Writing Journal ☰12
Writing Journal ☰12
Writing Journal ☰12

Writing Journal ☰12

Regular price $1,158.00

WRITE YOUR OWN STORY in a beautiful, one-off journal, handmade in Scotland with a unique combination of hand printed paper covers, vellum spines and vellum corners. 

Inside are 224 pages of lined/ruled pages made with Italian paper for all types of pens and pencil.

The perfect little book for making notes and recording ideas before they're lost.

Writing Journals offer about as much strength and flexibility as you will ever need thanks to the quality of materials used in creating these. Even with rigorous handling these should withstand day to day use for much longer than it takes to fill them with your writings.

COVER PRINT - Vases No.71

Made using a print from a short run of nine, this has been printed on a page from the London Illustrated News from 1848.

ALPS: Vases No.71

click the image to read more about this print

This is a handmade, relief printed patterned paper made from one hand carved lino block.

SPINE - Vellum/parchment, walnut dyed, with a hand printed "Vintage Floral" pattern.

Beginning its professional life as a legal document in the 1700 or 1800s, we used it as a surface on which to print our Vintage Floral pattern in silvery green on our early 1900s hand operated proofing press.

Relief printing a pattern on antique vellum parchment

Relief printing a pattern on antique vellum parchment

Vellum (aka parchment) is an ancient type of paper-like leather. The forerunner to paper, it was used in ancient times for writing religious texts and the most important books. Indeed, thanks to its properties of longevity and strength, it is still used today in the Houses of Parliament where new and updated laws are written and recorded on it.

Outside of the Houses of Parliament, until the early part of the 20th century it was still used in Britain as a document material for important legal documents such as house deeds, wills and loans which is where this particular piece came from. 

Vellum boasts the type of a beautiful warm translucency only found in natural materials. It offers super strength and flexibility - the perfect material for a spine. 

CORNERS - Vellum/parchment, walnut dyed, with a hand printed "Vintage Floral" pattern.

These corners not only look great but they offer protection for the most vulnerable part of the book when it's being handled, put on a shelf or being transported around with you in your bag or backpack. 

FOREDGES - Hand painted metallic gold

Foredges are the part of the bookblock (the papery part inside the book) you can see when the book is closed. 

They tend to be plain but they can be decorated too. This book has decorated foredges, painted in shiny metallic gold drawing ink. 

Painted foredge

WARNING! What you need to know about painted foredges!

Ink is sticky. This means that when you receive this book some pages are likely to be slightly stuck together and will need to be peeled apart carefully to access each new page so when you open a fresh page please be careful.  If you're in a hurry this could be inconvenient and frustrating, but we find it strangely satisfying. Also, it looks awesome! 

PAPER INSIDE - A creamy-white, smooth, acid-free Italian paper, perfect for inks and pencil. 

Every page is lined/ruled for writing with 224 pages of ruled/lines paper for writing.

SIZE - The perfect size for a jacket pocket and not taking up to too much room in a a bag or backpack.

properly made writing journal

This book measures 6¾ x 5 inches, 170 x 125mm, easy to hold in the hand, big enough to easily write in.

FINISHING - When we've finished putting the book together, there's one final process.

We varnish the paper covers and vellum/parchment spine and corners with a bookbinding juice called glair, not only once but twice!

Glair is a shellac based liquid often used in bookbinding as an adhesive for gold tooling and gilding but in this instance we use it as a varnish. It not only slightly ages the surface, calming down whiteness in new materials and adding a sheen all over but it also adds a little bit of protection to the covering materials during handling and transportation. 

  • Blank paper pages
  • Hand printed paper covers
  • Painted foredges
  • Vellum Parchment spine
  • Vellum Parchment corners
  • Varnished for protection

Thanks to the combination of handmade and hand printed materials we use, every book we make is a unique one-off.

HANDMADE IN SCOTLAND