I know that some of you are probably just getting into journaling, be it in a bullet journal or otherwise. Maybe you’re into art journaling! Or you’re working on a ‘home binder’ and loading it up with printables you find that light you up.
No matter what type of journaling you’re loving right now, there are infinite tools and blog posts and Pinterest boards out there to make your head spin. Since I’ve always been the one who loves school/office supplies, journaling, tracking, and more – I decided to create a list (a constantly growing and evolving list) of my favorite resources and share it with you. 🙂
Now, in reality, all you need to get started is a pen/pencil and some paper or a notebook. You could go as inexpensive as a bic ballpoint and a composition notebook if you wanted! But if you’re looking to feed your new obsession with the fun stuff, then here’s a list of supplies that I use and recommend!
Bullet or Notebook Journaling
Lemome Hardcover Dot Grid Notebook – I know everyone seems to love Leuchtturm 1917 – and they’re great for simple bullet journaling (superfine point pens, little markers, and such)… but when it comes to ghosting, sorry gang – my Lemome wins. Plus, some of them include stickers, a small plastic ruler, and a pen (with a pen loop on the book) – that all tuck nice and neat into the pocket in the back for you to take with you wherever you go.
Honestly, though, those two are the highest quality dot grid notebooks you’re going to find. If you prefer a spiral-bound notebook instead, you can give the Book Factory a try. But don’t be fooled by imitations with pretty covers – you can make your own cover (I’ll show you how in a future post) anyway!
Planner Binders – most people starting out tend to use your standard printer paper and just print full pages that way, some choose to do what’s called ‘half size’ – where you get two pages per side of the sheet. Either way, you’ll need a binder to pop those babies in when you’re ready to start marking.
Zebra Stainless Steel Mechanical Pencil – The 0.5mm lead in this baby is a dream to work with, as it’s thin enough to use for sketching and pre-planning, and then erases clean away after you’ve gone over it with a pen or marker.
Bullet Journal Stencils – These are great if you’re just starting out or have an ‘unsteady hand’ when it comes to drawing. Bonus that each stencil’s edge doubles as a straight edge for making long lines.
Binder Clips – These help keep your paper flat when you’re writing, and I honestly didn’t realize what an amazing difference these babies make until I used them. I used to hold my paper down very tightly with one hand, and would get SO ANNOYED when doing lettering and the paper would lift. Now, I no longer worry about that – plus, they make great hangers for art pages if you’re doing a three-ring binder notebook and need a place for your pages to dry before you add them to your binder!