No. 30 Leather Journal Notebook Cover

Refillable, full-grain steerhide composition journal notebook cover. Handmade in the USA.

  • Full-grain, American Steerhide
  • Dimensions: 8” (W) x 10 ½” (H) closed, holds standard composition notebooks
  • Includes 7 ⅜” x 9 ¾” Journal Register Insert
  • Left & right journal insert pockets 3 ¼” x 10” hold journal securely
  • Interior business card pocket, pen/pencil pocket, and leather bookmarks
  • May be personalized



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No. 30 Personalized, Refillable Leather Journal

This vintage-inspired leather journal cover is great for executives, writers, journalers, note takers and list makers. Available in a variety of colors – all handmade in the USA with our full-grain, double-tanned American steerhide. 

The leather composition journal has been around since the mid-1800s or thereabouts. Even with the proliferation of electronic devices, its popularity and relevance endures. 

I’m not guaranteeing that writing in this handsome notebook will inspire you to greatness or improve the quality of your cognitive reasoning, but I can guarantee you’ll look good using it. 

– Colonel Littleton

Date the registers on the inside cover, file them away and you have a chronicle of your daily activity and a treasure for future generations – your life story as told by you.

Colonel’s Journal Register, which may be reordered, contains 160 ruled and center-stitched pages (80 sheets). Opens flat so you can write on both sides of the paper. Standard composition notebooks also work well with our journal cover.

Construction & Extras

Reinforced leather spine and edge stitching for durability. Extra storage with interior pockets for business cards and pens. We’ve included the Colonel Expedition Pencil, brass paper clip, and Journal Register. The notebook cover includes two attached leather bookmarks. Personalize your journal with 3 block initials engraved on solid brass plate.

Made in the Col. Littleton Workshop in Lynnville TN, USA from full-grain American steerhide. 

Our polished leather is both vegetable-tanned and hand-tanned to a smooth finish. Over time, this special leather develops its own natural character and patina – the more you use this journal, the better it looks. This item is also available in Tobacco Brown American Buffalo.

  • Leather Composition Journal overall dimensions 8” x 10 ½” (closed)
  • Available in Vintage Brown and Black with Brown Trim
  • Journal Register Paper Insert 7 ⅜” x 9 ¾” x ½″ (closed)
  • Left and right journal insert pockets (hold writing journal secure) 3 ¼″ x 10″ 
  • Business card pocket 2 ¼” x 3 ½” (inside dimensions)
  • Pen pocket 2 ¼” x 4 ¼” (inside dimensions)
  • Product packaging includes a protective cotton canvas dust bag and gift box


Refill Options:

No. 30 Composition Journal Refills

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43 reviews for No. 30 Leather Journal Notebook Cover

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  1. I received my beautiful Col. Littleton leather journal and have used it with joy! It was a gift from my university as I was heading out to live in Spain. So, it has become my globe traveling companion. I recently ordered refill notebooks and hope to use it for many productive years. What a meaningful gift … and so useful!

    • Wow, thank you for taking us with you on your journeys Tom! We’re so glad your No. 30 Journal Cover has served you well and hope it continues to do so for years to come! Thank you for your review.

  2. Several years ago I received a No. 30 Leather Journal Notebook Cover as a Christmas gift. I have used it nearly every day since. It still looks like it is brand new. This week I noticed that I needed a refill of the No. 30 composition notebook. I ordered two at lunchtime yesterday and received them by FedEx before 10:00am this morning. Colonel Littleton has wonderful leather products and outstanding customer service. And thanks, Colonel Littleton for the Moon Pie. I have been enjoying them since I was a little boy. It is really nice doing business with people who care.

    • Hi Ronnie! Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We’re so glad to hear that your Notebook Cover has been serving you well for several years. Thank you for your STELLAR review!

  3. I just received my No. 30 Journal and although I heard about the great packaging, until you receive an item, you will never appreciate true packaging.

    Once I made my way past opening my box and the free items included, I then saw the Journal; the workmanship, color and quality is next level.

    Thank you Colonel Littleton team…I will be recommending you to anyone wanting the best service and quality.

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We are committed to producing quality, handcrafted products that showcase our time-honored standards of excellence and deep respect for the Americana tradition. Col. Littleton products go through rigorous testing and numerous quality inspections before being shipped to our customers. Should you receive a Col. Littleton product that is defective in materials or workmanship, you can count on us to make it right. Our guarantee is limited to the cost of the product itself. It also does not cover normal wear and tear. We feel if you just plain “wore it out,” you got your money’s worth. Also, we cannot be responsible for an item which has suffered through alteration, damage due to improper cleaning, improper use, mishandling or accident. If we made a mistake in personalizing your product or if the product is defective in materials or workmanship, of course we’ll replace it. Otherwise, personalized products are not returnable.

Our Leather

Leather is a passion for me. There are more kinds of leather and leather processing out there than you can shake a stick at. You can mold leather into just about any shape or form. You can make every hide look just alike. You can dye it green, blue or even pink. You can apply a finish, coat it, spray it or make it look slick and shiny. That’s not what we’re about at Col. Littleton. To me the beauty is in the naturalness of the leather. People always comment to me about the special “feel” of our leather and how it becomes even more beautiful after it has some wear on it. It’s all about our leather process. When you buy Col. Littleton leather goods, you’re buying, for the most part, full-grain American vegetable-tanned steerhide that has received a minimum of alteration. We don’t apply a finish to hide character markings. The way I see it, every marking tells a story and covering them robs the piece of its life and character.

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I see a real resurgence in the country today for products made in America. Our focus is to design and create products that speak to the time-honored traditions that have made this country great such as handmade craftsmanship, authentic rich leathers and quality workmanship. There’s a nostalgic feel about the products we make . . . most of them could have been made 100 years ago and many are made using turn-of-the-20th-century methodology and machinery. Our products are true Americana; forged as our forefathers intended by people who care and take pride in making a beautiful product.

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