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      Gsry D.
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      Great quality, quality hand stitching, property tanned leather and great paper. What more could you want? Keep these journals out of the rain and they will last a lifetime!

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      I got the large size in hopes my MacBook would fit inside with a couple pens, a file folder and my daily planner. It works and I am so pleased!

    The 550 Journals

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    • FREE 3 initial Personalization Thanksgiving Day ONLY.
      The 550 Journals pick up where the 1350s left off and are available in 3 larger sizes beginning with the Pathfinder size and extending to the 5.5 x 8.5 inch SOUL size.

      The intention of these journals is the same as the 1350's we offered over the this past weekend and that is described below.  The only difference is that many of you prefer a larger journal and so we made them in 3 larger sizes below.  Instead of making these 3 separate products we decided to group them into a single product with options for the different sizes. I mean, it's a pain to go to 3 different product pages to shop when you can do it all on a single page, right.   Prices start at $17.50.

      PATHFINDER:  4.5 x 6.5 inch  sheet size
      Moleskine LG. Cahier Size:  5 x 8.25 inch sheet size (refills NOT included in this size)
      SOUL:  5.5 x 8.5 inch sheet size.

      NOTE:  The Pathfinder and SOUL sizes come with 2 of our 40 page Arches refills.  Arches Text wove is a 120gsm 100% cotton rag multi use fine art and writing paper.
      The Moleskine Large Cahier size is ONLY the cover.  Refills are NOT included.

      The 3 styles are called Earth, Ocean and Temple and are described below.
      We created these 3 Unique journals to inspire sanctuary, solitude and refreshment in out lives.
      Their intention is to move you into one of these spaces as you write and sort your truth.

      AND... because of all the requests we received in the past, we are now making these to also hold the Pocket size Moleskine Cahier or Fields Notes refills.
      More on that in the description below.

      For yourself or as gifts...

      These make a great gift for yourself or someone who prefers a larger sheet size to write on.
      These are all hand-crafted in our Santa Fe, NM studio.
      That means we cut the leather, punch the holes, string the bead, create the knot and lace it into the cover… hand tear the paper, cut and  attach the end papers and sew them up and then assemble the journal.
      Each bead is unique and each leather cover is unique.
      We create these journals with intention to compete with all things trivial in this world today.

      Consider getting several as gifts to friends, business associates or even for future occasions.


      EARTH:  The Solitude of a Forest Trail...
      When I think of the Earth, I think of the solitude of a forest trail… the vanilla scent of Ponderosa Pine bark, the soft ground under my feet and the sound of how the Earth was a very long time ago… without the clutter and distractions of today's world.  It’s a place where I can sit with ancient giants, a cool breeze, a snack and my thoughts.
      BEAD:  simple and cylindrical, open at both ends.  This can symbolize a channel between 2 worlds or 2 places, perhaps between the physical world and the spiritual world.  Or it can symbolize a channel between you and something else you imagine or create.

      As you write, set your thoughts on the immense calm and centering force of a forest with it's ancient trees and a soft wind moving thru the leaves.

      OCEAN:  Ocean is a catharsis and….
      it’s another place we go to relax an have the cares and stress of the world washed away.
      Just think of the last time you were there and how it felt.
      The Ocean washes the Earth with rain and cleans our shores of man-made waste.
      It’s immense, submissive and a powerful force. It symbolizes Greatness and Freedom.
      The Ocean and it’s beaches are able to...
      capture our attention so completely that we forget about the world and are brought into a single moment of time in a way that washes away the trials and troubles of daily life.  It’s a safe place where the only distractions are pounding waves, the fresh salty air and a deep sense of refreshment.

      BEAD:  Sea Sediment Jasper from Madagascar.
      The bead on your journal is unique and shaped like a globe with a variegated design overlaying the blue ocean.
      Sea Sediment Jasper is said to be a gemstone of stability and to be a powerful protection against things that are not good for you and it eases emotional stresses.

      Take The Ocean journal with you to write and remember all things refreshing so that you can continually revisit them when in need of refreshing moments.

      TEMPLE:  When I think of a Temple I think of 2 things…
      First...  That deep loud resonating gong that drives me almost instantly into a state of self awareness
      And Then...  I think of and feel a deep sense of Peace and Spirituality.
      Of course...  I also think of Belgian Monks and how great they are at making beer.
      Now, I’m not saying to grab a beer and write in this journal.  But, then again, neither am I saying not to.

      BEAD:  This bead is Ancient and...
      like many of the temples in this world. They are 200-300 years old trade beads and remind me of a long cylindrical bell that hangs in the courtyards of some old mountain temples.  When I look at it I can almost hear the deep resonating sound of those bells.
      These are limited edition beads and we only have a limited number.  Once that's gone they will no longer be available.

      Whatever drives you into that  deep state of self-awareness and personal truth is the goal here and this journal is the place where you meet yourself, figure out your truth and give it the Voice it deserves.


      These journals come in 3 sizes:

      Overall when closed: 5w x 7h
      Sheet Size: 4.5w x 6.75h
      Holds 2 - 40 page refills which are included.
      Each refill is individually removable.
      Scroll down to watch the video which shows how refills are removed and replaced.

      Moleskine Large Cahier:
      We included this size because a lot of people use the Moleskine refills.  This size DOES NOT include any refills.  It is for the cover ONLY.
      This size will hold the 5x8.25 inch Moleskine Large Cahier refills  (NOT INCLUDED)
      Each Moleskine Cahier refill will be individually removable.
      Watch the video which shows how refills are removed and replaced.

      Overall when closed: 6w x 9h
      Sheet Size: 5.5w x 8.5h
      Holds 2 - 40 page refills which are included.
      Each refill is individually removable.
      Scroll down to watch the video which shows how refills are removed and replaced.


      We use Arches Text Wove paper for these refills.
      Arches comes from France.  It's a 100% cotton rag paper, 120gsm and a multi use artist paper.  It will not feather or bleed when using a fountain pen and is about 90% opaque meaning that you can write on both sides without seeing the bleed thru of the other.

      The Pathfinder and SOUL size journal comes with 2 refills, The special size we made for the Moleskine Large Cahier refills does NOT include refills.

      The Solomon's Knot we use to make this journal modular will also add some artistic flair to your journal, making it unique in the world of other journals.
      There is no elastic to wear out and no metal clips that will bend or break.
      That's why we can guarantee this, and our other products, for life, Even if Your Dog Eats It.
      Scroll down to learn more.

      The TEMPLE Style has a limited number of beads.  Once that limit is reach a very similar ancient bead will be used as a substitute.

      Check out the Product Video to see how we remove and refill these modular journals

      See the Options tab above for more details.

    • When ordering you can choose:

      STYLE:  Earth - Ocean - Temple
      You can get 1 style or the Set of all 3 styles.  If you get the entire set of 3 you can save a few dollars.

         Pathfinder - LG Moleskine Cahier size - SOUL
      All 3 are modular but remember that while the Pathfinder and SOUL sizes comes with refills, the LG Cahier does not.
      4.5 X 6.75 (includes 2 refills)
      LG  Moleskine Cahier size: 
      5 X 8.25 (refills are NOT included with this size)
      SOUL:   5.5 X 8.5
      (includes 2 refills)

      Two 40 page refills are included with the Pathfinder and SOUL sizes ONLY.  The LG Cahier size does NOT come with refills.

      (see Personalization tab to learn about our full range of personalization styles)

    • How to Remove and Replace your Refills:
      These journals are modular and can hold up to 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

    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