Mega A5 Bullet Journal Notebook Review

Mega A5 Bullet Journal Notebook Review

Introduction

In my quest to find the perfect A5 bullet Journal notebook I ended up buying 24-ish different notebooks. Yes, 24. So grab a pot of coffee (you’ll need more than a cup) and a snack and let’s dig into this review, pen test and nerdy commentary about the notebooks we all know and love.

So let me restate — I’m reviewing 24-ish notebooks here. I say “ish” because I’m only reviewing 24 here today. There are more. I have a few that didn’t even make the cut because I discovered they were no longer being manufactured (or maybe I just couldn’t find a way to purchase them online), so those 4 didn’t make it to the final list. There are also some non-traditional notebooks I’ve picked up in my quest that will have their own series of reviews – those include spiral bound books, some composition notebooks worthy of bullet journaling…and maybe a few other journals I want to tell you about – but we’ll save those for another day. Today, we’re just going to tackle these 24.

Journal Review 2.0

This new version of the review is a major update where I’ve included an additional SIX journals. I’ve also taken the time to create a whole new way to navigate this epic article. (It’s more than 10,000 words, so that qualifies as “epic.”)

Rather than keeping all of the individual journal reviews in this single article, you’ll notice that when you click on the photo of a journal below, you’ll be taken to a new tab where you can see the detailed review on its own page. Then, just click on the journal review photo in the sidebar on that page to get back here and start over.

 

This is NOT a sponsored review … but you can still support me

First I should probably state the obvious here … put it out in the open so you don’t have to wonder or start rumors. I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to stationery products. There. I said it. Happy now? Let’s move on then.

Something else you should know is that this post is NOT sponsored by any notebook manufacturer, brand or seller.  Nobody gave me notebooks for free. Nobody paid me. Nobody promised me roses or steak dinners to write nice things about them. Everything here is my honest personal opinion. I purchased all these notebooks/journals myself with my own hard earn (and quickly spent) money. I truly have been on a quest to find the right notebook for my own personal use and it got a little out of hand. And my promise to you is that everything you read here is honest, true, raw and real — if I don’t like something, I’m going to tell you but if I do like something, you’ll probably get tired of how much I talk about its awesomeness. You’ve been warned.

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Notebook Specs I Wanted in my Next Bullet Journal

Before we jump in I want to tell you what the criteria were as I was searching for a notebook.

This all started when I started carrying a notebook with me everywhere about seven months ago. I’ve always carried notebooks but suddenly it had become an everyday necessity. I had developed my own task management and life organizing system over the years, but one day a friend point out that what I was doing was called “bullet journaling,” which sent me down a rabbit hole of discovery. So I started calling my journal a bullet journal (even though I didn’t play by all the rules – see my Hybrid Bullet Journal System here) and continued to use my journal to keep track of my daily tasks, thoughts, interesting tidbits or quotes, and even for taking notes when I listened to a podcast (another obsession of mine) or read a book. The journal I was carrying was just one I already had in my stash and just pulled off the shelf and started using it (the Green Inspired Journal in the photo below also has a full review on the list). Then at the end of May, I made a purchase of a Galen Leather handcrafted notebook cover. By the first of June, the first notebook has been purchased and the pen testing began!

We’re NOT going to discuss my obsession with leather in this post. But let’s just say that it’s real. Just look at this notebook cover. I’m sure you can understand the obsession.

Galen Leather A5 Notebook Cover

I knew my next journal needed to meet a specific set of requirements to even make it to my shopping cart. Since I was spending my own money on these, I needed to be highly selective in the notebooks I purchased to test. The list of requirements for my perfect notebook are:

  • SIZE – It needed to be an A5 size to fit the new leather notebook cover.
  • LINES OR DOTS – I prefer a lined notebook as opposed to a blank sketchbook or dot grid. Although I do love dots in certain circumstances, so dots weren’t completely out of the running if something caught my eye. It’s interesting that I started this search looking exclusively for lines but ended up choosing a dotted notebook as the winner for my own use.
  • COVER – A beautiful cover is a bonus. If it’s something that I enjoy holding in my hand for the next several months, it’d have a better chance of being chosen. We’re not talking color here, this is about how it FEELS in my hand, the material from which it’s made and how sturdy the notebook construction might be over the time I use it.
  • PAPER – The biggest and most important factor is the paper. High quality, smooth paper that doesn’t show any ghosting or bleeding is essential. I don’t want to be restricted by which pen I use, so the paper needed to deal with any of my most trusted pens (we’ll talk about those in a minute).

So now that the requirements were settled I started searching. I watched review videos on YouTube, I read reviews on individual notebook listings on Amazon, and I even scoured all of the bullet journal guru websites to find out which journal they were using.

What I found was that almost universally everyone was using the Leuchtturm1917 dotted notebook and they loved it beyond measure. In fact, the creator of the Bullet Journal system, Ryder Carroll, even had a special edition version of the Leuchtturm1917 with the Bullet Journal branding on the cover. So I took a closer look at the brand and specs of that notebook. I was skeptical because the paperweight didn’t seem to be a good quality at 80 gsm. And seeing pen test results online concerned me because of the ghosting and bleeding. But I decided to give it a try anyway. My full review is below.

That’s where things started going downhill. I trusted the Bullet Journal gurus to tell me the truth. But when I saw the results of my own initial pen tests, I realized that those gurus were probably being paid to say nice things about a notebook that had really bad paper and was overpriced for such poor paper quality.

Then I fell victim to the same notebook “experts” who were raving about UberWorks notebooks. YouTubers and bloggers were so excited about how great these notebooks were, so I jumped on that bandwagon too. My full review of Uber Works is also below.

I kept being disappointed whenever I listened to someone else’s review of a notebook. I was tired of being duped. So I dug in and did what I did best. I researched, tested, evaluated, compared, and bought more notebooks than any one girl could use in a lifetime …. and here we are now.

After a couple unhappy starts to my notebook hunt I decided to get serious about specs. From here on out I was not going to try any notebook that had less than 100 GSM paper. I found several that meet the requirements and started placing orders. What I have for you below is a comprehensive review of all of the notebooks that I have collected, where they came from, how to find them yourself and what details you need to know about their quality and usefulness as a  bullet journal, art journal, or writing journal.

