Essentials Dot Matrix Notebook, A5 size Hardcover – December 1, 2016
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Durable cover material resists stains, moisture, and tearing.
Elastic band attached to the back cover keeps notebook closed securely in your bag or pocket.
(Cover band is removable).
Versatile Dot-Grid Interior
Light gray 5-mm dot grid provides ideal structure for bullet journaling, other types of visual note-taking, sketching, and standard writing.
A black ribbon bookmark lets you pick up right where you left off.
Tough stitched binding.
Essentials Notebooks all but eliminate bleed-through in standard use.
Pens and fine-line markers lay down crisp ink without feathering.
Colored pencil shows up vividly.
Graphite erases cleanly with light pressure.
Inside back-cover pocket holds tickets, receipts, business cards, stamps, stickers, and any other flat items you want to keep handy.
Sturdy, streamlined black hardcover binding combines sophistication with practicality.
Grid-patterned paper can do it all, from bullet journaling and sketching, to designing, to everyday writing.
Archival quality pages preserve your work.
The only limit—your creativity
A light gray 5mm dot grid interior lets you structure each page however you like. Then sketch or write outside the lines.
Essentials Dot Matrix Notebook
- 192 dot-grid pages
- Sleek black hardcover binding
- Heavyweight paper—no bleed-through
- Classic A5 size (21.0 cm x 14.8 cm, 5-1/2'' x 8'').
- Elastic band closure
- Ribbon bookmark
- Inside back cover pocket
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Long Story: I recently decided to get back into bullet journal and commit to it, so I though long and hard about the things that bothered me when I last tried to bullet journal. Amongst other factors like time/availability, I identified 3 journal-related issues:
1) Price - I simply cannot afford to drop 20 dollars on every notebook/journal I buy
2) Paper quality - nothing annoys me more that seeing what I wrote on the previous page show through to my current page. A more minor thing is ink bleeding.
3) Cover and binder quality - I hate it when the cover flakes and when the cover binding detaches/unglues from the papers. I also hate it when the marker string unglues and becomes useless.
So this is how this notebook/journal ranked in those 3 categories.
1) It was less than 12 dollars. Nothing else to say. Almost half the price of some of the other journals out there.
2) The paper colour was pleasing to me - not too white and not too yellow. The weight was nice without being too thick. There was minimal to no bleeding or showing through. MAJOR game changer. I used to use the moleskine dotted notebooks and I was so tired of getting the show through. I've used watercolour paints in this journal, and while it didn't make the paper happy (well, there's a reason for why there's paper made especially for watercolour), when it dried, there was no show through O_O.
3) TMI, but my hands sweat a lot, so that results in many of the covers becoming deformed in some way - the soft covers warp and distort, low quality cover crumble and flake, etc. This one is still going strong. I also take my journal every where - throw it in the my purse, my backpacks, to work, to hikes, to restaurants, in trains, etc. So far, there is no sign of wear and tear. No scratches, no detaching of the binding, no detaching of the marker ribbon thing. The other day I spilled a bit of paint on it and used a anti-bacterial wipe and the cover looked just as good - no discoloration, etc.
All in all, I think the quality of this notebook has definitely made me more encouraged and motivated to continue bullet journalling. 11/10 would recommend and buy again!
For one, the paper is heavier, which means my Muji pens don't bleed through. It is a nice thickness especially for bullet journalers. And in person, it looks very much like the more expensive brands. Sturdy, nice binding, and I like the ribbon bookmark and back pocket.
PAPER QUALITY: I don't have too many issues with pens and markers bleeding. BUT, I try not to pass over the same area with my pen too many times. Don't get me wrong, there is bleeding but it's not bad enough to where it bothers me. Overall I like the paper. When writing the ink of my pens do not bleed outwards like more fibrous paper can do. I have not had any smudging issues either.
NOTEBOOK QUALITY: It is sturdy. Over the week I have been throwing it around a lot, literally throwing it in the air onto the bed or carpeted floor. I have packed it in my backpack and purse. So far no dents or rips to the exterior. When opening the notebook up to different sections, I like how you can almost completely flatten out the notebook without having a huge mountain or valley (I hope you get what I mean).
