If you've been following my blog for a while now, you must have noticed that I have a small addiction as far as my bullet journal is concerned! Put it plainly, I'm obsessed!!!
Being a bullet journal newbie, you find yourself in the beginning being bombarded with various styles and ways of doing things. You get inspired by your favourite Instagram accounts, or from posts you find on facebook groups (like this one) etc. But in the end, I guess you just have to figure out what works for you and what doesn't. It's a simple case of trial and error. That's what has happened to me, especially with my weekly spreads.
I never thought that something so small like a notebook could have such a big impact in my life, but it's true!
I've always been a big planner and journal enthusiast, with little notebooks and calendars to note down all the appointments, events and interesting things that happened throughout the day. But no planner that I've ever bought was exactly how I wanted it. It might not have had enough space for me to write on or doodle like I tend to do, or it might not have had the sections that I needed for my every day notes and so on. I then turned to Etsy, in order to find the perfect planner for me. However, I still didn't find what I was looking for and also I'm not fond of having my notes on loose paper or in binders. So, while I was looking around, I stumbled upon a video on YouTube by Kara where she was talking about her Bullet Journal and my world changed! (yes, it was that dramatic!!!)
But what is a Bullet Journal?
It's an analog system for the digital age. It helps record the past organise the present and plan for the future. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook and diary and all the above.
That's how the creator of this system, Ryder Carroll, describes it in his very informative website that you must visit to see all the information and the detailed videos that thoroughly explain his system.
I knew straight away that this was the perfect system for me, so I obviously had to get that bullet planner. You can use any notebook you want with this system, or you can get the original Bullet Journal from their website. However I am a girl of colour, and I wasn't very font of the black notebook. That's when I discovered the magical and colourful world of Leuchtturm1917 notebooks!
Don't let the name deter you - I can't even pronounce it for the life of me! Fellow planner and journal enthusiasts - I'm introducing you my new love, my new Leuchtturm1917 notebook!
Oh, it's poetry! I chose the light blue colour and the size is A5 (dimensions 145x210mm). For me this is the perfect size - not too big and still compact to carry with you every day. You can also get it in A4, A6 and A7 sizes.
I prefer the dotted one, but it also comes in 3 other styles - plain, ruled and squared.
It comes in 17 different colours, and between you and me, I want to get all of them. (Don't tell my husband though!)
It closes with an elastic band that I really like, because I tend to have little notes and pieces of paper usually in between pages, and not one but two page markers.
It has 249 already numbered pages, which helps a lot with the bullet journal system. And at the front there are 3 pages with a blank table of contents, so you can fill them in as you go along.
One more cool feature that it has, is an expandable pocket at the back. Now all my little notes and pieces of paper have a home! :)
The Leuchtturm1917 is a thread bound book that opens flat - very handy when you write or sketch things - with ink proof and acid free paper. That means that you very rarely get bleeding through the paper. You can however get some ghosting, but that doesn't bother me at all.
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