2018 · Bullet Journal · Reviews

BLOGMAS: Bullet Journal Notebook Discussions

Today, I’m doing something a little bit different. I want to find various notebooks that can be used as a Bullet Journal. I’m going to go to Amazon and type in “Bullet Journal Notebook” and see what comes up. After that, I’ll go through each one and discuss the following:

  • Price
  • Size
  • Number of pages
  • Colour options
  • Paper type options (dot grid, square grid, plain or lined)
  • Paper colour
  • Paper thickness (in gsm)
  • Individual features of the notebook
  • What the reviews say

ZenArt’s Bullet Journal Notebook

ZenArt's bullet journal

  • Price: £12.95
  • Size: B5
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Colour options: turquoise and black
  • Paper type options: dot grid
  • Paper colour: ivory
  • Paper thickness: 100 gsm acid free
  • Individual features of the notebook: The cover is made of leather and is scratch resistant, there are two ribbon bookmarks, there is an edge printing on the side and there is a pocket at the back of the notebook
  • What the reviews say: There are no numbered pages, index and no elastic to keep it closed. The dot grid is more subtle in this than the Leuchtturm. Someone said they were able to use watercolour with no bleeding. Overall, the reviews were overwhelmingly positive with everyone commenting on the good quality.

My verdict: I have not heard of this notebook before but the reviews have surprised me and I think this would be a perfect journal!

Link to buy it!

Please note that the 100 gsm notebook is no longer available. However, I have found the same brand doing a 120 gsm notebook which is even better!

Leuchtturm 1917 notebook

leuchtturm 1917

  • Price: £12.99
  • Size: A5
  • Number of pages: 249
  • Colour options: Black, red, navy, purple, orange, lime, lavender, pink, royal blue, fresh green, emerald, cornflower, berry, azure, army, anthracite, white, turquoise, ice blue, lemon, nordic blue, taupe, tobacco, new pink and sand
  • Paper type options: dot grid, square grid, blank and lined
  • Paper colour: cream
  • Paper thickness: 80 gsm
  • Individual features of the notebook: There is an index at the frotnt, with numbered pages, two ribbon book marks, a hard cover, elastic closure and a pocket at the back
  • What the reviews say: It’s a mixed bag in terms of reviews. Some really like this bullet journal whereas others hate it. The main complaint is about the bleeding and ghosting as the paper is quite thin.

My verdict: I have used a Leuchtturm 1917 before but I wasn’t that big of a fan. I felt that the paper quality wasn’t great as lots of things bled and ghosted through. The binding of mine fell apart and part of the elastic closure snapped off so I won’t be purchasing again. It’s a shame because you get so many pages and the array of colours is amazing.

Link to buy it!

Lemome notebook


  • Price: £9.99
  • Size: A5
  • Number of pages: 180
  • Colour options: Brown, Black and natural cork
  • Paper type options:  dot grid, square grid, blank and lined
  • Paper colour: warm white
  • Paper thickness: 120 gsm acid free
  • Individual features of the notebook: there is a pen loop on the binding which is rather unique, a pocket at the back, an elastic closure and 1 ribbon bookmark,
  • What the reviews say: the reviews are overwhelmingly 5 stars. One 1 star review due to the notebook falling apart so that’s something to keep in mind. The cover is made from faux leather. Everyone has also said the book lays completely flat which is a plus.

My verdict: This seems like a really good notebook, especially for the price. The paper is a big plus for me as I like the sound of thick paper that can handle any type of medium.

Link to buy it!

Scribbles that Matter notebook

scribbles that matter

  • Price: £16.99
  • Size: A5
  • Number of pages: 200
  • Colour options: ON AMAZON: teal, navy blue, beige, burgundy, black, lavender, pink, white, mint, pastel pink and periwinkle blue. ON OFFICIAL WEBSITE: all of the one on amazon as well as green, grey, purple and yellow
  • Paper type options: dot grid
  • Paper colour: ivory
  • Paper thickness: 100 gsm
  • Individual features of the notebook: There is a pen test page at the back, a key code page which I find really interesting, an index page, 2 ribbon book marks and all of the pages are numbered. The notebooks come in two versions: Iconic like the one above and pro. The difference is the pro version doesn’t have the embossed doodles.
  • What the reviews say: A lot of positive reviews about the Scribbles that Matter notebook overall. The quality seems to be good overall and most people like the fact there is minimal ghosting and bleeding. The leather is synthetic so the notebook is vegan. However, I’ve noticed some people say the paper quality isn’t as good as it used to be but I’m going to be using this notebook in 2019 so I will keep you updated. At the time of writing, I’ve also asked on my instagram whether people have experienced the same thing so I will also keep you updated on that!

My verdict: When this notebook arrived for me to use in 2019, I was happy with the quality of the notebook and I noticed the pages felt very similar to the Dingbats Notebook paper which is my current bullet journal. I haven’t used any pens on it yet so I can’t comment on the bleeding and ghosting but I will provide a full in depth review after I’ve used the notebook for a while!

Link to buy it!

Dingbats Notebook


  • Price: £15.95
  • Size: Slightly bigger than A5
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Colour options: Wildlife: grey elephant, green deer, orange tiger, blue whale, brown bear, black duck, red kangaroo Earth: sky blue, tangerine, lime
  • Paper type options: Wildlife: dot grid, square grid, blank, lined Earth: dot grid
  • Paper colour: ivory
  • Paper thickness: 100 gsm acid free paper
  • Individual features of the notebook: Wildlife: There are animal footprint endsheets, some perforated pages, an inner pocket, a ribbon bookmark and a pen holder. Earth: The last 16 pages are perforated, two ribbon markets, numbered pages, index pages, key pages, a future log, a pen holder and a back pocket.
  • What the reviews say: The notebook is environmentally and vegan friendly. There is good paper quality with minimal ghosting and bleeding. The notebook is slightly bigger than A5 though so that’s something to keep in mind!

My verdict: I adore this bullet journal. It’s my current one and I’m sad to say goodbye to it. I’m only switching to try out some other brands but I will definitely come back to this!

Link to buy it!

And that’s my bullet journal notebook comparison! I’d love to do this again so if you have any notebooks you want me to look into, let me know!

Love Beth


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