I started using Nuuna notebooks about 6 months ago and I can honestly say that I am impressed. I use them for bullet journaling and as a general notebook for work and I love them. Nuuna notebooks are produced by a German company called Brandbook. They come in a variety of designs and sizes all very unique. Made of Swedish premium paper, thread-stitched (to stay flat when opened) and bound in smooth bonded leather or jeans label material. The cover motifs are applied via silk-screen printing. Silk-screen printing was also used by artists such as Andy Warhol or Roy Lichtenstein as it makes the colours more intense and the colour application thicker than via other printing techniques.
They come in 5 sizes:
S (1,60 × 10,80 × 15,00 cm)
M (1,30 × 207,00 × 141,00 cm)
L Light (1,60 × 16,50 × 22,00 cm)
L (2,10 × 16,50 × 22,00 cm)
XL (1,30 × 29,70 × 21,00 cm)
None of these sizes are standard sizing so you may need to take that into account when purchasing one. I find the sizing to be an advantage though as I can fit more into my Nuuna notebooks than standard sized notebooks.
The cover on my journal is a soft cover made from bonded leather with the design screen printed on which feels very nice to touch. Some other models are made from jeans label material for a different feel. Either way they are a quality design. Nuuna have also coloured the edges of the pages in their notebooks to match the cover which I think looks great.
Inside the notebooks is stitched in 120gsm Munken fine white paper from Sweden with a subtle grey dot grid. It is useful to note that the paper in Leuchtturm notebooks which are a competitor is only 80gsm, which is a fair bit thinner. The dot grid spacing is 3.5mm, this is a bit smaller than the usual 5mm of other journals but I have had no problem adjusting to it. The smaller spacing between dots in the Nuuna actually helps me write neater as I have more to guide me.
The paper is very smooth and is fountain pen friendly, but depending on what pen I am using I can sometimes get ghosting of the ink. Ghosting is when you can see the writing from the other side of the page, a bit like a shadow. It hasn’t bled through to the other side, you can just see the shadow of it. I haven’t experienced any feathering of my writing with fountain pens on this paper either, even when using a broad nib to do zentangles. Feathering is the effect of the ink traveling along the fibres in the page and makes the lines less crisp.
See below for a test of various pens. The only one that bled was the Tombow brush marker. I don’t know why it has only happened with this pen and not the crayola super tips and frixion pens as I used the same techniques with all three pens. The paper unfortunately also doesn’t do well with watercolours and bleeds through a lot.
Other Things to Think About
Some other things to take into account if you will be using these notebooks for a bullet journal. Firstly they don’t have an index, but I have found built in indexes limit me to how many pages I can use for it. Secondly some of the Nuuna notebooks have page numbers but some don’t so if page numbers is an issue make sure you check. Thirdly there is no pocket built into the back cover. I have not missed these features in my bullet journal but its all up to personal preference really. Finally Nuuna notebooks cost $5-10 more than the Leuchtturm 1917 which is a comparable notebook but I believe that the quality of the Nuuna notebooks is better than the competition.
Smaller dot grid
Lay flat binding
Limited cover artwork
Bigger notebook size
No back pocket
Non stardard sizing
Paper can ghost depending on the pen
For me Nuuna notebooks are perfect. They are a high quality beautiful notebook that is out of the ordinary from plain covered notebooks and I’m willing to pay the extra for them.