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You Can DIY a Bullet Journal Notebook

Make your own personalized bullet journal notebook with a composition book.

These planners are flexible and fun to create. Don’t be afraid to get in there with scissors and your stickers. Have fun decorating and creating a custom planner just for YOU!

Create your own bullet journal notebook with simple and affordable supplies.

DIY Bullet Journal Notebook

As an admitted #planneraddict with six planners in regular rotation and 11 planners total, I have so much to show you!

But first, I want to show you where it all began.

I’m going back to my roots and sharing some bullet journal notebook transformations!

I’ve been planning in composition notebooks since middle school (approximately 100 years ago…). If you’re just getting started with bullet journaling and hobby planning, this is a great place to begin.

Creating a bullet journal notebook is completely customizable way to plan – that can be done on a tight budget.

These DIY planners go beyond standard bullet journaling.

I’ve been looking at these like a decorative bullet journal. Bullet Journaling has become a catch-all phrase for any type of freestyle notebooking. This particular style is less making lists and more fun with cut-outs, washi tape, and stickers. 

Bullet Journal Notebook

Bullet Journal Supplies

To get started with this type of journaling you’ll need a notebook and a pen (or pencil if that’s what you’re into).  The following is a list of my recommendations for a basic tool kit for customizing a bullet journal notebook.


Composition Notebooks

Easy to come by at any office supply or grocery store and run anywhere from $1 to $10+ depending on how cute you like your covers.

I prefer the bound, college ruled books with no holes punched, but there are a huge variety to choose from. You may prefer spiral, wide ruled or a larger or smaller size.

A note about using a single subject notebook: it will not last you the entire year. I use 4-6 pages per week, plus notes in between. If you’re looking for something to last longer, think about a 5 subject notebook.

Bullet Journal Notebook

Sticker Paper 

I like to use full sheet shipping labels for printable stickers. They also work well behind thick lettering to prevent shadowing through the paper.

Inexpensive notebooks, like basic composition books, the paper tends to be very thin. Even fine felt-tip pens can bleed through. If you don’t have label paper, copy paper and a glue stick will also work.

My favorite sticker sheets are the Avery matte full sheet labels. They’re bright white, very affordable, and don’t get stuck in my printer! You can usually find the best price for these on Amazon.

Pens You Love

I use a variety of pens. I tend to stick with the same few brands. Some I started using in art school or as a teacher. These are my favorites:

Micron felt tip pens for the richest, darkest black ink – a set of three lasts me about a year. They are my most used pens.

PaperMate InkJoy for medium thickness and when you just want a smooth, ball point pen.


PaperMate Flair for a thicker felt-tip line in beautiful colors.

For fancy, large script lettering I use Crayola markers. Yep.


Other Tools 

Bullet Journal Notebook Transformations

Find step-by-step tutorials and tons of bujo inspo on my Bullet Journal Notebook Transformations Playlist on Youtube.

Watch the playlist on YouTube.

I hope this inspires you to do create your own bullet journal notebook! I would love to see it! Follow us on Instagram and tag me on your new bullet journal notebook post!

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