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Find the perfect bullet journal for you

We all have our preferences when it comes to notebooks, be it size, colour, paper stock, number of pages or price. Over the last year I’ve come to favour dot grid notebooks, a favourite amongst journalers and creatives the world over. But what do you need to look out for when you’re buying a new notebook or journal?

I’ve tried ten in the last year or two and I’ve brought all of my reviews together in one handy post so you can find the right one for you. For each one, I’ve noted price, cover, size, number of pages, photographed the bleed through with some of my favourite pens, and listed additional features, such as page numbers, line spacing, ribbon markers and more. Because we all know choosing a new notebook is a massive decision!

Ten dot grid notebooks reviewed

Creoly Th[ink] Hardbound Dotted Notebook
Price: £9.99
Cover: Hardbound, PU leather
Size: A5 (13x21cm)
Pages: 240
Bleed through: Best to stick to a biro (Zebras are my faves)
Page numbers: No
Pen loop: No
Elastic closure: Yes
Ribbon/s: One
Pocket: Yes
Additional features: Lays flat, 5mm spacing
Find my full review and more photos here
Buy it here

Creoly dot grid notebook review

Creoly dot grid notebook review

Creoly dot grid notebook review

Watercolor Workshop Notebook (Paperback)
Price: £11.99
Cover: Paperback
Size: 14.6×21.2cm
Pages: 128
Bleed through: Very minimal with a range of pens
Page numbers: No
Pen loop: No
Elastic closure: No
Ribbon/s: No
Pocket: No
Additional features: Lays flat, mix of lined and dot grid paper
Find my full review and more photos here
Buy it here

Watercolor Workshop stationery by Sasha Prood from Abrams + Chronicle

Watercolor Workshop Notebook (Paperback) - dot grid notebook review

Watercolor Workshop Notebook (Paperback) - dot grid notebook review

Not Only Polka Dots custom notebook
Price: £16.50
Cover: Custom
Size: A5
Pages: 112
Bleed through: Cartridge paper – good for most pens but doesn’t like Sharpies
Page numbers: No
Pen loop: No
Elastic closure: No
Ribbon/s: No
Pocket: No
Additional features: Completely customisable (size, page numbers, paper type, cover image, additional text)
Find my full review and more photos here

Not Only Polka Dots custom notebook review

Not Only Polka Dots custom notebook review

Not Only Polka Dots custom notebook review

Dingbats* Earth Sky Blue Great Barrier Reef Journal – Dotted
Price: £17.95
Cover: Hardcover, degradable faux leather
Size: A5
Pages: 184+
Bleed through: 100gsm – near perfect
Page numbers: Yes
Pen loop: Yes
Elastic closure: Yes
Ribbon/s: Two
Pocket: Yes
Additional features: 100% vegan, contents page, tabs, ‘how to’ guide, additional perforated pages, lays flat
Find my full review and more photos here
Buy it here

Dingbats Earth Journal and Stabilo pens review - bullet journal layouts

Dingbats Earth Journal and Stabilo pens review - bullet journal layouts

Dingbats Earth Journal and Stabilo pens review - bullet journal layouts

Dingbats Earth Journal - dot grid notebook review

Dingbats Earth Journal - dot grid notebook review

T-Rex Notebook – Magenta
Price: £12.00
Cover: Hardback
Size: A5
Pages: 190
Bleed through: Some, even with lighter pens (80gsm)
Page numbers: No
Pen loop: Yes
Elastic closure: Yes
Ribbon/s: One
Pocket: No
Additional features: Lays flat, spacing slightly larger than others
Find my full review and more photos here
Buy it here

T-Rex dot grid notebook from Mustard review

T-Rex dot grid notebook from Mustard review

T-Rex dot grid notebook from Mustard review

The Minimalist: Dot Grid from Hex and Ginger
Price: £8.50
Cover: PU leather
Size: A5
Pages: 192
Bleed through: Don’t use anything too heavy – Sensors and biro are fine. Opus fountain pen bleeds through but CalliCreative is ok
Page numbers: No
Pen loop: Yes
Elastic closure: Yes
Ribbon/s: One
Pocket: Yes
Additional features:
Find my full review and more photos here
Buy it here

Hex and Ginger dot grid notebook review

Hex and Ginger dot grid notebook review

Hex and Ginger dot grid notebook review

The House That Lars Built Notebook
Price: £10.99
Cover: Paperback
Size: 14.6x21cm
Pages: 128
Bleed through: None, even with heavier pens
Page numbers: No
Pen loop: No
Elastic closure: No
Ribbon/s: No
Pocket: No
Additional features: Coloured pages, gold edging, fancy AF
Find my full review and more photos here
Buy it here

The House That Lars Built notebook review

The House That Lars Built notebook review

The House That Lars Built notebook review

Celebrate Today Journal (Flexibound with Sticker Sheets)
Price: £14.99
Cover: Hard cover
Size: 13x21cm
Pages: 160
Bleed through: None with typical Stabilo range or fountain pen
Page numbers: Yes
Pen loop: No
Elastic closure: Yes
Ribbon/s: One
Pocket: No
Additional features: Stickers, illustrations, contents page
Find my full review and more photos here
Buy it here

Celebrate Today stationery review

Celebrate Today stationery review

Celebrate Today stationery review

Notebook Lawerta
Price: 9,95€
Cover: 240 gsm cardboard
Size: A5
Pages: 144
Bleed through: Quite a lot, even with the Sensor (90gsm)
Page numbers: No
Pen loop: No
Elastic closure: No
Ribbon/s: No
Pocket: No
Additional features: Ruler on inside front cover, narrow spacing

Notebook Lawerta - dot grid notebook review

Notebook Lawerta - dot grid notebook review

Notebook Lawerta - dot grid notebook review

Narcissus Dots Creative Notebook
Cover: Paperback
Size: A5
Pages: 56
Bleed through: Quite a lot, even without a heavy pen (80gsm)
Page numbers: No
Pen loop: No
Elastic closure: No
Ribbon/s: No
Pocket: No
Additional features: Handy as a practice book

Narcissus Dots Creative Notebook review

Narcissus Dots Creative Notebook review

Narcissus Dots Creative Notebook review

Time for the results!

Best value: Hex and Ginger

Best looking: The House That Lars Built

Best all-rounder: Dingbats

What are your deal-breakers when it comes to buying a (dot grid) notebook?

8 thoughts on “Find the perfect bullet journal for you”

    1. Yeah, Leuchtturm is The Brand but I’ve yet to try it myself. There are so many cheaper alternatives. I love a Moleskine too but haven’t tried their dot grids yet.

  1. So many journals 😮🤗 I love the customised Not Only Polka Dots one 💜 I only own one dot grid journal, it’s a Scribbles that Matter one. I like it, especially the fact it has minimal bleed through.

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