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Leather Bound Journal {Review & Giveaway}

rustic leather bound journal

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] have a whole collection of notebooks in my home, from hard backed and floral, to spiral bound and functional. I love nothing better than to sit down in a coffee shop with a brand new note book and a pen.

Whether the purpose is to empty my mind, make plans, or craft a blog post, there’s something deeply satisfying about actually writing notes, rather than tapping away on a keyboard. I don’t think that I will ever lose that joy, no matter how attached I am to my iphone!

My latest acquisition is a hand-made leather bound journal, from Amazon. If you’re a notebook hoarder like me, you’re going to LOVE this – it really is the king of all notebooks! Not only does it smell divine, but it looks pretty darn beautiful on your coffee table too!

Made from genuine water buffalo leather, it is hand stitched using coptic leather binding, meaning that there is no glue involved. The leather strap not only holds the notebook closed, but doubles up as a rather useful bookmark. And being hand-crafted, no two journals are the same!

The 120 pages of ivory paper, hand crafted in recycled cotton, are thick and of good quality (125 gsm). They are beautifully soft to write or draw on, using any pen or pencil (no ink bleed).

Whether you use it as as a sketch book, a place to write poetry, or as a simple old-fashioned journal, it’s a thing of beauty. It would also make the perfect gift; if you could bear to part with it that is!

The best bit? The seller gives away a percentage of all profits to a charity Tehila, that promotes the protection of children and the prevention of child cruelty in Zambia.

These beautiful leather-bound journals come in two sizes, 7″ x 5″ and 8″ x 6″. Today, I have one of each size to give away. So whether you want to keep it for yourself, or give it away as a gift, complete the entry below and don’t forget to answer the following question:

What would you use your journal for?

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  • This giveaway is open to UK residents aged 18 or over
  • Entrants must log in via Rafflecopter and answer the question in the widget – this is the ONLY mandatory task.
  • Gain extra entries in the draw by tweeting a link to the giveaway or visiting my Facebook page
  • The winner will be emailed notification and must respond within 7 days
  • The winner will receive one 7″ x 5″ journal or an 8″ x 6″ journal
  • The giveaway closes at midnight on 21/6/16.
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  • Tracy Nixon

    For planning my craft projects – writing down/sketching ideas etc. I am always making and creating and I get lots of inspiration from everything and anything!

  • Georgina Jacobs

    Daily thoughts and gratitude, memories & future plans thanks

  • Katrina McDonald

    I’ve just started a job at our local library so I would use it to note down all the books I am shelving that I want to read as I can never remember the titles!

  • Liam Bishop

    My wife would like this, she loves journals – uses them daily for everything!

  • charlotte

    i love a good journal, i pretty much rely on them! especially when it comes to reminding me of things 😛

  • Ann-Marie Gould

    i would give this to my daughter to use as a bullet journal

  • iain maciver

    perfect for my daughter

  • Jax Blunt

    An ideas book. Am getting back into writing and would use it for those snippets that occur when I’m out and about.

  • Tee Simpson

    I would use it to jot down all important things I need to do or remember

  • Maria Blythin

    i would use it for myself everywhere i went so i could show it off x

  • Tania Atfield

    Wow, I love this journal, looks gorgeous and I’d write special moments in it of my life

  • Tony Metcalf

    Recording everything I need to remember!

  • Rachel Craig

    For use as an :- Attitude of Gratitude Journal. We recently competed a short course at College / University (fiancé, myself as well as other class members). Part of our homework was to write down daily :- Three things that we were Grateful for. Very recently my fiancé and I have had a numer of ISSUES to deal with, that continuing with the Attitude of Gratitude may be something which is helping us to cope / deal with the many tasks etc which have fallen upon us.

    I have encouraged fiancé to get a sleep in the afternoon, as he has recently been inundated with requests for up to date information by phone calls, and rings at the door bell. Hopefully he is using Mindfullness which we also practised on the course.

    A journal can be nice to look back on, contain good memories etc.

  • Harline parkin

    This would be great for my hours at work keeping track I have two jobs and I have to keep track of my hours

  • lorraine kirk

    I would use it to start collecting ideas for my new blog which is in the pipeline 🙂

  • Charlotte Burford

    I would use it for anything! Jotting down things I need to remember, planning out work projects, sketching… Carry a notebook everywhere with me!

  • Margaret gallagher

    A daily reflections log
    Love reminding myself of how much beauty there is in my life
    Somewhere to keep all my writing in one BEAUTIFUL place

  • Hazel Rea

    I would give it to my son’s partner – she would really appreciate its beauty as well as it’s usefulness.

  • clair downham

    for all my lists of day to day things

  • Alexandra oliver

    writing ideas for screenplays

  • Colleen Marples

    writing song lyrics to go with my terrible guitar playing!

  • Susan Smith

    All my deep thoughts, and times of happy memories

  • amiecaitlin

    Wow, this looks so beautifully crafted! Would love this!

  • Elena

    I’d use the journal to jot down any ideas or to write any o f my endless lists!

