Yesterday I went on a trip to a gorgeous book shop called Kakimori in Kuramae. It's an area I often go to to get clasps for my bags, but I had no idea there was an array of gorgeous little shops scattered around the neighbourhood. At this shop, you can make up your own notebook, choosing from an overwhelming selection of covers, papers, closures and binding.
This chart at the entrance to the shop shows you the process of how to chose the items to make up your notebook.
There is an overwhelming selection of covers to choose from, from printed papers, to soft leather pieces, to pleasingly coloured linen covered board and all of them mix and match perfectly.
There is a selection of closures to choose from. These are coloured elastics that wrap around the book.
These closures have a thin leather strap that wraps around them to keep the book closed.
These ones have a popper and an option to have a pen holder in them too.
I had a lot of fun trying out different combinations, but ended up with a pink leather front cover, sage green linen back cover and a slate blue leather popper closure. I also managed to pick up some inspiring printed papers that are used as envelope inserts. You can see them here.