My Favorite Bullet Journal Supplies

I have been getting a lot of questions regarding my Bullet Journal Supplies lately, so I thought it was high time that I compile them all in one comprehensive blog post for you. The supplies that I’m listing here are always subject to change, depending on what I am using at the moment.

My big plan in the near future is to start doing detailed reviews on different supplies, so you can expect this list to be updated regularly with links and reviews as I get them filmed.

Before we dive in, remember that you can bullet journal with any notebook and pen of your choice. 

You do not need anything fancy to get started. All you need is a notebook and a pen.

The notebooks an pens that I recommend here are simply the ones that I have used and loved. I strongly encourage you to explore different brands, sizes, colors, etc… the sky is the limit!

A perpetually updated list of my favorite Bullet Journal Supplies and reviews :)

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MY BULLET JOURNAL SUPPLIES

NOTEBOOKS:

Leuchtturm1917My current notebook of choice is the Leuchtturm1917. I use the dot grid version in an A5 (medium) size for my every day Bullet Journaling. I also have one to use as my daily journal.

I also use the Master Slim (A4) size Leuchtturm1917 as my Blog & Business Bullet Journal.

I love these notebooks due to their paper quality, numbered pages, built-in index, and multiple ribbon bookmarks. Plus, they come in so many beautiful colors… what’s not to love?

Buy them here:  Goulet Pens // Amazon 

Check out my entire notebook collection right here!

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PENS

Daily Use:

Faber-Castell PITT Artist PensMy absolute favorite pens to write with in my Bullet Journal are the Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens. I love them for their dark black ink (India Ink). They create bold lines, and are waterproof, acid free, and archival.

I recommend the S (0.3mm) and the F (0.5mm.

While they are a bit on the expensive side, they last for several months of daily use. Even better, they don’t bleed through the paper ever when I color in large sections.

Buy them here: Amazon

Staedtler Triplus Fineliners


For color, I love my Staedtler Triplus Fineliners. These are felt-tip pens (0.3mm), and I use them daily for color-coding my Bullet Journal.

These pens come in different pack sizes. You can find them in 5-packs, 10-packs, 20-packs, and even a pack of 34 — all of the colors that they make!

I love the 10-pack because it’s easily transportable and gives me a good selection to choose from.

Buy them here: Amazon


Tombow Dual Brush PensFor my color index, I use the Tombow Dual Brush Pens. These pens have a brush tip on one end, and a marker tip on the other.

They put down beautiful color, and I love that the brush tip can make a nice thick line of ink.

These pens are also commonly used in brush lettering. They come in a huge array of colors, and are even blendable! Besides using them in my Bullet Journal, they are also great for coloring.

Buy them here: Amazon // Tombow USA


Fountain Pens:

It’s no secret that I love my fountain pens. I’ll be doing an in-depth review on some of my fountain pen recommendations for beginners very soon. For now, here are the pens that I own and use on a regular basis:

Fountain Pens

While you can purchase fountain pens in a variety of online and brick & mortar shops, I highly recommend buying from Goulet Pens. They have exceptional customer service, fast shipping, and they package their goods with a slightly ridiculous amount of care.

Plus, Brian is a wealth of fountain pen knowledge! Seriously… I have learned so much from this man!

Pen TestAs always, I highly recommend that you start a “pen test” page in the back of any new notebook.

It’s great to test the pens and ink that you have to see how they will react to that particular paper.

Different inks and pens will behave differently based on the quality of the paper, so it’s nice to know before diving in and potentially “ruining” your first few pages in a brand new notebook.

** I’ll be including some fountain pen inks here in the future, so definitely stay tuned!


OTHER BULLET JOURNAL SUPPLIES

Washi Tape

Washi TapeWhile I don’t use washi tape very often in my Bullet Journal, it IS a quick and easy way to add a little color and decoration to your notebook if you so desire.

I’m quite ashamed to admit that I have quite the little collection of washi, even though you won’t see much of it in my Bullet Journal.

It is a great way to hide mistakes though. ;)

You can find washi tape in SO many places now. Craft stores, office supply stores, and several amazing Etsy shops.


