Introducing Your JournalBloggers

We’ve come to the realization that we’re doing a lot of talking on this blog and our readers have no idea who’s doing it. For the past 6 months, our blog has been written solely by me, Meghan! Hi! Hello! Nice running into you again! In the next few months, you may notice a change in our blog posts. This is only natural now that we have 3 writers! That’s right, in the next few posts, you’ll be virtually getting to know our two newest team members, Devon and Johane, as well as myself. The point of this blog is to not only inform, but to connect. We want you to get to know our fantastic staff. While we all represent JournalBooks with a common goal, we have different interests and ideas for your clients and would love to share them! We are looking forward to expanding the blog to include a little bit of everything for you, from getting to know our staff to JB History and tips on helping your clients expand their budgets and blow their customers minds with unique customizations available only from JournalBooks.

Buckle up, buckeroos! You’re in for a wild time!

If you were a JournalBook, what would you be?
I would be a 4×6 set of Full-Color Traveler Notes Tripac, with complicated variable data. Each book would have a different Full-Color image of my dog, as well as different filler: blank, lined and dot grid, to represent the variety of roles here at JB and in life. They would all be bound with the same classic black thread, because I am consistently myself. It would include a full-color graphic wrap to keep me from falling all over the place, then be packaged in a full-color mailer so I can travel anytime I want.

If you had celebrities for parents, who would they be?
Elton John and Bette Midler

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
The Moon Landing…I have questions.

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?
Remind Me To Take My Makeup Off

What’s your favorite family tradition?
My family has a very, um, special way of singing “Happy Birthday”. Much like the Hogwarts School Song, it is sung to whatever tune you please. People look at us like we’re deranged, but I love it.

If you were a JournalBook, what would you be?
Seeing as I am an avid traveler, it’s only fitting that I would be our 5 X 7 TravelTips Journal (TR-770C). I would have Deep Red Paperboard covers, because although I’m a tough cookie, I also have a deep passion for culture and adventure. My cover would include an oversized deboss with a bleed and feature well-known international monuments. It would be bound with black wire to complement the cover and let everyone know that I mean business. Along with the Travel Log filler, where I could preserve memories all of the amazing thing’s I experience, the inside would include full-color tip-ins. These would feature travel tips and a list of US Embassies of the world with contact information. It would also include a custom fold-out, full-color tip-in with a world map for keeping track of where I’ve been and where I’m going. I need a pen at all times, so I’d include a silver Annabelle pen, stylish and edgy, to write down important words in different languages. You never know when you’re going to need to say “Where is the toilet?!” in Hungarian! To polish this masterpiece off, I wrap my journal in a cute, gray cinch bag so I don’t have to rummage through my purse to find it at a moment’s notice. 

What are you passionate about?
Triathlons. I love training for them. Exercising and being outdoors keeps me sane. I do lots of other sports, but swimming, biking, running are my three favorite sports.

Best vacation you’ve taken?
My husband and I love to travel, so I’ve been on some pretty cool vacations. But, my favorite has to be Australia. We visited Sydney and Melbourne and hiked, rappelled and canyoneered the Three Sisters Mountain range. It was the hardest and scariest thing I’ve ever done, but the most rewarding.

How do you define success?
Success is a life doing what I enjoy in and outside of work with grace, positivity and determination.

If you were a JournalBook, what would you be?
I would be a 5.5 x 8.5 Navy Nu Milano PerfectBook that is obliviously well-loved. My cover is debossed with a paper boat to mirror the tattoo on my ankle. It is classic and simple on the outside, but on the inside, there is no denying I am uniquely, me! Inside my cover, I have a tear-away card insert, where I keep my business card for my art website. For a filler, I would be half dot-grid to satisfy my love for writing and half blank pages to be filled up with my doodles. In a pocket folder at that back of my book are pressed wild flowers, concert tickets and dozens of post-it notes. Because even though there are endless pages in my journal, I always have something extra to add. Finally, a red elastic band keeps everything tightly secure between my pages and is a sneak-peak of the fire within.

Before working at JournalBooks, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I was a Paddleboard Instructor at Culver Military Academy. Instructor was my title, but I like to think of myself as a big sister/friend to every kid I taught!

Describe what you were like at age 10
10-year-old me was obsessed with animals! I became a vegetarian when I was 9, so by the time I was 10 I was fully dedicated.

What is the best book you’ve ever read?
“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

Do you journal? If so, how do you utilize your journal best?
Yes! I love journaling when I travel. I lived in Scotland for 5 months and I would use my morning commute to write. My favorite part of my day was sitting on top of the double decker bus while I drew street signs and the people passing by.

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Happy Pride Month, Everyone!

While we here in Charlotte have to wait until August for our Pride Parade, we’re having a blast watching everyone else celebrate in their cities! As 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, this year is a big one for the LGBTQIA+ community and we are proud to stand in solidarity supporting human rights.

What better way to show pride than with beautiful colors and unique flair? Rainbows are beautiful and fun, but did you know that, aside from representing the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community, each color on the Pride Flag also has its own meaning?

