I’m currently using a Leuchtturm 1917 and the Bullet Journal system of planning. However, I thought it might be a good idea to tell you where I’ve come from and my planner journey to date. Be warned this is a photo heavy post! Oh and please note that these photos may be watermarked with my papercrafts blog, Lime Doodle Design, as that is where they were originally shared :D As best I can I’ve linked the products at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where available.
As a child I remember the excitement of setting up my diary for the New Year, all color coded with birthdays and events. It wasn’t long before the draw of a new diary had me buying an academic year start diary each year as well as one for the New Year. Slowly but surely I was finding what suited me, layout and paper quality became key features in the choice.
Then boy, things expanded big time when I started paper crafting after having my children. As I explored paper crafts I also found myself wandering in to the stationery and planner community and all of a sudden I was faced with a multitude of options! At first I delved into a brand I’d know for a long time with a Filofax Original in a bright yellow; such a happy color it brought a smile to my face just looking at it! Later on I added an A5 Malden to my collection too.
As I explored the options available it wasn’t long before I was smitten by the style and unique design of the Midori Traveler’s Notebook – this is still one of my top favorites!
Then it was back to the rings with the Webster’s Pages Color Crush planner.
I loved how cute this was and a neat size too, but then I was side swiped by the Hobonichi brand.
The beautiful Tomoe River paper, clean design and gorgeous covers of these planners sold me for a long time and I switched between the A6 and A5 sizes depending on my needs.
I think the Hobonichi layout is fabulous and the advantage of the Tomoe River paper is not only is it fountain pen friendly but you can pack a lot of pages in to a small book due to how thin the paper is. I even indulged in a little art and lettering therapy in my Hobonichi. This is the range of planners I was using until I found the Bullet Journal system.
Then earlier this year I started to read about Bullet Journaling. I’d sort of looked at before and realised that my check box style was similar in many ways to the Bullet Journal system so I adapted my pre-laid out planner with Bullet Journaling in mind but didn’t embrace the freedom of the system fully.
I can’t quiet remember how I ended up taking a closer look recently, but all of a sudden I was taken with how flexible the system is when applied correctly and I was quickly searching for the best option for me. And that brings me full circle back to the Leuchtturm and where I will leave off today with the aim of talking more about how I’ve found Bullet Journaling suits my current needs in my next post :D
Thanks for hanging in here until the end! I hope you will join me next week :D