26 Locally Available Notebooks Perfect for Bullet Journaling

DISCLAIMER: This article is a directory of shops intended for informative purposes only. This is not a review of their products and services and is not a paid or sponsored article.

Updated 24 April 2021. This post is updated on a regular basis.

Planners and bullet journals are two different things. Planners have a preset of layouts that can help you get more organized. Some journals, on the other hand, is mainly blank, grid or dotted to allow freedom and creativity.

For this reason, I have decided to make a separate article for blank journal notebooks (specifically for art, bullet, memory keeping and travel journaling), inserts for rings, TNs, and discs, and planners for 2021. For this article, I will be diving on locally made and locally available blank notebooks that are perfect for bullet journaling. Ruled notebooks will also be excluded since it is not a popular choice for BUJO.

For those who prefer to do BUJO on rings, TNs and discs, you can visit my previous article on planner and journal covers here.

1. Katha Journals

Katha Journals started with an inspiration to create a BUJO notebook that is locally available and affordable. This handy notebook has all the basics and its pages has no ghosting and it is bleed-free!

SizeA5
Paper160 gsm Ivory White Paper
PatternDotted Grid
Pages80 pages
CoverVegan Leather
FeaturesFoil logo, elastic band, ribbon bookmark, pen loop, back pockets

2. Hans.Handmade

The Iloilo-based shop started 2016, offering handmade customized journal at an affordable price. The paper is bound with traditional long stitches

SizeA5, Midori, 11.5 x 14.5cm, 18x14cm, 12cm x 14.5cm or custom size
Paper90 or 200 gsm white paper; 80gsm newspaper
PatternBlank
Pages200 pages
CoverLeatherette
FeaturesCustom lock (key, garter, wrap around)

3. Buke Notebooks

This notebook is a popular choice for its thick paper that is excellent for fountains pens and ink with no feathering and bleeding. It has strong binding which means the pages don’t get peeled away from the cover!

160 gsm Buke Notebook Bullet Journal

Size A5 medium or 5.7 X 8.2″
Paper160 gsm ivory white, 100% made from bamboo
Pattern5mm dot grid/blank, butter smooth bamboo paper
Pages80 sheets/160 pages
CoverFaux leather with stamped gold foil design (comes in smooth or textured finish)
FeaturesJournaling stencil, two ribbon bookmarks, pen loop, numbered pages, back pocket

180 gsm Buke Notebook Bullet Journal

Size A5 medium or 5.7 X 8.2″
Paper180 gsm bright white
Pattern5mm dot grid, smooth bamboo paper
Pages80 sheets/160 pages
CoverFaux leather / waterproof linen fabric cover with embossed design
FeaturesBack pocket, elastic enclosure, optional pen loop, three ribbon book markers, journaling stencil, PVC bookmark, planner stickers

4. Archer & Olive

You can finally own an Archer & Olive notebook without worrying about overseas shipping! This notebook is bound by hand with superior craftsmanship,  lays flat when opened, and its pages are ultra thick which means no ghosting or bleeding and is perfect for watercolor, gouache, markers, and illustrations!

SizeA5 – 5.75″ x 8.25″
Paper160 GSM Bright White Kraft/Black Paper
Pattern5mm dot grid smooth
Pages160 or 192 pages
CoverLinen fabric covers with foil embellishment (gold, silver, rose gold)
FeaturesBack pocket, elastic enclosure, pen loop, two ribbon book markers, one with ampersand charm

5. Hiraya Journal

With the vision of “Notebook designed by Filipinos for Filipinos,” this high-quality notebook can withstand most pens, markers, paints, and watercolour and is ghosting or bleeding-free.

SizeA5 – 5.75″ x 8.25″
Paper160 gsm
PatternDotted
Pages160 pages
CoverVegan leather with sampaguita or kalachuchi embossment
FeaturesRibbon bookmark, elastic closure

https://www.instagram.com/p/CG2l4fHjMZT/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

6. Zimo Journal

Zimo was made with an inspiration to created a perfect notebook that is locally made. Its pages has minimal ghosting and is fountain pen friendly!

SizeA5
Paper100gsm, Ivory, Acid-Free Paper
PatternGrid or Dotted
Pages192 pages/96 leaves
CoverFaux leather with free name monogram service
FeaturesExpandable inner pocket, ribbon bookmark, elastic closure

7. Dot Ding

An affordable alternative to a good BUJO that has thick papers which is said to be suitable for colored pens, highlighters to even fountain pens!

