The idea of what would later become ‘About Blanks’ started a couple of years ago. It all happened at the library, fascinated by the looks, textures and smell of old books, the idea arose to reuse old book covers for sketchbooks. You can read our entire story at the About page.
Every About Blanks sketchbook and notebook has a different cover. By refilling old book covers with blank sketch paper each About Blanks is different and therefore unique. Not only the cover is unique, the dimensions vary per item too, that’s why they’re all handmade.
Whats the difference between a sketchbook and a notebook?
We use the terms sketchbook and notebook interchangeably. All About Blanks are filled with unlined blank sketch paper. The sketch paper comes from responsible sources (FSC). The paper has a light cream shade and the texture makes it perfect for sketching and making notes.
Within our unique production process quality is very important. Sustainability also means your notebook should be able to last a long time. To secure quality we only select the best materials. We like to compare our books with long worn jeans, which only become more beautiful the longer they’ve been used. It may become pale, but you shouldn’t get cold legs.
Within the Netherlands the shipping costs are €1,95 per shipment. When ordered on a weekday before 17:00hrs your package is shipped the same day and normally delivered the next day. Small packages usually fit through the letter mailbox, so you do not have to stay at home to receive it. Shipments within Europe are €5,95 and outside the EU the costs are €9,95 per shipment. Delivery time varies by country.
Next to our webshop you can find our sketchbooks and notebooks in an increasing number of (offline) stores. You can go to Amsterdam, Antwerp or Berlin, to name a few. In every shop you’ll find a unique stock, as each of our sketchbooks is different. Besides that, you can often find us at events and markets, such as the Swan Market in Rotterdam and the Sunday Market in Amsterdam. View our Store Locator for an up to date list of our resellers. Do you know a unique and hip store, where our products should not be missed? We would love to hear it from you.
Is it possible to order a customized About Blanks?
Yes! There’s nothing better than writing in your own personal notebook. Do you have an old children’s book laying around, or did you find a super nice old book cover? We’d love to transform your old book into a unique sketchbook or notebook. Please send us a message and we’ll go to work for you. Are you cleaning up your bookcase and do you want to give your old books a new life? We’re always searching for old book covers and love to buy your box full of old hard covers. Please send us a message.
Unfortunately there are currently no job vacancies or job openings available. We’re regularly looking for marketing, communication and graphic design interns. Please follow our website and social media for new vacancies.
Are you a (web)shop owner and do you want to sell our sketchbooks and notebooks? Or do you own a company and do you want to buy a large number of our products as a gift for your relations? Please fill out the wholesale form or give us a call at +31649680554 for more information.
Dusty closets, forgotten attic corners and book fairs, all of our About Blanks have a special past life behind them. Are you cleaning up your bookcase and do you want to give your old books a new life? We’re always searching for old book covers and love to buy your box full of old hard covers. Please send us a message.
Although we want to use and reuse our materials as much as possible, unfortunately some materials can no longer be reused. These residual materials are collected and presented to the recycling system. Waste paper is recycled and is used to produce new paper and cardboard. Do you have an idea or want to use (a part of) our residual material? You can send us messages here.