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Beginners Guide to Bullet Journaling

I'm sure the majority of us have heard of bullet journaling but if not, where have you been?! Only kidding! But bullet journaling is such a versatile and creative way to not only plan your week or month but to keep track of your goals, habits, money etc.

If this sounds like a practice you want to take part in then continue reading to find out what bullet journaling is, what you need to get started along with some page inspiration.

What Is Bullet Journaling?

Bullet Journaling is for anyone who finds conventional planners too structured or perhaps can't find a planner for what they want to track / record. Bullet Journaling allows you to be creative and to design as well as track the tasks, habits and goals you want to achieve. There is no age limit for bullet journaling, it is a practice used by anyone and everyone!

What You'll Need...

Below I have linked the tools and equipment that you will need when it comes to creating your journal.

Leuchtturm 1917 Medium Dotted Notebook

These notebooks are the one if you're wanting to use felt tips and heavy inked pens as they don't leak through the pages. The pages are also dotted so you can draw and create any template you want such as tables, banners, circles etc. Plus, these notebooks come in a range of different colours!

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Staedtler Noris HB Pencils

Having some pencils in your bullet journal kit are key to be able to lightly outline your design and go over it with a pen.

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Helix Ergo Wing Eraser Twin Pack

To go along with your pencils, in case you make any mistakes, you will need a rubber. This page I found on Amazon is great value for money at just 99p for 2 rubbers!

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Staedtler Double Hole Tub Pencil Sharpener

And with all your hard work and designing, you'll most likely need a sharpener to make sure your pencils are sharp as a needle!

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Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pack of 20 Pens

Now you have sketched out your designs you can make them all pretty and beautiful with some coloured pens. I have found these ones online and think they're such great value for money with the amount of colours you get and they are likely to last a long time as well.

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Buluri Washi Tape Pack

To add a little bit of pattern and decoration I would suggest using washi tapes. They are so easy to use, come in many different colours and patterns and are nice borders for your designs. Check out the below washi tape set to get you started

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Helix Oxford 30cm Shatter Resistant Ruler

To make sure you have those perfectly straight lines to underline your titles, to create your tables or weekly designs I would suggest purchasing a ruler.

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BYSOU Pencil Case

Now you have an idea of what you need to begin your bullet journal journey, you're going to need a place to store all your supplies in. I have found this pencil case online which has different compartments for all your different supplies. Check it out below...

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Who would have thought that bullet journaling would have terminology but it does and it's not as daunting as you may think! Below I have included some terms that you might comes across when bullet journaling or when seeing others online journaling so you know what they mean.

Bujo - short for bullet journal

Spread - a layout in your bullet journal e.g. daily spread

Tracker - where you track something e.g. money tracker

Ghosting - when you can see your pen or marker faintly through the page in your notebook

Dutch Door Layout - done by cutting your notebook page in half so you can view different pages at the same time

Bullet Journal Key

When it comes to bullet journaling, there is a key that is associated with it. It is up to you whether you use this key or whether you decide to design one of your own. Personally for me, I use my own version of a key but for some you may prefer and agree with the 'traditional' bullet journal key.

Pages and Layouts To Get You Started:

So by now I am guessing you are intrigued and raring to go with your bullet journal but are looking for some inspiration on the pages you can include in your journal. Well do not fear as below I have included a bullet point list of the layouts you could start with.

For further inspiration I would suggest checking out Pinterest as there are LOADS of different layouts and designs on there that you can follow.

  • Index - so you can track what layout is on each page

  • Monthly spread

  • Weekly spread

  • Daily spread

Ideas for Trackers / Logs

  • Gratitude log

  • Memory log

  • Book tracker

  • Meal planning

  • Shopping list

  • To Do List

  • Habit tracker

  • Goal tracker

  • Exercise tracker

  • Future log

  • Wish list for products, holidays, dreams

  • Sleep tracker

As you can see, the sky is the limit when it comes to designing your layouts. I really do hope this blog post has helped you feel inspired to start your bullet journal journey.

To help you set up your new bullet journal I have created a checklist which you can complete to make sure you have everything to hand. You can download the template here


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