[bullet journal] favourite bujo supplies


I've been in a committed relationship with the bullet journal system for a year and a half now. It's the golden child on Instagram, but honestly, this is a hyped up trend that's worth getting on the bandwagon for. 

Around this time last year, I shared how I set up a new bullet journal. Today we're going to talk about my favourite (stationery) supplies that I use for my bullet journal. 

The Notebook
Spending the majority of my school years in Taiwan meant that I've tried just about every notebook on the market - from the plain ones you get at school, to the insanely gorgeous and overpriced designer notebooks. Some are great for handing in school work while some gather dust in the notebook drawer because you're scared to ruin it with your handwriting. And some, like the Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted Grid Notebook is the perfect notebook for a bullet journal. The is the holy grail notebook for many bullet journalers, including myself. I mean, the paper quality, numbered pages, light dotted guides, and the sheer selection of colours, really, what more could you want.
Alternatively, I've always liked the Muji notebooks and always keep a couple around me to take notes, pencil drafts, or doodle. 

bullet journal pens muji gel pen uniball signo uchida fineliner sakura micron pilot juice up pen
The Pens - Layout Pens

I only use these supplies when planning my layout, and not in my day to day bullet journaling. I always use a pencil to draft my layout, including where I want the weekly layout, the notes section, and the decoration, before going over said draft with a black fineliner. I use multiple brands, but my favourites are still the Uchida Drawing Pens and Sakura Microns, usually in 0.3 nib. 

Sometimes I title my layout with the fineliners, other times I go in with Pentel Sign Pen to bring some brush lettering and variation to the layout. 

The Pens - Day to Day

I'm not usually picky with my pens - but I'm picky with which pens I use for what purpose. For example, I only used the cheap Bic Pens for taking notes in English back in school (I used different pens for writing in Mandarin, FYI). The same goes for my bullet journal supplies - I have a selection of Muji gel pensPilot Juice Up Pens, and Uni-ball Signo in 0.38 for the bullet journal. My bullet journal is colour-coded, which is why I have a selection of pens. Additionally, these pens are on the slimmer side, which makes it easier for me to bring around in my tiny pencil case. I also really love the Pilot G2 Pens, but don't carry them around as often since they're on the bulkier side. 

tombow pastel brush pen paperchase washi tape shinhan watercolour
The Extras
I usually keep my bujo layout quite monochrome, with the colour coded notes being the most colour. However, I still like to add a bit of colour from time to time, just to spice things up a bit. The Tombow Dual Brush Pen Pastel Set and Zebra Mildliners are my go to for highlighting the days of the week or adding small sections of colour. If I'm feeling a little more daring, I might opt for watercolour to create blocks of colour. I'm still torn on using watercolour in the bujo though since it warps the pages quite a bit. 

Another great way to add some colour and decoration is via washi tape. I'm really loving this dreamy pastel set. I also like to use washi tape to create a "bookmark" of sorts, by taping the edges of a particular page - for example, the monthly overview page. That way, it's easier for me to locate said pages at a glance. 

I mostly stick to the same supplies for my bullet journal - partially because I'm a creature of habit and partially because I always use what's in my pencil case. I always want to switch things up, but I try new pens and I wonder why I tried to fix something that wasn't broken. Do let me know if you want a more in-depth review of anything I mentioned. In the meantime, are you picky with which pens you use for your bullet journal? What are your favourite supplies? 

With Love, 
Daphne x

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