Vocabulary and Glossary of Terms

I want to make sure we all know what we’re talking about before we get too far into this review. So let’s start with some vocabulary.

  • GSM – grams per square meter – this is a measure of the paperweight. The higher the number, the thicker the paper.
  • GHOSTING – when you can see the writing from the previous page on the next blank page. Sometimes ghosting is minor and unobtrusive. Often it’s a major problem and can interfere with the writing you put on the following page. Some people aren’t bothered by ghosting, Personally, I hate it. I want a clean, fresh, unblemished page to write on.
  • BLEEDING – when the ink from your pen or marker soaks through the paper and appears on the following page or stains the next sheet in the notebook. Bleeding is always bad. I don’t know anyone who says they like or tolerate bleed-through.
  • FEATHERING – when the ink spreads along the fibers of the paper and creates a feathered appearance along the line you drew. This usually happens when you have uncoated (matte) paper.
  • NOTEBOOK vs. JOURNAL – for the purposes of this review, I’ll be using these two terms interchangeably. If you want to get technical about the etymology of the words, journal is derived from the French term jour – meaning day. So a notebook is a blank book whereas a journal is a notebook that you write in each day. But that seems like splitting hairs here, so we’re just going to pretend they mean the same thing for now. Okay?

Pens and Markers and Highlighters! Oh, My!

Pens and markers in pen test

Let’s talk about pens. I’m a “black pen” type of gal. I don’t use colors pens or markers in my journal…. Well, I do once in awhile, but not often. I like a dark black ink – not heavy or wet, but true black. I also use highlighters in my journal. Usually just pink and green (you can learn more about why highlighters are so important in my journaling process by checking out the Pastel Highlighter Showdown).

Each journal in this review was put through a pen test to find out how well the paper stood up to a variety of ink types. This includes a collection of the pens I use regularly along with the two highlighters I’ve used in my journals that have the wettest, heaviest ink coverage:


Let’s start this Bullet Journal Notebook already!

And now the mega bullet journal notebook review, in alphabetical order by brand name. As a reminder, this is an unbiased, unpaid, unsponsored, no-BS review of these notebooks. If you see any mistakes or oversights as you’re reading through it, give me a shout and I’ll take a look and make corrections.

Hardcover Notebooks

Because this review is so epic – no really, it’s truly amazing! – I had to split up the full journal review into two main sections. Hardcover notebooks and soft cover notebooks. Each hardcover bullet journal notebook I’ve purchased and reviewed is listed here – just click on the picture and it will open a new window with the full review. You can read the all of the reviews in their epicness, or you can take the road of sanity and only jump to a specific brand you’re considering. Or feel free to skip all the individual reviews and jump to the bottom where I tell you which notebook I finally decided to use for my everyday bullet journal … and what I’m going to do with all the other ones.

Amazabooks Journal

Amazabooks Journal Bullet Journal Notebook Review Key Features: Size: 8.5" x 5.3" Cover: hard, pu leather with wavy embossed design that included silvery dots Binding: sewn Pages: 240 Additional features:  comes with pen loop Page styles available: dotted...

Artist’s Loft Hardcover Journal

Artist’s Loft Hardcover Journal Bullet Journal Notebook Review   Key Features: Key Features: great low-budget starter option with OK paper Size: 8" x 6"  |  203mm x 152mm Cover: hardcover  |  8+ color options Binding: sewn Pages:...

Designworks Ink Journal

Designworks Ink Journal Bullet Journal Notebook Review Key Features: Size: 8.5" x 5.8" - true A5 Cover: hardcover, chipboard with cloth binding, floral with gold foil embossing Binding: sewn Pages: 192 Additional features:  it's...

Notobooks Neo Dot

Notobooks Neo Dot Bullet Journal Notebook Review Key Features: Size: 8" x 5.5" (slightly smaller than true A5) Cover: PU leather, only available in black with blue accents Binding: sewn Pages: 192 Additional features:  pen loop, back pocket, killer endpage...

Peter Pauper Press Essentials Notebook

Peter Pauper Press Essentials Notebook Bullet Journal Notebook Review Key Features: Key Features: just like the name implies, this is a solid notebook with all the basic features you need in a good journal at a great priceSize:   True A5 | 8.25" x 5.75"...

Chance Book by Labon Notebook

Chance Book by Labon Notebook Bullet Journal Notebook Review Key Features: Size:  8.25" x 5.8" (1/2" narrower than true A5) Cover:  hardcover with cloth covering in 6 colors Binding: sewn Pages: 192 Additional...

Moleskine Classic Notebook

Moleskine Classic Notebook Bullet Journal Notebook Review Key Features: Key Features: The Moleskine name carries a lot of weight in the art world and excellent journal construction is a key feature of this line of notebooks Size:  8.25" x 5" Cover:...

Picadilly Essential Notebook

Picadilly Essential Notebook Bullet Journal Notebook Review Key Features: Key Features: tried and true notebook brand that’s been around forever Size: 8.3" x 5.1"  |  206mm x 127mm Cover:  hard  |  17+ color options Binding:  sewn Pages: 240 Page styles...

Scribbles That Matter

Scribbles That Matter Bullet Journal Notebook Review Key Features: Key Features: iconic doodles on the front, fun color combinations, great paper quality, new notebook company Size:  True A5 - 8.25" x 5.75"   |  210mm x 145mm Cover: two options:  Iconic...

Superior Maker Essentials Notebook

Superior Maker Essentials Notebook Bullet Journal Notebook Review Key Features: Key Features:  I liked this notebook so much I bought a second one for my work bullet journal Size: 8.25" x 5" Cover:  hard Binding:  sewn Pages: 240 Page styles...

Uberworks LUFT and GAYA Notebooks

Uberworks LUFT and GAYA Notebooks Bullet Journal Notebook Review Key Features: Key Features: Two different lines of notebooks by Uberworks with mostly the same features Size: 8.4" x 5.6" Cover:  Hard LUFT: wine cork cover in 5 color options GAYA:...

Lemome Natural Cork Notebook

Lemome Eco-Friendly Natural Cork Notebook Bullet Journal Notebook Review Key Features: Key Features: natural cork cover, all pages are perforated Size:  8.4" x 5.7" Cover:  hard | natural cork fabric cover (does that mean the fabric is made from...

