So many notebook brands are on the market these days, but I’ve always had my eye on the Nuuna journal, and boy oh boy! how happy I am to finally say I got my hands on one! By the time this review has been published, I’ve been using it for 3 months already, so I’m ready to give a comprehensive Nuuna journal review.
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Nuuna Journal Review: “The End of Boring Notebooks”
Nuuna journals are produced by a German company called Brandbook and position themselves as premium notebooks. Are these notebook that great? Are they worth the price? Well, keep reading to find out! Don’t you guys love a good mystery?
Well, I’m kind of lousy at writing mysteries, because if you read the name of the post, you already know how in love I am with my Nuuna (Nuunas actually, I use two on them). But I promise you! I’ll be as objective as possible, and list not only advantages but also disadvantages this journal has in my opinion. After all – it’s a matter of preference.
So let’s look in detail into it. Probably, with any luck, you’ll find Nuuna as irresistible as I do.
General Journal Information
Nuuna notebooks come in many sizes and with different materials for their covers. Notebook covers are usually made of smooth bonded leather (recycled leather made from leather cuttings) or jeans label materials.
The notebooks come in S (1,60 × 10,80 × 15,00 cm), M (1,30 × 207,00 × 141,00 cm), L Light (1,60 × 16,50 × 22,00 cm), L (2,10 × 16,50 × 22,00 cm), XL (1,30 × 29,70 × 21,00 cm) sizes. None of these sizes are actually standard size, so it’s something to consider when buying yours.
They have different grids available, but here, I’ll be talking about dot grid notebooks. Now, there’s a seriously cool feature here – the dot grid comes in different colors! You can choose between grey, turquoise and orange. How awesome is that?
I have an L light notebook, with smooth bonded leather cover, so all the information below will be based on this notebook.
My Nuuna journal specifications:
- Smooth Bonded Leather
- Screen Print
- 165 x 220 mm
- 176 Numbered Pages
- 3,5 mm Dot Grid
- 120 GSM Premium Paper
- Edge Coloring
Nuuna notebooks come in variety of designs, and all of them are very unique. I personally have one completely black and one with a pink gradient effect.
Nuuna covers are soft covers which feel very nice to touch. I also love the feeling of texture they have. They add design by silk screen printing, and you can totally feel the quality when you hold the notebook in your hands.
You can see the name of the brand on the binding. And what I love the most – the page’s edges are colored to match the cover! This is a very nice detail which brings the notebook to a next level.
The notebook itself feels heavy and well constructed. I hear from fellow Bullet Journalists (who have the journal with them at all times) that the cover gets a bit worn out. For me, that’s to be expected, since it’s a soft cover and those get worn out a bit more than hardcover ones. My solution was to simply get an extra cover for my journal.
Like I mentioned a little earlier, Nuuna notebook sizes are not standard ones, so be careful when you choose one for yourself. I personally got myself an L Light size (1,60 × 16,50 × 22,00 cm), which is a bit bigger than A5.
I find the size to be a huge advantage. Why? Well, first of all, now I have more space to journal and doodle on my spreads. Second – this means I need to use less peges to set up my journal for the month. For example in A5 notebook I have 3 – 4 pages for my monthly setup. In Nuuna, on the other hand, just two is enough, since on one page I can now write much more. Take a look at my monthly spread, as an example.
Inside the Journal
Nuuna has nothing extra, once you open the journal – it’s just dot grid pages. The pages are numbered though, which is great. And moreover the numbers are small enough to not be a nuisance when you do your designs.
Plus the binding really allows the pages to lay flat.
Notebook Paper and Dot Grid
Nuuna uses 120 GSM Munken fine paper from Sweden for it’s notebooks. One thing you will notice at once is that the paper is extremely white! This is one of the reasons why I’ll stay with Nuuna for a long time – I’ve never seen a notebook with paper this white.
For me, it’s important to consider that if your paper isn’t perfectly white, your markers and brush pen colors will look different. To get the pure original color you need white paper. My advice to you, before buying a Nuuna, is to try out your pens on a white sheet of paper to see how you like the colors.
Now for the dot grid – in Nuuna it’s actually 3,5 mm, not the usual 5 mm of other journals. This is something that would take some time to get used to, but it has its own advantages. First of all – you will be able to do more on the page. Second, in my opinion, your handwriting will look cleaner.
Moreover, the grid I used was light grey, so it didn’t stand out It’s barely noticeable once you’ve completed your page setup. And I really appreciate that! (Disclaimer: I didn’t try the other colors yet, so if you did, I’d love to read your opinion in the comments!).
However, I was told that the paper quality went down a bit, and I can actually notice this sometimes. If I layer my Tombows a few times, I can feel the paper getting scrubbed and starting to bleed a little bit.
For me this is not a problem, I’m more of a doodling person so I’m not planning to go too artistic with my spreads. However if you are an artist and plan to layer a lot and use watercolor – this might be a bit of a nuisance to you.
Nuuna is a bit of a high-priced notebook. The average price would be around 30$, but of course it differs on design and the size you chose.
For me it’s a perfect journal and I’m sticking to it, although it might not be perfect for everyone. If you’re looking for a spacious high quality journal for easy everyday planning, notes, ideas and such – this is a great choice. If you’re looking for an artistic outlet – maybe this won’t be a good fit for you.
But of course you decide. Here is my list of pros and cons of Nuuna journal for reference:
- Premium product
- Extra white paper
- Smaller dot grid
- Lightly colored dot grid
- Eco friendly
- Lay flat binding
- Limited cover artwork
- Bigger notebook size
- Soft cover
- No strap
- No back pocket
- No pen holding loop
- No bookmarks
- Paper can ghost and bleed through
What really sold Nuuna to me, if I’m being honest, are these 3 things: bigger size (but not as huge as A4) and good proportions; extra white paper; small barely noticeable grey dot grid. These 3 things, together with the general quality feeling from holding the notebook, convinced me completely that for me it was the right choice.
What about you? What are you looking in a notebook for your Bullet Journal? Let me know in the comments below!
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