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How to choose the perfect bullet journal for you

How to choose the perfect bullet journal for you

Bullet Journaling in it's core is a simple organisational system in a notebook, where you basically create your own planning layout and inserts according to your needs. And that is the beauty of it - everything is created by you and therefore is unique!

And even though it is true that, in order to start bullet journaling you only need a notebook and a pen, I do believe that there isn't one notebook that is perfect for everyone. Each one of us, depending on how we're using our bullet journal, has different needs. Some people like to doodle and draw, others use watercolours and fountain pens, and others like to simply write their day-to-day tasks. So, choosing the right journal is very important in order to have an enjoyable experience with it.

Review: William Hannah Notebook

Review of the William Hannah Notebook - www.christina77star.co.uk

In September I was lucky enough to be sent the William Hannah Notebook for review, and I have to tell you... it was love at first sight - literally! I love my bullet journal and I'm a big fan of the Leuchtturm1917 notebooks. However, since seeing Nicole's and Cristina's disc binding journals, I really wanted to give that type of notebook a try. So, when David from William Hannah approached me, I was over the moon!

Review of the William Hannah Notebook - www.christina77star.co.uk

I was able to choose any combination I wanted, so even though my favourite colour is blue, I went for the Bordeaux & Fuchsia Notebook.  The William Hannah is an A5 size notebook that comes in 15 amazing colour combinations. I have to say that all the notebooks look amazing and I had a difficult time deciding on which combination to go for. I must have spend at least an hour on their website deciding on the colours.

Review of the William Hannah Notebook - www.christina77star.co.uk

When the postman delivered the box, it felt like Christmas came early! The packaging was fantastic. It comes all wrapped up in a black box with the WH initials.

Review of the William Hannah Notebook - www.christina77star.co.uk

The notebook itself is absolutely amazing and of high quality. The cover is made of leather that is so incredibly soft (and smells so good!), and the inside lining is made of high quality Italian suede.

Review of the William Hannah Notebook - www.christina77star.co.uk

The William Hannah Notebook is available in 5 different beautiful coloured covers and you can choose from 9 different coloured suede linings.

Review of the William Hannah Notebook - www.christina77star.co.uk

I love the metal accents that give character to the notebook.

Review of the William Hannah Notebook - www.christina77star.co.uk

The attention to detail is exquisite!

Review of the William Hannah Notebook - www.christina77star.co.uk

The disc binding mechanism is made out of 303 gauge stainless steel that promises never to tarnish. I really like the stainless steel bar that they use to keep the discs in place inside the cover. That gives the notebook stability and security. That was one of my basic worries with the disc binding notebooks, but it seems that the WH Notebook won't have any problems like that.

Review of the William Hannah Notebook - www.christina77star.co.uk

You can easily remove the paper by pulling down from the top.

Review of the William Hannah Notebook - www.christina77star.co.uk

After choosing the colour of the leather and the suede lining, then you can choose the layout, quantity and line colour of your pages. The quality of the paper is amazing - extra thick 115gsm acid free luxury paper - which is so smooth that your pens literally glide on it.

Review of the William Hannah Notebook - www.christina77star.co.uk

In the above page is my Pen Test Pages for Leuchtturm1917 and the William Hannah notebooks respectively. The pens write so beautifully on the WH notebook - it's a dream!

Review of the William Hannah Notebook - www.christina77star.co.uk

And there is literally no ghosting in the WH one! ( In the above page it's the Leuchtturm1917 on the left and the William Hannah on the right).

Review of the William Hannah Notebook - www.christina77star.co.uk

The colour of the pages is slightly whiter than that of Leuchtturm1917 - something that I personally prefer. And the space between the dots is 5mm, the same like Leuchtturm1917.

Review of the William Hannah Notebook - www.christina77star.co.uk

You can choose from plain, dotted, lined and grid paper. They come in packets of 10 sheets, so that you can get a variety (like I did) to try them out. You can configure it in any combination of 60 sheets (or more if you wish). You can also choose a different ink colour of your pages - if you look more closely in the above picture, I chose pink and purple for some of my pages. They also have a To-Do list and a Year at a view calendar.

