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7 Must Have Supplies for a Minimalist Bullet Journal

Last Updated on October 21, 2020 by Keri

In this post, I am going to show 7 must-have supplies for your Minimalist Bullet Journal! It is so easy to get overwhelmed by all of the supplies that you can buy for your Bullet Journal. I wanted to create a manageable supply list to get you started. Everything in this list supplies that I use in my Bullet Journal often. I try to keep my supplies to a minimum, and these are the supplies that I could not live without for my Bujo!

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*Note: All prices listed in this blog post are Canadian prices. The prices will vary depending on what country you are buying the product in!

1. My Notebook

Having a good notebook is one of the most important parts of Bullet Journaling! You are using it every day, so get something you love! I see many people in the community getting frustrated, or losing interest in the system because they have not found a notebook they love. Do your research before you buy your notebook so that you can make a good decision! And remember, if you don’t like the one you end up with, you can try something new once you are ready to migrate to a new journal!

Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Dot Grid

I am currently using the Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Dot Grid notebook in the color Berry!

I bought mine on a whim one day when I was browsing our local book shop. The thin pages made me a little bit nervous to start, but I decided to go ahead and try it anyways. I am so glad I did! Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of this notebook! This has become one of my favorite notebooks for my Bullet Journal that I have tried to date. I will say there is quite a bit of ghosting, but I discovered I actually like this look. It makes everything seem full and used.


  • The pages are numbered, and there is an index already set up! This has saved me time in my setup process. Plus, numbering pages sounds very tedious. I prefer just being able to log what spread ends up on what page!
  • The dot grid is a nice light grey. This makes it easy to line up the spreads, but does not distract me when I am filling in my journal daily!
  • The pages are a nice smooth high-quality paper, and I have had very little issues with bleeding!
  • These journals come in a wide variety of color options! The thought of using every color thrills me to the core. Yes, I get excited about strange things.
  • The journals can be purchased with ruled, grid or dot grid pages! I appreciate having a variety of options to choose from.


  • They are expensive when compared to other notebooks, however, I feel they do compare to the other popular Bullet Journal notebooks. I paid $24 for mine.
  • The pages have a yellow hue to them. I would prefer it if they were just a simple white!
  • If ghosting bothers you, then this is not the notebook for you! Almost every pen I use ghosts. I honestly thought this would really bother me, and made me nervous to try this notebook! However, I actually like the ghost look.

Please note that I have never tested paints or heavy amounts of a marker in these books. If you are going to be using watercolor paints in yours, I suggest you take a quick peek at this blog post from Little Coffee Fox where she compares the Leuchtturm 1917 to the Moleskin.

*Looking for a budget-friendly option? If you are looking for a budget version of the Leuchtturm, I would HIGHLY recommend the Artists Loft Dot Grid Notebook from Michaels. They are EXTREMELY budget-friendly, do not bleed much, and also come in a wide variety of colors! I have one that I use for testing spreads, and I am in love with it.

2. My Favorite Pens

Okay, I have to admit it. I am kind of obsessed with pens. I have always been very particular about my pens, and I am always on the hunt for new ones to test!

Today, I am limiting this list to the pens that I use almost every day to create my Minimalist Spreads!

Sakura Pigma Micron

If you like your ink to be a nice rich black, you may want to take a look at these pens! I only started using them in December 2018, but I was instantly hooked! These pens are used everywhere in my Bullet Journal! I use them for faux calligraphy, to create my spreads, and for all my daily to do’s and journal entries!


  • These pens have a really rich black ink.
  • The ink does not bleed through in my Leuchtturm, which allows me to use if for almost everything I write in my Bujo!
  • The nibs come in a variety of sizes! I like to use the thicker nibs for my headers, and the smaller nibs for my to-do lists and journal entries!


  • Unfortunately, these are not the most budget-friendly pens out there! As I said above, I am very particular about my pens. This makes me willing to spend more on my go-to pen, but this may not be the case for you!
  • Depending on how often you use them, the nibs can wear out quickly. This means the pens need to be replaced often.