Lemome Thick Classic Notebook

Lemome Thick Classic Notebook Bullet Journal Notebook Review Key Features: Key Features: suede-like cover with pen loop on the cover Size:  8.4" x 5.7" Cover:  hard | soft suede-like fabric Binding: sewn | 180° lay flat spine Pages: 180 Additional...

Lemome Bullet Journal

Lemome Bullet Journal Bullet Journal Notebook Review Key Features: Key Features: debossed tree on cover, bonus pack with pen and ruler Size:  8.4" x 5.7" Cover:  hard | PU leather Binding: sewn Pages: 185 Additional features: comes with label...

Green Inspired Chipboard Exposed Binding Journal

Green Inspired Chipboard Exposed Binding Journal Bullet Journal Notebook Review Key Features: Key Features: only available locally at Target. Heavy paper with fun quotes on the cover. Size: 8.25" x 5"  |  210mm x 130mm Cover: hard with multiple...

Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted Bullet Journal

Leuchtturm 1917 Dotted Bullet Journal Bullet Journal Notebook Review Key Features: Key Features: it’s the most popular choice among bullet journalers, not great paper though Size: 5.8” x 8.25” - true A5 size Cover: hardcover, multiple colors available...

Markings Bulleting Log Journal

Markings by C.R. Gibson Bulleting Log Journal Bullet Journal Notebook Review Key Features: Key Features: Great page layout for square grid notebook, lots of resource pages, and a free ruler! Only available from Office Depot. Size:  8.5" x 6" Cover:...

UNNI Classic Notebook

UNNI Classic Notebook Bullet Journal Notebook Review NOTE: This notebook brand has recently changed their name. UNNI is now known as Minimalism Art and they offer hardcover notebooks with more streamlined branding. Key Features: Key Features: Fun color...

Dingbats Wildlife Medium A5+ Notebook

Dingbats Wildlife Medium A5+ Notebook Bullet Journal Notebook Review Key Features: Size: 6.3 x 8.5 -- 1/2" wider than true A5 Cover: PU vegan Leather Binding: sewn Pages: 192 Additional features:  perforated pages, back pocket, pen loop, FSC certified Page...

Ghost Grid Dot Hardcover Journal

Ghost Grid Dot Hardcover Journal Bullet Journal Notebook Review Key Features: Size: 8.25" x 5.5" - this is half-letter size rather than A5 which makes sense because this is a company based in the USA so American sized paper would be logical for this...

JoyNote Hardcover Executive Notebook

JoyNote Hardcover Executive Notebook Bullet Journal Notebook Review Key Features: Size: 8.25" x 5.75"  |  210mm x 145mm -- true A5 size. Also available in A6. Cover: hard cover, fabric/linen with contrasting spine color Binding: sewn...

Little More Notebook

Little More Notebook Bullet Journal Notebook Review Key Features: Size: 7" x 5.5" --- this one is little! Cover:  hardcover, Eco Leather (not sure what that means, but it just feels like PU Leather) Binding: sewn Pages: 153 dot pages, 42...

Lemome Dated Planner

Lemome Planner Journal Review, Flip Through and Pen Test We bullet journalists are picky about our paper, notebook construction, and product reliability. And over the past several months, the Lemome line of notebooks has wiggled their way into our hearts. The paper...

Softcover Notebooks

Because this review is so epic – no really, it’s truly amazing! – I had to split up the full journal review into two main sections. Hardcover notebooks and softcover notebooks. Just click the photo of the journal you want to learn more about and it will open the full review in a new tab. The softcover section is much smaller than the hardcover, but there are some really good options in this section. In fact, two of my top five notebooks have soft covers. Definitely, give them a fair shake if you haven’t tried one of these yet.

Conclusion

Whew! We made it to the end. Finally! I’m curious to know if you read the whole thing or if you skipped around and only checked out the journals you were specifically interested in (drop me a comment below and let me know!). I had to go back and look at my Amazon receipts, but I can confirm that between the time I bought my first journal in this quest to the date I’m publishing this review – it’s been a long FIVE MONTHS! So now let’s do some wrap-up and announce the winners of this epic journal review.

Free A5 Journal Comparison Spreadsheet

I wouldn’t be a respectable nerd if I didn’t make a spreadsheet, right? I know what it takes to keep my nerd card! The spreadsheet is 3 pages of pure research gold. I’ve gathered all the specs you see above, and more, into a single spreadsheet that shows all the journals side by side.  Use the form below to request the download link – just enter your email address and you’ll be directed to a page to download the file.

The Winner is Crowned!

Just in case you didn’t see mention of it above, there are a couple winners in the group of journals I reviewed. Based on the original requirements I named earlier (size, lines or dots, cover quality, and paperweight) I have some favorites. There are two categories of winners here — journals I’m already using for something and journals I love and I’m searching for a reason to use them. And the winners are …

Journals I’m currently using

  • Tekukor – my everyday carry bullet journal
  • Scribbles That Matter – my travel log journal
  • UberWorks LUFT – my handwritten diary
  • Green Inspired – my learning and notetaking notebook

Journals I love and will use soon

  • Pentalic Traveler’s Notebook – I think the lined journal will be my next handwritten diary
  • Daycraft – my next bullet journal will be a lined journal, this might be the pick when I’m done with the Tekukor
  • Lemome –  if I don’t go with DayCraft for my next journal, it might be the Lemome Cork
  • UberWorks GAYA – I have used this one as an emergency bullet journal replacement journal for a few weeks and I liked the way it felt, might add this to the lineup too.

Journals I recommend for bullet journalers like me

I know a lot of you struggle with finding the perfect journal. I hope this massive review has helped you decide. But if you still can’t make up your mind and you just want to know how I rank the journals that I like and recommend, I’ll give you some help here. After this little experiment (ha! I said “little”) I don’t believe I will ever buy a notebook with anything less than 100gsm paper (with only a couple rare exceptions noted below).  Yes, that means I’ll never by a Leuchtturm1917 or even the special edition Bullet Journal Leuchtturm1917 designed by Ryder Carroll — if that makes me lose my bullet journalist card, so be it.

