Nowadays, it seems like we can do everything using our mobile phone apps. We’re not saying that there’s anything wrong with that, but every once in a while, you should ditch your iPad for the good old-fashioned journal.
The digital devices can never surpass the convenience you get when using pen and paper. The truth is, using notepads exercises our brains in ways that digital devices never can. When you open that blank page, you immediately start thinking of ideas to jot down. This is contrary to digital technology, which has trained our minds that information is readily accessible.
But it’s not enough to buy a notepad and fill it with information. You also have to buy a cover, as they go hand in hand. At the expense of some extra weight, the best notebook covers increase durability. They do this by protecting them from moisture, sweat, wear and tear.
Whether you’re buying one for your travel notebook or a notepad you use to record your to-do lists, there are a couple of things you should look for when purchasing one.
Type – For starters, you should look at all the different types of covers available in the market. There are two main designs. The first type is one that can be used for a single notepad while the second can be used on several small-sized notebooks. If you don’t take notes often, then the first option is the best.
But if you’re the kind of person who keeps several notepads- one to record your ideas, another to record work projects and another for your creative writing projects- then the latter is the best option.
Material – The second thing you should consider is material. The best material is leather, which we recommend leather because it looks great even when it’s been used for a while. In fact, old leather notebook covers give off that vintage and expensive vibe.
They are are also versatile. Some are designed in such a way that they can accommodate a pen holder, card slots and more. This is achieved by fitting it with pocket, zippers and other components that increase their functionality.
Size – Another thing to keep in mind is that notepads or journals come in a variety of sizes. Thus, the covers will also be in different sizes. They range from big sizes such as a notebook cover 8.5 x 11-inch to the small 3 x 4 –inch type.
Below find the best notebook covers:
The Cambridge refillable by Mead is simple yet lovely. It is hand-sewn, giving it that personal touch. Plus it’s made of durable leather-like material.
Mead Cambridge is designed for a notepad of size 6” by 9.5”. And the good thing is, the manufacturer has already provided a 48-page book to get you started.
Although it only comes in a black color, we like the fact that it has an interior pocket, 4 business card slots and a pen loop. Use the pocket to keep loose papers and the pen loop to store your favorite pen.
The first thing you’ll notice about this Bellroy is that it comes in a variety of colors. You can choose from black, blue steel, caramel, cocoa and eucalyptus shades. For official use, we recommend the blue-colored version as it matches well with formal wear.
Aesthetics aside, the Bellroy is highly-durable. So if you’re looking for something with a long shelf life, this one is a good choice.
Furthermore, it’s designed to hold small-sized journals of sizes 3.5” by 5.5”. It also has an inside pocket that can hold 4 to 6 business cards.
And although all these features sound superb, we’ve saved the best for last. That is, Bellroy Leather has a magnetic closure to keep all the contents securely in place.
The only thing that the manufacturer recommends to buyers is that they should avoid stuffing it with more items that it can hold. Doing so can stretch the leather material; thus, compromise its quality and durability.
For a bigger notebook of size 9.75” by 7.5”, you’ll need a sizeable cover like the Refillable Leather Composition. And that’s not the only thing you get. The manufacturer also provides a composition notepad with about 100 sheets. Once you fill up the pages, the notepad can easily be refilled.
The high quality top grain leather used in its construction means that it’s durable. And, you get to choose from two colors: dark brown and black. The notebook and cover are perfect for school, office and home use.
They’d also make nice gifts for your loved ones. Or you could buy them for your own use. Either way, you will really love the design and functionality of the Leather Composition by Rustic Ridge.
If you don’t want to purchase a separate journal and cover, there are a few options on our list that come with everything you need, such as Le vent refillable journal.
For starters, the Le vent is the perfect notebook cover for work. Why? Because it can hold all the items you’d need for a meeting. These include a pen holder, an inside pocket for your business cards and notepads as well as 2 journals (flat lined and blank).
It’s designed for standard A5 notepads and it allows you to change them once they fill up. Both the 5” by 7” and 5” by 8”-sized journals fit nicely.
As for the journals, they contain ink-proof cream paper to provide you with the best experience when you want to draw, sketch and write.
In an effort to contribute to environmental protection, MoonSafari has come up with a luxury line of multipurpose notebook covers. The Rocketbook type is inspired by smart technology and is meant to be used with the Executive Rocketbook and other notepads of a similar size.
In particular, it’s compatible with the Wave, Everlast and a few A5 spiral notepads that are no more than 8.8” by 6”.
The Rocketbook is advertised as animal-friendly and eco-friendly. This is because it’s made exclusively from vegan products. The manufacturer also ensures that their production processes don’t result in landfill waste and pollution.
But this is not the only feature that makes the Rocketbook stand out. It doubles up as notebook cover organizer. Simply put; it gives you an easy way of organizing your writing supplies, bank cards, work and travel documents among others. Plus, it’s accessorized using elastic bands so that it can conform to your style.
If you’re an outdoorsy person who loves to document your experiences, you will love the construction of the Rocketbook. It’s weather-resistant, meaning it can withstand every kind of abuse; from spills to dirt and sticky items.
Looking to buy a gift for a female colleague? The Classic Genuine Leather, which is available in pink is an excellent option. It comes in other colors including blue, black, white, brown and crystal green.
But what really sets it from the pack is its construction. It’s first cut out from a big sheet of vegetable tanned leather. It is then dyed, waterproofed and coated with a layer of wax to increase protection. With time, the wax on the leather tends to disappear, making the surface look much brighter and unique.
The Classic comes with three refillable notepads. Each notepad contains 64 pages of high-quality writing paper. The cover is designed for a pocket notebook as it measures 5.3” by 4” by 0.8”.
When buying a cover for notepads, most people look for products that can accommodate a few of their everyday carry items. The Tomoe River Field is one such item.
Measuring 9.25” by 6.75”, it is extremely lightweight and it can hold several items. More specifically, the interior pocket can fit Kindle, business and credit cards, passport and several pens and pencils.
The manufacturer also provides one A5 notebook with a hard cover, which contains high-quality Tomoe River white paper. This type of paper is loved for being resistant to bleeding through. Plus, the 296 pages in the notepad can handle a range of inks and pen nibs.
This list wouldn’t be complete without including the Folio Cover by Vanyuan. It’s a classic tactical cover that looks incredibly stylish. We say ‘tactical’ because it can hold a ton of things, in addition to your notepad.
The Folio is meant for A5-sized notepads, which are no more than 9” by 6”. This makes it perfect for the Rocketbook Everlast executive size, the Moleskine large size notepad and the Elfinbook A5.
As already mentioned, the Folio helps to keep your items organized. It can comfortably hold 3 business card holders. It also has a ton of pockets for holding memo notes, standard A6 notepads and pens. The cover also includes a transparent phone pocket with zipper.
Most covers are made of leather. However, this one is different as it’s made of recycled fabric material. The fabric gives it a smooth texture and it makes it easy to wash.
Unless you plan to fill your notebook with writings in one day, there’s a high chance that it won’t survive long. More so, if you have a habit of keeping it in a bag where you put all other EDC items. To ensure you’re getting value from your notepad, you should pair it with a durable cover such as the ones in our review.