About Your Custom Journals
Design your own journal to document your travels, recipe ideas or spontaneous sketches on-the-go and be inspired by your unique prints. The hardback journal is covered in elegant Monroe satin, giving off a slight sheen to the surface. Featuring 80 blank ivory paper pages ready for you to fill with your own content, it's perfect to keep in your bag at all times. Hand bound using traditional bookbinding methods and finished with metal corner caps, your custom journals are an exquisite piece of craftsmanship.
At a glance...
Spine colour options
Satin covered hardback
Metal corner caps
Handmade in UK
How your Custom Journals are Made
Our expert bookmakers bind your custom journals by hand using traditional methods. The ivory paper pages are bound into the spine, which comes in 4 colours so you can complement the printed design. We use specialist dye sublimation, where the inks are fused deep into the satin fibres creating a long-lasting print that won't peel away or scratch off. We finish the corners with shiny metal caps, to protect the edges and give a premium look.
Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Keep the pages away from water to prevent them from being damaged.
Create Your Own Journal Tips
We use Monroe satin to cover your hardback journal, which is a woven fabric. For this reason, we recommend using images or designs that have bolder details and larger features to ensure the sharpest finish. The front and back can be printed with different designs, ideal if you need to create your own journal for professional reasons, as you can print your publishing information, business details and barcode on the back for that extra finishing touch.
How does this product enhance my...
Keeping a journal is a cathartic and fun pastime, so design your own journal for any number of hobbies. Keep a dream journal, printed with a gorgeous pattern that inspires creative thinking, or choose a design that complements your existing bedroom decor so it's in keeping with your interiors when displayed on your table. You can also encourage your children to enjoy the kitchen by keeping a family recipe journal. Print your family pictures or names for a truly bespoke journal.
If you run a gardening or horticultural class, supplying journals custom printed with your branding to students is a novel way to enhance their learning experience. They can make notes, draw their own plant references and learn in a creative way. What's more, as it's branded, when they're out in the parks, other people will see your logo. Another interesting idea is to create your own journal design for your museum or exhibition gift shop, as guests can take a little piece of your art or history with them.
Add a line of custom printed journals to your design brand product range and let people consume your art in an original way. Beautifully printed onto satin, your artwork will come alive and accompany your customers as they embark on their journal journey. Stationery is a huge market to tap into, and you have the individuality to stand out from other generic high street designs with your unique prints. Create your own journal collection and expand your product portfolio and audience base.
Frequently asked questions:
What size are my custom journals?
They are A5 sized, so perfect for keeping in your handbag or brief for instant inspiration on the move. The pages are left blank so you can utilise the space anyway you like.
What is my design printed onto?
Your unique designs are printed onto our lovely Monroe satin, which has a slight sheen to the surface and classic woven texture. The satin is fixed to the hardback covers and won't come away.
Are the pages ruled?
The pages are left blank, as some customers like to use their custom journals to sketch and doodle in. You can always create your own ruled lines or leave it blank for a more artistic feel.
Browse Designer Custom Journals
Browse this range of beautifully printed custom journals, designed by our #ContradoCreative artists. Their unique artwork brings vibrant splashes of colour to your life whilst you make notes and get creative. Choose one now that will give you all the writing inspiration you need.
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?
If each individual colour is specifically important to your design, choose CYMK as our setup will print each colour with the closest possible match within our available range. If the relationship between the colours within the image is more important, choose RGB, this will reduce all colours equally to fit within our range.
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.