New from Paperblanks, The Nova Stella Collection of Journals

Three journals from the Paperblanks Nova Stella Collection

Three Journals from the Paperblanks Nova Stella Collection.

Paperblanks continues to unearth amazing book bindings from museums, libraries and private collections around the world. Stars have captured our imagination since the dawn of time, so much so that we reach for the stars when we try to imagine what was impossible before. The cover design for the new Paperblanks Nova Stella Collection was taken from the 1789 binding of Missale Sacri Ordinis by the Italian publisher Octavio Puccinelli. The brocaded design in gold manages to be intricate and sparse at the same time by leaving ample space around the center star design, allowing it to shine. These journals are the perfect reminder to stay focused on our own guiding star of inspiration and are a beautiful companion for the exploration of our own galaxies of ideas. The Nova Stella collection is available in three cover designs, Nox, a dark brown background; Solis, a golden yellow background and Astra, a midnight blue background. The Series is offered in Paperblanks full range of five sizes and in both blank and lined paper. Clearly Paperblanks has high hopes for this collection and they should, the Nova Stella journals  have us all starry eyed!

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Happy Halloween-Scary Stories-Great Journals

Happy Halloween.

Start a new family tradition. Select a beautiful and durable (Scary)journal for inspiration and have kids and grown-ups contribute their scary stories. Each Halloween your family’s scary story book will grow. Reading stories from years past will be good fun and may even prove insightful. Journal pictured is by Paperblanks and features a print by Canadian artist Alistair Macready Bell.


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Great Artists Equal Great Inspiration

Paperblanks William Shakespeare Journal

Paperblanks 400th year Anniversary journal of the bard William Shakespeare

Paperblanks celebrates William Shakespeare, Johan Sebastian Bach and William Butler Yeats.

Paperblanks, the Vancouver Canada based Publisher of quality journals celebrating the world’s cultural heritage, is honoring three great artists with their very own journals: William Shakespeare, the composer Johan Sebastian Bach and the Irish Poet William Butler Yeats.

The three Journals are part of the Paperblanks Embellished Manuscript Collection, a series of journals with a magnetic flap closure and a sample of writing in the artists’ own hand on the cover. The magnetic flap features the artists’ signature. The exception is the Shakespeare journal which rocks a very cool period looking magnetic brass hook to close the journal

The Paperblanks William Shakespeare Journal is available for a limited time only and coincides with the 400th anniversary of the bard’s death(1564-1616). Shakespeare’s identity is still a source of disagreement and much speculation and Paperblanks steps right into the debate by embossing an excerpt of the play Sir Thomas More on the cover. The back of the journal features the familiar face of Shakepeare, which may or may not be him. (debate amongst thyselves)

Paperblanks Embellished Manuscript Journal Bach

Paperblanks Journal, Bach, Cantata BWV 112

For the J.S. Bach Journal, Paperblanks choose an excerpt of Bach Cantata BWV112, which is based on Psalm 23. This Psalm is beloved by both Christians and Jews from all denominations: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” will be familiar to most. j.S. Bach was incredibly productive, he wrote over 300 Cantatas alone, in addition to his great choral works. He was known to work long caffeine infused hours. Yes, the coffee quote we added to the image of the Bach journal is really a quote by Bach, the baroque master composer.

Paperblanks Embellished Collection Journals, Yeats

Paperblanks Journal, Yeats, Easter 1916

W.B.Yeats Paperblanks Journal, shows an excerpt of his Easter 1916 poem, which Yeats wrote as he wrestled with the violent 1916  Irish uprising against the British. Three of the four stanza’s end in the hauntingly beautiful line: “A terrible Beauty is born” We choose a more familiar quote for our Yeats Journal image, because we are pretty friendly around here.

The Paperblanks Shakespeare Journal comes in two sizes, Ultra which is 7 by 9 inches and Midi which is 5 by 7 inches. Both sizes are available in Lined and blank paper. The Paperblanks Bach journal is available in Ultra size, in lined and blank paper and Mini size, which measures 4 by 5-1/2 inches in lined only. Lastly, the Paperblanks Yeats journal is available in Ultra and Mini size in lined paper.

You can  view all journals in the Paperblanks Embellished Collection here.

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New Paperblanks Journals: The Magical world of Mila Marquis


Mila MarquisOn a gloomy day in Portland Oregon imagine the delight at the office about the bright and dreamy new Paperblanks journals with cover art by German artist Mila Marquis.

