Bullet Journal Notebook Options | Updated 03.17 |

January 5, 2016 30 Comments

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Hello ! I have compiled a fun, useful list for you guys today!

I have been looking for the “popular” notebooks that have been used to bullet journal. There are so many notebooks out there and I am sure that I couldn’t possibly name every single one of them but I have come up with a list of some well suited ones for all you newbie bujo-ers out there that may not know where to start.

 

 

First off,

I would like to say that you will probably be tempted to go out and buy a big fancy notebook because you see all the other kids with them. But you may want to try out the system first with something that you already have on hand just to see if it is worth your investment. You can use any ole notebook for this! Really, ANY!

Trust me, using the bullet journal system doesn’t require you to have specialty dot grid paper and a fountain pen. These things are lovely and having a good quality notebook is important if you plan to stick with it because you will want to preserve your memories but they are not necessary. So first, try it out to make sure you like it, then invest.

Next I want to go over what makes a good notebook to me.

popular bullet journal notebook options

 

  1. I do judge a book by its cover

    I personally prefer a hard cover, my first was a soft cover Moleskine journal and while I really did enjoy using it there were some problems and complaints that I had. But the biggest was it didn’t feel as protected or, obviously, sturdy as a hard-cover to me. This is just my preference though, I know a lot of people who use soft-cover notebooks and are fine with them. I also love a bound notebook. But a good coil-bound or disk bound is nice too.

    *Update: I currently use a Traveler’s Notebook for all my planning needs, but still stand by a good hard cover notebook! I use them for my art journals!

  2. All the guts and stuff are important too.

    I want to be able to write with my favorite pens and not see a terrible shadow on the other side ( and definitely not have it bleed through completely :/ ). For bullets I prefer grid style paper but I do use lined paper for other journaling things. I do not like blank paper ( unless for art ) because I cannot, for the life of me, write in a straight line and it bothers my soul. A back pocket in a journal is nice to have for pictures and notes and a page marker is important to me.

I have been a self-admitted paper addict since I was young, I enjoyed buying notebooks more than clothes. Any day. For realsies…But I had never been picky about the quality of paper I had until I started journaling. And even more so with my bullet journal. Though I do kind of think that comes from social media influence a little bit, which is ok, but can get expensive…

So, I will go ahead and assume you are ready to invest in bullet journaling a little bit. Now I want you to think about the qualities you like and don’t like with a notebook.

popular bullet journal notebook options

  • Do you like hard or soft-covers?
  • Grid, blank or lined paper?
  • What type of notebook do you like? Bound? Disk? Coil? Midori style? Reporter style?

Next, and this is pretty important, what type of pen do you use or plan to use? Because there are some pens that require a heavier weight paper, like fountain pens.

Ok, you have tried the system and decided your preferences. Now for the fun part, finding your notebook.

Different Notebook Options.

  • The Bullet Journal

    Yes, you could probably end your search here because the creator of the system has created a notebook for it! Ryder Carrol brings us a journal that not only has that beautiful, heavy-duty, Leuchtturm1917 dot-grid paper(80 g/sqm) and built-in index but also a bullet key, 3(!) page markers, a bullet journal guide and sections! Pretty awesome that it says “Bullet Journal” on the front too. 🙂 You can only find this at the Bullet Journal Shop(the above link).

  • The Leuchtturm1917

    This comes in many wonderful flavors and is a personal favorite of mine and many other people rolling around Instagram. It is suitable for fountain pens and just about every other pen I have tried except the sharpie (marker not pen). Has two page markers, numbered pages, and index and a pocket in the back. Also comes in dot, graph, lined and blank paper. Has both hard and soft-cover options. There are also pre-made planners that you can use with the bujo too if you love the brand but don’t want to DIY all your layouts. You can find these on their site, but they only sell to certain countries. America is not one so you can follow the above links to Amazon or you can check out Goulet Pens. If you are from one of the select countries you can go to the Leuchtturm1917 website.

 

  • The Moleskine

    There are many options for moleskine journals. Hard, soft and paper-covers, dot, graph, lined, and blank paper, pre-made planners and specialty designs including star wars, peanuts, Alice in wonderland and batman. I do not think the paper quality is suitable for fountain pens but I haven’t had problems with other pens. The grid goes all the way to the edge, which is nice. It has a back pocket and one page marker. The specialty notebooks only have lined pages and I have only been able to find the dot-grid paper in a soft cover. You can find them at Barnes and Noble, Target (generally), The Moleskine website or the link above to Amazon.

 

  • The Piccadilly

    Comes in grid (not dot), lined and blank paper and has hard, soft and paper cover options. It has a back pocket and one page marker. I currently have 3 paper cover, lined notebooks that I use for my collections and journaling, I love them! The notebooks are very similar to the moleskine books and come at lower prices and the paper quality in my notebooks is wonderful! I got my notebooks at Barnes and Noble, I haven’t been able to find a good online source for the exact type I have (paper cover) yet, even the website(?) . You can find them at B&N, the Piccadilly website or click the above link to Amazon.

