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The only bullet journal notebook review you need for 2020! (20 Notebooks Reviewed!)

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I know, I know, we have alllllll been there! Wondering what notebook to get? Wondering which will suit your needs and which will be perfect for your year. So I created this HUGE bullet journal notebook review to help our newbies out! We have also highlighted which are front runners in the notebook quality, newbies and value for money!

This is an honest review about how I like notebooks, so I want to make that clear up front, that what I like might not be what you like. Notebooks are all about personal preference so keep reading to find something that matches you and your needs. So if you are looking for the “best” bullet journal, while you might find one here in this list, it might not be the one that I called “the best”

For me the top bullet journals were:

  1. Best bullet journal for value for money: Tumbitri Metri
  2. Best Quality bullet journal Notebook: Archer and Olive
  3. Best bullet journal notebook for watercolor: Archer and Olive
  4. Easiest bullet journal notebook to use: The Happy Planner – Happy notes
  5. Best customised bullet journal Notes books: Citrus Book Bindery
  6. Best bullet journal notebook for newbies: Lemome

If you want to see any individual reviews you can find them here

*Please note that the prices listed are updated often so the ones in the images reflect the price at the time of publishing this post

Lets get started!

The Ultimate notebook review video!

Some notebook review terminology

Ghosting: Where you can see pen marks though the paper

Bleeding: When the pen or marker bleeds through the paper

A5: is the size of standard notebook

GSM: Is the weight of the paper (grams per square metre) and the higher the gsm, the thicker and more robust the paper.


Leuchtrum 1917 notebook review

This notebook sets the benchmark for notebooks on the market, it is considered the “official bullet journal notebook” and even is sold on the bullet journal website with the bullet journal branding…

In reality the benchmark has been set pretty low! With the ghosting and bleeding the LT1917 drives me bonkers, but some of you might like that!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameLeuchtrum 1917
Price$19.95
Number of Pages249 numbered pages
Paper gsm80gsm
Number of dots28×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?Elastic Closure
2x Ribbons
No Pen loop
Ghosting and Bleeding?Ghosting and Bleeding
Sizes availableA4 –  B6/ Passport
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard and soft cover available
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?Key, Index, Page Numbers
Additional extras Archive stickers
Overall rating 2/5
I personally cannot stand the ghosting and bleeding through the thin paper

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameTumbetri Metri 
Price$16.95
Number of Pages180 pages
Paper gsm120gsm coated
Number of dots27×38 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

3x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Barely any
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasCute ruler and stencil
Overall rating

 4/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Graphic Arts notebook review

This was another interesting find, heaps of pages, but slightly thinner and uncoated. There is quite a bit of ghosting and some bleeding. Its an interesting notebook and I havent seen many people using it, but its quite a good starter note book! 

I think the price point is slightly high but for what you are getting is probably worth it. It also has pretty bright white paper which is lovely and bright!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameGraphic Arts
Price$19.99
Number of Pages249 numbered pages
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots28×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Its a perfectly good notebook for newbies and those who are just looking to change

Millegram notebook review

The only B5 notebook on the list of this review, and also comes in a A5. It has a fabric cover and has a great price point. But the paper is “paper thin”. Literally. The paper is almost see-through at times, transparent like, and when you pummel it watercolor or juicy pens, you’ll see some serious bleedthrough and ghosting!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMillegram
Price$16.25
Number of Pages196 pages
Paper gsm80gsm
Number of dots35×49 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?A lot! 
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Story of Millegram at the back
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

Paper is so thin, the bleeding and ghosting can feel a little much at times

Ink by Jen G notebook review

Our last notebook, is this one by JenG, and she created these as an add onto her store, and what a fun notebook. I love the little embossed florals on the top of the cover. Over all its a simple notebook, and priced competitively with the rest. Its got ivory paper and while its 100 gsm holds up better to pen and watercolor than the graphic arts notebooks which are of similar gsm.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameInk by Jen G
Price$19.00
Number of Pages192 pages
Paper gsm100gsm
Number of dots27×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Minimal but there
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Nothing hugely phenomenal to write home about here, but definitely a fair contender.

 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameDingbats
Price$19.95
Number of Pages192 pages – perforated
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots29×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some but not majorly 
Sizes availableA4-B6
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Tumbetri Metri notebook review

When I was approached by TM to review their notebooks I was hesitant. But SO glad I did! I put this one in the “best value for money” category because of its bonus features which make it stand out against the Lemome! 

Its a great notebook for newbies and those wanting to try something a little different, the pages are whiter than the lemome and while they are the same thickness and also coated, it makes it lush to use with watercolor.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameTumbetri Metri 
Price$16.95
Number of Pages180 pages
Paper gsm120gsm coated
Number of dots27×38 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

3x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Barely any
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasCute ruler and stencil
Overall rating

 4/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Graphic Arts notebook review

This was another interesting find, heaps of pages, but slightly thinner and uncoated. There is quite a bit of ghosting and some bleeding. Its an interesting notebook and I havent seen many people using it, but its quite a good starter note book! 

I think the price point is slightly high but for what you are getting is probably worth it. It also has pretty bright white paper which is lovely and bright!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameGraphic Arts
Price$19.99
Number of Pages249 numbered pages
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots28×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Its a perfectly good notebook for newbies and those who are just looking to change

Millegram notebook review

The only B5 notebook on the list of this review, and also comes in a A5. It has a fabric cover and has a great price point. But the paper is “paper thin”. Literally. The paper is almost see-through at times, transparent like, and when you pummel it watercolor or juicy pens, you’ll see some serious bleedthrough and ghosting!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMillegram
Price$16.25
Number of Pages196 pages
Paper gsm80gsm
Number of dots35×49 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?A lot! 
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Story of Millegram at the back
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

Paper is so thin, the bleeding and ghosting can feel a little much at times

Ink by Jen G notebook review

Our last notebook, is this one by JenG, and she created these as an add onto her store, and what a fun notebook. I love the little embossed florals on the top of the cover. Over all its a simple notebook, and priced competitively with the rest. Its got ivory paper and while its 100 gsm holds up better to pen and watercolor than the graphic arts notebooks which are of similar gsm.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameInk by Jen G
Price$19.00
Number of Pages192 pages
Paper gsm100gsm
Number of dots27×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Minimal but there
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Nothing hugely phenomenal to write home about here, but definitely a fair contender.

 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameRhodia Goal Book
Price$22.89
Number of Pages120 pages
Paper gsm90gsm 
Number of dots29×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Its pretty good at handling wet pens and watercolor, but still bleeds and ghosts a bit
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Soft covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, future log and monthly log
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 3/5

Its not the worst, its not the best, but definitely worth a mention!

Dingbats notebook review

Now, I can open a can of worms on Dingbats, and lets take a few steps back, about 2 years ago they did something incomprehensible – twice. And I swore to myself never to buy or support such egregious behavior – but curiosity got the better of me, and I believe in second and third chances, so decided to give them a go. 

So what did they do? 1. they were caught out in blatant plagiarism, they would lift images from peoples instagram and super impose them on their notebooks claiming they did them. They did this with a number of photos, and when confronted they back tracked and denied. They were finally upfront about it and apologised to all those involved. At around the same time – they ran a competition where you had to “vote” for your favorite. This community is about supporting each other, not about pitting people against each other in a popularity contest. Uncool and really messed up. 

But – In saying all of that – I am a strong believer of second chances and bought some in the last sale. UUURG! SO YELLOW! Maybe i had become so used to the bright white pages of the A&O but sooooo yellow. 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameDingbats
Price$19.95
Number of Pages192 pages – perforated
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots29×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some but not majorly 
Sizes availableA4-B6
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Tumbetri Metri notebook review

When I was approached by TM to review their notebooks I was hesitant. But SO glad I did! I put this one in the “best value for money” category because of its bonus features which make it stand out against the Lemome! 

Its a great notebook for newbies and those wanting to try something a little different, the pages are whiter than the lemome and while they are the same thickness and also coated, it makes it lush to use with watercolor.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameTumbetri Metri 
Price$16.95
Number of Pages180 pages
Paper gsm120gsm coated
Number of dots27×38 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

3x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Barely any
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasCute ruler and stencil
Overall rating

 4/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Graphic Arts notebook review

This was another interesting find, heaps of pages, but slightly thinner and uncoated. There is quite a bit of ghosting and some bleeding. Its an interesting notebook and I havent seen many people using it, but its quite a good starter note book! 

I think the price point is slightly high but for what you are getting is probably worth it. It also has pretty bright white paper which is lovely and bright!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameGraphic Arts
Price$19.99
Number of Pages249 numbered pages
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots28×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Its a perfectly good notebook for newbies and those who are just looking to change

Millegram notebook review

The only B5 notebook on the list of this review, and also comes in a A5. It has a fabric cover and has a great price point. But the paper is “paper thin”. Literally. The paper is almost see-through at times, transparent like, and when you pummel it watercolor or juicy pens, you’ll see some serious bleedthrough and ghosting!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMillegram
Price$16.25
Number of Pages196 pages
Paper gsm80gsm
Number of dots35×49 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?A lot! 
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Story of Millegram at the back
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

Paper is so thin, the bleeding and ghosting can feel a little much at times

Ink by Jen G notebook review

Our last notebook, is this one by JenG, and she created these as an add onto her store, and what a fun notebook. I love the little embossed florals on the top of the cover. Over all its a simple notebook, and priced competitively with the rest. Its got ivory paper and while its 100 gsm holds up better to pen and watercolor than the graphic arts notebooks which are of similar gsm.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameInk by Jen G
Price$19.00
Number of Pages192 pages
Paper gsm100gsm
Number of dots27×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Minimal but there
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Nothing hugely phenomenal to write home about here, but definitely a fair contender.

 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameThe Happy Planner
Price$10.99
Number of Pages60 pages
Paper gsm120gsm 
Number of dots44×49 dots
Size of dots0.4mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Disk bound so pages can be removed, can add additional pen loops and closures

Ghosting and Bleeding?Very little, and even holds up to watercolor
Sizes availableBig, Classic, Half sheets and Mini
Hard/Soft Cover?Flexible covers
Colors available?Multiple colors and designs
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 4/5

If I could start again, I would probably go this route, cheap and easy to maintain and simple to use.

Rhodia Goal Book notebook review

This is an interesting notebook, it has some amazing paper, its made with clairefontain paper which is buttery smooth and lush! But this also makes the paper buttery in color! SO it is pretty yellow.

The goal book has all the key things you need to get started with a bullet journal, like an index, a future log and events log and monthly log, which is a fab start, especially with those numbered pages.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameRhodia Goal Book
Price$22.89
Number of Pages120 pages
Paper gsm90gsm 
Number of dots29×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Its pretty good at handling wet pens and watercolor, but still bleeds and ghosts a bit
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Soft covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, future log and monthly log
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 3/5

Its not the worst, its not the best, but definitely worth a mention!

Dingbats notebook review

Now, I can open a can of worms on Dingbats, and lets take a few steps back, about 2 years ago they did something incomprehensible – twice. And I swore to myself never to buy or support such egregious behavior – but curiosity got the better of me, and I believe in second and third chances, so decided to give them a go. 

So what did they do? 1. they were caught out in blatant plagiarism, they would lift images from peoples instagram and super impose them on their notebooks claiming they did them. They did this with a number of photos, and when confronted they back tracked and denied. They were finally upfront about it and apologised to all those involved. At around the same time – they ran a competition where you had to “vote” for your favorite. This community is about supporting each other, not about pitting people against each other in a popularity contest. Uncool and really messed up. 

But – In saying all of that – I am a strong believer of second chances and bought some in the last sale. UUURG! SO YELLOW! Maybe i had become so used to the bright white pages of the A&O but sooooo yellow. 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameDingbats
Price$19.95
Number of Pages192 pages – perforated
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots29×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some but not majorly 
Sizes availableA4-B6
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Tumbetri Metri notebook review

When I was approached by TM to review their notebooks I was hesitant. But SO glad I did! I put this one in the “best value for money” category because of its bonus features which make it stand out against the Lemome! 

Its a great notebook for newbies and those wanting to try something a little different, the pages are whiter than the lemome and while they are the same thickness and also coated, it makes it lush to use with watercolor.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameTumbetri Metri 
Price$16.95
Number of Pages180 pages
Paper gsm120gsm coated
Number of dots27×38 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

3x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Barely any
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasCute ruler and stencil
Overall rating

 4/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Graphic Arts notebook review

This was another interesting find, heaps of pages, but slightly thinner and uncoated. There is quite a bit of ghosting and some bleeding. Its an interesting notebook and I havent seen many people using it, but its quite a good starter note book! 

