everybody is searching for the perfect notebook. Everyone has his or her own standards and ideas what the notebook should look like and how the paper should be.
To be honest with you, I am not going to tell you which notebook or paper is the best for you. But I can help you to find the best for you.
When you start a journal, ask yourself what you want to do. Do you want to work with colour pencils? Or do you prefer water colour? Or do you just what to write in it?
Paper can have different thicknesses and it is important to understand why not every thickness is the best for every way of journaling.
The thickness is measured in grammes per square metre (g/m²). When the g/m² is low, the paper is thin and it can shine through to the other side of the paper. If the g/m² is high, the paper is thicker and it can take up more water. In that case the paper is quite heavy.
There is no standard g/m² for notebooks. That is why you should know, or at least think about, what you want to use it for.
For example: My notebook Leuchtturm1917 has a thickness of 80 g/m². That is enough for my purposes because I use it mainly for a little bit of doodling and most of the time for writing.
But if you are interested in colouring your journal with water colours, you need a notebook with a thickness of at least 100 g/m², better even more.
Another point you should have in mind is, that paper can have different colours. Do you prefer a shiny white paper or is an ivory creamy white paper your preference?
My wisdom for today: Don’t buy the first one you see. Think about your requirements of the journal. Ask yourself what the paper needs to withstand for your needs. 😉
If you are interested, I can write a more extensive article about paper.
Love to you all,
do you remember when you started your first journal? Or are you planning to start our own journal?
I remember exactly when I started writing. I was 13 years old when I got my first dairy. I was so excited. It was my book. Just for me and my thoughts. I loved it so much. 🙂
I used it nearly every day for the next 6 years. But in contrast to today, I used only for my thoughts (stories, daydreams, ideas etc.) not for planning. 🙂 After my 19th birthday I stopped journaling. Today I don’t know why, I just did.
A few years later I started my studies at university and I realised that I needed some structure and because of that I bought a Filofax-like planner. It was purely functional. But it didn’t bring joy like my old diaries.
Over the years I had different calendars. They were all pretty but after a few months I got bored and I didn’t use them. I missed something. I remember that in a few planners the space wasn’t enough while in others there was too much space.
In 2016, I was looking for a new hobby. I wanted to be creative and I wanted to see a result. So I spoke with my husband about my old diaries and calendars. I searched the web and found the bullet journal method. (I will write later about it)
So I bought a journal by Leuchtturm1917 and a few artist pens by Faber Castell. On Pinterest I found a lot of inspiration. With all that, I created my personal journal where I have space for appointments, lists, quotes, habit trackers, to dos and a lot more. For the first time, I had a calendar that reflects me, my personality and my needs.
It is good to have an overview about all the things which matter in your life. Sometimes I have the feeling, that I am more grateful for the time and how I use it. I am collecting memories. It is important to remember the good things in your life and a bullet journal can help you to achieve that for you as well.
And that is what my very first page looked like. 🙂 I was so proud of it … and I still am.
So, it was a beginning and now, three years later, I am still loving it.
Love to you all,