All you need to start bullet journaling

Bullet journaling has become an attractive planner alternative since more and more people have started using it. A bullet journal lets you plan out your day, week, month or year exactly how you want to. That means no unnecessary pages, no pre-made planner setup and no limits. You create your dream planner.

Sounds great? That was what I thought when I first saw the bullet journal on tumblr back in 2015. I immediately went out to buy the absolute necessities to start my ideal bullet journal. Today, I’ll share with you exactly what you need to start a bullet journal.

First of all, you’ll need some kind of notebook. Whether you want a ruled, dotted, squared, blank, A4 or A5 is completely up to you. There are no rules and you really just have to figure out what you personally prefer. I started with a 50 kroner (7$) ruled notebook but then got a dotted Moleskine notebook afterwards. I’ve been using the dotted Moleskine for two years now and am on my third one. I’d recommend just getting a cheap one to begin with so you didn’t waste a ton of money if you don’t like bullet journaling anyway.

(I put a sticky note on my bujo to hide my name because it’s printed on it)

The second and last thing you’ll need to start bullet journaling is… pens. You can use any type of pen and you can use one hundred different pens or stick to the same pen or whatever you want to. That’s how easy bullet journaling really is. All you need is a notebook and a pen. The rest of the “essentials” you see on social media are just extra things. If you want beautiful colourful pens, washi tape or fineliners… knock yourself out. Bullet jounaling is what you make it.

I prefer using uni pin fine liners size 0.2 and 0.5 for my everyday writing. Then when I want to add colours i either use Stabilo point 88 fine 0.4 pens or Tombow ABT dual brush pens.

You might see a lot of people on social media drawing, doodling, painting, taping etc. in their bullet journals… and it looks absolutely amazing! But if you don’t really like painting, don’t make it a part of your bullet journal process. Or if you aren’t great at drawing and don’t really want to spend time getting better at it, don’t make it a part of your bullet journal. The most important thing about bullet journaling is that it is exactly what you need and like.

I am not good at doodling and I don’t really like doodles in my bullet journal so I don’t doodle in it. It really is as easy as that.

There are so many different styles of bullet journaling. The only way to find yours is to try out different styles. Good luck!

Stay happy, stay beautiful
– Ellie xoxo

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