I looked through all the journals to be had on Amazon, and even looked on eBay, wanting to find something that would be perfect for my needs. I found several of the Peter Pauper Journals that I liked, but was unsure if I'd like them because I was worried that the gilding would be gaudy and the covers all shiny and slick and modern-looking. When my journals arrived and I opened the box, I found all my worries to be for naught.
These journals are exquisite! They are not gaudy, they are nicely bound and beautifully designed for someone who wants a place to keep their thoughts.
This Klimt design is very nice, on the front and on the back, with a muted gold blank spine which could very easily be labeled or written on with a title or date. The gilding is there, but it's subtle, it does not overpower, and it's just enough to heighten the pleasure of looking at the cover. The lines on the pages are not dark, they are also muted. Nothing intrusive, just enough of a line for guidance in writing. Even the gold sales label with the bar code is nice (I know that sounds insane, but it IS nice) - I peeled it off the back cover but stuck it on the inside of the back cover to keep it. The elastic band attached to the back cover for holding the journal closed or perhaps marking your page is also very thoughtfully designed to not get in the way of writing.
I really think this journal is well-designed and I'm delighted to own it. I will buy more when I fill these. Bravo, Peter Pauper Press!