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Project Papillon's handmade notebooks are timeless classics with a modern twist.
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Despite technological advances, notebooks will always have their place. The freedom of taking a pen to paper without the need for turning on a system, or finding a charger, cannot be replicated by even the finest digital devices. As a small fashion manufacturer, we recognise the sheer pleasure people take in simple, functional and well-made everyday items. For this reason, we are introducing ourselves to Kickstarter with a classic leather-bound notebook and our story. – a story and heritage that grow stronger with time instead of fading out of style.

No matter your creative background: developer, designer, artist, engineer, creator, or thinker; industrially manufactured stacks of paper covered with cardboard, generically called notebooks, are definitely not the most inspiring tool for creative work.

While the story behind the Project Papillon’s notebook is more in-depth, our main driver for developing handcrafted alternative to the “industrial standard” was to design a memo which is worthy of your creations. – A piece of vintage craftsmanship preserving your precious light bulb moments with style.

Project Papillon notebooks are handcrafted inside the prison as rehabilitative inmate work. This purposeful work helps inmates on the road to rehabilitation, thus being a significant stepping stone for them to become a productive member of the society after time served. Project Papillon notebooks are where vintage prison craftsmanship and fine Finnish paper quality meet; fused with genuine survival stories gives character and substance far beyond regular memos. Wherever you are and whatever your do, these inspiring notebooks are an instant topic of discussion, while remaining handy for when creative inspiration lights up or if you just want to pour out what’s rumbling in your mind.

You can read the full story of the notebook behind the following link: Link to product page

Notebook: These A6 size (105 mm x 148 mm or 4.1 in x 5.8 in ) 100 % handmade notebooks are made out of finest quality Finnish paper*. Notebooks are made from 90g/m2 paper and contains ca. 90 pages and detailed with screen-printed covers. Notebooks are manufactured in Helsinki Prison.

* Did you know that recovered paper is an important raw material in paper production? About 71 per cent of paper and paperboard consumed in Finland was recovered in 2012 while worldwide the average recovery rate is below 50 per cent. Recovery is done naturally without jeopardizing the quality of new paper products.

Leather cover: Leather covers are made from fine antique brown calf skin leather and stitched with county orange thread. Covers are detailed with embossed Project Papillon logo, penholder and Project Papillon snap fastener to protect your precious notes. Leather covers are manufactured in India.

You can also order multiple notebooks, leather covers, or buy a keychain and leather wallet which matches the style of your notebook without additional shipping fees. Just increase the pledge amount by amount illustrated in the pictures below. (Note that these items are "add-ons" and available after pledging notebook with leather cover)

You can read stories behind the keyring and wallet behind following links: Link to keyring story link to wallet story.

We love feedback! Your comments are valuable assets to us and help of which we can enhance our products and serve you better. Now as we have reached our initial goal we want to extend our campaign with fulfilling our backers special requests.

Backers request #1: notebook papers with special designs, lines, and squares.
Backers request #1: notebook papers with special designs, lines, and squares.
Backers request #2: A5 size 120 page notebook.
Backers request #2: A5 size 120 page notebook.
Backers request #3: Leather covers for A5 size notebook, color options for notebook covers, and paper options also for A5 size notebook.
Backers request #3: Leather covers for A5 size notebook, color options for notebook covers, and paper options also for A5 size notebook.
Backers request #4: Customization by engraving
Backers request #4: Customization by engraving

We have done our homework and been tenaciously developing the concept for years. We have invested a considerable amount of time, money, and effort into design, development, and pilot productions; but we need your help to bring this to life.

We hope that our passionate way of doing things and helping inmates on the road of rehabilitation inspires you. The durable, beautiful handcrafted vintage product has its costs. With your support, we can press the button on the first actual production run.

Our Kickstarter campaign ends 15th of April.

  • Late April-Early June: The production & assembly of notebooks.

  • Late April-Late June: The production & assembly of leather covers.

  • Early July: Begin packaging and shipping of single notebooks.

  • Late July: All small orders packaged and shipped.

  • Early August: All large orders packaged and shipped.

Please do not forget to share our story and spread the word. Together with you we can facilitate better life!

While companies are investing billions in generating creative atmospheres why don’t you be smarter? Start with the essence. Get yourself a vintage notebook which is worthy of our ideas!

Risks and challenges

We have done several pre-production runs and the products has been worn and field-tested with patience. Now we are 100 % ready to produce full orders as soon as funding is secured.

We find the likelihood of anything serious occurring to be extremely unlikely. That said, we proudly promise 100% money back guarantee in the case something unexpected, like apocalypse, Armageddon, or alien invasion prevents us from delivering some of the items.

However depending on the popularity of this campaign, there could be potential minor delays with shipping e.g. if the production of the notebooks is not finalized before summer holiday season of prison (namely officers), or if something arises during our quality control phase. Naturally, we've done all the preparation we can possibly do to make sure that this is as smooth of an experience as possible. If any issues arises during the production, we will certainly be very transparent with our backers throughout the entire process of fulfilling your pledges. Thank you again for your support!

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    NOTEBOOK WITH PROTECTIVE LEATHER COVER. Wherever you are and whatever your do, these handmade notebooks are handy, when creative inspiration lights up. By backing us up you will receive one of these A6 size notebooks which are handcrafted in Helsinki Prison. Notebook comes with antique brown leather cover which suits for all standard size A6 notebooks.

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    A5 SIZE NOTEBOOK WITH PROTECTIVE LEATHER COVER. Based on multiple requests we offer A5 size notebook as a new reward. This notebook is like a big brother to A6 size notebook. It's little bit bigger, it has 120 pages, but otherwise it's virtually identical. Also these notebooks are handcrafted in Helsinki Prison.

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