Printed Journals are timeless gifts that can be personalized and stylized in so many ways, for so many purposes. Use this handy tool to create a Journal that reflects your vision, excites your customers and fits your budget. Don’t see a feature you’re looking for? Chances are we can produce it. Just ask!
Click tabs or pulsing dots for printing features and add-on options.
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.
Pages & Paper
Custom Printed Pages
Design your own, completely custom Journal content and we’ll print it! Blank, lined, graph, dot grids, daily, weekly, monthly pages. Full colour or black and white. If you can dream it, we can print it.
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 pages, unlined pages or your custom designed content.
Most clients choose a bond paper with matte finish for their journals.
Stay organized by adding tabs to your Journal. Tabs can be customized to delineate To Dos and categories or color coded for versatility.
MCRL Overseas Group uses sturdy laminated tabs that will not fray or rip. Our tabs come in x shapes so you can choose the design that perfectly matches the look and feel of your journal.
Who doesn’t love stickers? You can create stickers of almost any size, colour or shape to complement your branding and layout.
To create print-ready stickers, you’ll need to create a Kiss Cut Sticker Sheet so your stickers peel off the sheet. We’ve provided a simple template with design tips to get you started.