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Frankfurt Creme - 120gsm
About 90% opacity
Hard surface paper for smooth fountain pen writing
No Bleeding or feathering with the wettest of inks
Cotton and Cellulose paper with a beautiful wavy laid pattern
Acid-free
A crisp antique yellow/creme colored paper
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Arches Text Wove - 120gsm
Our standard paper for almost 20 years
No bleeding or feathering when using a fountain pen.
A great overall paper and multi use artist paper with a slightly toothed surface
About 90% opacity
100% cotton rag
Accepts up to medium w/c washes, wavy while wet but dries down flat
No Bleeding or feathering with the wettest of inks but best for broad nib FP’s
Color remeniscent of the heavy creme used in your morning coffee
Frankfurt White - 120gsm
About 90% opacity
Hard surface paper for smooth fountain pen writing
No Bleeding or feathering with the wettest of inks
Cotton and Cellulose paper with a beautiful wavy laid pattern
Acid-free
A white white colored paper
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DIY Kit 1 for Slim Leather Journals

$9.97

Product Description

Let "OLD SCHOOL" Refresh your SOUL in these uncertain times. 

Learning to make your own Personalized Italian Leather journal will

  • teach you a new skill, QUICKLY
  • give you a great sense of accomplishment and
  • memories that will last your entire life.
  • starting at under $10

It will also BOOST your ego when show others and tell them that YOU made it.

Scroll down to the video to get all the details.

HERE ARE YOUR CHOICES:

  • 4 single ESSENTIAL size kits are available or
  • get a single ELITE Kit with all 4 sizes and save a little
  • Each kit comes 2 different ways, with or without templates
  • Available in our Rustic Brown leather ONLY.

EACH KIT CONTAINS:

  1. A pre-punched leather cover (Rustic Brown only)
  2. A pre-punched 40 page text block of hand torn Arches Text Wove paper.
    Paper upgrades are available for an additional cost.
  3. A needle for sewing your book
  4. Enough threads to sew 3 books. (Black, Sage, Blue... no substitutions)
  5. IF you order a kit WITH templates you will also get a .079" grey binders board template for the cover and
    a paper punching template to punch the text block so it lines up with the holes in the cover.
    This is for kits WITH TEMPLATES ONLY.

Kits with templates allow you to create as many journals as you want without having to buy additional kits.

WHEN ORDERING:

  1. Choose which size kit you would like and
  2. If you would like your kit without or with Templates
    Each larger size costs a little more. Select the size you would like to see the additional cost.

  3. Select your paper. Frankfurt papers are an upgrade and cost a bit more.

An email with a link to an instructional video will be sent to you before your kit arrives.
You can watch it online or download it to your device.

 

Read below for a more detailed description and pictures, sizes and a video description of the journal as well as how to remove and insert the refills.

 

leather.jpg

First off... OUR LEATHER

Our leather comes from a 6th generation tannery in the Italian Alps just outside of Venice, Italy.
The Heavier Rustic Brown and Black are 2.2mm thick.  The Flight Jacket is 1.5mm thick.  All of them are as one customer said, "...to die for. Not to soft, not to stiff, not to thick not to thin, just perfect."  You will not find this leather anywhere else.  The patina developed over time will not only enrich it's look and make you the envy of others but it will draw you in and inspire you as it moves from one refill to the next over time.  This is a leather that you will not want to let go of.

There is nothing you need to do our leathers to care for them. Use them vigorously and without mercy.  Scratch it and it will heal when rubbed.
That is one of the beauties of our leather... elegant, soft and luscious yet nearly bombproof.  There is no need to pamper it.  Just use it and know it is developing an inner beauty as you do.

Unbranded English cow are the hides we use for our leather.  They are all a byproduct of the meat eating industry.  It is the responsible use of available resources.
There is simply nothing better in the world than Italian tanned leather using English cow. We worked with our Italian tannery for 2 years to develop our leather and it is unavailable anywhere else except at Frye Boots. They loved our leather so much that they started using it to make their boots.  That should tell you something about it's durability.

 

slj-kit-info-sizes-compared.jpg

4 Size Essential Kits to choose from

Bottom to Top in the image:

daVinci:  9x11
SOUL: 
5.5 X 8.5
Pathfinder:  4.5 X 6.5
Companion: 3.5 X 4.5

The ELITE KIT (not shown) contains all 4 sizes.

 
slj-kit-info-compared.jpg

Each Size Kit is available in 2 ways...
without or with templates to make more.

Illustrated here with the Essential (single book) Kits without and with templates.

WITHOUT TEMPLATES:

  1. A pre-punched leather cover (Rustic Brown only)
  2. A pre-punched 40 page text block of hand torn Arches Text Wove paper.
    Paper upgrades are available for an additional cost.
  3. A needle for sewing your book
  4. Enough threads to sew 3 books. (Black, Sage, Blue... no substitutions)


WITH TEMPLATES:

  1. A pre-punched leather cover (Rustic Brown only)
  2. A pre-punched 40 page text block of hand torn Arches Text Wove paper.
    Paper upgrades are available for an additional cost.
  3. A needle for sewing your book
  4. Enough threads to sew 3 books. (Black, Sage, Blue... no substitutions)
  5. .079" grey binders board template for the cover
  6. a paper punching template to punch the text block so it lines up with the holes in the cover.
 
 
bookmarks-10-dollar-journal.jpg

Matching leather BOOKMARK- Included

Normally a leather bookmark would cost $9.95.
With this leather journal a matching (not personalized) leather bookmark is included.

