My Bullet Journal Essentials + April/May Spreads

idk what’s up with the flickr watermark, but I’ll figure it out before next week’s post

Also, I was wondering if you would do a post on everything you use for bullet journaling? I’m looking to expand my little collection of bullet journal stuff and would love to see what you use.

Miriam

This post idea came from Miriam! She requested it on my last bullet journal post, and I thought it was an awesome idea! So, here it is! My Bullet Journal Essentials!

I have used more stuff than this in the past, and occassionally I still do. But overall, these are the things that I really love to use in my bullet journal.

I also recognize that these products are somewhat premium. I’m lucky to have friends and relatives gift them to me, and I’m really grateful for them! Even though the products are a little pricey though, they’re really good!

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First up, the actual journal! The only notebook I have experience with is the generic ones from Michaels. I like it, though they recently went up on prices and down on number of pages. Still, it’s $7 for an almost 200 page journal! The paper is really good quality too.

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Next, a good old #2 pencil and eraser. You can’t go wrong with the basics!

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These are some of the best pens I’ve ever used! They seem to last a while for gel pens.

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Fineliners are good to have too! I use Pigma Microns, which are pretty good. I can’t really compare them to anything else though.

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I don’t know if I’d consider these essentials, but I do like using the Gellyroll gel pens! They’re awesome for adding little accents.

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Out of everything, this is probably my #1! I absolutely love the Tombow Fudenoske brush pens! I like both the hard and soft tip, and goodness, these are great brush pens to use! I definitely recommend these.

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The last thing on this list is markers! I have used and would recommend 3 different markers.

  1. Crayola markers! They’re very good for a budget journaler.
  2. Zebra Mildliners. A bit more expensive, but still relatively cheap. Great for highlighting things!
  3. Tombow Dual Brush pens. These are probably the most expensive bullet journal supply I use, but they sure are amazing! I couldn’t recommend them more if you feel comfortable spending $2-3 per marker.

Those are my essentials! Let me know what you like to use in your journals in the comments!

Anyway, now I’m going to share my spreads for April and May! I really like both of them.

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I went with a mountain theme for April! It looks a little wonky, but I like it!

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Here’s my monthly overview! I didn’t like how the marker bled through, but it does that when I put a lot of ink on the page. The color scheme looks really good though!
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I like the habit page a lot! I love the background mountains. The mood page was a little rushed though, but I still like it.

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Meals/media, and blogging page!

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I decided to make a words written and pages read spread! I’m excited to see what it looks like at the end of the month, but it is a little tedious to do. Also, I technically am participating in Camp NaNo this year, but I don’t have a big goal. I literally haven’t written or read anything this weekend, so I’m not doing very well. (though, I’m writing this post now!)

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May! I’ve been wanting to do a Star Wars themed spread for a while, and I thought May would be the perfect time because of Star Wars Day! I’m actually really happy with the title page!

May’s spreads look a little wonky because I made a lot of mistakes with it. I did that because I made a YouTube video about it! You can check it out here!

It’s very amateurish, but it literally took me 4 hours to make. Hehe.

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The monthly overview…

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Finally, I have habits and moods! I didn’t want to take up a lot of space for May’s spreads, so I decided to try them on the same page. Also, I didn’t really want to theme them to Star Wars.

Whew, I hope you enjoyed! Let me know what bullet journal/art supplies you like to use, and if you like Star Wars in the comments!

P.S. I have some things to tell you about in my next post! (or, idk, just sometime.) One of which…well, you may notice that I didn’t include a blog page in my March bullet journal. That was intentional and I’ll be sure to tell you all about it soon!

27 thoughts on “My Bullet Journal Essentials + April/May Spreads

  1. Yusssss, girl!😍 I’ve been waiting for this post for so long!❀ I seriously LOVED reading this!πŸ’•

    You know how I love to type full essays as comments, so get ready, because I have a lot to say!πŸ˜‚ First of all, thank you so much for the shout-out!πŸ’– You’re so sweet.😊 And thank you for fulfilling my request!πŸ’“

    I’ve been doing a lot of research for different stationery that I’ll be buying in the near future and this post just made it 1000% easier!πŸ™ƒ I’m so, so excited for when I decided all that I want and start using it for my bullet journal spreads!πŸ’ž

    I’m thinking of some Crayola Super Tips, Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen in black, and maybe some other things eventually.πŸ˜†

    Now, on to your AMAZING bullet journal spreads!πŸ˜„ You’re so creative and, I’ll say it again, your calligraphy… ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!✨ Like, seriously, it’s just beautiful!🀩

