and stamps – I’m lumping these together because they do basically the same thing. Again, you can find so many adorable custom-made stickers and stamps on Etsy. There are a ton available at craft stores like Michael’s, JoAnn Fabrics and Hobby Lobby, even some that are specifically planner-related! I use a few stamps in my Bullet Journal for tracking my water intake and the weather, but you can have stamps and stickers that make a spot for to-do lists, labels, dates, letters, etc.!
- White out – You’re going to need it, trust me! I prefer tape white out over the liquid kind. 🙂
Can you all think of anything I missed? I’d be more than happy to look into a few other things Bullet Journalists are using. Leave me a comment below for any suggestions, or even if you just want to say, “Hi!”
Thanks for getting through this behemoth. Until next time! ❤