She was frivolous, colourful, a bit skittish and young but now she’s elegant, sophisticated, has gravitas and style! My Bujo has come of age! And it’s so exciting.
When I arrived home from work yesterday evening, there it was, sitting on the hall table just waiting for me. What, I hear you ask. Well, my Start Bay Notebook cover, that’s what! Ready to wrap around my journal, but more than that, other slimmer journals, up to four in fact, all in the same beautiful leather cover!
Anyway enough of that – here is a little review of this beautiful thing – Enjoy 😀
Encased in a pretty cotton cover with a leather label, just ready to be opened….
Sneaking a little peek inside – immediately glad I chose the yellow option for the elastic..
And there she is! Alongside my chunky yellow fountain pen (which incidentally matches my Leuchtturm1917 A5 notebook). The leather is dyed all the way through and is stiff enough to keep its shape but not too stiff so that it feels hard….
Mine is the Start Bay Navigator, A5, made in Devon in the UK, from full grain, vegetable tanned leather. I chose the original dark red/brown but there is also a chic tan version.
Inside you can see where the elastic is down the spine to hold up to four notebooks, although I fitted my Leuchtturm1917 through two pieces of elastic which left two spare for other notebooks…..
which I also purchased – shame on me! Two side stapled Rhodia Dot Pads and a Clairefontaine Lined book. I also treated myself to a set of self-adhesive transparent inserts and a transparent pocket insert.
My Bujo fits in neatly, although I think I would take it out if I was going to be using it for any length of time and this goes for the extra notebooks. It would be quite difficult to write in the notebooks with the cover on as the knot on the cover elastic sits right in the middle of the right hand side – see two pictures up from this one and you will see what I mean.
There is a combination of a notebook on the left and a pad on the right, called a Duo and the knot for the cover elastic is in the spine – it would be a good idea to do this for the Navigator as well but I’m not that bothered about taking it in and out of the cover – assuming that this doesn’t compromise the elastic holding the notebooks in.
So here she is in all her glory – I feel that I need to name her now, something grown up and sophisticated of course! I will have to put my thinking cap on or make a few notes in my Bujo! Thanks for reading and I hope you found it helpful. I love to support British handmade goods but I’m pretty sure they ship worldwide. Links below and please leave a comment if you have an observation or would like to ask a question.
Thanks for reading 💕 Jane xox