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Hi all, Another review of under-the-radar stationery goodies: custom leather and half leather notebooks by BomoArt from Budapest, Hungary! I think I found them via another online shop carrying a small range of their products which looked very interesting, especially their notebooks They're combining a range of nostalgic/romantic/steam-punkish prints with leather spines of various colors to mix and match after your fancy (their web shop is pretty well made too!) Among others I picked this blank A5 notebook with dark brown leather spine and prints of a nostalgic aviary. The brand name is embossed at the back of every journal. Looks pretty classy. You can choose ruled or blank paper with various page counts. Each book has a ribbon bookmark and bright red end papers. Below you can see one of their thicker journals with 280 pages. Some of their motifs are quite kitschy for my taste but others are simply adorable like the balloons, the aviary or those roses. I love roses! I also ordered a small stationery box with 10 A4 sheets and 10 Din long envelopes. The box is a bit larger than the DL format - which is a pity because the A4 sheets come folded to fit into the box -, but beautifully made with some leather details. The envelopes are lined with the same balloon motif you can see on the box. The sheets are unprinted. The notebooks feel sturdy and well made. The covers are made of thick cardboard, the leather has a nice feel and isn't dyed to death. The paper doesn't disappoint either, it worked well with any ink and nib width I threw at it. (Especially that Danitrio and Diamine Asa Blue are a super wet killer combination) The blank books are A5 format whereas the lined ones are a little slimmer. Lines are light grey and unobtrusive. Beautiful products and at a rather low price point too (€17-20 for a half leather journal size A5). They also offer diaries, address books, giftwrap paper and all kinds of other papeterie stuff. I'm determined to get my daily diary for 2014 from them, probably with the balloon design. All books are handmade in Budapest and were made to my specifications. As usual no affiliation but a happy customer.
Some days ago I could finally get myself to visit this beautiful shop in Budapest, Hungary. I've been browsing their online store every week just to see their awesome products. Their new website just launched this week! http://www.bomoart.com/ They offer paper, leather and half leather bound notebooks, diaries, sketchbooks among many other things like postcards, greeting cards, calendars, boxes, etc with vintage like designs. Various styles, inspired by the atmosphere of the 1910s, '20s, '30s and '40s, all with amazing detail! Their designs are quite unique and original. You can almost get everything with the same matching pattern. For example, there is their hot air balloon themed design. If you really like that, its available on almost every product they offer! The spines of the leather products are beautiful! And the leathers feel really nice in hand. On top of that, you can choose the color of the leather you want. If you order a half leather bound notebook/planner online, you can select the design you'd like, and the preferred leather color as well! All in all, when I was browsing online, I was like "OMG!". When I went to the shop, "OMG! OMG! OMG!" The B&M shop is really small, but its filled up completely with their products. Abundant supply. So, what I've bought on my first little trip there, is a 3 pack of BomoMemo. A/5 sized, paper covered, lined notebooks, with 96 pages each. (I gave one to my sister. It had beautiful flowers on it, but I thought it would be a wee bit feminine for a hairy guy...) This is also available in A8 size, but with different cover designs in the pack. http://kepfeltoltes.hu/141202/P1230609_1_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg http://kepfeltoltes.hu/141210/P1230603_1_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg Again. Amazing detail!!! They are just pure joy to look at! (The Christmas card is also from them) And they don't only look good from the outside. The inside of the covers are also taken care of, and there is a red plastic-like dividing page both on the front and back. Its like those pages what are mostly found in photo albums, just thicker. http://kepfeltoltes.hu/141210/P1230623_1_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg http://kepfeltoltes.hu/141210/P1230702_1_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg Luckily the paper itself is also nice! It has a little texture, but nothing bad. It takes ink quite well. It can bleed with wetter inks or nibs though, but most of the time there is just show though. What also happens with wet inks is that the letters can get a little bit hairy. Most of the time you have to look really close to see it. http://kepfeltoltes.hu/141202/P1230636_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg http://kepfeltoltes.hu/141202/P1230629_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg Stormy Grey is on the wet side. http://kepfeltoltes.hu/141210/P1230685_1_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg The dots did bleed a little, but the tattoo like process doesn't make it easy for many papers. Most of those are also just show though. http://kepfeltoltes.hu/141210/P1230714_1_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg http://kepfeltoltes.hu/141210/P1230718_1_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg http://kepfeltoltes.hu/141210/P1230720_1_www.kepfeltoltes.hu_.jpg No disappointment at all! It worthed every penny! (Forint...haha) I hope I can get myself a full leather planner for 2015 form them.