Design Your Own Diary 2020
Timelessly elegant and impeccably made, design your own diary and it is handmade to order. The A5 bespoke diary has a week to view layout, which gives you ample room for appointments and note-making. Make your own diary and create designs for the front and back cover. The cover of your design your own diary is made from luxurious satin. This fabric not only looks beautiful, but it has superior print qualities. Colours are rich and vibrant and detail is depicted clearly. You can choose from 4 different colours for the spine; black, blue, green or red. When you design your own diary with Contrado, you can be assured of the fine quality and craftsmanship that goes into making it. Handbound with metal corner protectors, your customised diary 2020 is made using traditional bookbinding methods. With features such as a ribbon bookmark, 110gsm ivory paper, and additional information such as national holidays* and maps, your new bespoke diary will be a real keepsake.
* National Holidays cover the UK, USA, Japan and the EU.
At a glance
Traditional bookbinding methods
Monroe Satin covers
Print front & back
Week to view
Durable and strong
Handmade in UK
How Your Customised Diary 2020 Is Printed & Made
Design your own diary with Contrado and you will be amazed at the traditional methods and attention to detail we give to each and every order. Your diary is made using book blocks, which are sourced from Florence Italy. These blocks are used in the creation of your bespoke diary. Bound by hand by our team of skilled bookmakers, your designs are printed onto our stunning Monroe Satin fabric. This woven textile is renowned for its incredible print quality. Your diary is filled with 140 pages of fine, 110gsm ivory paper, with a handy week to view layout.
Wipe your diary clean with a slightly damp cloth to remove any minor marks.
Your customised diary 2020 is covered with gorgeous Monroe Satin fabric. With a silky smooth touch and a luxurious finish, this fabric was chosen thanks to its myriad of qualities. As Monroe is a woven fabric, it has a slight grain which can be seen and felt. This is a natural attribute to the fabric. The grain gives the surface a slight texture. This means that although fine lines and details will print well, they won't appear quite as sharp as larger details. We, therefore, recommend creating designs with slightly bolder pattern and larger text, to ensure the sharpest and most detailed finish.
Reviews for Custom Diary
based on 2 customer reviews
High quality, beautiful diary. When there was an issue with the first print, it was very quickly resolved in an extremely professional manner. I am so pleased with the diary.
I couldn't be happier with my order. Despite the fact I am not a graphic designer the process of designing my own labels, diary and t-shirt was very easy. The quality of the prints as well as the mediums onto which they were printed was impeccable. I got them the next day and I recommend Contrado 100%.
How does this product enhance my...
Diaries are one of the most useful pieces of stationary you can own. It's all very well and good having your appointments and arrangements on your smart phone, but there is something rather luxurious, not to mention therapeutic, about writing it down in your own diary. Design your own diary with artwork you have created, designs that inspire you or photography that makes you smile, and enjoy organising your life your way.
No matter how many of us use smart phones and tablets to organise our lives, there is something comforting and authentic about having an actual diary. Create custom diaries for your business, so that your staff are always on top of meetings and appointments. Create a design featuring your company's branding and logo and gift a diary to every member of staff. No more excuses for employees being late for meetings!
Stationary is one of those things that everybody loves, no matter what age they are. If you are a designer or artist, consider expanding your product line to include custom printed diaries. Your designs will look stunning printed on the luxurious satin fabric covers, and customers will love to be able to enjoy your art in their every day lives.
Frequently asked questions:
Is the custom diary handmade?
Every diary is handmade to order. We use traditional bookbinding methods and book blocks sourced from Florence, Italy. Your diary is printed by in-house technicians and bound by our bookmakers.
Can I create designs for the front and back?
Make your own diary featuring your own artwork and designs. With our online interface, you can create designs to cover the entire front and back covers. You can also choose the colour of the spine.
How much space is in the diary?
When you create your own diary with Contrado, you will receive something that looks beautiful and is very useful. It features 140 pages with a week to view layout for your entries and notes.
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What's the best resolution to print in?
We print at 200dpi, which is a good combination of quality and file weight. Ideally, your image should be scaled to 100% at 200dpi, this means that no resizing of your file occurs stopping any interpolation.
Should I save my file as a TIFF or JPEG?
For multi-coloured or very detailed files we recommend using a tiff format, but they must be flattened. For simple colours and low detail files, a jpeg is fine.
