The Leuchtturm1917 Transition

While it’s obvious to me, I’m not sure it’s obvious to everyone that there are three different journals represented in my collection.


When I first started using the bullet journal system, I just used a cheap spiral notebook to make sure I even liked the system. Once I decided it would work for me, I invested in a Moleskine Hardcover Ruled journal. This was a dependable product I figured they would make indefinitely, so I could always have this nice stack of notebooks on my shelf that would be uniform in size and shape. I didn’t mind variations in color, but I wanted the lines to look uniform.


But as I got into it, I realized I didn’t really like the ruled paper. It was great on lists, but on doodles or scratch pages I found the lines too distracting. Luckily I found out Moleskine made dotted pages, but only in softcover. This was okay (you can see volumes 6 & 7) but not ideal. I really did NOT like the softcover.

Finally, someone introduced me to the Leuchtturm 1917. I had actually been hearing about them for awhile, with their page numbers and their index pages but no one locally sold them and I didn’t want to take the plunge without holding one in my hand first. But they sold hardcover dotted variations which I just couldn’t resist after two frustrating volumes of a soft cover. Since then? I’ve not looked back. I still can’t find them locally but Amazon comes through for me when I need them every few months. And to me? You can’t tell when looking on the shelf where the transition is unless you’re fluent in notebooks.



The last 3 volumes are the Leuchtturm 1971s and they blend in quite nicely, in my humble opinion. I don’t know why that’s so important to me, that the height lines on the volumes on my shelf look perfect, but it is so it’s nice to have finally found a journal I love that blends in on the shelf with the journals I only kinda-liked.


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  1. Nancy Dougherty says:

    I love my Leuchtturm. I have one of the older ones and my daughter has a newer one with 2 ribbons. The paper I herd is much thinner so I’m going with the Rhodiafor my next one. I’m excited about it, I figure it’ll be about July before I change though. I think we are all a special kind of crazy!!!😜

  2. Alison says:


    I’ve bullet journaled in the past with moleskein and used it as a planner and scrapbook. I found it got kinda thick. I want to get back into it. Do you find the LT are better? Thoughts on maybe using a bigger size than A5 to reduce bulk? Thanks in advance.

    1. Zoot says:

      I do feel like the A5 is a better size for me and I use mine as both a planner and a scrapbook as well. However, as I get to the end of it I often will reconsider taping/adding things to the journal as it starts to bulge but so far it’s never been a problem. I did have to give up a zipper-case though b/c the zipper started fighting me 🙂

  3. Alison says:

    Thanks! Happy journaling!

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