100gsm weight paper

  • Green Inspired Notebook – available locally at Target (110gsm)
  • Lemome Bullet Journal
  • Peter Pauper Press Essentials Notebook
  • Scribbles That Matter
  • Superior Maker Executive Notebook
  • Tekukor Dotted Notebook
  • Daycraft Signature or Inspiro Collection

120gsm weight paper

  • Lemome Classic (suede) Cover
  • Lemome Cork Cover
  • Pentalic Traveler Pocket Journal

80gsm and 90gsm – exceptional exceptions

  • Clairefontaine Basic Notebook (90gsm) – a dream to write on!
  • UberWorks LUFT or GAYA (80gsm) – but only with the right pen, no heavy ink here

What did I miss?

I already know that there are some popular notebook options that didn’t make the list. Some that you might want me to review in a future post, maybe. Here are a few that I already know you’ve asked for and why they aren’t on this list.

  • NUUNA — this European notebook looks like an absolute dream! The covers are fun and I hear the paper is amazing. But here in the United State, these notebooks aren’t easy to come by. If I were to order from the company’s website, the total price would come in around $30-45 … not exactly budget-friendly. Also, the sizes of these books aren’t in line with normal A-sizes. They are sized at 6.5 x 8.7 inches (165 x 220mm) — much too large for my Galen Leather cover. So this brand was out.
  • Rhodia — I know a lot of people are raving about the new Rhodia Goal Book right now and I’ve been tempted to give it a try. But the Rhodia paper comes in at 90gsm and after a while, I made the rule that I’d never buy any notebook with less than 100gsm at a minimum. So the Rhodia didn’t make the cut. If you’d like to see a good pen test review of the Rhodia paper, check out this one by Heart Sprinkle.
  • Citrus Book Bindery – Fran McKay over on the Etsy shop for Citrus Book Bindery does a beautiful job with her handcrafted journals. She uses at least 130gsm paper (or heavier if you need something for art journaling or multi-media pages) and hand makes each of her journals to your specifications. I haven’t ordered one yet. But I drool often. I’m sending you over there so you can drool too. One day I’ll have one in my hands and I’ll tell you all about it!

All Done! Your Turn…

So that wraps up this epic, crazy-long, ridiculously wordy journal review. If you’ve made it this far, let me know and I’m going to send you a gold star for your bullet journal! You’re amazing!

Drop me a comment below and let me know which journal you’re going to try out from this list. Or let me know if you agree, disagree or think I’m completely off my rocker for some review I’ve written above. I’d love to hear what you have to say!

60 Comments

  1. Great review! I have the Peter Pauper Press and feel your review was spot on for it. I love it, although I’ve been thinking about trying Dingbats or STM next time. I wish PPP had more cover options for dotted/grid. I looooove the copper LT but don’t think I’ll ever buy one because of the ghosting and bleed through, that would drive me nuts.

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    • Stephanie: I keep getting tempted by the Dingbats (I think I’d go for the red kangaroo). I’m a little concerned about the size though – I wonder if it’d fit in my A5 leather notebook cover since it’s almost a 1/2″ wider than true A5. I think that’s what’s held me back from trying it out. But they sure are adorable!

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      • I like the grey with the elephant 🙂 I don’t have a cover at the moment, but I’ve thought about getting one so that’s something to consider.

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      • Personally i encourage using a Dingbats Notebooks for having masteted an exceptional quality

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  2. I read the whole thing. I want to chuck my Walmart notebook in the trash and get that gold pentalic beauty. I don’t even have good notebook habits yet! Thanks for the review! I’m now a loyal reader and fan!

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    • Julia: You’re going to LOVE LOVE LOVE that Pentalic Gold. Don’t worry about having good notebook habits yet, just take it one page at a time (and you might as well have good paper while you’re learning too!).

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  3. Thanks for the review – yes I read it all the way. Some hard work you have done! Love your blog by the way. 🙂

    I also thought the stone book is ridiculous when I saw it advertised. They marketed it as eco-friendly, but in comparison to paper books I dont see the eco there. The leftover powdered stone would be better used in stone like resin composite materials, and how could that book be recycled?

    The review on Leuchtturm raised my eyebrows a little bit. I use a black Leuhtturm and I absolutely love it, and it is one of the most often used books, so it cannot be that bad? It has some nice qualities which were not the focus of this review. It truly opens flat and stays open. (The post does not mention how flat the books open for all revuewed books.) It has 2 ribbons, with different colours and durable material. I am not bothered about ghosting – I think ghosting is somehow beautiful. It does not bleed through with the pens that I use: Tombow Fudenosuke, Crayola Supertips, Mildlibers, Pentel Energel, Pilot Frixions, Pilot G2, etc. So, for someone who only uses rollerball ink pens for writing it is great.

    I prefer thinner pages also because it gives the option to have a lot of pages in a relatively compact journal. So I do not want to opt to thicker pages in a larger journal or same size with less pages. LT maximises the pages in a compact journal. I have a Nuuna as well, but definitely prefer Leuchtturm and will buy it again when the current bujo ends. Nuuna has the same number of pages but is 1 cm thicker than LT with its 90g Munken paper. The pages are slightly bigger but it is 300g heavier than LT. That’s a lot of space and weight in my back pack with laptop and other stuff I need to carry.

    So, I wouln’t suspect that there is a marketing conspiracy behind the positive reviews – many people simply love their LTs. I have never received a free journal or money for my opinion.

    Moreover, in addition to A5, LT offers a full A4 size journal with 249 pages – something that is insanely difficult to find in other brands (I think does not exist). That would be great for a student who wants to gather all study notes in a single book, or someone doing a PhD.

    However, I am on the same page with you that I probably would not trust the recommendations of a heavily monetized, marketing oriented blog.

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    • Sara: Thank you for your thoughtful and in-depth comments. I truly appreciate your feedback and insight. Comments like these (and the others here) demonstrate exactly the reason I’ve started this website. I want a place where we can all get detailed information about the products we want to use without feeling like we’ll be attacked or looked down upon for our own opinions. I’d like to address a couple of your points:

      I believe I may have unconsciously judged Leuchtturm more harshly than some other brands and most likely because the expectation had been set SO high by all those sponsored endorsements that I was expecting a product made from 24-carat gold plated magic. So when the ghosting turned out to be so bad I was shocked and dismayed. I know there are a lot of people who are not bothered by ghosting and some who actually love it. I suspect those people are in the minority. I do understand that there are those who are not bothered by ghosting, so the paper choice doesn’t make as much of a difference for them.

