My Bullet Journal Tools

This section is a catch-all for the resources I love to use when I bullet journal. If you’re a complete beginner, you probably won’t need all of these, but it can give you an idea of what you might like to try at some point. I will endeavour to update this page fairly regularly as I try new things and adjust what works for me.

Notebooks

I like to use medium (A5) dot grid notebooks from Leuchtturm1917. I find the paper is easy to work with, and these books have lots of pages! They also have a built-in index which makes that part of setting up a bujo easy-peasy. I buy my Leuchtturms from 1917.co.nz and Whitcoulls.

Notebooks by Sam Granger

Pens

I have a bunch of pens that I love to use. My favourite is the UniPin Fine Line 0.5 pen in black. I love the thickness of this for ruling lines and general writing. I also love my Staedtler Pigment Liners in sizes 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, and 0.8. These are so fantastic and the smaller sizes are great for fine details, both with writing and drawing. I also like:

  • Pilot G-Tec-C 0.4 pen in black – this is a nice fine tip pen but I can be a bit smudgy if not left to dry long enough.
  • Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens in assorted colours and sizes – these are great to add pops of colour to your pages.
  • Whitcoulls Fineliner pens in assorted colours – a cheaper alternative to Staedtler and Stabilo but decent quality. Some bleed through with these but I only find this with certain colours.
  • Stabilo fineliners in assorted colours – another option for adding pops of colour. These are really amazing and feel very smooth to write with. I also love the colour options.
  • Pentel Slicci 0.7 gel pens in assorted colours – these are nice and bright.
  • Pentel Hybrid Gel Grip pens in silver and white – good for adding light text over dark backgrounds.

Dip pens & ink

  • I use a black and gold nib holder from here.
  • The nibs I have are: Nikko G, Joseph Gillet 290, and Leonard Principal; all from here.
  • I use Liquitex ink in Carbon Black.

Markers

I rarely use markers in my bujo because most seem to bleed a bit for me. I do, however, love the Zig Art & Graphic Twin markers. They’re expensive but the colours are beautiful and the brush tip is so fantastic for doing hand lettering.

Pens by Sam Granger

 

Pencils

I like to use a graphite pencil when I’m planning out my spreads. This means I can play around with different ideas without committing to them permanently and potentially ruining a page! I like a softer lead for this, like a 2B or 3B. I also use mechanical pencils since I don’t have to sharpen them and they’re usually more comfortable for me to hold.

When it comes to coloured pencils, I’m a Faber-Castell gal all the way! I love them the most. I’ve got some Staedtler pencils but I rarely reach for them as I find their pigment isn’t as great. I have a pack of 36 FC pencils.

pencils by Sam Granger

 

Tools

You could technically bullet journal with any kind of notebook and pen, but I find some tools are indispensable in my bujo kit! I can’t live without a ruler, for example. I use a 15cm/6in Lion King ruler from my childhood, sometimes I use a metal ruler of the same size (just depends on which is closer to hand!). I also use a 40cm ruler for when I need to do longer lines. Depending on your notebook size, though, a standard 30cm ruler would be fine for doing all your lines. I just had3 rulers, anyway, so I use them.

Another must is a good rubber/eraser for rubbing out pencil lines when I’m done going over them with pen. I can’t remember the brand of my current one, but it does the job!

A pencil sharpener for any pencils you use. A good one. I actually find the one that came with my 36 set of Faber-Castell pencils to be excellent.

Correction tape. Even with pencilling lines in first, mistakes happen. Correction tape in invaluable for fixing these!

Washi tape. I use this as a way to mark different important pages in my bujo (see below). Some people use it to decorate their pages as well.

tools by Sam Granger

washi tabs by Sam Granger

 

Other Useful Bits

Sometimes it can be good to write notes and to-dos on a Post-It before putting it into my bujo. If I know something is coming up in a few weeks but I need to put in more info than can fit in my future log, a Post-It is a good option. I like the Post-It brand memo pads, as well as some banners and cute owls.

post-its by Sam Granger