Hey Planning Mashers!

Today I’ll help you lift the heavyweight of choosing the right supplies for your Bullet Journal! I still remember how stressful it was to pick supplies and how many mistakes I made.

Yes, I did overspend and bought plenty of not-so-good supplies that I didn’t really need… 

So today I’m here to share with you my wisdom and let you know exactly what stationery is worth your money, whether you’re just starting your first Bullet Journal, or looking for things to add to your collection.

Bullet Journal Essentials: Must Have Supplies For Beginners | Masha Plans

With all the brands on the market, it’s hard to know exactly what it will be and which ones are worth your time and money.

Let me mention here the main types of supplies you might need for your Bullet Journal and my personal favorites a.k.a. the supplies I use all the time and restock once I run out of them.

Let’s be clear here – you don’t need all of these! To start a Bullet Journal you only need a pen and a notebook. So don’t start buying ALL the stationery at once.

Everyone in the BuJo community has their own style and their own favorite supplies they use.

For example, I adore my Zebra Mildliners and use them all the time, but I’m not much of a sticker or washi tape girl. So the crazy washi haul I had when I started Bullet Journaling was kind of a waste.

What I’d recommend you to do is to start from the very basic supplies, and slowly build your collection from there. The more you Bullet Journal, the more you’ll get the feel of your style and supplies you might want to have.

If you feel like you want to give a try to a new medium, start by buying the cheap supplies. You can check some ideas in my post Bullet Journal On A Budget: Best Cheap Stationery.

Once you know it’s yours and you want to use it more – it’ll be time to upgrade.

Now that we talked about all of these things, I think you’re ready to dive into a stationery world.

To make things easier for you, I divided this post into supplies for beginners and advanced supplies. I also included at the end a little section with storage solutions for your stationery collection.

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Bullet Journal Supplies For Beginners

All you really need is a pen and a notebook, so don’t feel pressured to buy everything I mention in this list.

However, if you want to invest in your Bullet Journal a small purchase of a set of colored markers might bring a significant difference to your journal pages. And might make your setup process more fun. I know it definitely helped me to enjoy planning even more.

So here are some of my favorite basic things you might enjoy as a beginner. Don’t start with buying it all though. Just pick a few ones to get you started and see how you like it. 

Bullet Journal Notebook

Of course, the first thing you should worry about is getting a good journal. From my own experience, I always advise you to first give it a try in some basic school notebook.

Bullet Journal might not be for you and, let’s be real, spending $14-20 on a notebook to discover you‘ll end up not using it sounds like a waste of money. So get a basic notebook, give it a try, and once you know it is your thing – time to choose a proper companion.

Uh, and by the way, welcome to the exciting world of Bullet Journaling! 

If you’re ready to start with a proper notebook, here are a few things you should consider before choosing what’s best for you:

  • Size. Do you want the standard A5 size or something bigger, like B5 or A4?
  • Paper density. Make sure the paper is thick enough, I’d advise nothing less than GSM 100
  • Paper color. Do you want ivory paper? Cream paper? Or maybe pure white? The paper color will, of course, affect the colors you’ll get from your markers.
  • Extra features. Do you want your pages numbered? Do you need pre-made pages, such as index or key?

Here are a few notebooks I would suggest you take a look at.

Archer and Olive

9 Best Notebooks For Bullet Journaling, Archer and Olive | Masha Plans

Archer and Olive journals are on the expensive side, but you’ll be getting something really special for this price!

The paper is GSM 160, the designs are absolutely adorable, plus it’s a wonderful woman-owned company with the most caring customer delight service.

I bought and was gifted quite a few Archer and Olive notebooks and I can absolutely vouch for them.

If you wanna buy yourself an Archer and Olive notebook, be sure to use code MASHA10 to get 10% off your order.

If you want to learn more about the notebook, check out my Archer and Olive review, with a YouTube review and a grid spacing guide for A5 and B5 notebooks.

Scribbles That Matter 160 GSM

Another player in the notebook market with 160 GSM paper! I haven’t used these notebooks myself, but enough people are in love with the journals and the brand.

Apart from empty dot grid pages, these notebooks also have some pre-made pages to help you get started with planning right away.

The new pro collection offers 160 GSM paper that is whiter than in previous editions. Be careful when you scroll for these to pay attention that you choose the latest edition.

Scribbles That Matter Bullet Dotted Journal and Organizer - Vegan Leather Notebook - 160gsm No Bleed Fountain Pen Friendly Paper - For Women and Men - A5 Iconic Version - 5.75" x 8.5" - Burgundy
  • 😍 DONT RUIN YOUR HARD WORK: Pens and markers glide across the ultra smooth ink proof 160gsm acid-free paper. Zero bleeding, ghosting and feathering for beautifully clean double-sided musings. Our journals have a Pen Test page so you don’t ruin all your hard work
  • ✒️ START ORGANIZING RIGHT AWAY: Bullet journaling should be fun which is why we’ve made our journal an overwhelm-free zone. Includes key code page, index pages, dotted numbered pages and 2 color coded bookmarks for optimal organization and stress-free set up
  • 💪 WONT FALL APART: The silky yet sturdy faux leather cover protects your plans and ideas for years to come. Strong binding means even die hard journalers won’t have to worry about pages falling out from avid writing. Lay flat design for smoother writing

Dingbats Earth

This brand is famous for being eco-friendly and featuring different animals on its covers. I’ve had these on my wishlist for a while and was so happy when they offered to send me one.