      Regarding the lay-flat design of LT1917. I actually found that virtually all hardcover journals with a sewn binding opened flat and stayed put. Some might require a bit of breaking in or massaging, but there wasn’t any hardcover book that I recall having a problem with not lying flat on the desk. So yes, LT does open flat, but so do almost all of the others. In fact, I think Lemome books (suede and cork covers) get the top prize for that feature.

      Yes, LT1917 has a lot of pages and that’s great for people who want to extend the life of their notebook for an entire year or longer. But also remember that there are several brands that have high page counts with exceptional quality paper – Scribbles That Matter comes to mind with 201 pages. Personally, page count isn’t a major factor for me because I love notebooks and seem to collect a lot of them (oh wait, I’m sure you already realize that. LOL!) so I want to use up as many as I can. I also get bored with notebooks and want something new once I’ve been in one for a few months – I’m already feeling that way about my Tekukor. Not because I don’t like my Tekukor or my bullet journal inside of it, but because I know I’ve got a massive lineup of amazing books waiting to be used and I’m itching to try a new book soon.

      I agree that the field of A4 (or even U.S. letter-sized) notebooks with good quality paper and high page count are hard to find. I’m so glad that Scirbbles just came out with their new size options and seem to be releasing new products at the speed of lightning based on what their customers want and need. That might be a research project for me at some point in the future as I believe there’s a real to uncover those hidden gems of that size.

      Thank you again for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate you!

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      • Dear Pam, thanks for your reply. Of course it is natural be more critical if expectations have been high and the perceived quality is not up to it. But you made clear in so many instances that this is your subjective analysis and open up your reasoning in a transparent way, so that is more than fine.

        On a last note on the LT topic, I just want to add that people who are critical/disappointed on a product tend to be louder in publishing complaints (certainly not talking about you here) and so it might give the impression that most people are bothered with the ghosting and very few people like it. But it could be that the people who love it, keep writing to their books happily ever after, not posting to social media about it. When someone asks, I tell how happy I am with my LT, but I don’t start a post about it, and often do not comment, because getting involved in discussions take time.

        I also think that if I cannot feel “planner peace” with a bit of ghosting, that would exclude a lot nice notebooks and paper pads that are otherwise nice. I choose not be restricted by that. I just bought a note pad with paper that is only 60 gramms and not coated, but had the other (very very nerdy) important specs I had. 😀

        Many people praise STM and Dingbats over everything. Those are not sold in Northern Europe where I live, and they look like perhaps they speak to the US market more. Just speculating here. Those might be great, but I am this nerdy black book lady who does not want any funny creatures in my notebook when I want to look serious at work. ;D

        Regarding pages, the difference between 200 and 250 pages is huge to someone who fills in the book economically (like me), it could mean 3 or 4 four months extra in the lifecycle of that book. Then I meet other people who want to finish their book quickly to be able to start a new one. We are all different!

        I was just looking for a book in a brick and mortar shop, and I found many books that did not open fully. I made a brief observation about them, and it looks like if the sewn papers are glued from the spine to the hard outer back of the book, it does not open flat. LT and Nuuna and Victoria’s journal that I have used, are not glued to the back, but separated on the spine.

        Just to add, I was not trying to look down on anybody or anything in my comment, I am not a native english speaker and cannot always finetune the nuances in my text. I am a research and cannot avoid that nature in me even with my hobbies. Perhaps should put a disclaimer before every comment!

        Yours truly,
        A fellow stationery nerd

        PS my blog at journallings.com is still a bit under contruction, but will definitely put you blog to my blog roll once I figure out how to do it in WordPress. Keep posting!

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        • I feel the same way 🙂 the ghosting dosent bother me at all and i love that the pages are thinner. My first LT almost felt like a first love haha. STM dosent appeal to me at all to be honest, I don’t like the outside or the fonts in the inside.

          /J

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  4. this whole post is amazing. i’m coming close to finishing my first bullet journal, which I started in a brand that even I can’t remember the name of – it did the job and I hate to waste a purchase, so i’m taking it to the end despite some pretty drastic ghosting and bleeding with my pens. i’d been so confused for a long while as to which I’d get next – like an LT1917?? – because everyone raves about them, so they must be good, right?!

    i think this post and your spreadsheet will be like my bible when deciding what book to get next. honestly, it’s between a Rhodia or STM… though I loved that Pentalic Metallic Journal, dismayed to find out the one I wanted (in copper) only came in blank. ah well…!

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    • Beckiejay – thank you so much for your kind words. You can’t go wrong with Scribbles or Pentalic. I haven’t tried the Rhodia, so not sure how that stands up to the others. Let me know what you decide on though!

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    • Welcome! I’m curious… What journal are you using now?

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  5. Wow this is awesome! I recently was trying to decide on a journal for my very first bullet journal and did a lot of online research…if only I had had this! Ended up going with a rhodia after seeing paper tests of the lt1917 and how much ghosting it showed! I’m totally with you on that, why would I want my previous page to show up on my next?? Anyways, I’m very happy with my rhodia (very very minimal ghosting/no bleeding) but I may try one of these suggestions for my next one! Thanks for all the hard work on this! Also would love to see your review of rhodia sometime 🙂

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  6. I only recently heard of the Tekukor (sp?) notebooks but I will definitely be checking them out. I have used both LT1917 and Clairefontaine Essentials, both gridded. I really enjoyed the Clairefontaine notebooks, but be advised the Essentials do not have the bright white paper you get with the Basic.

    For 2018, I bought an Enigma from Taroko Design. It has 68 GSM Tomoe River paper, which holds up to watercolor (I’ve given it a workout in a pocket-sized notebook) and displays a level of ghosting with fountain pen inks that is acceptable to me. The paper is white, which became increasingly important to me over the years. I believe I can make it last for an entire year.

    If the Enigma disappoints, I will go looking for the Tekukor. It appears to have the white paper I crave, I’ve learned to adapt from square grid to dot grid, and I like the pre-numbered pages.

    Thank you for all this work!