Rulers & White-Out

Bullet Journal SuppliesI use white-out tape often, and although the paper in my Leuchtturm is an off-white, I find that once I have written over it, you really can’t tell the difference. I know that the color difference bothers some, but to me it’s really no big deal :)

My favorite ruler, is this clear plastic one. I love it for its size (it can span 2 pages in my A5 journal), and for it’s flexibility. It also is transparent, making it easy to create perpendicular lines.

While I don’t use a ruler very often (I’m kind of lazy like that), I definitely recommend one if you’re worried about your shaky lines :)

* This post contains affiliate links. In plain English, this means that I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you) if you subscribe or purchase something through the links provided. You will never see me post a link to a product or service that I haven’t used myself and love! (Learn more here) Thank you for supporting Boho Berry!

What are some of your favorite Bullet Journal Supplies? I’d love to know, so drop me a link below!

Kara Benz
Kara Benz is the artist and author behind Boho Berry, where she inspires her readers to lead a more centered, fulfilled, and inspired life. Kara also runs a successful sticker shop on Etsy – Boho Berry Paperie.

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  • angelchrys

    I’ve been wanting a ruler like that. Thanks for the link!

    • You’re very welcome! I absolutely love mine… it’s useful for so many other projects too!

  • Katy A

    I have washi tape…but don’t use it much either ;) I would love to know how you carry your supplies along with your BuJo…or do you just use it at home? :)

    • I work from home, so I usually just keep everything on my desk. When I do venture out with my BuJo, it’s normally just the notebook and a black pen that I take with me. The rest stays at home :)

  • Awesome <3 <3 . Thank you for sharing your Washi, because I didn't know it came in thin. I'll have to check that out. Also, have you found that the Pitt Artist pens sometimes get a "flat" smooth spot that then has trouble writing from? I don't know if it's the way I hold my pens, or what but I find it very frustrating. I've used these pens for years for drawing.. and so writing with them is new.. so I feel like maybe it's just me, but thought I'd ask. Also, this was a super fun post. I think sometimes people get caught up in the "stuff", but at the heart of bullet journaling, it's all about the basics.

    • Yes! Discovering thin washi was a revelation for me, and I love it for decorating envelopes :)

      I’ve definitely experienced that with the PITT pens. My first few wore out pretty quickly, and then I changed my pen grip. I started writing with the pen more at an angle (a habit that was forced on me when I got into Fountain Pens), and now they last MUCH longer. I used to write with my pen almost perpendicular to the page.

  • Heather Alexander

    I went out and got the Faber Castell pens – AHHH!! I’m in love – if you can be in love with pens ;-)

  • thedart88

    I’ve ordered Leutchtturm1917 journals from Amazon. But I guess I paid for the slowest shipping possible. Have you had any problems with getting your package in a timely manner?

    • Whenever I order from Amazon, I always try to select Prime shipping for that reason. As always, I highly recommend Goulet Pens as well if you’re in the US, they have super fast shipping :)

  • i JUST had the faber castell pens in my hands…AND DIDN’T BUY THEM. regret. filled with so much regret right now. :)

  • Hi Kara! I’m a newbie in the bullet journal community and I’ve seriously fell in love your blog! It’s so hard to find a place online that sells Leutchtturm1917 journals and that they ship to Cyprus. And even when you do find a reseller, you end up paying more for shipping than the actual product! Hopefully I’ll get mine really soon ;) My favourite pens are the Staedtler pigment liners, especially the 0.3 tip ones. But after reading your post, I really want to check the Faber Castell ones out to see the difference. Lovely post as always :)

    • Thanks Christina! If you love the Staedtler’s I think you’ll really love the Faber Castell PITT pens. They write about the same (maybe a bit darker?), but they are archival quality, so they last much longer :)

  • Sarah Jane

    I’m so glad your link to the journal no longer brings you to the journals sold by ALLS Collection. I purchased once from them on January 10th and have yet to recieve it…and their customer service is horrible. Anyways, keep up the good work, I enjoy your posts everyday.

