Here we have a large dot grid notebook from the Leuchtturm1917 family of notebooks. I usually use lined notebooks for work and yet I do love a grid. However a dot grid was a new idea for me. I think overall, while its a great idea for many circumstances it perhaps doesn't quite suit my style. I can see for people who need to do more of a mix of writing and drawings it might be great but my work involves mainly writing with only the occasional flow diagram that probably suits grid paper more than anything.
The notebook itself is good quality. The paper has a smooth feel and yet there is a small bit of tooth about it. The cream colour will be a favourite for many. I'm not too bothered by that and maybe lean towards bright white if pushed. I can never remember paper weight but in fairness I'm not sure it tells you on the label. The size is 145x210mm, it has 249 numbered pages and a blank index. The numbered pages could be very useful depending on what you use it for. It also has an elastic closure, ribbon marker and pocket at the back as most of these types of notebook have. It also comes with labels for the front and spine of the notebook for easy reference in case you have several notebooks in your possession - as if that would ever happen!
I've been using ballpoint in this pen in the main and of course there is no problem with that and as you can see the pens I've tried look fine. There is no bleed but a bit of show through on the other side. Mainly with the Sharpie - does anyone use a Sharpie to write in a notebook? I have used it as other notebook blogs seem to always include it but I cant think why I would use a sharpie in a normal notebook.
I used most of this notebook for a 6 month work secondment and dont really want to fill it with other things so I am back to another Sicura notebook for work that I picked up from TK Maxx (I bought 3 and I do really like them).
Would I buy another Leuchtturm? Yes I think I would but probably a grid version would be my preferred option. One last think is the colours available for these notebooks are superb. Something for everyone I think and you can have a whole matching range of sizes.
This years main diary is a pocket size Leuchtturm1917. I won it thanks to the wonderful folk at The Paperie. It's the traditional black colour although Leuchtturm have a wonderful range of colours in their notebooks. The style is week per page but opposite each week is a page of lined paper. This is a very useful format and adaptable to different needs. The space for each day isn't large and so won't take a lot of detail. I tend to split each day into halves for morning and afternoon meetings and can fit in time, title and venue though usually abbreviated. My evenings are seldom recorded in this diary but I may write something on the lined side opposite the relevant day.
The paper is cream, perhaps 90g but certainly 80g weight. My diary entries are always in pencil but it takes most pens I've tried on it beautifully.
Additional features: a back pocket (yawn), an address book that slips into the back pocket and can be transferred to your next diary (better) and a few pages of perforated plain note pages at the back.
As you will see From the pictures I like to add some moo stickers to my notebooks. Size wise it's perhaps a bit taller than a Mokeskine pocket but not by much.
I've been very happy with this one so far although I do also have a Mileskine Colour a Month Diary to tell you about. Thats for another day. This is the first blog with pictures and text from my iPhone-true blogging on the go. Surely how it's intended to be. I have no idea how this will look when published so bear with the bear here but it could mean the intention of writing this blog on they train could finally materialise.