I never thought that something so small like a notebook could have such a big impact in my life, but it's true!
I've always been a big planner and journal enthusiast, with little notebooks and calendars to note down all the appointments, events and interesting things that happened throughout the day. But no planner that I've ever bought was exactly how I wanted it. It might not have had enough space for me to write on or doodle like I tend to do, or it might not have had the sections that I needed for my every day notes and so on. I then turned to Etsy, in order to find the perfect planner for me. However, I still didn't find what I was looking for and also I'm not fond of having my notes on loose paper or in binders. So, while I was looking around, I stumbled upon a video on YouTube by Kara where she was talking about her Bullet Journal and my world changed! (yes, it was that dramatic!!!)
But what is a Bullet Journal?
It's an analog system for the digital age. It helps record the past organise the present and plan for the future. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook and diary and all the above.
That's how the creator of this system, Ryder Carroll, describes it in his very informative website that you must visit to see all the information and the detailed videos that thoroughly explain his system.
I knew straight away that this was the perfect system for me, so I obviously had to get that bullet planner. You can use any notebook you want with this system, or you can get the original Bullet Journal from their website. However I am a girl of colour, and I wasn't very font of the black notebook. That's when I discovered the magical and colourful world of Leuchtturm1917 notebooks!
Don't let the name deter you - I can't even pronounce it for the life of me! Fellow planner and journal enthusiasts - I'm introducing you my new love, my new Leuchtturm1917 notebook!
Oh, it's poetry! I chose the light blue colour and the size is A5 (dimensions 145x210mm). For me this is the perfect size - not too big and still compact to carry with you every day. You can also get it in A4, A6 and A7 sizes.
I prefer the dotted one, but it also comes in 3 other styles - plain, ruled and squared.
It comes in 17 different colours, and between you and me, I want to get all of them. (Don't tell my husband though!)
It closes with an elastic band that I really like, because I tend to have little notes and pieces of paper usually in between pages, and not one but two page markers.
It has 249 already numbered pages, which helps a lot with the bullet journal system. And at the front there are 3 pages with a blank table of contents, so you can fill them in as you go along.
One more cool feature that it has, is an expandable pocket at the back. Now all my little notes and pieces of paper have a home! :)
The Leuchtturm1917 is a thread bound book that opens flat - very handy when you write or sketch things - with ink proof and acid free paper. That means that you very rarely get bleeding through the paper. You can however get some ghosting, but that doesn't bother me at all.
As you can see above I've already started to add my touches in it and I just can't get enough! There are so many things you can do with it, it's unbelievable! And the most important thing of all for me is that it's completely customisable to your needs.
You can buy the Leuchtturm1917 notebooks online from their website. However, they deliver to a limited number of countries, so make sure you check that out first, plus expect to pay almost the same amount for shipping as the actual product! (yikes!)
An other place that you can find them online is the Goulet Pens website, however they too don't deliver to all countries and the shipping prices are pretty high! And of course you can always check Amazon.
For retailers per country, you can check the Leuchtturm website.
Apart from this notebook though and the organisational system that works for me, I also found an amazing community online that helps you and inspires you. If you're interested in bullet journalling then you should totally check out the Bullet Journal Junkies group on Facebook.
Also, Instagram is THE place for BJ inspiration! The following accounts are some of my favourite:
@boho.berry , @breeeberry, @maryj13, @tinyrayofsunshine, @allisonleora, @decadethirty ... and the list goes on!
I will also be uploading lots of pictures with the progress of my bullet journal as I'm filling it in, so don't forget to check out my Instagram and Facebook accounts.
You can also join my newsletter so that you get all the inspiration delivered to your inbox twice a month:
So, there you have it. This is my new obsession and I love it! Please share with me in the comments below what type of planner you are currently using and if you're familiar with the Bullet Journal system.