- Size: 7″ wide x 9.25″ high
- Laminated cardstock cover (no cover personalisation)
- 4 pre-designed bullet journal pages, rest of the notebook is pain dot grid paper
- Neutral dot grid pages inside
Let’s take a closer look!
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The notebook has the same sort of cover as all of the other MAMBI notebooks – laminated cardstock. There aren’t too many cover designs to choose from yet although I’m sure they’ll be adding plenty more in the future.
The cover is reversible with a different pattern on the back side so you can swap it out
Between 0.5 and 0.75″ thick
Inside there are 4 unlabelled tabs – behind each are some pre-designed pages (same designs behind all tabs)
My favorite of the pre-done pages
Apart from the functional page design ^above^ the rest of the pages are random and don’t really fit with one another
Do I actually need a page with a typewriter in the corner? …. Definitely not
There are 4 tabs with different dividers for each (and different designs on the front and back cover of each).
The tabs are cardstock and sturdy but you’ll need a label maker as they’re laminated (i.e. pen will just wipe off).
The Happy Planner has one of the thickest (best) papers I’ve come across. There is really only ghosting (and a little bit of bleed through) for the marker pens.
Pros of the Planner
- Grey dot grid pages (which are yet to be available for purchase separately)
Cons of the Planner
- The pre-designed pages are random not functional – I don’t see the point of them
Comparison with the Happy Notes
Both notebooks are similar, with a few minor differences:
The Happy Notes have the option of graph or lined paper instead of the dot grid.
The Dot Journal is thicker
The main difference is there’s no pattern on the inside paper in the journal whereas there is in the happy notes
The dots are light grey in this notebook whereas the Happy Notes dots match the color of the pattern
Would I use this planner?
I like discbound, but this is just a slightly more expensive version of the Happy Notes. I don’t like the pre-designed pages and would rather do my own …. i.e. the point of bullet journaling.
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- The Perfect Notebook Review (Discbound Planner)
- Levenger Circa Discbound Planner Review
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- How to use the monthly notes pages of your planner
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