Leuchtturm1917 Notebook Review for Bullet Journaling

Leuchtturm1917 Notebook Review for Bullet Journaling

Leuchtturm1917 is a classic and very popular bullet journaling notebook, but is it really worth the hype? Here at ElizabethJournals, the Leuchhtturm1917 is a go-to notebook that I have been using for many years. So, it's only natural that I review the notebook. Here is a review of the Leuchtturm1917 for your planner.

Leuchtturm1917 Specs

  • 249 Numbered pages
  • Blank table of contents
  • 8 Perforated and detachable sheets
  • Expandable pocket
  • 2 Page markers
  • Elastic closure band
  • Thread bound book opens flat
  • Sticker for labeling and archiving
  • Dimensions: 145 x 210 mm
  • Ink proof paper
  • Acid-free paper

First Impressions | Leuchtturm1917

My first impression of the Leuchtturm1917 was how beautiful it is. The notebook itself is pretty and feels very nice. It has all of the details I would want from a notebook, like numbered pages, ribbon place markers, and a hardcover. Additionally, I liked that there were many color options in the check-out process.

Pros & Cons of Leuchtturm1917

Like any other notebook or product, there are pros and cons. This section will focus on my personal pros and cons for the Leuchtturm1917. These are my opinion and may vary from your opinion.


  • Hardcover is durable
  • Elastic band keeps the notebook from getting damaged and bent
  • Pocket in the back is a great place to store loose notes
  • 2 ribbons make page marking more convenient
  • Pages are numbered
  • Comes with a built-in index
  • There are so many color options; it’s impossible to be bored
  • Pages respond well to watercolor paint (still a little wrinkle, but really not bad)
  • The dots are in the same place on every page


  • Pages aren’t a crisp white (while I do not mind, this can be a turn off for some)
  • The built-in index is a con for those who wish to design their own or do not want an index.
  • There is some ghosting and bleeding, but this depends on the pen or ink that is used

Final Impression

Do I recommend this notebook? Yes! I love my Leuchtturm1917, and I recommend it for anyone searching for a nice quality bullet journaling notebook that comes in multiple colors. The notebook is not super expensive, though more expensive than my trusty Essentials Notebook. I have used a plethora of paints and pens in the notebook with very little ghosting and almost no bleeding. I recommend this notebook for anyone looking for a high quality notebook without spending a lot of money!

You guys send me a lot of questions regarding which notebooks I recommend for bullet journaling, so, I created a notebook review guide just for you to check out! You can also learn about our pen recommendations by reading our review article.

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