Mega Notebook Comparison

I've gotta say, I'm pretty excited about today's post! I've been planning this mega notebook comparison for over a month now, and I'm over the moon that I finally get to share it with you! I get SO many questions about different notebooks on a daily basis, and I thought it was high time to do a comparison between 10 of the most popular notebooks in the Bullet Journal community.

Happy Friday! I’ve gotta say, I’m pretty excited about today’s post! I’ve been planning this mega notebook comparison for over a month now, and I’m over the moon that I finally get to share it with you!

I get SO many questions about different notebooks on a daily basis, and I thought it was high time to do a comparison between 10 of the most popular notebooks in the Bullet Journal community.

The notebooks I chose to compare today are all bound notebooks in either a graph or dot grid. There are a LOT more options out there, but I thought I’d start by comparing apples to apples as best as I can. Stay tuned in the future for even more comparisons on different systems and binding styles :)

I've gotta say, I'm pretty excited about today's post! I've been planning this mega notebook comparison for over a month now, and I'm over the moon that I finally get to share it with you! I get SO many questions about different notebooks on a daily basis, and I thought it was high time to do a comparison between 10 of the most popular notebooks in the Bullet Journal community.

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Since I’m writing this as a companion blog post to the video I made over on YouTube (check it out here), I decided not to repeat myself too much but rather to supplement the video with some photos and additional information for each notebook.

Ready? Let’s do this!

MEGA NOTEBOOK COMPARISON

For each notebook, I decided to do a pen test on the back page. In an effort to make the closest comparison possible, I used the same pens, in the same order for each notebook.

Pen test

From top to bottom in each notebook, I used the following:

 

Once I had determined the pens I wanted to use for the test, it was time to dive into the notebooks themselves. I decided to include a scan of each pen test for you below to give you the best representation of how each pen reacts to the paper.

For my full review of each notebook, be sure to check out the full video at the end of this post.


NUUNA NOTEBOOK:
Nuuna.comNuuna Notebook

* This is the one notebook that I did not get in the correct size. Apparently, I did not read the description well enough when I ordered it, and ended up ordering the smaller version with a mini dot grid. Sorry about that!

Nuuna Notebook

Size: 108 x 150 mm (also available in 165 x 220 mm)

Cover: Bonded leather, silk-screened cover art

Paper: 120 g Munken fine paper (bright white)

Format: Mini Dot Grid (2.5 mm spacing)

Pages: 176

Extras: None


PICCADILLY ESSENTIAL NOTEBOOK:
Amazon | PiccadillyInc.com

Piccadilly Essential Notebook

Piccadilly Essential Notebook

Size: 127 x 206 mm / 5.0 x 8.1 in.

Cover: Hard cover, black only

Paper: 80 gsm wood-free, acid-free (ivory)

Format: Graph (4 squares per inch)

Pages: 240

Extras: Elastic closure, expandable inner pocket, satin page ribbon


MOLESKINE CLASSIC NOTEBOOK:
Amazon | Moleskine.com

Moleskine Classic Notebook

Moleskine Classic Notebook

Size: 130 x 210 mm / 5.0 x 8.25 in.

Cover: Hard cover, black only

Paper: Acid Free (cream)

Format: Dot Grid (5mm spacing)

Pages: 240

Extras: Elastic closure, expandable inner pocket, woven nylon page marker


PETER PAUPER PRESS ESSENTIALS NOTEBOOK:
Amazon | PeterPauper.com

Peter Pauper Press Essentials Notebook

Peter Pauper Press Essentials Notebook

Size: 148 x 210 mm / 5.5 x 8 in.

Cover: Hard cover, black or red only

Paper: 100 gsm, acid-free, archival (off-white)

Format: Graph (4 squares per inch)

Pages: 192

Extras: Elastic closure, expandable inner pocket, bookmark


LEUCHTTURM1917 NOTEBOOK:
Amazon | Goulet | Leuchtturm1917.us

Leuchtturm1917 Notebook

Leuchtturm1917 Notebook

Size: 145 x 210 mm / 5.5 x 8.25 in.

Cover: Hard cover, SO many colors!

Paper: 80 g, acid-free (ivory)

Format: Dot Grid (5mm spacing)

Pages: 249

Extras: Elastic closure, expandable inner pocket, two bookmarks, numbered pages, built-in index, archival stickers


RHODIA WEBNOTEBOOK:
Amazon | Goulet

Rhodia Webnotebook

Rhodia Webnotebook

Size: 145 x 210 mm / 5.5 x 8.25 in.

Cover: Hard cover, black and orange only

Paper: 90 g, acid-free, pH neutral (ivory)

Format: Dot Grid (5mm spacing)

Pages: 192

Extras: Elastic closure, expandable inner pocket, ribbon marker.


SEVEN SEAS CROSSFIELD NOTEBOOK:
NanamiPaper.com

Seven Seas Crossfield

Seven Seas Crossfield Notebook

Size: 148 x 210 mm / 5.6 x 8.25 in.

