A few months back, I promised you all that I’d review my Jane’s Agenda Junior Discbound Notebook once I’d had a little bit of time to play around with it properly.
Well, by this stage I’ve had oodles of time to play with it, and I’m finally going to share my thoughts with you all.
I suppose I should start with the two main pros of the discbound notebook system, for me anyway. The first, and the main reason I purchased this
The main reason I purchased this notebook was my desire to minimise the bullet journal process. My theory is that once the notebook is full, I can remove all the pages, scan them into my computer, and then get shot of the physical copies. This way I can still reference my old notebooks and look back on the memories they contain, but I don’t have to have shelves littered with old bullet journals I don’t use anymore. I’m almost at the point of scanning a few pages already, and so far so good – I definitely think if you’re looking to digitise your old journals this is a good system to go with.
The second reason I bought this notebook was to better organise and divide my journal. I’ve got to be honest, I suck at keeping an index filled in properly. In fact, I don’t think any of my older journals contain accurate indexes. With the discbound system, I can shift pages around and so can use dividers to organise rather than an index. This has worked wonderfully for me, I’m really enjoying being able to see all the different pages in a section in the one place.
Essentially, this notebook was exactly what I was expecting from the system, but let’s look at the notebook itself.
First of all, it has to be said that this notebook is expensive, especially if you have to pay for international shipping (like myself). It’s something to be careful of, as I had to pay customs fees when the parcel arrived at my door which were not mentioned before purchasing. However, the flexibility and customisability of this journal is a major plus that a lot of other notebooks don’t have, so it’s something to consider.
In terms of notebook specifics, I have mixed feelings. At first glance, the cover isn’t great. Although the marble image is amazing and right up my alley, the actual production/lamination of the cover does look a bit cheap (and this notebook was anything but cheap), I’d really like to upgrade this in the future.
However, it’s one of the most accessible discbound notebooks available, so I’d still say it’s a good starting point if you’re wanting to try the system, the cover and discs can always be changed later if you want to.
The real selling point of this specific discbound notebook, and shop in general, is the paper quality. I get absolutely no bleed through with any of my pens and very minimal ghosting. The dots are similar in size and boldness to the Leuchtturm 1917 notebooks, meaning after you write on the page they blend in nicely and don’t leave your spreads looking unduly cluttered. All in all, this is probably my favourite thing about this notebook and is indeed the reason I’ve just placed an order for more paper!
Overall, I’d recommend this notebook to anyone wanting to try out the discbound system, it’s a good place to start and it’ll give you a feel for the differences between a discbound and a ‘traditional’ bullet journal.
I will admit that I want to swap out the discs and the cover in the future, and I’m looking for UK based businesses to buy dotted paper from in the future (to cut the cost down a little bit and help my order get here more speedily) but I have absolutely no regrets in ordering this notebook and plan to keep using it for a long time.
I hope you guys found this post helpful if you’re in the market for a new notebook. I’d love to hear about the notebooks you use for your bullet journaling or to do lists, it’s important to keep switching things up and keeping things fresh so I’m always looking for new homes for my bullet journaling. See you in the comments!