Dingbats notebooks have adorable cover designs and pretty dense paper. I personally enjoy using mine and how smooth the paper is. Another special treat of these notebooks – the pages are perforated, so if needed it’s pretty simple to take a page out.

Probably the only thing that I don’t really like about these is that the paper is ivory, and I always prefer white paper. Ivory paper since it has a bit of a yellow color actually makes your other colors look differently.

You can check out my detailed review if you want to learn more about this notebook line.

Dingbats D5008GY Wildlife Medium A5+ Hardcover Notebook - PU Leather, Micro-Perforated 100gsm Cream Pages, Inner Pocket, Elastic Closure, Pen Holder, Bookmark (Lined, Grey Elephant)
  • For its UK sales, Dingbats* Notebooks Ltd donates 2% of its revenue to WWF-UK, a charity registered in England and Wales (1081247)
  • LOTS O' FEATURES: Durable hardcover bound with PU faux leather, round corners, animal footprint endsheets, micro-perforated 100gsm cream pages, inner pocket, bookmark, a lay flat design and elastic closure. Also includes a pen holder - perfect.
  • Highest Quality Coated 100gsm Writing Paper: Size: Medium A5+ (6.3 x 8.5); Sheets: 96 (192 pages). Lined (Ruled), Plain (Unlined), Dotted (Dot Grid), or Squared (Grid) in the world's highest quality 100gsm (thick) acid free fountain-friendly paper

Lemome

Lemome journals have a high-quality paper in ivory color. Even though you won’t find here any special features like pre-made key and index or numbered pages, it’s still a great notebook to use for your Bullet Journal.

These are good-quality notebooks with an elegant design. Considering the price point, it’s probably the perfect journal to use as your first BuJo.

Dotted Bullet Grid Journal - A5 Hardcover Dot Grid Notebook with Pen Loop - Premium Thick Paper - Page Dividers Gifts
  • DURABLE HARDCOVER JOURNAL - Touched comfortably, sturdy hard cover protects your art for years. The elastic pen loop is always available for your pen and kept well.
  • LAY-FLAT 180° LARGECLASSIC NOTEBOOK - Let you reading more easy and note-taking efficiency. The tight band of journal keeps it securely closed. And firm binding ensures pages don't get peeled away from the cover. Enjoy your writing by hand with no distractions.
  • 180 PAGES DOTTED BULLET JOURNAL - Thicker paper resistant to passionate artist. Dotted grid notebook helps guide your writings, stand out very clearly. Perfect for bullet journaling, compiling recipes, creative writing, planning a holiday, keeping track of your workouts, or just doodling and drawing.

Pens And Pencils

A good notebook is a body, but the blood keeping it alive is definitely the pens.

You’ll use your pens to write, to draw the pages and to decorate them. So your planning experience will really depend on how good your pens are.

If you want to invest in some supplies, my recommendation would definitely be to invest in good basic pens.

Ticonderoga Pencils

Pencil is probably my favorite trick to avoid mistakes in my journal. For me, it’s the basis of all my pages.

I personally prefer to have a mechanical pencil, but these are also great, and a better option for beginners since these are much more affordable.

Ticonderoga Pencils, Wood-Cased Graphite #2 HB Soft, Pre-Sharpened, Yellow, 12 Count (X13806)
  • Exclusive #2 graphite formula provides extra smooth performance
  • Pre-sharpened to save you time
  • Top quality, latex-free eraser provides easy, clean corrections

Pilot G2

During my school days, Pilot pens were a dream (let’s remember that I grew up in 90s Russia, everything foreign was just coming in). Once I managed to get my hands on some of their pens, I never switched.

Pilot pens are much more affordable now, but they still provide excellent quality and will be a great addon to your writing supplies collection.

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PILOT G2 Premium Refillable & Retractable Rolling Ball Gel Pens, Extra Fine Point, Black Ink, 12-Pack (31002)
  • The Ideal Pen for Overachievers: The smooth writing, long-lasting Pilot G2 Premium Gel Ink Pen features a comfortable rubber grip, & is available in ultra fine, extra fine, fine, & bold point
  • Longest Lasting, Refillable Gel Ink: Proven to be the longest writing gel ink pen among top brands, the smooth-writing, retractable G2 gel ink pen is a classic choice for all your writing needs
  • Perfectly Suited For You: If you love the original Pilot G2, you'll want to try our full G2 line of Mini, Metallic, Mosaic, & Fashion gel ink pens in a variety of sizes, barrel designs & colors

Muji Ballpoint Pen

This is my number one choice of pen. They are super smooth, don’t bleed or smudge.

I started my BuJo journey with these and I’ll stick to them until the end.