I think the price point is slightly high but for what you are getting is probably worth it. It also has pretty bright white paper which is lovely and bright!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameGraphic Arts
Price$19.99
Number of Pages249 numbered pages
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots28×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Its a perfectly good notebook for newbies and those who are just looking to change

Millegram notebook review

The only B5 notebook on the list of this review, and also comes in a A5. It has a fabric cover and has a great price point. But the paper is “paper thin”. Literally. The paper is almost see-through at times, transparent like, and when you pummel it watercolor or juicy pens, you’ll see some serious bleedthrough and ghosting!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMillegram
Price$16.25
Number of Pages196 pages
Paper gsm80gsm
Number of dots35×49 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?A lot! 
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Story of Millegram at the back
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

Paper is so thin, the bleeding and ghosting can feel a little much at times

Ink by Jen G notebook review

Our last notebook, is this one by JenG, and she created these as an add onto her store, and what a fun notebook. I love the little embossed florals on the top of the cover. Over all its a simple notebook, and priced competitively with the rest. Its got ivory paper and while its 100 gsm holds up better to pen and watercolor than the graphic arts notebooks which are of similar gsm.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameInk by Jen G
Price$19.00
Number of Pages192 pages
Paper gsm100gsm
Number of dots27×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Minimal but there
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Nothing hugely phenomenal to write home about here, but definitely a fair contender.

 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameCitrus Book Bindery
Price$32.00
Number of Pages240 numbered pages
Paper gsm120-225gsm 
Number of dots28×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Customisable ribbon number

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?barely any
Sizes availableMultiple sizes available
Hard/Soft Cover?Mainly hard covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?If you want them
Additional extrasYou can ask for additional extras like rounded corners or special binding
Overall rating

 3/5

One of my favorite notebooks, because its hand made by the owner

Happy Planner – Happy Notes

I am so sad that I discovered this notebook late! If I was starting out again, I would probably chose this to start with, because the pages are disk bound so total removable if you make a mistake. 

The pages are really thick, far thicker than I expected and they hold up to watercolor incredibly well. You can combine a notebook and planner to make it a simple system for you!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameThe Happy Planner
Price$10.99
Number of Pages60 pages
Paper gsm120gsm 
Number of dots44×49 dots
Size of dots0.4mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Disk bound so pages can be removed, can add additional pen loops and closures

Ghosting and Bleeding?Very little, and even holds up to watercolor
Sizes availableBig, Classic, Half sheets and Mini
Hard/Soft Cover?Flexible covers
Colors available?Multiple colors and designs
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 4/5

If I could start again, I would probably go this route, cheap and easy to maintain and simple to use.

Rhodia Goal Book notebook review

This is an interesting notebook, it has some amazing paper, its made with clairefontain paper which is buttery smooth and lush! But this also makes the paper buttery in color! SO it is pretty yellow.

The goal book has all the key things you need to get started with a bullet journal, like an index, a future log and events log and monthly log, which is a fab start, especially with those numbered pages.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameRhodia Goal Book
Price$22.89
Number of Pages120 pages
Paper gsm90gsm 
Number of dots29×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Its pretty good at handling wet pens and watercolor, but still bleeds and ghosts a bit
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Soft covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, future log and monthly log
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 3/5

Its not the worst, its not the best, but definitely worth a mention!

Dingbats notebook review

Now, I can open a can of worms on Dingbats, and lets take a few steps back, about 2 years ago they did something incomprehensible – twice. And I swore to myself never to buy or support such egregious behavior – but curiosity got the better of me, and I believe in second and third chances, so decided to give them a go. 

So what did they do? 1. they were caught out in blatant plagiarism, they would lift images from peoples instagram and super impose them on their notebooks claiming they did them. They did this with a number of photos, and when confronted they back tracked and denied. They were finally upfront about it and apologised to all those involved. At around the same time – they ran a competition where you had to “vote” for your favorite. This community is about supporting each other, not about pitting people against each other in a popularity contest. Uncool and really messed up. 

But – In saying all of that – I am a strong believer of second chances and bought some in the last sale. UUURG! SO YELLOW! Maybe i had become so used to the bright white pages of the A&O but sooooo yellow. 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameDingbats
Price$19.95
Number of Pages192 pages – perforated
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots29×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some but not majorly 
Sizes availableA4-B6
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Tumbetri Metri notebook review

When I was approached by TM to review their notebooks I was hesitant. But SO glad I did! I put this one in the “best value for money” category because of its bonus features which make it stand out against the Lemome! 

Its a great notebook for newbies and those wanting to try something a little different, the pages are whiter than the lemome and while they are the same thickness and also coated, it makes it lush to use with watercolor.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameTumbetri Metri 
Price$16.95
Number of Pages180 pages
Paper gsm120gsm coated
Number of dots27×38 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

3x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Barely any
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasCute ruler and stencil
Overall rating

 4/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Graphic Arts notebook review

This was another interesting find, heaps of pages, but slightly thinner and uncoated. There is quite a bit of ghosting and some bleeding. Its an interesting notebook and I havent seen many people using it, but its quite a good starter note book! 

I think the price point is slightly high but for what you are getting is probably worth it. It also has pretty bright white paper which is lovely and bright!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameGraphic Arts
Price$19.99
Number of Pages249 numbered pages
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots28×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Its a perfectly good notebook for newbies and those who are just looking to change

Millegram notebook review

The only B5 notebook on the list of this review, and also comes in a A5. It has a fabric cover and has a great price point. But the paper is “paper thin”. Literally. The paper is almost see-through at times, transparent like, and when you pummel it watercolor or juicy pens, you’ll see some serious bleedthrough and ghosting!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMillegram
Price$16.25
Number of Pages196 pages
Paper gsm80gsm
Number of dots35×49 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?A lot! 
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Story of Millegram at the back
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

Paper is so thin, the bleeding and ghosting can feel a little much at times

Ink by Jen G notebook review

Our last notebook, is this one by JenG, and she created these as an add onto her store, and what a fun notebook. I love the little embossed florals on the top of the cover. Over all its a simple notebook, and priced competitively with the rest. Its got ivory paper and while its 100 gsm holds up better to pen and watercolor than the graphic arts notebooks which are of similar gsm.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameInk by Jen G
Price$19.00
Number of Pages192 pages
Paper gsm100gsm
Number of dots27×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Minimal but there
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Nothing hugely phenomenal to write home about here, but definitely a fair contender.

 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMoleskine
Price$11.03
Number of Pages240 pages
Paper gsm70gsm 
Number of dots 
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x ribbon

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?All the ghosting and all the bleeding
Sizes availableMany sizes available in this brand
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard and soft covers
Colors available?Multiple covers
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 1/5

It is my least favorite notebook of all time.

 

Citrus Book Bindery Notebook review

Looking for more practical customisation? Well CBB has it in spades! But the price starts getting pretty steep pretty quickly. For a notebooks with 144 numbered pages A5 and a back pocket, with ribbons it starts heading towards the $65 mark. So the price of $32 is the base price with zero additionals, so it can be considered as a really pricy notebook.

What makes this notebook pretty cool, is it is hand made by the owner and her husband.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameCitrus Book Bindery
Price$32.00
Number of Pages240 numbered pages
Paper gsm120-225gsm 
Number of dots28×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Customisable ribbon number

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?barely any
Sizes availableMultiple sizes available
Hard/Soft Cover?Mainly hard covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?If you want them
Additional extrasYou can ask for additional extras like rounded corners or special binding
Overall rating

 3/5

One of my favorite notebooks, because its hand made by the owner

Happy Planner – Happy Notes

I am so sad that I discovered this notebook late! If I was starting out again, I would probably chose this to start with, because the pages are disk bound so total removable if you make a mistake. 

The pages are really thick, far thicker than I expected and they hold up to watercolor incredibly well. You can combine a notebook and planner to make it a simple system for you!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameThe Happy Planner
Price$10.99
Number of Pages60 pages
Paper gsm120gsm 
Number of dots44×49 dots
Size of dots0.4mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Disk bound so pages can be removed, can add additional pen loops and closures

Ghosting and Bleeding?Very little, and even holds up to watercolor
Sizes availableBig, Classic, Half sheets and Mini
Hard/Soft Cover?Flexible covers
Colors available?Multiple colors and designs
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 4/5

If I could start again, I would probably go this route, cheap and easy to maintain and simple to use.

Rhodia Goal Book notebook review

This is an interesting notebook, it has some amazing paper, its made with clairefontain paper which is buttery smooth and lush! But this also makes the paper buttery in color! SO it is pretty yellow.

The goal book has all the key things you need to get started with a bullet journal, like an index, a future log and events log and monthly log, which is a fab start, especially with those numbered pages.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameRhodia Goal Book
Price$22.89
Number of Pages120 pages
Paper gsm90gsm 
Number of dots29×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Its pretty good at handling wet pens and watercolor, but still bleeds and ghosts a bit
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Soft covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, future log and monthly log
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 3/5

Its not the worst, its not the best, but definitely worth a mention!

Dingbats notebook review

Now, I can open a can of worms on Dingbats, and lets take a few steps back, about 2 years ago they did something incomprehensible – twice. And I swore to myself never to buy or support such egregious behavior – but curiosity got the better of me, and I believe in second and third chances, so decided to give them a go. 

So what did they do? 1. they were caught out in blatant plagiarism, they would lift images from peoples instagram and super impose them on their notebooks claiming they did them. They did this with a number of photos, and when confronted they back tracked and denied. They were finally upfront about it and apologised to all those involved. At around the same time – they ran a competition where you had to “vote” for your favorite. This community is about supporting each other, not about pitting people against each other in a popularity contest. Uncool and really messed up. 

But – In saying all of that – I am a strong believer of second chances and bought some in the last sale. UUURG! SO YELLOW! Maybe i had become so used to the bright white pages of the A&O but sooooo yellow. 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameDingbats
Price$19.95
Number of Pages192 pages – perforated
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots29×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some but not majorly 
Sizes availableA4-B6
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Tumbetri Metri notebook review

When I was approached by TM to review their notebooks I was hesitant. But SO glad I did! I put this one in the “best value for money” category because of its bonus features which make it stand out against the Lemome! 

Its a great notebook for newbies and those wanting to try something a little different, the pages are whiter than the lemome and while they are the same thickness and also coated, it makes it lush to use with watercolor.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameTumbetri Metri 
Price$16.95
Number of Pages180 pages
Paper gsm120gsm coated
Number of dots27×38 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

3x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Barely any
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasCute ruler and stencil
Overall rating

 4/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Graphic Arts notebook review

This was another interesting find, heaps of pages, but slightly thinner and uncoated. There is quite a bit of ghosting and some bleeding. Its an interesting notebook and I havent seen many people using it, but its quite a good starter note book! 

I think the price point is slightly high but for what you are getting is probably worth it. It also has pretty bright white paper which is lovely and bright!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameGraphic Arts
Price$19.99
Number of Pages249 numbered pages
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots28×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Its a perfectly good notebook for newbies and those who are just looking to change

Millegram notebook review

The only B5 notebook on the list of this review, and also comes in a A5. It has a fabric cover and has a great price point. But the paper is “paper thin”. Literally. The paper is almost see-through at times, transparent like, and when you pummel it watercolor or juicy pens, you’ll see some serious bleedthrough and ghosting!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMillegram
Price$16.25
Number of Pages196 pages
Paper gsm80gsm
Number of dots35×49 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?A lot! 
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Story of Millegram at the back
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

Paper is so thin, the bleeding and ghosting can feel a little much at times

Ink by Jen G notebook review

Our last notebook, is this one by JenG, and she created these as an add onto her store, and what a fun notebook. I love the little embossed florals on the top of the cover. Over all its a simple notebook, and priced competitively with the rest. Its got ivory paper and while its 100 gsm holds up better to pen and watercolor than the graphic arts notebooks which are of similar gsm.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameInk by Jen G
Price$19.00
Number of Pages192 pages
Paper gsm100gsm
Number of dots27×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Minimal but there
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Nothing hugely phenomenal to write home about here, but definitely a fair contender.

 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameKarst Stone Paper
Price$25.95
Number of Pages144 pages
Paper gsm100gsm 
Number of dots27×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x ribbon

Ghosting and Bleeding?Ghosting, no bleeding
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers
Colors available?Limited muted tones
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasMade from stone paper
Overall rating

 1/5

Kinda expensive for what you are getting. 

