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Scribbles That Matter notebooks are a popular choice among people who bullet journal. The Scribbles That Matter journals feature cute journal covers that come in several colors, thick paper, and different sizes and types to fit your needs.
I’ve been using the Scribbles That Matter Iconic Journal as my main bullet journal for the past few months and thought I’d update you about my experience. Since I have several different versions of the Scribbles That Matter Journal, I will share my thoughts on those as well.
If you’re new to bullet journaling click here to learn how to start your own bullet journal.
Scribbles That Matter notebooks come in a bunch of great colors. The iconic version is known for its cute planner covers with doodles, while the pro version limits these doodles to a small section on the back.
Scribbles That Matter notebooks come in a couple different sizes and types as well:
- Dotted Journal in A5 Size Iconic
- Dotted Journal in A5 Size Pro
- STM Graph/Square Grid Journal in A5
- Scribbles That Matter Bullet Planner B5 Size Undated Daily, Weekly, Monthly Planner
- Dotted Journal in B5 Size
- Dot Grid Journal in A6-ish Size
- Dot Grid Journal in B6 Size
- STM Pro Dotted A4 Size
What Do These Notebook Sizes Mean?
- A5 is the typical bullet journal size. An A5 journal is about size of a half piece of paper.
- B5 is 10 inches by 7.1 inches
- A6-ish (this makes me laugh) is 5.8 inches by 4.3 inches according to Amazon. A6 is typically 4.1 by 5.8 so it is close!
- B6 is 5 inches by 7 inches. This is a popular size for traveler’s notebooks. I’m ordering this size today!
- A4 size is 8.5 inches by 11.7 inches
I will only be discussing the A5 and B5 dotted notebooks in this part of this post. I do not own any of the graph/square grid notebooks. I will discuss the Bullet Planner later in this post since it is different than the others because it has done for you pages. Scroll down if you’re interested since I also included a video flip through!
The Scribbles That Matter Iconic Notebook, B5 Notebook, and Pro Notebook are all very similar to each other so I will discuss them together. The main differences are:
- The Pro Version cover does not have doodles on the cover. The Iconic Version does.
- The B5 version is larger than the A5 versions. The B5 Scribbles That Matter Notebook only comes in black. It also has a pen loop on the spine rather. These are neat because they accommodate a variety of pen sizes.
I’m going to start with the best part! The Scribbles That Matter Journals have 100 gsm paper that is ivory in color. What does this mean? It means the paper is thicker (and whiter!) than many other popular notebooks. This leads to less ghosting or bleeding of ink on your pages.
- Bleeding: When the ink leaks through the page and shows on the next page.
- Ghosting: When you can see through the page. It hasn’t gone through the page but you can see it.
Although reduced with this paper, you’ll notice in my pictures there is some ghosting with this notebook. I do not find it troublesome. Here is a picture of my pen test. Interestingly, one of my fountain pens did bleed through this paper slightly. I should mention I’ve used that fountain pen with the same ink in other sections of my journal without problems.
My favorite part of this paper is that it is whiter than other popular bullet journal notebooks. I prefer white paper. Another thing I like about the pages is the print of the dots is a light grey color. This means the dots are not intrusive. You can see them no problem, but they don’t distract from your journal. I love this.
Here is a picture of my pen test page. I notice on here that my Pilot Falcon pen also did a bit of feathering (meaning the ink spread a bit on the page). This pen has a flexible nib and can give off wet ink, so I’m not surprised. It’s my favorite pen because of the flex nib (meaning it flexes sort of like a calligraphy pen).
The pens I used on my page are as follows:
- Pilot Metal Falcon Fountain Pen, Medium Nib
- Tombow Mono Drawing Pens
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens
- Pelikan M400 Fountain Pen Fine Nib
- Noodler’s X Feather Ink -this is a super black ink that rarely feathers
- Pigma Microns
- Papermate Flair Medium Point
- Sparkly Highlighters (I cannot call these by their full name because to me they will always be either sparkly highlighters or glitter highlighters. I love them so much haha)
The Scribbles That Matter B5, Iconic, and Pro notebooks all have 201 numbered pages. I love that the pages are numbered for you because it makes it so easy to do your bullet journal index page!
In the front of the notebook, there is an index page and a key page. A bullet journal index is an important part of a bullet journal because it helps you keep track of where certain bullet journal spreads are within your notebook. See my post on how to start a bullet journal for more information.
There is also a page for your key and color coding. This is a great place for you to keep track of what your dots and stars mean through your bullet journal. Some people use different colors for different parts of their life. This page allows you to keep track.
The back cover of the notebooks have a nice pocket built in. You can pull it out a bit to easily fit things in there. I have put sticker sheets in mine from time to time.
