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My dad wanted to buy me something special for my birthday so I took the plunge and ordered a leather notebook cover from BroLeatherWorks on etsy.com. As some of you who have been reading my blog for awhile may remember I was contemplating a Midori and a Zenok. But I chose to purchase from Stefano at BroLeatherWorks mainly because of this post on Four Words Four Worlds.

I bought the Leather Travel Notebook Sketchbook or Journal Classic Cover; it was shipped on Sept 9 and arrived 9 days later…on my birthday. 🙂

wrapped package

Beautiful packaging. The thank you note details how his leather projects are made by hand with love, and he wants them to be used over many years. He himself uses notebooks like these everyday.

front cover

I did take photos of the notebook cover right after it was unwrapped but I can’t find them. They seem to have disappeared from my phone. The rest of the photos were taken today.

The leather is a warm orangey brown, vegetable tanned and 6/7 oz thickness (from his ad on etsy). The cover is quite thick; it doesn’t lay flat right away, it must be stretched out a little by bending the cover. Very durable feeling. I requested the navy blue cording and the bookmark.

I added the “Vade Mecum” charm; it means “a useful thing that one carries about; a book, such as a guidebook, for ready reference.” The letters came from a necklace I had made a number of years ago; I thought it might make a nice name for a bookstore some day. But I’m really pleased with how it looks on the notebook cover.

stefano's notebook

Above is the inside of the notebook cover. The first orange notebook is one that came with the notebook cover, made by Stefano, with his artwork on the front. It’s a simple unlined notebook but the paper is fountain-pen friendly.

inside the notebook

The first notebook is unlined, except for the lines on the inside covers of the notebook. The cover itself is a good size; it can take even larger notebooks than the ones shown. The closed cover is 9.5 x 6.3 inches approximately.

clairefontaine notebook

I added the Clairefontaine notebook. I’ve read so many reviews of these notebooks and the phenomenal paper, and I agree. Great notebook.

back of stefano's notebook

The back of Stefano’s notebook.

back of cover and monograms

The back of the notebook cover. The BroLeatherWorks logo is on the left and my initials are in the middle. Nice touch.

bro trio

And here’s the thank you note again, together with Stefano’s business card.

I’m very pleased with the notebook although it’s a lot stiffer than I anticipated. But I think that very stiffness will make it last the three centuries that Stefano claims!