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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 - Actual cover dimensions are ~212x312mm. Will fit 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.
  3. B5 - Actual cover dimensions are 255x374mm. Will fit a standard B5 (250x176mm) notebook with a cover trimmed flush with the paper, so the notebook's cover has to measure 250x176mm with a maximum thickness of  ~15mm. That's a total "wrap" of ~370mm.

 

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

Please note that the A5 and B5 size is clear plastic, while the A6 size is a "frosted" plastic.

 

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  1. Not a perfect fit for my Hobonichi A5 avec, but works. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd May 2017

    I purchased this for my Hobonichi cousin avec and it fits, but not perfectly. I could tell it would fit the original cousin size better because it is thicker. There is a bit of hangover on the avec. It doesn't bother me, but its just something for you to consider if that kind of thing bothers you. Also, I want to note that the plastic cover is noticeably thinner compared to the Hobonichi cover-on-cover. I bought this cover because my hobo cant fit into my small bag with the cover I have for it. It fits now that I dont have a bulky cover around my planner.


  2. quality at a bargain price! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th May 2017

    I have purchased this before in the A5 size, but this time I added a B5 to my cart in the hopes it may fit my B5 Stalogy 365 notebook. It did! I was pretty surprised it fit. These are great, especially for the price. You cannot go wrong and it is fun to make your own cover art to put between the notebook and cover.


  3. Simple, excellent cover 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Apr 2017

    I have two Seven Seas notebooks in rotation right now, one with the Gfeller leather cover. I was looking for a cover option for the second notebook and this clear plastic cover is perfect. It's simple, straightforward, and fits beautifully. Highly recommended!


  4. "Cheap" only in price 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Apr 2017

    This plastic cover is quite sturdy (I purchased the A5 size). I use it to wrap my Midori MD A5 notebook, and while there's a little extra, it's not a big deal to me (note that Dave points the 'overhang' out above).

    It is not 'cheap' - it's not the kind of plastic that's thin and may rip easily. I love the fact that it lets the covers on my notebooks shine thru.

    Highly recommended.


  5. 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


  6. 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.


  7. So functional 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Nov 2016

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


  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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


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