We’re over halfway through August, which means class is going to be in session soon. Getting back on track after months of Netflix binging and poolside chilling sounds daunting—but it doesn’t have to be. Let a bullet journal be your trusty companion this school year. Not only is bullet journaling a great way to stay on top of your game—it’s also a way to unleash your inner artist and get your creative juices flowing. Even if you don’t think you have an ounce of artistic talent in you, there are tons of products that do the work for you: think stencils. Since bullet journals allow for tons of customization, the amount of journaling supplies on the market can be overwhelming. To make life easier, here are five bullet journaling essentials so you can jumpstart your productivity and creativity:
Let’s start with the bare minimum: a journal. A5 is a pretty standard size for bullet journals. It’s not pocket-sized to the point that you can barely fit anything on a page, but is still travel-friendly. The subtle dot-grid paper design is popular among bullet journalists. It offers more structure than completely unlined pages, yet more freedom than traditional grid paper. A spiral notebook is also great for the perfectionist who would rather start on a new page then squiggle over mistakes. Feel free to transform the bland cover with photos, paint markers, or anything crafty you have on hand.
Switch things up by ditching your standard neon highlighters for some sweet pastel colors. Even something as simple as changing the highlighters you’re using can help to personalize your bullet journal to fit your aesthetic. These pastel highlighters from STABILO BOSS are made to last with the brand’s anti dry-out technology.
Just because you can only draw stick figures freehand, doesn’t mean you can’t have a bangin' bullet journal. These plastic stencils will be your best-kept secret. From banners to weather icons, there are over 1,500 patterns to choose from the 36 stencil plates. Now you can eliminate all the journaling envy that comes from Pinterest and Instagram once and for all.
Whether you’re writing a list of things to get done for the week or simply doodling borders, having a set of colorful pens will spruce up the task at hand. The set of pens gives you 18 brilliant colors at your disposal. Also, a fine tip will help you reach perfect precision for dotting your I’s and perfecting your swirls.
No matter how old you are, you can’t deny that stickers make anything better. Maybe not all of life’s problems can be solved by sticking a few stickers, but they do elevate your bullet journal game. These flower petal washi paper stickers can turn any page into a whimsical spring fest.
Which bullet journaling essentials are making it on your list? Let us know in the comments!