The notebook is where we store that most valuable to us, our ideas. So why should the notebook be a disposable object?
This is why I created Weathered Notebooks, a line of heirloom quality journals made from rich woods and leathers. Weathered Notebooks come in two types, the Pocketbook and the Notebook, and two wood options, Oak and Walnut.
The Pocketbook has easily replaceable paper inserts for your day to day needs while the Notebook has fixed paper for your more enduring content.
Each notebook is precisely CNC milled and assembled by hand here in Chicago to ensure quality.
The wood, leather, and brass all patina with time and use, making the notebooks more endearing with age.
The leather is treated with a mixture of oils, waxes, and dyes so that it shows signs of wear with use. It can be returned to consistent color by rubbing it with cloth or applying heat. The wood is well seasoned with tung oil, preserving its warm color and natural feel.
Replacing the paper in the pocketbook is simple. Just remove the two Chicago screws and add the new paper. If successfully funded, I plan to make replacement paper available online and I hope to introduce options for lined and gridded paper.
The leather cover of the Pocketbook can also be folded back and snapped to create a loop for your hand.
Weathered Notebooks come in two sizes, the 8x5 in Notebook and the 3x5 in Pocketbook. The Notebook has 150 pages of 80 lb paper. The paper inserts for the pocketbook have 50 sheets of 60 lb paper.
After extensive prototyping and material research I am now ready to pull the lever and put Weathered Notebooks into production.
A special shout out to those who helped along the way:
Craighton Berman, Nick Greenen, Patty Stalonczyk, Felipe Oropeza, Peter Falk, and Paul Kirby.
This project was launched as a requirement for my Entrepreneurial Product Design class at the University of Illinois at Chicago. You can see all of the other campaigns at
By backing this project, you are both pledging to pre-order a designed object AND supporting a student who is learning entrepreneurship through launching. Thanks for the support!
Risks and challenges
It is my hope to use this campaign to create a commercial line of quality notebooks. If successful, I plan on creating an online store with more paper options. In the future I also plan to extend the product line to include more types and sizes of notebooks.
To achieve this level of production I need to reach a minimum order quantity and have custom tooling made, both requiring large up front costs. This is where you come in. I have sourced all of my manufacturing and found steady suppliers for all of the materials. With your support I can get Weathered Notebooks out on the market and into your hands.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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