Archive for the 'journals' Category

rustico leather journals

29 March 2006

Rustico 7

Rustico 6Rustico 5

Rustico 4Rustico 3

Rustico 2Rustico 1

These exquisite leather journals, in varying sizes, closures, and colors, are available from Rustico leather goods.

From their website:

Every one of our books receives personal attention, ensuring that only the highest quality is produced. We personally hand tear the paper, hand stitch the paper into the leather, and hand cut our leather. Our Creative Designer personally inspects the books before they are sold to ensure that they represent our finest work.

I especially covet the journal shown at the top, in gorgeous brown leather with hand-torn pages. I like the tab closure – I'm not too much a fan of a string closure as it tends to get in the way while the journal is in use.

Their website seems fairly new, but go check it out. Journal prices range from the $12 3.25" square 100-page Everyday Small Journal to the $20 3.25" square 96-page Quote Book (with hand-torn thicker paper) to the aforementioned lavish $75 Travel Journal.

Rustico seems like a great establishment. Their books would be perfect for chronicling a vacation or just to carry in a purse. Their photo albums are also worth checking out.



29 March 2006

Levenger notebook

Levenger SwiftNotesLevenger card folio

Levenger sells some beautiful "tools for serious readers." I first learned about them when I was on my index card kick, but since then I've switched to my Moleskine planner and my 3×5"s are sitting on a lonely corner of my desk.

As far as notebooks, journals, and planners go, this is definitely something to look into if you're all for high quality and don't mind paying a little extra. Almost everything they carry can be monogrammed for yourself or your company, which is cool.

Shown above (from top) are a composition notebook, their SwiftNotes system (too small, alas, to hold a pocket Moleskine), and their index card accordion folder in a gorgeous green leather.

Check them out. If you have Levenger stuff already, tell me what you think of it. I'm considering investing in a nice notebook or folio.

colors journal

28 March 2006

Colors journal

I have coveted this journal for years.  It measures 6×9", good-sized, and has a different color and color name on each page.  It's awesome.  It speaks to the nerd in me, somehow.  It's got a very unique binding – the cover and back seem to sit outside the rest of the book.  It's a great effect.

I wonder what exactly I'd use it for – 150 days of spring through fall?  A color-coded address book of my acquaintances?  What do you think?

It's available from for $18. 

shell quilt journal from

28 March 2006

Shell quilt journal

I think this 5×7" journal is gorgeous. I'd be afraid it would fall apart, though – I've seen a similar fate befall the unwrapped demo models at many a Barnes and Noble.

If you're interested, for $30, find it here.

yoshitomo nara journal

28 March 2006

Yoshitomo Nara journal

These two adorable journals (5×7", 192 pages) are available through "Choose from 'Princess of Snooze' or 'Pyromaniac' depending on your mood!"

I've seen these in person and they have a great feel to them. They're bound similarly to the Native Flowers Journal by Jill Bliss – simple paperback with sturdy binding.

I don't know which one I'd get, though – perhaps 'Princess of Snooze' to use as a bedside table journal or 'Pyromaniac' to chronicle graduate school….