Moleskine Notebook review

The very first notebook I owned! And probably the thinnest and worst! But – it deserves to be in the running for being on the dot grid notebook map. I guess you get what you pay for and these notebooks are cheap, but really, you really are getting some bleeding and ghosting pages for that. And heaps of them!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMoleskine
Price$11.03
Number of Pages240 pages
Paper gsm70gsm 
Number of dots 
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x ribbon

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?All the ghosting and all the bleeding
Sizes availableMany sizes available in this brand
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard and soft covers
Colors available?Multiple covers
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 1/5

It is my least favorite notebook of all time.

 

Citrus Book Bindery Notebook review

Looking for more practical customisation? Well CBB has it in spades! But the price starts getting pretty steep pretty quickly. For a notebooks with 144 numbered pages A5 and a back pocket, with ribbons it starts heading towards the $65 mark. So the price of $32 is the base price with zero additionals, so it can be considered as a really pricy notebook.

What makes this notebook pretty cool, is it is hand made by the owner and her husband.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameCitrus Book Bindery
Price$32.00
Number of Pages240 numbered pages
Paper gsm120-225gsm 
Number of dots28×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Customisable ribbon number

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?barely any
Sizes availableMultiple sizes available
Hard/Soft Cover?Mainly hard covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?If you want them
Additional extrasYou can ask for additional extras like rounded corners or special binding
Overall rating

 3/5

One of my favorite notebooks, because its hand made by the owner

Happy Planner – Happy Notes

I am so sad that I discovered this notebook late! If I was starting out again, I would probably chose this to start with, because the pages are disk bound so total removable if you make a mistake. 

The pages are really thick, far thicker than I expected and they hold up to watercolor incredibly well. You can combine a notebook and planner to make it a simple system for you!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameThe Happy Planner
Price$10.99
Number of Pages60 pages
Paper gsm120gsm 
Number of dots44×49 dots
Size of dots0.4mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Disk bound so pages can be removed, can add additional pen loops and closures

Ghosting and Bleeding?Very little, and even holds up to watercolor
Sizes availableBig, Classic, Half sheets and Mini
Hard/Soft Cover?Flexible covers
Colors available?Multiple colors and designs
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 4/5

If I could start again, I would probably go this route, cheap and easy to maintain and simple to use.

Rhodia Goal Book notebook review

This is an interesting notebook, it has some amazing paper, its made with clairefontain paper which is buttery smooth and lush! But this also makes the paper buttery in color! SO it is pretty yellow.

The goal book has all the key things you need to get started with a bullet journal, like an index, a future log and events log and monthly log, which is a fab start, especially with those numbered pages.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameRhodia Goal Book
Price$22.89
Number of Pages120 pages
Paper gsm90gsm 
Number of dots29×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Its pretty good at handling wet pens and watercolor, but still bleeds and ghosts a bit
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Soft covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, future log and monthly log
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 3/5

Its not the worst, its not the best, but definitely worth a mention!

Dingbats notebook review

Now, I can open a can of worms on Dingbats, and lets take a few steps back, about 2 years ago they did something incomprehensible – twice. And I swore to myself never to buy or support such egregious behavior – but curiosity got the better of me, and I believe in second and third chances, so decided to give them a go. 

So what did they do? 1. they were caught out in blatant plagiarism, they would lift images from peoples instagram and super impose them on their notebooks claiming they did them. They did this with a number of photos, and when confronted they back tracked and denied. They were finally upfront about it and apologised to all those involved. At around the same time – they ran a competition where you had to “vote” for your favorite. This community is about supporting each other, not about pitting people against each other in a popularity contest. Uncool and really messed up. 

But – In saying all of that – I am a strong believer of second chances and bought some in the last sale. UUURG! SO YELLOW! Maybe i had become so used to the bright white pages of the A&O but sooooo yellow. 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameDingbats
Price$19.95
Number of Pages192 pages – perforated
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots29×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some but not majorly 
Sizes availableA4-B6
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Tumbetri Metri notebook review

When I was approached by TM to review their notebooks I was hesitant. But SO glad I did! I put this one in the “best value for money” category because of its bonus features which make it stand out against the Lemome! 

Its a great notebook for newbies and those wanting to try something a little different, the pages are whiter than the lemome and while they are the same thickness and also coated, it makes it lush to use with watercolor.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameTumbetri Metri 
Price$16.95
Number of Pages180 pages
Paper gsm120gsm coated
Number of dots27×38 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

3x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Barely any
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasCute ruler and stencil
Overall rating

 4/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Graphic Arts notebook review

This was another interesting find, heaps of pages, but slightly thinner and uncoated. There is quite a bit of ghosting and some bleeding. Its an interesting notebook and I havent seen many people using it, but its quite a good starter note book! 

I think the price point is slightly high but for what you are getting is probably worth it. It also has pretty bright white paper which is lovely and bright!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameGraphic Arts
Price$19.99
Number of Pages249 numbered pages
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots28×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Its a perfectly good notebook for newbies and those who are just looking to change

Millegram notebook review

The only B5 notebook on the list of this review, and also comes in a A5. It has a fabric cover and has a great price point. But the paper is “paper thin”. Literally. The paper is almost see-through at times, transparent like, and when you pummel it watercolor or juicy pens, you’ll see some serious bleedthrough and ghosting!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMillegram
Price$16.25
Number of Pages196 pages
Paper gsm80gsm
Number of dots35×49 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?A lot! 
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Story of Millegram at the back
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

Paper is so thin, the bleeding and ghosting can feel a little much at times

Ink by Jen G notebook review

Our last notebook, is this one by JenG, and she created these as an add onto her store, and what a fun notebook. I love the little embossed florals on the top of the cover. Over all its a simple notebook, and priced competitively with the rest. Its got ivory paper and while its 100 gsm holds up better to pen and watercolor than the graphic arts notebooks which are of similar gsm.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameInk by Jen G
Price$19.00
Number of Pages192 pages
Paper gsm100gsm
Number of dots27×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Minimal but there
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Nothing hugely phenomenal to write home about here, but definitely a fair contender.

 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameArcher and Olive
Price$50.00
Number of Pages120 pages
Paper gsm200gsm 
Number of dots24×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Elastic Closure

Pen Loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?None
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasRing bound
Overall rating

 5/5

If you want a heavy watercolor notebook that will withstand lashings of water when painting, then this notebook is for you!

Karst Stone Paper Notebook review

Now this a weird one! If you are wanting something a little different then this notebook might be for you. The paper is made with stone paper – yes stones. But It does make the paper waterproof which is a total bummer on the watercolor or juicy pen front because nothing dries and it takes an age for things to stop smudging!

It is claimed as tear proof, which is moderately true, and if you do get something wet on the page, you can dry it with a dryer but the heat crumples the paper to ash! And makes the paper “ROCK” hard! 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameKarst Stone Paper
Price$25.95
Number of Pages144 pages
Paper gsm100gsm 
Number of dots27×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x ribbon

Ghosting and Bleeding?Ghosting, no bleeding
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers
Colors available?Limited muted tones
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasMade from stone paper
Overall rating

 1/5

Kinda expensive for what you are getting. 

Moleskine Notebook review

The very first notebook I owned! And probably the thinnest and worst! But – it deserves to be in the running for being on the dot grid notebook map. I guess you get what you pay for and these notebooks are cheap, but really, you really are getting some bleeding and ghosting pages for that. And heaps of them!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMoleskine
Price$11.03
Number of Pages240 pages
Paper gsm70gsm 
Number of dots 
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x ribbon

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?All the ghosting and all the bleeding
Sizes availableMany sizes available in this brand
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard and soft covers
Colors available?Multiple covers
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 1/5

It is my least favorite notebook of all time.

 

Citrus Book Bindery Notebook review

Looking for more practical customisation? Well CBB has it in spades! But the price starts getting pretty steep pretty quickly. For a notebooks with 144 numbered pages A5 and a back pocket, with ribbons it starts heading towards the $65 mark. So the price of $32 is the base price with zero additionals, so it can be considered as a really pricy notebook.

What makes this notebook pretty cool, is it is hand made by the owner and her husband.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameCitrus Book Bindery
Price$32.00
Number of Pages240 numbered pages
Paper gsm120-225gsm 
Number of dots28×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Customisable ribbon number

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?barely any
Sizes availableMultiple sizes available
Hard/Soft Cover?Mainly hard covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?If you want them
Additional extrasYou can ask for additional extras like rounded corners or special binding
Overall rating

 3/5

One of my favorite notebooks, because its hand made by the owner

Happy Planner – Happy Notes

I am so sad that I discovered this notebook late! If I was starting out again, I would probably chose this to start with, because the pages are disk bound so total removable if you make a mistake. 

The pages are really thick, far thicker than I expected and they hold up to watercolor incredibly well. You can combine a notebook and planner to make it a simple system for you!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameThe Happy Planner
Price$10.99
Number of Pages60 pages
Paper gsm120gsm 
Number of dots44×49 dots
Size of dots0.4mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Disk bound so pages can be removed, can add additional pen loops and closures

Ghosting and Bleeding?Very little, and even holds up to watercolor
Sizes availableBig, Classic, Half sheets and Mini
Hard/Soft Cover?Flexible covers
Colors available?Multiple colors and designs
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 4/5

If I could start again, I would probably go this route, cheap and easy to maintain and simple to use.

Rhodia Goal Book notebook review

This is an interesting notebook, it has some amazing paper, its made with clairefontain paper which is buttery smooth and lush! But this also makes the paper buttery in color! SO it is pretty yellow.

The goal book has all the key things you need to get started with a bullet journal, like an index, a future log and events log and monthly log, which is a fab start, especially with those numbered pages.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameRhodia Goal Book
Price$22.89
Number of Pages120 pages
Paper gsm90gsm 
Number of dots29×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Its pretty good at handling wet pens and watercolor, but still bleeds and ghosts a bit
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Soft covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, future log and monthly log
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 3/5

Its not the worst, its not the best, but definitely worth a mention!

Dingbats notebook review

Now, I can open a can of worms on Dingbats, and lets take a few steps back, about 2 years ago they did something incomprehensible – twice. And I swore to myself never to buy or support such egregious behavior – but curiosity got the better of me, and I believe in second and third chances, so decided to give them a go. 

So what did they do? 1. they were caught out in blatant plagiarism, they would lift images from peoples instagram and super impose them on their notebooks claiming they did them. They did this with a number of photos, and when confronted they back tracked and denied. They were finally upfront about it and apologised to all those involved. At around the same time – they ran a competition where you had to “vote” for your favorite. This community is about supporting each other, not about pitting people against each other in a popularity contest. Uncool and really messed up. 

But – In saying all of that – I am a strong believer of second chances and bought some in the last sale. UUURG! SO YELLOW! Maybe i had become so used to the bright white pages of the A&O but sooooo yellow. 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameDingbats
Price$19.95
Number of Pages192 pages – perforated
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots29×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some but not majorly 
Sizes availableA4-B6
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Tumbetri Metri notebook review

When I was approached by TM to review their notebooks I was hesitant. But SO glad I did! I put this one in the “best value for money” category because of its bonus features which make it stand out against the Lemome! 

Its a great notebook for newbies and those wanting to try something a little different, the pages are whiter than the lemome and while they are the same thickness and also coated, it makes it lush to use with watercolor.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameTumbetri Metri 
Price$16.95
Number of Pages180 pages
Paper gsm120gsm coated
Number of dots27×38 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

3x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Barely any
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasCute ruler and stencil
Overall rating

 4/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Graphic Arts notebook review

This was another interesting find, heaps of pages, but slightly thinner and uncoated. There is quite a bit of ghosting and some bleeding. Its an interesting notebook and I havent seen many people using it, but its quite a good starter note book! 

I think the price point is slightly high but for what you are getting is probably worth it. It also has pretty bright white paper which is lovely and bright!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameGraphic Arts
Price$19.99
Number of Pages249 numbered pages
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots28×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Its a perfectly good notebook for newbies and those who are just looking to change

Millegram notebook review

The only B5 notebook on the list of this review, and also comes in a A5. It has a fabric cover and has a great price point. But the paper is “paper thin”. Literally. The paper is almost see-through at times, transparent like, and when you pummel it watercolor or juicy pens, you’ll see some serious bleedthrough and ghosting!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMillegram
Price$16.25
Number of Pages196 pages
Paper gsm80gsm
Number of dots35×49 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?A lot! 
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Story of Millegram at the back
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

Paper is so thin, the bleeding and ghosting can feel a little much at times

Ink by Jen G notebook review

Our last notebook, is this one by JenG, and she created these as an add onto her store, and what a fun notebook. I love the little embossed florals on the top of the cover. Over all its a simple notebook, and priced competitively with the rest. Its got ivory paper and while its 100 gsm holds up better to pen and watercolor than the graphic arts notebooks which are of similar gsm.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameInk by Jen G
Price$19.00
Number of Pages192 pages
Paper gsm100gsm
Number of dots27×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Minimal but there
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Nothing hugely phenomenal to write home about here, but definitely a fair contender.

