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The Best Notebooks for Bullet Journaling – Bujo #3

May 12, 2016

The Best Notebooks for Bullet Journaling – Bujo #3

May 12, 2016

I started my first ever bullet journal at the beginning of last month and it’s already become such an important organisational tool for my blog, my personal life and everything I do at work. I literally don’t know how I ever organised my life before I had one, other than lots of lists in lots of different notebooks.

The first two posts in my bullet journal series were about how to get started and everything you need to being with the perfect bullet journal starter kit. That being said I thought it only made sense to follow with a post about the best notebooks for bullet journaling.
As one of my favourite stationery companies, Bureau Direct*, are focusing on bullet journals as this month’s theme they sent me three notebooks to compare so that I could help find the best notebook for a bujo.
The three notebooks I got to test were the Leuchttrum1917 A5 Medium Dots Notebook in purple, the Moleskine Classic Large Grid Notebook and the Rhodiarama A5 Dot Softback Notebook.
14.5 x 21cm
13 x 21cm
14.8 x 21cm
Soft cover ‘Leatherette’
Acid free
Storage Pocket
Ribbon Bookmark
2 ribbons
1 ribbon
1 ribbon
Wide range of colours
7 colours
The table above shows a basic comparison between the three notebooks, however I want to go into a little bit more detail on how these differences can affect bullet journaling. 


The Leuchttrum1917 is probably the most common notebook people associate with bullet journaling and planning. I think this is because not only is it a high quality notebook but it’s got a built in contents at the start, numbered pages and two ribbon bookmarks for when you need to keep track of more than one thing.

Bureau Direct kindly sent me the dotted version of the LT1917, however they also come in plain, ruled and square. I find dotted a little easier as I feel it gives me the guidelines I need but I still have a lot more freedom in terms of creativity and design. Essential for a someone who has a creative bujo.

I really don’t know what it is about the amazing LT1917, but I’m hooked. They’re perfect for bullet journaling (and that’s where my love for them started) but I’ve now also got one for restaurant review notes and for lettering practice.


I was also sent the large Classic Notebook from Moleskine in squared, so as I could get a true comparison between squared and dotted. It’s much easier to see what you’re doing when drawing tables and when doing lettering, but I did think this layout would be more suited to people that are not too focused on the creative side of bujo.

Although Moleskine notebooks don’t have two ribbon bookmarks, numbered pages or a contents like the LT1917, the quality of them is undeniable. The Moleskine Classic only comes in black, however I think this really adds to the ‘classic’ element of the brand.

Another thing I loved about this particular notebook was that the label also doubles as a cute little companion for the notebook where you can record how many countries it’s traveled to, the types of transport it’s used and the friends it has made. I think this is the cutest little touch


This is a new edition for Bureau Direct, and one I was really excited to see! I had been lusting over a Rhodia notebook after seeing them a couple of months ago in Funky Pigeon, off all places. Although most of the Rhodia notebooks are black or orange, I opted for the Raspberry version of the A5 Dot Rhodiarama as I thought it was a lovely shade and one I don’t already have.

This notebook is a lot smaller than the LT1917 and Moleskine, however I think it’s perfect for bullet journallers that are looking to finish and move onto a new journal after a couple of months. From the Bullet Journal Junkies Facebook group I know there a lot of people who prefer to do this, however I much prefer having the same journal for as long as I can. Especially as my bujo collections are aimed at the whole year. 

As the dotted Rhodirama has no contents or page numbers this one is, in my opinion, the best for creativity as it gives you the chance to be as free as you like with your contents and page numbers. It’s also perfect for those who make mistakes as it means your page numbers won’t jump from 18 to 21 like mine do…

So, each of the three notebooks have their own appeals for different kinds of bujo lovers. Those looking for a little structure but the ability to be a little creative would love the Leuchttrum1917, those who want simple yet effective would love a Moleskine and for those wanting full reign over creativity the Rhodiarama is the one!

What notebook do you prefer to use for bullet journaling?

Lots of love,

Kirsty Leanne
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  • Natalie A May 12, 2016 at 5:31 am

    I use an ARC notebook for mine! You can move the pages around which has been a godsend for me!

  • melaniem.org May 21, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I haven't started yet but have been researching what I might like. I have purchased a product for organising my life. Just waiting for it to arrive. Now I am thinking I might need to buy some more notebooks. Is it possible to have too many. Thanks for the well written review. Melanie M


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