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  7. Thank you for your thorough review! Many brands are not available in Europe or not easily but if I need a separate journal for whatever (writing, learning a language,…), I’ll try one of the brands you recommend ?
    I would like to chime in about the Leuchtturm. I am halfway through my first one and already have two others waiting for me ? I love the colourful hard covers, I love the index, the numbered pages, the paper colour and quality, the fact that the binding doesn’t break despite everything I do with it, the many pages and that the LT doesn’t take too much space in my bag. Usually I prefer real white to ivory/cream colours but I find the creamy paper much more pleasing to the eye and not so “harsh”. Yes the paper is thinner than other journals but I don’t mind ghosting. (My) life is not perfect, nor should my journal be! I feel it looks more “lived in”, what I did in the past has consequences on my present/future ? I even use watercolour without paying attention to the amount of water I use and I am very pleased with the result (paper wise not artistic wise ?). People criticise the “bad paper quality” of the Leuchtturm, I would like to point out that the paper thickness and the paper quality are two very different things. The paper itself has a really good quality (e.g. I can use a fountain pen as a lefty and not smear!). The thickness is like regular printing paper, so nothing out of the ordinary.
    Of course choosing and loving a journal depends on your preferences and your criteria, the LT is obviously not your first choice and of course it’s fine. But there are people who are not paid for raving about the Leuchtturm and genuinely love it ?

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    • Hi Nolwenn – thanks so much for your insight and sharing your experience with your LT journal. I like what you said >>> “What I did in the past has consequences on my present/future.” <<<< what a great way to explain your love (or tolerance) of ghosting on the page of your journal. I absolutely understand that there are major fans of the LT notebooks and that they will defend them to the death (very similar with Apple products and their fans).

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  8. Thank you so much! I’m using a moleskine at the moment, but I want to start a new journal in 2018. I’ve just ordered the pentalic art traveler journal 🙂 And yes, I read the whole article. It’s awesome!!!

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    • Vivian – how do you like your Pentalic Art Traveler? Have you had the chance to start using it yet?

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      • Hi! I accidentally ordered the a6 equivalent instead of the a5. I didn’t love the paper though, it looked almost white.. So I went with a scribbles that matter instead and I love it! ?

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  9. While I appreciate that you don’t like ghosting (neither do I), could I recommend trying to find a Tomoe river 64gsm notebook? Available on Etsy or through Hippo Noto, I brush letter, use wet writing fountain pens without any issues. Better than LT (although I do enjoy them) and better (for me anyway) than STM. Don’t go for the 52gsm paper, although it is wonderful for single side use like letters to show off inks, but it’s a fountain pen paper that really is worth a try. If you don’t want to commit to a large notebook, fountain pen retailers have smaller A5 notebooks so you could give them a try.

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    • Lauren – yes! I absolutely want to try Tomoe River paper. I’ve just purchased a new fountain pen and a few ink varieties and plan to play with this new medium. I’ve read a lot about Tomoe River paper and how to acts with different types of inks from fountain pens. I’m definitely planning to do some testing and experimenting. I’ve heard a lot of people say that they use their Tomoe River paper as one-sided paper because the ghosting is so terrible. I guess I imagine that paper being a written journal or diary rather than a full blown bullet journal. I personally think I’d go for a pack of loose leaf paper in the 64gsm and make my own notebook. But we’ll see how it all shakes out and I’ll definitely report back once I give it a try.

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  10. Hello!
    First of all, thank you for your thorough review. I read it all! I’m a Nuuna <3 gal myself and I don’t see myself switching to another brand unless I can get my hands on an Artebene notebook. The 120 gsm Lemome sounds quite good but I’ve got used to Nuuna’s 3.5 mm dot grid so the 5 mm grid looks “too wide” for me.
    I started bullet journaling in a Leuchtturm and I got very disappointed very quickly. I hate ghosting!!! I must admit that LT’s are very well made notebooks but the paper is atrocious. Also initially I thought I was going to like “cream” paper better but when I started to use my Nuuna I realized I preferred white paper because pens and pencils looked true to their colors.
    Again, thank you for the review and I’m looking forward to read more.

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  11. Thank you so much for your review! I appreciate all the insights you gave for ALL the journals. I also appreciate the humor you included. I am currently using an LT1917 and do like it, but am very interested in some of the other journals you reviewed (Lemome, Notebooks Neo-Dot and Superior Maker). I am glad you included the information about the gsm. I plan to use that information for future purchases.

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    • Thanks for checking out the review! Let me know which one you decide to try next and how you like it.

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  12. Slightly of topic. I currently use a Bondibook from Amazon. I didn’t see it in your list but for my first official bujo it’s a perfect a5 for me. No bleed, minimal ghost with some pens.

    I’m actually curious if you have any leads on a leather a5 cover? I’ve searched all over. Yoh seem to have your finger on the pulse!

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    • Tracey – I’ve looked at the Bondibook on Amazon… it keeps popping up for me (thanks Amazon!). But unfortunately it’s got 80gsm paper, so it’s one I don’t want to purchase. I’ve made the decision to only buy journals with at least 100gsm paper since I hate ghosting so badly. I’ve looked at some pen tests on the Bondibook and know it’s not one that I’d enjoy. I’m glad you like it though! As for leather covers…. I LOVE mine from Galen Leather. It’s gorgeous leather and such great craftsmanship.

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  13. I have been journaling – not bullet journaling, just journaling – for decades. I use Levenger disc-bound notebooks, for the lovely leather covers and ease of moving different size pages from one notebook to another. I hope that at some point you’ll take a look at other kinds of notebooks.

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    • sbpoet – I will be writing about my migration into a discbound book for my business planner. I already have all the supplies because that used to be my main journal style. I love the flexibility of disc system books.

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  14. Thanks so much for all your hard work on this. I read the whole post.

    I just finished using a Rhodia Webnotebook and started a Leuchtturm. There is a big difference between the papers in the two. The only thing I didn’t like with the Rhodia was the fact that it didn’t have numbered pages. But I loved the paper; it is smooth and ghosting is minimal. The dots are just dark enough to see without being obnoxious. The LT paper is thinner, so ghosting is more of a problem. It is also less smooth, and the dots are harder for me to see. I use fountain pens almost exclusively and I really prefer the smoother paper. I will be choosing between the Scribbles That Matter and the Tekukor for my next BuJo. How does the smoothness of the paper compare between those two brands?

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    • I meant to subscribe to comments and forgot, so that is what this comment is for.