Sakura Pigma Micron

If you want to bring your doodling and decorating game to a new level – fineliners are the way to go.

My first fineliner pens and definitely one of the top fineliners on the market. They have archival waterproof ink, which means you can easily use them together with watercolors on your spreads.

Moreover, the ink is dark black and doesn’t bleed through any paper I’ve tried them on.

Sakura Pigma Manga Basic Set (005, 01, 05, 08, FB, White)
  • Pigma manga comic basic drawing kit, Creative Drawing for Relaxation.
  • Archival quality ink for use in acid-free environments
  • Chemically stable, waterproof, and fade resistant No smears, feathers, or bleed-through on most papers

Unipin Fineliners

Despite being the cheapest set on this list of fineliner pens, I absolutely love these.

They are extremely durable and can TOTALLY endure me putting all my weight on them while doodling.

Uni Pin Drawing Pens/6 Assorted Tip Sizes, Uni Pin Technical Fineliner Pens, Pack of 6 Assorted Tip Sizes, Black Ink
  • 6 black Uni Pin fibre tip pens
  • This set of 6 Black Uni Pin Fineliners includes a 0.05mm, 0.1mm, 0.2mm, 0.3mm, 0.5mm and 0.8mm
  • Water-resistant, lightfast ink

Colored Pens

I personally don’t use colored pens that much in my journal, but when I do, they’re definitely great for note-taking and doodling. If you’re using your Bullet journal for school I’d say colored pens are definitely a must-have.

Here are some of my favorites which I know you’d love as well.

Zebra Sarasa

Zebra pens are fantastic, smooth, and have a wonderful color palette. They have a very comfortable grip as well, so you could work with them for a long time.

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Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.5mm Ballpoint Pen, 8 Color Set (JJ15-8C-MK )
  • Zebra Knock Gel Ballpoint Pen
  • Durable Clip
  • 8 color assorted. Milk Blue Green, Milk Green, Milk Blue, Milk Purple, Milk Red, Milk Pink, Milk Pink, Milk White

Pilot Frixion Pens

These pens really stand out, because they are erasable, which is a huge help if you’re a student or if you’re just starting your Bullet journal and want an easy way to fix your mistakes.

A little tip with these – make sure the ink is dry before erasing, it works best that way.

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Pilot Frixion ColorSticks Erasable Gel Ink Pens, Fine Point (0.7mm), Assorted, 10 Count (32454)
  • PILOT FRIXION COLORSTICKS: These pens write smooth & erase clean with Pilot's unique thermo-sensitive gel ink. No wear or tear so you can erase & rewrite until it's right without ruining the page.
  • UNLIMITED DO-OVERS: FriXion ColorStick pens feature a slim, non-rolling capped barrel design & are available in 16 stunning gel ink colors. Ideal for homework, grading or creating bullet journal spreads.
  • WRITE & CREATE FEARLESSLY: If you love FriXion erasable ink pens & markers, you'll want to try Pilot's full line of erasable Clickers, ColorSticks, Fineliners, Colors Marker Pens, & Highlighters.

Pilot Pop Lol

Another amazing set of pens from Pilot. They have a very comfortable grip, smooth writing, and amazing bright colors. 

These pens would be a great help in doodling or coloring.

PILOT Enso Artful Writing & Coloring Collection pop'lol Retractable Gel Pen Coloring Set, 20 Smooth Drawing Colors, Fine Point (17075)
  • PILOT ENSO POP'LOL GEL INK PEN SET: A colorful world at your fingertips. Add a pop of vibrant color to your drawing, hand lettering and creating with Pilot Enso pop'lol pens! Featuring a comfortable grip, spring clip, and 20 stunning colors.
  • EXPRESS YOURSELF THROUGH ARTFUL WRITING: Pilot Enso pop'lol Gel Ink Pen Set is a premium gel ink set ideal for the hand lettering and coloring connoisseur. Use them in your bullet journal, for color coding, or to add a pop of color to any project.
  • INSPIRED BY NATURE'S ELEGANCE, BEAUTY, & STRENGTH: 20 gel pens: Aqua Blue, Blue, Light Blue, Sky Blue, Turquoise, Navy, Green, Apple Green, Leaf Green, Burgundy, Red, Baby Pink, Rose Pink, Yellow, Apricot Orange, Orange, Brown, Grey, Grape and Purple

Stabilo Point 88

I love my Stabilo pens – they come in a bright variety of colors and are very smooth to write. Moreover, they are on the cheap side, so you can get all the colors at a good price without compromising the quality.

STABILO Point 88 Fineliner Pens 0.4m 30 color wallet set, Multicolor
  • COMFORTABLE GRIP - The famous hexagonal body shape of the STABILO point 88 makes it very comfortable to grip.
  • METAL ENCLOSED TIP - The 0.4mm line width offers you a great deal of control and precision and the metal-enclosed tip provides strength and durability.
  • PRECISE - For drawing you can create intricate details; for writing you can go really small with your font size. It is also perfect for use with rulers and stencils, making it ideal for precise work, structuring texts and taking notes.

Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens

Personally, I don’t really use any felt tip pens, but if you do – I know you’ll love them.