Mila clearly believes in Magic, her images are lighter than air, allowing your ideas to float from one cloud to the next. Intense beautiful bright colors are sure to inspire and chase away the gloom. Paperblanks has produced 4 different cover designs with Mila Marquis’ artwork from left to right, Valentina, Sweet Compassion, Joyous Springtime and Poppy Field. Paperblanks offers them in their Midi size only 4-3/4″ by 6-3/4 ” all of them have the exquisite print quality, that Paperblanks is known for. The journals are smythe-sewn and open flat. Each Mila Marquis journal has a page marker and a pocket on the inside back cover. Journals close with an elastic band. Nice detail on these new Paperblanks journals are the rounded corners. Each journal has 176 pages of sustainable paper. We find the paper resists bleed and feathering well with most pens. They are sturdy and will stand up well to being carried around. In short a delightful addition to the Paperblanks journal line-up and perhaps the perfect Valentines day gift.



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Paperblanks Journals: New for Fall 2015

Paperblanks Ultra Journal | Victor Hugo

Paperblanks Victor Hugo Journal back cover

Our air conditioning is running full blast and it has been hot, very hot, but we have Autumn on our minds as it is time to take a look at Paperblanks Fall Collection. The Vancouver Canada based Paperblanks is known to find known, and lesser known works of art and patterns out of the treasure trove of our World’s cultural heritage, and transform them in beautifully bound and exquisitely executed Journals.

Paperblanks paper is of excellent quality and comes from sustainable forests. The Paper has a great feel and plays well with all the tools we regularly use, Roller-ball, Ballpoint, Fountain Pen and Pencil.

This Seasons cover art ranges from the more familiar; Les Miserables, with original Victor Hugo Handwriting and Signature, to the less familiar, at least to us, Miroku Buddha Statue. The Paperblanks Fall collection includes four different covers with Alistair Bells haunting poetic renderings of boats and animals. We were not that familiar Alistair Bell, but are delighted to be introduced to his art. Alistair Bell is a giant among 20th century Canadian print makers and his work can be seen in The New York Museum of Modern Art and London’s Victor and Albert Museum. Rounding out the new Paperblanks Fall collection are wonderful Fall foliage patterns by 19th century French bookbinding artist Henri Francios Marius Michelle and two wonderfully extravagant Rococo style patterns, which envelop you with luscious luxury. The entire Paperblanks collection including the new styles for Fall 2015 are available through our online store

Alistair Bell

Paperblanks Midi sized journal Alistair Bell Boats and Reflections

Fall Foliage Journal

Paperblanks Autumn Foliage Journal

Paperblanks New Journals | Miroku

Paperblanks Miroku Journal

Paperblanks New Journal: Rococo

Paperblanks Red Rococo Journal

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Paperblanks 18-month Academic Dayplanners available now

Paperblanks Academic Planners are sure to get you organized.

2016PBAcademic planners are created for college students and teachers and they run a full 18 Months starting with the Academic year on the first of July. We have discovered through feed-back from our customers, that academic planners work great for many people not just the college student. Academic Planners are great for procrastinators; did you mean to by a planner, that started January first, but never got around to it? An academic planner will get you off to a fresh start this summer. For the frugal saver the academic planner is a great opportunity to get 18 months of organization for a price not very different from a 12 month planner. Academic planners are also the perfect gift for the new graduate. As new graduates enter the world of work, they are most likely to do so in July and being organized, while searching for or starting a new job, increases the chance of success.

Paperblanks Academic planners are offered in 3 sizes, regardless what size they all have hard covers, are smythe-sewn, which makes them strong and open flat, have two page markers for easy reference and a pocket on the inside back cover. Finish is as expected, which Paperblanks fans know means impeccable. Paperblanks paper handles roller balls, ballpoints and fountain pens well:

Paperblanks Maxi Academic Planner

First size up, the Maxi, measures 5.5″ wide by 8.25″ tall with 208 pages and is available in a vertical layout over two pages; a column for each work/school day starting at 8am and running until 8pm in half hour increments and one column for the weekend. At the bottom of each page is a handy monthly calendar with the current week indicated with a line around it. Each maxi size planner has an elastic band closure. There are 4 cover designs in the Paperblanks Maxi size to choose from.

PB29519 Paperblanks Grolier Maxi 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Grolier

PB29526 Paperblanks Foiled Maxi 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Foiled

PB29533 Paperblanks Flutterbeyes Maxi 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Flutterbyes

PB29540 Paperblanks Shiraz Maxi 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Shiraz

Paperblanks 18-Month Planner

Vertical Layout Paperblanks Maxi 18 Month Planner

Paperblanks Midi Academic Planner

Next size down in the Paperblanks Academic planners is the Midi, which measures 5″ x 7″, also has 208 pages and is available in a horizontal layout over two pages and 6 different cover designs all with elastic band closure.


