Bullet Journal Guide: Getting Started

With the start of a new year comes a new bullet journal. Following on from my previous post introducing what the bullet journal is and how it can play to your advantage (check it out here), today you’re going to learn how to set up your journal for the first time.

Firstly, gather your materials!

The Bullet Journal

For my notebook this year I chose a simple ‘craft’ style journal with a tan exterior and plain cream pages. It was very cheap, just £1.99 for a pack of 3 which I found extremely reasonable, especially for a beginner who is unsure wether the BuJo system works for them- you haven’t lost a huge deal of money if it doesn’t work out!


I love to use black fine tip illustration pens in my journal, with varying thicknesses to distinguish between titles, dates and content. My favourites are the ‘Uni Pin Waterproof and Fade Proof Fine Line Drawing Pens’, although remember to choose a pen suitable for you in terms of budget, preference and paper thickness (no one likes seeing pen ghosting through the pages!)

Many people also like to use coloured pens and markers in their journal either for adding doodles or typography. Why not throw in some colour and have each week in varying shades?

Other Embellishments

Washi Tape

Great for using as a ‘base’ for a heading, that way you can use your pretty Sharpie and marker pens without having to worry about them bleeding through the page! They’re also fantastic for adding borders and emphasising certain dates or pages.

They can be found easily online or in your local craft store in a variety of different colours, patterns, thicknesses and opacities.


Scrapbook Decorations

Some people love to maximise their creativity within their bullet journal and turn it into a hobby. Many reach for the scrapbooking section of craft stores, grabbing armfuls of decorative frames, gems and paper decorations. An example of using these could be little paper cake prints signalling someone’s birthday that day, or a decorative heart for valentines day.



If you’ve come across bullet journaling via YouTube or Pinterest, you probably know what ‘plannering’ is. You can find hundreds of Easy stores selling adorable yet super useful stickers to add to your journal. From meetings to music lessons, you can find a sticker for pretty much anything! Add them to your daily journal or future log, bringing a touch of colour at the same time.

What’s important to remember is that your journal is for you. It can be easy to get carried away with copying ideas and designs other people share online, as well as choosing the ‘best journal for bullet journaling’. Choose something you like, and BuJo is likely to work you you!

Make sure to follow us on Twitter @Fuzzable and share your BuJo journey!

Written by Enya

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