Review of the William Hannah Notebook - www.christina77star.co.uk

As you can understand I love this notebook!

PROS

  • It has great product quality.
  • Excellent paper quality and thickness.
  • Flexibility - you can take the pages in and out and rearrange your notebook as you want.
  • Gives you the choice of separation between all the categories that you might have in your bullet journal.
  • You can use it over and over again - you just need to add pages.

On the other hand though, there are some disadvantages compared to the normal notebooks.

CONS
  • Price - It retails at £95 (+ shipping) which is quite expensive, but then again you get to use the notebook over and over again.
  • The separation of the pages could be a bit restricting for certain types of spreads that require the pages to be connected.
  • You can add a specific number of pages at a time.

For me the pros definitely outweight the cons. I trully believe this is an amazing product that you can invest on and have for life. I can't wait to start drawing and making my bullet journal spreads in it! If you like the William Hannah Notebook, make sure you put it in your Xmas Wish List ;) Don't forget to visit their website for more information. 



The William Hannah Notebook was sent to me for consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.

Dot Grid Everything!

Talking about my love for dot grid and sharing wiht you all the items I'm currently using that are full of dots! - christina77star.co.uk

I used to be a straight lines girl. Sometimes I would fuss about the line spacing, or the colour of the lines, but that would be it. Since March though, I discovered the magical world of dot grid and my whole life has changed!

Ok, that may be a bit dramatic! But seriously, for the last three months everything I buy has to have dots! From my various notebooks, to my post-its and my note taking papers - dot grid is everywhere.

Talking about my love for dot grid and sharing wiht you all the items I'm currently using that are full of dots! - christina77star.co.uk

It all started when I bought my first Leuchtturm1917 bullet journal in dot grid and saw the difference.

So, why do I prefer the dot grid from the squared, lined or plain ones?

1. It helps me keep my writing and my lines straight.

2. Easier to make shapes even without a ruler.

3. You can draw without the lines/squares obscuring the drawing.

4. You can create even to-do list tick boxes.

5. They are good for diagrams - makes scaling a bit easier.

6. You can even write vertically.

Here is a list of all the things I'm currently using on a daily basis that are full of dots:

Talking about my love for dot grid and sharing wiht you all the items I'm currently using that are full of dots! - christina77star.co.uk

-  My Leuchtturm1917 A5 Dot Grid Light Blue personal bullet journal that I use all the time! I've made a detailed review about it if you're interested here.

Talking about my love for dot grid and sharing wiht you all the items I'm currently using that are full of dots! - christina77star.co.uk

- My Moleskin Dot Grid Black blog bullet journal that I've just started using and I love it! I have made a post comparing the Leuchtturm1917 vs the Moleskine (though at the time I had a squared Moleskine). Even though I still believe that the Leuchtturm1917 has more advantages compared to the Moleskine one, however I tend to prefer the paper in the Moleskine notebooks. I know that it's thinner and it's not perfect for drawing or for darker and more wet pens, nevertheless, the pen seems to glide on the paper and I like my handwritting better on this one. For the purposes of my blog bullet journal, where I'm not drawing that much, it's perfect!

Talking about my love for dot grid and sharing wiht you all the items I'm currently using that are full of dots! - christina77star.co.uk

- My A4 Dot Grid Notepad by Fabriano. I just discovered this italian brand and I love it! It's made of ecological paper in a pale ivory shade and the quality is amazing. They also have various types of notebooks in dotted grid that I'd like to try out.

Talking about my love for dot grid and sharing wiht you all the items I'm currently using that are full of dots! - christina77star.co.uk

- My FULLFÖLJA notebook  from IKEA. Small and compact, I carry it always in my handbag to write my notes on the go.

Talking about my love for dot grid and sharing wiht you all the items I'm currently using that are full of dots! - christina77star.co.uk

- My FULLFÖLJA notepad from IKEA. It has 500 dotted sheets and I love writing all sorts of notes on them! I've also created an A4 dot grid page with a paper plane design on the top. If you're a bullet journal addict like me and you prefer taking notes on a dotted grid paper, then this one is for you ;)

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What type of grid do you prefer? Have you discovered the dot grid perfection yet?