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! 

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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

Sellutions – The Analyst

Can you believe it? It’s already the end of November! With 2019 just around the corner, it’s time to get planning. One of our favorite ways to prepare for the upcoming year is with the Analyst. 

The Analyst

Created for a design agency, this planner was the perfect solution for combing a calendar of events with a functional planner. Each page features tabbed calendar spreads about events throughout the year. The information will remain at the client’s fingertips, reminding them of upcoming events, dates, and locations. A Gloss Metallic white font cover with ColorDirect imprint and 15 blank memo sheets added for the convenience of on-the-go note taking.

Customization Tip
Include additional custom inserts with schedules, event maps, sponsor information, etc, and a penport and pen. Don’t forget the custom imprint on your calendar!

Options are plentiful when it comes to the Analyst! Switch up your covers with a Natural Poly Front Cover (1-sided, full-color insert included), or a Leatherette Cover that comes in 5 different colors. 

Product Shown
8.5″ x 11″ HardCover Analyst

Comes with: Cover Series 1 (Classic) chipboard front and back covers; Analyst monthly stock calendar w/die cut tabs; 15 sheet blank memo section at back; Wire binding; 1-color foil or deboss imprint up to 16″ sq.


Customization isn’t scary…it’s simple!

We did it! We made it through the Halloween season and survived (arguably) the toughest dilemma of the year: what costume to choose? There’s nothing quite like the struggle of deciding how much you’re ready to invest in your Halloween look.  Once an idea forms, it’s easy to envision the most elaborate, creative version that will win every costume contest, thus ensuring your rightful position as Belle/Beau of theHalloween Ball, but is it feasible?

Here at JournalBooks, we take Halloween VERY seriously, as evidenced by the results of our annual costume contest. While some people take a year to plan every minute detail, others find themselves in a major time crunch. Regardless of how simple or complicated the process may be, having the right costume is crucial. This year’s contest had some brutal competition.We saw everything from witches and wizards to our third place winner, Freddie, as Michael Jackson. Some of the staff teamed up, coming as the ladies of the hit 90’s film, ‘Clueless’ and the cast of ‘Cinderella.’ Jewel really had her bases covered, showing up as Dionne then transforming into Polynesian Sauce as part of a group Chick-fil-A costume. Way to double-dip! Alas, not everyone can win, so we put it to a vote and Maricela Gonzalez’s commitment won her old lady costume the grand prize.

In the same way as we are dedicated to our favorite Halloween tradition, we are even more dedicated to understanding the importance of your business expressing its unique brand in the form of custom journals! Whether you’re the type to cut some holes in a sheet and call yourself Casper, or cover yourself in white paint and soot-covered rags to create the ultimate ghoul, we’ve got you covered. If you have a bit more time and a more flexible budget, we can work with you to create your dream book. Something like a custom poly color match journal (with some reversed art) and additional accessories would be quite the treat!  All we need from you is a bit of information.

To take your book from drab to fab, we simply start by asking what your basic needs are. We want to do the most with what we have to work with, so this is vital information in order to take the next step in creating your masterpiece.

  • What is your timeframe?
    • Do you need a proof? Can we swing a SureShip item?!
  • When will you need the product in-hands?
    • We have partially-made items and made-to-order items; what works depends on timing!
    • To where in the world are these shipping?
  • How many units will you need?
  • What is your budget?

With these few questions answered, we are now able to determine whether you’d be handing out Smarties or King-Sized Snicker bars, so to speak. The next step into creating the perfect book for your brand will be determining any art restrictions.

  • Can we modify the art?
    • When given creative liberties we have creative artists who can work with your art. 
  • Is specific color-matching required?

A book without purpose is just…a book. What is the purpose of your book? Knowing what your book will be used for, whether it’s general note-taking, planning an event, a work book for a seminar, or even a monthly calendar will help us recommend customizations that will boost your book to the next level. We’re JB connoisseurs, so let us guide you to what works best for you.

Goal: Make an impression! Be bold: build it. If you have the time, let’s make your brand stand out with features that aren’t included in competitor’s items that are pulled off shelves. Die-cut windows, textured or high-end covers, multiple methods of decoration, different binding styles, and custom printed filler or insert are all available!

If you don’t have the time, everyone loves a simple debossing on leather-like material, but kick it up a notch with oversized debossing or a full color artwork.  If you’re looking for a traditional journal, with a simple design that you can get for that impromptu meeting next week, we’re on it! An Ambassador, Bohemian, or Nova will do the trick! Throw a business card holder in there so you’re networking ready! Be ready to grow!

Don’t run around with “book.” It is your brand, not a brand. Let the creative season fuel you, and make the message matter!