Moleskine vs. Leuchtturm – The Great Debate

Moleskine vs. Leuchtturm. The great debate that inevitably makes its way into the daily threads of every Bullet Journal group in existence. Who will emerge victorious? Read on, my friends… read on.

OK, so maybe it’s not quite as dramatic as I’m making it sound. But seriously… if you’re into Bullet Journaling then I’m sure you’ve asked yourself the Moleskine vs. Leuchtturm question at least once. And you’ve almost certainly asked it in one of the Bullet Journal communities online.

Sure, the Bullet Journal system can be adapted to any notebook. That’s the beauty of the system, after all. It has a low entry cost compared to the higher-end Erin Condrens and Midori Traveler’s Notebooks of the planner world. All you need to get started is a blank notebook and a pen or pencil.

>> Psst! Did you just get here from YouTube? Head down to the bottom of this post to find what you’re looking for ;)

Are you wondering which notebook to use for your new Bullet Journal? Here's my review of the two most popular notebooks among Bullet Journalists. Moleskine vs. Leuchtturm

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moleskine vs. leuchtturm

Welcome to my very first YouTube companion post!

I’m excited to be sharing this YouTube video with you all today! I’ve been asked over and over again… which is better? Moleskin vs. Leuchtturm?

To answer this age-old question, I knew there was only one thing to do. So, I headed out to my local Target in search of a dotted Moleskine to compare to my beloved Leuchtturm1917. Alas, my Target only had lined Moleskins so the search was still on! Luckily, I found one at my next stop: Barnes & Noble.

Armed with the two notebooks and my handy dandy iPhone, I embarked on a mission to answer ALL of your questions regarding the two most popular notebooks among Bullet Journalists. Check it out below!

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For those of you that don’t have time to watch the whole video, or would just like a quick snapshot, I threw together this little table for you outlining the main differences:

Moleskine vs. Leuchtturm

Dimensions5" x 8.25"5.71" x 8.27"
Price (Amazon)$16.05+$18.25+
Number of Pages192249
Paper Weight70 gsm80 gsm
Cover StyleSoft CoverHard Cover
Number of Bookmarks
Elastic ClosureYesYes
Back Storage PocketYesYes
Numbered PagesNoYes
Archival Stickers/LabelsNoYes


Both the Moleskine and the Leuchtturm held up very well to my pen test. There was a good amount of ghosting in both notebooks, but that is to be expected with both. I was surprised by how little bleed-through there was in the Moleskine even thought that is usually one of the top complaints about Moleskine notebooks.

Are you wondering which notebook to use for your new Bullet Journal? Here's my review of the two most popular notebooks among Bullet Journalists. Moleskine vs. Leuchtturm

The one area where Moleskine fell behind Leuchtturm was in the fountain pen test. The Moleskine pages showed quite a bit of feathering with my wetter fountain pens. The Leuchtturm on the other hand, handled them quite nicely!


So which notebook wins the Moleskine vs. Leuchtturm debate?

In my opinion, the Leuchtturm1917 wins hands down! While the paper quality was not different enough to sway me one way or the other, the added features of the Leuchtturm really set it apart in my eyes. The additional bookmark, numbered pages, archival stickers/labels, and extra width of the pages make this one a no-brainer for me.

Hopefully I’ve provided you with enough information today to come to your own conclusions as well.


Have I mentioned lately how much I love the Bullet Journal Community? Every single day, I’m blown away by the support and camaraderie of our awesome little community. I’ve been wanting to give back for a while now and well… today is the day!

I’m super excited to be hosting this giveaway for you over the next 10 days! Let’s break down the prize package, shall we?

Running through December 14th, 2015... I'm giving away my absolute favorite Bullet Journal Supplies! Head on over to the blog to enter!

  1. Leuchtturm1917 Notebook (A5, Dotted, Berry)
    What’s more appropriate than Boho “Berry” giving away a “Berry” colored notebook?!?
  2. Staedtler Triplus Fineliners (Assorted Colors, 10-Pack)
    These are my go-to pens for adding color to my Bullet Journal!
  3. Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens (Black, 4-pack)
    This pack contains 4 different pens (S,F,M & B). I use the “F” for all of my daily writing :)
  4. Artist’s Loft Stencil/Ruler
    Just for fun, a cute little stencil/ruler in case you’re like me and still struggle with straight lines ;)

So what do you have to do to enter?

Simply follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget below to be entered to win. Choose any one of the methods below for one entry, or go wild and complete all 4! It’s up to you :)

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Running through December 14th, 2015... I'm giving away my absolute favorite Bullet Journal Supplies! Head on over to the blog to enter!

This giveaway will run today (December 4th, 2015) through December 14th, 2015. The winner will be notified via email on or before December 16th, 2015. I can’t wait to see who wins! :)

Well kids, that’s all I have for you today. Hopefully I’ve settled some Moleskine vs. Leuchtturm debates you’ve had raging in your own mind, and I look forward to reading the comments that I know will ensue shortly! Talk to you soon! :)


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