 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameArcher and Olive
Price$31.00
Number of Pages160 pages
Paper gsm160gsm
Number of dots27×37 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Elastic Closure
2x Ribbons

Pen Loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?None
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 5/5

Yes the price point is a little high,  but it is everything this notebook stand for that makes me love it.

Archer and Olive – Watercolor Notebook review

I’ve already covered above why I adore the A&O brand. And this is one of those reasons. The community was eager for a journal that could be a dot grid and also used with heavy watercolor. 

That being said, was the dawn of a game changer. Absolutely a little more pricey, but when you are dealing with 120 pages of gorgeous hot pressed cotton watercolor pages they surely you understand!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameArcher and Olive
Price$50.00
Number of Pages120 pages
Paper gsm200gsm 
Number of dots24×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Elastic Closure

Pen Loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?None
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasRing bound
Overall rating

 5/5

If you want a heavy watercolor notebook that will withstand lashings of water when painting, then this notebook is for you!

Karst Stone Paper Notebook review

Now this a weird one! If you are wanting something a little different then this notebook might be for you. The paper is made with stone paper – yes stones. But It does make the paper waterproof which is a total bummer on the watercolor or juicy pen front because nothing dries and it takes an age for things to stop smudging!

It is claimed as tear proof, which is moderately true, and if you do get something wet on the page, you can dry it with a dryer but the heat crumples the paper to ash! And makes the paper “ROCK” hard! 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameKarst Stone Paper
Price$25.95
Number of Pages144 pages
Paper gsm100gsm 
Number of dots27×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x ribbon

Ghosting and Bleeding?Ghosting, no bleeding
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers
Colors available?Limited muted tones
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasMade from stone paper
Overall rating

 1/5

Kinda expensive for what you are getting. 

Moleskine Notebook review

The very first notebook I owned! And probably the thinnest and worst! But – it deserves to be in the running for being on the dot grid notebook map. I guess you get what you pay for and these notebooks are cheap, but really, you really are getting some bleeding and ghosting pages for that. And heaps of them!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMoleskine
Price$11.03
Number of Pages240 pages
Paper gsm70gsm 
Number of dots 
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x ribbon

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?All the ghosting and all the bleeding
Sizes availableMany sizes available in this brand
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard and soft covers
Colors available?Multiple covers
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 1/5

It is my least favorite notebook of all time.

 

Citrus Book Bindery Notebook review

Looking for more practical customisation? Well CBB has it in spades! But the price starts getting pretty steep pretty quickly. For a notebooks with 144 numbered pages A5 and a back pocket, with ribbons it starts heading towards the $65 mark. So the price of $32 is the base price with zero additionals, so it can be considered as a really pricy notebook.

What makes this notebook pretty cool, is it is hand made by the owner and her husband.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameCitrus Book Bindery
Price$32.00
Number of Pages240 numbered pages
Paper gsm120-225gsm 
Number of dots28×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Customisable ribbon number

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?barely any
Sizes availableMultiple sizes available
Hard/Soft Cover?Mainly hard covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?If you want them
Additional extrasYou can ask for additional extras like rounded corners or special binding
Overall rating

 3/5

One of my favorite notebooks, because its hand made by the owner

Happy Planner – Happy Notes

I am so sad that I discovered this notebook late! If I was starting out again, I would probably chose this to start with, because the pages are disk bound so total removable if you make a mistake. 

The pages are really thick, far thicker than I expected and they hold up to watercolor incredibly well. You can combine a notebook and planner to make it a simple system for you!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameThe Happy Planner
Price$10.99
Number of Pages60 pages
Paper gsm120gsm 
Number of dots44×49 dots
Size of dots0.4mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Disk bound so pages can be removed, can add additional pen loops and closures

Ghosting and Bleeding?Very little, and even holds up to watercolor
Sizes availableBig, Classic, Half sheets and Mini
Hard/Soft Cover?Flexible covers
Colors available?Multiple colors and designs
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 4/5

If I could start again, I would probably go this route, cheap and easy to maintain and simple to use.

Rhodia Goal Book notebook review

This is an interesting notebook, it has some amazing paper, its made with clairefontain paper which is buttery smooth and lush! But this also makes the paper buttery in color! SO it is pretty yellow.

The goal book has all the key things you need to get started with a bullet journal, like an index, a future log and events log and monthly log, which is a fab start, especially with those numbered pages.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameRhodia Goal Book
Price$22.89
Number of Pages120 pages
Paper gsm90gsm 
Number of dots29×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Its pretty good at handling wet pens and watercolor, but still bleeds and ghosts a bit
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Soft covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, future log and monthly log
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 3/5

Its not the worst, its not the best, but definitely worth a mention!

Dingbats notebook review

Now, I can open a can of worms on Dingbats, and lets take a few steps back, about 2 years ago they did something incomprehensible – twice. And I swore to myself never to buy or support such egregious behavior – but curiosity got the better of me, and I believe in second and third chances, so decided to give them a go. 

So what did they do? 1. they were caught out in blatant plagiarism, they would lift images from peoples instagram and super impose them on their notebooks claiming they did them. They did this with a number of photos, and when confronted they back tracked and denied. They were finally upfront about it and apologised to all those involved. At around the same time – they ran a competition where you had to “vote” for your favorite. This community is about supporting each other, not about pitting people against each other in a popularity contest. Uncool and really messed up. 

But – In saying all of that – I am a strong believer of second chances and bought some in the last sale. UUURG! SO YELLOW! Maybe i had become so used to the bright white pages of the A&O but sooooo yellow. 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameDingbats
Price$19.95
Number of Pages192 pages – perforated
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots29×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some but not majorly 
Sizes availableA4-B6
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Tumbetri Metri notebook review

When I was approached by TM to review their notebooks I was hesitant. But SO glad I did! I put this one in the “best value for money” category because of its bonus features which make it stand out against the Lemome! 

Its a great notebook for newbies and those wanting to try something a little different, the pages are whiter than the lemome and while they are the same thickness and also coated, it makes it lush to use with watercolor.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameTumbetri Metri 
Price$16.95
Number of Pages180 pages
Paper gsm120gsm coated
Number of dots27×38 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

3x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Barely any
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasCute ruler and stencil
Overall rating

 4/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Graphic Arts notebook review

This was another interesting find, heaps of pages, but slightly thinner and uncoated. There is quite a bit of ghosting and some bleeding. Its an interesting notebook and I havent seen many people using it, but its quite a good starter note book! 

I think the price point is slightly high but for what you are getting is probably worth it. It also has pretty bright white paper which is lovely and bright!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameGraphic Arts
Price$19.99
Number of Pages249 numbered pages
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots28×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Its a perfectly good notebook for newbies and those who are just looking to change

Millegram notebook review

The only B5 notebook on the list of this review, and also comes in a A5. It has a fabric cover and has a great price point. But the paper is “paper thin”. Literally. The paper is almost see-through at times, transparent like, and when you pummel it watercolor or juicy pens, you’ll see some serious bleedthrough and ghosting!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMillegram
Price$16.25
Number of Pages196 pages
Paper gsm80gsm
Number of dots35×49 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?A lot! 
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Story of Millegram at the back
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

Paper is so thin, the bleeding and ghosting can feel a little much at times

Ink by Jen G notebook review

Our last notebook, is this one by JenG, and she created these as an add onto her store, and what a fun notebook. I love the little embossed florals on the top of the cover. Over all its a simple notebook, and priced competitively with the rest. Its got ivory paper and while its 100 gsm holds up better to pen and watercolor than the graphic arts notebooks which are of similar gsm.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameInk by Jen G
Price$19.00
Number of Pages192 pages
Paper gsm100gsm
Number of dots27×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Minimal but there
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Nothing hugely phenomenal to write home about here, but definitely a fair contender.

 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameLemome
Price$15.99
Number of Pages180 numbered pages
Paper gsm120gsm
Number of dots28×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Elastic Closure
2x Ribbons

Pen Loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some ghosting, but very little and minimal bleeding
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, Page Numbers,  Perforated back pages
Additional extrasCan be completely customised and personalised covers available
Overall rating 4/5
Perfect for newbies because it is not to expensive and pretty awesome overall.

Archer and Olive – Signature Notebook review

This notebook wins our “best quality” award in this review. Why? Because they are beautifully made and the owner, Bonnie, is the most incredible woman! Her business ethics are outstanding and values are so special! 

Now this notebook has received some flack recently for being pricey, and it was compared with some other 160gsm notebooks, now what this highlighted to me, was that the comparison notebooks were just not half as well cared for in manufacture as the A&O was, nor was the level of care taken in the customer service, the business and those values I spoke about earlier. Personally, I exclusively use this notebook and the planner as my personal planners because I believe that every dollar I spend, shows want kind of community I want to build at that includes in my choice of notebook. 

Now while there is are the planner, and black out book, I wont specifically review these here, because they have the same quality paper, and I’ve include the images below. I will review the watercolor notebook however.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameArcher and Olive
Price$31.00
Number of Pages160 pages
Paper gsm160gsm
Number of dots27×37 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Elastic Closure
2x Ribbons

Pen Loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?None
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 5/5

Yes the price point is a little high,  but it is everything this notebook stand for that makes me love it.

Archer and Olive – Watercolor Notebook review

I’ve already covered above why I adore the A&O brand. And this is one of those reasons. The community was eager for a journal that could be a dot grid and also used with heavy watercolor. 

That being said, was the dawn of a game changer. Absolutely a little more pricey, but when you are dealing with 120 pages of gorgeous hot pressed cotton watercolor pages they surely you understand!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameArcher and Olive
Price$50.00
Number of Pages120 pages
Paper gsm200gsm 
Number of dots24×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Elastic Closure

Pen Loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?None
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasRing bound
Overall rating

 5/5

If you want a heavy watercolor notebook that will withstand lashings of water when painting, then this notebook is for you!

Karst Stone Paper Notebook review

Now this a weird one! If you are wanting something a little different then this notebook might be for you. The paper is made with stone paper – yes stones. But It does make the paper waterproof which is a total bummer on the watercolor or juicy pen front because nothing dries and it takes an age for things to stop smudging!

It is claimed as tear proof, which is moderately true, and if you do get something wet on the page, you can dry it with a dryer but the heat crumples the paper to ash! And makes the paper “ROCK” hard! 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameKarst Stone Paper
Price$25.95
Number of Pages144 pages
Paper gsm100gsm 
Number of dots27×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x ribbon

Ghosting and Bleeding?Ghosting, no bleeding
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers
Colors available?Limited muted tones
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasMade from stone paper
Overall rating

 1/5

Kinda expensive for what you are getting. 

Moleskine Notebook review

The very first notebook I owned! And probably the thinnest and worst! But – it deserves to be in the running for being on the dot grid notebook map. I guess you get what you pay for and these notebooks are cheap, but really, you really are getting some bleeding and ghosting pages for that. And heaps of them!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMoleskine
Price$11.03
Number of Pages240 pages
Paper gsm70gsm 
Number of dots 
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x ribbon

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?All the ghosting and all the bleeding
Sizes availableMany sizes available in this brand
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard and soft covers
Colors available?Multiple covers
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 1/5

It is my least favorite notebook of all time.

 

Citrus Book Bindery Notebook review

Looking for more practical customisation? Well CBB has it in spades! But the price starts getting pretty steep pretty quickly. For a notebooks with 144 numbered pages A5 and a back pocket, with ribbons it starts heading towards the $65 mark. So the price of $32 is the base price with zero additionals, so it can be considered as a really pricy notebook.