I’m a paper and pen snob, as you may have noticed with the variety of pens I chose. (There are SO MANY more where that came from).
That said, I love my Scribbles That Matter Notebooks. My favorite is the Iconic Version since I love a cute planner cover! These journals are well made with sewn bindings. The details are nice including the light colored print, thick white paper, ribbon bookmarks, and pen loop. I’m a huge fan.
- Thick white paper
- Minimal ghosting
- Back pocket
- Attached pen loop
- Pen test page included
- Cute planner cover and doodles on the iconic version
- Large variety in colors and sizes
- A bit pricey, but in line with other notebooks of similar quality.
- One of my pens bled through the paper and had some feathering
One thing Scribbles That Matter offers that I haven’t seen from other brands is a Bullet Planner. This is a done for you bullet journal where the layouts are already drawn out.
I created a video for you so you can see how this journal is laid out. When I purchased it there weren’t pictures of the pages anywhere. I figured this would help you in your decision about whether to purchase.
The Bullet Planner is similar to the other Scribbles That Matter journals in that it has a key, dotted pages, a pen test page, ribbon bookmarks (3), and a folder pocket on the back. It also has the same thick paper (100 gsm according to Amazon) as the other notebooks. It is missing an index and page numbers, which I find disappointing!
I will share some pictures of the pages here. In the beginning of the journal, there are pages showing a year at a glance. As you can see, there is some space around this area where you could take notes. For instance, you could color code certain dates and label them down the side of the page.
The next page has an annual progress tracker. On this page you would track certain goals, likely by plotting them on the graphs. The graphs are labeled by weeks, so you could track your progress on something week by week. I personally cannot see myself using these pages.
Next in the journal is four pages of dotted pages that are labeled “Planning Space.”
The next section includes monthly planning pages. There are twelve sets of these pages. The monthly page comes as two pages. On the first page there is a section for notes and then a monthly overview listing the dates in a vertical column. There is space on both the right and left side of the page so you could potentially track future appointment for work and personal reasons.
The second monthly page includes a habit tracker drawn out for you. This is nice since habit trackers can be tedious to draw. Also on the page is a section for “goals to accomplish,” “this month’s tasks,” and “end of month review.”
I like that there is some personal reflection built into these monthly pages.
Next are your weekly pages. Each week, you will have a weekly page including a planner page with a time grid to mark down appointments. Underneath the time grid is a box area that is approximately the size of an Erin Condren box. There is also space around the calendar where you could take notes or do some lettering.
After each weekly page is your daily pages. The daily pages are drawn over two pages and include boxes labeled Monday through Friday and another long unlabelled box either for the weekend or other needs.
At the end of the Bullet Planner there are pages to keep your user IDs and passwords, a mindfulness page encouraging you to review your year, and a pen test.
I purchased this but never used it. The reason I changed to a bullet journal is because I like the freedom it provides me. I find the Scribbles That Matter Bullet Planner is too structured for my needs.
There are some positives about it and as I go through the pages I can imagine using the pages creatively at times. Mostly I am opposed to schedules with time slots since I don’t really like those.
If you are looking for some more structure and would like something done for you, I think this is great! It’s a well made notebook with some nice features. If you’re time crunched, it is a good option that would allow you more flexibility and space for notes than a regular planner.
Here are my pros and cons broken down for the Scribbles That Matter Bullet Planner:
- White, thick paper
- Done for you bullet journal spreads
- Has some room for customization
- The pen holder holds a variety of different pen sizes
- I find it a little too structured for my needs
- No page numbers/index
- Limited number of pages for things like running lists
At the end of the video I showed you some other bullet journal setups I’ve been trying. The first was a coiled notebook by Erin Condren. I love this one because the size of the pages leaves a lot of room for creativity and lists. The colors are pretty, the paper is thick, and it lies flat. I used this for my work to do list this week and I really enjoyed it.
Next I showed you some bullet journal pages in my Leuchtturm. I showed you how I used a circle stencil to create circles for my gratitude spread and how using stickers, stencils, and nice pens can help anyone make a pretty bullet journal spread.
Items shown in the video include the following:
- Bullet Planner by Scribbles That Matter
- Pelikan M405
- Staedtler Pens (The thin pen I stuck in the pen loop)
- Erin Condren Coiled Notebook
- Circle Stencil
- Printable Sticker Sheet – note, in the video I stated I wasn’t as interested in the other stickers in the shop. I want to clarify that it is nothing against her stickers, it is just that this is my favorite sticker sheet/set of ALL the sticker sheets and I would love if all the others in that shop could be my favorites too. 🙂
- Monkey Fist Book Marks