The Best Bullet Journal Notebooks || Stationery

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As some of you know, I’ve decided to incorporate more Bullet Journal (BuJo) posts on Bookmark Your Thoughts; not only do I enjoy BuJo’s, but a number of you have asked for certain posts regarding the subject.

So where better to start than selecting a notebook that suits your needs! Below are five bullet journals that I believe to be the best on a number of different features and tests. This is in no way a complete list of BuJo notebooks, but it’s a great place to start if you’re new to the BuJo world!

Prior Knowledge to Know…

  1. All the notebooks listed below are the A5 Dot Grid. “A5” is the standard or classic notebook size, which is approximately 21.0 cm x 14.8 cm, 5-1/2 inches x 8 inches. This MAY change depending on the notebook and brand, so keep an eye on this when ordering.
  2. The only notebooks I have tested myself that are listed below are Archer & Olive and Leuchtturm 1917.
  3. The pricing will differ depending on country, shipping costs and time of year.
  4. GSM stands for Grams per Square Meter. The higher the GSM, the heavier the paper.
  5. “Ghosting” refers to how much pens or markers or paints bleed through the paper.
  6. If you have questions, please contact me through the comments or send me a private message.

Archer & Olive

OVERVIEW

Archer & Olive is one of the most upcoming notebook brands in the BuJo world. With 160 GSM pages, there’s plenty of freedom to use a variety of different pens and markers and water colour paints with little to know ghosting; there are number of YouTube videos that can attest to this as well. Not only are the pages and the booklets absolutely stunning, but most markers and pens dry incredibly quick without the worry of smudging and the pages lay beautifully flat as you work on your BuJo entries.

CAUTION

  • The binding work wasn’t the most ideal, for some of the pages appeared as though they may fall out. They haven’t though, so we shall see.
  • Since the pages are so thick, the number of pages is incredibly lower than most BuJo notebooks.
  • Does not include: numbered pages, index
  • Expensive in general, especially for anyone living outside of the United States. Shipping is free if you spend over $100.00, but that’s still quite a lot. My cost was over $50.00 CAD with the shipping and the exchange rate, so you may not want to start with this journal if you’re new to BuJo.

Leuchtturm 1917

OVERVIEW

Leuchtturm is one of the most commonly used notebooks in the BuJo world. With an index and numbered pages, it’s easy to maintain organization throughout the entirety of its used. And with nearly 250 pages, a rather minimalist BuJo notebook could contain a years work of spreads! At an incredible price (and most likely found cheaper at other locations), this notebook is a perfect place to start for newcomers.

CAUTION

  • Due to the GSM being 80 (some sites indicate 70), there’s a LOT of ghosting; for watercolour painting and any heavy use markers, you will want to put it on thicker paper and stick it into the notebook.
  • The paper doesn’t lay as flat as other notebooks, making is a nuisance once in a while. The parts of the pages that are close to the binding (spine) are not easily usable.
  • The page colour isn’t awful, but the off white/cream isn’t as beautiful looking as some other notebooks.

Scribbles That Matter

OVERVIEW

Scribble That Matter is both a commonly used BuJo notebook AND affordable. What makes this notebook even better than some other choices is that the ghosting is little to nothing at 100 GSM, unless one wishes to use sharpies. For those who wish to purchase notebooks that are cruelty free, this brand uses Faux Leather and has deemed the cover of their notebooks as ethically sourced vegan leather friendly. If you’re unsure about other cheaper brands but wish to spend less, this may be the best choice for both newcomers and huge BuJo users.

CAUTION

  • Though the ghosting is very minimal, it will appear with any marker as heavy as a sharpie. I have also been unable to find detailed information regarding water painting, but I would say it’s not ideal.
  • Due to the binding, the pages don’t lay as flat as some other notebooks available.

Dingbats: Wildlife Edition

OVERVIEW

Dingbats is not only a great BuJo notebooks, it’s animal cruelty free AND eco-friendly! All of the materials that the notebooks are made out of are degradable, vegan, and recyclable. And for those of you who live in the UK, 2% of the UK sales go to the WWF-UK charity. With gorgeous off white pages and adorable covers of critters and other wildlife, any BuJo person or anyone simply looking for a new notebook can’t go wrong with this purchase.

There is ALSO the Earth Notebooks. They are $30.00 CAD and include: two bookmarks, numbered pages, index pages, key pages, and a future log — in addition to the features included in the Wildlife Notebooks. Click here for a comparison.

CAUTION

  • The shipping isn’t too bad, but there will be a shipping cost. For those living in Canada, it’s approximately an addition $10.00 CAD on top of the purchase price.
  • Though the ghosting is very minimal, it will appear with any marker as heavy as a sharpie. I have also been unable to find detailed information regarding water painting, but I would say it’s not ideal.
  • Due to the binding, the pages don’t lay as flat as some other notebooks available.
  • Does not include: numbered pages, index, multiple bookmarks (Wildlife Notebook only)

Lemome

OVERVIEW

Lemome is widely known for its premium quality paper and simplicity. The pages lay flat, making it both easy and painless when creating your wonderful layouts and designs in your BuJo notebook. The hardcover is a great asset, especially if one plans to bring this notebook around with them throughout the day. With beautiful clean looking pages and tidy look, this BuJo is fantastic for both personal and professional use.

CAUTION

  • This notebook is the most expensive one by far. The price has gone up over the past year or so. In addition, the brown cover is about $5.00 to $10.00 CAD more.
  • Though the ghosting is very minimal, it will appear with any marker as heavy as a sharpie. This paper may actually work well with water painting, but I suggest more research prior to attempting this.
  • There are not as many options for covers and such, especially compared to other bullet journals.
  • In comparison to other notebooks, this does fall slightly under the normal size for the A5 series.

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My Current Bullet Journal

Archer & Olive provides the most beautiful notebooks; they are minimalist yet add that little bit extra through the simple symbols placed on the notebooks. The people are also wonderful, truly caring about the customers desires and concerns. Though it’s fairly expensive, I find it completely worth it!

One thing I would like to inquire is more about the materials used and their stance on eco-friendly materials; with all the issues going on in the world, I try to find any means possible to buy items that won’t cause worse issues for the Earth and don’t harm animals in the making.

For my next bullet journal, I plan to either purchase Archer & Olive or Dingbats. The animal cruelty element really appeals to me, but I LOVE the degradable and recyclable factors as well!

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I hope this helped with some ideas for your first BuJo notebook purchase! Please feel free to leave a comment and ask any questions you may have!


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5 thoughts on “The Best Bullet Journal Notebooks || Stationery

  1. This is my second year on the bujo wagon and both times I’ve used The Leuchtturm notebook. I’m quite minimal in my journaling and use it more as a planner/list writing guide, so that notebook is perfect. I would love to know more about the eco-friendly options that are available as well though.

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    1. Im glad!! Im so happy with the positive responses on the BuJo posts 😊.

      That’s actually a really smart idea! I used to do that but now I know i’m all good haha. I do have a Tombow pen page that i posted in my new year post. It’s super helpful if you don’t know how it’s going to actually look lol

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