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15 Genius Products That Will Help You Start A Bullet Journal

"A set of black fineliners. You never think you need fineliners in 10 different sizes but trust me you do."

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the products that helped them start bullet journalling. Here are the results:

1. Some pastel brush tip pens that will add a splash of colour to your layouts.

"The Tombow brush dual tip pens are the best way to jazz up any bullet journal. They add just a pop of colour and help to accentuate whatever you want. They come in a variety of colours but the pastel pack are just the right amount of pigment to highlight and up your bullet journal game, not to mention everyone is jealous of these pens!!!" – LeighA

Get them on Amazon, £20.66


4. Invest in a geometry set for ultra-precise angles.

"I like to use to protractors, one that's small for boxes and stuff and one that's bigger for rough outlines. They make it easier to get a right angle. Paperclips to put small papers in your Bujo and to mark pages for future reference" –

Lily Konig

Get this flexible geometry set on Amazon, £2.29

5. Use a watercolour palette to add a gentle wash of colour to your pages.

"Fineliners are very useful for notes and doodles, Staedtler and Stabilo are good brands. I would also recommend a watercolour palette because it can create stunning backgrounds for your bujo! Here's an example of one of my Bujo Spreads ^ – ConfusedNewt

Get a Winsor Newton palette on Amazon, £8.99

6. Make sure you have the basics too – pencil, rubber and ruler.

"I have hundreds of pens, all different types, but always use my Micron pens for all of my layouts, with washi tape on page edges. Pencil, rubber and ruler are essentials..."

Get a school starter kit with pencil, rubber and ruler on Amazon, £2.49


7. Try a dotted journal like the Leuchtturm 1917 to help keep everything neat.,

"A Leuchtturm1914 dotted notebook - perfect size for on the go, index sheet at the front for keeping track of your pages and the dots are so helpful (not as intrusive as a grid but perfect for us less-artistic types)." – Emily D

Get it on Amazon, £12.99

8. And a cheaper second notebook to practice in.

"A cheap 2nd book for practice. Wish I'd done this and I would have so many pages I've had to rip out or cover up. I'm not very arty so my creativity is limited to what I can physically create but I love that I can try something new each month." –Jess D

Get an A5 lined notebook on Amazon, £3.95

9. Try not to get overwhelmed with all the options available – all you really need is a journal and a pen.

"My bullet journal is somewhere between simple and very artistic: I tried simple and I tried elaborate, and neither worked for me, so I keep it in the middle. My favorite purchases are my pack of 14 PaperMate InkJoy Gel Pens, a slim 6in metal ruler with straight ends (allows me to get my horizontal lines all the way up to the spine of the journal), white out, and a few thin washi tapes.

I've also got a dual-tipped Zig Brush Pen in the color Platinum for highlighting (each end is a different shade of grey). But you don't NEED anything except a journal and a pen to get started." – MK Cohen

Get the PaperMate Inkjoy pens on Amazon, £1.37

10. Buy a multipack of washi tape to branch out into decorating on a budget.

"For decorations, the thin MT washi tape 20-pack as it pretty much has every colour you will ever need. I also use a lot of stickers but they are from all kinds of places." Naomi Meed via Facebook

Get the MT 20 pack on Amazon, £9.22


11. Try out some cult fineliners to add a pop of colour to your work.

"Staedtler fineliners! They come in an assortment of colors and are very thin. Everyone I know who bullet journals uses them." – arinaaah

Get a 20 pack for half price on Amazon, £9.99

12. A set of black fineliners that you never knew you needed.

"A set of black fineliners. You never think you need fineliners in 10 different sizes but trust me you do." – Lilly Konig

Get this 6 pack of Derwent markers on Amazon, £8.57

13. Some genius erasable highlighters that will save your layout time and time again.

"Pilot Frixion erasable pens, I have the fine liners, felt tips, bright highlighters AND pastel highlights and they’re not like those erasable pens we used to have that took half the page with them, you can’t even tell you’ve written anything! Means little mistakes don’t ruin the look of your journal." –


Get a 5 pack on Amazon, £6.83


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