My First Leuchtturm1917 Notebook

For Christmas, my sister gifted me a green Leuchtturm1917 that I’ve been using for my 2018 planning. I’ve also been using a second journal for long-term planning, rather than monthly and weekly spreads. I wrote about why and how I’m using two bullet journals here.

I’ve read and heard a lot about these notebooks for bullet journalling. To be honest, I was never interested in them. They run for $30.00 on Amazon for the A5 size I have. I’ve read reviews every time I was in the market for a new journal, but picked a different product because I’ve found something cheaper.

January, February, and March all have spreads in the Leuchtturm and I’m glad I finally got to try it! I love starting the year in a fresh book, and even though I had space in my Scribbles That Matter, I’m using the Leuchtturm for 2018.

I’ll be using this journal for 2018 until either the year ends or the pages run out. It’s let me loosen up a little bit, on account of all the accidental smears and the less-than-polished quality my spreads end up being. I’m not saying I’m messier in this journal than I am in other ones, but I feel better messing up in the Leuchtturm compared to my Scribbles That Matter.

Pros:

  • Lots of pages
  • Dot layout is well structured
  • Numbered pages are not intrusive to the layout
  • Hardcover
  • 2 ribbon bookmarks for easier navigation
  • Elastic band

Cons:

  • Gel ink smears and takes longer to dry
  • Ghosting through the pages
  • Hardcover finish gets dirty quickly (it was dirty after the first day I opened it, oops!)
  • Page quality is average

As a journal, it’s well-rounded and serves its purpose. It’s a great notebook for bullet journalling!

However… I think the Leuchtturm is overpriced when there are options for lower costs (Scribbles That Matter is less than $25.00) However, if you can get a Leuchtturm in a craft or art store for less than $30.00, it’s definitely a great notebook for bullet journalling.

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