All the girls in my family started to have a bullet journal. Ok that was first and then within weeks I started to see more and different ones showing up. Before you ask… me not really that creative so I have none but as you will read my posts about the topic I am an active helper in the fun. I am the one sitting in the corner cutting stickers out, cutting papers, doing many of the not much fun part and post about it so you all can enjoy this family fun.
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As sitting around I learned a lot about the bullet journaling itself and I see the most important part is to start with the correct choice for the correct project so let’s jump in and take a look at what you can find out there and use as your bullet journal.
General guidelines on what to look before you pick
- The size, do you plan to travel with it and make pages on the go? There are all different ones from pocket-size to A4.
- The number of pages in the bullet journal. After you have your topic that would already get you some idea on how much you have to write about it don’t waste space and money if you’ll put only a few pages in it per year.
- The weight of the paper used to make them. These are given in gsm or grams/square-meter. The normal paper you use when you just print some document at the office is usually 80gsm, the bigger the number the thicker, harder the paper. It is important that you use given thickness if you plan to use different technic as some ink will be visible on the other side of the paper if not thick enough.
- The cover of the bullet journal can be hard or soft cover or even leather. This is most important for you, so far I did not see any where you could design the outside and don’t buy a pink one if you love blue…
- It could come with a pen or a lock or other extra features. Do you want to bring it with you everywhere and be able to put notes in? You’ll need the one with a pen attached or integrated in. If you plan to write topics that is only for yourself then you need some more security like a lock.
- The color of the bullet journal will be not too easy to change if you have it. And it is not only the outside but in some cases the pages are also colored and not white.
Types of bullet journals
Bullet journal – the book style
These were the first version, they are like a notebook but instead of blank or lined pages they have dotted pages. You can find them in many stores nowadays and sometimes you can get a really good bargain on them.
While decorating you need to keep the thickness of the pages lower as this is a book and not much space to expand. Avoid thicker stickers or multiple layers of washi tapes, etc.
Some examples you can get online:
- Bullet Journal, Dot Grid Hard Cover Notebook, 120gsm Premium THICK PAPER with
- Bullet Journal/Notebook with Pen Loop – Elegant Black Leather Notebook with Prem
- Best Dot Grid Bullet Journal Kit With 10 Rolls Of Washi Tape And 4 Stencils
- Bullet Journal Notebook Medium A5 Hardcover, 192 Pages Dot Grid Journal, Black
- Bullet Journal Dot Grid Notebook Dotted Notebook Journal Diary Hardcover Book
- New Bujo Journal for Student Turquoise green Cover Dot Grid Notebook 5.2″ x 8.3″
Spiral bullet journal
In these you can make a bit thicker pages as a benefit over the book style ones and you can tear out a page if it did not turn out as you planned.
Take a look at some online:
- Red A5 Dot Grid Notebook for Bullet Journal,Double Ring Spiral Notebook for bujo
- Large B5 Dot Grid Notebook for Bullet Journal, Pink PP Cover Dotted Notebook
- Bullet Journal Notebook Big A4 Cardboard Cover, Black Dot Grid Spiral Notebook
Loose leaf ring binder notebook or Filofax
These give you many benefits:
- The biggest; most people like; is that when you create a page and at the end it is not what you planned then you can remove that page and start all over.
- You can rearrange your pages as you wish, add, remove, move, insert, etc.
- When it gets full you can just get a new one and split your pages between them or move some out as archive.
- Many different page sizes are available.
- You can use different weight paper in it for different technic.
- If it comes with not regular bulleted pages you can just remove the ones it comes with and add your own, self-made ones.
- You can take out a single page to work on and such it does not limit you on what technic you can use.
- You can make any pages as thick as you wish as you can have as many pages in one as you prefer.
Some sources to get these:
- A6/A5 classic Loose-Leaf-Ring-Binder-Notebook Weekly Monthly Planner Diary
- A5/A6/A7 White Loose Leaf Ring Binder Waterproof Notebook Planner Diary Cover gl
- A5/A6/A7 Binder Notebook Loose Ring Weekly Planner Diary Waterproof Dust proof
- A5 Classic Weekly Monthly Planner Diary Loose-Leaf-Ring-Binder Notebook Cover
- A5 A6 A7 Clear Loose Leaf Ring Binder Notebook Weekly Planner Diary Cover
- Filofax Personal Size Saffiano Organiser Planner Diary Pear Leather
If you do not yet want to spend much money and want to practice with a lot less cost you could use simple lined notebooks as they are cheap and you can find them in almost any stores.
Find some online:
- Portable Notebook Pocket Diary Memo Notepad Journal Planner Note Pad PU Leather
- A5 Notebook Journal Diary Office Student Drawing Notepad Memo Exercise Portable