A few weeks ago, the awesome folks over at Goulet Pens reached out to me to see if I’d like to review the new Rhodia Goalbook. Although I’m currently using the Traveler’s Notebook system as my Bullet Journal, I thought this would be a great notebook to review for you.
I’ve been an admirer of the Rhodia brand for some time now. I use their dot pads regularly for doodling and handwriting practice, and I’ve fallen in love with their smooth, fountain pen friendly Clairefontaine paper.
When it comes to Bullet Journaling, I’ve always been a huge fan of the Leuchtturm1917 notebooks, but this new Rhodia really caught my eye with all of its new features. I’m excited to walk through all of these features for you today and tell you my thoughts.
Pre-PS: If you’re more of a video learner, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to watch my video review :)
Rhodia Goalbook Review
The first thing that caught my eye about the Rhodia Goalbook was the gorgeous leatherette cover. The Goalbook comes in multiple colors, and the feel of the leatherette is nothing short of scrumptious!
(above images courtesy of Goulet Pens)
At first, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the soft cover since I have been SO used to hardcover notebooks over the years. The feel of the cover itself definitely swayed me once I held the notebook in my hands though!
The Rhodia Goalbook features an elastic closure, an expandable pocket in the back, and two ribbon bookmarks to easily mark your place (I like to keep mine on my current weekly spread and my current daily page).
In the past, the one thing that kept me from using the Rhodia Webnotebook as my Bullet Journal was the fact that it didn’t have an index or numbered pages. It seems like the team at Rhodia has really been paying attention to their customers wants and needs, because this notebook has that and so much more!
The first page has a few lines where you can write in your contact information, and perhaps a short “if lost, please return to…” message.
The Rhodia Goalbook features 3 spreads (6 whole pages!) designated as a table of contents or index. Although I’ve never needed more than 4 pages, this is great for those of you who need a little bit more room!
Up next is the first “perpetual calendar”. This annual calendar spans 2 spreads (4 pages) and has an undated column for each month of the year. I could see this being used to keep a record of birthdays, anniversaries, and other special events that repeat on an annual basis.
The second “perpetual calendar” is reminiscent of the Bullet Journal’s traditional future log. With six months per spread, you could use this as a future log, recording upcoming appointments and events throughout the year.
The numbered pages begin on the very next spread and range from 1 (duh 😊) all the way up to 224.
As I do with every new notebook, I decided to conduct a pen test on the last page. There’s nothing worse than assuming that your pens will be fine only to realize that your very first page has bled through to the other side.
I used all of my usual pens in this test, and also tried out a few of my wettest writing fountain pen and ink combos.
All performed beautifully on the smooth 90gsm paper, although my wettest writer – the Stipula Rainbow 88 Flex Pen did feather a little bit on the page.
As you can see in the image above, there was a bit of ghosting with each one of the pens and markers that I used. Only the flex pen (the Stipula) bled through, but I honestly expected that as it dumps a TON of ink onto the page.
The ghosting doesn’t bother me because I find that once I write on the other side of the page it is barely noticeable. If it does bother you, that might be something to consider when deciding what notebook to buy for your next Bullet Journal.
A Note About the Paper
If I have to pick something to gripe about with Rhodia notebooks (the Goalbook included), it’s the ivory color of their pages. I’ve always preferred a “whiter” paper, but I realize that this may not be as important for everyone.
The image above shows a Leuchtturm1917 on top of the Rhodia Goalbook for comparison. As you can see, the Goalbooks’ paper is much darker, almost “yellowish” in comparison.
Another thing to note is the size of the dots themselves.
The dots in the Leuchtturm1917 are much smaller and lighter, almost fading into the page as you write. The Goalbook’s dots are much more prominent, which could be a positive or a negative depending on how you look at it. If you struggle to keep track of the dots in an LT1917, then the Goalbook may be perfect for you!
Overall, I think the Rhodia Goalbook is a GREAT notebook for Bullet Journalists. Although I’m dedicated to my Traveler’s Notebook at the moment, I could definitely see myself using this as a Bullet Journal in the future. Here are some of my personal pros and cons to help you decide:
- Numbered Pages
- Fountain pen friendly paper
- 6 table of contents/index pages
- 2 sets of perpetual calendars
- 2 ribbon bookmarks
- Silky smooth cover
- Back expandable pocket
- Softcover (could be a pro as well depending on your preference)
- Ivory/Yellowish pages (again, personal preference)
- Large, bold dot grid (yet another that could be a pro 😊)
I want to say thank you again to the folks over at Goulet Pens for sending this notebook my way for review. If you’re sold on this gorgeous notebook for your next Bullet Journal, you can pick one up right here.
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