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 11 Affordable Supplies You Need To Start A Bullet Journal

affordable supplies to start a bullet journal

When you think of a journal, you probably think of grabbing a pen and paper and writing all your thoughts down. A bullet journal is a simplified yet detailed version of a traditional diary and so much more than that. 

If you don’t know what a Bullet Journal is, then you have come to the right place. Invented by Ryder Carroll, the bullet journal has crashed its way into the hands of many.

By now, you have probably looked it up, but don’t be frightened by the pictures, you don’t have to be an amazing drawer to start your own Bullet Journal – in fact, a lot of people can’t draw when they start. But we are going to learn together! You can take advantage of the Creative Live Courses where you can learn to draw all sorts of things.

In short, a Bullet Journal -or BuJo for short- is a fun, creative approach to organising your life, creating goals and keeping track. You can think of it as designing your own planner.

That Sounds Like A Lot Of Work
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but your Bullet Journal can be.

I see… so… can you show me how to start a bullet journal?

The good news is that you don’t have to design the entire year of your bullet journal in one hit. BuJo enthusiasts generally do a few days to one month of their planner and then add to it every day, every few days or even every few weeks.

But, WAIT!

Before you start a bullet journal: you’re going to need a few supplies.

As a beginner, you don’t need to go crazy. See what you have laying around the house first, then write a list of what else you will need to grab at the shop.

11 Affordable Supplies You Need To Start A Bullet Journal

1. Choosing A Bullet Journal

There are a few features that I recommend when choosing your BuJo. Stick to these tips and you will be a happy journal creator all-year-round.

  • Blank paper, Lines, grids, dots, WHAT? The best type is acid-free paper with dots or grid-lines. You can use these dots and grids as a guide when drawing your designs. Stay away from Lined paper and blank paper – the lines are annoying if you want to do a vertical design and blank paper is just too hard to keep everything uniform! Of course, you can if you want to, but this is a beginners guide!
  • Numbered pages! When you first start your BuJo, you won’t care, but later down the track, once you build your INDEX, you are going to want to know what page number March starts on, or where in your journal you put that Movies I Must Watch list.
  • Paper Thickness: 120GSM! The GSM of your paper is important – you don’t want your beautiful designs showing through to the next page (ghosting – you can learn all the BuJo terms here)! To avoid skipping every second page or tearing out pages with weird transfer marks on them, try and get a thicker paper for your journal. To put it into perspective: a standard A4 printer paper is generally around 80GSM.

Ok, Got It, What Else Do I Need To Start A Bullet Journal


You probably have these lying around the house somewhere. If not, make sure you grab:

2. Sketching Pencil – HB is a good start, as it is a light-medium lead

3. An Eraser – not a $2 eraser – the one I suggest is an eraser that looks like a tube.

4. A Sharpener – any should be fine – I personally use one that is metal. You can get sharpeners with their own little catchers too.

5. A Ruler – honestly, isn’t a ruler just a ruler? Try and get one that is metal if you can, to avoid chips that can form on the ruling edge.
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LET US WRITE (and draw – don’t worry if you can’t draw, we are going to learn together!)

6. Fine liner in black. You may need a few of these. The more the better, I say!

7. Fine liners in multiple colours – decorate, decorate, decorate!

8. Hi-lighters! These are handy for setting yourself reminds- and also for cute Fluorescent designs.

9. Coloured Markers/Textas! If you feel like colouring in, or you want to do a colourful design, you might need these.

10. Coloured pencils. I’m sure you have a bunch of these lying around somewhere.

11. Pencil Case – Don’t forget somewhere to put all this stuff.
I use a tub, but if you want to BuJo on the go, you might need a pencil case 🙂

TLDR; Shopping List

bullet journal shopping list for beginners

1. Bullet Journal 2. Sketching Pencil
3. Eraser 4. Sharpener
5. Ruler 6. Black fine liners
7. Coloured fine liners 8. Hi-lighters
9. Coloured markers 10. Coloured pencils
11. Pencil Case

Don’t forget, these are just my suggestions to make it easier for your first BuJo. You can try your own techniques and see what works best for you.

Can you think of anything else a beginner needs to start a bullet journal? Let me know about it below.

Once you have your list ready to go, head over to my other post to learn the terminology for Bullet Journalling.

Thank you for visiting.

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10 thoughts on “11 Affordable Supplies You Need To Start A Bullet Journal”

  1. Thank you for sharing these tips on bullet journaling. I’ve been thinking about starting my own and your tips have helped a lot.

  2. I love journaling! It is so important to have the right tools. Oooh! Totally agree with the fine liners! They go a long way. I also have them in different sizes too. I love having different colored pens to make it easier! Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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