OAKLEAF Travellers Journal


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The OAKLEAF range of Traveller’s Journals is a close relative the Oak models, in fact it uses the same thick, durable leather on the outside but the inside of the cover is lined with a beautiful, soft pigskin.

The Oakleaf features a HAND-STITCHED perimeter of the cover with the best waxed thread, in the colour of your choice.

The outside is available in a wide variety of colours.

As with my other ranges, you are able to specify a multitude of options to personalise your journal cover.

It is hand-crafted, from the finest eco-friendly vegetable tanned leathers. The leather used is real genuine full-grain, the most sought after section of leather. The dyes used are low VOC environmentally-friendly, which are genuinely appreciated by the conscientious planet-aware consumer. The waxes used to provide a top level protection to the item are also natural materials.

Not only is it a strong and long-lasting journal cover, it also looks and feels superb – on the inside, as well as the outside.

All the journal covers, no matter which size you pick will come with 4 ELASTICS INSIDE, with a SPINE MOUNTED ELASTIC CLOSURE. Extra elastic will be enclosed so that if you want to loop in extra refills you may do so with the same colour.

If you would like your name pyrographed onto the front of your journal cover, I can do this for you. Please see this item:


SELECT THE SIZE of the journal you need from the DROP-DOWN MENU.

A7 fits 105 x 74mm (4.1” x 2.9”) Generic A7 sizes
PASSPORT: fits 124 x 89mm (4.88″ x 3.5″) Great for Midori Passport
POCKET: fits 140 x 90mm (5.5″ x 3.5″) Wide range available incl. Field Notes, Moleskine, Rhodia, Calepino)
A6: fits 148 x 105mm (5.82″ x 4.13″) Nice generic size, refills widely available
PERSONAL fits 171 x 95mm (6.73″ x 3.74″) For the Midori Personal size journal
B6 (ISO) fits 176 x 128mm (6.9″ x 5.03″) For International Standard B6 size
B6 (JIS) fits 180 x 127mm (7.08″ x 5″) For Japanese Standard B6 size.
REGULAR fits 210 x 110mm (8.26″ x 4.33″) Ideal for Midori Travelers Regular
SLIM: fits 210 x 115mm (8.26″ x 4.52″) Ideal for Moleskine Slim.
CAHIER: fits 210 x 127mm (8.26″ x 5”) Moleskine Large Cahier
A5 fits 210 x 148mm (8.26″ x 5.82″) Nice generic size, refills widely available
B5 fits 257 x 182mm (10.12″ x 7.17″) For Japanese Standard B5 size.

The sizes shown cover the most popular refills, however, I am able to make journal covers for any size. If you do not see the size you need, please contact me via Etsy.

SELECT THE COLOUR of your journal from the DROP-DOWN MENU.

Please be aware that the colours you see in the chart may differ from screen to screen – exact colour reproduction is impossible. Also, one piece of leather may take on dye differently from the next.

YOU CAN STOP THERE IF YOU ARE IN A RUSH TO ORDER – the options below all have defaults, so I can make your journal and it will still look and work wonderfully… but if you would like to personalise your journal a little further – free of any extra charge, then please read on.

The Default Cover would have: No pen loop, Maker’s Stamp on the back cover, Standard overhang, Hand-stitched perimeter in a colour chosen by me, No name tag and elastic colours chosen by me. If that doesn’t suit, you’ll need to let me know your choices.


Default is WITHOUT a loop.
If you want a pen loop (in the same colour as the cover) tell me the direction for it to be sewn. Either facing IN towards the cover’s spine (it is soft leather and flexes out when a pen is installed), OR Out (in the opposite direction, ie sticking out at the side of the cover).
Tell me if the size of the loop, either Small, Medium or Large, to suit the size of pen you use.
Tell me where you want the loop positioned up the side – either half way up (same as elastic closure) or ¾ up (between closure elastic and top of cover).
I can sew the loop on either the front or back of the cover. Most want it on the back, but do let me know where.

