Bullet Journal Essentials

Hi.. it’s me.. back again with another bullet journal blog post ;)

I often receive questions about what notebook/pens/etc I use for my bullet journal and I thought it would be handy to share a post on my blog so I have something you guys can refer back to me and enable me to give a more in-depth answer. 

I would just like to say though that there is no right or wrong when it comes to bullet journaling. It doesn’t matter what pen you use, what journal, whether you use coloured pens or washi tape or stick to a black biro, it really does not matter. So just because they are my essentials, doesn’t mean they should be yours.

But saying all that, I have definitely bought the majority of these supplies based on someone’s recommendations, so I do know how useful these posts can be when you’re looking for some guidance. The world of pens is vast.

Here are my favourite bullet journal supplies:

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the journal

I currently use the Leuchtturm 1917 A5 dotted in gold and used the navy in 2018. Before I that I used a Muji ring-bound dotted notebook and before that a mixed page (plain, lined and dotted) ring-bound notebook from Paperchase, which is unfortunately not sold anymore. 

The Muji notebook is great as a cheap option if you want to try out bullet journaling but don't want to invest in a more expensive notebook. It has relatively thick pages so you can paint directly onto them, if that’s something you would want to try out, and most pens don't bleed through. 

However I love my Leuchtturm and I would definitely recommend them. They have 249 pages, aren't too thin, have handy little features such as page ribbons, an index, numbered pages and a back pocket. They’re also very popular among the bullet journal community.

Read: Which notebook is best for bullet journaling?

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the pens

The second most important tool, next to the notebook, for your bullet journal.

And just like the notebook, there is no right or wrong pens to use. There are some pens that are more popular than others among people, but everyone will have their own preferences.

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zebra mildliners

My all time favourite pens are the ones my boyfriend bought me for my birthday last year - the Zebra Mildliners. The muted colours are absolutely fit my ~aesthetic~

They’re also just really nice to use - they are double ended with one end having a highlighter tip and the other having a pen tip.

Other options for pastel highlighters are the Stabilo pastel highlighters which I also love and used religiously through university and in my bullet journal.

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Bullet journal supplies  | www.hannahemilylane.com


These are what I use most often in my journal, and all for different purposes.

The 0.38 muji gel pen is my most used. It’s the one I use daily, for the bulk of the writing in my journal. What I use to write my to do lists, daily logs, memories, notes and so on. It’s a lovely pen to use, writes really smoothly, doesn’t ghost and is the perfect thickness.

The 005 fineliner is suuuuper fine. This is what I use for #art - illustrations, sketching, adding shading to drawings. It’s not a pen everyone would need in their toolkit, but sometimes you just need super thin lines you know?

Then I have the 0.5 and 0.7 rotring pens. These are noticeably thicker on pages. I mainly use these for headings on pages.

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arty pens

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Bullet journal supplies  | www.hannahemilylane.com

These are also pens that not everyone would need but that I use often.

The gold pen I love using to add accents. I use the Uniball marker which is great but can bleed through thin pages and Leuchtturm pages. A gold gel pen may work better for others.

The white pen I use frequently, such as on black paper to create headings and on brown kraft paper. It’s also nifty to cover up small errors. I use a Uniball signo white pen which I really recommend. Sometimes you have to go over your lines a couple of times but this is common for white pens and generally it is very nice to use.

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other materials

Generally my bullet journal is fairly simple. I tend to carry my muji gel pen and my chosen zebra mildliner for the month with me and that’s it, but I do have some other tools I use when I’m setting up some of my other spreads.

  • Watercolours and watercolour paper - I tend to spend some time on my monthly cover pages, creating them on watercolour paper using watercolours and/or acrylics and other mediums. I then stick them into my bullet journal using a pritt stick. I most often use Winsor & Newton watercolours.

  • Scrap paper - this is something I’ve started incorporating into my 2019 bullet journal more often. I’ve started using scrap paper (kraft brown paper and black paper mostly but also other scraps of coloured paper I have laying around too) and I love the effect. Tip: it’s also a great way to cover up mistakes.

  • Letter stamps - another new thing for me for 2019. I picked up a set of letter stamps from Tiger to make my own Christmas gift labels but I love the aesthetic of them in my bullet journal too.


I hope this is helpful! Please feel free to leave me a comment or contact me over on Instagram (@hannahemilyjournals) if I’ve missed anything or just want a chat.

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Bullet Journal Essentials | www.hannahemilylane.com