My preferred paper type for bullet journaling is grid dot paper. It makes it easier to rule straight lines and draw checkboxes for tasks, habit tracking etc. While Ryder Caroll, the creator of the bullet journal has a grid dot notebook, I don’t like the style of the notebook – book / sewn bound and with a plain, boring cover. So when I wanted to try bullet journaling I went on the quest to find cuter notebooks that come in grid dot format:
1. Plum Paper
In addition to cute and functional planners, Plum Paper also have grid dot add on pages or you can get an entire notebook in grid dot
They also have these pages that are like a classroom lesson planner, but which can also be used for habit tracking
2. Happy Planner Happy Notes
Available in 3 sizes: mini, classic & big (same size as their weekly planners), the Happy Notes are cute, affordable and best of all discbound.
My layout when I tried using the Happy Notes for Bullet Journaling (full details & supplies list in this post).
3. Action Method
A brand that doesn’t seem to get much attention, the action method are functional notebooks with a pop of color on the inside.
Bookbound and wire bound – take your pick!
4. Letter Love Designs
Susan who owns this company makes notebooks by hand here in Australia. Cute covers and the option to personalise – what’s not to like?!
Read / watch my review here: Bullet Journal Planner by Letter Love Designs
The pages have a cute pattern edge! This company also has tons of colorful cover designs to choose from 🙂
6. Purple Trail
Purple Trail not only make cute custom planners they have the option of dot grid pages so you can purchase a dot grid notebook or combine a traditional planner with dot grid pages.
Related: Purple Trail Weekly Planner Review
7. Carrie Elle
A simple and affordable coil bound dot grid notebook with bright white paper. And in a size that’s hard to find for dot grid notebooks: 7 x 9″
8. Clever Fox
The widest range of cover colors to choose from apart from the Leuchtturm and there’s images on the front similar to the Scribbles that Matter notebook, but for a much cheaper price. The paper is bright white with hardly any ghosting. This is one of my all time favorite dot grid notebooks
Read more: Clever Fox Dotted Journal Notebook
All the pretty colors… if only I had the shelf space.
Related: Europe stationery haul!
For something completely custom, go with Agendio. You can choose what type of paper and add other pages such as budget, habit tracking – any page you like! You can also choose your own layout for the weekly planning space, or skip a weekly planner spread and create a custom notebook instead.
What I chose for my Agendio Planner to give you an idea of just how custom you can go!
11. 1 Love Paper
I’m loving anything and everything with gold foil right now hence why this gorgeous notebook from 1 Love Paper Co makes the list!
12. Posy Paper
If you prefer lay flat binding and a bigger page size (6″ wide x 9″), the Posy Paper has smooth, white paper and plenty of good variety of cover options to choose from (watercolor, floral and stripes). The notebooks are around $16 USD and include free cover personalisation.
Read more: Posy Paper personalised coil bound notebook
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