Being the stationary addict I am (that’s a thing 😋 ) I really enjoy testing new things and, again, the reason I love bullet journaling so much is that it allows for me to not be satisfied, yet be happy with what I do. I can keep changing as often as I want and there is room in my blank pages for that change. Witch is awesome! 😄
I received my Nuuna notebook in the mail the other day and I already have a Moleskine and a (few) Leuchtturm 1917 so I thought I could do a comparison and give you my thoughts about them.
But first I’m going to cover a few terms that will be talked about in this post that I’m sure most of you are familiar with. But for those of you that are not, you need not look elsewhere. 😉
Bleeding: this is when the ink seeps through the paper and is seen on the other side.
Ghosting: similar to bleeding this is the amount of writing/drawing you can see on the back of the paper, but without the ink actually coming through.
Feathering: this is when the ink spreads on the paper when you put the ink down. It might look like it grows tiny branches. 😝
With that out of the way lets get into it. I have tested all three notebooks with every pen and marker I think I might use in them and here is the list:
- Tombow Dual Brush Pen
- Pilot Frixion
- Pilot G-2
- Staedtler Pigment Liner
- Staedtler Triplus Fineliners
- Lamy Al-Star
- Jinhao 599
- Distress Marker
- Bic highlighter
- Twin Brush pennor Panduro
- Sakura Pigma brush
- Zebra mildliners
- Uni-Ball Signo write&erase
- Rbenxia Gel Ink Roller Ball Pens
- Coloring Roller Pen 0.5mm Gel Pen
- Crayola supertips
And of course, here are the notebooks:
Now I’m going to show you the pentest pages and then I’ll write a little bit about each underneath.
Starting out with the Moleskine you can see that there is almost no bleed through but the ghosting is quite noticeable. The Zebra mildliners bled a little bit where I went over twice and the Crayola supertips almost bled through also. No feathering though.
This notebook is 13 x 21 cm (or 5 x 8.25 inches), has a 5 mm dotgrid (24×40), has one bookmark and a pocket in the back.
This is the one I’m currently using for my daily Bullet Journal.
This is the Leuchtturm1917 and the bleed through and ghosting is more or less the same as well as no feathering.
This notebook is 14.6 x 21 cm (or 5.75 x 8.25 inches) ,also has a 5 mm dotgrid (26×38), 2 bookmarks, an Index, numbered pages and a pocket in the back.
I use one of them as a daily journal using mostly Staedtler Pigment Liner and my Lamy Al-Star and it works great for that. Another I use as “project bullet journal” meaning I test colors, different techniques and layouts. My last one (I have 3) I intended to use for collections that I don’t want to move around, but I haven’t really decided yet since the ghosting bothers me quite much.
And here is my last acquisition, the Large Nuuna “I am a work in progress” design.
Unlike the other two this one has white paper in stead of ivory/cream and there is almost no ghosting. The paper is uncoated so I expected lots of bleeding and feathering from what I’ve read, but I was pleasantly surprised. As with the other two, only the Mildliners and Crayola supertips bled a little bit and the LePen and BIC highlighters almost did too. When it comes to feathering however, if the pen or marker is of the wetter kind it does feather a bit. Mildliners, highlighters and Crayola markers the most, but the Staedtler Pigment Liner 0.8 and the LePen also feathered a little bit.
I know fountain pens are not supposed to work too well with this paper but the two I have today worked great. The Lamy purple ink looked great and I love the feel of this paper. I’m guessing it reacts different depending on the ink so it might not be a good investment for fountain pen users as it is the pricier of the three.
The measures of this notebook is 16.5 x 22 cm (or 6.5 x 8.7 inches) and has 3.5 mm dotgrid (40×56). It doesn’t have bookmarks, numbered pages, back pocket or index but the feel of this notebook is just great. It’s thicker but still lays flat and the smaller grid makes it more versatile for design and writing (maybe a little bit more complicated too 😁)
I’m starting off by saying I love them all! 😍 I’m just making sure you don’t think I’m only looking for faults here.
I know there is a lot of hype around the Leuchtturm1917 and, by all means, it’s a great notebook… but personally I prefer the Moleskine and I think I also prefer the Nuuna over it. And here’s why:
While the ghosting looks like it’s the same on the Moleskine and the Leuchtturm1917 it doesn’t feel like it. In the Moleskine I barely notice it from day to day but on the Leuchtturm1917 it really bothers me. I also find that the ink dries a little bit slower on the latter so smearing happens a little bit more often (I’m a lefty 😅). The Moleskine is also the smallest of them witch makes it the better choice for carrying around. The Nuuna has a really smooth feel to it, it has more pages and it looks awesome. I love the size of the dotgrid and the design as well. It also costs a bit more though.
I’m sorry for the wall of text, but hope you guys got something useful out of this. I will also be making new posts as soon as I get more notebooks (Scribbles that matter and Rhodia are on my “to buy” list 😋) and intend to write a little about my supplies as well.
Thanks for reading! ❤️️