A little bit of history for you:

In 1978, newly-elected San Francisco City Supervisor, Harvey Milk, along with writer Cleve Jones and filmmaker Artie Bressan, requested for their friend and artist, Gilbert Baker, to create an empowering symbol representing the queer community. It was a time of upheaval for the LGBTQIA+ community and they needed an emblem that exemplified their power as they fought for equal rights. Inspired by the flags including those of America and the French Revolution, with multi-colored stripes signifying aspects of their own rebellions and revolutions, the result was the Traditional eight-striped Rainbow Flag. The flag made its debut hanging above Harvey Milk at the 1978 San Francisco Gay Freedom Parade, just months before his assassination. Baker was paid a mere $1,000 for his iconic contribution to the human rights movement.

Despite his brief time in office, Milk’s contributions and influence live on in the work of activists and allies fighting for LGBTQ equality throughout the U.S. and around the world.” – www.hrc.com

While the flag has changed for various reasons over the years, giving the hot pink (sexuality) and turquoise (magic) stripes the boot, as they were too expensive and having one without the other made it impossible to divide the flag evenly for display purposes. The remaining six colors on the most commonly seen flag have kept their meanings: red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for harmony, and purple for spirit. 

For more LGBTQIA+ History, click here.

While June is Pride Month, the celebration and fight for equal rights aren’t over on June 30th. The history of The Rainbow Pride Flag has inspired us to help you help your customers celebrate Pride year-round with our array of vibrant colors and imprints, as well as our newest cover option, a show-stopping Holographic Rainbow*.

Find Holographic Rainbow Journals here

Colors are fun, metallics are always on trend, but nobody can ignore a kaleidoscopic masterpiece. Seriously, put your sunglasses on, because these babies scream loud and proud. Available in all of our Wire and PerfectBooks, this iridescent material is sure to impress your clients, their clients and beyond.

*No unicorns were harmed in the making of this product.

EcoBooks: Heavy on the Payoff, Easy on the Conscience

“Spring has sprung;

The grass has ris’;

I wonder where the flowers is.

-Not an ancient proverb (it’s a quote from my Grandma.)

April is rapidly approaching, which means celebrating Earth Month! Why not celebrate with our Eco-friendly products?

As a FSC® Certified company, we try to make our carbon footprint more of a carbon tip-toe. We take great pride in making our products as environmentally friendly as possible by using vegetable-based inks, recycled scrap metal for our wire binding, and recycled cover materials. To add a cherry on top of that sustainability dream, all of our filler is responsibly sourced, and we also offer 100% recycled EcoFiller as an upgrade. I’m not saying we’re heroes, but I do believe Captain Planet would be impressed.

To make going Eco-Friendly even easier, we offer our Eco Line, made strictly from recycled materials.

Our EcoTuc journal is a great option, with a unique ‘wrap-and-tuck’ design that keeps your notes protected. Opt for our Natural or EcoBlack cover, or switch it up and do a Natural front cover with an EcoBlack wrapped back!

Our EcoBooks offer a more traditional design, with 4 size options and 3 material covers. EcoBooks components are comprised of post-consumer 100% recycled materials for earth-friendly note-taking!

Enjoy the convenience of our classic wire-bound journals with a guilt-free conscience with EcoBooks.

Doubling-down on our sustainability efforts is the EcoWrap. Offered in two sizes, these bad boys are not only made of recycled materials, but are also refillable.

Once your client has their journal settled, don’t forget about a pen! Our EcoPen and MiniEcoPens are made with recycled plastic and paper. They write beautifully and are a favorite amongst our JB Team!

The Eco Pen, a quality retractable pen made with recycled paper, and plastic with a flat wooden pocket clip. Black ink.

As with all of our products, our Eco Line can be upgraded with imprints, custom filler, tip-ins, and more. Customization is still key, even when we’re trying to save the world! 

Behind the Scenes: What’s a Sample?

What’s in a Sample?

Samples: not only are they conducive to having the best day at CostCo; they’re also crucial for offering your customers the best options at JournalBooks! You wouldn’t buy a puppy without petting it right? So let’s get these books in your customers’ hands so they can feel that JB Quality!

Meet our newest member of the Samples Dept., Sam!

Whether your client knows exactly what they’re looking for, or has no idea at all, a sample can help seal the deal for you. We know we offer a lot of options, so the JB Sales Team is happy to help guide you in a general direction based on your customers’ needs. From there, all you have to do is email the Sample Department at samples@journalbooks.com (Don’t forget the S’!) and tell them:

  • what to send (item code, size, color… include as much or as little detail as you want)
  • where to send it (shipping address)
  • what shipping account you’d like it on (FedEx or UPS only, please)
  • when you need it by (We don’t want to miss your client’s big meeting!)

If you have further questions about the samples being sent, do not fear! The Sample Department is happy to help get what you’re looking for.

Our SwatchBooks and FoilBoxes are also available to help you
navigate all the JournalBooks has to offer.

One thing to note is that all of our samples come from overruns of previous projects. What does this mean to you?

  1. If a specific product hasn’t been ordered in a while, or it’s a hot item and flying off the shelves, the Sample Department may not have the EXACT combination you’re looking for in stock. To rectify this, they will send the closest item available along with references to show the features it’s lacking. This may include swatches, another book in the size you’re looking for, a separate folder or tip-in, etc.
  2. All samples have random imprints, as we do not send blank samples. Why is this? It keeps our samples free of charge! (with the exception of shipping charges) In addition to keeping cost down for YOU, it also keeps our inventory of blank books available for your customers to order away! 
Our Samples, sitting pretty, waiting to be requested by you!

Our Sample Department takes requests Monday-Friday until 4 pm EST. Anything sent after 4 pm will be sent the next business day. Tracking information is emailed at the end of each business day.

New Year, New Journal

Happy 2019, Everyone!

There’s something about the New Year that fills the air with excitement and hope. As we reflect on the past year, we’re also looking forward to how we can really push ourselves to take things to the next level in the upcoming one. In just a matter of a day, everything becomes so sparkly and fresh.

What does that mean for us here at JournalBooks? Sparkly and fresh new products, of course! (As if we didn’t already make decisions hard enough with our endless options.) Our first featured new item of the year is the Luster Collection. One look at these babies will have you feeling that New Year’s champagne all over again!

While speaking with our Vice President, Jamie Raynor, about how and why she decided on which items to add to our collection, she said she chose this material simply because it is so beautiful. We truly do not have anything like it. The Luster Collection comes in three colors: Gold, Rose, and Silver. The shimmer on this Perfect Bound/Flex material is absolutely mesmerizing.

Whereas a lot of glimmer materials have a graininess and/or glitter fall out, this material is smooth and will not have you looking like you had a run-in with a unicorn at a Lisa Frank convention. It is available for all of our PerfectBound book options and looks especially stunning with debossing or foil. We also have our Luster Foils in the same tones, which are more of a soft, satin finish than glitter and add a touch of elegance for your clients’ needs.

For pricing and additional product information please email sales@journalbooks.com. For samples of this product and more email samples@journalbooks.com.

Merry everything and a Happy always!

Baby, it’s cold outside! So to avoid all that, we’ve been very busy INSIDE working away for the final stretch of 2018. Calendars and holiday gifts are running rampant through our factory! It can’t be all work and no play, though. As you may have noticed, our JournalBooks team loves a good holiday celebration and Christmastime is no exception. Check out what we’ve been up to below!

Bells are ringin’ and angels are singin’ this holiday season! This year, we decided to participate in the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, where we adopted Angels (kids) and Silver Bells (senior citizens) in need to give them a Merry Christmas. Our staff went all out with bicycles, toys, and warm clothes galore!

Speaking of helping those in need, our Second Harvest Food and Fundraiser went off without a hitch. Thanks again to our wonderful staff, we were able to provide several barrels of food, as well as over 500 pounds of food worth of donated money to our hungry neighbors.

We are so fortunate to be able to participate in these types of programs and help those in need. It is the reason for the season, after all.

As much as we’ve enjoyed helping others, we also like presents…and food. Who doesn’t, right? The holidays are the perfect time to celebrate with both and enjoy the fruits of our efforts all year! We began our in-house celebrations by gathering for a delicious traditional holiday lunch, catered by Carolina Gourmet Catering. There’s nothing like turkey and mashed potatoes to get you feeling festive! (Seriously though, their mashed potatoes could turn any ol’ Scrooge into Santa Clause himself.)

We couldn’t go to our festivities in just any old outfits, so our entire staff received these very cute and incredibly soft t-shirts from our lovely leaders. Will we ever take them off? Stay tuned…

On top of all this, some of our staff also participated in Secret Santa. As it turns out, we are very sneaky. There may have been some not-so-subtle questioning (and light internet stalking) trying to decide the perfect gift for our work pals, but all’s well that ends well!

We hope everyone enjoys the holidays and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!

Giving Thanks to Our JB Team

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Unlike millions of turkeys (sorry, turkeys), we here at JournalBooks, have a lot to be thankful for this year.

For us, Thanksgiving is all about community. We are proud to have our products made right here in Charlotte, North Carolina and couldn’t do that without our amazing Production staff. One of the ways we show how grateful we are for these unsung heroes is with our Annual Thanksgiving Pot Luck. Our office staff whips up their favorite dishes for the production staff to enjoy as a thank you for all of their hard work. Not only is this tradition a tasty one, but it’s also exciting to experience how our team celebrates with different cultures and traditions coming together to create one big delicious meal.

In addition to our in-house celebration, we also like to show our gratitude in our community by helping our neighbors in need. This year, we are sponsoring a Food and Fund Drive for Second Harvest of Metrolina. The Food Bank serves over 700 non-profit partners including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and low-income day cares in order to help feed 527,000 people living in poverty in 19 North and South Carolina counties. If you’d like to help us contribute, you can donate online HERE