As you’ve read, I have a LOVE/hate relationship with Bullet Journals or BuJo’s as some people call them. Because I LOVE them more than hate them, I also love all the supplies that are used to create beautiful Bullet Journals. Here are 10 creative gifts for your Bullet Journal.
This is for the BuJo newbie. This is the guide written by the originator of the Bullet Journal Method. Ryder Carroll developed this concept when he found that other tracking systems didn’t fit the way his mind worked. Turns out he created a flexible system that anyone can use. In this book, he shows you how to track the past, order the present and design the future. Anyone starting out with a Bullet Journal should read this book to get a clear understanding of the whats and whys, and even hows.
I love Moleskine notebooks. This one is a soft cover with dotted pages. Why dotted pages, you ask? Because the dots help you line up calendar grids and check-off grids. The original BuJo’s started with grid paper, but the gridlines stand out when you’re doing something different and don’t want to stay in the lines. The dots are there to use when you need them but also fade into the background when you don’t want to use them. The dots aren’t the page’s focal point; what you create is the focal point. I prefer the soft-cover notebooks because it weighs less when you want to throw it in your bag and carry it with you.
If you prefer a hardcover for your bullet journal, then this Leuchtturm is also a BuJo lover go-to. This notebook has dotted pages, an elastic to keep the journal closed, and a ribbon to mark a special page. There is an amazing array of colors to choose from, including Azure, Copper, Orange, and even silver and gold. The Leuchtturm Notebook also comes with a pre-printed index, and the pages are numbered. Something you don’t get with the Moleskine.
These are not your mother’s Sharpies. These fine-point pens are designed to write on paper without bleeding through. These pens feature a bold, smooth line just like the makers do, but in a fine point that delivers a precise and consistent line whether you’re writing in cursive, block print, or numbers. Sharpie also makes medium-point pens that also don’t bleed through.
The Staedtler Triplus Pens also delivers a fine line to your bullet journals. It’s a matter of preference, although the Staedtler pens come in a wider variety of colors. This is a 20-color pack. There is also a 36-color pack and a 50-color pack. With all these colors, you’ll be able to create works of art or track different activities and chores based on color.
These markers are perfect if you don’t want to buy a fine tip and a brush set. Each marker has a fine liner tip on one end and a brush marker on the other. Artist-grade ink that is water-soluble. These dual-tip brush pens do not bleed through the paper either. When capping, listen for the click; otherwise, they might dry out.
Stencils are a big part of my attempts to make a pretty-looking journal. What’s nice about these is that they come in a pouch to keep them all together. There are numbers and letters to make it easier for you to create the spreads you’d like. There are also some simple designs and embellishments to make your spreads prettier.
Because you always need a highlighter when you use a Bullet Journal. Use it in place of watercolors or use them to check off things you’ve done. These are a classic design and the watercolor pastel ink is perfect for making your BuJo pretty.
I’m in love with this Washi Tape. It takes some of that “arty” part of a Bullet Journal and makes it easy for me. Want to track the weather? There’s a sticker for that. Instead of drawing it in yourself (which you can do if you can) you now use the Washi tape to put it in. This is a perfect option for those of us that can’t draw but still want to do cool spreads like the weather or travel, or shows. These tapes have weather and travel stickers along with luggage flags.
I hope you like these choices. There are so many options for Bullet Journals that you don’t need to be an artist to create one. Check out these other bullet journal supplies if this isn’t exactly what you’re looking for.