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My (BuJo)urney + Tips for Starters

August 23, 2016

I’ve been meaning to write about my journey into Bullet Journaling (BuJo) in a Filipina perspective. Let’s face it, there are a lot of BuJo Junkies all over the world but only quite a few here in the Philippines. As of writing, our Bullet Journaling PH group has 254 members, a few of which are also foreigners.

I’ve been asked a lot in the group and outside about some advice and tips I can give for people who would like to get into BuJo that’s why I took the time to write down my BuJourney and some tips for beginners!

So… First things first!

How did I learn about BuJo?

I actually can’t remember anymore if it was on Instagram or on Pinterest. But as early as January or February of this year, I already know what it is. I’ve been wanting to try it since I found out about it but I was so engrossed with creative planning back then because I was just a planner newbie. I didn’t want to try it out immediately without reading more about it, viewing a few spreads, and watching BuJo tips and tricks on the internet.
For those who don’t know about it yet,  Bullet Journal, or BuJo for short, was developed by Ryder Carroll. According to the website,

“The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.”

When did I ACTUALLY start with my BuJo?

You’ll prolly laugh at me when you read this part. I bought my Leuchtturm1917 notebook back in April and I actually started LAST JUNE. Crazy right? I was too scared to take the risk of not being able to get it “just right”. I was afraid I might screw up my first ever BuJo. I didn’t even open it until our Planner Girls from the East (PGFTE) meetup! But once I started, I could not stop!

What are the tools I use for my BuJo?

Tools actually vary depending on a person’s preference. But the basic would be any notebook and a pen! As for me, I use:

  • Leuchtturm1917 (Dotted) –  I bought this in an all-Leuchtturm shop in Turkey last April. It surprised me that the price, when converted to Peso, was 50% cheaper than the Leuchtturm notebooks being sold here in the Philippines. 
  • Faber Castell Water Color Pencils – Since I discovered how fascinating these watercolor pencils are
  • Frixion Markers – I bought this erasable  markers at a cheaper price from a destash in a planner group buy and sell on Facebook. Whenever I want light colors in my BuJo, I use this.
  • Ruler – Any ruler will do but I prefer a six-inch one.
  • Pilot Petit Fountain Pens – I currently have two colors which I use from time to time to practice my handwriting.
  • Dong-A Hexa Plus Pens – Dong-A Hexa Plus Pens in different colors have always been my go to for colored pens.
  • Uni Ball Eye Micro – I love this pen all because it fits right in my hand and it’s fadeproof and waterproof!
The ones mentioned above are my BuJo staples. I do use stamps and inks once in a while when I’m in the mood!

I’m in the Philippines and I don’t have access to a good notebook. Where can I buy them?

This is a question that’s been asked a lot in our Bullet Journaling group. Leuchtturm1917 and Moleskine dotted notebooks are kinda rare here in the Philippines so people end up wondering where they can buy other notebooks for BuJo. Our group members have been very generous and been so much of enablers, posting awesome notebook and pen finds in our group. Here are a few notebook shopping tips for BuJoers and BuJo starters here in the Philippines:
  • Victoria’s Journals –  Dotted notebook that can be found in National Bookstore; A5 costs P179 ($3.84) and the small one costs P109 ($2.34) for Soft Covers. For Hardbound Covers, Price is P149 ($3.20) for the pocket size and P239 ($5.13) for A5
  • CD Notebook – Grid notebook for P779 ($16.75) Available in branches of National Bookstore
  • Traveler’s Notebook (TN) Dotted Inserts – Noted Journal PH sells two kinds of dotted inserts, a BuJo inspired dotted one for P150 ($3.22) and the normal dotted which costs P110 ($2.37). Aside from that, CN Paper Crafts also sells it with price varying from P80 – P260 ($1.72 – $5.59) depending on the size.
  • TN Grid Inserts – You can buy grid/graph inserts from Noted Journal PH for P110 ($2.37) and from CN Paper Crafts for P80 – P260 ($1.72 – $5.59) depending on the size.
  • Dotted Journals from Daiso – This only costs P88 ($1.89) and is a good buy!

How is it going so far?

So far so good! I love how flexible this system is. I transformed my work planner into a BuJo although it already has a fixed spread (I have a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Giving Journal for work). The thing about BuJo is you can change it any way you want according to what works for you and what doesn’t, unlike planners with fixed layouts.

I’m persistent to continually have a BuJo for the next years of my life. Ever since I started, the only question I have repeatedly asked myself is how did I ever live without this? My BuJo has helped me so much in being consistent with habit tracking and organizing my life.

What advice can I give to BuJo starters or those who want to begin their BuJourney?

  1. Buy a notebook and pen. Doesn’t have to be fancy at all. Just the notebook you think will be enough to guide you as you discover the way of BuJoing.
  2. Visit That’s where most people start. Forget about the colorful spreads and drawings first. It’s good to start with the basics!
  3. JUST START. This is where most people fail. They try so hard researching on and on and on that they don’t really start immediately (I was so guilty of this!!!). Trust us, you’ll get by and later on discover what spread or notebook or anything fits your needs.
  4. Don’t do everything all at once. Start with doing just to do lists (we all started this way), then goals, notes, and later on explore future logs, collections, and other possible spreads you can add.
  5. Once you get the hang of it, you can scour Pinterest for inspirations. (Here’s my Pinterest board for it)
  6. Aside from Pinterest, there’s Youtube and Instagram too! You can just search for videos and the hashtag #bujo or #bulletjournal!
I hope I was able to help out in a way! I’m trying to explore more options and possible spreads I can do with my BuJo. I haven’t fully explored all the possible stuff I can put into my BuJo but I’m taking my time to do so! Oh, btw, if you’re a Filipino in any part of the world, a BuJo newbie or BuJo expert, feel free to join our Bullet Journaling PH group on Facebook! [Click here!]

Next time, I’ll let you guys have a sneak peek of what’s in my BuJo and how I BuJo! 🙂