    • I’m so sorry to hear about your experience, Sarah! I have heard a lot lately about ALLS and their crappy customer service, so I made it a point to not link to them on Amazon. I’m going back this afternoon to update any old links as well.

  • Lindsey

    Hi Kara! You have inspired me! I started my bullet journal mid-January and it has already improved my year! Thank you so much! I wanted to point out that Creative Live has a great hand-lettering course that is airing a rebroadcast right now. You may have already watched it, but Annica Lydenberg is the instructor and the course is super great!
    https://www.creativelive.com/courses/hand-lettering-101-annica-lydenberg#class-materials

    • Thanks Lindsey! I actually just bought that course because I don’t have time to watch it live and it looks amazing. Thanks for the recommendation :)

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  • Candace Raphael

    I’ve seen you say the pilot metropolitan fine is like a 0.3 mm pen. I personally love using Faber Castell Pitt F more than the S. Would the medium nib for the pilot metro be closer to the 0.5 mm size of the F pen?

  • KindaGirlie7832

    I can’t wait to learn your thoughts on all of your fountain pens!

  • Starchix

    I just discovered Bullet Journaling a couple of days ago, when I saw your video chat with Brian Goulet on Goulet Pens website, and got curious. I am a lifelong list-maker, journaler and pen lover — but I feel only now, at age 66, do I finally see a way to make all of that come together in a useful (and fun) way. I have kept a personal journal/diary for over 55 years, and have that down — but the quest for the perfect daily planner? Many tried, none lasted. Until now. I actually have a partially used Leuchtturm1917 I got from Goulet Pens and I have spent this early morning converting it to a Bullet Journal.

    I am totally inspired by your own bullet journals, and glad to see you have more than one — I have always felt somewhat guilty because, as with books I’m reading, I always have several going at once. As I read other readers’ comments, I see I am not alone in that, nor in having — ahem –a substantial stash of blank notebooks in my office cupboards and shelves, awaiting their moment in the sun.

    I am happy to see you have embraced fountain pens, and I am tickled to see how many new people are getting turned onto them through your blog. Fountain pens are the real deal. I love me a big wet medium nib, but I’m thinking I might have to try a Fine for my new bullet journal. (Thanks for giving me an excuse to buy yet another fountain pen).

    I am also going to order some of the fine point markers from my other favorite pen source (I urge you to check it out): JetPens. They have an amazing selection of all kinds of pens, pencils, notebooks, stickers, washi tape, pen/pencil cases, inks, etc, and also have great info on their website — different from Brian’s but equally informative. They specialize in Japanese stuff, so people who are into that have a huge treat in store. They are young and frisky and really fun to interact with — another great online supplier for all of us stationery nerds.

    Thanks again for your fun blog and info. I’m going to TRY to start simple with my bujo, but am not all that sanguine about not going all out in the beginning.

    BTW one of the perils of being a notebook/journal/paper products fiend, is that, after a few decades, there is quite a stack of old ones. I recently moved from the house we had lived in for 37 years, into a much smaller house — and I can’t tell you how many boxes of old journals I just had to lug along. Apparently I need to work on Letting Go of the Past a bit………

    • Thank you SO much for that lovely and thoughtful comment! Oh, and I love JetPens as well… I get most of my dip pens and nibs from them :)

    • BellSome

      How nice to meet a Kindred Spirit! I WAS going to say maybe we were “separated at birth” but I’m 68…I have so much in boxes that contains my life and I’m getting ready to move! So great to read your post and feel validated for my paper, diary, ink, pen obsession.

  • Jennifer Hamilton Brown

    I must admit, I LOVE supply lists! Thanks for the inspiration/temptations ;)

  • Nice tips!! I’ve just started journaling but this has helped me pick some new supplies!

  • Jill

    I just came over from the video you did with Brian Goulet. Did you know that if you smash the tip on the Pitt pen, you can pull out the tip and there is a fresh tip on the other side? Also, the frugal crafter Lindsay Weirich has a video on refilling microns and Pitt pens. This works better with the Pitt pens because they state they are made with India ink unlike the microns.

