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I recently decided to give bullet journaling a try after months of considering it. In the past, I have sworn by my Happy Planner and wasn’t sure I wanted to try anything new. But I am SO glad I did!
I am still using my Happy Planner as an editorial calendar for my blog, a post on that is coming soon.
The beauty of bullet journaling is that you can literally make it whatever you want. You can use it for business, tracking habits, to do lists, and more! I love having the flexibility to change the pages as I need to and simply skipping days without the guilt. I also can give a day as much or as little space it needs, which is great for the busier days.
When I first decided to invest in my journal I did a ton of research on what to purchase, just as you may be doing right now. I would read list after list of people’s opinions on what to use. I decided I wanted to try both the Moleskine journal and the Leuchtturm1917 so that I could give you a very detailed comparison of each.
- You can purchase them with either a soft or hard cover.
- Pages that are available are dotted, grid, lined, and blank.
- It opens flat for easy writing.
- It has an elastic to keep it closed
- It has two, ribbon bookmarks
- There is a built-in index for you to fill out.
- The A5 version is 5.75 x 8.25 inches (You can also purchase a smaller or larger version).
- The paper is bleed free.
- The pages are slightly rounded.
- There are 249, pre-numbered pages.
- There are 8 perforated pages in the back.
- It has a large pocket in the back.
- It comes with label stickers for the front and the spine of the journal.
- The prices range from about $20-$35 depending on the color and availability.
- It comes in several bright colors.
If you are interested, you can purchase a Leuchtturm1917 here.
- The dotted version comes with either a soft or hard cover.
- Moleskine offers multiple page types including dotted, grid, lined, and plain.
- It has rounded corners
- The soft cover has 192 pages and the hard-cover version has 240 pages.
- It measures 5 x 8.25 inches.
- There is a pocket in the back for storage.
- It has one, ribbon bookmark.
- It has an elastic closure
- It is priced between $13 and $20.
If you are interested, you can purchase a Moleskine here.
- They both come with soft and hard covers.
- Having two, ribbon bookmarks is a really nice way to save multiple pages. The Moleskine only has one.
- I will probably never use the perforated pages in the Leuchtturm1917, but the Moleskine doesn’t have that option.
- They are the same height, but the Leuchtturm1917 is a bit wider.
- Both elastics hold the pages closed, but Moleskine’s seems a bit looser (this could be due to the soft cover).
- Leuchtturm1917 has about 50 more pages than the Moleskine.
- The Moleskine is a more affordable option than the Leuchtturm1917.
- The premade index is very nice and saves time.
My Personal Opinion
I have given you the facts. So without further adieu,
my top choice is……
drum roll, please….
The Leuchtturm1917 seems to really be perfect for this style of journaling. The index is very nice and the paper is only completely bleed-free. I love having the two, ribbon bookmarks so that I can save more pages easily. I also really like the pre-numbered pages and that it is a bit wider than the Moleskine. That said, I do not like the price of the Leuchtturm1917. While the plain black, hard cover options are similar in price, if you chose a bright colored cover, you could pay nearly twice the amount as the Moleskine. You have to weigh out if that is worth it to you. I also like that the Moleskine journals are widely available in the US. The Leuchtturm1917 has to be ordered online, so you can’t just run to a store and pick one up. However, with Amazon’s prime shipping you can get access to a Leuchtturm1917 within only a couple days, which isn’t too bad.
I chose a black notebook initially because I wasn’t sure if I would like it and that was the cheapest color at the time. I also wanted the simplicity of a plain black notebook. In the future, I may splurge on a purple or cyan colored one!
Have you tried Bullet Journalling? What is your favorite Notebook?
Peace and Love,