    The mountain theme is so awesome!πŸ‘ I love the amount of detail you put into it.☺ And your YouTube video is… just… SO COOL!😎 Your editing is fire!πŸ”₯ I can’t believe that was just your first video because you seem like an expert!πŸ€—

    Now, I’m not personally a Star Wars fan… yet!πŸ€” But, I plan to watch the movies soon.πŸ˜‰ And you know my crazy love for Marvel…😜 However, that didn’t stop me from loving your May Star Wars-themed layouts!😘 And “May the force be with you” is just so creative!πŸ˜†

    Okay, well that’s a crazy long comment…πŸ‘† So, I’ll bring it to an end.πŸ™‚ I loved this post!😁 I love you, girly!πŸ’•

    Have a fantastic day!🌈

    You’re really long commenting (and probably annoying) friend,

    MiriamπŸ“

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    1. Yay! I’m glad I didn’t disappoint!

      Essay comments are the absolute best! Of course I gave you a shoutout! I loved your idea.

      Ooh, awesome! You’ll have to let me know what you end up getting.

      Great start! That’s about what I had starting out.

      *blushes* Awww, thank you! You’re so kind.

      Aww thanks! The video was kind of hard to edit because I kept leaning in, and I also had to speed up the footage quite a bit. But, I’m very glad you think I did a good job with it!

      Girl, you NEED to watch Star Wars! It’s awesome! Especially when Marvel references it so much…
      *gasps* You weren’t here when I did Marvel spreads! I’m going to link to that right now:
      https://ihave12ofaplan.wordpress.com/2020/09/08/minimalist-bullet-journal-spreads/
      (ignore the photo quality, idk why it was so bad that day)

      Hehe, it was a long comment! And I think my reply was just fairly long as well.

      Have a great day Mirm!(yes, I’m not forgetting that one…ever)

      (You are definitely NOT annoying!)

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      1. What? You? Disappoint me? You could never!πŸ’•πŸ˜Š

        Awwww!πŸ’ž

        I will!πŸ˜‰

        Oh, cool!πŸ™ƒ

        Of course, Diamond!✨

        Oh, I bet it was!πŸ€” I’m terrible at video editing!πŸ˜‚

        I know, I know! It’s on my list and I’ll definitely be watching some movies this summer!😎 No, I didn’t even know you did any marvel spreads!πŸ˜† *looks at the Marvel spreads* Wow, wow, wow! I love it! You know what’d be really cool? If you did a Black Widow-themed spread in July (I’m sure you probably know, but Black Widow comes out July 9th!)!πŸ˜πŸ€— Just an idea…πŸ˜‰

        Hehe, I just love chatting with you in the comments!πŸ’•

        Bahahahaha, Mirm! Like, how does Miriam go to sounding like Mirm..?πŸ˜‚

        Awww, I’m glad.😘

        P.S. I just posted my music playlist!😜

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  2. Oh-h-h, I really enjoyed seeing what materials you use for bullet journaling: I’ve been wondering about that too. πŸ˜‰ Ah, I think I have those exact pens you mentioned and I agree–they last FOREVER. πŸ˜‚

    The April mountain theme you did was gorgeous!!! I loved all the colors and the drawings! (And ha, ha, it’s so annoying when the ink leaks through the paper: I get that all the time)

    I love that “May the force be with you” page. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ That’s awesome. And the video turned out awesome! I really loved seeing how you put everything together!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Ooh awesome!! The ombre journal cover is so pretty πŸ˜πŸ’– I haven’t gotten to use a Tombow pen yet but I’d LOVE to eventually!
    That mountain theme looks cool! Ooh it would be so great if I could make lines that even hehe. I think l need to practice…
    Oh, and somehow I just noticed the lightsabers on the habits and moods page! I love those! πŸ˜β€οΈπŸ’™

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  4. This is so creative!! I need to get back into bullet journaling…but I guess it’s not really my thing, since it takes hours for me to do the spreads and the little designs πŸ˜‚
    But I had fun doing that, even if it took forever so maybe I should give it another try?
    Well, I love your spreads! And the pens you used are really cool.πŸ˜€
    “May the force be with you” that was the best partπŸ€£πŸ‘

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I definitely think the elaborate spreads aren’t for everyone, but they motivate me to fill them out!
      I think you could give it another shot. Maybe just do more minimalistic spreads?

      Thank you!

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  5. Wow I love your bujo! I’ve been meaning to pick up journalling for a while now and I never got the oppurtunity, or knew what to buy. But this is really helpful! I’m *going* to do it! Thanks for this post!

    I just found your blog, and I’m loving it! β™₯β™₯

    β€”Maya (prettylittlescribbles.home.blog)

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