These pens were on the list of favorites from many BuJo experts as I call them and came highly recommended.

Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens | Medium Point 0.7 Millimeter Marker Pens | Back to School Supplies for Teachers & Students | Assorted Colors, 24 Count
  • Point Guard prevents the tip from fraying even after repeated use
  • Quick drying, Water based ink resists smearing
  • Specially Designed ink will not bleed through paper

Tombow Twin Tone

I wasn’t sure exactly in which category these should be, because they have both a marker and a pen tip, which is very convenient.

Plus they have several packs with different colors. I love them and it’s absolutely my go-to when I think of stationery to travel with.

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Tombow 61501 TwinTone Marker Set, Pastel, 12-Pack. Double-Sided Markers Perfect for Planners, Journals, Doodling, and More!
  • Perfect for color coding and decorating planners, journals and notebooks
  • Double sided marker creates thick or thin lines with two tip choices broad bullet tip for bold lines or extra fine tip for detailed, precise lines
  • Long lasting fiber tips maintain shape after repeated use

Markers, Highlighters 

It all depends on your style and needs, but I bet at some point you’ll yearn for some of these!

I’m crazy about using colors in my journal, so here are my go-to items in this category.

Zebra Mildliner Highlighters

My absolute favorite tool ever. I love their colors – they vary from bright neon to gentle grey. Unlike other brands, these highlighters are much smoother and don’t scream at you from your journal pages.

Zebra Mildliners also have a dual tip, which means that they are great not only for highlighting but also for coloring.

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Zebra Pen Mildliner, Double Ended Highlighter, Broad and Fine Tips, Assorted Colors, 15 Pack
  • Double ended highlighter featuring a broad, chisel tip and fine bullet tip for broad highlighting or fine underlining
  • Each highlighter features water resistant, quick drying ink in soft colors
  • Available in 15 subtle hues: Brown, Vermilion, Gold, Magenta, Smoke Blue, Red, Violet, Gray, Dark Blue, Green, Blue, Blue Green, Yellow, Orange, Pink

Stabilo Boss Highlighters

Another famous brand of highlighters in the Bullet Journal community. They have a variety of colors, from my favorite gentle pastel to the more traditional bright colors.

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STABILO BOSS Original Highlighter, Pastels - 6-color Set
  • CLASSIC DESIGN IN STYLISH PASTEL COLOR - STABILO BOSS ORIGINAL Pastel is our highlighter range with a difference. The soft, fashionable colors will give your work a subtle but stylish look.
  • ANTI-DRY-OUT TECHNOLOGY - Don’t worry if you accidentally forget to put the cap back on: thanks to STABILO Anti-Dry-Out technology, the STABILO BOSS Original can be left with its cap off for up to 4 hours without drying out.
  • STRONG BUIL QUALITY - The tip will last for a very long time. The two-line widths, 2mm + 5mm - ideal for highlighting texts of various sizes as well as for drawing lines of different thicknesses.

Pilot Frixion Markers

I love these markers, first of all, because of their gentle pastel colors. You can see them at work in my September Plan With Me.

Another fantastic feature of these is the fact that they are erasable, so you don’t have to stress out about your mistakes anymore.

Pilot FriXion Colors Erasable Marker Pen, 24 Colors Set & FriXion Eraser Light Blue with Original Vinyl Pen Case
  • Combines the convenience of a retractable with the incredible FriXion erasable gel ink
  • Erase and rewrite repeatedly without damaging documents - Eraser is at the top of the pen, tip is retractable by pressing clip down
  • Unique Thermo-Sensitive gel ink formula disappears with erasing friction

Crayola Super Tips Markers

With this line, Crayola provided high-end markers in tons of different colors and very affordable ones too!!

Thanks to a special tip these markers have, they can draw both thick and thin lines, meaning that you absolutely can use them for lettering. 

If you’re just beginning your BuJo adventure and want to add some color to your pages, these markers are a great choice.

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Crayola Super Tips Markers, Washable Markers, Gift, 50 Count
  • Crayola washable super tips markers are perfect for drawing, coloring and writing
  • Great value
  • Will not bleed through paper

Zebra Click Art

These pens are more like thick pens, but I decided to qualify them as markers.

Wonderful quality and colors that are in the same style as my favorite Zebra Mildliners.

Zebra Clickart Water-Based Pen Bright Light 12 Colors Set, Wyss22-12Clt
  • Water-based color pen
  • Knock Type and Capless
  • Bright light 12 colors set: pale blue, aqua blue, leaf green, mint green, Marigold, pale orange, peach pink, Salmon Pink, baby Red, Cherry pink, lavender, Cocoa brown

Miscellaneous

There are many other things you might find useful on your journaling adventures besides a notebook and a pen.

So here I gathered some basic supplies which are my absolute essentials at the moment.

Plus some stickers and other things that will help you set up your Bullet Journal faster. This is not something I use at the moment, but they are very useful, especially for beginners.

Westcott ruler

This is the ruler I’ve had since my scrapbooking days and it makes it very easy to keep things centered.

