Looking to start a journal but feel overwhelmed by the options? This is the list for you! I’ve been Bullet Journaling every single day for over 2 years now, and I’ve tried a lot of notebooks along the way.
I’ve narrowed down your search to the best and the brightest. These 5 notebooks have stood the test of time and are sure to please options for every variety of journaling. So if you’re looking for a sure thing – look no further. I’ve got you!
5 Notebooks Perfect for Bullet Journaling
All the notebooks I show you today have their own pros and cons. Keep in mind your personal needs when making your decision.
- 249 Numbered pages
- 2 bookmarks
- 3 Page Index
- Large back pocket
- Perforated tear out pages in the back
- $17.95 – $25.50
The Leuchtturm1917 might be the most popular notebook for Bullet Journaling and for good reason. In 2 years of Bullet Journaling, I’ve used 3 Leuchtturm1917s and they all held up extremely well to everyday use. Leuchtturm even released an official “Bullet Journal ” edition of their notebook, with extra features and in-depth instructions. This version of slightly more expensive, but a great option for a beginner who could use some training wheels.
Leuchtturms come in 4 different sizes, a variety of colors, as well as dotted, lined and squared versions. This makes them one of the most customizable notebooks around. The average cost of these superstars is $17.95 – $25.50.
The Leuchtturm1917 is exceedingly durable and can withstand lots of abuse. If you’re a heavy everyday user, the Leuchtturm will hold up like a champ. And 249 pages means it will last longer than some of the other notebooks on this list, so you are buying journals less often. I also love that it comes in any color imaginable! You literally have a rainbow of options! Overall, the Leuchtturm1917 is one of the best notebooks you’ll ever own and is in some ways the ultimate Bullet Journal.
While the paper is decent quality, it is thinner than all of the notebooks on this list. This means you will have some bleed thru with heavier pens or markers. Make sure you test your pens on some of the tear-out pages to avoid a mess.
- 201 Numbered Pages
- Premium Paper (100SG)
- Built-in Key and Color Code page
- 2 Pen test pages
- Large back pocket
- 2 bookmarks
- $19.99 – $25.00
I’m currently using the Scribbles that Matter notebook for my Fall Bullet Journal and I have to say, I’m in love. These notebooks are high quality and so much fun to use. Their hardcover is a plush leatherette that feels great in the hand and is easy to wipe clean. They come in an iconic version and a pro-version. As far as I can tell the only difference between these versions is the original has a cover heavily embossed with their signature doodles, and the pro version is embossed only along the spine and lower back.
There are a lot of wonderful reasons to choose this notebook. The paper is extremely high quality – thick and smooth and resistant to bleed thru, making it a dream to write on. And a built-in Pen Test page in the back ensures you’ll never ruin your new pages. The built-in Key and Color Code is also a really fun feature, giving you more ways to customize your journal with less work on your part.
This is also one of the most affordable notebooks on the list and they are on sale now for 20% off!
Overall, I’m so impressed with this notebook and I will be using it again and again on my Bullet Journal journey! Highly recommended!
At 200 pages, this won’t last as long as a Leuchtturm1917. This isn’t a deal breaker for me, but it’s something to consider if you want to buy notebooks less often. The pen loop on the side is also subject to break, as almost all pen loops are.
- 2 bookmarks
- Inner pocket
- 3 index pages
- 185 numbered pages
- 4 perforated tear-out pages
- Bonus emoji stickers
- Gel ink pen
- Flexible soft ruler
- Erasable page dividers
- $9.99 – $12.99
The Lemome is relatively unknown in the Bullet Journal community, but I’m finding it a strong contender! Sold exclusively on Amazon, these notebooks come in a wide variety of styles. Hardcover, softcover, leather, embossed, colorful or classic, you name it! They feature thick premium paper and often come with stickers, dividers, even a ruler! For all these extra’s this is the MOST affordable notebook on the list, making it a tremendous value for a beginner.
The Lemome comes packed with extra features, so if you’re not much of a do-it-yourselfer this could be the notebook for you! Prebuilt pages for goals, wants and lists make it easy for you to super customize your journal.
And the paper truly is premium. It takes a lot of heavy use to bleed thru with this journal. So if you’ve got a heavy hand with a marker, look this way! This is also the most affordable notebook in the list and with so many extra features its hard to find this kind of value anywhere else. What a great starter kit! Overall my tests of this journal have shown it to durable, feature packed and super affordable! Click here to see more!
There are a few glaring typos in their prebuilt features.
I think it’s funny, but if this is gonna drive you crazy to look at every day – and I understand – steer clear.
- Leatherette Cover
- 80 Sheets of Premium Paper
- 1 Bookmark
- Expanding Inner Pocket
- $16-$25 ( On Sale Now!)
The Rhodiarama is a soft cover notebook with a rich leatherette cover. It comes in a small variety of colors that while beautiful, are limited. Each color comes with the signature orange elastic closure and orange inside cover front and back. It’s a fun contrast. This notebook is great for the minimalist who doesn’t want a lot of bells and whistles. What it lacks in features it makes up for in incredibly high-quality Clairefontaine paper. If bleed thru is a deal breaker, this is the notebook for you!
Two words – Clairefontaine paper. This paper is hailed by many experts as the best paper in the world. This paper will turn you into a paper snob. Pinkies up, everyone!
At 80 pages, you’ll get to the end quicker. But if you’re a minimalist when it comes to your journal that may not be a problem for you.
- 192 pages Numbered Pages
- 90gsm Clairefontaine Premium Paper
- Expanding Inner Pocket
- Built-In Index
- $16-$25 (On Sale Now!
This is a wonderful offering from Rhodia with a plush leatherette hardcover and 196 pages. It comes in 3 colors – orange, grey and black. I prefer the a5 size ( roughly 5×8) but it comes in a smaller and larger version. With a built-in Index and the amazing Clairefontaine paper, this is an excellent and affordable choice for a Bullet Journal!
Clairefontaine paper is the star of this show. Hailed as the best paper in the world, these buttery smooth pages are virtually bleed proof with minimal ghosting. This notebook also lays very flat when you open it, which is extremely helpful when you’re drawing out a spread. With the best paper on the block and an affordable price, this is a fantastic option for Bullet Journaling!
The only con I can see in this wonderful notebook is its color limitations. Not being particularly fond of any of the 3 colors available, I’m a little less likely to pick this as a journal I’ll be looking at every day.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this round-up of some of the best notebooks around! Which notebook would you choose? Have you used any of these for your journaling? How did it go? I’d love to hear your experiences and suggestions! Let me know in the comments!