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Recycled And Cruelty Free Leatherbound Journals

Updated on September 11, 2014

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.

Illustration: The Messenger Handmade Leather Journal Book, 6" x 9" 160 cotton rag pages

American Leatherbound Journals

Rustico’s Parley’s Leather Journals to Write in, Hand Crafted Leather Softcover Writing Notebook With Wrap, Journal Notebook With 96 Rough Cut Pages, Antique and Vintage Look (Saddle)
Rustico’s Parley’s Leather Journals to Write in, Hand Crafted Leather Softcover Writing Notebook With Wrap, Journal Notebook With 96 Rough Cut Pages, Antique and Vintage Look (Saddle)

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 .

Portrait of Alice Cunningham Fletcher via Wikimedia Commons

Italian Leatherbound Journals

Eccolo Italian Patent Leather Milano Journal, 3 x 5 Inches, Blue (E302L)
Eccolo Italian Patent Leather Milano Journal, 3 x 5 Inches, Blue (E302L)

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?

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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.

Far Trade Cruelty-free Leather Owl Journal - Choose From Three Designs (Owls on a Twig)
Far Trade Cruelty-free Leather Owl Journal - Choose From Three Designs (Owls on a Twig)

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.

Paperthinks Rose Pink Large Slim Ruled Recycled Leather Notebook, 4.5 x 6.5-inches,PT98797
Paperthinks Rose Pink Large Slim Ruled Recycled Leather Notebook, 4.5 x 6.5-inches,PT98797

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.

Do You Have A Journal? What Kind of Book Do You Write In?

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      5 years ago

      I agree that using a good journal helps. I use journals made by Clairefontaine, which are made with a high quality paper. Then I write with fountain pens. So the journaling becomes a rich, enjoyable experience.

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      6 years ago

      These Leatherbound Journals are wonderful, I love them.

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      6 years ago

      I've kept a journal for many years, but I just use cheap composition books. These leatherbound journals are so beautiful, I may have to treat myself to one at some point.

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      Nathalie Roy 

      6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I don't have a personal journal, but I certainly like to keep my squidoo ideas in one of those beautiful Leatherbound Journals

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      Peter Badham 

      6 years ago from England

      I would really like to get one now. The one with the face is amazing. Congratulations on the purple star as well greenspirit.

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      6 years ago from Bosnia and Herzegvina

      Loving the selection! I always had something like one of these, but now I think I need one more because these look much better than my old journal. *blessed*

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      C A Chancellor 

      6 years ago from US/TN

      These are very pretty! I love looking at journals but I rarely used the ones I bought. I guess I'm too computer oriented!

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      6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I don't have a journal at the moment, but any one of these would be a great investment.


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