Pros and Cons of Bullet Journaling in a Composition Notebook

by - June 09, 2018

Starting a bullet journal and don't know what notebook to buy?

The Pros and Cons of Bullet Journaling in a Composition Notebook

If you are starting your first one I recommend practicing in a composition notebook.

If you are new to bullet journaling and don't know what it is, go here.

Do you want the good news or the bad news first?

We'll go with the good news first.

What are the pros of bullet journaling in a composition book?

  • It's cheap - Composition notebooks are really cheap. You can get one for next to nothing. 
  • Plenty of pages - Composition notebooks have a good amount of pages. So you can make it last for a pretty long time and have plenty of layouts.
Want to see what my layouts look like? Click here and here. I split my bullet journal flip through into two posts because I have 25 or so different trackers I use and like I said a composition notebook has plenty of pages for all of those trackers. If you make a mistake you can just rip the page out of the book.

Let's get back to the topic of the pros and cons of using a composition notebook for bullet journaling.
  • You can decorate it however you want - Some people could see this as a plus, but other people might want a notebook already pretty and decorated. It depends on what you think. Put your answer in the comment section!
  • It has lined paper - Lined paper makes it a little bit easier to get those lines straight.  You won't write crooked either. I know I have that problem. If there aren't any lines on the page then I write really crooked and my letters get larger and smaller! "Laugh" :)  I guess I just need to work on my hand lettering.
Now for the bad news.
  • The paper is thin - The paper is thin and the ink ghosts through it. Ghosting is when you can see pen or marker on the page underneath the one you are looking at.
  • The book is very plain - The book is very plain and not colorful at all. You can always decorate it though. You can see how to decorate yours here.
  • The paper isn't grid lined or dot lined - Most people prefer to bullet journal in a dot-lined notebook. It is just a matter of preference so if you don't know what you like best try printing out some free dot lined, grid-lined, and lined paper and making a sample layout.
Those are the pros and the cons of using a composition notebook to bullet journal in. If you don't know if a composition notebook is for you, then try it. 

Maybe you don't care about ghosting, but you need something with lots of paper or you don't want to pay too much for a notebook because you are afraid of making mistakes. 

Everyone makes mistakes. My way to fix mistakes is to cut a piece of white paper to fit over the mistake and then glue it on with some glue stick. Literally only a 30-second fix.

Then you can start the page over again with a blank slate.

If you just want to print out already made layouts, you can join the private community and get access to the freebie library. Heres a sneak peek of one of the newest freebies. You can join here!

The Pros and Cons of Bullet Journaling in a Composition Notebook

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