What makes this notebook pretty cool, is it is hand made by the owner and her husband.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameCitrus Book Bindery
Price$32.00
Number of Pages240 numbered pages
Paper gsm120-225gsm 
Number of dots28×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Customisable ribbon number

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?barely any
Sizes availableMultiple sizes available
Hard/Soft Cover?Mainly hard covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?If you want them
Additional extrasYou can ask for additional extras like rounded corners or special binding
Overall rating

 3/5

One of my favorite notebooks, because its hand made by the owner

Happy Planner – Happy Notes

I am so sad that I discovered this notebook late! If I was starting out again, I would probably chose this to start with, because the pages are disk bound so total removable if you make a mistake. 

The pages are really thick, far thicker than I expected and they hold up to watercolor incredibly well. You can combine a notebook and planner to make it a simple system for you!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameThe Happy Planner
Price$10.99
Number of Pages60 pages
Paper gsm120gsm 
Number of dots44×49 dots
Size of dots0.4mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Disk bound so pages can be removed, can add additional pen loops and closures

Ghosting and Bleeding?Very little, and even holds up to watercolor
Sizes availableBig, Classic, Half sheets and Mini
Hard/Soft Cover?Flexible covers
Colors available?Multiple colors and designs
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 4/5

If I could start again, I would probably go this route, cheap and easy to maintain and simple to use.

Rhodia Goal Book notebook review

This is an interesting notebook, it has some amazing paper, its made with clairefontain paper which is buttery smooth and lush! But this also makes the paper buttery in color! SO it is pretty yellow.

The goal book has all the key things you need to get started with a bullet journal, like an index, a future log and events log and monthly log, which is a fab start, especially with those numbered pages.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameRhodia Goal Book
Price$22.89
Number of Pages120 pages
Paper gsm90gsm 
Number of dots29×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Its pretty good at handling wet pens and watercolor, but still bleeds and ghosts a bit
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Soft covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, future log and monthly log
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 3/5

Its not the worst, its not the best, but definitely worth a mention!

Dingbats notebook review

Now, I can open a can of worms on Dingbats, and lets take a few steps back, about 2 years ago they did something incomprehensible – twice. And I swore to myself never to buy or support such egregious behavior – but curiosity got the better of me, and I believe in second and third chances, so decided to give them a go. 

So what did they do? 1. they were caught out in blatant plagiarism, they would lift images from peoples instagram and super impose them on their notebooks claiming they did them. They did this with a number of photos, and when confronted they back tracked and denied. They were finally upfront about it and apologised to all those involved. At around the same time – they ran a competition where you had to “vote” for your favorite. This community is about supporting each other, not about pitting people against each other in a popularity contest. Uncool and really messed up. 

But – In saying all of that – I am a strong believer of second chances and bought some in the last sale. UUURG! SO YELLOW! Maybe i had become so used to the bright white pages of the A&O but sooooo yellow. 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameDingbats
Price$19.95
Number of Pages192 pages – perforated
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots29×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some but not majorly 
Sizes availableA4-B6
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Tumbetri Metri notebook review

When I was approached by TM to review their notebooks I was hesitant. But SO glad I did! I put this one in the “best value for money” category because of its bonus features which make it stand out against the Lemome! 

Its a great notebook for newbies and those wanting to try something a little different, the pages are whiter than the lemome and while they are the same thickness and also coated, it makes it lush to use with watercolor.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameTumbetri Metri 
Price$16.95
Number of Pages180 pages
Paper gsm120gsm coated
Number of dots27×38 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

3x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Barely any
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasCute ruler and stencil
Overall rating

 4/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Graphic Arts notebook review

This was another interesting find, heaps of pages, but slightly thinner and uncoated. There is quite a bit of ghosting and some bleeding. Its an interesting notebook and I havent seen many people using it, but its quite a good starter note book! 

I think the price point is slightly high but for what you are getting is probably worth it. It also has pretty bright white paper which is lovely and bright!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameGraphic Arts
Price$19.99
Number of Pages249 numbered pages
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots28×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Its a perfectly good notebook for newbies and those who are just looking to change

Millegram notebook review

The only B5 notebook on the list of this review, and also comes in a A5. It has a fabric cover and has a great price point. But the paper is “paper thin”. Literally. The paper is almost see-through at times, transparent like, and when you pummel it watercolor or juicy pens, you’ll see some serious bleedthrough and ghosting!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMillegram
Price$16.25
Number of Pages196 pages
Paper gsm80gsm
Number of dots35×49 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?A lot! 
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Story of Millegram at the back
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

Paper is so thin, the bleeding and ghosting can feel a little much at times

Ink by Jen G notebook review

Our last notebook, is this one by JenG, and she created these as an add onto her store, and what a fun notebook. I love the little embossed florals on the top of the cover. Over all its a simple notebook, and priced competitively with the rest. Its got ivory paper and while its 100 gsm holds up better to pen and watercolor than the graphic arts notebooks which are of similar gsm.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameInk by Jen G
Price$19.00
Number of Pages192 pages
Paper gsm100gsm
Number of dots27×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Minimal but there
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Nothing hugely phenomenal to write home about here, but definitely a fair contender.

 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameAna Tomy
Price$33.00
Number of Pages180 numbered pages
Paper gsm86gsm (but you can mix in watercolor and sketch paper which is thicker)
Number of dots24×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?Elastic Closure
1x Ribbons
Ghosting and Bleeding?Ghosting and bleeding
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available – fully customisable
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, Page Numbers,  as well as vision pages, goal setting and mote
Additional extrasCan be completely customised and personalised covers available
Overall rating 2/5
Customising is fun, but the paper quality lets it down – again. At the lowest paper quality this is hard to overcome

Lemome notebook review

Our first award winner in this review! Winner for our “Best for Newbies” award! This notebook is cheap and cheerful! It is already made with thick paper and is coated for those of us that love the ‘ol fountain pen use!

So with that in mind – here are the specs!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameLemome
Price$15.99
Number of Pages180 numbered pages
Paper gsm120gsm
Number of dots28×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Elastic Closure
2x Ribbons

Pen Loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some ghosting, but very little and minimal bleeding
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, Page Numbers,  Perforated back pages
Additional extrasCan be completely customised and personalised covers available
Overall rating 4/5
Perfect for newbies because it is not to expensive and pretty awesome overall.

Archer and Olive – Signature Notebook review

This notebook wins our “best quality” award in this review. Why? Because they are beautifully made and the owner, Bonnie, is the most incredible woman! Her business ethics are outstanding and values are so special! 

Now this notebook has received some flack recently for being pricey, and it was compared with some other 160gsm notebooks, now what this highlighted to me, was that the comparison notebooks were just not half as well cared for in manufacture as the A&O was, nor was the level of care taken in the customer service, the business and those values I spoke about earlier. Personally, I exclusively use this notebook and the planner as my personal planners because I believe that every dollar I spend, shows want kind of community I want to build at that includes in my choice of notebook. 

Now while there is are the planner, and black out book, I wont specifically review these here, because they have the same quality paper, and I’ve include the images below. I will review the watercolor notebook however.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameArcher and Olive
Price$31.00
Number of Pages160 pages
Paper gsm160gsm
Number of dots27×37 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Elastic Closure
2x Ribbons

Pen Loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?None
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 5/5

Yes the price point is a little high,  but it is everything this notebook stand for that makes me love it.

Archer and Olive – Watercolor Notebook review

I’ve already covered above why I adore the A&O brand. And this is one of those reasons. The community was eager for a journal that could be a dot grid and also used with heavy watercolor. 

That being said, was the dawn of a game changer. Absolutely a little more pricey, but when you are dealing with 120 pages of gorgeous hot pressed cotton watercolor pages they surely you understand!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameArcher and Olive
Price$50.00
Number of Pages120 pages
Paper gsm200gsm 
Number of dots24×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Elastic Closure

Pen Loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?None
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasRing bound
Overall rating

 5/5

If you want a heavy watercolor notebook that will withstand lashings of water when painting, then this notebook is for you!

Karst Stone Paper Notebook review

Now this a weird one! If you are wanting something a little different then this notebook might be for you. The paper is made with stone paper – yes stones. But It does make the paper waterproof which is a total bummer on the watercolor or juicy pen front because nothing dries and it takes an age for things to stop smudging!

It is claimed as tear proof, which is moderately true, and if you do get something wet on the page, you can dry it with a dryer but the heat crumples the paper to ash! And makes the paper “ROCK” hard! 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameKarst Stone Paper
Price$25.95
Number of Pages144 pages
Paper gsm100gsm 
Number of dots27×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x ribbon

Ghosting and Bleeding?Ghosting, no bleeding
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers
Colors available?Limited muted tones
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasMade from stone paper
Overall rating

 1/5

Kinda expensive for what you are getting. 

Moleskine Notebook review

The very first notebook I owned! And probably the thinnest and worst! But – it deserves to be in the running for being on the dot grid notebook map. I guess you get what you pay for and these notebooks are cheap, but really, you really are getting some bleeding and ghosting pages for that. And heaps of them!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMoleskine
Price$11.03
Number of Pages240 pages
Paper gsm70gsm 
Number of dots 
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x ribbon

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?All the ghosting and all the bleeding
Sizes availableMany sizes available in this brand
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard and soft covers
Colors available?Multiple covers
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 1/5

It is my least favorite notebook of all time.

 

Citrus Book Bindery Notebook review

Looking for more practical customisation? Well CBB has it in spades! But the price starts getting pretty steep pretty quickly. For a notebooks with 144 numbered pages A5 and a back pocket, with ribbons it starts heading towards the $65 mark. So the price of $32 is the base price with zero additionals, so it can be considered as a really pricy notebook.

What makes this notebook pretty cool, is it is hand made by the owner and her husband.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameCitrus Book Bindery
Price$32.00
Number of Pages240 numbered pages
Paper gsm120-225gsm 
Number of dots28×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Customisable ribbon number

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?barely any
Sizes availableMultiple sizes available
Hard/Soft Cover?Mainly hard covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?If you want them
Additional extrasYou can ask for additional extras like rounded corners or special binding
Overall rating

 3/5

One of my favorite notebooks, because its hand made by the owner

Happy Planner – Happy Notes

I am so sad that I discovered this notebook late! If I was starting out again, I would probably chose this to start with, because the pages are disk bound so total removable if you make a mistake. 

The pages are really thick, far thicker than I expected and they hold up to watercolor incredibly well. You can combine a notebook and planner to make it a simple system for you!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameThe Happy Planner
Price$10.99
Number of Pages60 pages
Paper gsm120gsm 
Number of dots44×49 dots
Size of dots0.4mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Disk bound so pages can be removed, can add additional pen loops and closures

Ghosting and Bleeding?Very little, and even holds up to watercolor
Sizes availableBig, Classic, Half sheets and Mini
Hard/Soft Cover?Flexible covers
Colors available?Multiple colors and designs
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 4/5

If I could start again, I would probably go this route, cheap and easy to maintain and simple to use.

Rhodia Goal Book notebook review

This is an interesting notebook, it has some amazing paper, its made with clairefontain paper which is buttery smooth and lush! But this also makes the paper buttery in color! SO it is pretty yellow.

The goal book has all the key things you need to get started with a bullet journal, like an index, a future log and events log and monthly log, which is a fab start, especially with those numbered pages.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameRhodia Goal Book
Price$22.89
Number of Pages120 pages
Paper gsm90gsm 
Number of dots29×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Its pretty good at handling wet pens and watercolor, but still bleeds and ghosts a bit
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Soft covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, future log and monthly log
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 3/5

Its not the worst, its not the best, but definitely worth a mention!

Dingbats notebook review

Now, I can open a can of worms on Dingbats, and lets take a few steps back, about 2 years ago they did something incomprehensible – twice. And I swore to myself never to buy or support such egregious behavior – but curiosity got the better of me, and I believe in second and third chances, so decided to give them a go. 

So what did they do? 1. they were caught out in blatant plagiarism, they would lift images from peoples instagram and super impose them on their notebooks claiming they did them. They did this with a number of photos, and when confronted they back tracked and denied. They were finally upfront about it and apologised to all those involved. At around the same time – they ran a competition where you had to “vote” for your favorite. This community is about supporting each other, not about pitting people against each other in a popularity contest. Uncool and really messed up. 

But – In saying all of that – I am a strong believer of second chances and bought some in the last sale. UUURG! SO YELLOW! Maybe i had become so used to the bright white pages of the A&O but sooooo yellow. 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameDingbats
Price$19.95
Number of Pages192 pages – perforated
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots29×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some but not majorly 
Sizes availableA4-B6
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Tumbetri Metri notebook review

When I was approached by TM to review their notebooks I was hesitant. But SO glad I did! I put this one in the “best value for money” category because of its bonus features which make it stand out against the Lemome! 