I would recommend this notebook to anyone that is starting out journalling, or just wants a nice sturdy notebook for random notes, sketches, etc... After reading reviews of this notebook and the more expensive counter part, the concerns, likes and dislikes were all the same. That tells me that this is the same if not better quality at a better price. I will continue to use this brand notebook until it gets too expensive (it has already rose $2 in price since I purchased it a week ago).
The photos I have attached are the front and backs of some of my pages, so you can see the quality of the paper. The types of pens I use are listed as well. I haven't listed them all, but those so far are my favorites. Especially the ones with the hearts by them. Other than those listed I have also used the Pilot G5 and V5 in both black and blue.
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Here are some differences:
-The paper in this journal is BETTER than the Leuchtturm 1917. It's thicker and less prone to pens bleeding/showing through, but dark colours are still clearly visible.
-There is no index or page numbers in this journal.
-There is only one bookmark in this journal.
-The dots are lighter.
Overall, solid product. The only reasons I'm not giving it 5/5 are because of the lack of page numbers and because the paper could still be thicker - 100 gsm is decent, but 120 gsm would be ideal, in my opinion.
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Este fue mi primer BuJo para el precio calidad aun lo recomiendo. Si eres una persona que usa muchos plumones, hace dibujos o aplicas mucha fuerza al escribir se nota el ghosting del otro lado de la pagina. Si es algo que te molesta no adquieras esta libreta.
Si eres primerizo como yo y no quieres gastar tanto dinero como en un Leuchtturm1917 es una buena opción.
Vale la pena.
The pages are a pleasure to work with. So smooth, absorbent and just the right amount of bright. I was torn between getting the dot grid and the grid; I'm so happy I stuck with the dot grid. They won't interfere with any drawings and are subtle yet still help guide my writing.
Yes, the binding is a wee bit shoddy and you can sometimes see the stitches pulling especially near the end of the note book. But it doesn't seem to be falling apart, which is always a plus in my book. I've added a swatch for some of the most common pens I use, as well as a colour swatch with Sakura brush pens. You'll notice that the darker colours and the Uniball pen bleeds through - this happens in every notebook I've tried - so, as long as I use liquidex or stick the pages together, it's all good. I will update with a fountain pen ink swatch soon.
While this can still be classified as an above-average-priced notebook, I would totally recommend this to any stationary enthusiast in the place of the more expensive Moleskine or even Leuchtturm 1917..
Overall I'm going to probably repurchase once I have completed this notebook.
Added pics with back page showing some bleeding but I am using thick markers 1.4
Product as described good quality at a great competitive price fulfilled by Amazon at a lightning speed delivery what else can u ask ? For those of you using fountain pen this one is a keeper using Lamy bold and pilot medium barely any bleeding and good quality bind paper as well
Thank you again for another great product going to order more and recommend to others as well
Price Advantage: I go through a lot of these journals, like one every 2-3 months, and the equivalent Moleskines or Leuchtturms ranged about 25% to 150% more expensive which made them a bit too precious for me to use them the way I wanted to, so this price makes it manageable for me to buy as many of these as I need.
Design: I like the dot grid because it allows me to easily freehand draw reasonably straight division lines and organize the space usage consistently. Printed on a slightly warm toned off-white paper, the dot grid pages are light enough to be visible without visually competing with whatever info I scrawl in there. I use a 0.5mm HB mechanical pencil to do my writing and drawing so I can erase and correct and change my information and these pencil lines show up nicely, clean and easily readable. It has about 190 pages to work with, it has a sewn in ribbon bookmark, an elastic cloth band built in to keep the book closed or bookmark or hold a page down (drawing/writing tip for a windy day: flip the book so that the side of the book facing the wind can have this elastic holding the page down). It also has a paper pocket in the back cover, handy for all sorts of things.
They only come in black, which I imagine keeps the price down for bulk printing, so to individualize them to I can tell them apart at a glance I put stickers on them as I go. I collect stickers that I buy or come across for free, like from trade shows, events, promo stickers that come with other stuff I buy, etc.
Quality: The paper quality is great, doesn't tear or ball up or wear through when I erase with a soft white eraser. It has just the right tooth to take and hold the pencil marks without being overly smudgy. The binding quality is really great too, sturdy and opens pretty flat making it easy to write or draw in, and easy to use the whole 2 page spread when I want to.