Small enough to fit in your purse or bag, glove box, and bedside table, bullet journals are bound books that can hold your dreams and designs. And because you can’t judge a book by its cover, we’ve done that for you. Here are our favorites.
It’s the paper
The ivory-colored moleskin pages are smooth. So smooth that pencil, ink, and ballpoint pen seemingly flow across the pages. Starting a new class, new job, or new project? Celebrate with a new journal. Corral your notes, plans, and sketches in one place. The Moleskine bullet journal is the favorite notebook of Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Mattisse, and ole Ernie Hemingway. The pages have rounded corners, good for tucking into your bookbag and backpack without hassle. About a half-page size, 5 inches by 8.25 inches, these journals are great for the intrepid travelers on your list.
Are you a midnight rambler? Don’t let those great ideas get away! Keep this blue notebook next to the bed to write them down. Sometimes thoughts just don’t conform to fitting on one page. That’s why we love how this thread-bound bullet journal opens flat, creating one big surface for writing and reading. Most of the numbered pages have a dotted design, some have perforated sheets for clean tearing, and there’s a blank table of contents at the front so you can find your ideas easily.
Thoughts, get in line!
A hardcover notebook for all your creative activities, this lined journal is perfect for writing and idea exploration. This bullet journal has 160 thick 100 gsm paper so your writings, even with a fountain pen, won’t bleed through. It’s also acid-free. Why does that matter? Acid-free paper can last 1,000 years, so, like DaVinci, generations can learn of your inspirations and musings. Inside the cover is an expandable pocket for that cocktail napkin and sticky note revelations. Comes with stickers to guide you to important ideas or other notebooks’ thoughts.
Keep your projects and ideas bound in pleather covers in lots of colors from white to sky blue and black. Using soft, heavy paper, your thoughts will flow onto these pages with ease. The dots give a subtle guide to straight lines but are transparent enough that they don’t clutter drawings, charts, or line art. This hardcover bullet journal is 5.7 inches by 8 inches, so you can always have it handy. There are two bookmarks, the ribbon and the elastic, so you can keep track of your work from both sides of the bullet journal if you choose.
Prepare for preservation
Get yourself a bullet journal to organize your guest list, themes, designs, and event details. Long gone are the days of infamous little black books, but their appeal remains. Creamy 120 gsm paper is the thickest of all standard printer papers, so your art and ideas keep crisp and legible. The dotted page design is versatile for creative and functional tasks. Make sure you write down that new chocolate chip cookie recipe with the touch of cinnamon. Sketch out the layout for the webpage or brochure on these 128 thread-bound pages. Grab a bullet journal before your next trip and keep track of each attraction and meal, then tuck the receipts in the pocket.
Cyndi Mathews is a contributing writer to Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. Cyndi recently published her first book and enjoys traveling to Florida in her sailboat.