The release of the Leuchtturm Bullet Journal Edition 2 notebook was massively anticipated by everyone in the bullet journaling community including us! The Bullet Journal has come a long way and the new edition brings with it many useful and delightful features that the Edition 1 did not have.
About bullet journal
The Bullet Journal was first envisioned by Ryder Carroll. Backed on Kickstarter, the Bullet Journal has become an icon of productivity and creativity. Edition 1 was a huge success and paved the way for Edition 2.
The second edition brings back a collaboration between Ryder Carroll and German brand Leuchtturm (who is renowned for their high quality notebooks) and the Bullet Journal community! Edition 2 retains all the qualities you loved about Edition 1 and includes highly requested features made by the community.
Bullet journal edition 1 versus 2
You might be wondering: ‘What’s the difference between the Edition 1 and Edition 2?’ At a glance, these are some of the additional benefits you can expect from the new bullet journal!
Whilst both bullet journals might feature similar details like a bullet journal guide or a gusseted pocket, they have evolved slightly too. Let’s take a closer look at these new features!
The page dividers are a simple yet handy addition to the Edition 2. If you take a closer look at your pages, you’ll notice that the bottom of the page next to the page number includes a few dots.
This helpful indicator allows you to gauge measurements easily and find the centre of the page. If you’re one who hates misalignments, this is a god sent.
Dividing your page into fields, sections and columns has never been easier till now!
This comprehensive guide is everything you need to know about the bullet journaling method in one compact size. The guide includes a poem about the intertwined relations between time and bullet journaling as well as insights into common bullet journal spreads.
A stark difference between the pocket guide and its predecessor is the ability to remove the guide from the notebook. This gives seasoned bullet journalists a choice to leave this home and more space to write. (the previous version had it printed on pages).
The sticker set is another great addition to Edition 2. For those familiar with Ryder Carroll’s way of journaling and whom practise it, you’ll find this very helpful.
The sticker set includes days, months, numbers, bullet points and the bullet journal logo, a lightning (to signify getting things done in a flash!). For those who find it tiring to manually write each day and number, this sticker set certainly provides a means of convenience. Plus it looks really pretty too! The metallic imprints are gorgeous and will certainly stand out on your pages.
the grid guide
This new addition is another useful tool and is a game changer for all journalers. If you can relate to the pain of having to count dots individually to draw up shapes for spreads, you’ll love this.
The Grid Guide pairs nicely with the Page Divider as it provides measurements of a quarter, one sixth and one eighth. Having all your rows and columns measured for you along with the page divider indicator will definitely give you a better time whilst you’re creating your daily logs, future logs, trackers and more.
Besides these incredible new features, you’ll notice some minor changes too including:
- The gusseted pockets’ interior now matches the cover
- A new ‘Intentions Page’
- An embossed logo instead of a previously de-bossed one
- The dots on the dotted layout are more subtle
- Wider margins on pages
- 204 pages instead of 240 pages
Did we miss anything? Let us know!
120GSm paper: is it worth it?
The 40GSM increase might not seem like much so does it really make a difference? In our self-proclaimed ‘torture test’, we’ll be giving the paper a thorough wash with a variety of inks.
THE 'TORTURE' TEST
Watercolours are one the ‘harsher’ mediums to be used on journals yet they remain a favourite for painting and urban sketching. As we laid down the first washes of paint, we were glad to find that the paper was holding the paint well. A flip to the other side also showed that there were no bleed throughs. Yay!
While this is a definite win to all journalers who love to paint, you do have to remember that the paper is not made for watercolour. After a few washes, you’ll start to notice the paper crinkling. Certain paints might also not react the same way just as colours might not be as vibrant in contrast to using watercolour paper. Do be more forgiving with your paper when you paint and it’ll be alright!
The Bullet Journal is worth every cent (and the slight price increase from the Edition 1!) The newly added features like the Page Dividers, Pocket Guide, Sticker set and Grid Guide allow both old and new users to benefit. If you loved the old Bullet Journal, you’ll certainly love Edition 2 for all its amazing additions.
Let’s not forget the new 120GSM paper too which in my opinion, is the crème de la crème addition to Leuchtturm’s notebook collection. The fact that it’s able to withstand even the juiciest of brushmarkers is certainly worth the price of the notebook alone.
For fans of Leuchtturm’s other fantastic colour selection, don’t fret! They’ll be slowly introducing the 120GSM paper into the rest of their notebooks very soon so look out for that! If you’re not a fan of either Black or Blush, Leuchtturm is also in the midst of shortlisting colours for the Bullet Journal Edition 2. Make sure to leave a comment for your favourite colour!
Have you bought your own copy of the Bullet Journal Edition 2? Or are you waiting to finish your first edition? Let us know!
Catch our full review and detailed ‘Torture Test’ on YouTube:
The Bullet Journal Edition 2 retails for $52 and is available in both Black and Blush.