Which colour model should I choose? RGB or CMYK?
We advise providing images in the RGB colour space. Specifically using the sRGB image profile, to achieve best colour results. What does this mean? In your editing software choose RGB as the working space, and assign the image profile as sRGB (full name sRGB IEC61966-2.1)
What does GSM mean?
Grams per Square Meter (GSM) is an international standard for measuring the weight of paper or fabric. GSM uses the weight of a square meter (1000 x 1000mm) as an indication of the weight and thickness of a given fabric. We class 20-100gsm as light (summer fabrics, gauzes and fine silks), 101-249 gsm as medium (most clothing fabrics) and 250+ gsm as heavy (upholstery fabrics, and other specialist fabrics).
What are the bleed areas?
When designing your product, it’s best to make sure that your image is slightly larger than needed. In printing, the extra printed image is referred to as a “Bleed Area” or margin, and it is removed from the finished piece. A bleed area acts as a buffer for slight inconsistencies in the manufacturing process. however, it’s important to fill your bleed areas completely, or you may end up with white, unprinted strips along the edge of your finished product.
Do you print on garments a customer supplies?
Unfortunately not. All our garments are printed on flat fabric and sewn into finished products, which gives a better, finished result and all-over print. We test meticulously so that we know what gets the best results on our fabrics, and our facilities cater perfectly to them. We do however print sublimation paper to order, so if you have access to a heat press you can press your fabrics or flat garments easily.
Can you Align a Pattern or design across panels of a garment?
We always strive for the greatest accuracy when printing and constructing your garments. However, due to unavoidable stretch or movement of the fabric during the stitching process, we cannot guarantee perfect pattern registration across garment seams. We are generally accurate within 2-3mm, which Is close enough for most patterns but may show slight issues with detailed geometric patterns.
Can I print my own Labels?
Most of our garments now come with printable label space for you to add your own company information and branding! If you would like to sew in your own labels, we also offer Printed Fabric Labels here.
How is your fabric printing eco-friendly?
With environmental consciousness in mind, our fabrics are all printed using completely water-based inks. This means no chemicals or solvents are used. Our heat fixing procedure fixes the colours and prints, avoiding the downsides of steaming, such as excess or contaminated water returning into the waste system. We have one facility in London where we conduct all the printing, production and fulfillment.
Please note: As everything we provide is handmade to order, all measurements may vary slightly.
Delivery time & Costs
We handmake your item on site, which takes on average 1-3 days. Please check individual production times which are displayed next to the item price on the product page, as this varies from product to product. In rare cases when we need to re-print an item, this may take an additional 1-2 days.
After your item has been manufactured, we ship your order via your chosen method. Please add on the production time to the delivery time to calculate when your order will be with you. Select your delivery method in your basket.
We have a range of trusted shipping options:
- Royal Mail 1st Class Standard (no tracking) - 1-5 working days on average (please note that this can take up to 15 working days in exceptional circumstances).
- Royal Mail 1st Class Recorded (no tracking) - Usually delivered the next working day. It is not a guaranteed next day service, or a tracked service. A signature is required. (Please note that this can take up to 15 working days in exceptional circumstances).
- Special Delivery - Delivered the next working day
- Saturday Delivery (deliver only on Sat)
- Collection from our London Office (between 4-6pm on working days only)
- For international orders or large/bulky packages within the UK, we ship via DHL or Fedex services. This takes on average 2-5 working days.
You can then enjoy or resell your hand-made products with your very own designs.
You can also read more about our terms & conditions and refund policy.
Make use of our Manufacturing and Worldwide Shipping Experience
At Contrado, every product is handmade on site to ensure the highest quality. We provide a dedicated production service as well as a range of fast delivery options. For the past 14 years, we have printed and hand-made countless personalised products for a wide range of customers all over the world and many of them have become loyal customers who love not only our products but also the care, knowledge and dedication from our staff.
Produced and ready to ship within 1-3 days on average.
A speedy Special Delivery service is available where your item will delivered within one working day, after it has been manufactured.
Low shipping fees
- We print and make everything in-house. Production times are dependent on the product.
Express shipping available
- From £1.25 to ship within the UK.
- A speedy Special Delivery service is available where your item will delivered within one working day, after it has been manufactured.