The ultimate beginner’s kit for starting a Bullet Journal – at a small price!

When I started using a Bullet Journal, I would have loved to have someone tell me what to buy.

I’m joking, of course! (Kinda)

But, still, at the beginning, I didn’t know what was what when it was time to buy supplies for Bullet Journaling. I wish there had been a guide on how to build your beginner’s kit! There are so many paper shops out there, and so many different styles and art forms, that it is difficult to buy everything needed for your new Bullet Journal in one visit to the store. It is also impossible to come equipped for every occasion and taste (if only).

As I’ve been using a Bullet Journal for more than one year, I have been able to buy different tools for different art styles. However, in this post, I want to talk to you about the tools I use constantly, the ones I absolutely need, while not being too expensive.

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Here’s the ultimate beginner’s kit to start your own Bullet Journal, without exploding your budget!

1. The notebook, of course!

For starters, you need a journal, obviously! Those that have been following me for a while know that I live by the Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dotted (it is also the official Bullet Journal notebook).

But when I started, I didn’t know anything about notebooks, or which should I use, and different people recommended different notebooks.

Also, in my article on the Bullet Journal: Where to start?, I suggest using an old notebook you already have at home and are not using, to try and see if the Bullet Journal system is for you. It’s still what I recommend, especially if you are not certain you will be using your Bullet Journal regularly. This is going to cost a big 0$.

However, if you now know that Bullet Journaling is for you, and you feel you are ready to “upgrade” your notebook, here’s an idea for you.

AmazonBasics Classic Notebook

Available with plain, ruled or squared pages. For Bullet Journaling, I recommend squared pages.

The comments on the Amazon product page are good: people are agreeing that this notebook is a valid, cheaper option to the better-known brands.



2. Pens!

Now that you have a notebook to write in, you need something to write with!

Of course, you can use pens that you most certainly already have: old pens, mechanical pencils, regular pencils, etc.

Personally, when I first started buying materials for Bullet Journaling, I bought a black ink pen, at a pretty cheap price. Eventually, I realized I got what I paid for and stopped using it because it made too many smudges in my Bullet Journal (I tell this story in more details in this article). As such, I recommend that if you buy pens, that you don’t buy any type of pen, or really, any pen.

Here are the pens I currently use, and have been for a few months:

Sakura 6-Piece Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set, black

This pack of six pens includes the sizes 005, 01, 02, 03, 05 and 08.

Personally, I regularly use the sizes 02,03, 05 and 08, so this pack of six is ideal.

These pens are available by the unit (around 4$ each) in most art stores, but I believe the price of the pack of six is worth it.


3. Time for some color!

Those that follow me on Instagram know that I can’t live without these: Zebra Mildliners! They are highlighters that come in beau-ti-ful colors. I started by buying the first pack of five highlighters, then I couldn’t resist and bought the second set, and eventually, I still couldn’t resist and bought the third set.

Basically, I should have simply bought the three packs right away. Here they are:

Zebra Mildliner, 3 packs

Three packs of five highlighters.

All pens have double-sided: a fine and bold side.




Another option I use fairly often to add some colors to my pages: Paper Mate Flairs.

Paper Mate Flair, pack of 12 or 16

They are fine, nylon tip pens of lovely colors.





4. The last “must-haves”

Here are some last “must-have” tools to start your own Bullet Journal:

  • A ruler. A big “must-have”! You probably have one laying around at home, from an old geometry kit of ye olden school days.
  • Liquid Paper. What can I say? Mistakes happen.
  • A pencil and an eraser. A good idea to have those handy. Sometimes I like to draw out on paper what I want to do on the page before actually setting it in with ink.
  • Stencils. I really like using stencils to do pretty titles. Here’s actually the set I bought.

And that’s everything you need to start a Bullet Journal – at a small price! Luckily, a few of those “must-have” tools are probably already available to you at home.

Are there any supplies I haven’t mentioned, that you think I should have included in a beginner’s kit? Let me know down below in the comments!

Did this list help you? If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Until next time!


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  1. […] Phew, that was a lot of information! You can check out Melanie’s bullet journal kit here. […]

  2. Amy says:

    I’ve had the Midliners for months now and just realized there is a fine point tip on them after reading your post!

    1. Oopsie haha! Glad I could help!

  3. Sunny says:

    This is cute! I actually wrote a post about bullet journaling, but it’s very different! It’s interesting to see how everyone interprets the art of bullet journaling! Love everything you said and the great advice! 🙂
    (here is a link to the guest post i did on bullet journaling that I mentioned, if you’re interested! )

  4. Aaaahhhhh…this is nice of you to share, Melanie!

  5. Teresa says:

    This is great! Ive been wanting to start and cant wait now ❤

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