To be honest my 15-16€ Grail diary is pretty ok. Far from perfect, inserts and rubber band missing. But the print quality is nice and it’s an actual bound journal. Making it my own at the moment.
Just finished (like seriously 5min) darkening the pleather (which is actually pretty close to real deal in feel, just too darn light in colour). Already went in and sanded the corners but after shoe polish it doesn’t show up so I’ll lightly go over the edges again. I’ll use pigments inside to give a splotchy appearance of age as advised by a fellow board member and as the cover pages are unfortunately whiter than my teeth, I’ll use a bit of coffee on those to give the book a nice smell as well (haha, but actually it’ll camouflage the shoe polish fragrance nicely too).
Ps sorry for the bad pics, took them out of the blue just for this post.
View attachment 1656464
View attachment 1656465