Leuchtturm VS Stationery Island’s Bullet Journal

I have used the Leuchtturm brand of bullet journal for years. However, there are so many different brands and style of bullet journal. I decided I would buy another bullet journal brand and compare it to my Leuchtturm journal. I found the Stationery Island bullet journal on Amazon and thought it would be perfect for this experiment. If you are a bullet journal lover like me, or you are thinking about starting a journal and not sure what would be right for you, I am hoping this post is helpful to you.

I am going to compare each journal based on price, page gsm, bookmarks and expandable pockets, contents pages, range of colours and carry out bleeding and ghosting tests.



The price of a bullet journal can often influence your decision on which one you purchase. The Leuchtturm journal I purchased was £12.99 on Amazon. I have also purchased a Leuchtturm journal through Ryman’s at £16.50 or the official Leuchtturm bullet journal at £19.95.

I found a brand called Stationery Island on Amazon and it was £8.99, it is a much more affordable dotted notebook.

Leuchtturm **        Stationery Island ****

Page GSM

The higher the page gsm the thicker the paper. The thicker the paper, the less ghosting and bleeding will occur in your notebooks. The Leuchtturm dotted journal has 80gsm. The Stationery Island bullet journal has 120 gsm. The paper in the Stationery Island bullet journal is remarkably thicker.

Leuchtturm **      Stationery Island **

Bookmarks and expandable pockets

In the Leuchtturm bullet journal has 2 bookmarks and an expandable pocket in the back. In the Stationery Island bullet journal also comes with 2 bookmarks and an expandable pocket in the back of the journal.

Leuchtturm ****      Stationery Island ****        

Leuchtturm Pocket
Stationery Island Pocket
Leuchtturm Bookmarks
Stationery Island Bookmarks

Contents Pages

The Leuchtturm bullet journal has contents pages to help utilise your journal and find certain pages more efficiently. These pages have been really helpful. The Stationery Island bullet journal does not come with content pages.

Leuchtturm ****      Stationery Island *


Range of colours

The Leuchtturm bullet journal is available in a vast range of colours, neutral colours or bright colours. The Stationery Island journal comes in a variety of colours also. There is one for everyone.

Leuchtturm ****      Stationery Island ****

Bleeding and ghosting

The Leuchtturm journal has some bleeding and ghosting when using my finalisers and brush pens. When using the same pens in the Stationery Island journal as you can see there is next to no ghosting. This journal is definitely the better choice for avoiding ghosting and it impacting your designs.

Leuchtturm **      Stationery Island ****

Although Leuchtturm is one of the most well known brands of bullet journal, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the Stationery Island journal performed. For me, the Stationery Island journal is great value for money and has almost the same positive features as the Leuchtturm bullet journal.

Have you tried a Leuchtturm or Stationery Island bullet journal before? Or do you use a different brand of bullet journal? I’d love to hear in the comments.

23 thoughts on “Leuchtturm VS Stationery Island’s Bullet Journal

  1. This is such an interesting post Lauren, and super helpful for those thinking of starting a bullet journal! I always assumed Leuchtturm was the best journal to use as I see them everywhere – however, it looks like Stationery Island is a very good competitor! I’m impressed at it’s affordability, thicker pages and the fact that it doesn’t bleed through, it looks as good (if not better) than the Leuchtturm. Thanks for sharing your experiment, will have to keep an eye out for Stationery Island products in the future, it sounds like a great brand! <3 xxxx

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  2. I was not aware of these two brands of Bullet Journals. I did not know about page gsm. Now, I will be looking into page gsm whenever I paper items. The Stationery Island Journal sounds like a good deal.

  3. I was a little leery about reading a journal review comparison but I applaud you! The writing was engaging and the way you compared each feature of the two books easy to follow. Stationary Island is such a pretty name!

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