Paperblanks Planner layout horizontal for Midi and Mini

Paperblanks Horizontal Layout for Midi and Mini

Paperblanks Ocean Song 18-Month Planner

Ocean Song Midi

Paperblanks Silver Filigree Blush Pink 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Blush Pink Midi

Paperblanks Laulima 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Laulima Midi

Paperblanks Carmine Midi 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Carmine midi

Paperblanks Black Moroccan 18-Month Planner

Black Moroccan Midi

Paperblanks Fili?gree Floral Ebony 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Fiigree Midi

Paperblanks Mini Academic Planners

The smallest size in the Paperblanks Academic 18 month planners is the Mini, which measures 4″ x 5.5″ and also has 208 pages. The mini has a horizontal layout, week over two pages, same as the Midi size. The Paperblanks Mini is available in 8 cover designs, all with elastic band closure, except for the Darwin Tree of life, which has the classic Paperblanks magnetic flap closure.

Paperblanks Foiled Mini 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Foiled Mini

Paperblanks Black Moroccan Mini 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Black Moroccan Mini

Paperblanks Hummingbird Mini 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Hummingbird Mini

Paperblanks Safavid Mini 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Safavid Mini

Paperblanks Maya Blue Mini 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Maya Blue Mini

Paperblanks Mini Blue Cats 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Blue Cats and Butterflies Mini

Paperblanks Mini Darwin 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Mini Darwin, Tree of life

Paperblanks Filigree Floral  IvoryMini 18-Month Planner

Paperblanks Filigree Floral Mini

Paperblanks Academic Planner -great features, that get you organized.

Regardless of the size or layout of the Paperblanks Academic planner, they all have a great deal of features, that will help you plan your (school) time better. Besides the expected world holidays, measurements, dialing codes and world time zones we really love the 6 different planning tools: Full year planner, extra room for notes, monthly Planner, weekly schedule planner, travel planner and full year calendar for 2016 and 2017. To sum up, quality, 3 different sizes, two different lay-outs and 18 cover designs, the new Paperblanks Academic planners are easy on the eyes and sure to get you better organized, whether attending college or already enrolled in the school of life.

Paperblanks Academic Planner Features-Full year Planner

Full Year planner

Paperblanks Academic Planner Features-Additional room for notes

Room for notes

Paperblanks Academic Planner Features-Monthly planning pages

Monthly Planner pages

Paperblanks Academic Planner Features-Scheduler

Class Schedule pages

Paperblanks Academic Planner Features-Travel Planner

Travel Planner

Paperblanks Academic Planner Features-Full Year Calendar for both 2016-2017

Full year Calendar for 2016 and 2017


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Connect to the world in 2015 with a Paperblanks planner


It’s no secret, that at we are big fans of Paperblanks, the thoughtful and carefully crafted journals and  planners by the Vancouver Canada based publisher Hartley and Marks. This time of year, with the long summer holiday behind us and the kids back in school;  shorter days and a change in weather reminds us, that a new year is not far off. In our warehouse we receive lots of planners and we start to think  about the possibilities a new year has to offer.  A planner is a fantastic tool for capitalizing on those opportunities, luck favors the prepared!  A 2015 Paperblanks datebook makes planning ahead easy and is a wonderful way to look back on years past.  As you fill your planner, you are creating a shorthand diary of your families life at the same time, without any extra effort.

The Silver Filigree collection is a great example of the cultural inspiration that Paperblanks uses for their covers. This design is available in a number of sizes.

The Silver Filigree collection is a great example of the cultural inspiration that Paperblanks uses for their covers. This design is available in a number of sizes.

Paperblanks Planners are pretty, tactile and well made. Paperblanks uses recycled binder boards, paper made from sustainable pulp and uses ethical practices at its factories. All planners are thread bound, which makes the binding more durable and ensures the planner will lay flat. Paperblanks is most famous for its covers, which are imprinted and embossed to look like works of art and ancient book covers, that represent our worlds cultural heritage. The year of the planner is printed on the bottom of the spine, that way it does not interfere with the beautiful cover art and when you store your Paperblanks planner away on the shelf spine out, you can see the year at a glance.

For 2015 Paperblank offers about 70 different planner styles divided over six sizes; Grande, a desk planner 8 1/4″ wide x 11 3/4″ tall, Ultra,   7″ wide x 9″ tall, Maxi, 5 1/2″ wide x 81/4″ tall, Midi 5″ wide x 7″ tall, Slim 3 1/2″ wide by 7″ tall and the Mini 4″ wide x 5 1/2″ tall.