Its a great notebook for newbies and those wanting to try something a little different, the pages are whiter than the lemome and while they are the same thickness and also coated, it makes it lush to use with watercolor.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameTumbetri Metri 
Price$16.95
Number of Pages180 pages
Paper gsm120gsm coated
Number of dots27×38 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

3x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Barely any
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasCute ruler and stencil
Overall rating

 4/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Graphic Arts notebook review

This was another interesting find, heaps of pages, but slightly thinner and uncoated. There is quite a bit of ghosting and some bleeding. Its an interesting notebook and I havent seen many people using it, but its quite a good starter note book! 

I think the price point is slightly high but for what you are getting is probably worth it. It also has pretty bright white paper which is lovely and bright!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameGraphic Arts
Price$19.99
Number of Pages249 numbered pages
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots28×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Its a perfectly good notebook for newbies and those who are just looking to change

Millegram notebook review

The only B5 notebook on the list of this review, and also comes in a A5. It has a fabric cover and has a great price point. But the paper is “paper thin”. Literally. The paper is almost see-through at times, transparent like, and when you pummel it watercolor or juicy pens, you’ll see some serious bleedthrough and ghosting!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMillegram
Price$16.25
Number of Pages196 pages
Paper gsm80gsm
Number of dots35×49 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?A lot! 
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Story of Millegram at the back
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

Paper is so thin, the bleeding and ghosting can feel a little much at times

Ink by Jen G notebook review

Our last notebook, is this one by JenG, and she created these as an add onto her store, and what a fun notebook. I love the little embossed florals on the top of the cover. Over all its a simple notebook, and priced competitively with the rest. Its got ivory paper and while its 100 gsm holds up better to pen and watercolor than the graphic arts notebooks which are of similar gsm.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameInk by Jen G
Price$19.00
Number of Pages192 pages
Paper gsm100gsm
Number of dots27×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Minimal but there
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Nothing hugely phenomenal to write home about here, but definitely a fair contender.

 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameScribbles that matter
Price$20.79
Number of Pages150 numbered pages
Paper gsm160gsm
Number of dots27×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?Elastic Closure
2x Ribbons
Pen loop
Ghosting and Bleeding?No ghosting, some bleeding
Sizes availableB5 to A6
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?Key, Index, Page Numbers, pen test page
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating 3/5
I dont love the new 160gsm uncoated paper, but it is fine if you are wanting something a a little less pricey but with better quality

Mossery Co notebook review

This was a fun notebook to order, you can spend some time customizing your covers and personalising gives such a nice touch! But here’s the thing, customising a notebook isn’t everything, using it is. And while the mossery notebook is damn cute, it just doesnt hold up to really juicy pens and watercolor.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMossery Co
Price$23.50
Number of Pages160 numbered pages
Paper gsm100gsm
Number of dots29×38 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?Elastic Closure
1x Ribbons
Ghosting and Bleeding?Ghosting and bleeding
Sizes availableB5 to A6
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available – customisable
Index/Key or additional pages?Key, Index, Page Numbers,  as well as vision pages, goal setting and mote
Additional extrasCan be completely customised and personalised covers available
Overall rating 2/5
Customising is fun, but the paper quality lets it down

Ana Tomy notebook review

Now this customisation takes on a whole new level! You can choose your paper layout, notebook layout, and all the colors, down to the elastic and ribbon! Cute! I loved popping my name on the cover in foil. Those are the kinds of extra touches I like in a customised notebook! But it comes with a hefty price tag of $33 for those nice features. And when it comes down to it, is it worth it the money when the paper is average? Well – thats up to you! It has a ton of pages which is great, but the GSM is one of the LOWEST!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameAna Tomy
Price$33.00
Number of Pages180 numbered pages
Paper gsm86gsm (but you can mix in watercolor and sketch paper which is thicker)
Number of dots24×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?Elastic Closure
1x Ribbons
Ghosting and Bleeding?Ghosting and bleeding
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available – fully customisable
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, Page Numbers,  as well as vision pages, goal setting and mote
Additional extrasCan be completely customised and personalised covers available
Overall rating 2/5
Customising is fun, but the paper quality lets it down – again. At the lowest paper quality this is hard to overcome

Lemome notebook review

Our first award winner in this review! Winner for our “Best for Newbies” award! This notebook is cheap and cheerful! It is already made with thick paper and is coated for those of us that love the ‘ol fountain pen use!

So with that in mind – here are the specs!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameLemome
Price$15.99
Number of Pages180 numbered pages
Paper gsm120gsm
Number of dots28×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Elastic Closure
2x Ribbons

Pen Loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some ghosting, but very little and minimal bleeding
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, Page Numbers,  Perforated back pages
Additional extrasCan be completely customised and personalised covers available
Overall rating 4/5
Perfect for newbies because it is not to expensive and pretty awesome overall.

Archer and Olive – Signature Notebook review

This notebook wins our “best quality” award in this review. Why? Because they are beautifully made and the owner, Bonnie, is the most incredible woman! Her business ethics are outstanding and values are so special! 

Now this notebook has received some flack recently for being pricey, and it was compared with some other 160gsm notebooks, now what this highlighted to me, was that the comparison notebooks were just not half as well cared for in manufacture as the A&O was, nor was the level of care taken in the customer service, the business and those values I spoke about earlier. Personally, I exclusively use this notebook and the planner as my personal planners because I believe that every dollar I spend, shows want kind of community I want to build at that includes in my choice of notebook. 

Now while there is are the planner, and black out book, I wont specifically review these here, because they have the same quality paper, and I’ve include the images below. I will review the watercolor notebook however.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameArcher and Olive
Price$31.00
Number of Pages160 pages
Paper gsm160gsm
Number of dots27×37 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Elastic Closure
2x Ribbons

Pen Loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?None
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 5/5

Yes the price point is a little high,  but it is everything this notebook stand for that makes me love it.

Archer and Olive – Watercolor Notebook review

I’ve already covered above why I adore the A&O brand. And this is one of those reasons. The community was eager for a journal that could be a dot grid and also used with heavy watercolor. 

That being said, was the dawn of a game changer. Absolutely a little more pricey, but when you are dealing with 120 pages of gorgeous hot pressed cotton watercolor pages they surely you understand!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameArcher and Olive
Price$50.00
Number of Pages120 pages
Paper gsm200gsm 
Number of dots24×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Elastic Closure

Pen Loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?None
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasRing bound
Overall rating

 5/5

If you want a heavy watercolor notebook that will withstand lashings of water when painting, then this notebook is for you!

Karst Stone Paper Notebook review

Now this a weird one! If you are wanting something a little different then this notebook might be for you. The paper is made with stone paper – yes stones. But It does make the paper waterproof which is a total bummer on the watercolor or juicy pen front because nothing dries and it takes an age for things to stop smudging!

It is claimed as tear proof, which is moderately true, and if you do get something wet on the page, you can dry it with a dryer but the heat crumples the paper to ash! And makes the paper “ROCK” hard! 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameKarst Stone Paper
Price$25.95
Number of Pages144 pages
Paper gsm100gsm 
Number of dots27×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x ribbon

Ghosting and Bleeding?Ghosting, no bleeding
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers
Colors available?Limited muted tones
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasMade from stone paper
Overall rating

 1/5

Kinda expensive for what you are getting. 

Moleskine Notebook review

The very first notebook I owned! And probably the thinnest and worst! But – it deserves to be in the running for being on the dot grid notebook map. I guess you get what you pay for and these notebooks are cheap, but really, you really are getting some bleeding and ghosting pages for that. And heaps of them!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMoleskine
Price$11.03
Number of Pages240 pages
Paper gsm70gsm 
Number of dots 
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x ribbon

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?All the ghosting and all the bleeding
Sizes availableMany sizes available in this brand
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard and soft covers
Colors available?Multiple covers
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 1/5

It is my least favorite notebook of all time.

 

Citrus Book Bindery Notebook review

Looking for more practical customisation? Well CBB has it in spades! But the price starts getting pretty steep pretty quickly. For a notebooks with 144 numbered pages A5 and a back pocket, with ribbons it starts heading towards the $65 mark. So the price of $32 is the base price with zero additionals, so it can be considered as a really pricy notebook.

What makes this notebook pretty cool, is it is hand made by the owner and her husband.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameCitrus Book Bindery
Price$32.00
Number of Pages240 numbered pages
Paper gsm120-225gsm 
Number of dots28×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Customisable ribbon number

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?barely any
Sizes availableMultiple sizes available
Hard/Soft Cover?Mainly hard covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?If you want them
Additional extrasYou can ask for additional extras like rounded corners or special binding
Overall rating

 3/5

One of my favorite notebooks, because its hand made by the owner

Happy Planner – Happy Notes

I am so sad that I discovered this notebook late! If I was starting out again, I would probably chose this to start with, because the pages are disk bound so total removable if you make a mistake. 

The pages are really thick, far thicker than I expected and they hold up to watercolor incredibly well. You can combine a notebook and planner to make it a simple system for you!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameThe Happy Planner
Price$10.99
Number of Pages60 pages
Paper gsm120gsm 
Number of dots44×49 dots
Size of dots0.4mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Disk bound so pages can be removed, can add additional pen loops and closures

Ghosting and Bleeding?Very little, and even holds up to watercolor
Sizes availableBig, Classic, Half sheets and Mini
Hard/Soft Cover?Flexible covers
Colors available?Multiple colors and designs
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 4/5

If I could start again, I would probably go this route, cheap and easy to maintain and simple to use.

Rhodia Goal Book notebook review

This is an interesting notebook, it has some amazing paper, its made with clairefontain paper which is buttery smooth and lush! But this also makes the paper buttery in color! SO it is pretty yellow.

The goal book has all the key things you need to get started with a bullet journal, like an index, a future log and events log and monthly log, which is a fab start, especially with those numbered pages.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameRhodia Goal Book
Price$22.89
Number of Pages120 pages
Paper gsm90gsm 
Number of dots29×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Its pretty good at handling wet pens and watercolor, but still bleeds and ghosts a bit
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Soft covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, future log and monthly log
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 3/5

Its not the worst, its not the best, but definitely worth a mention!

Dingbats notebook review

Now, I can open a can of worms on Dingbats, and lets take a few steps back, about 2 years ago they did something incomprehensible – twice. And I swore to myself never to buy or support such egregious behavior – but curiosity got the better of me, and I believe in second and third chances, so decided to give them a go. 

So what did they do? 1. they were caught out in blatant plagiarism, they would lift images from peoples instagram and super impose them on their notebooks claiming they did them. They did this with a number of photos, and when confronted they back tracked and denied. They were finally upfront about it and apologised to all those involved. At around the same time – they ran a competition where you had to “vote” for your favorite. This community is about supporting each other, not about pitting people against each other in a popularity contest. Uncool and really messed up. 

But – In saying all of that – I am a strong believer of second chances and bought some in the last sale. UUURG! SO YELLOW! Maybe i had become so used to the bright white pages of the A&O but sooooo yellow. 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameDingbats
Price$19.95
Number of Pages192 pages – perforated
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots29×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some but not majorly 
Sizes availableA4-B6
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Tumbetri Metri notebook review

When I was approached by TM to review their notebooks I was hesitant. But SO glad I did! I put this one in the “best value for money” category because of its bonus features which make it stand out against the Lemome! 

Its a great notebook for newbies and those wanting to try something a little different, the pages are whiter than the lemome and while they are the same thickness and also coated, it makes it lush to use with watercolor.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameTumbetri Metri 
Price$16.95
Number of Pages180 pages
Paper gsm120gsm coated
Number of dots27×38 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

3x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Barely any
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasCute ruler and stencil
Overall rating

 4/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Graphic Arts notebook review

This was another interesting find, heaps of pages, but slightly thinner and uncoated. There is quite a bit of ghosting and some bleeding. Its an interesting notebook and I havent seen many people using it, but its quite a good starter note book! 

