Hi there, I’m back with my weekly update :D For those of you new here, I plan to update the Lime Start blog each weekend. On the agenda for this week is planner supplies. Now, before I delve in to what I’m using let me say YOU DO NOT NEED ANY OF IT! Bullet journaling is an amazing format for keeping organised and all you realistically need is a scrap of paper or very basic notebook and a pencil. That’s all! Seriously, that is all you need!
I will fully admit though that for me planning is part function and part enjoyment and it is the latter of these where all the pretty things comes in. If that’s you too then please read on, if not then feel free to skip this weeks post. My aim is to mix up ‘how to get things done’ posts with ‘planner supplies’ posts as this blog develops. Please note that some links are compensated affiliate links which means that for those if you click through and make a purchase I receive a small commission at no cost to you. I do appreciate your support :D
I test ran bullet journalling briefly in a notebook I already had to determine if I wanted to try the system and once I decided that it was something I really wanted to focus on then I picked up a Leuchtturm1917. As I researched bullet journaling I kept coming across recommendations for this notebook and they weren’t wrong! It’s sturdy build, good quality paper and numbered pages which lay open easily make it a winner. It comes in a variety of sizes (the large B5, standard A5 and petite A6) and page formats (dot grid, square grid, plain, thick plain etc).
I chose the A5 which is often described as ‘medium’ in a dot grid. This grid gives some structure to the format without dominating so as you plan, letter, doodle whatever the dots disappear to the eye and concentrate on the content of the page. This is a big departure for me as traditionally I’ve always chosen a squared grid but I’m really enjoying have the guidance of the dots there without them becoming the focus. You can see the dots on the lower part of the above page and yet at the top of the page where I’ve been busy the dots become less noticeable to the eye.
As I’ve been enjoying the A5 Leuchtturm1917 so much I just very recently added a petite A6 to my collection. This is to go in my handbag for note taking while I’m out and about. I’m home based and don’t find the need to take a planner out with me when I run errands, however, I do like the ability to jot things down while on the go. Ideally I would’ve liked to have picked this little guy up in a dot grid but it seems that the love for Leuchtturm1917 is strong at the moment and suppliers are running out of stock, particularly of the dot grids, so I opted for the plain version which will give me plenty of freedom for jotting down notes or even the odd doodle while waiting on the kids for pick ups etc.
Alongside the Leuchtturm1917 I also run another notebook. The one I have is by The Foxy Fix and is a Midori style notebook which houses various inserts. Among others I have a Cocoa Daisy monthly insert for a little future planning and a Midori grid square insert for keeping a food and wellbeing diary.
I find it useful to have these two things separate but they could easily be worked in to the system of your main notebook if you wished.
2. PENS AND PENCILS
These are a selection of the pens and pencils I use; from left to right:
- Staedtler triplus fineliners are a great way to add color to your notebook. They can be used to add colored lettering or equally add color to a doodle. They come in a variety of pack sizes and are a good price point for adding color to your journal.
- Faber Castell dust free eraser – a quality eraser makes all the difference!
- Tombow mono zero eraser – I find this fine pointed eraser very useful for eraser pencil marks after I’ve finished lettering or a doodle and don’t want to risk rubbing the whole area with the larger eraser
- Staedtler clutch pencil – I like the clutch style and weight of this pencil
- Fountain pen – personally I prefer to write with a fountain pen. This is the Pelikan M200 but I have a variety I’m enjoying using (see below)
- Faber Castell pitt artist pen – a great pen for writing generally but has the advantage it is waterproof so can be used with watercolors etc.
3. FOUNTAIN PENS
I mentioned fountain pens above but my enjoyment of writing with fountain pens has meant that I have collected quite a few! I discovered fountain pens while at school and have always had a fountain pen handy ever since but while delving in to the arts, crafts, card making, paper crafting, planner world in recent years my collection has grown significantly! From left to right:
You may have noticed the new addition to my fountain pen family in one of the above photos – the beautiful Pilot Vanishing Point with fine nib – happy sigh :D
There are a variety of pencil cases I use. I have this big momma 100 pens case from Kipling which as the name suggests has a massive storage capacity.
I love using the pencil/pen pouch that my fabulous friend Mary Dawn Quirindongo made for me. It’s a soft fabric pouch with a popper flap and zip pocket on the back. I found a Crate Paper tassel for the zipper which matched the fabric perfectly! I believe Mary Dawn is planning on opening an Etsy shop soon :D
Finally for my go-to pens and to protect my fountain pens from bumping around with others I have this Lihit Lab pouch. I got this one from Cult Pens in the UK. I’m not seeing the exact one on Amazon although there are many similar ones by Lihit Lab. You may also note tucked in to the front mesh pocket a Hobonichi stencil which is great for icons as well as being a handy small ruler and also some colorful circle stickers from The Reset Girl.
Phew! I think that is all for now. For those that follow me on Instagram you may notice one exception to the supplies I’ve listed above and that is the watercolors and pencils I use. I plan on a separate post on how I add color to my bullet journal soon :D
Please let me emphasise again before I sign off for the week that you don’t need any of the above for planning. I enjoy my supplies but in many ways they are separate to the actual planning. I think the connection for me is that by making my planner attractive I am more likely to use it and stick to a routine that benefits me getting things done – pretty but by no means essential :D
Well that’s me for this week. I hope you have a fabulous weekend and enjoy some quality time planning how you are going to make the most of your time. With the start of a new month on the horizon it’s always a good time to assess what’s working and what’s not in your planning system :D