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The Only 2 Things You Need To Start A Bullet Journal

Looking to start a bullet journal but not sure what you need? Don’t worry – it’s SO much easier than you think it’ll be.


It doesn’t have to be a dotted notebook.

It could be plain, dotted, lined, squared, anything you want! Just make sure that you have a notebook with plenty of pages.

This is going to become your best friend (and your worst enemy) and you will carry it everywhere you go. You’ll be thinking about how to fill it, whether you can start again because you messed up a page…

Be prepared to spend hours on Pinterest finding ideas and even longer trying to recreate them!


How else are you going to make the notes and draw the pretty pictures if you don’t have a pencil?

When you have the fear of messing up (like me!), then a pencil is always the best way to go. You can draw, rub out and re-draw a thousand times if you’re not sure that you like it. That’s the beauty of a pencil!

A lot of posts will tell you to buy all the fancy washi tapes and posh pens, but you really don’t need to invest in all of that stuff when you’re starting out.

Get a pencil from Poundland, or from your little sister’s pencil case, it really doesn’t matter. Just grab a pencil and start drawing.

That’s it.

Yep. I’m serious. You just need a notebook and a pencil to start. Don’t get caught up with all the other stuff (although, if you fancy a starter kit and you live in the UK, check out my business The Bujo Box)

Head over to my other bullet journal posts but just start. Grab a notebook and a pencil and just start. If it goes wrong, you can always stick the pages together!

Pinterest graphic of blue notebook and pencil case with text overlay: All you really need to start a bullet journal

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