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Cheap Notebook Cover

This notebook cover is cheap and when you first pick it up it does have a sort of cheap feeling because it is made of plastic and it's kinda thin. But then it is only meant to protect a book from spills and dirt and general handling, much like the dust jacket of a novel. To that end it does its job well, is actually pretty strong, and because it is thin it becomes kind of a "skin". The design and material makes perfect sense once it's on the notebook.

But what I like about it besides its protective function is that it can completely change a notebook's look. You can make your own insert, put it in the cover and put the cover on the notebook. As you can see from the pics, the orange journal can be red or white or perhaps something more exotic via your own design. Or put a picture in it. Or maybe there are times when you want your fancy notebook to travel incognito. Anything is possible!

The question is, though, will it fit your notebook? We have two sizes:

 

  1. A5 - for a standard A5-size book with a cover trimmed flush with the paper, so the notebook's cover has to measure 148mm x 210mm. The spine can be up to 15mm thick. That's a total "wrap" width (as if the cover was lying open flat on a table) of 311mm, or 148+148+15 = 311. I definitely would not try to use it with a thicker notebook - the one you see in the pics (Seven Seas Tomoe River journal) just happened to be a perfect fit. It will also fit the Life, Midori and Apica A5 notebooks, which are a bit thinner (about 10mm) so there will be some overhang. But I don't think it's a big deal.
  2. A6 - for a standard A6-size "Japanese Novel" as well as the A6 Hobonichi Techo. The covers' total inside dimensions ares 231x157mm, while the A6 Hobo has a wrap width of 225mm (105+105+15=225) and is 149mm tall - making this cover almost a perfect fit for the Hobo.

 

One of the pics also shows a sheet of blotter paper tucked into the front flap. Very handy.

Please note that the A5 size is a clear plastic, while the A6 size is a "frosted" plastic.

 

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  1. a cover 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Dec 2016

    I didn't want a big cover. Just something to cover the pretty red of the cross field notebook so I can see it but it doesn't get dirty. This is perfect for that and for the price you can't go wrong


  2. very handy 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Dec 2016

    I purchased the A5 plastic cover for the Seven Seas Journal. It's a good fit & provides protection if you drag your journal around the way I do. Good bargain! Seems to be well-made & there are tabs on the inside of both sides that you can use as book marks. I'll be sliding my own "inner cover" into the plastic. When the journal is full, I'll probably add my own permanent cover & transfer the utilitarian plastic cover to my next journal.


  3. So functional 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Nov 2016

    You just cant beat these - unobtrusive and effective - the way stationery should be !


  4. Size Tip for Cheap Notebook Cover Inserts 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Nov 2016

    I use the A5 size "Cheap Notebook Cover" with my Seven Seas Standard journal, and agree with most other reviewers' sentiments: It's durable, light, compact, not too stiff, not too wimpy; and the rounded corners are a nice touch.
    I admire reviewer Robin's intent to insert a watercolor painting. That's not really something I do, but inserting a photographic print personalized my journal like no other journal I've ever had. Here's a specific tip for anyone who likes that idea: a standard 8" x 12" photo print is a very close fit for this cover, exposing just a couple of millimeters of the Seven Seas journal cover all around.
    The alternative would be making a much larger print and cutting it down to a slightly larger size, to fit the cover more closely, for about twice the cost. I'd rather skip the fiddling and expense, and feel encouraged to change the insert frequently, just for fun.


  5. Easy Dimensions for Inserts 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Nov 2016

    I use the A5 size "Cheap Notebook Cover" with my Seven Seas Standard journal, and agree with most other reviewers' sentiments: It's durable, light, compact, not too stiff, not too wimpy; and the rounded corners are a nice touch.
    People who don't understand using a fountain pen either discount or are incapable of sharing the sensual pleasure of it: an important part of the experience, which this paper apparently exists to provide.
    I admire reviewer Robin's intent to insert a watercolor painting. That's not really something I do, but inserting a photographic print personalized my journal like no other journal I've ever had. Here's a specific tip for anyone who likes that idea: a standard 8" x 12" photo print is a very close fit for this cover, exposing just a couple of millimeters of the Seven Seas journal cover all around.
    The alternative would be making a much larger print and cutting it down to a slightly larger size, to fit the cover more closely, for about twice the cost. I'd rather skip the fiddling and expense, and feel encouraged to change the insert frequently, just for fun.


  6. Ungeatable for the price 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Nov 2016

    Wanted a cover as I frequently carry my Seven Seas Standard in a book bag or picketbook. This plastic cover suits that purpose as well as protecting it from wet tables or spills


  7. Great Practical Value 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jul 2016

    Thought I'd try these with a Crossfield Journal Order - what a great value product - will get a lot of use - bank for buck is great !


  8. Exactly as advertised 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Jul 2016

    This cover is exactly what I was expecting it to be, a nice little protector for my Crossfield and Hobonichi Cousin. Definitely worth the price...


  9. Very versitile! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Jul 2016

    I use the paper liner as a template and then I make my own "cover" to put between the plastic and my book. I've made a couple of photo montages, but this time I'm doing a water colour painting.


  10. The perfect minimalist solution 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Jun 2016

    I was looking for a no frills notebook cover that I could use with my journal. I found it and I still can't believe how inexpensive it was.

    That and the speed with which it was delivered -- less than a week from Irvine, CA, USA to St Kilda, Australia!

    I will be back for more -- yes sir I will be back.


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