As a devout lover of the Happy Planner, I’ve become a huge fan of disc-bound notebooks. (Remember the sticker book I made?) The options to customize it are endless, from covers, to paper, and everything in between. So it was only natural for me to go straight for a disc-bound notebook when I started bullet journaling. I was very tempted by some of the gorgeous bound notebooks out there, but there are so many benefits to having a disc-bound bullet journal.
Size matters, and so do the covers!
Some people might say “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but I say if you look at your bullet journal and it doesn’t make you swoon, something needs to change! That’s a great perk of the disc bound bullet journal – you can change out your covers in just a few seconds. Make it match the season or dress it up for work. If your toddler scribbles all over it with permanent marker, have no fear! Replace it.
And while we’re at it, you also get to pick what size your disc-bound bullet journal will be. If you make your own covers and pages, it can be literally any size you want. You can purchase covers anywhere from full letter size (8.5” x 11”) all the way down to a teeny tiny pocket-sized journal.
It’s all about the paper!
You get to select what paper goes inside those gorgeous covers. With a bound notebook you have three choices, and you typically only get to pick one: lined, graph, or dot grid. In the disc-bound bullet journal you can pick any and all of the above! Mix it up! Use whatever you need for that particular page. It’s amazing! You can use lined paper for your regular journal pages, dot grid for fancy layouts, and graph paper for trackers with bar charts. You get the best of it all.
Many companies make an assortment of paper designs for their disc-bound notebooks, and they’re all good quality paper. If you have the supplies, you can also print your own paper. There are plenty of online sources where you can download a variety of paper templates, and print it on whatever paper you want. My dot grid pages are currently printed on 24 pound paper, which is thicker than your average printer paper, but I’m itching to get my hands on some 28 pound or 32 pound paper.
I like to move it move it!
The kids wanted to watch Madagascar this morning, and now that song is stuck in my head! But it totally applies here!
One of my favorite things about the disc-bound notebooks is that you can take things out and put them back in where ever you want. You can also create sections by adding some dividers. If you’re feeling crafty, make your own! I traced the dividers from my husband’s notebook onto card stock paper. After cutting them out, I glued on some scrapbook paper, then punched them. It was a quick afternoon craft, and it added so much prettiness to my BuJo.
Some people use the front of their disc-bound bullet journal for their monthly and daily logs, then add a section in the back for collections. I personally love the flow of having collections spread through my daily logs, so I didn’t think I would do this. However, now I have a section in the back with my weekly fitness spreads (I think everyone should use a fitness planner! Why not make your own?!). I’m also thinking of adding in another section for recipes.
This is also handy for making your weekly or monthly spreads in advance. You can make them in the middle of your BuJo, and then move them forward when you’re ready to use them.
Oops, I did it again!
(I turned on Spotify to get that other song out of my head, and it gifted me with Britney.) Have you ever tried sketching out a new layout or a drawing, and royally messed it up? Good news – you can just pop out that page and start over! Just make sure there isn’t anything important on the other side. There’s no need to glue something over the mistake, or to get creative trying to cover it up. Just take it out and move on. Easy peasy, and now it’s not there taunting you anymore.
Do these discs make my journal look big?
You know that feeling after a huge Thanksgiving dinner when you try to button your jeans and there’s just no point? No? Just me? That’s how your disc-bound bullet journal feels when it’s stuffed with too many pages. It won’t close correctly, the pages can’t turn well, and there’s a slight risk of some falling out. But have no fear, there’s an easy fix for that. Instead of starting a new journal like you would have to with a regular notebook, you can just swap out the small discs for the next size up. Eventually you’ll need a new notebook, but you can also let this one grow for a while.
What am I using right now?
Currently, my disc-bound bullet journal is in a dark purple cover made by Tul (Office Depot line). I love the hard cover, and it has pockets and a pen loop. It’s also the junior size (slightly smaller than my Happy Planner), and I make my own paper by printing a full sheet (8.5” x 11”) of dot grid paper, cutting it in half, and punching it.
When it comes to bullet journaling, one of the most important things you decide on is going to be your notebook. If you don’t like your notebook, you probably won’t be that interested in using it. That’s why the disc-bound bullet journal is so great – it can be whatever you need it to be!