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Modular Egyptian Papyrus Journals

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"With its Frankfurt white paper, the Leather-lined Egyptian Papyrus Journal makes a beautiful home for my on-the-go sketches."
     ~Michael S April 23 2021

  • Build your most unique journal Ever with.....
    20 year old papyrus directly from Egypt lined with soft buttery Italian leather.
    The product photos show just a few of the ways we can make this journal for you.

    At your direction we will make for you...
    a journal that makes you feel like you are writing in something from history.  Think Indiana Jones.
    The old Egyptian Papyrus is the real thing, purchased directly from Egypt 20 years ago.
    4 Sizes and your choice of 2 or 4 forty page refills (see product images)

    This journal is modular and you can have it made with...
    2 or 4 Forty Page refills (included), each of which are individually removable.
    Our Unique modular system does not use elastic bands that will loose their stretch or metal clips that will break.
    WATCH....the 2nd Product Video to see how to remove and replace your refills.

    We use a Solomon's Knot binding with colors that will compliment the papyrus cover and your interior leather choice.
    We also hand pick a bead that will make your journal a Unique work of art.

    Want something special or have a Special Request.... put it in the Order Notes.
    These are individually made with thought and care.

    And... our stuff is Guaranteed for Life, Even if your Dog Eats It.
    So if the cord breaks or the bead breaks because you ran over it with a truck...
    or Bowser makes a meal of it... we will fix it or replace it... for life.

    I know this may seem unusual in today's Off The Shelf world but in our studio....
    each item is made Carefully, Critically and Creatively.
    And in the case of these journals, we typically all get together and collaborate on selecting the perfect bead and cord colors for each journal, your journal included.

    Outside is the Egyptian Papyrus.  Inside you can...
    choose from 12 full grain Italian leather colors to line it.  Choose from the ones we made in the photos or Create Your Own.

    Accompanying this journal is your choice of 3 European Fine Art and Writing papers.

    WATCH the Product Video to get a quick, short and more detailed product description.  The product video is for our Hand Stitched Papyrus journals but some things apply for the Modular ones here..

    This journal has a super sturdy cover which is soft and bendable... a delight to carry.  You can roll it up or bend it over on itself to write.  You will only make it softer in doing so.

    4 sizes to choose from:
    Companion:  3.5 x 4.5 sheet size
    Pathfinder:  4.5 x 6.75 sheet size
    SOUL:  5.5 x 8.5 sheet
    daVinci:  9 x 11 inch sheet size.

    See the Options tab above for more details.

  • When ordering you can choose:

    FIRST:   Pick one of the 4 sizes.
    Companion:   3.5 X 4.5 sheet size
    Pathfinder:   4.5 X 6.5 sheet size
    SOUL:   5.5 X 8.5 sheet size
    daVinci:   9 X 11 sheet size

    NEXT:   Select how many pages you would like
    Single Knot = 2 - 40 page refills (included) or 80 pages total
    Double Knot = 4 - 40 page refills (included) or 160 pages total
    ***Page count is calculated as in a novel... one side of one sheet equals one page.

    THEN:   Select either one of our examples in the product photos or
    Choose your own leather color and have us choose the bead and cord colors and create something unique for you.
    Examples shown in the Product Images are:
      - Crimson leather lining with a Red Tibetan Coral bead
      - Purple leather lining with purple sea sediment jasper
      - Wintergreen leather lining with a rare jasper rainforest bead
      - Bourbon leather lining with Tiger Eye beads
      - Sailboat blue lining with a stunning and Radiant Blue sea sediment jasper bead

  • Pick your PAPER:  3 European Fine Art and Writing papers.
    Arches Text Wove is  our Standard.  The Frankfurt papers are an upgrade and cost a bit more.
    (see the Our Materials tab above to learn more about our exclusive papers)

  • How to Remove and Replace your Refills:
    This journal is modular and has 2 individually removable refills.
    This video will show you how to remove and replace them.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

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Free return shipping in the contiguous US.
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Made while thinking of you.
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even if your dog eats it.
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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