Leucchtturm 1917 vs. Moleskine


Bullet journaling is my jam and I've tried various notebooks for bullet journaling purposes over the years but the two most popular in the bujo community (that's the real acronym, by the way. Isn't it weird?) are the Moleskine large notebooks and the Leuchtturm1917 notebooks. They're very similar looking and yet a lot of people have very strong preferences for one or the other. I'm here to break down the pros and cons of each and hopefully provide insights and help for those of you who are new to bullet journaling. 

Moleskine Pros

  • More pages: The small soft cover notebook contains more pages than the flexible Leuchtturm notebook in a comparable size. (Also, when I say small flexible notebook, I'm actually talking about what the Moleskine company refers to as their "large" notebook. Wording is weird). This is important to me because I happen to love flexible covers as it gives an almost Ernest-Hemingway-influential-writer vibe when I scribble my notes in it and it also happens to be less expensive than their hardcover notebooks. That said, I want my money to further than the mere 121 pages I get with the Leuchtturm compared to the impressive 192 pages in the Moleskine. 
  • The size: This is both a positive and a negative for the Moleskine but because their notebooks are thinner, width-wise, than the Leuchtturm, they are more compact. It's 5 by 8.25 inches and it did force me to be more creative with my layouts because of the limited width and there are a lot of weekly spreads that I'm very proud of in my Moleskine. 
  • Not as much ghosting: Ghosting, for those of you who don't know, is when you write on one page and you can see the effect of the writing on the other side. Sometimes it's severe, (like you can see everything that was written on the back of the page), and somethings it's not too terrible, (like you can only see a shadow of the text on the back). Ive found that with the pens that I tend to use (typically Muji gel-ink pens and Tombow markers) ghost a bit less than my Leuchtturm does, though not significantly. Ghosting doesn't bother me too much unless it's severe but I do know that there are bullet journalers who hate ghosting so it all depends on your preference. 

Leuchtturm1917 Pros

  • Two bookmarks: Leuchtturm journals have two bookmarks attached to it instead of the traditional one bookmark like Moleskines have. I find this quite convenient, actually. I have one bookmark to use during the month where my habit tracker and monthly goals page is and I use the other bookmark to mark my weekly spread. 
  • Wider pages: Like I said about the Moleskine's smaller and narrower size being a double edged sword, I really like the Leucchturm's wider size because it gives me a lot more space for customization and weekly tracking. It's 5.75 by 8.25 inches (giving it a three quarter inch more width than the Moleskine) and what you do with that space can make or break your bullet journal.
  • Page numbers: When I used my Moleskine, I liked to put page numbers at the bottom of the page, just for my reference (nerdy of me, I know). I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Leuchtturm journal comes with page numbers already printed in! It's always the little things. 
Are you a bullet journaler? What is your journal preference?

15 comments

  1. I've heard so much about bullet journaling! Honestly I don't think I have nice enough handwriting to do it well (hahaha!!) but I love looking at pics of them!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  2. I have seen so much about bullet journaling I really need to try it.

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  3. Your post was informative. Love my mole skins! I like to use different color pens and make it pretty.

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  4. That planner looks so cute!

    xoxo, Paige

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  5. I'm not creative enough to be a bullet journaller, but I always love to follow accounts who do!! I've wondered about the difference between these two notebooks; so thank you!

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  6. Loved seeing the difference between the two! I stopped bullet journaling not too long ago (it just wasn't working for me anymore), but I still love seeing everyones journals!

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  7. I love using moleskin journals-they're just a great brand that I always seem to gravitate toward!

    xoxo, SS



    Southern and Style

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  8. I don't know much about bullet journaling so I had no clue people have such strong feelings about the notebook they use. I do love Moleskin notebooks though!

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  9. Bullet journaling is so interesting to me-- I don't have the time but I think it's pretty cool!

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  10. I've never bullet journaled before, but I think it's something I would enjoy if I took the time to set it all up. I have used Moleskin journals before, and I do enjoy them.

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  11. This was such a good comparison post. I've used both (not very consistently lately), and am not really sure what my preference is!

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  12. You are so organized! I feel like I could never write that neatly!
    -Nicholle
    www.nichollesophia.com

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  13. OMG I've wanted to bujo SO BADLY but I'm not crafty and it doesn't look like I want it to haha Yours are gorgeous.

    Tori || Victori Media
    https://www.victorimedia.com

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  14. Reading the comments are so sad!! You guys, anyone can bullet journal!!!! Believe in yourself and give it a try <3

    So here's something weird, I bought my second Moleskin the other day. That's not the weird part, LOL. I use my Moleskin for endless note taking and my bullet journal is my acting planner and tracker.. Anyway, I didn't try to develop this system, it just all fell into place. Finally finished my first Moleskin and bought the new one and I'm noticing that the paper is extra thin in this one? I bought it from Barnes and Noble, didn't order it online so I'm assuming B&N would not be selling dupes or knock-offs... I hope Moleskin isn't try to "save" on paper thickness... With my first Moleskin, however, I agree the ghosting was not as noticeable as the LT.

    I agree that the two bookmarks on the LT are handy, it wasn't something I was looking for in a book but it is a benefit. I also really like the numbered pages in the LT, even though I never look at them outside of filling in my table of contents haha.

    <3 <3
    -Steph

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  15. Such an awesome pro/con list! I've been wanting to try bullet journaling so I appreciate this side-by-side comparison so I know which journal to splurge on!

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