Journals are timeless gifts that can be personalized and stylized in so many ways, for so many purposes. Share your vision or examples of journals you love and MCRL Overseas Group will work with you to design a one-of-a-kind journal that is sure to impress (and sell).
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A sturdy Wire-O, Concealed Wire-O, Spiral and Smyth-sewn binding holds the pages of your book together.
Wire-O Binding produces a sophisticated and professional-looking journal. Wire-O Binding is also known as Twin Loop, Double-Loop, Double-O, Duo-Wire, or simply Wire Binding. It is a popular method for joining the pages and cover of a journal.
Wire-O binding comes in many popular colors such as gold, silver, black and copper. Custom colors are also available based on PMS (Pantone) code.
Wire Binding Diameter Options
Concealed Wire-O binding can used on hardcover or soft cover Journals and Planners. The wire is concealed, so it is not seen on the spine.
Spiral or coil binding joins the pages and cover together using a coil made of very durable plastic or metal. Spiral bound books open 360 degrees (cover to cover) so they fold flat and lie flat (great for hanging on a wall). The coils come in a variety of diameters and assorted colors to complement the book’s cover. This binding style works extremely well with index tabs.
Many clients choose Smyth-sewn binding for their journals. This is a method of book binding where groups of folded pages are stitched together using binder thread and then pages are sewn together with multiple stiches. If you page through a Smyth-sewn journal, you can see the thread stitches in the center fold.
Smyth-sewn binding is associated with high quality and is extremely durable, able to stand up to years of wear and tear. This binding method is ideal for sketchbooks, planners and journals since the pages lay flat.
Elastic bands are used on many journals as a stylish embellishment AND a way to keep loose notes safe and secure. Elastic bands can match the color of the Journal or use as an accent color. Elastic band diameter options are:
- 6 Millimeters (1/4”)
- 9 Millimeters (11/32”)
- 15 Millimeters (19/32”)
- 20 Millimeters (25/32”)
The cover of your Journal is the key selling feature. Journals are where private thoughts and memories are kept and ideas explored. Your cover needs to speak to your audience. There are many different cover textures to choose from. Linen, kraft and leatherette are very popular with designers and buyers.
The style and design of the cover is a blank slate. Covers can be plain, embellished with your branding or printed with a special message. If you have a creative bent, design a cover and we’ll bring it to print OR send us a picture of a cover you like and we can replicate it.
Metal corners add an elegance and additional durability to your Journal. This is an optional feature.
If you like metal corners, MCRL offers various styles and colors in both shiny or matte finished.
The ribbon on a Journal is a delicate feature that allows the user to easily flip to their last entry. A Journal ribbon can be satin, grosgrain or novelty. Each type of ribbon comes in an almost limitless number of colors that adds a touch of class to any journal.
Choosing Paper for your Journal
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the right paper for your Journal.
A paper’s opacity refers to how much ink will show through on the reverse side. Opacity is determined by the weight and finish. If a piece of paper is 100% opaque no ink will show on the reverse side. If a piece of paper is 0% opaque it is transparent.
MCRL Overseas Group can produce a journal with a variety of different paper weights but the most common paper selected for journals is text paper in 50lb, 65lb or 80lb. The thicker the paper is more opaque.
Tone of the paper
Two tones that are common in journal, white or ivory. They both come with different level of whiteness and ivory tone to choose from.
A paper’s finish refers to the surface of the paper. Your Journal can have glossy, matte, cockle, laid or a smooth feel with lined or unlined pages.
Most clients choose a bond paper with matte finish for their journals.
How much does it cost to produce a Journal?
It’s difficult to provide an average cost for Journals as most orders are custom. Costs vary from project to project given the wide variety of features to choose from. The cost also depends on the order quantity, Journal dimensions, page count, full color or black & white, interior page printing and more. Contact us directly at 1-888-988-MCRL or Request a Quote and we’ll be happy to prepare no-obligation pricing options for you.
Do you print Journals on-demand?
We currently do not print on-demand. As an overseas printer we require larger bulk orders.
What’s your MOQ?
Our minimum order quantity is 500 pieces per order. We may be able to accommodate smaller quantities of 300, depending on the scope of the project.
Do you offer any design services for Journal covers and interior pages?
Our production team can assist in fixing minor details but we will need press-ready artwork files. If there are significant issues, we’ll provide clients with the necessary feedback to make the correct changes and our in-house production team will review/approve to ensure files are ready to print.
Where do we submit our artwork files?
You can submit your artwork files via the following link: https://spaces.hightail.com/uplink/MCRL
What’s included in my quote?
Unlike other suppliers like Alibaba, MCRL Overseas Group provides an all-inclusive quote including customs, tariffs and delivery fees to your designated address.
How can I speed up my order?
Our standard quotes are normally based on sea freight from China which is typically X-X weeks. This is the most cost-effective pricing. Expedited sea and air options are available at an additional cost. Depending on the urgency of your order, we can advise on the best options.
What are the payment terms?
MCRL Overseas Group requires a 50% deposit with the remaining balance due prior to delivery.
Do you provide samples before I commit to the full order?
Absolutely. Our samples are free of charge (we just ask that you pay the courier fee of $35.00). Our sales office team can send you copies of ournals we’ve printed for clients that are similar to the specifications listed on your quote.
How do I determine the exact paper weight for my Journal?
The standard market paper weight for most Journals is 50/60lb. MCRL Overseas Group offers different paper weight options such as 65lb, 80lb and 100lb paper weight. Please note, paper samples can be sent for your review.