I knew I wanted a particularly beautiful yet functional notebook for our trip to Paris but I never dreamed of finding something as perfect as BookGrain's journals.
Joshua makes every single BookGrain notebook by hand from sustainably harvested wood, much of which he finds and gathers himself from fallen trees near his home in Everett Washington.
A sturdy (and beautiful) wood cover, open-flat construction, watercolor perfect paper, removable pages, and refillable for future travels...there isn't a single thing I would change about it. Not only that, but it came wrapped in a beautiful furoshiki from Joshua's collection of re-purposed handkerchiefs and napkins.
I have never used this style of wrapping for a journal before but now I don't think I'll ever be able to go back. It so easily bundles up my journal, pen, and little field notes notebook, keeps everything clean, and looks gorgeous doing it.
True, the notebook itself is an investment, but it's an investment in more than aesthetics (which it has in spades). It's an investment in durability, in sustainable practices, and in an independent artist and their vision. These journals were born out of a desire to invite everyone into the joy of cultivating beauty in their own lives and in the lives of those around them. A worthy investment indeed.
Simple, beautiful, practical.
It's my trifecta
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