I think the price point is slightly high but for what you are getting is probably worth it. It also has pretty bright white paper which is lovely and bright!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameGraphic Arts
Price$19.99
Number of Pages249 numbered pages
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots28×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Its a perfectly good notebook for newbies and those who are just looking to change

Millegram notebook review

The only B5 notebook on the list of this review, and also comes in a A5. It has a fabric cover and has a great price point. But the paper is “paper thin”. Literally. The paper is almost see-through at times, transparent like, and when you pummel it watercolor or juicy pens, you’ll see some serious bleedthrough and ghosting!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMillegram
Price$16.25
Number of Pages196 pages
Paper gsm80gsm
Number of dots35×49 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?A lot! 
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Story of Millegram at the back
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

Paper is so thin, the bleeding and ghosting can feel a little much at times

Ink by Jen G notebook review

Our last notebook, is this one by JenG, and she created these as an add onto her store, and what a fun notebook. I love the little embossed florals on the top of the cover. Over all its a simple notebook, and priced competitively with the rest. Its got ivory paper and while its 100 gsm holds up better to pen and watercolor than the graphic arts notebooks which are of similar gsm.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameInk by Jen G
Price$19.00
Number of Pages192 pages
Paper gsm100gsm
Number of dots27×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Minimal but there
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Nothing hugely phenomenal to write home about here, but definitely a fair contender.

 

 

Scribbles that matter notebook review

Scribbles that matter went and changed their notebook paper a number of times, now this may seem harsh, but instead of swimming in their own lane and focusing on what the customer wanted and doing it well, they have started swimming in other lanes and not doing well. Yes they are popular, yes they are cute, but really when it comes down it it, I think they have strayed from what their core customer was. 

I like the old coated paper, and thats what made it cool. But now, they are trying to compete instead of doing well at what they were good at. 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameScribbles that matter
Price$20.79
Number of Pages150 numbered pages
Paper gsm160gsm
Number of dots27×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?Elastic Closure
2x Ribbons
Pen loop
Ghosting and Bleeding?No ghosting, some bleeding
Sizes availableB5 to A6
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?Key, Index, Page Numbers, pen test page
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating 3/5
I dont love the new 160gsm uncoated paper, but it is fine if you are wanting something a a little less pricey but with better quality

Mossery Co notebook review

This was a fun notebook to order, you can spend some time customizing your covers and personalising gives such a nice touch! But here’s the thing, customising a notebook isn’t everything, using it is. And while the mossery notebook is damn cute, it just doesnt hold up to really juicy pens and watercolor.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMossery Co
Price$23.50
Number of Pages160 numbered pages
Paper gsm100gsm
Number of dots29×38 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?Elastic Closure
1x Ribbons
Ghosting and Bleeding?Ghosting and bleeding
Sizes availableB5 to A6
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available – customisable
Index/Key or additional pages?Key, Index, Page Numbers,  as well as vision pages, goal setting and mote
Additional extrasCan be completely customised and personalised covers available
Overall rating 2/5
Customising is fun, but the paper quality lets it down

Ana Tomy notebook review

Now this customisation takes on a whole new level! You can choose your paper layout, notebook layout, and all the colors, down to the elastic and ribbon! Cute! I loved popping my name on the cover in foil. Those are the kinds of extra touches I like in a customised notebook! But it comes with a hefty price tag of $33 for those nice features. And when it comes down to it, is it worth it the money when the paper is average? Well – thats up to you! It has a ton of pages which is great, but the GSM is one of the LOWEST!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameAna Tomy
Price$33.00
Number of Pages180 numbered pages
Paper gsm86gsm (but you can mix in watercolor and sketch paper which is thicker)
Number of dots24×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?Elastic Closure
1x Ribbons
Ghosting and Bleeding?Ghosting and bleeding
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available – fully customisable
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, Page Numbers,  as well as vision pages, goal setting and mote
Additional extrasCan be completely customised and personalised covers available
Overall rating 2/5
Customising is fun, but the paper quality lets it down – again. At the lowest paper quality this is hard to overcome

Lemome notebook review

Our first award winner in this review! Winner for our “Best for Newbies” award! This notebook is cheap and cheerful! It is already made with thick paper and is coated for those of us that love the ‘ol fountain pen use!

So with that in mind – here are the specs!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameLemome
Price$15.99
Number of Pages180 numbered pages
Paper gsm120gsm
Number of dots28×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Elastic Closure
2x Ribbons

Pen Loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some ghosting, but very little and minimal bleeding
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, Page Numbers,  Perforated back pages
Additional extrasCan be completely customised and personalised covers available
Overall rating 4/5
Perfect for newbies because it is not to expensive and pretty awesome overall.

Archer and Olive – Signature Notebook review

This notebook wins our “best quality” award in this review. Why? Because they are beautifully made and the owner, Bonnie, is the most incredible woman! Her business ethics are outstanding and values are so special! 

Now this notebook has received some flack recently for being pricey, and it was compared with some other 160gsm notebooks, now what this highlighted to me, was that the comparison notebooks were just not half as well cared for in manufacture as the A&O was, nor was the level of care taken in the customer service, the business and those values I spoke about earlier. Personally, I exclusively use this notebook and the planner as my personal planners because I believe that every dollar I spend, shows want kind of community I want to build at that includes in my choice of notebook. 

Now while there is are the planner, and black out book, I wont specifically review these here, because they have the same quality paper, and I’ve include the images below. I will review the watercolor notebook however.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameArcher and Olive
Price$31.00
Number of Pages160 pages
Paper gsm160gsm
Number of dots27×37 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Elastic Closure
2x Ribbons

Pen Loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?None
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 5/5

Yes the price point is a little high,  but it is everything this notebook stand for that makes me love it.

Archer and Olive – Watercolor Notebook review

I’ve already covered above why I adore the A&O brand. And this is one of those reasons. The community was eager for a journal that could be a dot grid and also used with heavy watercolor. 

That being said, was the dawn of a game changer. Absolutely a little more pricey, but when you are dealing with 120 pages of gorgeous hot pressed cotton watercolor pages they surely you understand!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameArcher and Olive
Price$50.00
Number of Pages120 pages
Paper gsm200gsm 
Number of dots24×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Elastic Closure

Pen Loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?None
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasRing bound
Overall rating

 5/5

If you want a heavy watercolor notebook that will withstand lashings of water when painting, then this notebook is for you!

Karst Stone Paper Notebook review

Now this a weird one! If you are wanting something a little different then this notebook might be for you. The paper is made with stone paper – yes stones. But It does make the paper waterproof which is a total bummer on the watercolor or juicy pen front because nothing dries and it takes an age for things to stop smudging!

It is claimed as tear proof, which is moderately true, and if you do get something wet on the page, you can dry it with a dryer but the heat crumples the paper to ash! And makes the paper “ROCK” hard! 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameKarst Stone Paper
Price$25.95
Number of Pages144 pages
Paper gsm100gsm 
Number of dots27×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x ribbon

Ghosting and Bleeding?Ghosting, no bleeding
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers
Colors available?Limited muted tones
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasMade from stone paper
Overall rating

 1/5

Kinda expensive for what you are getting. 

Moleskine Notebook review

The very first notebook I owned! And probably the thinnest and worst! But – it deserves to be in the running for being on the dot grid notebook map. I guess you get what you pay for and these notebooks are cheap, but really, you really are getting some bleeding and ghosting pages for that. And heaps of them!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMoleskine
Price$11.03
Number of Pages240 pages
Paper gsm70gsm 
Number of dots 
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x ribbon

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?All the ghosting and all the bleeding
Sizes availableMany sizes available in this brand
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard and soft covers
Colors available?Multiple covers
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 1/5

It is my least favorite notebook of all time.

 

Citrus Book Bindery Notebook review

Looking for more practical customisation? Well CBB has it in spades! But the price starts getting pretty steep pretty quickly. For a notebooks with 144 numbered pages A5 and a back pocket, with ribbons it starts heading towards the $65 mark. So the price of $32 is the base price with zero additionals, so it can be considered as a really pricy notebook.

What makes this notebook pretty cool, is it is hand made by the owner and her husband.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameCitrus Book Bindery
Price$32.00
Number of Pages240 numbered pages
Paper gsm120-225gsm 
Number of dots28×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Customisable ribbon number

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?barely any
Sizes availableMultiple sizes available
Hard/Soft Cover?Mainly hard covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?If you want them
Additional extrasYou can ask for additional extras like rounded corners or special binding
Overall rating

 3/5

One of my favorite notebooks, because its hand made by the owner

Happy Planner – Happy Notes

I am so sad that I discovered this notebook late! If I was starting out again, I would probably chose this to start with, because the pages are disk bound so total removable if you make a mistake. 

The pages are really thick, far thicker than I expected and they hold up to watercolor incredibly well. You can combine a notebook and planner to make it a simple system for you!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameThe Happy Planner
Price$10.99
Number of Pages60 pages
Paper gsm120gsm 
Number of dots44×49 dots
Size of dots0.4mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Disk bound so pages can be removed, can add additional pen loops and closures

Ghosting and Bleeding?Very little, and even holds up to watercolor
Sizes availableBig, Classic, Half sheets and Mini
Hard/Soft Cover?Flexible covers
Colors available?Multiple colors and designs
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 4/5

If I could start again, I would probably go this route, cheap and easy to maintain and simple to use.

Rhodia Goal Book notebook review

This is an interesting notebook, it has some amazing paper, its made with clairefontain paper which is buttery smooth and lush! But this also makes the paper buttery in color! SO it is pretty yellow.

The goal book has all the key things you need to get started with a bullet journal, like an index, a future log and events log and monthly log, which is a fab start, especially with those numbered pages.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameRhodia Goal Book
Price$22.89
Number of Pages120 pages
Paper gsm90gsm 
Number of dots29×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Its pretty good at handling wet pens and watercolor, but still bleeds and ghosts a bit
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Soft covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, future log and monthly log
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 3/5

Its not the worst, its not the best, but definitely worth a mention!

Dingbats notebook review

Now, I can open a can of worms on Dingbats, and lets take a few steps back, about 2 years ago they did something incomprehensible – twice. And I swore to myself never to buy or support such egregious behavior – but curiosity got the better of me, and I believe in second and third chances, so decided to give them a go. 

So what did they do? 1. they were caught out in blatant plagiarism, they would lift images from peoples instagram and super impose them on their notebooks claiming they did them. They did this with a number of photos, and when confronted they back tracked and denied. They were finally upfront about it and apologised to all those involved. At around the same time – they ran a competition where you had to “vote” for your favorite. This community is about supporting each other, not about pitting people against each other in a popularity contest. Uncool and really messed up. 

But – In saying all of that – I am a strong believer of second chances and bought some in the last sale. UUURG! SO YELLOW! Maybe i had become so used to the bright white pages of the A&O but sooooo yellow. 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameDingbats
Price$19.95
Number of Pages192 pages – perforated
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots29×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some but not majorly 
Sizes availableA4-B6
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Tumbetri Metri notebook review

When I was approached by TM to review their notebooks I was hesitant. But SO glad I did! I put this one in the “best value for money” category because of its bonus features which make it stand out against the Lemome! 

Its a great notebook for newbies and those wanting to try something a little different, the pages are whiter than the lemome and while they are the same thickness and also coated, it makes it lush to use with watercolor.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameTumbetri Metri 
Price$16.95
Number of Pages180 pages
Paper gsm120gsm coated
Number of dots27×38 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

3x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Barely any
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasCute ruler and stencil
Overall rating

 4/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Graphic Arts notebook review

This was another interesting find, heaps of pages, but slightly thinner and uncoated. There is quite a bit of ghosting and some bleeding. Its an interesting notebook and I havent seen many people using it, but its quite a good starter note book! 

I think the price point is slightly high but for what you are getting is probably worth it. It also has pretty bright white paper which is lovely and bright!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameGraphic Arts
Price$19.99
Number of Pages249 numbered pages
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots28×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Its a perfectly good notebook for newbies and those who are just looking to change

Millegram notebook review

The only B5 notebook on the list of this review, and also comes in a A5. It has a fabric cover and has a great price point. But the paper is “paper thin”. Literally. The paper is almost see-through at times, transparent like, and when you pummel it watercolor or juicy pens, you’ll see some serious bleedthrough and ghosting!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMillegram
Price$16.25
Number of Pages196 pages
Paper gsm80gsm
Number of dots35×49 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?A lot! 
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Story of Millegram at the back
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

Paper is so thin, the bleeding and ghosting can feel a little much at times

Ink by Jen G notebook review

Our last notebook, is this one by JenG, and she created these as an add onto her store, and what a fun notebook. I love the little embossed florals on the top of the cover. Over all its a simple notebook, and priced competitively with the rest. Its got ivory paper and while its 100 gsm holds up better to pen and watercolor than the graphic arts notebooks which are of similar gsm.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameInk by Jen G
Price$19.00
Number of Pages192 pages
Paper gsm100gsm
Number of dots27×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Minimal but there
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Nothing hugely phenomenal to write home about here, but definitely a fair contender.

