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Your companion for travel, business, or personal | Meticulously crafted by hand
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Leather Journal Covers | Travellers Notebooks

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 "You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil." ― Ernest Hemingway

As we delve further into the digital age and get lost in the wonders of technology, it is important that we remember our age-old, loyal companions. The paper that has for centuries listened to all our thoughts and the pencil that has allowed us to express ourselves freely. 

The journals we write and the notebooks we keep are a window into who we really are. Those precious memories we are desperate to keep and the future events that we must not miss, should all be held so preciously, constantly cherished and always protected.

August 2017 brought the start of something incredible...a desire...a need...an idea. In the search for a more peaceful and centred mind, I went on a quest for the perfect journal. A journal to become my best friend, my business companion and my sounding board. I knew what I wanted, but I just couldn't find it. So it was time to get creative. 

InkSmudge Journals was born because of my drive to never give up! I set myself a goal and I didn't stop until it was achieved. And here is where the Kickstarter project comes into play...

Firstly let me introduce myself...my name is Gemma and I am the founder, designer and creator at InkSmudge Journals. 

After creating my Etsy shop in September 2017, I have sold a number of journal covers and have met the most amazing customers. But I am at the point now where I do not have the funds to progress. I have scraped together enough for the basic leather tools, but I am missing some key pieces of equipment like an Arbor press to shorten the time it takes for me to stamp my logo into the leather. I also have a shop that has approached me to sell my journals, but I do not have the funds to buy protective sleeves and display stands. I know what I need to do succeed, and it is time my new startup gets the kick that it needs. 

I have an extensive business plan, lists of equipment along with prices and budgets and charts prepared for those who pledge £100 or more. These will be added to my closed Business Planning Facebook Group where I will be holding live streaming of journal making along with regular updates and pictures. If you are interested in business and seeing in-depth information on the impact your pledges are making to this project, then this may be the reward for you!

I have narrowed the collection of designs to four journals, a pen case and a cable tidy. Please note that because of the natural markings and edges on the leather, each one is extremely unique.

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 ☆ Soft Brazilian leather

☆ 4 elastics - Can hold up to 6 notebooks with the jump band included

☆ Includes a dust bag for protection

☆ Height 10.5" x Width 7.5" x Depth 1"

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☆ Soft Brazilian leather  

☆ 4 elastics - Can hold up to 6 notebooks with the jump band included  

☆ Individual ring binders for A5 hole punched paper 

☆ Includes a dust bag for protection  

☆ Height 10.5" x Width 8" x Depth 2"

☆ Notebooks and paper are not included - suggested use only

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☆ Soft Brazilian leather  

☆ 4 elastics - Can hold up to 6 notebooks with the jump band included  

☆ Includes a dust bag for protection  

☆ Height 10.5" x Width 8" x Depth 1"

☆ Notebook is not included - suggested use only

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☆ Soft Brazilian leather  

☆ 4 elastics - Can hold up to 6 notebooks with the jump band included  

☆ Has a slot to fit a shorthand notebook - see video

☆ Includes a dust bag for protection  

☆ Height 10.5" x Width 8" x Depth 1"  

☆ Notebooks and pen are not included - suggested use only

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 ☆ Soft Brazilian leather  

☆ Can hold up to 6 average sized pens or pencils   

☆ Height 7" x Width 6.5" x Depth 0.5"

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 ☆ Dimentions: 4.5" x 1.5

☆ Keeps your cables and earphones tidy and organised  

☆ Lazer cut with logo

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 ☆ Soft Brazilian leather  

☆ 4 elastics - Can hold up to 6 notebooks with the jump band included  

☆ Includes a dust bag for protection 

 ☆ Height 4.5" x Width 6.5" x Depth 1" for pocket notebooks sized 3.5" x 5.5"

 ☆ Notebooks and pen are not included - suggested use only

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 ☆ Soft Brazilian leather  

☆ 4 elastics - Can hold up to 6 notebooks with the jump band included  

☆ Includes a dust bag for protection  

☆ Height 4.5" x Width 6.5" x Depth 1" for pocket notebooks sized 3.5" x 5.5"  

☆ Notebooks and pen are not included - suggested use only

As soon as the goal has been reached, I will start contacting you for any additional information I need. For pledges of £100 or more, you will receive a link to the closed Facebook Business Planning Group so I can give you access to the plans for the business and in-depth information on how and where the money is spent if this project exceeds its goal. 