Cover: Flexible, semi-stiff coated fabric cover

Paper: Tomoe River (white)

Format: Cross Grid (5mm spacing)

Pages: 480

Extras: Kraft slip case, includes a sheet of pink blotter paper


BARON FIG CONFIDANT:
BaronFig.com

Baron Fig Confidant

Baron Fig Confidant

Size: 5.4 x 7.7 in.

Cover: Hard, fabric-coated cover, available in grey and charcoal

Paper: Acid-free, fine-grain

Format: Dot Grid (5mm spacing)

Pages: 192

Extras: Yellow ribbon bookmark, great packaging!


ROARING SPRING COMPOSITION NOTEBOOK:
Amazon

Roaring Spring Composition Notebook

Roaring Spring Composition Notebook

Size: 190 x 247 mm / 7.5 x 9.75 in

Cover: Stiff cardboard

Paper: ?

Format: Graph (4 squares per inch)

Pages: 160

Extras: None


STAPLES COMPOSITION NOTEBOOK:
Amazon

Staples Composition Notebook

Staples Composition Notebook

Size: 190 x 247 mm / 7.5 x 9.75 in

Cover: Heavy cardstock

Paper: ?

Format: Graph (4 squares per inch)

Pages: 200

Extras: None


Don’t forget to check out the video below to get a better look at each notebook, and my personal thoughts on each one :)

Kara Benz
Kara Benz is the artist and author behind Boho Berry, where she inspires her readers to lead a more centered, fulfilled, and inspired life. Kara also runs a successful sticker shop on Etsy – Boho Berry Paperie.

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  • Christina Grandrath

    Wow! Thank you for this great undertaking.
    I’ll probably stick with my Leuchtturm because I love them and I can buy them locally.

  • Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    This feeds my soul in a way that I can’t explain. I have such a need to research tools for any projects I undertake – and my bullet journal journey has been no exception! ;) I have purchased several notebooks so far but have not found my “planner peace” as the kids say. lol I have so far tried the Moleskine softcover squared notebook (large), a Leuchtturm1917 dot grid, and the Arc system by Staples (A5) size. I have learned what I like and don’t like about each one, but finding a notebook that has all the things I love has proven to be challenging.
    I appreciate all you share with the online “bujo” community – you are my go to when I need information or inspiration. <3 You are an amazing woman!! I am proud to be a part of your tribe. =D

  • Kristanne

    Thank you! Question… which one had the least ghosting?

  • Veridium

    You did a wonderful job comparing the same elements across various notebooks! As a new “BuJoer” I’ve been looking at online reviews and very few do side-by-side comparisons, let alone with the myriad of readily available notebooks that you checked out. This will definitely make investing in a more long-term journal much easier.

    I did notice that with the Baron Fig Confidant you didn’t flip the pen test page over to review bleeding and ghosting. Any thoughts on those areas for the Confidant?

  • Beth Smith

    Which brands come in larger sizes? Right now I’m using a Moleskine softcover that measures 190mm x 250mm. I’m not familiar with the European sizing so I can’t say if that’s A4, B5, etc. I like the size but the bleed through makes it difficult to see the dots sometimes. I’ve had the Leuchtturm 1917 but it was too small for me. Suggestions?

  • Bia

    This was a great overview of the notebooks. I just finished setting up my first billet journal, based on your video, in my Filofax because I am comfortable with a Filofax. But I can also see how the rings may be a bit annoying… So I decided to set up two BJs (one a Filofax and one a fauxdori set up) and use them parallel each other for a little while to see which one I will find to be more practical. The reason I decided this is because I love my Filofax- more like in-love with my Filofax :)), but I find the fauxdori system so interesting and cute, and possibly more BJ friendly because of the no ring binding, so I’m torn… The notebooks you cover here are great but I love the multi parts look (different tabs sticking out, sections, pockets, etc.) of a BJ instead of just a notebook.
    I was also interested in the pens you use and you list those as well! Thank you for that. I love fountain pens as well, but I don’t have a large collection. I do love the one you use as an everyday one… the TWSBI Diamond 580 I think it is… Thanks for sharing the name and where you can get it. Would you consider having a video on your pen collection and how you load/fill them with ink? I usually buy ink cartridges and have never tried the ink bottles because I don’t really know how to use them and I think they are too messy… is that not the case?
    Bia :)

  • Ewa

    Hi Kara!

    Thank you for this comparision, you did a great job here :) Actually there is something I’d like to ask you (or maybe someone else has discovered that as well?) since you’re like heavy Leuchtturm user ;)
    Have you noticed that they have changed the quality of the paper?

    I used to have the berry one-ribbon A5 dotted notebook, and the paper was thick and smooth, really lovely (I need to have smooth paper, it almost hurts me when I touch more rough one, that’s why I can get used to moleskine).
    But I have just bought the two-ribbon edition (A5 dotted) and found out that the paper is different. So I don’t know if they changed it for good, or just my copy has poorer quality?

    Best,
    Ewa

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