Plus it has a metallic edge, so if you’re doing a Dutch Door spread – this ruler will help you to cut all the straight lines.

Westcott 8ths 6-Inch Beveled Transparent Ruler (B-50), Clear, 6" x 6.75" x 0.06"
  • Calibrated in 16ths to the inch
  • Beveled edges
  • Zero centering scale

Helix Ruler

It’s definitely a must-have tool if you plan to do any circle trackers or monthly logs!

Or for any other reason draw circles.

Washi Tapes

These are a great way to decorate your planner, and actually to hide some mistakes. I wouldn’t go buy the whole store of them (even though I totally did that and I’m struggling with buyer’s remorse ever since). 

However, you could try and get a set or two to give it a try, maybe washi tape will be your jam.

21 Rolls Foil Washi Tape - Gold & Colored Metallic Washi Tape - 15mm Wide DIY Craft Masking Tape for Holiday - Thanksgiving, Christmas
  • ❤️ Wonderful size specifications - 21 rolls, width: 15 mm (0.6 inches) x length: 4 meters (158 inches).
  • 💛 Colorful glowing rainbow - Our masking washi tape create a colorful kaleidoscope for you! Exquisite bronzing, blue, green, silver, pink, etc.
  • 💚 Suitable for all ages and holidays - It's perfect for kids or adults! The first choice for every holiday, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Stickers

Stickers are adorable and I just can’t stop buying them. They are a great starting point for Bullet Journal decorations, especially if you aren’t that good at doodling yet.

There are tons of amazing stickers both on Amazon and Etsy, so I’m sure you can find something that would fit you.

Bullet Journal gift ideas - stickers | Masha Plans

I recently fell in love with stickers from my friend Rose at RoseKPaperCo. She has some amazing BuJo stickers, as well as some Hobonichi ones!

Advanced Bullet Journal Supplies

If you’ve been journaling for a while, got the grasp of all the basics, and are ready to step up your game – this section is for you.

As you’ve been working on your BuJo you probably already figured out what supplies you like and need, so you’re probably looking for an upgrade of your gear.

Here are some of my favorites for more advanced journaled. As a beginner, it might not make sense to invest so much in supplies, but as an experienced planner and creative – you’ll probably jump over the idea of getting some of these in your collection.

Pens And Pencils

Of course, we’re starting from pens.

All the pens I mentioned before are wonderful and I still use them myself, but there are some more you might consider trying or upgrading to.

Pilot Dr. Grip Pencil

I’m starting with a pencil since it’s the one thing I use the most on all my pages.

I found that it’s extremely important to have a pencil that has a comfortable grip, and so far I haven’t found a pencil better than this one.

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Pilot Mechanical Pencil Dr. Grip CL Play Boader, 0.5mm, Floral Pink (HDGCL-50R-PFP)
  • The mechanical pencil out of which a core comes only by shaking and which does not apply a burden to an arm or the shoulder
  • Lead Size : 0.5mm
  • The border in a grip is rearranged freely and made

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens

These are definitely my favorite fineliners, even though they are a bit on the expensive side.

The ink flows smoothly and it created dark black lines. All you’d ever want from a fineliner pen.

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Faber-Castell F167100 Pitt Artist Pen Wallet Black (4 Sizes)
  • High-quality pigments of unequalled brilliance
  • Light-fast and waterproof
  • Brush point provides maximum flexibility

Tombow Mono Drawing Pen

These pens are definitely on my wish list. They are great for writing and drawing and they also come in different nib sizes.

Plus, Tombow is one of the best brands for BuJo stationery, so you can totally count on them releasing amazing products.

Tombow 66403 MONO Drawing Pen, 3-Pack. Create Precise, Detailed Drawings with Three Tip Sizes – 01, 03 and 05
  • Water-based pigment ink drawing pens produce smooth, skip-free drawing and writing with no smudging - ink dries instantly
  • Create precise, detailed drawings with three tip sizes - 01, 03 and 05
  • Ideal for illustrations, technical drawings, manga, anime, lettering and journaling

Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen

Want to give a try to a fountain pen? This one will be perfect for you.

It’s a good quality pen and it will give you the perfect entry pen for your fountain pen journey.

Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen, Retro Pop Gray, 1.0 mm Stub Nib - 91414
  • Unique, retro styling for the perfect all-occasion gift
  • Brass barrel and medium point stainless steel fountain pen nib reflect the highest standards of Pilot craftsmanship
  • Premium matte finish with a patterned accent band brings pop to your writing

Lami Fountain Pen

If you’re already in the game and want an upgrade for your fountain pen, consider getting a Lami. The sleek deluxe design and high quality of these pens will definitely add joy to your writing process.

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Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - Charcoal - Fine
  • Charcoal Black ABS coloured plastic body
  • Black coated steel nib; fine point
  • Includes one Lamy T10 Blue Cartridge

Colored Pens

There is so much when it comes to colored pens, so of course, I have some more ideas for advanced users.

Not that you can’t use them as a beginner, but from my personal experience – I didn’t really need them until later in my journey.