Want to request a bespoke reward? There are many variations that could be made into rewards, but I have chosen the ones that you may like the most. If you want to mix them up, get in touch by message and I will see what I can do! 

 You can see more reviews on my Etsy shop, here.

Risks and challenges

I am confident that everyone will receive their rewards by the end of June at the latest. I will be working on a first come, first served basis to ensure people do not need to wait any longer than is necessary.

I am working to the deadline of the end of June to give plenty of time, but I will work as hard as I can to try and get these rewards will be with you before this date!

The only thing I do not have control over is the waiting time at customs and customs charges. All items will be sent 'Signed for' in the UK, but will be fully tracked for anywhere else in the world. The journals that I have sold so far have all passed customs and have been received in good time. This includes Australia, America and Europe.

I am looking forward to having you all share and join in on this incredible journey with me!!

Thank you!

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    Hand Crafted Cable Tidy and Letter

    Receive a letter of gratitude and a hand crafted cable tidy.

    Includes:
    • Hand Crafted Cable Tidy
    • Handwritten Letter of Gratitude
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    Pledge £20 or more About $26

    Pen Case and Letter - Eris

    Eris - Our hand crafted pen case. (£5 off retail).

    With a handwritten letter of gratitude.

    Each pen case will be unique because of the natural markings and edges of the leather.

    Includes:
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    • Handwritten Letter of Gratitude
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    Pledge £25 or more About $33

    STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED - NABOO & LETTER

    UNLOCKED at £900!!

    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE!!

    Naboo - Our 4.5" x 6.5" pocket size notebook cover. Suitable for 3.5" x 5.5" sized notebooks.

    Each cover will be unique because of the natural markings and edges of the leather.

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    • Naboo - Pocket Size Notebook Cover
    • Handwritten Letter of Gratitude
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    Pledge £25 or more About $33

    STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED - JAKKU & LETTER

    UNLOCKED at £1,500!!

    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE!!

    Jakku - Our 4.5" x 6.5" pocket size notebook cover. Suitable for 3.5" x 5.5" sized notebooks.

    Each cover will be unique because of the natural markings and edges of the leather.

    Includes:
    • Jakku - Pocket Size Notebook Cover
    • Handwritten Letter of Gratitude
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    Pledge £35 or more About $46

    A5 Journal Cover - Carme

    Carme - our A5 handmade leather notebook cover - with no pockets or stitching. Comes with a key charm. The key will vary from each design. (£5 off retail)

    Each cover will be unique because of the natural markings and edges of the leather.

    Includes:
    • Carme - A5 Journal Cover - No pockets or stitching
    • Handwritten Letter of Gratitude
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    Pledge £40 or more About $52

    The Hybrid A5 Journal Cover - Arche

    Arche - this is a unique design incorporating individual ring binders and elastics. (£5 off retail)

    Each cover will be unique because of the natural markings and edges of the leather.

    Includes:
    • Arche - Our A5 Hybrid Journal Cover with rings and elastics
    • Handwritten Letter of Gratitude
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    Pledge £50 or more About $65

    A5 Journal Cover - Ida

    Ida - Our A5 handmade leather notebook cover that is hand stitched with pockets. (£5 off retail)

    Each cover will be unique because of the natural markings and edges of the leather.

    Includes:
    • Ida - A5 Hand Crafted Journal Cover with Pockets and Stitching
    • Handwritten Letter of Gratitude
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    Pledge £55 or more About $71

    A5 Journal Cover - Neso

    Neso - our A5 handmade leather notebook cover with pockets or stitching. Designed to hold notebooks and a spiral shorthand notebook. See video in description. (£5 off retail)

    Each cover will be unique because of the natural markings and edges of the leather.