SizeA5
Paper100gsm
PatternDotted
Pages80 sheets/160 pages
CoverPU Leather
FeatureElastic rubber bind, two ribbon bookmarks

8. Limelight

Limelight has released 6 notebook lines: pocket ruled, pocket plain, textured, A5 ruled, and A5 plain. It has also released an A5 kraft spiral notebook.

Limelight A5 Sketch Book

SizeA5
Paper120 gsm
Paper PatternPlain or Grid
Pages100 leaves
CoverHard Cover
FeaturesElastic strap, ribbon bookmark and back pockets

Limelight Sketch Book

SizePocket
Paper100 gsm
Paper PatternPlain
Pages50 leaves
CoverHard Cover
FeaturesElastic strap, ribbon bookmark and back pockets

9. Hobonichi

What makes Hobonichi a gold standard for bullet journaling is that this notebook has Tomoe River paper, opens completely flat, and contains graph paper divided into 4 colors.

SizeA6, A5
PaperTomoe River Paper, 52 gsm white
PatternGrid
Pages288 pages
CoverStrong card stock with a soft ivory hue

10. Noted Journal PH

Noted Journal may be well-known for her journal covers but she has recently released her own slim grid notebook! You can use this for your bullet journal, memory keeping journal, personal or work planner, or just taking down notes. They also offer a vegan leather cover and pouch for this size to protect your beloved notebook!

SizeSlim 3.6″ x 7.4″; 0.5″ thick – Restock on Feb 1, 2021
A5 and B6 coming soon
PaperCream 100gsm Wood Paper
PatternGrid Pattern – Broken Lines, 4mm Square
Pages160 Pages
CoverWhite laminated,  with cloth spine (nude color)

11. Wordsman

Wordsman is the perfect companion for practical individuals in their creative journey. It seeks to provide the essentials for the modern creative visionary: quality, design and affordability. The notebook is also fountain pen friendly.

Wordsman Standard 120

SizeA5
PaperIvory Acid-Free 120 gsm
PatternDotted
Pages96 Sheets
CoverLeather Cover
FeaturesRounded corners, elastic band and ribbon bookmark

Wordsman Standard 80

SizeA5
PaperIvory Acid-Free 80 gsm
PatternDotted
Pages120 sheets
CoverLeather Cover
FeaturesRounded corners, elastic band and ribbon bookmark

Wordsman Legend Collection

SizeA5
Paper160 gsm high quality white paper
PatternDotted
Pages160 pages
CoverHard PU Leather Cover
Features3 page markers, Expandable back pocket, Round corners, Enclosure band, Pen loop

12. Cirilla Handmade Sketchbook

If you like painting on your notebooks, then Cirilla Handmade Notebook is your perfect match! It started with humble beginnings when she wanted to made her personal watercolor notebook and now she sells notebooks with different sizes and paper quality.

Size3x3in & 6x6in (square sketchbook)
4.5x6inches (portrait and landscape)
6x9inches(portrait and landscape)
Paper200GSM Fabriano watercolor paper 25% cotton cold pressed
PatternBlank
Pages3x3in & 6x6in (square sketchbook) – 100 pages
4.5x6inches (portrait and landscape) – 100 and 196 pages
6x9inches(portrait) – 80 and 140 pages
9x6inches (landscape) – 80 pages
CoverMDF board covered in leatherette
FeaturesRibbon Bookmark
Size6×9 inches (portrait and landscape)
Paper300GSM Fabriano Disegno 5, 50% cotton cold pressed
PatternBlank
Pages60 pages
CoverMDF board covered in leatherette
FeaturesRibbon Bookmark
Size5.5×8.5 in
Paper200GSM All Black Paper Tree Nero Board
PatternBlank
Pages100 pages
CoverMDF board covered in leatherette
FeaturesRibbon Bookmark

13. The Paper Lover Shop

Inspired by rekindling her love for arts and crafts, she opened Rustic Station with the help of her father. The notebooks are locally made and produced that are machine sewn, and its covers are made of leather of different colors.

Size7″H by 5″W
Paper90gsm
PatternDotted, Grid, Lined, or Blank
Pages100 leaves
CoverLeather

https://www.instagram.com/p/CE6hOmVBoxy/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

14. Leuchtturm1917

Founded in 1917 Germany, Leuchtturm can look back on over 90 years of experience in the production of high-quality stationery. Today, LEUCHTTURM1917 stands for premium quality in more than 50 countries.

