a year ago – by Lisa Marlin

What are the Must-Have Bullet Journal Supplies for Bujo Beginners?

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Are you looking to join the bullet journal craze? Here are the essential bullet journal supplies you’ll need to organise your life and get creative.
  1. What is a Bullet Journal?
  2. Bullet Journal Essentials
  3. The Easy Way to Pull Together Bullet Journal Supplies
  4. Want to Get Started?

We’ve all gazed with envy at the pretty bullet journals on Pinterest. You may have even started our own but stopped mid-way through the first month. However, if you’re really serious about bullet journaling and want to reap its many benefits, then you’re going to need some supplies.

Take a look at the essential bullet journal supplies you’ll need to start your own journey of creativity, organisation, and contentment.

What is a Bullet Journal?

A bullet journal isn’t any average diary or journal. A bullet journal helps you organise your life and your thoughts by writing, drawing, tables, lists, and anything that catches your fancy at the moment.

Stream of consciousness and tables are encouraged as long as it helps you. You can use your bullet journal to track your health (both mental and physical), your schedule, your goals, and your progress towards them. 

Journaling can also help you to develop a practice of mindfulness, which in turn is helpful in managing stress and anxiety.

There are no rules when it comes to bullet journaling. You can make your journal as colourful and creative as you want it to be. The other side of this creative freedom is that there is no specific bullet journal you can follow: it’s all down to your unique creativity! 

For this reason, guidance and advice from journaling experts can be helpful, particularly when you are starting on your bullet journal journey.

Now you know what a bullet journal is, let’s get into what you need for a beautiful, unique bullet journal.

Bullet Journal Essentials

The key to a fun and exciting bullet journal is the bullet journal accessories you use. There are online digital bullet journals available, but they lack the magic of a self-created bullet journal that you can hold in your hands.

Not to mention that journaling can be a great way to spend time offline and away from your screens. You can make it a part of your self-care routine, allowing you to fully disconnect from the world for a while and give yourself some “me” time.

With that in mind, here are the bullet journal essentials you’ll need to get started.


Having a fun notebook or diary as your canvas is essential. Many bullet journalists like to use a set of journals and diaries to organise their thoughts. It is important to use high-quality journals that are easily customisable, with blank or dot matrix pages. High-quality paper is essential as it doesn't allow ink to bleed through.


Of course, you’ll also need something to write with. Although all you really need is a single pen, it is useful to have multiple pens in different colours. This lets you categorise and order your journal with various shades. It is also important to have pens that are comfortable to write with. We recommend soft-touch pens, which will allow you to work on your journal as much as you like without discomfort, smudging, or distractions.


It is also handy to have some pencils, as these are great for beginner doodles. You can quickly sketch out what is on your mind and fill it in with colour later. This is an easy way to build confidence as you learn to decorate your journal.


Stickers are a great way to add some sparkle to your diary without a lot of effort. These days, you can find stickers in a staggering range of different colours, shapes, and designs. Some add a touch of fun or whimsy, while others have practical value, and all add a little something extra to your bullet journal.

Washi tape

Washi tape is not only another great way to add a decorative element to your journal, but it also lets you attach notes, postcards, artwork, and more. You can also use it to create borders, separate sections, and add flair to any page. 

This decorative tape is made from traditional Japanese paper that has beautiful prints and patterns. As an extra bonus, this eco-friendly tape is made from Japanese shrubs rather than tree pulp.


As any student will tell you, highlighters are an incredibly useful tool. You can use their vibrant tones to highlight important points, flag reminders for yourself, or emphasise section headings. A set of highlighters helps you to keep your bullet journal organised.


You can even add paints to your bullet journal kit. You don’t have to be Picasso to paint in your bullet journal: you just need good quality paper, paint, and a little enthusiasm.

The Easy Way to Pull Together Bullet Journal Supplies

If gathering all the necessary supplies to create your own exceptional bullet journal sounds a bit overwhelming, don’t worry. We have the perfect solution: Betterly’s Art of Journaling series has everything you need to start and stick to journaling, all packaged in monthly subscription boxes delivered directly to your door.

These monthly bullet journal kits include high-quality supplies such as customisable journals, personalised diaries, soft-touch pens, stickers, and washi tape. You’ll also receive 12 themed booklets written by our expert life coach to guide you in setting up your journal, planning effectively, setting goals, and expressing your creativity.

This is the best way to get all the supplies you need for your bullet journal journey without the hassle of collecting them all yourself. You’ll therefore be able to focus on detailing your thoughts, getting creative, and achieving your goals. This series provides the perfect structure and guidance to explore bullet journaling in your own, unique way.

Want to Get Started?

There are no rules when it comes to bullet journaling. 

However, having the right supplies is integral to the process. Having bullet journal supplies that you’re excited to use makes the process all the more fun and rewarding. Not to mention, this allows you to create a visually stunning bullet journal!

Learn more about Betterly’s Art of Journaling series and kick off your own bullet journal to organise your life and embrace mindfulness.

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