Pen Loop Size Guide (approx)
Small to fit Pen Diameter: 8mm; Circumference 25mm
Medium to fit Pen Diameter: 14mm; Circumference 44mm
Large to fit Pen Diameter: 18mm; Circumference 56mm

Tell me if you want the Maker’s Stamp on the rear of the cover.
Default is WITH the stamp.

Tell me the overhang you want.
Default is STANDARD

The overhang is the amount of leather projecting beyond the left/right hand edges of the paper inside – with four average sized journal refills loaded (approx 34 leaves each). The more you pack in, the larger the overhang you’ll want.

STANDARD: Approx 10mm
ULTRA: Approx 17mm (If you really want to fill that journal jam pack full, or are using slightly thicker journals.)
EXTREME: Approx 23mm (OK, this is over the top, but some folks want to do wild things with their journals 🙂 )

Tell me if you want a FREE name tag.
Default is WITHOUT

WITH: If you would like a stamped leather name tag fitted to the closure band, tell me the name you want – please check the spelling as I cannot change it once made! The lettering will be in 5mm high upper case only. Please try and keep to a maximum of about 12 letters due to space limitations.
BLANK: This will be an unstamped piece of leather.

Tell me the thread colour you would like.
Default is I will choose what I think is the best colour compliment.

Every journal cover is hand-stitched by me, using waxed polyester ‘Tiger’ thread. This thread is renown around the world and is used by the best saddle-makers, bag makers and leather crafters.

The colours to choose from are:

Pink Peony
Colonial Tan
Havanna Cigar
Mid Brown
Dark Brown
Navy Blue
Pea Green
Dark Grey

Tell me which elastic colour you want.
Default is I will choose the best available colour compliment.

This will be used as both the Closure Elastic and for the Suspension Elastics. I will also enclose some spare elastic which you can either use to make extra suspension loops or for future repair.

Note: These elastics are all approx 2mm in diameter.

Choose from


To make it easier to list the many options, you may find it quicker to cut and paste the section beneath into the ‘Notes to Seller’ part of your order and then fill in your choices.

If you’re ordering on your phone or tablet and have a problem copying and pasting – no worries, just list your options under the headings shown below.


Without / In / Out _____________
Small/ Medium / Large: _____________
Midway / 3/4 up _____________
Front / Back _____________

Standard / Ultra / Extreme _____________

None / Blank / Name _____________
State Name required: _____________

Yes / No _____________

Colour: _____________

Colour: _____________


That will be all the info I need to get your Journal Cover made.

Thank you for looking.

A Note on quality:
The leather used is the best, but as leather is a natural product, it should be expected to have some marks, scars and blemishes within it, all inherited from that animal’s life (just like our own skin). These variations just go to make up the back-story of the journal – the fact that one mark may be where it scratched against a tree or was bitten by an insect, I think is amazing. You have probably seen leathers in quality shops which are perfectly smooth – this is because that precious top layer has been carefully removed and a synthetic finish applied. So what you are getting here is in fact the genuine thing.

The dying of the item is also all by hand, so do expect some variation across the piece. Some colours make more of a variation than others. Undyed items will be supplied with their surfaces undyed without wax, polish or suchlike, as I appreciate purchasing an item ‘in the raw’ as such is usually because you will want to experience the evolution the leather will undergo over the weeks, months and years as it is exposed to handling and sunlight. I would recommend however that at some point, the leather is fed with a proprietary leather treatment to keep it supple and to resist cracking. Be aware that any application will darken the leather.

Note that this listing is for the leather cover and doesn’t include refills.

A Note on Shipping.
I try and use the mailing method that will get your item to you as quickly as possible but at a reasonable cost to you. In the UK, this is usually First Class Signed For. If you would rather save some money but receive your journal not quite so fast, or conversely, want it expressed to you, please contact me and I will see what I can do for you.

