Frequently Asked Questions

Where do your cover designs come from?
We work with a variety of museums, galleries, estates and individual artists to source our designs. Every possible step is taken to ensure that the correct people or organizations are given credit, and we will not reproduce an artwork if we are unable to obtain permission from the copyright holders.

What are your products made from?
A few different components go into Paperblanks products, depending on the specific type of product. All binder boards are made from 100% recycled materials and are adorned with decorative printed paper, cloth headboards, threaded stitching and glue as needed. We also have hidden magnets in products with strap or wrap closures, and our clasps are crafted from a metal alloy. Our text paper is all FSC-certified.

What are the materials used in your covers?
The binder boards inside our book covers, which are commonly used in bookbinding, are made from recycled materials. Our covers themselves are paper with a layer of lamination on top for protection. We do not use PVC in our book covers.

Are your journals made from real leather?
We have worked hard to re-create leather textures using paper covers; however, we do not actually use real leather in any of our products.

Are your products vegan?
No. Due to the minimal amounts of glue used, we cannot guarantee that our products are 100% vegan.

Are your books fountain pen friendly?
We take great care to offer high-quality text paper in all of our books and have heard from many people who have had great success using fountain pens in their Paperblanks journals. However, the way paper will take to fountain pen use also depends greatly on the ink, nib and pressure applied and thus we recommend testing your individual pen.

Is your paper FSC-certified/environmentally friendly?
All of our paper is derived from sustainable forest pulp, and our binder boards are made with 100% recycled materials. We do use writing paper that is FSC-certified in all of our notebooks. However, we do not advertise the FSC logo on our products because it would suggest that every element is FSC-certified, and we cannot guarantee this due to the decorative printed paper adorning our covers.

Where are your products made?
For more than a decade, we have worked with the same family-run producer in China who understands our creative process, never settling until the products created by their mass production techniques mirror the handcrafted prototypes first made by our design team.