Your bookmark will be cut from the same hide as your cover. They are truly a matched set.
The great thing about this bookmark is that you can eliminate elastic bands that quickly wear out or a ribbon that will frey over time.

A bookmark is old school. It's cool, quirky, convenient & portable.
It will set you apart because of it's unique look.

The bookmark is 2 inches wide and it's height is paired with the size kit you choose.
It does not come personalized.

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PAPER - OVERVIEW

We have 3 European, hand-torn papers.  Our Standard is Arches. The other 2 are our Premium papers from Germany.

Whether you write, draw or do both... using anything from a fountain pen to watercolor brushes, you will have the perfect paper.
Pick one paper for your entire journal OR pick a different paper for each refill.

Our Standard paper is Arches Text Wove.  The Frankfurt papers are our premium papers and while made more for fountain pens, work very well for water coloring too.

Our papers are all 120gsm in weight which give them the body you will love.
They will not feather or bleed with a fountain pen and are acid free.

And because you can write on both sides with any pen or pencil, it's like having twice the amount of usable pages you would have in a book with thinner paper.

We also hand tear all of our papers from larger parent sheets to give you the rough, authentic and artisanal look and feel.

arches.jpg

PAPER - ARCHES TEXT WOVE (our standard)

Arches, from France, is the world's longest lasting paper (at least NASA thought so when it printed 250 artist proofs and launched them into outer space on the Shuttle Discovery in 1990). It is moderately sized, has a slight tooth and is one of the finest multi use artist papers and perfect for your ballpoint, rollerball, pencil or broad nib/stubbed fountain pen. It will not feather or bleed and you can write on both sides too. It will handle watercolor and gouache washes, copic markers, colored pencils, graphite and... you can scrub it some too. This paper is not only beautiful but it is the workhorse of papers for professional artists.

ffwandffc.jpg

PAPER - FRANKFURT CREME AND WHITE (premium)

Frankfurt White and Creme, from Germany, have a harder finish with a beautiful wavy laid pattern and are recommended for a smooth write with your fountain pen, good opacity and will not feather or bleed.

LEARN MORE in the video below

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Product Description

Let "OLD SCHOOL" Refresh your SOUL in these uncertain times. 

Learning to make your own Personalized Italian Leather journal will

  • teach you a new skill, QUICKLY
  • give you a great sense of accomplishment and
  • memories that will last your entire life.
  • starting at under $10

It will also BOOST your ego when show others and tell them that YOU made it.

Scroll down to the video to get all the details.

HERE ARE YOUR CHOICES:

  • 4 single ESSENTIAL size kits are available or
  • get a single ELITE Kit with all 4 sizes and save a little
  • Each kit comes 2 different ways, with or without templates
  • Available in our Rustic Brown leather ONLY.

EACH KIT CONTAINS:

  1. A pre-punched leather cover (Rustic Brown only)
  2. A pre-punched 40 page text block of hand torn Arches Text Wove paper.
    Paper upgrades are available for an additional cost.
  3. A needle for sewing your book
  4. Enough threads to sew 3 books. (Black, Sage, Blue... no substitutions)
  5. IF you order a kit WITH templates you will also get a .079" grey binders board template for the cover and
    a paper punching template to punch the text block so it lines up with the holes in the cover.
    This is for kits WITH TEMPLATES ONLY.

Kits with templates allow you to create as many journals as you want without having to buy additional kits.

WHEN ORDERING:

  1. Choose which size kit you would like and
  2. If you would like your kit without or with Templates
    Each larger size costs a little more. Select the size you would like to see the additional cost.

  3. Select your paper. Frankfurt papers are an upgrade and cost a bit more.

An email with a link to an instructional video will be sent to you before your kit arrives.
You can watch it online or download it to your device.

 

Read below for a more detailed description and pictures, sizes and a video description of the journal as well as how to remove and insert the refills.

 

leather.jpg

First off... OUR LEATHER

Our leather comes from a 6th generation tannery in the Italian Alps just outside of Venice, Italy.
The Heavier Rustic Brown and Black are 2.2mm thick.  The Flight Jacket is 1.5mm thick.  All of them are as one customer said, "...to die for. Not to soft, not to stiff, not to thick not to thin, just perfect."  You will not find this leather anywhere else.  The patina developed over time will not only enrich it's look and make you the envy of others but it will draw you in and inspire you as it moves from one refill to the next over time.  This is a leather that you will not want to let go of.

