In the previous edition of Misadventures in Bullet Journaling, I briefly spoke about “ghosting” with certain pens/markers in the Scribbles that Matter journal, I will delve on that topic more in this edition and also of the sizes of the journals themselves.
Choose a size of journal that fits your needs
While I was shopping around for a journal in the beginning stages of bullet journaling, the broad range of sizes confused me. Especially when they came in A5, A4 and so forth. Those types of sizes are measured in the International Standard Paper Sizes.
|A0||33.1 × 46.8|
|A1||23.4 × 33.1|
|A2||16.5 × 23.4|
|A3||11.7 × 16.5|
|A4||8.3 × 11.7|
|A5||5.8 × 8.3|
|A6||4.1 × 5.8|
|A7||2.9 × 4.1|
|A8||2.0 × 2.9|
|A9||1.5 × 2.0|
|A10||1.0 × 1.5|
The most common sizes for dot grid journals are A5 and A4. Here’s an actual picture of the size difference between the two. My generic dot grid journal on the right is 8.5 x 11 inches, so not quite an A4.
An A4, like the Scribbles That Matter is great for those who do weekly spreads. It’s small and compact. I did do the weekly spread thing the first time I started out but found that it did not suit my needs.
I touched on the ghosting (or bleed through) on my previous post, but that was for the Scribbles that Matter journal. After I got the larger dot grid journal, I didn’t use the Ohuhu in this and just stuck to sharpie fine point markers. Unfortunately, that still ghosted through the other side of the paper. The positive side to all that is that the generic dot grid journal that I bought was super affordable.
If you do insist on using markers be prepared to skip some pages. I mainly use ink pens and colored pencils right now. Personally, I don’t mind eating up some of my pages, but it kind of hinders the overall design.
In the next edition I’ll elaborate more on spreads and trackers that I have found to be a great motivator. Which, in turn, speaks to my love for lists.
List of supplies mentioned in this article:
What size journal do you use? Or which do you think will you try first?