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    • Hi Cheryl:
      I’ve heard the Rhodia Webnotebook is really great. I’ve picked up a Rhodia dot grid pad and I’m playing around with the paper and various pens. I definitely like it. The paper is so smooth! The Scribbles paper is very similar to Tekukor – I think of them both as smooth, but not as silky as Rhodia.

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      • Hi Pam, Thanks for the reply. Do you think the Scribbles paper and the Tekukor paper are smoother than the Leuchtturm paper? Those are the only papers I have and can compare to. Thanks!

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        • LOL! I just pulled out all three of my journals — LT, Tekukor, Scribbles, and my Rhodia dot pad — and fondled them all to figure out who had the smoothest paper. LT is definitely the roughest – it’s got major tooth (I never realized quite how much more rough it was than others). Both Tekukor, Scribbles, and Rhodia are smooth compared to LT. Super smooth! In fact, I’d say that those three are equally smooth. I can’t really tell of any difference in the three.

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          • Great – thanks so much! That was exactly what I was hoping, because I really like the smoothness of the Rhodia paper. That still doesn’t help me decide between Tekukor and Scribbles, but I guess you can’t really make that decision for me. LOL!!

            I actually like the fact that the Tekukor doesn’t have a pen loop, because I made a fabric pen holder that I put over the front cover that lets me put more than one pen in it. I think I just figured out that I would prefer the Tekukor (although I love the colors of the Scribbles). Thanks for helping me figure that out. LOL!!!

  15. What is the best refill paper?

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    • Hi Beth: I’m not sure what you mean by “refill paper” — the journals in this article are all hardbound notebooks that don’t typically have the ability to be refilled. There are lots of other journaling / planning systems that will take refills – such as the Travelers Notebook or Discbound or even a 3-ring notebook. Look for paper that’s heavy weight (100gsm) so your pen or markers don’t bleed through.

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  16. I just found out about this new company Scrivwell that looks super promising! Acid-free 100gsm paper, 240 pages, A5 size and for a low price point of about $12 USD! Right now on amazon they are only shipping to the US and Canada, I believe, BUT I just messaged the company and they said they plan on selling overseas on amazon starting this summer. In the meantime, they said their etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/Scrivwell would probably ship worldwide right now! Would you be willing to do a review of it?

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    • Hello Melissa! Thanks for your comment … I’ve had my eye on the Scrivwell journal for a while but kept resisting buying yet another journal (I’ve got so many!). But I finally caved and made the purchase. I’m SO impressed with that notebook. I need to do some testing on the paper and run the specs for the full review, but look for that journal to be added to the list of options in this blog post soon.

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  17. I just found your blog and can I just say I really enjoy your voice?! It’s really easy to keep on reading. Though I confess I skipped to the goods once I got to the list of notebooks. I plan to go back through in more depth later though!

    I wanted to say, if you’re looking at it for long-term heavy use, Lemome isn’t a good choice. I came to this page because I was looking for a notebook that could stand the beating I plan to put it through.

    I broke the binding of my Lemome 3 months into using it. To be completely fair, I use my notebook a lot. It’s in and out of my laptop bag constantly. I take a ton of notes. I have way too many interests and meetings. It’s why I started bujo in the first place!

    Personally, I like to use every inch I possibly can before I move onto my next volume. I “fixed” the binding with some precisely laid packing tape and am still using it as if nothing happened. For the price, I’m not even mad. I just wanted to help others avoid that disappointment.

    Sidenote, my fiance is from the 989 too. We live over in Grand Rapids. Happy to see another Michigander on the internet!

    (When you subscribe to your newsletter because of legal stuffs MailChimp reveals your biz location, that’s the only reason I know :))

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    • Hello Lisa! Nice to see another Michigander online (I peeked at your portfolio – great work!). Thank you for the comment about enjoying my voice – I totally get what you mean and it’s something I’ve been working on over the years and feel like I’ve finally found my groove. Thanks also for weighing in on the Lemome notebooks. I am totally finding the same thing across the web – lots of people are dealing with broken spines and journals that are falling apart. I need to update my reviews to make those notes.

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  18. Hi Pam, great review you’ve covered some great notebooks, a good chunk of which I’ve got sat on my shelf at home :-). I’d love to introduce you to our new brand Perfectly Penned, https://www.perfectly-penned.com/, we’ve just launched in the Europe, but are getting some cracking reviews so far and would love to hear what you think.

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  19. I dont see the FREE A5 JOURNAL COMPARISON SPREADSHEET section. Please let me know where i need to put my email address in to be able to download this link. Thank you, Cassie

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    • Hi Cassie: The link to sign up for the free spreadsheet download is right in the article – it’s in there twice. Just look for the big blue box with a picture of the spreadsheet on it.

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  20. So all of these notebooks fit your Galen leather cover? It seems on their sit they have different covers for different types ofmnotebooks. Did you have any issues getting the Lemome Bullet journal (black and yellow) into the Galen cover?

    Thanks

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    • Marcus:
      Yes, the Galen Leather A5 Journal Cover will take all of these notebooks. There are a couple of oddball sized notebooks on this list that wouldn’t be a perfect fit like Dingbats that is wider than A5 and Little More that is shorter than A5. Right now Galen Leather is offering these sized journals: A6, A5, B5, A4. Just pay close attention to the description on the listing to make sure you’re getting the right size. And yes, the Lemomoe Bullet Journal in A5 size will fit in the Galen Leather A5 cover perfectly.

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      • Thanks for clearing that up for me Pam. As an up and coming stationary enthusiast, I really appreciate the material you are putting out.

        Good luck

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  21. Hello! I really appreciate that you took the time to make so many reviews and so in depth! I thought I had made my mind on my next journal (Dingbats), but I wasn’t super pleased that the paper is cream. I love white paper as well. I did not like the LT at all. I loved my Rhodia, but the cream paper made me wish I had something different. I tried the lemome, but it just didn’t feel as good as the Rhodia. I think the thickness made it feel like it wasn’t a journal anymore and more like flipping boards of wood (a slight exaggeration maybe…, but I really like that book feeling). So now I need your final opinion- I’m choosing between Dingbats (because I really love the green deer), Notebooks Neo Dot (looks like a Rhodia with white paper), Tekukor (because it’s your favorite, although the ghosting looks worse in the picture than the others mentioned), and the Ghost Grid. I think Tekukor is my last choice. I’m in love with the Dingbats cover, but the Neo Dot looks like the better version of Rhodia. Help!
    P.S. You should definitely try the Rhodia webnotebook. It’s a million times better than LT. Ghosting is my worst enemy because I’m an artist and I like to include that sometimes as well in my bullet journals. The Rhodia held up with watercolor, acrylic, prismacolor pencils, tombow, crayola, EVERYTHING. I don’t know how they did it, but they made a thin paper that holds up to artist standard.

