Midnight Steel Hardcover Journal {Old Leather Collection}

Designer: Paperblanks

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Capturing the flavor of finely wrought Renaissance-style leather bindings, Paperblanks Midnight Steel journal pays homage to the craft of delicate gold tooling, originally introduced to Europe via the flourishing trade routes to the East. The timeless beauty of an antique leather binding is brought into the present on the cover of this deep blue book.

 

About This Design

  • Original Art: Gold-tooled leather bindings
  • Era: Contemporary art in a Renaissance style
  • Region: Made in Canada with a European influence

When we were first beginning to make Paperblanks journals, we found a piece of William Shakespeare’s handwriting and just knew it could become an inspiring journal cover. Soon we added designs featuring the writing of Ernest Hemingway and Jane Austen and created a series that would become our Embellished Manuscripts Collection. These first covers were minimalist designs with the literary manuscripts written in black ink against beige paper. Eventually, our creative urges started to take over and we sought to play around with the design by adding a gold frame.

Working from a photograph of a small piece of gorgeous gold embellishment, our Art Director created a full frame for the Shakespeare manuscript and highlighted it with a burnt orange background. Of course, our curiosity for what could come next didn’t stop there! By removing the manuscript we immediately saw the possibilities for a design inspired by classic Renaissance leather bindings. And thus, our foundational Old Leather Collection was born.

Since then we have continued to play around with frame shape and background colour, with that initial beige and black design providing the backdrop for some of our most enduringly popular collections. As our Embellished Manuscripts and Old Leather Collections have continued to evolve in terms of background art and closures, we have chosen to go back to our roots for our Old Leather Classics.

Celebrating what it is about Renaissance-style bindings that we have always found so captivating – the rich hues of the dyed leather – we have selected some of our favourite background colours for this collection. Our Midnight Steel cover is inspired by the icy blue-grey tone of our Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars Embellished Manuscript design.

FORMAT
Midi
SIZE Width: 130mm (5")
Height: 180mm (7")
Depth: 20mm (¾")
INTERIOR Lined
SPACE BETWEEN LINES 6.67mm
LINES PER PAGE 21
PAGE COUNT 144 Pages
CLOSURE Elastic Band
COLOUR Grey
GSM (PAPER WEIGHT) 120
COVER Hardcover
EDGE PRINTING
No
BINDING TYPE
Smyth Sewn
POUCH TYPE
Memento Pouch
INTERIOR PAPER
Custom-Designed Laid Paper
RIBBON MARKERS
1
MORE FEATURES
  • 100% recycled binder boards
  • Decorative printed cover paper
  • FSC-certified text paper
  • Threaded stitching and glue, as needed
  • Acid-free sustainable forest paper


About Paperblanks:

At Paperblanks, we create products that inspire creativity, empower expression and celebrate special moments.
An homage to art and culture, our line of journals and creative tools sparks the imagination by offering a connection to artists and cultural movements from all eras and regions. Expression has no limits with Paperblanks.

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