Staedtler Fineliners

If you want MORE colors, these fineliners are your choice. They come in a wide variety of colors and will work great for color coring, doodling, or just coloring in your Bullet Journal.

They have acid-free water-based ink, which means it’ll be easy to wash it off clothes and any other surfaces. Plus they are dry safe which means they won’t dry even if you leave them without a cap.

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Staedtler Color Pen Set, Set of 36 Assorted Colors (Triplus Fineliner Pens)
  • Staedtler triplus fineliner in ergonomic triangular shape for relaxed and easy writing
  • Dry safe - can be left uncapped for days without drying up
  • Assorted pack of 36 fineliner with a fine, metal-clad tip and a linewidth of approximately 0.3 mm

White Gel Pen

This might sound pretty random, but a white gel pen is definitely on my must-have list.

Why? It’s one of the best ways to fix any Bullet Journal mistakes, especially some of the smaller ones that you know are there and they keep bothering you,

For white gel pens, I definitely recommend Sakura Gelly Roll, they are the smoothest gel pens out there.

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Sakura 57454 Gelly Roll Classic Ass't (05/08/10) 3pk Pen, White
  • 0.5mm (fine), 0.8mm (medium) 1.0mm (bold) point sizes
  • Bright, White opaque ink
  • Ideal for dark and colored paper

Sakura Gelly Rolls

Sakura Gelly Roll are some of the smoothest gel pens you can ever find.

They also come in million colors – bright, pastel, metallic. Here I just added my favorite Moonlight set.

Sakura Gelly Roll Moonlight Pen Set, 1 mm Bold Tip, Assorted Colors, Pack of 10
  • CREATE SOMETHING SPECIAL: Unlimited possibilities for creative fun with innovative ink styles and colors
  • CREAMY, OPAQUE GEL INK: The opaque ink flows brightly and smoothly on both dark and light papers
  • NO BLEED THROUGH: No bleeding through most papers; ideal for writing or drawing in journals

Acrylograph Pens

These pens by Archer and Olive appeared and blew everybody’s mind! They really are super fun.

Because they are paint pens, there is so much more you can be doing with them. Plus you can use them outside of your journal as well!

Image credit: @archerandolive

Check my complete review of Acrylograph Pens to learn all the pros and cons of these, but as an advanced BuJo addict you’ll probably want to give them a try.

You can get your pens HERE and with my code MASHA10, you can get 10% off your order.

Brush Pens And Markers

Brush pens are something everyone wants – it helps you create beautiful brush lettering.

But as a beginner, you’ll probably do more faux calligraphy, before you master actual brush lettering. Plus you can always use cheaper Crayola Super Tips to achieve the same effect.

But as a pro, you might want to spend a bit more to get those perfect pens, and here are some of my top picks.

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

These high-end artist brush pens will steal your heart. They are great for decorating your Bullet Journal, lettering, and coloring. The brush tip is great for beginners and the other thin tip will allow you to use them for faux calligraphy.

Moreover, by now there are 108 colors in the Tombow palette, so I bet you can find ANY color you’d want.

Just one tip I want to share with you – be sure not to use your brush pens on the usual printing paper. When I started Bullet journaling I printed out tons of lettering practice sheets on usual printing paper and my poor brush pens completely frayed. Be sure to use brush pen-friendly paper for your practice sheets.

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Tombow 56185 Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Bright, 10-Pack. Blendable, Brush and Fine Tip Markers
  • Ideal for fine art, brush lettering, faux calligraphy, illustrations, water color illustrations, journaling and more!
  • Set of 9 colors and 1 blender pen, with flexible brush tip and fine tip in one marker
  • BRUSH TIP: Durable and flexible nylon fiber brush tip, creates medium or bold strokes by changing brush pressure

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens

I think these are a must-have for a Bullet Journal. They will be a great help in doodling and drawing.

Moreover, because they have a much smaller tip, you can also use them to create smaller headers, like names of the day or other headers for your weekly boxes.

Tombow 62038 Fudenosuke Brush Pen, 2-Pack. Soft and Hard Tip Fudenosuke Brush Pens for Calligraphy and Art Drawings
  • Contains both the soft and hard tip Fudenosuke Brush Pens
  • Features a flexible brush tip for different lettering and drawing techniques
  • Create extra fine, fine or medium strokes by a change in brush pressure

Pentel Touch

Speaking of brush pens with a smaller tip, these ones are probably my favorite.

Another cool thing is – they also come in lots of different colors.

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Pentel Arts Sign Pen Touch, Fude Brush Tip, 12 Assorted Colors in Marker Stand (SES15CPC12)
  • The richly saturated colors are fully blendable with water and other Sign Pen Brush colors
  • Tip can be diluted with water to get a full range of values
  • Great for a variety of techniques, including feathering, cross hatching, outlining, calligraphy and detailed line work

Zebra Mildliner Brush Pens

Love the Zebra Mildliner colors? Well, now they are also available in the brush pen form!

The brush itself is very beginner-friendly and the other tip gives you very thin lines, so even if you already have the highlighters from the series, you won’t feel sorry for getting these as well.

Be sure to check out my detailed review for more information and color comparison between the two products.

