Bullet Journaling On A Budget UNDER $20

Over the past few months, I’ve noticed quite a few comments on my bullet journal videos asking me about which products I use and any cheaper alternatives I’d recommend. As I mentioned in the video, I try to use the internet and sales to make my bullet journal supplies of choice more affordable, but there’s plenty of more inexpensive items on the market that can be used for all of your bullet journaling needs!

In today’s video, I do a flip-through of some bullet journal spreads I created using these three items (which, believe it or not, altogether cost less than $20)!

Lined notebook (from Chapters Indigo): https://goo.gl/QqiLmh

BIC Black Pens (could only find 12-pack on Amazon): http://amzn.to/2stKBhf

Crayola Washable Markers: http://amzn.to/2sxgjLn


BIC Roller Glide Deco (Black) Pens

If you’ve watched my bullet journaling videos in the past, then you know my true loves when it comes to black pens are the PITT Artist and Micron pens. One of the reasons I love them so much is because they don’t bleed through my leuchtturm1917 notebook *cues cheering*

I wish I could say I put some serious research into the BIC Roller Glide pen but if I’m being honest, it was the only pen at Shoppers that looked like it could give me the same writing experience I was used to with the PITT and Micron. After using the pen, I can say it’s actually quite good! The colour is sharp and the thickness is perfect….the only real flaw is the fact that you need to be a bit more careful with smudging and using colours around your writing—if you’re patient and are able to wait a few minutes for it to dry, then this won’t be an issue for you! Overall, I’m a fan and will be using this pen regularly for school notes in the fall.



Crayola Washable Markers

I felt so nostalgic buying these markers because I haven’t used them since elementary school! I had seen posts online in the past about people using Crayola markers for brush lettering (see my brush lettering tutorial HERE) so I thought I’d give it a go and was pleasantly surprised! If you’re not able to find Tombows at your local stationary store, then these are a decent alternative.

From my experience the Crayola markers tend to dry out a lot faster when comparing them to my Tombows, which sometimes means your lettering can look a bit dull. However, the Crayola markers didn’t bleed through the thinner pages in my notebook from Chapters so that’s a huge advantage if you own a notebook that doesn’t have very thick pages. I loved the touch of colour I was able to add to my monthly tracker….yellow was my favourite colour in the package of ten!

I had a really fun time putting these spread together using not only new products but also designing on lined pages…I still prefer my dotted notebook so I won’t be leaving it anytime soon, but I hope this video provided you guys with some ideas and showed you that it’s possible to create a cute bullet journal with any of the notebooks/pens/markers you have accessible to you! It’s all about being creative 🙂


Hope you’re all having a fantastic week!

xo, Caitlin

Caitlin Da Silva

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