  • Julia Lawson

    I would use it as a detailed diary but also fill it with recipes I’ve copied down from websites/mags (and maybe a food diary too as I’m watching my weight at the moment, lol) 🙂

  • M.Day

    I am a uni student and I would take it to every lecture to fill with the most important information & notes I took away from each one.

  • Solange

    I would use it for notes, to do lists, my meal plans for the week and arts and crafts ideas.

  • Denise Cross

    My picture diary

  • Ollie Randolph

    I’ve just started a new therapy course so this would be perfect for my notes.

  • Victoria Hemmings

    for writing down my thought and plans

  • Leila Benhamida

    I will use it as a a peesonal journal. Wonderful prize.?

  • Tim Alexander

    I would use it to make notes of my music ideas for recording and possibly as a dream diary too.

  • Louisa

    I’d use it as a dream diary. I have so many weird dreams it’d be cool to log them down.

  • Nik Ki

    I would use it to draw art.

  • frances hopkins

    Everything, exactly what I need – I’m forgetting things!

  • Elizabeth Smith

    I want to go back to keeping a diary

  • zoe brown

    i would fill it with my best recipes

  • Judith Allen

    My partner would love this, and would probably use it for tattoo and font design. Lovely notebook, very inspirational.

  • Nicki Evans

    I would give it to my friend who is going travelling to use as a travel journal

  • Lauren

    Oh what a beautiful journal! I’ve always wanted a leather bound journal like this, there’s something so alluring about them. I’m use it as a traditional journal, somewhere to dump out my thoughts and feelings.

  • Sylvia Paul

    I would give this to my Daughter to use on her college writing course

  • Jo

    OH yes please – to help me focus on the positives of life, as I struggle with letting go as my eldest gears up for university!

  • Bonnie King

    I’ve recently found out I’m pregnant and I would love to record everyday details in here for my own memories 🙂

  • Kay Sherman

    I’m terrible for writing notes and planning things so that

  • Cliff Davis

    I have to keep travel notes. I take loads of photos but really soon I end up talking about “that place on the corner” or “the guy with the red glasses”. Memory like a sieve,

  • jo liddement

    Garden ideas and notes for my huge jungle of a garden i’m renovating

  • Andy

    For recording every baby I deliver. The date, weight, name and type of delivery. Every birth is special and I’d like to keep a record for the future.

  • Hazel Christopher

    I would use mine as a positivity journal. I already have a similar style journal I use for the same purpose but I’m running out of room. I fill it with my favourite poems, quotes, thoughts etc

  • Lauren Charlotte

    Work notes and to do lists

  • Nicki simpson

    I would get bsck to writing, something that I used to love

  • Claire Woods

    Future plans

  • Leanne Newsome

    I would note my children’s milestones to look back on in the future

  • Maria Rojas

    Hello I love different kinds journals!

  • Margaret Clarkson

    Lists of important taskd

  • Jean cass

    I would use this to make lots of to do lists and more importantly the thingsI’ve done! I never remember do to my very busy life! Thank you for the prize draw

  • Amanda Grimes

    I would (begrudgingly!) give it to my daughter who would absolutely love it. She would probably use it to sketch in. Now that the ‘chore’ of her art GCSE is over, hopefully she will go back to just enjoying art as a way of relaxation.

  • Amy Bee

    Trying to keep my life a bit more organised!

  • Lydia A

    I would use the journal to make lists and to keep me organised.

  • Sarah fielding

    I would use this for all my creative thoughts!

  • nicky pearce

    My wife would like this

  • Nicola

    I would give this to my daughter to record her adventures on an expedition to Peru this summer. Something worth keeping to look back in the trip of a lifetime.

  • hannah igoe

    DReaming and scheming!

  • Melissa Lee

    I’m a blogger too so I’d use it for drafting blog posts

  • Ruth Harwood

    I love writing short stories and this would be perfect!!

  • Katie Skeoch

    To note down thoughts & facts for work

  • Rosalie Miller

    I have wanted to try to collect a bunch of recipes for a while!

  • Rust

    I wold gift it to my daughter. She is an avid journaler.

  • marie miles

    i would use it as a dream diary. i have good ideas in my dreams but can never rememeber them mainly due to the alarm cutting my sleep but also i wake several times a night so i would keep it by my bed to write my dreams as soon as i open my eyes

  • Natalie Turner

    Write down my ideas for my novel

  • Danni Cresswell

    I would use the journal for writing about funny things me and my husband have done pre kids to hand on down to out sons x

  • Kate Fox-Pope

    well, as a diary?

  • Jules Eley

    I would use it to write down my thoughts and feelings, I tend to bottle things up and explode so this would be great!

  • melanie stirling

    I would make notes during the day and night of things that I need to remember or I have thought of.I always keep pen and paper next to my bed to remind me of things.


    At work taking important notes

  • sarah

    I’d use the journal for but bullet journalling.

  • Kristyn Harris

    I would love to use this journal for writing reviews about my travels and life.

  • Rai

    Everything – I always write by hand. Even my degree with the OU had every note written by hand. Needless to say I’ve acquired a love of stationery over the years. Thanks

  • Sally Collingwood

    For planning at home and at work

  • claire griffiths

    in would use it for all my daily thoughts and good memories

  • Ron Goodwin

    For my genealogy/family history.

