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A question that is often asked within the Bullet Journal community is: “what do I need to bullet journal” – the absolute answer to this is a pen and a notebook. However if you are anything like me (a self confessed stationery addict) then you may want to add in a few additional items to your journaling kit.
I thought it might be useful to run through my tried and tested journaling supplies.
1. The Notebook
I trialled a few different notebooks before I settled on my notebook of choice; The Iconic A5 Scribbles that Matter* (STM).
The biggest reason I love the STM is the gorgeous thick 100gsm ivory paper that takes my Tombow pens with minimal ghosting. It lies flat when being used and comes in some seriously gorgeous cover options.
I have been considering the Pro STM* for my next journal as it has a plain cover (as opposed to the iconic scribbles cover (see image below) – this is because I’ve been toying with the idea of a journal decal on my next notebook and think it will adhere better to a plain cover 🙂
2. The Pen
My go to pen hasn’t changed since I started journaling, a black Staedtler Triplus Fineliner* – originally from within my assorted colour pack, but now I use this pen so frequently that I purchase single colour packs! It’s 0.3mm tip is fine enough to use with even the most intricate stencils, it writes smoothly across the paper and has minimal smudging, no ghosting or bleeding within the STM notebook.
3. Coloured Pens
There are two types of coloured pen I use within my journal, Staedtlers and Tombows.
My basic kit comprises
- Staedtler Triplus Fineliner* – pack of 20 assorted colours
- I use these for writing mostly, or very fine detail.
- Tombow Dual Tip Brush Pens* – pastel, pack of 6
- These I use for highlighting and shadowing.
- Tombow Dual Tip Brush Pens* – brights, pack of 12
- Pops of bright colour, shadowing boxes and banners
4. Coloured Pencils
Coloured Pencils are something that I have spent a lot of time researching lately, as you can see in my blog post. I finally found my perfect pencils, which are the Faber Castell Polychromos*. These are so smooth and give a really intense colour!
Obviously Stencils make up a key part of my kit!!
I use a couple of different stickers in my journal.
Calendar Tabs at the start of each month help me easily navigate through each notebook.
So that’s it. My journal kit 🙂 obviously I have a tonne of other bits and pieces that I have accumulated but these are the tried and tested pieces that I use most days in my journal!