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    • OMG! Neo Dot is back in stock!!! Thank you so much for mentioning that. I’ve been stalking them to see when their new notebooks are ready. They are a brand new company and ran out of their first run of notebooks but wanted to make some improvements before they manufactured a new batch. I’ve already added the blue one to my cart – I’m so excited!!

      So some context….

      When I was going to start my next notebook after finishing my first Tekukor (btw – the ghosting isn’t bad) I was going to make my new choice the Neo Dot. But they were out of stock so I couldn’t exactly recommend a notebook that nobody could buy. But now that they’re back…. that’s a different story. So yeah, if you love white paper that’s similar to Rhodia and want a book-like feel… then Neo Dot is the way to go.

      Based on what you’ve said you like/don’t like – I am not sure you’ll like the Dingbats paper. It’s more cream than the Tekukor or Neo Dot and doesn’t have the smoothness that Rhodia paper does (I’ve tested their paper in one of the notepads I have). As much as I love Ghost Grid spiral notebooks, I’m not sure I’m in love with the construction of their hardbound books compared to some of the others. The paper is great – I just wish they had covers I liked more. So my recommendation is the Neo Dot (obviously from my excitement above!).

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  22. I, too, got duped into getting LTs … and I was so not impressed by the ghosting. Thank you so much for doing all the reviews, it’s difficult to find a lot of these with pen tests and such as well, especially since everybody just defaults to LT. I hate their paper.

    BTW, you don’t have to worry about Rhodia papers being 90gsm (less than the required 100gsm standard you’ve set) especially since you like the Clairefontaine and made an exception for it. That’s because Rhodia uses Clairefontaine paper! 🙂

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    • Hi Midrena:
      Thanks for checking out the reviews. I’ve actually got more journals coming (I can’t seem to stop buying journals! LOL!) and one of them is the Rhodia. I do love that Rhodia and Clairefontaine are two paper manufacturers owned by the same company (although each of them still maintains their own paper-making formula, they aren’t the same). Both are high quality and always a good choice.

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  23. Thank you so much for creating this little notebook tournament! I’m the same way with aggregating and analyzing data points, so endeavor really specks to me! 🙂

    It also led to me to the Superior Maker as my new journal- I love the slimmer, Moleskine-esque width and the gsm is very impressive.

    Quick question- do your Superior Makers (I’m reading that you have two?) have a slight buckling to the pages? I just got one off Amazon and there’s a very slight wave to the pages as a whole. If you look at the pages when it’s closed, there’s a bit of a wave to the lines. Not a big deal, but just curious if they’re all like that. Thanks!

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  24. A big thank you for collating all the info on the various journals in one place. I’m very much a spreadsheet nerd (I have created so many in my google drive) and this was an invaluable reference to help pick my next journal as I get near the end of my first one, since I too was disappointed with the Leuchtturm1917 (especially the ghosting). I didn’t read your reviews on every journal as it depended on whether I could obtain it down here in Australia with reasonable shipping costs. Unfortunately most of your favourites had to be struck off the list, but it was a great starting point to help with my google searches.

    I ended up getting the Peter Pauper Press with the Blue Agate cover, which I have just started doing pen tests and I’m pretty happy so far. I also have the Victoria’s Journals Kraft from Aliexpress coming on the slow boat from China 🙂 Its pages are 120gsm but the cover seems to be very, very thick card rather than a proper hardback so I’ll have to see how it holds up once I start using it.

    Thank you again

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  25. Thank you for this! I was so pissed today when my Leuchtturm got delivered and I started filling it out. It’s absolutely not what I expected watching all those reviews – just like you said. The pages are thin – basically see through when you write on them. Ghosting and bleeding are major disappointment. After reading your post I ordered the SuperiorMaker – thank you! :))

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    • Karolina: I’m so sorry about your experience with the LT1917 — I wish I could help more people before they made that mistake. You’re going to love the SuperiorMaker. I just filled up my first SuperiorMaker journal that was my work bujo. It feels so great to finish an entire journal.

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  26. Do you have plans to review the Archer & Olive? It has 160gsm paper apparently and the covers are cute. I’m really thankful you provided all this info in one place! I’ve been having a hell of a time figuring out all the brands and all the paper weights.

    So far, my top contenders for my next notebook are:
    – Archer & Olive
    – Erin Condren (super customizable covers, 118gsm)
    – Tekukor (at your suggestion)
    – Ghostly (I actually found your page when looking for a review of this notebook)

    I want to be able to use a wider variety of my art supplies in my bullet journal. Right now I’m limited to a small variety (for me) of pens and highlighters… I’d love to use my copic markers and/or my watercolors — hence my interest in the mythical 160gsm paper.

    Thanks again! This has been immensely helpful!

    Kerry

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    • Hi Kerry: Thanks so much for the suggested list of journals for me to try. I hadn’t heard of Ghostly, so I will investigate that one. I know Archer & Olive journals have been all over the interwebs lately but as much as I love the look of them, I just don’t think they’re an economical choice for me and I don’t need paper that’s 160gsm. If I have the chance to “touch and feel” one in person then I’ll be sure to let ya’ll know what I think. As for Erin Condren – I didn’t realize their journals had paper at 118gsm – the pen tests I’ve seen didn’t look promising. But I’ll take another look at those too.

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  27. Thank you for this comprehensive (wow!) review. I came into your article with the Dingbats Wildlife as my favorite (I’m a newbee, this will be my first journal). Like you, paper quality is HUGE – ghosting, bleeding, etc. would drive me nuts! After going through all your favorites, in the end I purchased the Dingbats (through your link). Just wanted to thank you — heading over to your other reviews next!

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    • Stacey: Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m glad I was able to help you pick the journal you love. Let me know how you like it once you get started.

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