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

  •  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.

    Don't know which kit to get?
    Watch the product video to get all the details.

  • You have 2 Kit Choices:

  • ESSENTIAL Kits:  Individual Kits in 4 different sizes
    ELITE/Master Kit: includes all 4 sizes with a little savings.

    Each kit comes 2 different ways, with or without templates
    Available in our Rustic Brown leather ONLY.

    A pre-punched leather cover (Rustic Brown only)
    A pre-punched 40 page text block of hand torn Arches Text Wove paper.  Paper upgrades are available for an additional cost.

    A needle for sewing your book
    Enough threads to sew 3 books. (Black, Sage, Blue... no substitutions)

      IF you order a kit WITH templates you will also get:
      .079" grey binders board template for the cover
      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.

        If you order a Symbol and get the Elite Kit....
        we will put the same symbol on all 4 covers at no additional cost.
        Just leave us note in the Order Notes box and tell us what you would like.

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

        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.

         see the Options Tab for more details.

      1. When ordering you can choose:

        PICK YOUR KIT:
        4 Individual Kits
        , each for making a different size journal
        Companion:  3.5 X 4.5
        Pathfinder:  4.5 X 6.5
        SOUL:   5.5 X 8.5
        9 X 11
        The Complete Elite/Master Kit with all 4 sizes included
        Either kit is available with or without templates.

        WE offer 3 European fine art and writing papers.
        Arches Text Wove is our standard.  The Frankfurt papers are premium and cost a bit more.
        You can read more about our papers under the Materials Tab.

        from 3 initials to 3 full lines or a Symbol
        See product images for the different symbols we offer and how they look when 3 initials are added to them.
        (see Personalization tab to learn about our full range of personalization styles)

        see the Materials Tab for more info on our leather and hardware

      2. Shipping:
        Our items are shipped with $9.95 flat rate shipping via USPS 1st class or Priority mail. Transit times are usually 2-3 days, counting Saturday but not Sunday.

        All of our items come with a 30-day hassle-free return policy.

        Read our full policy here.

        *Personalized and Custom items are not refundable.


        Read more about our guarantee here.

      3. While we are your Makers and you know exactly where your leather goods come from, it’s also important to know the source of the materials we use in making them for you. If you would like more info about our products and sources then let’s connect to discuss.

        Italian Leather: Our Primary Ingredient

        Our Italian Leather

        We are soft leather experts and have developed proprietary techniques for working with softer Chrome tanned Italian leathers.

        Unlike the stiffer, belt like, Vegetable tanned leathers, our leathers are soft right out of the box. Like the blue jeans you wear that only get softer and more comfortable with age, our leathers will immediately conform to your lifestyle and develop a great patina over time, making your life’s adventures more memorable and meaningful.

        Unbranded English Cow –Chrome/Oil tanned - Full Grain – Struck thru (dyed all the way thru the hide) Tanned in Italy – Unavailable anywhere else in the world.We worked with a 6th Generation tannery in Italy for 2 years to develop our proprietary leather.

        View our Processes and Proprietary soft leather-working techniques

        Hand-torn European Fine Art & Writing papers

        European fine Paper

        We offer you a choice of 3 European, hand-torn papers: Arches Text Wove, Frankfurt White, and Frankfurt Creme.

        Whether you write, draw or do both... using anything from a fountain pen to watercolor brushes, you will have the perfect paper.

        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. You can also watercolor on our papers. They take light and heavy washes well and will dry completely flat.

        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.

        Solid Brass Hardware

        Threads and Cords

        Ancient and Hand-carved Beads


        The beads we use are anything but common.

        Some of our beads are over 300 years old. Others are individually hand carved. Some are and rustic and tribal in nature while others are more elegant.

        We use ancient African trade beads, Jade, Lapis, unpolished Tiger Eye, Jasper, Opal, solid bronze and Sterling Silver and are always adding to and changing out line.

        See our Machine Demos

      4. Personalize Any Item

        If there’s one thing that really gets us off it’s making your item look totally cool and unique.

        And, when it comes to Personalizing your item, nothing gets more personal and unique.
        That’s why we offer so much more than just initials, a name or a short line of text.

        While it’s impossible to list all the creative and different ways we can personalize your book, bag or cover, we tried grouping them into the categories below. Any and all of these can be combined so if you need something special then contact us.

        Also, keep in mind that while we usually have standard placement for personalization, we can put it just about anywhere on your item at your request. There is no additional charge for that but you do need to tell us.

        See our Personalization Gallery for Ideas

        3 Initial, Full or Multi-line Personalization

        included in the ordering options for most journals and covers

        3 Initial Personalization... the simplest and most popular choice.

        If you get a cover or a journal with 3 Initial Personalization, at our discretion we will usually include a matching leather bookmark and will personalize it with the same 3 initials.

        Full or Multi-line Personalization includes up to 15 spaces, counting the spaces in between the words or name.

        But just in case you are really close, we let you fudge 20% more by letting you add up to 18 spaces. When entering your desired pesonalization please remember that what you enter is CaSE sEnseTIve.

        We can put more letters on a single line but if it goes over the space limit then it will need to be entered as an additional line and will be charged accordingly.


        We have a Unique & Growing collection of Symbols which we can put on your item.

        To see the full collection just click on the BUTTON below.
        When ordering a Symbol we give you the choice of adding up to 3 initials directly below it.

        Symbols can also be combined with a Patch but must be ordered separately.

        See Symbols Collection


        Leather Patches are one of the most Unique forms of personalization we know of and nobody that we know of does it.

        This is where we create a leather patch, put whatever you want on it… a Symbol, up to 3 full lines of type…. basically, whatever you would like, and sew the patch onto your item. Because setup on these can take a long time, we typically make at least 2 just in case we make a mistake. But we usually don’t so in that case we will either just give you the second one or sew it onto your bookmark (if it's included) and if it fits.

        Combinations & Variations:
        We can combine patches, Symbols, Single or Multi-line Personalization in whatever way/s you would like.

        There are near unlimited variations and we do our best to make your patch look as cool as possible.
        But if you have certain placement needs or desires then you can just let us know.

        See our Personalization Gallery for Ideas

        Custom Logos and Graphics

        If you have a logo or graphic you would like debossed into your item or on a patch then we can do that too.
        The max size is 5x2 inches. We send out to have a special metal die made which can be used over and over again.

        Custom Metal Casting

        beads, logos, findings and more...

      Free Returns

      30 Day return policy
      Free return shipping in the contiguous US.
      Risk-Free shopping experience.
      Learn More HERE

      Hand-built on our Workbench

      Made while thinking of you.
      ...from our hands to yours

      Watch  our Processes HERE

      Guaranteed for LIfe...

      even if your dog eats it.
      You heard that right!

      Read our Guarantee HERE

      Unique Personalization

      Initials, Multi Line, Symbols, Patches, Custom and more...

      See all your options HERE

      Get Personally Inspired

      See how others have personalized their items.

       See Personalization Gallery