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Zebra Pen Mildliner Double Ended Brush and Fine Tip Pen, Assorted Colors, 15-Count
  • Double-ended marker pen features a medium brush-like tip for achieving fluid, elegant strokes, and a fine bullet tip for predictable, clean lines
  • Permanent pigment ink glides smoothly across paper and is acid free, archival quality, and water-resistant for a long-lasting impression
  • The mild, translucent color shows up softly on paper and doesn't bleed through making it an excellent choice for layering and blending

Karin Brushmarker Pro

These are water-based brush pens, and they come in a lot of absolutely stunning and rich colors.

The price might be a bit steep, but they are worth it and they also can double down as watercolor paints.

Karin Mini Box Pro 26 Piece + 1 Blender Transparent Body with Ink Free System Brush Marker Pro Brush, 2 4 ml Liquid Colour: No Felt-Tip Pen Marker
  • Built-in soft head ideal for painting and hand climbing
  • Tone transitions due to easy mix of colours and brightening with water or blender possible
  • Clear tank with 2, 4 ML water based ink

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pens

I absolutely love those! The colors they come in are pretty unique.

Plus they have a medium-size brush tip so can be used for both smaller and larger lettering projects.

Faber-Castel Pitt Artist Brush Pens (24 Pack), Multicolor (167147)
  • WHAT IS IT: Faber Castell 167147 India ink PITT artist pen B studio box of 24
  • WHY USE IT: nk drawings have a very long artistic tradition. This has always been an interesting medium for artists and graphic artists, it lends drawings expression and durability and can also be combined with many other drawing techniques.
  • SPECIAL FEATURES:Pigmented drawing ink High light resistance, Water-resistant, permanent Odour-free, acid-free, pH neutral 24 ink brush pens in studio box, Tip: B = brush tip, Ideal for designing cards and envelopes, Available as individual pen or in various assorted sets

Karin Deco Metallic Brush Pens

Again I’m back to Karin, from all the metallic pens I tried these have the richest and most beautiful pigment.

Also, remember that metallics look amazing in a Blackout Book, so if you got one – these are definitely worth the investment.

Miscellaneous Bullet Journal Supplies

Here are the things that I think you’d still enjoy, but I had no place to include them.

These are some tools and accessories that help you decorate your journal, as well as stay organized.

Portable foldable ruler

This ruler is with me at all times, since I actually do lots of journaling outside the house.

If you also bujo outside a lot, this one will be of great help.

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Midori Multi Aluminium Ruler 30cm Black (42254006)
  • Package Dimensions: 0.762 cms (L) x 7.366 cms (W) x 17.78 cms (H)
  • Product Type: Office Products
  • Package Quantity: 1

Bullet Journal Stencils

These little babies will help you so much with your Bullet Journal setups. First, there are basic shaped stencils that will help you to create neat-looking daily boxes or even just your signifiers. Secondly, there are many different stencils that will help you with the creative aspects, such as lettering or doodling.

Finally, there are stencils that help with specific Bullet Journal tasks, such as creating habit trackers, future logs, or circle monthlies.

I’d recommend starting from some basic stencils from Amazon to help you figure out if this tool is something you want to use.

Bullet Journal gift ideas - Bullet Journal stencils | Masha Plans

But if you’re in, definitely check out Jayden’s Apple store on Etsy. I have her Basic Bullet Journal Stencil set and it’s a complete lifesaver (you probably see it in my every YouTube video).

These stencils are not just pretty and useful, they are also made of metal, which means that they will stay and serve you for a very long time.

Tombow Mono Adhesive

This little guy is so useful! Want to use printables in your Bullet Journal? Use this adhesive to stick them.

Need to cover a big mistake? Cut out a piece of your BuJo page from the back and use this adhesive to stick it to the page with a mistake.

Have a Blackout Book? Create black and white Bullet Journal pages by adding black paper to your usual notebook with this adhesive.

Tombow MONO Permanent Adhesive Applicator, 1/3-Inch by 472-Inch (62106)
  • Bonds instantly, cleanly and wrinkle free
  • Safe to use on paper, photos, cardstock, etc.
  • Permanent bond, Acid free; refillable-Easy to refill with snap-in refill cartridge

Notepad

Archer and Olive released their notepads a while ago and I went absolutely crazy for them.

They are available with white, black, or kraft paper (or all three), and recently also appeared in rainbow color.

Archer and Olive Notepads

Image credit: @archerandolive

There are many uses for your notepad, some ways I use it – to cover up mistakes, add pages to my journal, and decorate it with paper of different colors (like I did in November, February, and September).

I’m sure you can come up with many more ways to use your notepad, especially since it’s also a GSM 160 paper and it has a dot grid.

Click HERE to get yours, and remember to use code MASHA10 for 10% off.

Bullet Journal Stamps

Another great tool that would help you to create spreads faster and decorate them even better.

If you never used stamps – don’t worry, I got you covered with everything you need in my post How To Use Stamps In Your Bullet Journal.

