Learn More About Notebooks

In high school, we’d use sharpies to doodle smiley faces or our crush’s initials on the front of our notebooks. Now as adults we want that same DIY vibe, but for it all to look a bit more sophisticated. That’s the beauty of custom notebooks!

You don’t have to be a bona fide artist for yours to look awesome. These tips and tricks will help you get started!

Tips for Customizing Your Notebooks

Notebooks are great wedding favors, trade show giveaways, and employee gifts. Your custom design will really stand out if you:

  1. 1. Stick to your budget.
  2. 2. Choose an eye-catching cover.
  3. 3. Use the entire imprint area.
  4. 4. Print in black or white.
  5. 5. Add a little extra something.

Stick to Your Budget

Money doesn’t grow on trees, as cool as that would be. You need to make sure you stick with a budget-friendly notebook as your canvas.

Find your comfort zone and try any of these options!

What’s Your Notebook Budget?

The good news is you can still find spiral notebooks with a more high-end look or hardcovers that won’t break the bank. Explore your choices and choose one that works best for you.

Choose an Eye-Catching Cover

Now that you have an idea of how much you want to spend, the next step is choosing a cool cover. It’s the first thing someone will notice when looking at your notebooks.

You can’t go wrong with any of these trendy options!


Marble has been taking over everywhere – home décor, kitchenware, and of course, notebooks. This stylish look is especially great for realtors as client gifts.


A bit of bamboo adds an unexpected look to a traditional notebook. It’s a super eco-friendly material that works well for green non-profits and organizations.


Go for a polished look with a woodgrain notebook. They’re perfect for barnyard weddings, rodeos, and any event with a rustic theme.


These notebooks are made from canvas. They are practical, yet trendy, which makes them essential at college campuses for all those lengthy lectures.

Color Ring

Put a twist on classic spiral notebooks by choosing an option with colorful rings. Kids will especially love using these notebooks for creative writing.


Do you want to make a gift basket for a food lover? A cork-covered journal is great for recipes and fits right in with a nice bottle of wine and set of coasters.


Shine bright by customizing a metallic notebook. A variety of industries can use these eye-catching journals to promote their brand, from banks to hair salons.

Color Block

Here’s proof that you don’t have to pick just one color. A color block notebook is professional and makes for an awesome employee gift around the holidays.


The gradient look has been a favorite for years. The colors go from light to dark and work well for any event, but especially those with a younger crowd.


Maybe you’re hosting an event with a lot of glitz and glamour like an auction, art gala, or movie premiere. Offer your guests custom notebooks with little metallic dots on the bottom of the cover.

Full Color

Your custom design can take up the entire cover with full color printing. This option is especially great for healthcare facilities who have colorful logos or ads.

Each notebook above comes with a few ideas on how you can use it, but feel free to mix-and-match to your heart’s content! Ultimately, you want to choose something that’s eye-catching, stylish, and will be carried around everywhere.

Use the Entire Imprint Area

Notebooks are one of the best promotional items of all time because there’s a ton of space for your design on the cover. The imprint area, which is the space where your logo or message is printed, has plenty of room for everything imaginable!

Your notebooks will look best if you fill up enough of the cover. Are you not sure what to print? Here are a few ideas to get you started!

A quippy message

Your company’s logo

A name and a
small clipart image


The imprint area is set in stone and can’t be changed. The good news is 99.9% of the time it’s front and center on the cover where everyone can see your design!

Print in Black or White

When you’re ordering custom notebooks in bulk, you typically have a limit on the number of colors you can print before you’re charged extra. A trendy cover gives you that pop you’re looking for, allowing you to keep the custom design simple.

Keep it simple and print your message or image in black or white. This will show up against the cover of the notebook, while at the same time adding that cool personal touch you want.

Add a Little Extra Something

A notebook is an office or classroom essential. It pairs well with a ton of other supplies, but the most obvious addition is a cool pen.

You’ve got a ton of options when it comes to the different types of pens out there. Each one comes with a variety of color options and some even write with special ink!

Why You Should Customize Notebooks

Custom notebooks are awesome because you have all the room in the world to be creative. Meanwhile, the people who receive one will use them time and time again for grocery lists, meetings notes, short stories, and everything in between.

The notebooks you choose don’t have to be plain and boring. Get colorful and creative and you’ll really make an impression!

Write in style and save on your custom notebooks with this coupon!

*This coupon is valid for new customers only between 3/25/2020 and 3/1/2030. All products within the notebooks category are eligible for 5% off. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer.

The Bottom Line

Remember, in this case people will be judging your notebook on its cover! Hopefully these tips and tricks help you feel ready to conquer your next custom project.

About the author

Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa is a promo expert with over four years of experience in the industry. She is the Lead Copywriter at Quality Logo Products and has had work published for the Promotional Products Association International and the Advertising Specialty Institute.