As a homeschool mom, I have a natural affection for school and office supplies. Is it really possible to own too many pens? I don’t think so! When I was talking with my friend about journaling, she asked me what the best journaling pens and supplies are because there are so many choices. So I gathered up my recommendations for the best journaling pens and supplies to get you started.
Tip: If you’re a beginner, don’t let the choices overwhelm you! Just get started. You can always switch it up later on. Like I said before, journaling does not have to be an expensive hobby. In fact, that’s one of the advantages of journaling!
The Best Pens for Journaling
These are some of my favorite pens for a few reasons:
- They come in multiple colors
- They’re retractable (don’t have to worry about losing a lid and drying out)
- They come in several point choices — fine, bold, extra fine, and ultra fine
These are great because they won’t smear or smudge. They’re permanent and waterproof! They also come in a variety of colors and point sizes. They are “archival quality” so they won’t fade over time. If you want your journal to be a keepsake for future generations, this is a good choice.
These come in a handy “wallet” set so they’re easy to store. There are 30 different colors. The fine point is nice for drawing, doodling, or even Bible journaling, in addition to regular journaling.
My daughters like these the best because they prefer the medium point size. These are retractable (good idea for younger journalers!). They come in assorted colors in an 8-pack or business colors if you only want red, blue, and black. These are sturdy and affordable pens, so they make a great starter set.
Journals and Notebooks
I’m working on creating my own line of journals because we absolutely love journaling in our homeschool! I’ve gotten back into the habit of journaling frequently because it helps me to process my thoughts without feeling overwhelmed by my to-do list. Here are the journals I’ve created so far:
Mom’s Quiet Time Journal includes writing prompts, coloring pages, and blank lined pages to help you focus on some quiet time to think and feel renewed. I created it because I felt the need in my own life for something like this, but couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. I hope it helps other busy moms, too!
If you’re going to make a bullet journal, this is a favorite way to start. This one comes in 16 different colors! It’s a sturdy hardcover and it opens flat.
This is your basic lined blank pages. It also comes in several color choices. It’s a practical and economical choice to start with your new journaling routine.
Moleskine Classic Notebook
This one is available in black or red. It has large-ruled ivory pages with a polyurethane cover.
Essentials Grid Lined Notebook
This is a nice grid-lined notebook for bullet journaling. It has heavier paper stock pages so they won’t bleed through, along with a hardcover that opens flat.
This is a fun set of Washi tape that can add some pizzazz to your journal. My daughters love to use this stuff for journaling and other craft projects.
I love these sticky tag dividers! Not only do they make great book marks for your journals, it gives you an extra way to add notes or jot down ideas that you want to include in your journal later. They’re a great way to organize bullet journals, too.
These are great because they won’t bleed through the pages. They go on so smooth and don’t smear.
There are all kinds of stickers you can add to your journals and planners, but these are especially motivational for goal setting. They would go well with My Purposeful Plans journal.
These are a few of my favorite journaling supplies. Whether you’re just getting started with journaling or you need some new accessories, give these a try!
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