Since I started doing my Bullet Journal I understood that having everything on paper helps me to have less things in my head and for an obsessive person like me is a relief. I am happy having so many colored pencils, markers and paper around me. I always knew that art supplies were important to me but I never thought that my happiness would be on paper. I have to confess that I need to have self-control when it comes to going to an art supply store, I want to buy a thousand things for my planners. Until today I think I have everything I need to create my planners. Here I am sharing my new obsession and the tools I use to have fun with my bullet journals.
1, Pencil and eraser
Very important tools to draft your pages before going to something more permanent. I have many simple pencils and erasers because I start drafting the pages first and taking notes way before I start inking. Don’t you love this cute colorful ones?
2. Prismacolor Color pencils
You can use any brand you have in hand. I love my Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 132-Count. This is a big case of 132 colors but you do not need that much for a planner, you can have just a 6 or 12 different colors and that’s it.
3. Black Ink Pens
I have tried different kinds of pens and all work in my planner, the key is the point, you will need at least 2 different points, i usually use 0.3, 0.5 and 0.7 point for my planners. I live the 0.3 for notes and writing and the thicker ones for titles and banners. These are the brands I use for my planner
- Artline Drawing Pen 0.7 mm
- Edding 1800 Profipen Pigment Liner Drawing Pen – 0.3mm
- Stabilo Point 88 Pens (Black) 10 pcs sku 1845683MA
4. Color Markers
I have many markers in my box and I love them all. I use them for different purposes, some are just for writing, some for lettering and some for drawing and making titles and cover pages.
- Stabilo STABILOSW8825-021-CL Point 88 Pen Sets Rollerset Set Of 25
- Sharpie 1949557 Color Burst Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 24-Count
- Sharpie 1949558 Color Burst Permanent Markers, Ultra Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 24-Count
- Stabilo Point 88 Pen Sets mini wallet set set of 12
- Prismacolor Junior Markers Brush Tip
5. The Planner
I use 3 planners at the time, I have different planners for different purposes.
- Personal Planner
- Business Planner
- Dream + Strategy Planner
I use this planner for all my personal stuff, since I have a business that is my full tine job I do not like to mix my personal life with my business because it can be challenging to track. Having a personal planner it helps me to keep all my doctor appointments, grocery lists and finances in only one place. This was my first planner and I love it as a easy tool to keep sanity through my days. For this planner I use a white paper drawing notebook. It is just white paper.
I use this planner for only my business stuff, it is great because I use it to keep track of my sales, tasks and orders in the daily and weekly bases, I also have some weekly sales tracker pages and trackers for the traffic in my website. I love it and it is almost like an assistant who have all the info in one place. I also did something really fun with this planner, I use the planner from both ends, the front end I use it for trackers, stats and work flow pages , and the pack end I use it for the weekly spreads only. That way i have only one planner for my tasks and business information. For this planner I use a 7 subject notebook with quad paper, i do not use the paper lines but since I started the year with this one it is just fine for now. It works for me.
Dream + Strategy Planner:
This is like a journal / visualization / strategy planner. I just started this planner recently and it is helping me to analyze my work-life balance. I had an accident in my house 1 month ago because I was not resting at night enough and my nervous system was unbalanced, I fell from my bed and I hit my hip and head really hard. Since then I am tracking how many hours I am working everyday and writing about my day and my feelings. I also use this journal as a manifestation tool. I am big fan of positive thinking and the power of visualizing what you want in life.
Well this is what I use to have my life in order and as a good excuse to play with planners, colors and markers. I hope this helps to start your own planner and have fun creating a more organized and balanced life.
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