Leuchtturm Note Bullet Journal

SizeA5
Paper80 gsm ink-proof and acid-free paper
PatternDotted
Pages240 Numbered Pages
CoverHardcover
FeaturesExpandable pocket, 3 pagemarkers and elastic enclosure band, bullet journal guide

Leuchtturm Note Bullet Journal

SizeA5
Paper80 gsm ink-proof and acid-free paper
PatternDotted
Pages240 Numbered Pages
CoverHardcover
FeaturesExpandable pocket, 3 pagemarkers and elastic enclosure band, bullet journal guide

15. Papemelroti

Go eco-friendly with Papemelroti! Record your thoughts, reflections, ideas, and notes in this journal with tassel bookmarks and pastel abaca covers.

Natural Abaca Journal with Tassel Bookmark

Size8″ x 6.5″
Paper100% recycled kraft paper
Paper PatternBlank
Pages80 sheets
CoverNatural Abaca
FeaturesTassel Bookmark

Hardbound Journals

Size4.5″ x 4.5″
Paper100% recycled kraft paper
Paper PatternBlank
Pages90 sheets
CoverHardbound Cover

16. Moleskine

The Moleskine Classic Hard Cover Notebook is good for basic writing while the Moleskine Sketchbook is made with top quality heavy paper and is perfect for on the go drawings sketches and tempera colors. Moleskin has other varieties too, such as their cahier notebooks, black journals and limited edition covers.

Moleskine Classic Notebook

SizePocket (5.5″ x 3.5), Medium (4.5″ x 7″), Large (5″ x 8.25″), XL (7.5″ x 9.75″)
PaperIvory colored 70gsm acid-free paper
PatternRuled/Plain/Dotted
Pages240 pages
CoverCardboard bound cover or soft cover
FeaturesWith beveled corners and an elastic closure, bookmark, and expandable interior pocket

Moleskine Art Plus Sketchbook

SizePocket (5.5″ x 3.5); Medium (4.5″ x 7″); Large (5″ x 8.25″); A4 (11.75″ x 8.25″) & A3 (11.75″ x 16.5″)
PaperIvory colored 165 g/m² acid-free paper
PatternPlain
PagesPocket – 80 pages; Medium – 104 pages; Large – 104 pages; A4 – 96 pages; A3 – 96 pages
CoverCardboard bound cover
FeaturesWith beveled corners and an elastic closure, bookmark, and expandable interior pocket

17. Alunsina Handbound Books

Alunsina, named after a Filipino goddess, is well-loved for its traditional bookbinding techniques made of quality covers that can last a lifetime. The notebooks are hand-bound using strong waxed cotton thread, 100% non-adhesive, and the journals can be laid flat and opened up to 360 degrees without damaging the spine!

Sizevary upon availability or request
PaperHandcut, acid-free made of pure ECF ecological pulp, 85 gsm smooth ivory colored paper
Paper PatternBlank
Pages240 pages
CoverGenuine Cowhide Leather, Wood, or Batik Fabric

18. Kwaderno Notebook

“A piece of you in a notebook” is KWADERNO’s tagline, inspired to create a notebook that will connect users to their own personal values. With a painstaking research from paper types, cover materials to drafts, the Kwaderno notebook was finally born.

SizeA5
Paper100gsm cream
Paper PatternGrid or Dotted
Pages112Sheets or 224 pages
CoverSoft Bounded Textured Leather
FeaturesBuilt-in back pocket, pendant ribbon bookmark

19. Idea Notes

Veco Paper has released an affordable notebook line perfect for BUJO! The Idea Notes Includes and the notebook covers come in different colors!

Veco Idea Notes Personal Size Journal Notebook

Size5 x 7in / 27 x 178mm
Paper100gsm cream paper
PatternRuled or Dotted
Pages80 sheets
CoverHard Cover in Nero Black, Anthracite Gray, Fuego Red, Beige, Midnight Blue
FeaturesThick cardstock back pocket, ribbon bookmark and garter closure

Veco Idea Notes Pocket Size Journal Notebook

Size3.6×5.5in / 92x 140mm
Paper100gsm cream paper
PatternRuled or Dotted
Pages80 Leaves
CoverHard Cover in Nero Black, Anthracite Gray, Fuego Red, Beige, Midnight Blue
FeaturesThick cardstock back pocket, ribbon bookmark and garter closure

20. 2021 Essentials Planner

Viviamo may be well-known for their BDJ Power Planner, but they have a notebook perfect for bullet journaling! Take your organization to the next level with this minimalist bullet journaling planner!

