So, how do I do it? How do you get your own bujo supplies? Here’s a running list of what I use with (affiliate) links for you to get your own.
This list is both what I carry every day and other tools that make journaling that much more fun.
None of these are required, they’re just what I use after years of trial and error. Everything here is sturdy, affordable, and field-tested.
My current journaling kit
I explain my reasoning behind each piece in this post. I’ll update this list as I refine my kit, but for now, here’re the supplies at my side every day:
The Rhodia have incredibly high-quality paper (even better than a Leuchtturm!). I use the lined version every day for Morning Pages and random vent sessions.
Great everyday use pen and the perfect beginner’s fountain pen! Also, this pen comes with an adapter so you can buy your own fancy inks!
What Not to Buy
I’ve been Journaling every day for about 2 years now. I’m currently entering my 4th Bullet Journal! In that time I’ve tried a lot of supplies. Here’s a list of things that didn’t make the cut. I’ll update this as I keep field testing new products.
I’m so sorry to say it, but I can’t recommend this as a Bullet Journal. My very first Bullet Journal was a Moleskine because I had always loved using them for random entries and sketches. But when I started a system like the Bullet Journal where I used it every single day…it just didn’t hold up. Not only do you have to draw in your own index, but I had pages popping out of the spine before I had even finished it. My daughter started a journal of her own, and the exact same thing happened to hers. It just doesn’t hold up everyday use.
Don’t get me wrong, I would still use these notebooks for more random journaling and list keeping, even a sketchbook. They are beautiful and have a wonderful history. But when it comes to using it EVERY SINGLE DAY, it just didn’t work out.
Now I love my Lamy’s. And I even have a fondness for this one in that it is a perfect shade of purple, and it has a nice grip. But unfortunately, it just doesn’t write as smoothly as you would expect a fountain pen to write. It seems to scratch the paper as it moves across. Now maybe I got a defective one, and I’d love to hear if you’ve had a better experience. But for me, I keep the Safari around as a backup and as a wonderful pop of purple in my pictures. If you’re starting you’re own Bullet Journal, I wouldn’t recommend starting with this pen.
I’ll continue to update this list as I field test more journaling supplies. I hope this was helpful and gives you some good ideas going forward for your own journal. Have you personally tried any of these before? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments!