Bookblock Original are a British company that takes Monsieur Notebooks and prints whatever you want onto the cover. You supply the artwork – a photo, drawing, abstract design, whatever you like – and Bookblock Original will make the notebook for you. You can even pick the colour of the ribbon and the colour of the elastic.
I ran out of time to put some artwork together myself so Bookblock Original designed something for me. The quality of the cover printing really is outstanding. Too often with customised items the finish seems half-baked but that’s not the case here.
The notebook itself is well made, A5 in size, with a choice of either dot grid, plain or ruled 90gsm ivory paper or plain 140gsm white cartridge paper (for sketching). The 90gsm paper in mine isn’t especially fountain pen-friendly but is fine with everything else.
To celebrate National Stationery Week Bookblock Original have very kindly offered to give five personalised notebooks away to readers of Pens! Paper! Pencils! To have a chance of winning, you need to follow both Bookblock Original (@bookblock_o) and myself (@ian_hedley) on Twitter and tweet something appropriate with the hashtag #bookblockoriginal between now and 29th April. Bookblock Original will pick five winners at random on the 29th.
This is a great opportunity to win a notebook that really is your very own. Good luck!