In The Moment: write your way to calm & happy

by Susan Green November 03, 2017

Leather Journals Bound by Hand as seen in In The Moment Magazine

Writing can help improve our mental health. And it's a lovely feeling to use a handmade journal.

A big thank you to In The Moment magazine for including my leather journals in their special feature on writing your way to calm and happy. I was very pleased to see my work featured on page 65, along with the brilliant The Wellbeing Journal from Mind, the mental health charity, which is beautifully illustrated by Kirsten Sevig.

"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart" ~ William Wordsworth.

I must admit I'm a newcomer to In The Moment, which is dedicated to 'mindful ways to live your life well', but I'm already a fan. Great articles, seasonal creative activities, beautiful images and some thoughtful suggestions for when it's time to go shopping.

"Noteworthy observations merit a superior notepad and Bound by Hand's lovingly made leather journals really are the creme de la creme of stationery."

It's so good to see recommendations for handmade stationery goods, and the recognition that a lot of love and care go into making them. That's not something you get with a mass-produced notebook. A handmade journal - from a professional maker - combines traditional skills, a respect for materials, and the utmost care over workmanship.

Leather Journal: Navy Blue and Tan handmade notebook Longstitch with leather strap
Leather Journal Options

My leather journals are available in 3 sizes (A6, A5 & A4), plus a new square format. There's a wide variety of colour combinations, closure options and paper choices, too. I have a selection in stock and ready to ship worldwide, here.

However, you might like to know that many clients like to commission me to make a journal, notebook or sketchbook that's just right for them - so you can choose your size, colours and paper. If you'd like to do that, please get in touch.

Cork Vegan Sketchbook / Journal in Rose Gold and Natural, with Mini Journal next to it.
Vegan Journals, Notebooks and Sketchbooks

I now offer vegan journals and sketchbooks - take a look at my Sustainable Collection. They're bound with with cork textile instead of leather. Cork shares many of the same properites as leather; it's hard-wearing, water resistant and very tactile.

It's made from the bark of the Cork Oak tree, a naturally-renewable natural resource. Harvesting of the bark is kept within sustainable limits by law. So as well as being vegan, my Cork Journals and Sketchbooks are sustainable (especially as their 140gsm pages are made from recycled coffee cups!)

Wishing you all calm and happy, whether you get there through journaling in beautiful handmade journals, doodling on the backs of envelopes, or something else entirely.

+44 (0)7748 759371

Susan Green
Susan Green


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Size Guide

Use this Size Guide to check the dimensions of the books you're considering purchasing (dimensions are external and refer to the closed book unless otherwise indicated). If you'd like some guidance with selecting the correct size, feel free to contact Susan the bookbinder: email or call +44 (0)7748 759371

Leather Memory Books, Wedding Guest Books, Journals and Sketchbooks
A4 Large Portrait 12 inches or 305 mm 8.5 inches or 215 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A4 Large Landscape 8.5 inches or 215 mm 12 inches or 305 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A5 Medium Landscape 6 inches or 155 mm 8.5 inches or 215 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A5 Medium Portrait 8.5 inches or 215 mm 6 inches or 155 mm 1.5 inches or 35 mm
A6 Small Landscape 4.5 inches or 114 mm 6 inches or 155 mm 1 inch or 25 mm
A6 Small Portrait 6 inches or 155 mm 4.5 inches or 114 mm 1 inch or 25 mm


Miniature Journals
 One Size 3 inches or 76 mm 2.25 inches or 60 mm 20 mm or 0.75 inches


Marbled Notebooks
 A4 Large 297 mm or 11.5 inches approx. 205 mm or 8 inches approx. 64 pages
A5 Medium 210 mm or 8.25 inches approx. 145 mm or 5.75 inches approx. 56 pages
A6 Small  150 mm or 6 inches approx. 100 mm or 4 inches approx. 48 pages
A7 Pocket 106 mm or 4.25 inches approx. 72 mm or 2.75 inches approx. 40 pages