  • Anthea Holloway

    I would use it for recording all the books I read and want to remember!

  • Paula cheadle

    I would use it for writing down important things not to forget ie:- dates, times etc

  • Suzanne O'Neill

    I like a nice book for meetings in work

    • Suzanne O'Neill

      woohoo, thanks for picking me!

  • janine atkin

    id use it as a diary

  • Victoria Prince

    I would give it to my mum to use as her food diary 🙂

  • Angela Macdonald

    I would use it as a travel journal

  • Keith Hunt

    Great prize for my wife when she up dates her nursing qualifications this year.

  • Sandra Fortune

    I’d use it for my aromatherapy and diet plan

  • Lorraine B

    I use journals for memory keeping.

  • Natalie Baskerville

    I’d use it as a place to write down all of my creative thoughts; poems, story ideas etc

  • Susan B

    I seem to have become a bit of a note-taker so would use it for the copious notes I write every day.

  • Gemma Cook

    I would use it to keep a food journal. I’m trying to lose weight and this would be perfect for keeping track of my food intake.

  • Angela Kelly

    I would just use it to write my random thoughts in.

  • Mandy Betts

    I would gift it to my step mum, who is a writer and I know would really appreciate it.

  • Laura Pritchard

    Lists, many many lists! And for carrying around to impress people!

  • Keri Jones

    I would use it as a daily journal for my son so I never forget anything he’s done x

  • Jo Hutchings

    I’d love to sketch ideas for a novel in it.

  • Nancy Bradford

    I used to draw and write poetry when I was younger and this would be my inspiration to start again.

  • pete c

    would use it for recording info I need later and for diary notes

  • Adrian Bold

    I would use it to note down all important things I need to do as well as lists.

  • Josh Gough

    I’m planning on writing on my first novel. This would be awesome for drafts and planning then I’d keep it as a memoir

  • Beky Austerberry

    A bullet journal

  • lynn neal

    Recording my deepest thoughts and feelings!

  • Michaela Campbell

    A Diary for early years as a twin mum

  • Jordan Bentley

    I’d use it for travel!

  • Anna

    I want to start blogging again so I would use it for all my blog planning – or maybe I would keep it for a special trip away.

  • Dale Dow

    Handy for bringing to the PTA meetings and taking notes/minutes

  • Paul Halling

    I would give it to my OH Pammie who loves to write, blog and collect thoughts

  • Tamsin Dean

    the random interesting day trip/holiday things we get up too and the funny things the kids ask/say

  • Erica Price

    Recording writing ideas

  • Jennifer Goldsmith

    I would use it to keep track of my studying to become a marine biologist.

  • Karen Richards

    Travel journal, to do list and bucket list

  • Christine Hobbs

    My granddaughter has just been born so I would log her life events and achievements and present it to her on her 18th Birthday x

  • Shanine Nicole Salmon

    I have a theatre reviews blog so I would use it to write them up

  • Lynsey Poole

    How absolutely stunning! For memories and entries of things the kids have done or learned. Beautiful.

  • Sirley Young

    Bullet Journalling

  • Meryl Thomas

    Notes about gardening.

  • Kyomi Johnson

    A journal about my chemotherapy treatment

  • Francesca Harrod

    Having read the ‘Miracle Morning’ recently I will use it to start my daily documenting of good things 🙂

  • Marie Rule

    I would give it to my partner to write down song ideas.

  • Lizzy Cooper

    I’d use it as a mental health diary

  • Karen Walder

    I used it to keep a record of my holidays.

  • Diane Duggan

    I’d use it to plan for the future.

  • Summer Rowley

    I’d use it as a new bullet journal. Its something Im interested in but have never done

  • Michelle Wild

    My thoughts.

  • Monika Bascombe

    to document the hurdles of being a carer

  • katrina adams

    I would use it to write things that I am grateful for every day in…something to look back on when days maybe aren’t going so well. What a beautiful notebook!

  • Natasha Cross

    I would use the journal for university work

  • Laura Khomutova

    Lots of important tasks

  • chloe brill

    making shopping lists

  • karen

    I’d use it as a daily gratitude journal

  • Simone Griffin

    Writing lists – I love to write lists ?

  • Lia Burns

    I would use it for writing lists of things I need to do and buy, also any random ideas that I have pop up or things I remember I need to do x


    I would use it for writing lists and reminders of things i have to do so i don’t forget

  • jackie rushton

    I would use it as a travel journal!

  • Hayley Payne

    As a Book of shadows for thoughts and musings and recording dreams.

  • Rachael O'Brien

    Would give to my daughter tia . She hasn’t just left school and has a summer of residential trips and memories to create . She is starting college in September and would be a lovely way of keeping record of her next journey in life ?????

  • Scott Fallon

    Ideas for various projects

  • Debbie Preston

    I would use as a travel journal to record days out, weekends away and holidays. I’d add notes about places visited as often forget when we went or where we saw things!

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