When Central Crafts approached me to ask if I’d like to review one of their journals, I must admit to being overwhelmed. Their website has so many journals to choose from and it took me ages to make up my mind as to which one to get.
The Fleur De Lys Small Gold Handmade Recycled Leather Wrap Journal is the journal which ultimately caught my eye. It looks great with it’s little gold Fleur De Lys stamped on the smooth, rich brown leather.
The leather used to make the cover is recycled Italian leather. It wraps around the journal and is held closed by a leather strap which wraps around the cover. The website describes the leather as flexible, but I find it quite stiff for a thin leather. However, it does seem to get more flexible with use. I do find the flap of the cover to be somewhat annoying as it gets in the way when writing. If sitting at a desk it’s easy enough to put a book or paperweight on it to hold it down, but that’s not so easy when out and about. The cover doesn’t particularly want to lay flat either, so requires leaning on whilst writing. I guess a book-type cover would suit me more than this wrap-style cover, but it does look great. You can also have the cover personalised (of course, I went for “Notes of Life”!).
The paper used in these journals is wonderful. I used the juicy 1.1 stub nib on my TWBSI Eco fountain pen filled with Akkerman #13 Simplisties Violet ink and the paper handled it very well, with no bleed through at all. The cream paper is smooth, acid-free and definitely fountain pen-friendly. It’s perfect for journaling or note-taking. I wish I had some of this paper for my letter writing!
Whilst the journal I chose isn’t refillable, Craft Central do have a number of refillable journals available. They are available in plain or lined paper and in various sizes.
Crafts Central is a family run business who pride themselves on their good customer service and handmade, quality and ethically sourced products for customers around the world. They work with small independent producers in Europe and Asia and ship all over the world.
Crafts Central have so many journals and photo albums that there’s something for everyone.
Please note: The above journal was kindly supplied by Central Crafts in return for an honest review.