After my podcast interview with Helen Colebrook from Journal with Purpose, I couldn’t help but pick up a bullet journal or 10. The first one I purchased with the Rhodia Webnotebook on Amazon. It has a hard bound cover and I absolutely LOVE IT! Plus, I picked up 8 more of the soft cover Rhodia A5 notebooks from Blitsy because the colors were way too yummy and their prices were better than Amazon and free shipping! I also purchased the official Bullet Journal from Ryder Carroll the Leuchtturm1917 in the beautiful emerald color.
Not All Bullet Journals are the Same
If I was just using the bullet journal or bujo, as they are fondly called, for what it was originally intended, the Leuchtturm1917 would be fabulous! It has creamy smooth paper, but it’s a lot thinner than the Rhodia Rhodiarama. As a crafter, I knew I was going to be stamping, coloring and using Tombows in my bullet journal and the Rhodia definitely held up better with the abuse. The Leuchtturm1917 had more ghosting (bleed through) so it made more sense for me to stick with the Rhodia.
I will say this, the Leuchtturm1917 does include sticker labels, an index, numbered pages, tips for getting started and an entire section in the back for how to use the bullet journal as Ryder Carroll intended. Laurie Huff from Quo Vadis has an incredible blog post regarding Ryder’s system. I highly recommend you read through and listen to some of the podcasts he has done on the topic. The Leuchtturm1917 truly is a beautiful piece of art, but I still enjoy the Rhodia for the thicker paper.
My Bullet Journal Switch
I switched to using the bullet journal for my daily calendar on April 22nd of this year and if you want to decorate and create something custom that works for you, it is GREAT! It also takes a lot of time, which is why I did not use it prior to now. Like Helen, I use a daily spread, because a weekly just isn’t realistic for all I have going on.
My main Rhodia I use for my daily to do’s, appointments and projects.
I also have one for my podcast, which is a God send! I can keep track of my series, show notes, interviews with guests and ideas for future episodes.
Since I couldn’t handle the thought of messing up my bullet journal (after I totally butchered the first few pages), I am using one that is strictly for practice. I practice my layouts, hand writing, styling, borders, even my brush lettering. Kelly Klapstein uses her Rhodia for her practice sheets and it is incredible.
Bottom line, bullet journaling can be used in a very simplistic “capturing moments” format, as it was intended, or you can customize and beautify your journal and shape it to fit your needs and personality.
As we mentioned in Why the Hype, the 3 questions you need to ask yourself as you try and figure out the perfect planner for you are:
- What do you need for it to track?
- How big do you want it?
- How much time do you have to invest in planning?
- Can track whatever your little heart desires and customized to fit your needs
- Comes in several sizes, but the standard is an A5 (5.5 x 8.75), which is a perfect desk size
- Time to capture – Minimal; Time to decorate – mediocre to extensive
If I still owned So Suzy Stamps, there is no way I would have had time for a bullet journal. Now that I have a bit more free time, I am absolutely loving the different creative outlet that the bujo allows.