Highest Quality British Handbound Notebooks, Diaries and Journals

Handmade by our accomplished team of artisan bookbinders, Stamford Notebooks elegant and sustainable collections of notebooks, diaries and journals epitomise luxury for all stationery lovers, writers, organisers and creative talents.


We have a long-standing reputation for handcrafting the finest products, with every item created with care at our established fine printing and bookbinding company in Stamford, England.

Combining the finest materials, exquisite British made paper, we offer complete personalisation, meaning each order is handcrafted and unique to you.

We stock an unrivalled amount of cover materials and colours – from the finest woven cloth to luxurious hand dyed leather – each is finished to a superior standard and selected for durability, we use sustainable materials where possible.


Our Fountain Pen Friendly Paper
We pride ourselves on the quality of our British made, fountain pen friendly paper used in all our hand bound notebooks, journals and diaries. Our paper is milled in Cumbria and has been carefully selected for use with fountain pens. It not only guarantees minimal ‘feathering’, but is reasonably opaque with next to no show-through.
Our 140gsm sketch paper is also made at the same Cumbrian mill - its 'toothy' surface is perfect for all art mediums.
Our 100% Recycled paper used in our Elements of Nature notebooks is also British made and offers a fantastic all round performance.


All of our notebooks and journals are available in the following paper styles:

Ruled (8mm line spacing)
Grid Squares (5mm squares)
Dot Grid (5mm grid)


Our Notebooks

The Stamford Notebook™

Our notebooks are delightfully functional, beautifully designed and expertly crafted by hand in Stamford. We use our superb British milled paper and combine that with an enviable selection of sizes, cover materials and page styles. From our signature woven cloths, to exotic coated papers and luxury leather covers, we have an unrivalled choice! Why not take a look at our Elements of Nature range, with its 100% recycled British made paper, or our luxury Aurum Collection. Made with gilded edges, lay flat binding and finished with gold corners, it is a joy to own!


Our Sizes

Our range of notebooks and diaries are available in four standard sizes; Octavo Pocket, Quarto Medium, Crown Quarto and Folio Large, with the addition of The Rutland Notebook which is perfectly petite by comparison. We now offer several ranges in a single A5 size, perfect for everyday use.
Octavo Pocket Notebook – 9.2cm wide x 14.4cm high (just smaller than A6)
with 160 pages.
Quarto Medium Notebook – 13.7cm wide x 21.5cm high (just smaller than A5) with 140 pages.
Crown Quarto Notebook – 17.2cm wide x 23.9cm high (a little smaller than A4) with 160 pages.
Folio Large Notebook – 19.3cm wide x 30.1cm high (near A4) with 160 pages.
The Rutland Notebook – 9.2cm wide x 14.4cm high with 160 pages
A5 - 15x21cm 160 white pages
Aurum Iguana/Croc - 19x21cm with 160 pages

Our Refillable Leather Journals

Our refillable journals include our signature Traveller’s Journal, The Burghley Journal and Burghley Organiser and our NEW Aurum Cahier Cover. These are hand cut, dyed, sewn and finished by us in Stamford. We use a vegetable tanned shoulder which gives a beautiful finish yet remaining sturdy and practical. All journals are supplied with a choice of insert book, including ruled, plain, sketch, squares and dot grid. Our Traveller’s Journal is supplied complete with a handmade calico bag with leather drawstring (made by us) whilst the Burghley and Cahier Cover is supplied in a beautiful black gift box with gold embossing (also made by us!)

Our Sizes

 The Traveller’s Journal is available in three sizes:

Pocket - 10.5c x 16cm with two insert books, 60 pages in each.
Medium - 14.5 x 23cm with two insert books, 60 pages in each.
Crown Quarto - 17.5 x 25cm with two insert books, 60 pages each.

The Burghley Journal and Organiser is available in two sizes:
Pocket – 10.5 x 16cm with one inserted book, 176 page.
Medium – 14.5 x 23cm with one inserted book, 160page.

The Aurum Cahier Cover is available in one size, 16x23cm


We supply refills for all of our refillable journals. Again there is a choice of all configurations – ruled, plain, sketch, squares and diary formats.

Lifestyle Books

We like to think we've got quite a lot of life's events covered with this collection of beautiful hand bound books! From Visitor Books to Recipe Journals, Sailing Logs to Dinner Parties, we have a large and unique collection of books that can all be personalised or custom made with your branding or logo. We use a British milled 120gsm paper throughout - delightfully high quality and fountain pen friendly. If you require a certain cover material that is not available to order online just contact us to discuss!.



Our diaries are supremely functional! The layout includes a monthly planner grid, UK Public & Bank Holidays plus the daylight saving hour changes - no fluff!  We use our usual exceptionally high quality British milled, off-white, smooth paper throughout. Available in a remarkable selection of cover and page styles as well as sizes, each one is handmade to order. From our Independent best buy Day to Page Diary to our luxurious boxed Five Year Diary, we have a wide selection of styles and diary formats.

We offer Week to Page, Week to View, Day to Page, academic and Five Year Diary formats. We can also offer bespoke printed pages - Contact Us for more information


Our Colours

We are very lucky, as printers and bookbinders, to be able to work with a variety of bookbinding cloths, papers and leathers. As the manufacturers of all of our notebooks and journals, we are able offer the widest range of colours and textures. From bright, colourful Woven Cloth, hardwearing Library Buckram, tactile embossed and shimmering papers, to our exciting ranges of leathers.

Whichever of the over 70 Colours and style you order, your Stamford Notebook will include an elastic closure (depending on the style) and a ribbon page marker. Stamford is discretely embossed on the back of every notebook using original letterpress type. Each one comes packaged in a recyclable card sleeve and tray to make the perfect gift.


Make it personal

All of our Notebooks and Journals can be personalised - from just a couple of letters through to more complex lines of text. See our page on Personalisation.
Every item is discretely embossed on the back with the quality standard of ‘Stamford’, using original letterpress type.  

We also offer a complete bespoke service for all corporate requirements or white label/branded production. Find out more here.

Add a Presentation Gift Box

To complete your individual piece of style, there is the choice of a personalised luxury gift boxes to add that perfect finishing touch.

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