A lot of you like to give your old planner covers new life by reusing them on notebooks, and there are a number of different combinations that work.
So what if you want to buy a new cover on its own, either to replace one that’s damaged mid-year or to use alone on a notebook? Generally, this is a question we’re hard put to answer, because we rely on retailers to distribute our products, and those retailers tend to sell covers and planners together since that’s what most people want.
However, we’ve been able to confirm that New Jersey based Classic Office Products is willing to fill special covers-only orders. If that’s something that interests you, I’d suggest you email their service department at customerservice [AT] classicofficeproducts [DOT] com or call 888-285-6330.
A few years ago, I discovered that my old Sapa X covers fit perfectly onto the smallest size of staplebound Clairefontaine notebooks. It was a particularly handy thing to know when I switched to the Space 17, and it got me wondering about other planner/notebook cover combinations.
Of course, it then took me a while to track down the covers and notebooks I needed to experiment with, and even longer to get off my duff and write up the results. Nonetheless! Here are the combinations that work:
Sapa X + small (3.5 x 5.5) staplebound Clairefontaine, pictured here
Visual + medium (6.5 x 8.25) staplebound Clairefontaine, pictured above and below
Visual + medium (6 x 8.25) clothbound Clairefontaine, which fits quite similarly to the previous combo, so I didn’t photograph it
Prenote + large (8.25 x 11.75) clothbound Clairefontaine, pictured below
Here’s a final video from the series Cecilia took at our plant in Montreal, which shows covers being hot stamped with the logo of Grande Prairie Regional College in Alberta, Canada.
Hot stamping is a process in which an engraved image, or die, is heated, then forced down against a cover with a marking foil sandwiched in between. Where the die meets the cover, the ink from the foil is left behind.
If you’d like more information about customizing covers for your company or organization, check out our Customization Wizard, which lets you explore options and submit an inquiry.
With the caveat that this is not a professional production — our product manager, Cecilia, took it with a hand-held camera at our plant in Montreal — I thought it would be interesting to share this video, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at part of our manufacturing process.
Here, you’ll see strips of vinyl being cut, welded, and QAed to make our planner covers. Later this week, I’ll post clips of other processes, though if you can’t wait, you can watch them now on our new YouTube channel.
Speaking of cover designs, I’m excited to announce a new addition to our Habana family… a suite of “artist series” notebooks with artwork on the covers. First in line are these darling “Haring Habanas,” as we call them, that feature the art of Keith Haring! We’re importing them from France, and they should be available later on this year. I’ll post more info on the timing when we have it, but in the meantime, here are the specs:
• 85g fountain pen friendly ivory paper
• Expanding pocket
• Elastic closure
• Black ribbon bookmark
Here’s a suggestion we received from a Scholar user:
I wish you could get more decorative colors, or covers with a little bit of a design. Only the nonrefillable ones have a design, which I almost got except I harm the environment less with a reusable cover, so make some covers for the hippies in the world!
When I first started blogging for Quo Vadis, Karen sent me a lovely planner from our Robert le heros collection — powder blue, at that time. The format didn’t work for me, so I switched to a refillable planner. First, though, I ripped the leatherette cover off its cardboard backing since it seemed silly to let it go to waste. (Sadly, it didn’t look as inspiring after it’d been skinned, and is doubtless now buried deep in some box somewhere.)
At any rate, I sympathize with those who want a bit of decoration on their covers – though I daresay our Club covers offer plenty of fun colors! The reason we don’t make reusable graphic covers is because of our licensing agreements, which are negotiated in France and geared toward the French marketplace. We can license those designs in the US, but we can’t change the basic terms of the agreement.
There’s a group shot of them already on the QV website; fortunately, I was also able to dig up some individual photos that do a better job of highlighting the colors. Admittedly, the way the light falls on the pictures makes the colors look slightly different from the swatches above (and individual monitors may vary), but this should give a decent idea… click each picture to see a larger version.
Good question from a reader in Hoboken, who asked whether or not it’s possible to order a new planner cover without ordering planner refills.
The answer, happily, is yes: The Daily Planner, for example, would be happy to fill that order. So if it’s the middle of the year and something’s happened to your cover, you don’t have to wait to replace it.
Of course, you could also do something else with an empty cover. I use a teal Space 17 as a checkbook cover—the fit’s not perfect, but it works. I also have two different covers for my Sapa X, one in red, and one in a lovely spring green. I don’t change them often, but when I do it’s a pleasant surprise, a small way to get a fresh perspective on a familiar object.
As many of you know, we heartily endorse the customization of notebooks and planners, both inside and out. A mind-blowing example of the latter: Shanti Marie’s collage journals, which I discovered last week thanks to a post on Inkophile.
Visit Shanti Marie’s blog to see a bigger picture of this notebook and find out how to make one like it.