[Lifestyle] Beginner Bullet Journal Supplies – On A Budget

Hi hi hi!

I hope you guys enjoyed a peek inside my Bullet Journal (BuJo)! Like I mentioned, I am a beginner and I’m hoping that this will help me with my creative skills (i.e. drawing, lettering, etc.) The BuJo has been something that has helped me document some of the best times and also some of the worst times. It’s fun to be able to flip through the pages – to be honest, I really just love the sound that the pages make once I’ve written on them. It’s tough to explain.

If you are want to start a BuJo it can be quite intimidating. I mean, there are so many different types of journals out there and then there are the pens and the markers and those can get pretty pricey extremely quickly. Luckily for me, I had a lot of these supplies already since I also make cards (whenever I have a lot of free time) so it wasn’t too costly for me to start. However, I wanted to compile a list of three things that are cost-effective and will jump start your BuJo journey.

#1 Artist’s Loft Dotted Journal – $9.99 (Michael’s)IMG_7506

Now, I’m no BuJo expert (like I said above, I’m a beginner) so the paper quality isn’t a huge issue to me. I wanted something that was thick, but not too thick where it lost its flexibility. I also didn’t want to pay a high price for something that I knew I would be carrying with me almost 24/7. It needed to be durable and flexible so that I didn’t have to worry about it too much when I stuffed it into my bag. I found this particular journal as I was scrolling through Michael’s website and knew that it was definitely one that I would need to check out. The Michael’s next to me has recently incorporated a journaling section in their store and that where I found these. I noticed that on a lot of the journals the band that keeps it closed was ripped out from the back cover, so you will want to be careful in regards to that. The pleather is extremely soft and the cover is flimsy enough to move with the journal, but it’s sturdy enough to provide a solid (and smooth) writing surface. The paper in it is thicker than your typical printer paper, but it’s thinner than an 80lb cardstock. It’s a stark-white with a slight blue-ish undertone, but it does not affect any of the colors.

I like to use Tombow Dual Brush markers to add color into my BuJo and they don’t really bleed through the pages. I have only had issues with my dark purple bleeding through, but that’s because I had to go over the same spot multiple times. Whenever I’m setting up the monthly calendar portion, I always use a pencil to sketch out everything and when I end up having to erase, it does leave its mark. It could be the eraser that I’m using, the pencil, or the paper – I’m not really sure which one it is.

#2 Crayola Super Tips Markers

Picture from Amazon

The Tombow Dual Brush markers go for about $15 – $24.99 for a pack of 10 (with one of those brushes being the colorless blender). Crayola Super Tips can go for anywhere between $5-$7 for a pack of 20, which is a really good deal and they are extremely versatile. You can create intricate drawing with them and you can also do various lettering techniques with them. If I didn’t already have the Tombow markers, I would definitely look into getting the Crayola ones. I actually, I have been extremely tempted to pick up the Crayola markers since they are affordable and I can use them to practice my lettering – I’m just trying to justify me purchasing them okay?!

#3 Spectrum Noir Artliner Brush Pens 3 Piece Set (005, 05, BR)IMG_7508

I picked this up from Michael’s fro $10.99 and of course I used a 40% off coupon so it came out to about $7 and change when you add in tax. I really liked having different pen sizes to work with and Spectrum Noir is known to have high-quality pens. I find myself using the 005 (smallest tip) to add in fine lines/details to drawings. In the cherry blossoms below, I used it to outline and add in the stamen on the flowers. The 05 is great for writing or adding in a thicker line. However, I have noticed that this particular pen does tend to feather out just a touch. So if you are wanting to create precise/sharp lines this may not be the right pen to use. Honestly, the brush pen (BR) is what sold me on this set – it’s much different from the Tombow Brush markers in regards to the brush tip. The tip on this is thinner and more flexible, but I like being able to practice lettering with this because it has helped with my down-strokes and up-strokes and really defining them.

Those are basically all the things you need to begin your BuJo! Well, besides some of the more obvious items like a ruler (optional), writing pens, pencil, etc. You really don’t need much to start and to be honest, you can skip the markers for now and focus on just black and white. I also highly suggest looking on YouTube for different layouts/themes to inspire you. There’s inspiration everywhere, but sometimes you just need something to stick.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Please don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @ciaociao808 so I can see your BuJo layouts! I love looking on Instagram and YouTube to find inspiration.



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