 

  • Miquel Rius

    They are mostly flexible covers but I have seen a couple hard covered notebooks and spiral bound notebooks as well. Available in graph, lined or blank and a variety of colors. The most popular option I seen has been the 600 (!) page flexible graph book. Which you can also find at Barnes and noble. I am sure you could fit an entire year of bullet journaling into this notebook…. It is crazy thick…

 

  • Rhodia

    A quite beautiful breed of black and orange ( and every color in between ) notebooks that come in almost every option. Reporter, spiral, bound, soft, rigid, large, small, dot, graph, lined and blank. I have reviewed both the hard and soft covers of this brand of notebook (here) and they are soooooo nice Video is HERE. Great paper quality and available at Barnes and noble and some art stores, or at their website.

 

  • Clairefontaine

    I have recently received and reviewed a graph Clairefontaine notebook. Video HERE The paper is the same paper as the Rhodia notebooks, which is very high quality! If you like your notebooks with high quality grid paper and some simplistic, minimalist headers this notebook would be perfect for you.  🙂 Fountain Pen Friendly ….

 

  • Mossery Notebook

    I have been lucky enough to get my hands on these wonderful notebooks, ( the 2017 planner ) and they have just released a dot grid notebook as well! The paper is wonderful, and you can see my review in full right here in this YouTube video <3

 

 

| If you make, or know someone who makes these beauties I will be more then happy to review them and add them to this list <3 Just email me <3 |

 

  • Disk Bound System

    These are nice because you can tear pages out and place them in another location. I really loved this feature in my happy planner. You can buy grid paper( dot and graph ), lined or blank paper for it (or a combination of all) and then, bam, bullet journal. There is Staples Arc, Tul, Happy Planner, or you can just get some etsy covers and put together your own system! Here is some Letter size Dot Grid paper, go crazy….

  popular bullet journal notebook options

Jusssst for fun….

I am going to list my favorite PENS for bullet journaling.

I recommend using a pen over a pencil for one, completely zen, reason… It allows you to let go of so much control and become more accepting of your mistakes. Yes, using a pen can do all this for your life 😉 hahaha, seriously though.

My favorite pens include:

The Lamy Safari Fine Nib Fountain pen ( p.s. I know there are others, but this is my first and only one at the moment)

Paper Mate Ink Joy Gel Pen

Pilot G-2 0.38 ( Currently using )

Midliner Highlighters ( for color-coding  and accents )

Micron Pens


If you are looking for some bullet journal inspiration for which notebook you may like to use I definitely recommend checking out Instagram or The Bullet Journal Junkies Pinterest board.

I hope this helps you! Enjoy your day!

Later pals!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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passionthemedlife@yahoo.com

I am Kacheri, Wife and homeschooling mom of three. An Artist, a bullet journal lover, in love with adventure and nature. The ocean, camping and the moon are my zen.

30 Comments

  1. keepsmeoutofmischief

    January 5, 2016

    Great discussion of the options. I started with a notebook I had lying around the house to see if the bullet journal method suited me and I’m so happy with it, I’ll miss it when it’s finished! They’ve been discontinued in the UK so I’m going to try something different.

    • PassionThemedLife

      January 5, 2016

      What notebook is that?

      • keepsmeoutofmischief

        January 5, 2016

        I’m using a pink Daycraft that I got from Ryman’s in the UK.

        • PassionThemedLife

          January 5, 2016

          Ooooh, those are pretty. 😍

  2. jeniffersutherland

    January 5, 2016

    I’ve just purchased a notebook and have begun assembling my bujo 🙂 Super excited! Just curious if you’ve tried keeping a bullet journal electronically via OneNote on an iPad or similar app and tablet. While I’ve loved loved loved loved notebooks and pens my whole existence and will continue my love affair with notebooks, I’m just curious about journaling electronically.

    Thanks and I also love your blog!!

    • PassionThemedLife

      January 5, 2016

      I personally cannot do digital, never remember and I have a love affair with paper as well, there is however a (quite spendy) notebook that is both paper and digital. Called “livescribe” I W wanted to try out. It takes everything you write and puts into a program. So that’s pretty cool but I am not sure what I personally would do with it. Have fun setting up, it’s the best!

  3. allroundbetterme

    January 5, 2016

    Thanks for all the info! I started my bullet journal in December using a notebook that I had been using as a pseudo goals tracker last year. It’s grid and hardcover, which I like, but it was just a promo item that I got from a client and the paper quality won’t allow me to use the pens I really want to (they bleed right through) so I’ve had to go with second class pens for the time being… I’ll continue using this book until I run out of space, but based on what you have said here, I think I’ll go for the Leuchtturm1917 dot when I switch to a new book…

    • PassionThemedLife

      January 5, 2016

      The leuchtturm1917 is one of my favorites 🙂 I haven’t tried it in regular graph yet, and I really like the regular graph paper I’m using in my moleskine right now, so I might go for that next time. Do you use fountain pens? I am falling in love with them and I don’t even own one haha.