Bullet Journal Essentials: Must Have Supplies For Beginners - stamps | Masha Plans

Thankfully, at the moment you can find stamps for everything. There are some gorgeous decorative stamps, that will help you set up beautiful BuJo pages in no time.

There are also extremely useful calendar stamps, that will be time-savers for habit trackers or future logs.

Lately, my favorite stamps are from Everyday Explorer. They are a bit pricey but absolutely worth it.

Metallic Watercolors

Whether you’re thinking of trying out watercolor or just want to add spark to your pages – these are a great choice!

Kuretake is a famous high-quality Japanese brand and these watercolors and beautiful and very pigmented.

I love mine, even though I must admit I barely ever use them in my journal.

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry colors 6 color set
  • [6 Colors] Golden pearl-tinted Gansai for professional artists and crafters.
  • Ideal for calligraphy, illustrations, brush lettering and more!
  • [Brush Dexterity] Gansai Tambi Pans are much larger than typical watercolor pans, giving you the ability to use both small or large brushes quite easily.

Stationery Storage Solutions

If you’re really getting into the Bullet Journal game, at some point you’ll have stationery, probably a lot of it. So it’s pretty useful to consider some storage solutions. 

When talking about storing your pens and markers, there are a few things you should consider.

You probably shouldn’t store them vertically. Please pay attention to the recommended ways to store your pens, because a lot of them will be damaged if stored standing up. Better safe than sorry, I always say, so for permanent storage just go with something horizontal.

Below are some of my favorite ways to store supplies.

Giant Pencil Case

This is a great solution for storing and moving your supplies. Just one pencil case can fit up to 130 pens!

Personally, I have 4 of them and I couldn’t be happier. They all are of different colors and each has its own assigned role – some are for pens, some are for brush pens. So I can easily find whatever I’m looking for.

Plus having things on display when I open the pencil case gives me a better idea of what I have and what colors I could use.

Pencil Case Holder Slot - Holds 202 Colored Pencils or 136 Gel Pens Pencil Organizer Compound Fabric Watercolor Pens Bag ,Flamingo
  • Large capacity pencil organizer that can store up to 202 colored pencils or 136 gel pen markers. The cover is made of the best digital printing nubuck leather It's more durable than Genuine Leather-Top quality Pencil Case
  • Multi-layer design-64 Large Stretchy Slots: This pencil case has 64 flexible slots which can hold up to 202 colored pencils,you can customize whatever you like to carry.The elastic slots band makes it easy to fit and remove your pencil and you can easily see & organize the different coloring tools
  • It can be used to store various tool like Crayola,watercolor pencils, Markers,Faber-Castell Polychromes,or Cosmetic brush & could also apply to ordinary pencils at school & art galleries

Storage Cube

This is my absolute dream way to store pens, but we’re moving too much for this to be a feasible option.

This box will store your pens safely and horizontally, plus you’ll be able to easily find the pen you’re looking for and see all the colors at your disposal. The perfect storage!

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Deflect-O Stackable Cube With X Divider, 6"H x 6"W x 6"D, Clear
  • Versatile organizer is ideal for storing office supplies
  • Keep everything in reach and save space with the stacking cube design.

Standing Pencil Case

I know I said it’s better not to store your pens vertically, but I meant it if you do it permanently. This pencil case has a different purpose.

This pencil case is just created for somebody who Bullet Journals outside a lot. With this one, you can just go to your favorite coffee shop, put it on the table and you’ll have a clear view of all your pens. No more taking all the pens out just to find that one you need right now.

EASTHILL Cartoon Cute Cat Pencil Pouch Canvas Pen Bag Standing Stationery Case Holder Box Student (Pink)
  • 【Deformable】:1.Fold it as a pencil holder.2.Unfold it as a pencil case.
  • 【Medium Capacity】:Medium capacity allowing up to 25 pens/pencils,one eraser,two washi tapes and other gadgets.
  • 【Multi-Function】:It's not only a pencil case, but also can be used for other purposes such as travel wallet, makeup bag.

Stationery Caddy

I love my little caddy, it’s perfect for keeping all my Bullet Journal essentials.

It’s definitely an awesome solution if you don’t have your own planning space and kind of need to carry your planner supplies around the house.

Everything Mary Black Floral Deluxe Store and Tote - Storage Art Caddy for Sewing & Scrapbooking - Craft Bag Organizer w/Handle for Supplies & Tools Organization for School, Medical, Office
  • PREMIUM CRAFT CADDY - Everything Mary organizer tote's are made from strong durable polyester
  • ROOMY CRAFT TOTE - This art tote bag includes 17 storage pockets for scrapbook, crafting & more
  • PORTABLE SUPPLY TOTE - This large craft tote bag lays flay & features dual handles for easy travel

Check my post How To Organize Your Bullet Journal Supplies to get some more ideas on how to keep your stationery organized.

Well, I think this about covers it, hopefully, you got the full picture and are ready to take a dive into a wonderful world of Bullet Journal stationery.

What are some supplies you think are a must-have? Which ones are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

Now that all supplies are bought time to start! Pick a theme, decide on the pages and let your creativity flow!

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And always remember! Keep Bullet Journaling and don’t be a Blob!