I keep several journals on hand. I may not use them everyday, but they are available for my writing and sketching adventures. I prefer to keep my journals inside a cover for protection and for throwing into my backpack and basically not worry about it. I’ve tried various ones from plain covers to zip arounds and from poly-made to leather-made.
You might have heard of the Lochby brand from my previous post about my favorite pen case. Well. Lochby also makes journal covers. In the same waxed canvas fabrics and same colors. They call it the “perfect planner, journal, and sketchbook cover” to hold A5 size journals. They also include a complementary thin dot grid refill (72 pages) with Tomoe River Paper in 68gsm inside the cover. To get you started.
I fell in love with this cover before receiving it in person. This cover checked all the boxes of my journal cover requirements. Here’s my lovely journal cover in brown. It’s quite rugged looking.
First off, do you see the metal hook in the picture? That’s aircraft grade aluminum metal. The strap that contains the hook is adjustable. Which means I can add additional journals, papers, etc and still be able to close the cover. I can tighten the strap and safely carry the contents without worries.
There’s a generous pen loop made of durable elastic. I can actually put my chunky TWSBI GO or my Estie OS Sparkle in the pen loop.
On the back spine there’s a durable web strap for those of us who need to grab our journal and go. On the backside of the cover is a velcro pocket.
I wanted to share this picture with you. There are times when the hook makes a noise by moving around my desk or dangles. I have found a solution in the following picture. I place the metal hook into the pen loop. It stays in place until I unhook it.
So now, let’s take a look at the inside of this brilliant journal cover.
I’ll let you spend a fews minutes with the above picture.
There are strings for holding your journal books. There’s also two bookmark strings to keep your place in your journal(s). Pockets galore are located on the left side. On the right side is a sleeve to hold folded papers or a journal like I have in my configuration.
Remember the back pocket I mentioned? It’s a nice deep pocket that has a velcro closure. I could easily place a thin journal or folded pieces of paper here.
This brown journal cover is actually my second Lochby cover. The first one I bought was the black waxed canvas version. That one has a tan interior and basically the same identical cover. This brown cover reminds me going on a rustic adventure and so I plan on using this with my art journals. The black cover will house my regular journals for daily writings.
Lochby has A5 journal refills available in: dot grid, plain or blank, narrow ruled, and wide ruled formats. I can easily slip these refills into the cover’s strings.
This field journal cover is made well, rugged, and durable. Everything a sewist in me enjoys seeing and appreciates. It’s extremely functional as to how I can organize my journal(s). I can have one thick journal or several slims ones depending on how I configure and place the journals in the cover. Lots of storage pockets for my accessories and papers. Durable strap and closure to keep things secured. I have to add. That metal hook is an awesome idea!
Here are pictures of my Lochby Quattro pen cases (slideshow). Enjoy!