CRAVAR Leather Journal / Notebook / Sketchbook Made to Last
CRAVAR Leather Journal / Notebook / Sketchbook Made to Last

Preview : http://bit.ly/cravarks3

Beautifully crafted refillable leather journals. A great addition to your EDC. Make them truly yours by stamping your initials!

Hi! 

Welcome & thanks for checking out our project, we're very excited to have you with us on this journey!

Here at Cravar, our designs always started with sketching the idea & writing down the details on paper. We love seeing how our designs evolve from the birth of the idea to prototype to the final design, all recorded physically. A journal is indispensable to us. 

Small Wraps in Espresso, Fox, Rust & Teal
Small Wraps in Espresso, Fox, Rust & Teal

When we started out, a journal is one of the first goods we made. Over time, with feedback from backers & other end users, we turned what was good to great. With this project, we'd like to share with what we've been doing to make the collection better than ever. 

Large Wrap Journal
Large Wrap Journal

One of our core design principle is to make our goods last a long time. The full grain vegetable tanned leather is an easy choice for the journal sleeve because its durable and it will age beautifully becoming part of your story. 

Large Straps in Sand, Red, Navy, Espresso & Fox
Large Straps in Sand, Red, Navy, Espresso & Fox

The journals are refillable, once you finished the last page, you can insert another refill into your sleeve or if you prefer, slip in a Moleskine notebook (more info on this below), either way, your journal will accompany you for years to come.

In line with making the journals truly yours, the sleeves will also be free from distracting branding or logo. The only visible marking will be your stamped initials if you choose to opt for it, it is after all your journal.

Large Wraps in Red, Rust & Fox
Large Wraps in Red, Rust & Fox

This project's goal is to expand the journals’ sleeve designs & leather colors; providing more options for backers to choose their favorite journals and also to improve on our existing designs by adding a pen loop and modify the refill binding to make it more comfortable to use. 

Pen loop details
Pen loop details

Our collection of leather bags have always been the focus of our previous projects. We think it’s time for our journals to take the center stage!

Time out bags, its not your turn!
Time out bags, its not your turn!

To make things easier for you, international shipping with tracking is included in all rewards.

The journals are made up of two parts, the leather sleeve and the refill. There are 2 sizes, 3 sleeve designs and 8 colors for you to choose from.

The photos might not show it, but rest assured there's a pen loop on all journals.
The photos might not show it, but rest assured there's a pen loop on all journals.

The sleeves are made from full grain vegetable bark tanned leather processed with pit tanning method, a technique where the hides are moved progressively from a pit with weaker tanning liquor to stronger ones. The process takes some time, but the resulting beautiful leather more than makes up for it.

Large Slot in Red, Teal & Navy - Note : the correct strap length is the one in the middle, the others were earlier prototypes.
Large Slot in Red, Teal & Navy - Note : the correct strap length is the one in the middle, the others were earlier prototypes.

We spent a lot of time working the details on the book refills. We want them to be as functional as the sleeves are beautiful. The paper must be able to provide excellent writing & sketching experience & hold up well to many kinds of ink and pencil, so that you'll have the freedom to use the ones you love.  

Click to see our paper test & hi-res images
Click to see our paper test & hi-res images

The binding has to be strong & practical.The pages are stitched together for durability and we also made small changes to the binding technique to make the books' spine more flexible and open flat even easier. The refills also feature a thin matte bookmark ribbon. We think it goes together better with the rest of the journal compared to thick glossy one we used previously.    

Small Straps in Teal, Moss, Red & Rust, Note : the correct strap length in the one in far left, the others are earlier prototypes.
Small Straps in Teal, Moss, Red & Rust, Note : the correct strap length in the one in far left, the others are earlier prototypes.

To complement your leather journals, we also have 2 other goods in this project. Just like our journals, these other goods can also be personalized with your initials.

First up is the leather passport sleeve. It's simple, really, you slip your passport's back cover to the right inner pocket and on the left side, you have two slots for cards, and one big slot for other stuff.

Passport sleeve, a great travelling companion for you!
Passport sleeve, a great travelling companion for you!

Last but certainly not least is our handy cardholder. Two inner slots that can hold around 5-7 cards each. We have reports that some of our previous backers have been using the cardholder as a wallet as well. 

Simple, practical, no fuss cardholder.
Simple, practical, no fuss cardholder.
8 Amazing colors you can choose from! Note : If you’re a backer from our previous project, the current Rust & Sand is a bit darker.
8 Amazing colors you can choose from! Note : If you’re a backer from our previous project, the current Rust & Sand is a bit darker.

These are your journal, naturally it makes sense to have your initials on them. Every journal comes with a free option to personalize it with your initials (3 letters max, Roman Alphabet letters only). 

Fresh new set of stamp to kick off the journal line
Fresh new set of stamp to kick off the journal line

The brass stamp sets we use is 8mm tall. We’ll be using an award winning geometric sans serif called Telefon from a very cool font foundry from Norway, Monokrom, chosen as one of the best typefaces of 2012 by FontShop.

Telefon alphabet set
Telefon alphabet set

If you want to stamp the journal with logos, sigil, etc, you can add a custom stamp to your pledge for $19. The design should fit within 2.5x2.5 cm or 5x1 cm template. 

We could go on and on about how good our journals are, but don't just take our word for it, here are but a few of the great comments we received from your fellow backers, click on the quote to see the sources & the full comment:

In another comment, Jun Siang had this to say :

     

We wanted to have professional artists' view on the journals. So, we asked a few friends who are amazing artists to draw something for us. Very happy to report that the paper works great with many mediums.

You can click on their names to check out their wonderful work.  

Note : the photos may show the older version of the journals.

Emte A prolific artist, his works have been exhibited many times and he is a regular for many prestigious magazine. It's great to have him do some quick & fun drawings for us. 

The Daily Type - Nikko Purnama, his Instagram account is a treasure trove for typography enthusiasts, featuring his and submitted works.

"..I've been looking for the perfect journal to capture my passion and finally found one of the best. Great quality leather & paper! It has become a great companion for me."

Sarkodit : "I enjoy the feel and look of my journal. It's  great to keep drawing on.  Great paper for drawing."

All leather goods will be made in our own workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia. With two successful Kickstarter projects on our belt, our team is prepared & capable to handle production.  

The book refill will be bound & printed by a reliable printer with whom we've had the pleasure of collaborating with on tight deadline projects.

Regular registered shipping with basic tracking is included in all pledges (1-2weeks to arrive in the country, after that it depends on how long custom officials release the package).

You can also upgrade your shipping to Express for $15. It's quite a lot we realize however, you'll be getting faster delivery and a much better point to point tracking. 

We'd also like to invite you to check out our first and second projects. From the comments and updates, you can see for yourself our proven track record, howdedicated we are to our projects, maintain excellent communication with backers and deliver quality rewards

Check out the links below for more info about Cravar. 

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