There are three layouts: Horizontal weekly layout with the week over two pages, Vertical Layout with 8 columns over two pages, one for each day of the week and one for notes and a Daily Layout with a full page for each day.

When picking your Paperblanks planner there are a few things to keep in mind. The Grande and the Ultra Format are only available in the vertical layout and the Maxi and the Slim format only in the horizontal weekly layout. The Midi and the Mini are available in the Horizontal Weekly Layout and the Daily page a day layout. Last thing to keep in mind is whether you prefer a magnetic closure or a rubber band closure. The Slim and the Maxi size only come with rubber band closure, all other sizes offer great choices in both elastic band or magnetic band closure.

This Paperblanks Hummingbirds 2015 planner, inspired by Laurel Burch, is available in multiple siszes

We find that when picking it works best in this order:

1.Pick Layout first, because that is what you will have to live with every day.

2. Size; based on where you will use the Planner, how large you write, how much information it should hold and how you plan to carry it around

3. Pick cover design .

If you have read this blog post this far,  details matter to you. Below you will find more specs on the Paperblanks Planners and images of the various layouts and extra pages.

Paperblanks planners features that you will appreciate all year long are: Thread bound, opens flat, acid free/sustainable forest paper, hi-opaque paper lessens ink show through, memento pouch, two! ribbon place markers, lots of supplemental pages and a removable address book insert. If you are shopping for a Planner the Paperblanks 2015 planners deserve to be on your short list.

Paperblanks Vertical Layout

Paperblanks 2015 Vertical Layout

Paperblanks 2015 Planner Horizontal Weekly Layout

Paperblanks 2015  Horizontal Weekly Layout


Paperblanks 2015 Planner Daily Layout

Paperblanks 2015 Planner Daily Layout

Paperblanks 2015 Planner supplemental pages 2016 calendar

Paperblanks 2015 Planner supplemental pages 2016 calendar

Paperblanks Planner Supplemental Pages 2017 Calendar

Paperblanks Planner Supplemental Pages 2017 Calendar

Paperblanks 2015 planner supplemental pages 2015 Calendar

Paperblanks 2015 planner supplemental pages 2015 Calendar

Planner supplemental pages - yearly planning tool

Paperblanks 2015 Planner – yearly planning tool

Paperblanks 2015 Planner - World Time Zones Chart

Paperblanks 2015 Planner – World Time Zones Chart

Paperblanks 2015 Planner Supplemental Pages - Travel Planning & Birthdays & Important Dates Memo Page

Paperblanks 2015 Planner – Important Dates Memo Page

Paperblanks 2015 Planner Supplemental Pages - Monthly Calendar 2015

Paperblanks 2015 Planner  – Monthly Calendar 2015

Paperblanks  2015 Planner Supplemental Pages - International Holidays & Celebrations Summary for 2016

Paperblanks 2015 Planner – International Holidays for 2016

Paperblanks 2015 Planner Supplemental Pages - International Holidays & Celebrations Summary for 2015

Paperblanks 2015 Planner – International Holidays for 2015

Paperblanks 2015 Planner Supplemental Pages - International Dialling Codes

Paperblanks 2015 Planner – International Dialling Codes

Paperblanks 2015 12-Month Dayplanner Supplemental Pages - Extra Note Pages

Paperblanks 2015 Planner-Extra Note Pages

Paperblanks 2015 12-Month Dayplanner Supplemental Pages - Conversions Chart

Paperblanks 2015 Planner – Conversions Chart

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Paris in Spring.

It is no secret, and we are not afraid to admit it, Sara and I love Paris, especially in spring.  As the gray skies in Portland are only slowly and tentatively giving way to the sun and warmer temperatures, we are told are just around the corner(not this one the other corner). We dream of escaping to Paris. Alas airplane ticket prices are sky high and our kids need to go to school, have diapers changed etc. Today we received a newsletter from Paperblanks. We get a lot of newsletters and have to admit, that we do not open them all right away, or at all.  This one we did and we discovered a little gift. A lovely new video celebrating the new Paperblanks Literary Art Deco Notebooks and Paris nostalgia of the 1920’s and 1930’s, which viewed through the hazy lens of history seemed to be a time when the grown-ups were having all the fun. We enjoyed the video and it took us on a little mental trip to a different time. The “Jazz Age” music is so infectious you may find yourself doing the Cake-Walk, the Turkey Trot, and the Bunny Hug all at the same time. While writing this post the sun broke through the clouds feeling better already 🙂

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What is So Great about Smythe Sewn?