Crayola Super Tips

These markers are a fantastic budget-friendly option if you are looking to add splashes of color to your spreads! They can be used to color in doodles, to color code, or to highlight text.


  • These markers are very budget-friendly! You get 100 different color markers for less than $15!
  • Crayola has become a household name which makes them really easy to find in craft stores, department stores. I have even seen small packs of them in the dollar store before!
  • When stored properly, they can last a really long time! (Make sure the cap is on there properly! They dry out quickly if not secured properly. Yes, I know this from experience!)


  • They do tend to bleed through the paper a lot more than some of the other pens I use in my Bujo. It is not significant enough for me to ever stop using them though!

Staedtler Triplus Fineliners

These fineliners are a great addition to your collection if you want to add some color to your spreads! You can create colorful headers or color-code your to-do list. So many possibilities!


  • These come in a wide variety of colors, and you can get different bundles! If you are only looking to spend $15, you can get a pack with 10 different colors. If you are able to spend a little bit more, you can get the same pack of 36 that I got for around $33.
  • The fine tip is useful if you like to add really simple doodles for your headers or layouts! Whenever I feel creative, I can draw some cute banners, flowers, or whatever suits my mood at the time.
  • Unless you use the same pen every day, they do last quite a while. I bought my pack four months ago, and I have not had to garbage any of them yet!
  • These pens have not bled through any of my pages yet! I am mindful when I am coloring stuff in to not go over it too often, but I have seen no issues with this!


  • There is a lot of ghosting when you use these pens. Ghosting is definitely a matter of personal preference.
  • They are not a budget-friendly option. But they do make a great present idea for your family!

Uniball Gel Pens

These are one of the luxury items in my Bujo tool kit, but I just can’t help myself! I love what you can do with them!

If I draw out black or colored banners, I can use these Gel Pens to write my text on top of the banner! I have also used the white Gel Pen to cover up small mistakes, almost like a whiteout pen! They are metallic, which makes these a fun addition to add to any of your spreads!


  • The pens are really inky, but not too inky!
  • You can write a really nice smooth text with them.
  • They last a long time! I have had these pens for several months, and they do not appear to be running out of ink anytime soon!


  • These pens are kind of expensive! I usually pay $6 for one, or you can get a pack of 3 for $15.
  • The ink takes a couple of minutes to dry! Make sure to leave it for a bit so that you do not smudge it.

Miscellaneous Tools

I do have a couple of miscellaneous tools I like to use in my Bullet Journal. They are both fairly cheap, and can be very useful when creating spreads!

A Ruler

If you like to have clean and crisp lines, then I highly suggest you get yourself a ruler! You can get a small 6-inch ruler for less than $2! This cheap tool will be really helpful when measuring spreads and drawing lines!


Stencils are one of my favorite tools to use! I am a bit of a perfectionist, and I love being able to use a stencil to draw out my checkboxes, or to add small amounts of decoration! They are relatively cheap, and there is a wide variety to choose from.

Some stencils have different banners, borders and a wide variety of icons! Combine these with a marker or fineliner, and you have some simple decoration!

Well, that is it for the supplies I am currently using in my Minimalist Bullet Journal! If any of the items ever change, I will be sure to come back and update this list!

If you have some supplies you like to use in your Bullet Journal that I didn’t include here, be sure to leave a comment below! I love to know what everyone is using. You don’t have to twist my arm to try a new supply!

Until next time!

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2 thoughts on “7 Must Have Supplies for a Minimalist Bullet Journal”

    1. Hi Tasha!
      There is no such thing as a stupid question.. especially this one! I asked the EXACT same question when I was learning all about this system a few months ago!
      Ghosting is when the pen you use on your paper shows through to the other side. It does not bleed through, so you can only see an outline (or ghost) of whats on the other side. I hope that makes sense! 🙂

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