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.