Please ensure you have familiarized yourself with this Etsy shop’s policies before ordering.

Additional information


Bordeaux, Chartreuse, Coal, Dark Brown, Evening, Fushcia, Gold, Green, Java, Mahogany, Medium Brown, Navy, Purple, Range, Scarlet, Silver, Slate Grey, Sunshine, Tan, Timber, Turquoise, Undyed, Violet


A5, A6, A7, B6 ISO, B6 JIS, Cahier, Passport, Personal, Pocket, Regular, Slim

Product Enquiry

Welcome to Meadowgate Leather which is located on the north-east coast of Essex in England.

Feel free to browse and purchase anything that takes your fancy in my shop.

If an item you see suddenly goes out of stock, it Should return within a day or two, as I clear the current order stream.

Anyhow, on with the main message! My name is Mike and everything you see in this shop is made by me. There is no machinery used in my workshop, no electronics, nothing is computerised or robotic. Everything you see has been cut by hand, punched by hand, hand-dyed, hand-painted and hand-stitched. My designs are forever being tweaked and improved to give even greater durability, usability, style and value, so sometimes a custom made piece may vary slightly to the picture you see, but only because it has now become better.

I take pride in both my work and on dispatching my goods very promptly.  Each of my finished products is unique – every item made by hand has a slight nuance, making it different from the one before it and the one following it. All my products are completely handmade and hand sewn.

Customer Service: If you’re not happy, then I’m not happy!

Shipping costs

Within United Kingdom (UK) £3.50
Outside United Kingdom (UK) £9.50

Shipping Details

Shipping from United Kingdom (UK)
Minimum shipping charge per order £2.00

Shipping Policy

I am based in Essex on the East coast of England and use our (surprisingly) efficient Royal Mail to post items. Within the UK, the Royal Mail will handle everything, however, posting to International addresses will mean final delivery will be via your own postal service. International orders will be shipped with the relevant customs forms - buyers are responsible for any import duty / charges your customs / border agencies may make. As standard, within the UK, I post Royal Mail First Class so your item should be with you within a day or two. Some items may require a signature on delivery. Internationally, I post Airmail which should take about 3 days to Western Europe, 5 days to Eastern Europe and major cities around the world. Everywhere should receive the item with about 7 days. These estimates are however just that, estimates, and even though I have posted the parcel on time, the delivery date can be affected by adverse weather etc, so please allow extra time for postal delays, and of course customs. Larger items are tracked so you and I will be able to check on the progress of the delivery. Where more than one item has been purchased, the postage value of the larger item takes precedence: ie. when purchasing a card of thread, I will gladly combine with up to five cards total of similar thread for the same postage. However, purchasing a thread card along with a much heavier item will attract the higher postage rate. I'm sure that is common sense to everybody, but thought it ought to be here just in case. However, the checkout system does not always see it this way, so in the event of a shortfall, I will contact you to discuss the situation. If 21 days have expired since receiving dispatch notification and you have still not received your parcel, please contact me and we will endeavour to resolve the situation. Be aware that I will dispatch to your NuMonday registered address, so please ensure it displays all the correct details. Ready-to-ship items will be posted within 1-2 business days. Made-to-order and Custom orders will ship as soon as they are ready, shipping estimates will be shown on the order, but in reality, I usually better these.

Return Policy

I am unable to accept returns or refunds on bespoke or custom made goods unless I have misrepresented an item or it is faulty. Please ask any questions you have prior to purchase to ensure it will meet your needs. The customer is responsible for paying the return postage and ensuring it's safe delivery. Any returned goods must arrive in 'unused' condition and the buyer is responsible for this and cost of postage. IF returning an item FROM OUTSIDE the UK, please mark the package 'RETURNED GOODS' so that it does not attract Import Customs Duty. The Customer is responsible for making the package thus and any package not marked and hence charged duty will have this amount subtracted from any refund. If an item arrives damaged-in-transit, please take photos and contact me immediately so that we may resolve the situation