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About Our Paper

Please note, since our products are handmade, no two products are exactly the same. There will be slight variations caused by the natural textures and elements of the materials that are used. 

Our products come with the following papers:

  • Tree Free Cotton Paper (mill made)
  • Tree Free Cotton Paper (handmade)
  • Standard Paper
  • Pressed Flower Paper

Tree Free Cotton Paper (mill made)

Most of our journals come with tree free cotton paper unless otherwise noted on the individual product pages. 

Elements of this paper include:

  • Luxurious feel and a unique texture
  • Small visible specks of cotton fibers
  • Stronger in strength then regular wood-pulp based paper
  • Heavier (125 gsm) than regular wood-pulp based paper
  • Acid and chemical free

The cotton used to manufacture the papers is not the cotton used in clothing, but rather the byproduct of the textile industry that may otherwise be discarded and end up in a landfill.  This recovered material is salvaged and used to create our cotton papers. 

Water Coloring: 

A lot of our customers use our journals for water coloring. While the weight of our tree free paper limits bleeding, it also buckles when exposed to too much water. Our suggestion would be to use watercolor sparsely across the journal. If you are looking for a journal exclusively for the purposes of water coloring then we would suggest purchasing a journal with 150gsm or heavier paper.

Fountain Pen: 
Fountain pen can be used with our journals (with tree free paper) however the ink is not absorbed fast so there is a risk of smearing. Additionally, the coarse nature of the paper makes it not as smooth of an experience. Ideally, we would recommend an ink jet pens for the best writing experience. Our paper has a lot of texture to it so ink jet will help create the smoothest writing experience. 

Our journals with standard lined paper provide a better experience for fountain pen enthusiasts. 

Check out this video by Journal Joy that provides a detailed overview of the paper in our journals. 

Mill Made vs. Handmade Tree Free Paper

Mill made technique helps us create more consistency in the quality, cutting, and texture of the tree free paper used in the journals. Handmade technique is used when we want to add an additional element of vintage feel to our journals. Handmade technique adds inconsistency and rough edges to the tree free paper.

What is GSM?

GSM is an acronym standing for Grams per Square Meter. The higher the GSM number, the heavier the paper. Standard photocopier paper or printer paper is around 80gsm.


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