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Back to School with Blue Sky Papers

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Even though it seems like summer just got started, we are only days away from sending the kiddos Back to School. With this comes lots of nostalgia and excitement. As well as, the pressure to get organized and prepped for the first day and the new school year ahead (parents too).

Back to School Supplies with Blue Sky Papers

I personally have always enjoyed starting a new semester (even though my days as a student are far behind me), as it symbolizes a fresh start, a new beginning, a new season and who couldn’t use a reset every once in a while?


The first day of school is filled with lots of ‘new’ things. New teachers, new friends, new schedules…and (the best part) new school supplies! So today, we have rounded up some of our favorite back to school supplies to help you (Mom, Dad, Teacher, college student, etc.) start this school year off fresh, organized and in style!

Portfolios + Leather Notebook Covers : 


1. Refillable Leather Journal //  2. Composition Notebook Cover

3. Leather Padfolio  // 4. Colorful Refillable Notebook

Writing Journals :


  1. Rustic Refillable Writing Journal //  2. Travelers Notebook

3. Rustic Writing Journal // 4. Italian Leather Personal Diary

5. Rifle Botanical Journal

Sketchbooks : 


1. Leather Nature Journal // 2. Italian Leather Artist Sketchbook

3. Moleskin Watercolor Sketchbook // 4. Wanderlust Adventure Book

5. Constellation Leather Sketchbook

And you of course can’t start the new school year without a new datebook! Check out all of our 2016 planners here.

Blue Sky in the Wild: Travel Sketchbook on the Road

Friday, September 11th, 2015

This year, as we get ready to share some new leather journal, sketchbook, and album designs, we decided to focus on the art of keeping a travel sketchbook or journal to inspire your latest adventures.

We asked a few bloggers and instagrammers to share their adventures with us through their Blue Sky Papers books, and we’re excited to introduce you all to Vanessa who loves blogging about art journaling!

Vanessa recently used our leather rustic artisan (oiled leather) as a travel sketchbook to house her watercolors, sketches from the road, and other unique findings as she traveled by car through Canada and the United States. We love that she asked us to make it in a vertical orientation for her. Made with watercolor paper from Italy, the pages hold ink and paint well without bleeding through.

Travel Sketchbook - watercolor paper - handmade by Blue Sky Papers

photos via Dans Mon Crane

One of our favorite journal entries from her was her depiction of retro motel signs she spotted on her journey. We also love how she took her travel sketchbook to the sea and included her beautiful take on seashells and rocks.

Travel Sketchbook for a road trip to the beach - handmade by Blue Sky Papers

photos via Dans Mon Crane

Vanessa said her artisan was lightweight, easy to carry, and didn’t warp, which is something we’re really glad to hear! We made the leather artisan to hold dimensional items such as photographs and other mementos.

It’ so easy for most blank books to warp as you add items to them, but adding items is half the fun! With a little wiggle room our leather artisan book is the perfect travel companion!

Be sure to follow Vanessa on Instagram. This month, she’ll be taking her artisan with her to Mexico for an art journaling workshop. We can’t wait to see what she does next!

If you’re a blogger with a travel or art focus and would love to participate in our Blue Sky in the Wild series, please email Christina[at] for details!