Whether you’re a veteran bullet journalist or new to the game, one thing is for sure- a good journal is essential.
There is a bit of debate on what brand is the best when it comes to a great bullet journal.
If you’ve been here for a while, you know I’m a big fan of the Leuchtturm1917 journals, as I use them in my posts a lot (like this one) but there are a slew of journals that I’ve tried in the past.
For the longest time I stuck with Moleskine, back when I’d only bullet journal every couple of months. But after I decided to take bullet journaling more seriously, I bought a Leuchtturm1917 dotted journal and I’ve never gone back!
If you’ve never tried a Leuchtturm1917, here’s a great overview of everything it includes, and why it’s my preferred choice of journal!
Haven’t started a bullet journal yet? Check out this simple guide!
One of the reasons I originally bought my first Leuchtturm1917 journal was because of the built-in index. I’m super lazy sometimes and hate setting up my index on my own, so this was a huge bonus for me.
Bonus tip: There’s 3 pages of spaces for the index, which I’ve found is more than enough space for me. However, if you think you’ll run out of space, you can always draw a vertical line down the middle of the index and you’ve instantly got more room to log your pages!
Another huge perk of these journals is the 249 pre-numbered pages. It definitely saves you a lot of time down the road, since it’s a lot of work to go through and number every page by hand.
Luckily, these journals come paginated, and it’s below the grid of the paper, which means it’ll never get in the way of your layouts. The pagination coupled with the built-in index makes this a great option for any bullet journalist who likes to keep their collections and spreads organized.
In the past, I never really used a bookmark for my bullet journal. But here recently, I’ve actually found these really helpful, especially when I’m trying to flip between my future log and monthly log quickly.
This journal comes with two bookmarks, which at the moment is the only company I know of that does this. But hey, no complaints considering I can always use the extra page marker!
Okay, I’ll be honest- I don’t use the back pocket. I literally just carry everything I need in my hands around my house. The only exception is when I leave the house with my journal, but that’s rare.
However, I do like that I have the option to carry my items in the back of my journal, if I ever need to. And most people do find the back pocket useful, as it’s big enough to fit pens, pencils, small rulers, etc.
These stickers are a great way to keep track and log your past journals in some sort of order.
For your bullet journal, you can mark each journal with the year(s) that it spans. For example, I’ll be using this bullet journal for the upcoming 2018 year, which is what I’ll put along the spine with these stickers. That way I can easily find this journal after I’ve finished it and I’m looking back through my shelves.
Again, this is such a great idea, and I don’t know many other journals that come with this!
One of the greatest factors in determining whether a journal is good or not is in its paper quality. Here’s everything you need to know about the Leuchtturm1917’s paper.
Although there are plenty of other styles offered (listed below) I’ve found that the best style of paper for my bullet journal is the dotted paper. So while I can’t really say much about the other styles, just be aware they’re another option as well!
Here’s a list of all of the different styles of paper offered by Leuchtturm1917:
Basically, any style your heart desires!
Here’s the critical part of the paper- its thickness and how much it bleeds-through to the next page.
Here’s the pen test I did in the back of my journal:
As you can see from the pen test I did, NONE of the pens/markers bled through, and the vibrancy of those Tombow dual brush pens blew me away (seriously, that photo doesn’t do it justice!)
While there is a little bit of ghosting on the back of the page, it really doesn’t bother me. Some people hate seeing the previous spread on the next page, but I don’t think it’s visible enough to be noticeable once you’ve got a spread on the next page.
The only real criticism I have for these journals is that they are a little tough to find in stores here in the US (which is understandable since they’re not based in the US but it’s still disappointing.)
While I have seen them at Barnes and Noble, they’re much more expensive than on Amazon. So, if you want the cheap and easy version, you can get them here. Plus, if you’re a prime member you get FREE 2-day shipping! (Not a member? Sign up here for a free trial!)
Other than the limited availability in-store, I’m super impressed with these journals. I’m really glad I made the switch, it’s totally worth it.
Hopefully this answers any of your questions about whether or not you should get a Leuchtturm1917 dotted journal, but if you’ve got another question, feel free to ask me here or in the comments below!
Not sure what to include in your bullet journal? Here are 50 page ideas (with examples!) to get you started!
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