  • Tracey Strashok

    Hi Kara, I don’t know if this has been asked or not….I just got my first fountain pen (YAY) and it’s a Pilot Metropolitain from Goulet. I got the fine nib and I got the Pilot Parallel ink, which I understand from Goulet is completely compatible. My question is, in my Leuchtturm, this bleeds really bad and ghosts at a minimum. You use both the Leuchtturm and Pilot Metropolitain so I’m wondering if it’s the ink specifically? I was going to pick up some Diamine Marine ink because it’s beautiful, but I hope it doesn’t ghost or bleed. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. Thanks!

  • Caitlyn Downs

    Hi, Kara! I just started my own bullet journal a bit over a week ago (a baby, I know) and your posts have been a HUGE inspiration. I love really fine-tipped pens as well, so I’m wondering if there’s a way to purchase only one size of the Faber-Castell pens?

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  • amiddleamerican

    This is so helpful! Just ordered the starter kit from The Goulet Pen and can’t wait to get started. My ad hoc combo of Google Calendar, random post its and notebooks just isn’t cutting it and this seems like just what I need. Thanks for a beautiful post that is clear and concise!

  • jeffwllms

    So why not use the triplus black if you already have it. I think they are half the price of the Pitt art.

    Are the Pitt art that much better?

    • The PITT pens are archival, so that is the main reason I prefer them. I like knowing that even if everything else fades over time, my writing will still be there :)

      • jeffwllms

        That is a good point. I think I assumed the triplus were archival as well, but it looks like they are just acid-free nontoxic. Something to consider.

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  • elimee23

    Hi Kara! Do you have any recommendations for pen/marker carrying cases or organizers? I’ve got a growing collection of pens, markers, highlighters, etc. and I like to keep them all together. They range from skinny Stabilos to thicker Mildliners. Any suggestions or recommendations for a nice case that might fit both? Thank you!
    (p.s. I love your blog!)

  • Austin

    Have you noticed any smudging/smearing with the Noodler’s Black Ink? I have LAMY Safari with a Fine nib, and I’ve noticed that even when I let the ink dry, it still smudges when I touch the paper (mostly with my fingertips). I’m using the leuchtturm 1917 A5 notebook… Maybe the TWSBI in Extra Fine is more dry when writing and prevents future smudges? I’m curious of your experience with the Noodler’s Black Ink and this paper! Thanks. :)

  • Sami

    I know someone else asked about smudging issues with Noodler’s Black, and I have a related question, so I hope it’s not repetitive. I use the ink in a couple pens in a Leuchtturm 1917 A5, and it always smudges if I write or color over it in a felt-tip marker, even a day or more after the original writing. I just tested a yellow water-based marker over some writing from 8 weeks ago (same notebook, same ink) and it didn’t smudge, so I guess it eventually sets in? But I would kind of like to be able to color in elements of my bujo as I go along! Any thoughts? Alcohol-based markers don’t seem to have as much of a smudging issue, but they bleed like crazy, and i’d rather not use a faster-drying ink because I hate feathering. Do I need to just switch to non-fountain-pens if I want to color? Any advice on this matter would be appreciated!!! thanks so much :))

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  • Jenny Simons

    I am new to bullet journaling, but I have been seeing/reading about fountain pens (I am of course a pen junkie) and would love to start using one in my bullet journal. I am using the Lechturm 1917 dotted journal does the Pilot Metropolitan fine nib have any bleed through on the back of the page? I have been seeing mixed reviews about that. Also someone told me fountain pen ink is not archival, and will not hold up. Is that true? Trying to decide if I should splurge for the fun fountain pen or stick to my micron pens. Thanks for your help for a newbie! :)

  • Judi Cousineau

    Hi Kara & Tribe memers,
    Wondering what is the make/brand of your pen case you have? Looking for something like that, but not finding one with a combination for fountain pens and markers. Greatly appreciate your suggestions. Have a great day.

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  • Pauleen Angeli Baloyo

    I love this! I spilled some water on my first pages so I definitely think im gonna buy the faber castell pitt artist pens for the safety of my journal. Your blogs really help a lot!

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  • I’m getting into BoJuing now and I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed all your posts and videos!!! :) I just order the notebook. You are very convincing Kara :)

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