    Includes:
    • Neso - Our A5 Journal Cover with a Slot for a Shorthand Notebook
    • Handwritten Letter of Gratitude
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    Pledge £100 or more About $129

    A5 Journal Cover - Ida & 4 Notebooks

    Ida - A5 handmade leather notebook cover hand stitched with pockets WITH 4 dotted kraft notebooks.

    You will also be invited to my closed Business Planning Facebook group for live streams and regular updates and pictures. I will be sharing with you my business plans and gant charts for you to see how your support has impacted on the success of the collection.

    Free shipping everywhere in the world.

    Includes:
    • Ida - A5 Hand Crafted Journal Cover with Pockets and Stitching
    • 4 Dotted Kraft Notebooks
    • Handwritten Letter of Gratitude
    • Invite to closed Facebook business planning group
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    Pledge £120 or more About $155

    A5 Journal Cover - Neso & 4 notebooks

    Neso - A5 handmade leather notebook cover hand stitched with pockets with a slot for a shorthand notebook WITH 4 dotted kraft notebooks.

    You will also be invited to my closed Business Planning Facebook group for live streams and regular updates and pictures. I will be sharing with you my business plans and gant charts for you to see how your support has impacted on the success of the collection.

    Free shipping everywhere in the world.

    Includes:
    • Neso - Our A5 Journal Cover with a Slot for a Shorthand Notebook
    • 4 Dotted Kraft Notebooks
    • Handwritten Letter of Gratitude
    • Invite to closed Facebook business planning group
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    Pledge £150 or more About $193

    Two Ida Journal Covers & 8 Notebooks

    Ida - A5 handmade leather notebook covers hand stitched with pockets WITH 8 dotted kraft notebooks.

    You will also be invited to my closed Business Planning Facebook group for live streams and regular updates and pictures. I will be sharing with you my business plans and gant charts for you to see how your support has impacted on the success of the collection.

    Free shipping everywhere in the world.

    Includes:
    • Two Ida A5 Notebook Covers
    • 8 Dotted Kraft Notebooks
    • Invite to closed Facebook business planning group
    • Handwritten Letter of Gratitude
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    Pledge £170 or more About $219

    Two Neso Journal Covers & 8 Notebooks

    Two Neso - A5 handmade leather notebooks cover hand stitched with pockets with a slot for a shorthand notebook WITH 8 dotted kraft notebooks.

    You will also be invited to my closed Business Planning Facebook group for live streams and regular updates and pictures. I will be sharing with you my business plans and gant charts for you to see how your support has impacted on the success of the collection.

    Free shipping everywhere in the world.

    Includes:
    • Two Neso A5 Journal Covers
    • 8 Dotted Kraft Notebooks
    • Invite to closed Facebook business planning group
    • Handwritten Letter of Gratitude
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    Pledge £200 or more About $258

    Design Your Own Journal Cover

    Design your own leather notebook cover that I will hand craft for you.

    You will also be invited to my closed Business Planning Facebook group for live streams and regular updates and pictures. I will be sharing with you my business plans and gant charts for you to see how your support has impacted on the success of the collection.

    Free shipping everywhere in the world.

    Includes:
    • Design Your Own Journal
    • Handwritten Letter of Gratitude
    • Invite to closed Facebook business planning group
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    Pledge £300 or more About $386

    Your Own Design as Part of My Collection

    Design your own leather notebook that I will hand craft for you. This design will become part of my collection and will be named after you.

    You will also be invited to my closed Business Planning Facebook group for live streams and regular updates and pictures. I will be sharing with you my business plans and gant charts for you to see how your support has impacted on the success of the collection.

    Free shipping everywhere in the world.

    Includes:
    • Design Your Own Journal
    • Handwritten Letter of Gratitude
    • Your Journal Design Added to My Collection
    • Invite to closed Facebook business planning group
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