I can't stress enough how much I adore my physical paper notebooks. And I've tried to use apps and other cool gadgets to note ideas and work on my fiction, but nothing beats good 'ol pen and paper! Right? But, the truth is, I'm torn between my Moleskine Classic lined journal—which I use for personal thoughts and notes—and my Leuchtturm 1917 Bullet Journal for my diary, to-do lists, calendar and everything else.
So, I took some time this week and did a bit of research to help YOU decide which you prefer—what's the best journal brand to use? I'm a huge fan of both, and I've owned various colours and editions in the past. There are tons of others out there, too, but so far I haven't found anything I love as much.
IN THIS POST, I'LL BE REVIEWING THE MOLESKINE CLASSIC ONLY. Next week, I'll be posting the Leuchtturm review, so be sure to check back then for more!
MY MOLESKINE CLASSIC JOURNAL
My Moleskine Classic journal is a hardcover Peter Pan-inspired notebook (which I believe was a limited edition), with a single ribbon bookmark. It also has an elastic closure and lined ivory pages (acid-free, 70gsm).
Oh, and I got some cute Peter Pan stickers with this edition, too. It has rounded corners and 190 pages and there is an inside pocket at the rear.
The Moleskine Classic journals also come in ruled, plain, dotted and square paper styles, and there are lots of colours to choose from. You can buy hard or soft covers in different sizes, depending on your needs. The page count for these may change, though, so read your specs before you hit buy!
WHY I LOVE THE MOLESKINE CLASSIC
The great thing about Moleskine notebooks are the limited edition designs you can buy, and they are reasonably priced and easy to get hold of (Hello, Amazon Prime!).
Other benefits of the Moleskine classic include the rounded corners, which are smooth to turn, and the paper is thick enough that your favourite pens won't bleed through (though if you're using markers, this may not be the case). Whilst I do notice some ghosting, where I can see the writing on the other side depending on my choice of ink, I move forward in my journal, then review my past entries once a month, so I only notice this during those times. If you're heavily into decorating your journal—using stickers and washi tape—then this may not bother you at all.
As I said above, I use my personal journal as I progress to track how I'm developing and empty my chaotic brain. So, one ribbon bookmark is enough for me. I can find where I left off and start on the next blank page.
Another benefit of the Moleskine CLassic is the feel of it in your hands... it's just lovely! If you choose one of their hardback limited editions, they lay flat. On the inside cover, you can write your 'in case this goes missing' notes, and you'll also get a little booklet about Moleskine to read.
WHAT I DON'T LIKE ABOUT THE MOLESKINE CLASSIC
A downside to the Moleskine Classic is the lack of page numbers. It does bother me somewhat (as I have a Leuchtturm with page numbers that are handy) but as I don't have a contents page, it shouldn't be an issue. I also never use the pocket at the back, but it would be a good place to store some photographs that mean a lot to you, letters, sticky notes and more.
Finally, if you push hard on the page like me, you might find the pages crinkle and roll inwards a little when you're over half way through. This is normal and in Moleskine's defense, I shouldn't stab at the paper with my pen when I write... I should glide and be gentle. It also depends on the pen I use. The Uni Emott Fineliners help me massively in this department, and pages where I've used these instead of my biros don't suffer.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE MOLESKINE CLASSIC?
Overall, I'd recommend the Moleskine Classic for personal journals, note-taking and lists. They're great for carrying in your handbag because they're not chunky and are relatively lightweight, so you can have your grocery list with you and other errands handy wherever you go. My Moleskine Classic hasn't scratched or dented on the cover, and the spine isn't creased.
If you do want to use these as bullet journals, you could, but I do prefer my Leuchtturm for that purpose. More on this next week.
So, what do you think? Is it worth adding a Moleskine to your Christmas list this December?
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