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Monochromatic notebooks for minimalists featuring textured covers and premium paper.
Monochromatic notebooks for minimalists featuring textured covers and premium paper.
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For the Storytellers

The Epic of Gilgamesh is hailed as the world's first written story. Inscribed on tablets nearly four thousand years ago it captured the story of a peoples in narrative form. Modern storytellers do the same in less than 140 characters. This holiday season we are celebrating the ones writing, sketching, and painting their way into the history books the good old-fashioned way — on paper.

Storyteller Collection

We are Very Best of Us (VBOUS), a new publishing venture featuring collaborative storytelling, but we are not here today to share our plans for world domination. We launched this collection as a safe place for you to capture your visions of greatness.

We are stationery aficionados who wanted a stylish alternative to the standard kraft notebook. Every component has been carefully considered. It all began with the covers. First, we chose a textured cover stock that added character. Next, we settled on a monochromatic color scheme. As understated pieces they look good with work and play attire. Finally, we found the perfect American paper mill in the legendary French Paper Company, established in 1871. Aside from the notebooks' quality construction, our strict quality control standards ensure an enjoyable writing experience with every use.

Construction

Bound and pressed to maintain form.
Bound and pressed to maintain form.
Black monochromatic color scheme
Black monochromatic color scheme
Individually wrapped color sets
Individually wrapped color sets

Story Box

Story Box is a starter notebook kit for the storyteller who wants to protect their stories during regular use and preserve them for future reference when they are finished. We have our own graveyard of story books and wanted a better way to organize them. Box contents include a hand-stitched leather notebook cover, 12 monochromatic notebook refills, wooden storage crate, and print edition of VBOUS launch issue enclosed in a slipcase. 

Rewards

$45 — Notebook Collection (12 Notebooks). A years' worth of stories equates to 768 opportunities for creative genius. Four books in each color set.

$99 — Story Box (Full Box Contents). Leather cover, 12-notebook refills, storage crate, print issue, and name credit. 

Technical Details

Notebook Collection

  • Cover — Textured cover stock 
  • Paper — Acid-free, ink-proof premium paper 
  • Pages — 64 Page Count 
  • Plain (Graph as stretch reward) 
  • Size — 8.3 in. x 5.8 in. (A5 Size) 
  • Colors — 4 of each monochromatic color

Story Box

  • Notebook — Same as above
  • Crate — Unfinished wood
  • Cover — Premium black leather with our minimalist branding
  • Magazine — Print edition enclosed in slipcase
  • Credit — Backer name listed in launch issue

Why Notebooks?

Journalism is becoming a lost art. We are among the few storytellers taking on the challenge of reviving it in both pixel and print. We launched Story Box to help fund development of the VBOUS series and connect with other storytellers. Learn more about us and our slow journalism revolution here

We are currently drafting our dream team of advisors and creatives, do you belong on the roster? If so, email your pitch to hello@vbo.us. 

Very Best of Us: vbo.us / instagram / twitter

Credits

© 2014 Very Best of Us™ / VBOUS™. All right reserved. Videography by Jeff Brewer Films. Music by Twiddle Dee. Photos by VBOUS.

— Final designs, materials, and/or measurements may vary.

* VBOUS launches Summer 2015 and publishes quarterly thereafter.

Risks and challenges

We have sourced all materials and are awaiting the go ahead to begin production. Our goal is to ship all boxes in time for the holidays. Shipping delays and limited material availability may occur. If it does, we will keep communication open and work with Backers to find a suitable workaround.

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