You've already seen my beginning notebook. It has lovely thick pages with no bleeding or show-through from pens. But it is blank and I've already had to add a ribbon bookmark. Yes, I did glue it in to the back cover and it works better and no longer falls out. However, I was at my local "general store" (Welk's) recently and they had a whole rack of Leuchtturm1917 notebooks. They also had a smaller one of Moleskines if that's your jam but the Leuchtturm (pronounced something like LUOYSH-torm and it means "lighthouse" in German) is the brand that many, if not most, bullet journalists like to use. (Oh, and FYI it's mole-eh-SKEEN-eh, not mole-skin. Think Italiano!) Of course the price was very reasonable so instead of making my own, I bought one for when my current notebook is full. And since it's already half-full, I figure I'll be lucky to make it to the end of the year.
There are a number of sizes of Leuchtturm notebooks. Most people choose the medium (A5) size with a hard cover. Being a rebel at heart and very much liking a littler notebook, I got the pocket (A6) size. There is one size (mini) that's even smaller but I think it's not very useful for functional layouts/spreads. Here's a comparison to my original little notebook:
It's a wee bit longer but also narrower. In fact it actually fits in my pencil case! Cool. This colour is Army and it's a nice olive green which coordinately with my pencil case. You can already see that there's an elastic to keep it closed and two different ribbon markers. Inside it has lots of handy features including the first page to put contact info in case it gets lost:
I'd only put my email address and nothing more identifying on that page. Next there's several index pages all ready to fill in:
There's a good-sized pocket on the back cover for stray bits of paper:
And the regular pages in the middle are numbered with the last 8 pages perforated in case you want to remove them. These notebooks come in lined, squared and dotted so I got the recommended dots:
They aren't very dark so they don't interfere with your writing or drawing but they help keep things lined up and spaced neatly. Lastly, in one of his videos Ryder showed a nifty way to hold your pen if you don't have a pen holder:
You pull the elastic over and it does the trick as well as still keeping the covers closed. Heh. He also shows you how to pre-treat your new book so it lies flatter and you don't break the spine. Already done. I think I'm all set now for future happy bujo-ing!
Next I have a new FO which I'll tell you about soon. Nice to finally finish something. Sheesh. And there's a couple of textile-related adventures coming up later this week. No moss grows on this woman. Hah.