Size14.5 x 20.9 cm
Paper100gsm FSC cream paper with 1/1c printing in different designs
Paper Patternmonth-at-a-glance, yearly calendar, dotted weekly pages
Pages872 sheets
CoverSleek (2) cover designs–Classic and Pattern– both with gold foil stamping

21. Midori Notebooks

What makes Midori special is their MD Paper. The classic MD Paper (cream) is optimized for writing while the MD Paper Cotton (white) is optimized for art.

Midori MD Notebook

SizeA6, B6 Slim, A5, A4 Variant
PaperMD Paper (Cream)
PatternGrid, Blank or Lines
Pages192 Pages
CoverParaffin Paper
FeaturesBookmark string / Label stickers / Thread-stitched book-binding

Midori MD Notebook Journal

SizeH210×W148×D11mm
PaperMD Paper (Cream)
PatternFrame or Dotted Grid
Pages192 Pages
CoverParaffin Paper
Features

Midori MD Notebook Cotton

SizeF0 (H180×W140×D11mm), F2 (H240×W190×D11mm), or F3 (H273×W210×D11mm)
PaperMD Paper Cotton (White)
PatternFrame or Dotted Grid
Pages200 Pages
CoverParaffin Paper
Features

22. Daycraft

Coming from Hong Kong, Daycraft delivers quality journals, diaries and notebooks in the world.

Daycraft Signature Sketchbook

SizeA5 or A6
Paper100 gsm cream acid-free paper
PatternPlain
Pages176 pages
CoverFine Italian PU

Daycraft Signature Notebook

SizeA5 or w151 mm x h212 mm
Paper100 gsm cream acid-free paper
PatternGrid or Dotted
Pages176 pages
CoverFine Italian PU

23. Big Ideas Notebook

Display your big ideas and dreams on these pages! Viviamo’s Big Ideas Notebook is desgined for keeping track of your thoughts and ideas and forming visualizations.

Size19 x 24.7 cm (7.5 x 9.7 inches)
Paper100gsm white paper inside pages
PatternDotted or Lined
Pages160 pages
Cover300gsm card with round corners

24. Archive Notebook

Viviamo’s The Archive Notebooks are designed with simple minimalist illustrations that visually explains the theme of the notebooks.

Size13.2 x 18.3 cm (5.2 x 7.2 inches)
Paper80gsm white paper inside pages
PatternDotted, Grid or Blank
Pages80 pages
Cover300gsm card with round corners​; Minimalist logo illustration

25. Papernotes

Papernotes offer exclusive, personalized and affordable notebooks with smyth sewn binding.

SizeA6
Paper80gsm woodfree paper
PatternBlank, Ruled or Dotted
Pages100 sheets/200 pages
CoverSoft and flexible PU cover
FeatureBack pocket, elastic closure with locks
SizeA5
Paper100gsm woodfree paper
PatternBlank, Ruled, Grid or Dotted
Pages80 pages/160 pages
CoverSoft and flexible PU cover
FeaturesBack pocket, Bookmark, Pen holder, Elastic closure

26. ABC Daily Journal

Made by IFEX and artist and author Abbey Sy, this daily journal is made for journaling in mind! This is currently unavailable but we’re hoping for another restock!

Size5″ x 6.5″
Paper80gsm
PatternDotted
Pages
CoverHard Cover

Where to Buy: You can shop locally via website and you can buy at select National Bookstore and SM Stationery branches nationwide.

This is only a shop directory but if you want to check out a mini review, I highly recommend watching Noted Journal PH‘s Youtube video for a review of some journals. She did an amazing job on disinfecting products (yes we still have COVID!), showing every detail and doing a pen test.


Thank you to the shops for giving their time to respond and for giving me permission to use their photos and to Ms. V. of Noted Journal PH for letting me embed her Youtube video as a reference.


Subscribe to our newsletter to be updated with the latest blog posts!

Published by Miss Butterball

A Nursing graduate in the so-called mid-life crisis, currently pursing her dreams of becoming a pilot. Exploring her creativity through creative planning, painting, calligraphy and other crafts.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: