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Best Bullet Journal Supplies

Good for any budget and artistic level (2023)

Derek Reinhard
16 min readMay 23


Open journal notebook with page marker and a pencil
Photo by Jan Kahánek on Unsplash

When I started my productivity journey using the Bullet Journal, I didn’t know how involved I wanted to be with supplies. Was this going to become an artistic venture with colored pens, stencils, and stickers? Did I just want to track my projects, tasks, and meetings in black and white? It was an adventure to examine what I thought about productivity and what this Bullet Journal was going to become.

It’s been a 9-year journey as I worked out the best, most effective way to be productive with this tool. I’ve even written a book about how I’ve developed my own way of working with the “BuJo”. I’ve tried every angle in using my BuJo. In this post I’d like to share what I’ve learned about various planners and supplies you can use to “make it yours.”

Book cover of the author’s book, GTD With The Bullet Journal

Whether you’re just getting started with this creative outlet or have been crafting intricate spreads for years, the supplies you choose will make a difference. In this guide, I’ll explore budget-friendly and higher end tools and techniques to inspire your bullet journaling practice. From the basics of paper, pens, pencils, and highlighters to fun embellishments that spark the imagination, you’ll discover everything needed to craft a bullet journal perfect for your needs and skills.al supplies list for putting together your own bullet journal accessories.

No matter your experience or budget, the possibilities are endless. Let’s dive in!

Bullet journal supplies: start with a bullet journal notebook

Truth be told, the Bullet Journal is simply a specialized hardcover dot grid paper notebook. What makes it so popular, though, is that the journal includes a key for rapid symbols and instructions on the Bullet Journal method.

Depending on your preference, you can use the original Bullet Journal notebook or you can select an alternative. A plain dot grid notebook works, or you can create your own notebook…



Derek Reinhard

Writes quirky life, productivity, and relationship stuff (uses the Oxford comma). Author of 3 books on GTD and a couple coloring books.