When you peruse Love Notebooks you will have discovered that smythe-sewn is a word we throw around a lot and you may wonder what the heck does it mean and do I really need it.

Smythe Sewn

Smythe Sewn

Books that are smythe sewn are library quality and are constructed to last. Smythe sewn books are durable and made to be handled a lot and open flat. Smythe sewn refers to the centuries old book binding technique. First sheets are folded into signatures, that depending on size and thickness of the sheet can be anywhere from 4 to 32 pages.  A stack of signatures will result  in a book block. Top and bottom as well as right side of the book block will be cut to create pages. Each signature is then sewn through holes on the center line and to the other signatures of the book block with a single thread. The result is a stitched book block which is then stitched or glued into the hard or soft cover binding via end papers.

This process was done by hand until American inventor David McConnel Smythe invented a machine to sew the signatures together in 1879. Nowadays the stitched together text block is often glued on the spine to keep the thread in place and sometimes further reinforced by gluing a piece of fabric over thread on the spine. Head bands and foot bands made of decorative ribbon are sometimes glued to the top and bottom of the pages to further beautify the binding and hide stitching and glue. Paperblanks are a good example of a smythe sewn journal with decorative head and foot bands. Smythe sewn is the standard if you are looking for durability; Hymn books, coffee table books and text books are often smythe sewn for that very reason.

Perfect binding, which is the primary technique for books that are glued and not sewn is not as durable and in our opinion far from perfect for a journal, that you intend to revisit over time or a notebook that you handle and write in a lot. In perfect binding the stack of signatures is cut at the spine roughed up to increase the glue-ing surface and then glued into a cardboard cover.  A glued book by its very nature has a certain rigidity to it which makes it strong but not necessarily durable. Its rigidity and inability to lay flat work against the glued book over time. A smythe sewn journal is less rigid an gives a little when it needs to. Its ability to lay flat invites less abuse and we believe is an essential feature for most writers. As the famous quote says if you do not bend you break.

If you would like to learn more about how a smythe sewn book is bound by hand we recommend this extensive online tutorial from the university of Indiana.

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The Long Term Benefits of Writing in Longhand

Our seven year old daughter is in second grade now and is learning to write cursive.  She proudly displays her progress and is eager to rewrite words and names she learned before, because in cursive they seem more grown up. As pen and paper junkies we are grateful to be in a school district, that values the skill of writing in long hand. There are studies and plenty of anecdotal evidence, that writing in longhand aids in memorization, improves fine motor skills and concentration. It is sad, that some school districts no longer give cursive the attention it deserves.

Longhand Writing

Longhand Writing

Our daughter has always been drawing on anything she can find, but somehow writing things down seemed less interesting until she learned cursive. Writing in longhand allows her personality to come out through her handwriting and writing in longhand is closer to drawing then typing on a keyboard or writing one letter at a time. Our daughter does her writing in a school issued notebook that is nothing to write home about and we could not help but wonder what the return on the investment would be in childrens participation and enthusiasm if every child got to practice their handwriting in a Paperblanks or Moleskine journal. We have always thought the foiled and debossed Pokemon cards would make great Paperblanks covers…

It is funny how your kid’s school work brings back memories of your own elementary school experience. When I was in elementary school, there were no pdas, I- pads or computers, except for Ataris and Commodore 64s, and we wrote mostly with leaky BIC ballpoints in longhand. One day in 5th grade our teacher announced, that as part of a new handwriting initiative, the school was handing each student a new fountain pen. A green pen for right handed students and a blue one for the lefties. I am not sure what the difference was exactly, but I suspect it was the grip or the nib.

Suffice to say the fountain pen initiative became a messy affair especially for already messy writers like myself. Ink cartridges and 11 year old boys in a class room setting was problematic to say the least. I had a habit of chewing on my pencils and pens and  an ink cartridge.. once…. The inside of my mouth transformed into the mouth of a creature out of Avatar. All that said, I still remember the nib of the fountain pen scratching the paper, forcing me to slow down as I wrote in longhand, forcing me to think just a little longer about the shape of letters and words.  Seeing our daughter learning to write in cursive and looking back to my own school experience I have come to realize that learning to write in longhand is a journey of self discovery, from which we benefit a lifetime.

In the Wall Street Journal of October 5th we found this article by Gwendolyn Bounds, that does a great job explaining the benefits of writing in longhand and backs it up with science.

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