As you may already know, I am moving into a lovely purple Scribbles That Matter journal at the beginning of the year. So, before I really dive into setting it up, I thought I would do a side by side comparison for you of it and the Leuchtturm1917. As the two most popular choices for those using a hard bound notebook, I thought I would give you a rundown of each here, in case you were having a hard time choosing your next journal.
Let’s get started.
I will be comparing the Scribbles That Matter with the Leuchtturm1917, both in A5 dot grid versions.
Both journals are pretty much identical in size. The cover on the Scribbles That Matter journal is just a bit thicker that the Leuchtturm1917, as is the elastic band closure. Both are sturdy in construction, and I have given the Leuchtturm1917 quite a beating without ever having an issue. But if that is something that would concern you, the cover of the Scribbles That Matter is a little bit better.
Also present on the Scribbles That Matter is a pen loop. This is not something the Leuchtturm1917 comes with, out of the box, but they do offer one for purchase. I think the addition of the pen loop is a nice touch on the Scribbles That Matter.
It is worth noting, if the doodles on the front cover bother you, the Scribbles That Matter has a Pro version that is just a black cover. The Leuchtturm is also offered in an Official Bullet Journal, which has a few minor differences and has Bullet Journal embedded in the front cover.
On overall appearance, though, I think the Scribbles That Matter journal comes out a little bit ahead of the Leuchtturm1917.
Inside the Cover:
Both journals have a title page and 3-page index.
In the Scribbles That Matter journal, you will also have a Key page and two designated Pen Test Pages in the back of the book.
The Leuchtturm1917 comes with 249 cream-colored, numbered and dotted pages that are 80 GSM.
The Scribbles That Matter journal comes with 201 ivory numbered and dotted pages that are 100 GSM.
There is a slight trade-off here. There are more pages in the Leuchtturm1917, but the paper quality is better in the Scribbles That Matter. The last 5 pages in the Leuchtturm1917 are perforated in case you need to pull them out. This is not a function I have used, and it is not an option on the Scribbles That Matter journal, but I wanted to mention it.
The color of the paper has never bothered me, but the Leuchtturm1917 is going to be slightly more yellow than the Scribbles That Matter.
I am going to call this section a tie. The paper quality in both journals is really good. While the paper in the Scribbles That Matter is a little bit better, there are nearly 50 more pages in the Leuchtturm1917. Personally, I have chosen to opt for the better paper, but you can decide for youself which is more important.
A Few Extras:
Both journals come with 2 ribbon bookmarks. The quality of ribbon does feel a little better on the Leuchtturm1917. If you use the Official Bullet Journal, you do get 3 bookmarks.
Both journals have a nice pocket in the back. The Leuchtturm1917 also comes with a label sticker sheet so you can label your journal, but this is something I have tucked into that back pocket and never use. But, again – worth noting.
The only other little thing I will mention is the number of dots on the pages. In the Leuchtturm1917 you get 26 boxes across (27 dots) and 38 boxes (39 dots) vertically. The Scribbles That Matter has 26 boxes (27 dots) horizontally and 37 boxes (38 dots) vertically. Not a big difference at all. They are both 5mm dot grids.
Either of these notebooks is a winner in my opinion, but based on my specific tastes, I would give the Scribbles That Matter a slight edge over the Leuchtturm1917. That is simply because I would choose paper quality over the number of pages. I have used a Leuchtturm1917 for most of this year, and I have never had any issue. I have recently done a little watercolor in it, without bleeding becoming a problem.
They really are both great notebooks. I am really excited to start setting up my new Scribbles That Matter journal for the new year (thanks Felica, for my early Christmas present!)! There are still Leuchtturm1917s hanging around my office being put to good use also, so I really enjoy both. You decide which one will be right for you.
I will link the two journals I use below. There is also a comparison video going live on YouTube with this blog post, if you want to check that out.
Scribbles That Matter and Leuchtturm1917 Comparison Video
Until Next Time, Happy Journaling!