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Recycled And Cruelty Free Leatherbound Journals
Tactile Luxury With Leather Journals And Archive Quality Paper
This is a look at some of the nicest leather journals and notebooks around. These are hand crafted leather bound journals made in America and Italy, filled with high quality acid free paper in a range of colours and styles, including journals using recycled leather and cruelty free leather.
Leatherbound journals aren't cheap, so generally people have them for a particular purpose. They are perfect for collecting poetry, inspirational sayings, recipes, spells, prayers or anything that you might like to preserve for posterity. They make wonderful gratitude books and affirmation books as well as thoughtful gifts to writer friends..
Journals, just like blogs, are notoriously difficult to keep up regularly, but a great trick is to have a very beautiful journal that you love the look of; one that just invites you to open the cover and start writing. If you are one of those who likes the feel of paper and pen, you'll love these journals, diaries and notebooks.
American Leatherbound Journals
American leather journals have a definite rugged style that seems to hark back to pioneer days. The leather is good, thick and strong and the craftsmanship spot on. I find a romance and beauty in these journals that would not look out of place out in the wilds or in a settler's home a century or two ago.
What Makes A Truly Great Journal?
We would be much the poorer without some of those who kept a journal
I don't think anyone really knows what makes a good journal, if by great we mean fascinating, insightful, memorable or world changing. The journals that have stood the test of time and are still read a long time after the writers are long gone, were written in complete ignorance of their future fame or influence.
It's a simple fact that what we note and write only has greater meaning within the context of time and history. How could Anne Frank have known how her diary would resonate down the years, or Gilbert White think his daily observations of the countryside in 1789 would be considered important even today.
We don't know what future generations will find interesting in our jottings, so the best we can do is record our lives as faithfully and clearly as we can .
Some Famous Diarists And Journal Keepers
- Alice Cunningham Fletcher
In 1881, as a single woman in her forties, Alice broke many taboos on her field trip documenting the plight of the Sioux. Her work, although now viewed as patronising, prompted a breakthrough in the appreciation of Native American culture.
- Samuel Pepys
Pepys' journal was written between 1660 and 1669. It's value lies in the insight it offers into life during a time of extraordinary events. It is the main eyewitness account for The Great Plague of London and ensuing Great Fire of London.
- Ernesto "Che" Guevara
We only know about the early life of Che Guevara because he was an avid journal keeper. He wrote: “I knew that when the great guiding spirit cleaves humanity into two antagonistic halves, I will be with the people.”
Italian Leatherbound Journals
I love the quality and sheer style and elegance of Italian design. You can’t mistake an Italian leather journal; it just has a certain look and feel that says good quality and fine craftsmanship.
Do You Keep A Journal?
Sebastian Stoskopff [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
What do you use your journal for?
Journals Made With 'Cruelty Free' Leather - Fair trade cruelty free leather from India
This is an amazing development in the intelligent use of natural resources and an acceptable source of leather goods for those of us not wishing to support the industrial aspects of animal farming.
This journal contains paper made from 100% recycled cotton, and leather from cows in India that have died naturally. It is beautifully made and sturdy. Its manufacture benefits small co-operatives and has low environmental impact.
Journals Made With Recycled Leather
The Paperthinks company specialises in producing journals with recycled leather. They have developed a technique that compounds leather scrap into 'new' sheets of leather.
Recycled leather comes in a great range of bright and modern colours and the journals come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Committed to producing an eco-friendly product, the paper used in their journals is made from 50% recycled paper waste.
The Meanings Of Terms Used To Describe Paper Used In These Journals
- 'Archive Quality Paper' : This is a general term that means that the paper is acid free, and will therefore store well and not cause ink to fade
- 'Acid Free' : Paper is generally bleached in order to achieve a certain level of whiteness. This can, in the long run, affect the ink on the page, causing it to fade.
- 'Heavyweight' : Paper is manufactured under pressure, and comes in various thicknesses. Good quality writing paper needs to be smooth and non absorbent. It also needs to be of a reasonable thickness in order that ink doesn't come through on the reverse side, or ruck up when you write.
This Is Claimed To Be The Largest, Thickest Leather Journal In The World
I don't know if this is true, but certainly it's very thick and very beautifully made.