 

 

Scribbles that matter notebook review

Scribbles that matter went and changed their notebook paper a number of times, now this may seem harsh, but instead of swimming in their own lane and focusing on what the customer wanted and doing it well, they have started swimming in other lanes and not doing well. Yes they are popular, yes they are cute, but really when it comes down it it, I think they have strayed from what their core customer was. 

I like the old coated paper, and thats what made it cool. But now, they are trying to compete instead of doing well at what they were good at. 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameScribbles that matter
Price$20.79
Number of Pages150 numbered pages
Paper gsm160gsm
Number of dots27×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?Elastic Closure
2x Ribbons
Pen loop
Ghosting and Bleeding?No ghosting, some bleeding
Sizes availableB5 to A6
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?Key, Index, Page Numbers, pen test page
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating 3/5
I dont love the new 160gsm uncoated paper, but it is fine if you are wanting something a a little less pricey but with better quality

Mossery Co notebook review

This was a fun notebook to order, you can spend some time customizing your covers and personalising gives such a nice touch! But here’s the thing, customising a notebook isn’t everything, using it is. And while the mossery notebook is damn cute, it just doesnt hold up to really juicy pens and watercolor.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMossery Co
Price$23.50
Number of Pages160 numbered pages
Paper gsm100gsm
Number of dots29×38 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?Elastic Closure
1x Ribbons
Ghosting and Bleeding?Ghosting and bleeding
Sizes availableB5 to A6
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available – customisable
Index/Key or additional pages?Key, Index, Page Numbers,  as well as vision pages, goal setting and mote
Additional extrasCan be completely customised and personalised covers available
Overall rating 2/5
Customising is fun, but the paper quality lets it down

Ana Tomy notebook review

Now this customisation takes on a whole new level! You can choose your paper layout, notebook layout, and all the colors, down to the elastic and ribbon! Cute! I loved popping my name on the cover in foil. Those are the kinds of extra touches I like in a customised notebook! But it comes with a hefty price tag of $33 for those nice features. And when it comes down to it, is it worth it the money when the paper is average? Well – thats up to you! It has a ton of pages which is great, but the GSM is one of the LOWEST!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameAna Tomy
Price$33.00
Number of Pages180 numbered pages
Paper gsm86gsm (but you can mix in watercolor and sketch paper which is thicker)
Number of dots24×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?Elastic Closure
1x Ribbons
Ghosting and Bleeding?Ghosting and bleeding
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available – fully customisable
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, Page Numbers,  as well as vision pages, goal setting and mote
Additional extrasCan be completely customised and personalised covers available
Overall rating 2/5
Customising is fun, but the paper quality lets it down – again. At the lowest paper quality this is hard to overcome

Lemome notebook review

Our first award winner in this review! Winner for our “Best for Newbies” award! This notebook is cheap and cheerful! It is already made with thick paper and is coated for those of us that love the ‘ol fountain pen use!

So with that in mind – here are the specs!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameLemome
Price$15.99
Number of Pages180 numbered pages
Paper gsm120gsm
Number of dots28×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Elastic Closure
2x Ribbons

Pen Loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some ghosting, but very little and minimal bleeding
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, Page Numbers,  Perforated back pages
Additional extrasCan be completely customised and personalised covers available
Overall rating 4/5
Perfect for newbies because it is not to expensive and pretty awesome overall.

Archer and Olive – Signature Notebook review

This notebook wins our “best quality” award in this review. Why? Because they are beautifully made and the owner, Bonnie, is the most incredible woman! Her business ethics are outstanding and values are so special! 

Now this notebook has received some flack recently for being pricey, and it was compared with some other 160gsm notebooks, now what this highlighted to me, was that the comparison notebooks were just not half as well cared for in manufacture as the A&O was, nor was the level of care taken in the customer service, the business and those values I spoke about earlier. Personally, I exclusively use this notebook and the planner as my personal planners because I believe that every dollar I spend, shows want kind of community I want to build at that includes in my choice of notebook. 

Now while there is are the planner, and black out book, I wont specifically review these here, because they have the same quality paper, and I’ve include the images below. I will review the watercolor notebook however.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameArcher and Olive
Price$31.00
Number of Pages160 pages
Paper gsm160gsm
Number of dots27×37 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Elastic Closure
2x Ribbons

Pen Loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?None
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers available
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 5/5

Yes the price point is a little high,  but it is everything this notebook stand for that makes me love it.

Archer and Olive – Watercolor Notebook review

I’ve already covered above why I adore the A&O brand. And this is one of those reasons. The community was eager for a journal that could be a dot grid and also used with heavy watercolor. 

That being said, was the dawn of a game changer. Absolutely a little more pricey, but when you are dealing with 120 pages of gorgeous hot pressed cotton watercolor pages they surely you understand!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameArcher and Olive
Price$50.00
Number of Pages120 pages
Paper gsm200gsm 
Number of dots24×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Elastic Closure

Pen Loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?None
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers
Colors available?Multiple colors available
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasRing bound
Overall rating

 5/5

If you want a heavy watercolor notebook that will withstand lashings of water when painting, then this notebook is for you!

Karst Stone Paper Notebook review

Now this a weird one! If you are wanting something a little different then this notebook might be for you. The paper is made with stone paper – yes stones. But It does make the paper waterproof which is a total bummer on the watercolor or juicy pen front because nothing dries and it takes an age for things to stop smudging!

It is claimed as tear proof, which is moderately true, and if you do get something wet on the page, you can dry it with a dryer but the heat crumples the paper to ash! And makes the paper “ROCK” hard! 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameKarst Stone Paper
Price$25.95
Number of Pages144 pages
Paper gsm100gsm 
Number of dots27×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x ribbon

Ghosting and Bleeding?Ghosting, no bleeding
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard covers
Colors available?Limited muted tones
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasMade from stone paper
Overall rating

 1/5

Kinda expensive for what you are getting. 

Moleskine Notebook review

The very first notebook I owned! And probably the thinnest and worst! But – it deserves to be in the running for being on the dot grid notebook map. I guess you get what you pay for and these notebooks are cheap, but really, you really are getting some bleeding and ghosting pages for that. And heaps of them!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMoleskine
Price$11.03
Number of Pages240 pages
Paper gsm70gsm 
Number of dots 
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x ribbon

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?All the ghosting and all the bleeding
Sizes availableMany sizes available in this brand
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard and soft covers
Colors available?Multiple covers
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 1/5

It is my least favorite notebook of all time.

 

Citrus Book Bindery Notebook review

Looking for more practical customisation? Well CBB has it in spades! But the price starts getting pretty steep pretty quickly. For a notebooks with 144 numbered pages A5 and a back pocket, with ribbons it starts heading towards the $65 mark. So the price of $32 is the base price with zero additionals, so it can be considered as a really pricy notebook.

What makes this notebook pretty cool, is it is hand made by the owner and her husband.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameCitrus Book Bindery
Price$32.00
Number of Pages240 numbered pages
Paper gsm120-225gsm 
Number of dots28×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Customisable ribbon number

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?barely any
Sizes availableMultiple sizes available
Hard/Soft Cover?Mainly hard covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?If you want them
Additional extrasYou can ask for additional extras like rounded corners or special binding
Overall rating

 3/5

One of my favorite notebooks, because its hand made by the owner

Happy Planner – Happy Notes

I am so sad that I discovered this notebook late! If I was starting out again, I would probably chose this to start with, because the pages are disk bound so total removable if you make a mistake. 

The pages are really thick, far thicker than I expected and they hold up to watercolor incredibly well. You can combine a notebook and planner to make it a simple system for you!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameThe Happy Planner
Price$10.99
Number of Pages60 pages
Paper gsm120gsm 
Number of dots44×49 dots
Size of dots0.4mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

Disk bound so pages can be removed, can add additional pen loops and closures

Ghosting and Bleeding?Very little, and even holds up to watercolor
Sizes availableBig, Classic, Half sheets and Mini
Hard/Soft Cover?Flexible covers
Colors available?Multiple colors and designs
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 4/5

If I could start again, I would probably go this route, cheap and easy to maintain and simple to use.

Rhodia Goal Book notebook review

This is an interesting notebook, it has some amazing paper, its made with clairefontain paper which is buttery smooth and lush! But this also makes the paper buttery in color! SO it is pretty yellow.

The goal book has all the key things you need to get started with a bullet journal, like an index, a future log and events log and monthly log, which is a fab start, especially with those numbered pages.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameRhodia Goal Book
Price$22.89
Number of Pages120 pages
Paper gsm90gsm 
Number of dots29×41 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Its pretty good at handling wet pens and watercolor, but still bleeds and ghosts a bit
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Soft covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?Index, future log and monthly log
Additional extrasYou can get the matching sticker sets or additional dashboards to add
Overall rating

 3/5

Its not the worst, its not the best, but definitely worth a mention!

Dingbats notebook review

Now, I can open a can of worms on Dingbats, and lets take a few steps back, about 2 years ago they did something incomprehensible – twice. And I swore to myself never to buy or support such egregious behavior – but curiosity got the better of me, and I believe in second and third chances, so decided to give them a go. 

So what did they do? 1. they were caught out in blatant plagiarism, they would lift images from peoples instagram and super impose them on their notebooks claiming they did them. They did this with a number of photos, and when confronted they back tracked and denied. They were finally upfront about it and apologised to all those involved. At around the same time – they ran a competition where you had to “vote” for your favorite. This community is about supporting each other, not about pitting people against each other in a popularity contest. Uncool and really messed up. 

But – In saying all of that – I am a strong believer of second chances and bought some in the last sale. UUURG! SO YELLOW! Maybe i had become so used to the bright white pages of the A&O but sooooo yellow. 

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameDingbats
Price$19.95
Number of Pages192 pages – perforated
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots29×40 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some but not majorly 
Sizes availableA4-B6
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Multiple colors
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Tumbetri Metri notebook review

When I was approached by TM to review their notebooks I was hesitant. But SO glad I did! I put this one in the “best value for money” category because of its bonus features which make it stand out against the Lemome! 

Its a great notebook for newbies and those wanting to try something a little different, the pages are whiter than the lemome and while they are the same thickness and also coated, it makes it lush to use with watercolor.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameTumbetri Metri 
Price$16.95
Number of Pages180 pages
Paper gsm120gsm coated
Number of dots27×38 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

3x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Barely any
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasCute ruler and stencil
Overall rating

 4/5

The yellow paper drives me nuts

Graphic Arts notebook review

This was another interesting find, heaps of pages, but slightly thinner and uncoated. There is quite a bit of ghosting and some bleeding. Its an interesting notebook and I havent seen many people using it, but its quite a good starter note book! 

I think the price point is slightly high but for what you are getting is probably worth it. It also has pretty bright white paper which is lovely and bright!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameGraphic Arts
Price$19.99
Number of Pages249 numbered pages
Paper gsm100gsm coated
Number of dots28×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Pen loop

Ghosting and Bleeding?Some
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Index and Key
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Its a perfectly good notebook for newbies and those who are just looking to change

Millegram notebook review

The only B5 notebook on the list of this review, and also comes in a A5. It has a fabric cover and has a great price point. But the paper is “paper thin”. Literally. The paper is almost see-through at times, transparent like, and when you pummel it watercolor or juicy pens, you’ll see some serious bleedthrough and ghosting!

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameMillegram
Price$16.25
Number of Pages196 pages
Paper gsm80gsm
Number of dots35×49 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

1x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?A lot! 
Sizes availableB5 and A5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?Story of Millegram at the back
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 2/5

Paper is so thin, the bleeding and ghosting can feel a little much at times

Ink by Jen G notebook review

Our last notebook, is this one by JenG, and she created these as an add onto her store, and what a fun notebook. I love the little embossed florals on the top of the cover. Over all its a simple notebook, and priced competitively with the rest. Its got ivory paper and while its 100 gsm holds up better to pen and watercolor than the graphic arts notebooks which are of similar gsm.

DetailsInformation
Notebook NameInk by Jen G
Price$19.00
Number of Pages192 pages
Paper gsm100gsm
Number of dots27×39 dots
Size of dots0.5mm
Ribbons, Elastic closure or pen loops?

2x Ribbons

Elastic Closure

Ghosting and Bleeding?Minimal but there
Sizes availableA5
Hard/Soft Cover?Hard Covers
Colors available?Minimal choices
Index/Key or additional pages?None
Additional extrasNone
Overall rating

 3/5

Nothing hugely phenomenal to write home about here, but definitely a fair contender.

 

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