Leuchtturm1917 VS Scribbles That Matter
Hey Hey Ladies! Having trouble choosing a bullet journal? I’m back on the blog today with a notebook comparison between the Leuchtturm1917 and the Scribbles That Matter notebooks to help you decide if one of these is right for you!
Here’s the video:
Here are some of the features of each journal. These are some of the key things I look for when choosing a bullet journal to start with or migrate to.
- 185 Numbered Pages
- Dot Grid
- Pen Test Pages
- Pen Loop
- Two Book Marks
- 249 Numbered Pages
- Dot Grid
- Two Book Marks
The journals are both A5 size and have similar thickness and height. However, the covers on the STM seem to be thicker. So, even though the Leuchtturm has more pages, the STM is the same size. The Scribbles That Matter does feature all these cute doodles on the front and back covers. They are debossed, so the cover is textured.
The papers in terms of thickness and feel are very similar, that I can tell. The Leuchtturm paper is slightly more creamy in color, while the STM is more white. The dots on both measure the same width apart. The dots on both are grey, with the STM dots just slightly darker.
Both journals feature two bookmarks. These aggravate the piss out of me so I don’t use them.
Both journals feature a pocket inside the back covers. The STM pocket features more cute doodles, and the sides of the expanding pocket are covered with more yellow grosgrain ribbon.
Additional Features of the STM:
The STM features both a key and color code on one of the first pages. This could be helpful if you are new to bullet journaling and aren’t sure where to start.
The STM also features a dedicated pen test page in the back of the book. The only bleed through I had here was the Sharpie. Pen tests are basically exactly the same for both books. All the ink did well, but the Sharpie bled through on both journals. Geez, my handwriting could use a little work.
Scribbles That Matter, One Last Thing:
This journal came shrink-wrapped and when I opened it a really strong chemical smell (reminiscent of paint) hit me. It was off-putting. I occasionally suffer from migraines, and my first thought was that this type of smell could easily trigger a headache. I put it to the side and the next time I went to have a look at the book, the smell had totally dissipated. I didn’t track how long it was between smells, so I can’t report on how long it took to off-gas. It seems totally usable now though. This could be disappointing if you were impatiently waiting on your notebook to deliver so you could get started, but you have to wait because of the smell.
I think both books make great journals, so that can complicate choosing a bullet journal notebook to start with. The real deciding factor here for me would be the number of pages (more in the Leuchtturm) and whether or not I felt like I needed a key, color code, and pen test page already set up for me or not. If you are a beginner, the STM notebook might just be an excellent choice. You couldn’t go wrong with either one.
Ready to buy your journal? Here are a couple of affiliate links from Amazon.com. Should you choose to purchase something from one of these links, I think I get a tiny kickback from Amazon.
Leuchtturm1917 Notebook Medium (A5) Hardcover, 249 Numbered Pages, Dotted, Emerald – This EMERALD will be my next purchase. That color though.
Scribbles That Matter – Dotted Journal Notebook Diary A5 – Elastic Band – Beautiful Designer Cover – Premium Thick Paper (Teal) – I do enjoy that teal, but there are others colors available, with more to come as I understand.
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Choosing a bullet journal is one of the most fun parts of this whole journaling journey. I hope you have a blast choosing yours!
So glad you stopped by, and I hope to see you again real soon!