      • allroundbetterme

        January 5, 2016

        No, I haven’t used a fountain pen yet… but I love the way they look. I just had some inky pens that I like drawing with, but since they bleed through, I’m just using regular coloured ballpoint pens.

        • PassionThemedLife

          January 5, 2016

          Gotcha, I like ballpoint pens though. I have an inky pen that I love but it is borderline bleed through with my paper . It’s sad. But my ballpoint that I just got is really nice so it worked out good 🙂 with the leuchtturm1917 you really have to let the inky pens dry… I always smeared them lol

          • allroundbetterme

            January 5, 2016

            Good to know… Thanks!

          • PassionThemedLife

            January 6, 2016

            Very welcome! ♥

  4. Day

    April 24, 2016

    Just heard about bullet journals yesterday. I got the concepts and I’m going to convert an incomplete sketch/brainstorm journal into a BuJo system to see if it catches on.

    Anyways… do you know of any BuJo style note book with paper that can handle an occasional water color wash or two? That would be the best. Moleskine has some watercolor note books, but they don’t seem long enough.

    Thanks!

    • passionthemedlife@yahoo.com

      April 24, 2016

      Well I know that the leuchtturm1917 can handle a little watercolor. I think any journal ,unless it is watercolor paper , will bleed through with a full wash. Now…. That being said I know that they make traveler’s notebooks watercolor paper:) I lightly(almost dry) water color in my bullet journal right now which is a leuchtturm. But I am going to a traveler’s notebook soon 🙂 gouletpens.Com has super fast shipping for notebooks. Besides those I know Rhodia is a good brand and I always see hobonichis with watercolors! I hope this helps!

  5. kthrow

    June 8, 2016

    Thanks for listing all of these books … always on the lookout for a bigger/better BuJo book!

  6. Brittany Witt

    June 19, 2016

    Thanks for this guide. I purchased the set of 3 Moleskine Cashiers journals (64 pages each) to test out if I liked Bullet Journaling. I’m happy to say I have filled all three and am looking to upgrade. I think I’m going to stick with the Moleskine but just get the thicker one.

    xx

  7. Claire

    November 10, 2016

    Hi! Great post. What exactly is a traveler’s notebook?

    • passionthemedlife@yahoo.com

      November 27, 2016

      A traveler’s notebook is a journal cover with elastics that hold smaller notebooks inside of them that can be switched out. 🙂

  8. Ellu

    November 20, 2016

    I bought a leuchtturm1917 dotted one and was so disappointed when everything bleeds through, I even tried pencil and I can see the shadows clearly from the other side :/ Is there something wrong with my notebook, because I got the impression that the paper should not bleed through?

    • passionthemedlife@yahoo.com

      November 27, 2016

      I am so sorry! I have never experience that or know of any who have before.

  9. Andrea

    January 15, 2017

    I just found out about bullet journals the other day whilst browsing through bookbinding videos and let me tell you, it was a love at first sight. I immediately went out and bought the cheapest notebooks(I couldn’t really resist just buying one) I can find and started lining them up and I’ve been binge watching/reading on this topic for hours these past couple of days. I’ve always had a serious love affair with notebooks, papers, pens and pencils, cursive handwriting ever since I can remember. I tried going digital and paperless with everything including books and it was horrifying. I could never keep up with my habits or goals, journaling feels so impersonal and those pesky reminders just made me want to throw my device across the room(I’ve gotten real close to doing it). Eventually got back to having my pen(pencil actually) and paper again and it truly felt like coming home. If I can’t keep up with my habits and/or goals with this system, it would be a perfect excuse to buy more pens and notebooks plus the indexing and page numbering is a brilliant idea I thing I’ll adapt in all of my journaling/notetaking needs.

    Your blog, including this community is god send. I’m absolutely in love. I feel like I just found my spirit animals. I’d consider saving up for one(or plenty for comparison 😉 ) for one of these gorgeous notebooks. I

    • passionthemedlife@yahoo.com

      January 16, 2017

      That is so cool! Welcome to the community! I hope that you enjoy using the bullet journal for all your adventures and dreams!

  10. ranboox

    April 18, 2017

    There’s a fairly new brand call “Scribbles that Matter”, it has 100gsm paper, and it has Key, Index, Pen Test Page, Back Pouch, and it’s very similar to Leuchtturm in so many ways!

    • passionthemedlife@yahoo.com

      April 19, 2017

      Thank you ☺️ I will have to check it out!

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