[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Bullet Journal is by now a part of myself, so I’m determined to find the best notebook to use for my greatest helper. There’re so many brands on the market now, everyone can find something to their liking.
I was lucky enough to start my brand tryout from a new line of dotted notebooks by Rhodium Mines. They actually sent me a notebook last week, and after using it a bit (UPDATE: for 6 months already) I’m thrilled to share my experience here! Could it be a perfect match for you? Read on and find out!
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I must confess I had never heard of this brand, and no wonder – up until lately they were producing mostly lined notebooks, which I simply never use. I’m so happy that now they released their dot grid notebook, so I can give them a try! My general impression after browsing their website was extremely positive. I love their mission statement: “To inspire creativity through the power of imagination” I think this is so very similar to my own take on Bullet Journaling! Their name story is also quite interesting – you can check it here. They’re all about letting your creativity flow and discover your uniqueness.
But enough about the brand, let’s get into the notebook!
DISCLAIMER: Since I’ve already had a journal for my everyday planning, this one I use as my collections journal, as well as a special place for doodles, tutorials and other fun pages. So after 6 months I actually used it a lot and tested out many stationery supplies. See below my detailed review.
General Journal Info
- A5 (21cm x 14.3cm)
- 100 GSM
- 206 Pages
- Acid Free Ivory Paper
- Elastic Closure
- 2 Bookmark Ribbons
- Expandable Back Pocket
- PU Leather
- Eco-friendly Paper
The Notebook Cover
The dot grid notebooks comes in two colors – black and turquoise. Being quite tired of dull colors, I chose the turquoise one and it was the right choice indeed! The color looks amazing, for me it was love at first sight. The cover has a soft touch feel and it looks like it’ll age very well.
UPDATE: I do use this notebook at home, but accidents can happen, specially when your working place is a dinner table. So let me tell you – this cover is very easy to clean! Plus it didn’t flake off at all.
Inside The Journal
On the first page you can see the contract details page. Unlike some other journals, this one doesn’t have a special page assigned for key and index. For me it’s a plus, since I prefer to design the pages myself. Moreover, the pages aren’t numbered. It is, again, a matter of preference. And yeah, I actually prefer them that way myself, at least for collections journal.
The Notebook Paper Quality
Acid free ivory paper is eco friendly. Dot grid is 5 mm. I do somehow get a feeling that the dots are a bit brighter than in my current planner, so it’ll take some time to get used to it. When you open the notebook, the pages lay flat naturally, which is amazing for future spreads pictures. They say the color is ivory, but in a very light shade which doesn’t really distort the colors. The paper is also very sleek (check the pen test section for the advantages this has).
UPDATE: After 6 months of using the journal I can 100% confirm that the quality is exactly as good as it seemed at first sight. I for example do a lot of drawings in pencil, and then have to erase it, maybe not even once. And it’s never noticeable on the paper! It still feels so sleek to touch. Moreover, I’m extremely happy how it holds all the materials, but about that read more below.
Ok this is something I’ve never seen before – the notebook actually comes with a separate two sheets of paper for pen test. I personally was never too bothered to do my pen testing on the back of my notebook, but I still thought it’s a nice touch!
UPDATE: After 6 months I actually started using the notebook from both sides (one side for collections, and another for fun doodles and pages), so I’m really happy I did my pen test on the separate sheets. Just shows you that you never know which way your journal will go!
Now I tested the notebook with all the pens I have – Sakura Pigma Micron, Muji Ballpoint Pen, Pentel Fude Touch, Signo Uniball and Staedtler fineliners. I also did a test with markers and brush pens – Kuretake Zig Brushables, Zebra Mildliners, Tombow Fudenosuke, Crayola Super Tips, Sakura Koi, Stabilo Boss, Kuretake Zig Fudebiyori and Tombow Dual Brush Pens. And I’m super happy with the result – there was no ghosting or bleeding. And because the paper is so sleek – there was no feathering either – all the lines are very sharp.
The only thing which can be seen is Stabilo Boss Highlighters, because at the end of the line too much color accumulated. But as my experience tells me this is problem with Stabilo Highlighters – you really need to be careful using those.
I also tested watercolor and was even happier! I applied it three times – first time with excess water, and next two times with less and less water on the brush. There was no bleeding and only with excess amount of water on the brush you can see the paper being a bit damaged (it’s at the bottom of letter M). This was an amazing result!
The price for their notebooks is £14.95, so around $20. From what I saw, this seems like an average price for a quality notebook of this size.
Conclusion (after 6 months of using)
Based on my experience of last 6 months, this is a great journal. I really enjoy using it and I think it might be a great choice for you as well! However I’ll let you be the judge – check below pros and cons I found.
- Great quality eco friendly paper
- Minimal ghosting and no bleeding
- Back pocket
- Separate pen test sheets included
- Good quality cover is easy to clean and doesn’t flake off
- The dots are bright
- No pen holding loop
- Available only in 2 colors
- Pages are not numbered
My Conclusion: I love this notebook, and I think it would be perfect for anyone who is simply looking for a good quality basic journal. Having no numbers to the pages and an amazing paper quality also makes the notebook perfect for art journaling.
So, what do you think? Seeing all the specifications, would it be a good notebook for you? Let me know in the comments!
Pages Created In This Dotted Journal
Here are some examples of spreads I made in this journal. As you can see, I used a lot of different materials and the paper held them all very well.
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