There is nothing you need to do our leathers to care for them. Use them vigorously and without mercy.  Scratch it and it will heal when rubbed.
That is one of the beauties of our leather... elegant, soft and luscious yet nearly bombproof.  There is no need to pamper it.  Just use it and know it is developing an inner beauty as you do.

Unbranded English cow are the hides we use for our leather.  They are all a byproduct of the meat eating industry.  It is the responsible use of available resources.
There is simply nothing better in the world than Italian tanned leather using English cow. We worked with our Italian tannery for 2 years to develop our leather and it is unavailable anywhere else except at Frye Boots. They loved our leather so much that they started using it to make their boots.  That should tell you something about it's durability.

 

slj-kit-info-sizes-compared.jpg

4 Size Essential Kits to choose from

Bottom to Top in the image:

daVinci:  9x11
SOUL: 
5.5 X 8.5
Pathfinder:  4.5 X 6.5
Companion: 3.5 X 4.5

The ELITE KIT (not shown) contains all 4 sizes.

 
slj-kit-info-compared.jpg

Each Size Kit is available in 2 ways...
without or with templates to make more.

Illustrated here with the Essential (single book) Kits without and with templates.

WITHOUT TEMPLATES:

  1. A pre-punched leather cover (Rustic Brown only)
  2. A pre-punched 40 page text block of hand torn Arches Text Wove paper.
    Paper upgrades are available for an additional cost.
  3. A needle for sewing your book
  4. Enough threads to sew 3 books. (Black, Sage, Blue... no substitutions)


WITH TEMPLATES:

  1. A pre-punched leather cover (Rustic Brown only)
  2. A pre-punched 40 page text block of hand torn Arches Text Wove paper.
    Paper upgrades are available for an additional cost.
  3. A needle for sewing your book
  4. Enough threads to sew 3 books. (Black, Sage, Blue... no substitutions)
  5. .079" grey binders board template for the cover
  6. a paper punching template to punch the text block so it lines up with the holes in the cover.
 
 
bookmarks-10-dollar-journal.jpg

Matching leather BOOKMARK- Included

Normally a leather bookmark would cost $9.95.
With this leather journal a matching (not personalized) leather bookmark is included.

Your bookmark will be cut from the same hide as your cover. They are truly a matched set.
The great thing about this bookmark is that you can eliminate elastic bands that quickly wear out or a ribbon that will frey over time.

A bookmark is old school. It's cool, quirky, convenient & portable.
It will set you apart because of it's unique look.

The bookmark is 2 inches wide and it's height is paired with the size kit you choose.
It does not come personalized.

old-paper.jpg

PAPER - OVERVIEW

We have 3 European, hand-torn papers.  Our Standard is Arches. The other 2 are our Premium papers from Germany.

Whether you write, draw or do both... using anything from a fountain pen to watercolor brushes, you will have the perfect paper.
Pick one paper for your entire journal OR pick a different paper for each refill.

Our Standard paper is Arches Text Wove.  The Frankfurt papers are our premium papers and while made more for fountain pens, work very well for water coloring too.

Our papers are all 120gsm in weight which give them the body you will love.
They will not feather or bleed with a fountain pen and are acid free.

And because you can write on both sides with any pen or pencil, it's like having twice the amount of usable pages you would have in a book with thinner paper.

We also hand tear all of our papers from larger parent sheets to give you the rough, authentic and artisanal look and feel.

arches.jpg

PAPER - ARCHES TEXT WOVE (our standard)

Arches, from France, is the world's longest lasting paper (at least NASA thought so when it printed 250 artist proofs and launched them into outer space on the Shuttle Discovery in 1990). It is moderately sized, has a slight tooth and is one of the finest multi use artist papers and perfect for your ballpoint, rollerball, pencil or broad nib/stubbed fountain pen. It will not feather or bleed and you can write on both sides too. It will handle watercolor and gouache washes, copic markers, colored pencils, graphite and... you can scrub it some too. This paper is not only beautiful but it is the workhorse of papers for professional artists.

ffwandffc.jpg

PAPER - FRANKFURT CREME AND WHITE (premium)

Frankfurt White and Creme, from Germany, have a harder finish with a beautiful wavy laid pattern and are recommended for a smooth write with your fountain pen, good opacity and will not feather or bleed.

LEARN MORE in the video below

Materials

Our Paper

This is an older video we are using as a placeholder until I can upload a new video.  We use the same papers, though, and have been for almost 20 years.

Arches Text Wove: 120gsm, 100% cotton rag with a slight tooth and light creme color.
Frankfurt Creme:  120gsm, cotton rag and purified pulp with a wavy laid smooth hard finish and antique yellowish creme color.
Frankfurt White:  same as the Creme except this is a white white paper.





Our Leather

Shipping

Our Ship Times:

We are a group of craftspeople who make your order for you when it is ordered. Things can take 1 day to several weeks to make, depending on what you ordered. If you have a specific timing need please tell us by putting it in the comments with your order.

Our Carrier:

We ship USPS for domestic and international shipping. Most items ship Priority Mail unless you select Express. Priority is 2-3 business days to USA locations and Express is 1-2 business days.

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