Last year, when I had to change my notebook, I decided to use a Leuchtturm 1917 as a new Bullet Journal. During this period I’ve learned a lot, so I’d like to share with you my experience walking through its features. The notebook that I’m going to show you is my Leuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook Dot Grid.
Leuchtturm1917 notebook has a 70 gsm high quality paper which allows you to use different kinds of pens and tools. If you use rollerball pens, gel pens, liners (such as Staedtler Pigment Liners) or water based markers (for example Tombow Dual Brush Pen), I ensure the ink won’t bleed through the pages. For my Comic Bullet Journal I use that kind of tools, and I’ve also used watercolours with a very good result! So you can express your creativity in so many ways. You just have to avoid alcohol based markers (Sharpie markers or Copic markers), or all the markers with the writing “permanent ink”, as they are supposed to write in particular surfaces or need a specific paper.
2. Numbered Pages and Contents
The reason why most of Bullet Journalists use a Leuchtturm 1917 notebook, is that it includes some of the Bullet Journal basics: numbered pages and blank table of contents. It means that if you are starting a Bullet Journal, you have to write all the numbers on each page of your notebook, and dedicate some pages for a Index. That’s very important, as it allows you to have all of your contents together and find them quickly. In a Leuchtturm1917 notebook you don’t need to do that, that’s why I chose it last year, and it’s choosen by many Bullet Journalists.
Leuchtturm1917 Notebook provides 249 pages. How long does it last? It depends on how you use it, but on average it lasts 6-10 months. If you use it for Bullet Journaling, it could last more using weekly logs instead of daily logs, or it could last less time if you add drawings, lettering quotes, or collections. My first notebook lasted a lot because I’ve used weekly logs for about 2-3 months, and my layout were very minimalist, but now I’m filling my notebook more quickly.
You will also find 8 perforated pages, which you can use as extra paper to take notes, write lists, sketch, etc. I found them very useful when I had to cover up a mistake in my November monthly log. I took one of the perforated pages, I cut the needed size and glued it on the page. It worked so well :D!
4. Pocket and labels
At the end of the notebook, there is a pocket inside. You can put there everything you need to take with you, such as stickers, receipts or… secret letters :D! I have the stickers provided by Leuchtturm1917 to label your notebook and another little notebook which fits so well there. You don’t need to close it, everything stays perfectly, but if it’s necessary you can use washi tape. Advice: if you use notebooks like I do (everywhere) stick your label when your notebook is completed, or the sticker will get dirty soon!
5. Page markers and elastic closure
In your Leuchtturm1917 notebook there are two page markers in different colours, I used them for the monthly log and the latest day, but if you need an extra page marker, you can use the elastic which close your notebook. The elastic has many features, someone use it as a pen holder (tutorial here), it keeps extra paper (no fixed or pasted) inside your notebook and it can hold another notebook that you want to carry with you.
6. Thread Bound
That’s my favourite topic. The reason why I decided to use a Leuchtturm1917 again, is for its binding. I personally use my notebooks everywhere, I always carry them around and my bag is usually very full of all sort of things (I have a second house in my bag :D). After almost 1 year of a stressed life, the binding of my notebook was still perfect and I was so impressed by that. Another good fact about the binding, is that it opens flat. Some notebooks create a sort of “wave” in the center of the notebook along the binding, and it’s impossible to draw , for example, a line with a ruler in two pages. With a Leuchtturm1917 notebook you won’t have problems, and you will find tons of double page drawing spreads, made by people who use it.
So, that’s what I think about Leuchtturm1917 notebook and what I ‘ve learned in a year. It’s now part of my favourite gear and I really recommend it! Get your favourite colour >> here, it’s available squared, ruled, dotted and blank.
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And you? What do you think about Leuchtturm1917? Do you know some other tips about it? Let me know in a comment! 🙂