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Markings® by C.R. Gibson - Black Bonded Leather Journal - Ruled, 5" x 8"

Item Number MJ5-4791


Availability: In stock

Product Information

A 5 x 8", ruled journal perfect for everyday note taking or writing the next great American novel.

  • Black Genuine Bonded Leather Cover
  • Cover Size: 5" W x 8.25" H x .75" D
  • 240 Ivory-colored, ruled pages (120 front and back pages)
  • 32 lines per page - .25" spacing
  • Accordion Style Storage Pocket on inside back cover
  • Elastic Band Closure to keep journal closed
  • Black Satin Ribbon Marker
  • Paper stock is acid & lignin free and soy inks
  • Smyth sewn binding to lay flat for writing
  • This journal is the same as MJ5R-9485

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Constant companion

Have been writing in these journals for many years. Due to extras (banded closure, ribbon marker, easy read color, just the right spacing on lines) I have been unwilling to write in anything other than Markings Journals.
Keep making these lovely personal journals!

Posted by Karen on 2/12/19

Small journal

Use the 8x10 journal for daily writing at my desk at home. The 5x8 is perfect carry along for the odd thoughts as I go about my day outside the house. I attend a lot of meetings where it is sized for ample writing without being an intrusion --- "Oh, he's taking notes"-size. Attractive, durable and especially appreciate the quality of the paper as I write with a fountain pen. Please don't stop making this fine product!!

Posted by Mike on 2/9/19


I love the size, the flexibility and look of this journal.

Posted by Katie on 6/8/18

Just What I Needed!

I use these journals as my Bullet Journal. I average three months per journal, so I buy four a year. They are PERFECT. Just what I needed! I LOVE the feel and the "college-ruled" look of the line spacing. I'll never switch!

Posted by Dan Tricarico on 4/21/18

Best Journal

This is the second journal I have bought from them, and I absolutely love it. Better than a Moleskine, hands down. And it works beautifully with my fountain pen. I absolutely love it.

Posted by Alice on 1/31/18

Wonderful Professional Journal

This is a great journal/notebook to use for work meeting notes. It's compact enough to stick in your purse for offsite meetings yet presents a professional image. Very sturdy, maintains it's great quality look throughout the entire use of the book. I am on my 3rd book. Previously purchased at Target but now I buy direct from the company. Thank you!

Posted by J. Smith on 12/14/17

Fillers for 5x8 black leather cover

Where to buy?

Posted by George Moore on 11/13/17

Perfect Journal

I use this notebook every day. I follow a simplistic version of a bullet journal with some flair occasionally with markers and stamps. It has the perfect spacing for lines and the paper quality is great with my fine nibbed fountain pen. For the price you can't find one better, believe me, I've looked. Perfect size to carry around with you all day and look respectable in business meetings.

Posted by Hannah Smith on 8/2/17

Great Journal

have been using the journal for over six years now. Previously purchased air Target but appears they no longer carry the product. So I ordered directly from you. had been using the Bonded leather style MJ5-4791, mainly in black but had purchased in brown and green when black not available. Thought I was ordering the same product but received MJ5-14672 instead. I liked the blank inside pages to write and color mantras. The purpose of journal is to write three pages each morning, but would like to color as have always done. Looked up MJ5-4791 on your site but came up as not found. Will need to order again from you in future. Please let me know if there is a way to order the product with blank inside. Thank you! Best regards - Duane Winfield

Posted by Duane Winfield on 7/13/17

Poor Customer Service

Love the product. Order was shipped with wrong quantity. Emails and calls were ignored. They did finally fix it but I worked way harder than I should have to fix their mistake.

Posted by Mike Kane on 2/18/17


The last time I bought this product, the page measured 5-7/8" x 8-3/8". Now the page measures 4-15/16" x x 8-1/16". I used to be able to fold a standard sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" paper in half and it fit perfectly inside the cover. Now, the same sheet sticks out of the cover and risks getting damaged. Not as functional as before. I can see that the abbreviated line length is made up for by having 1 more line per page to write on.
Also, I already wrote this in a an email to you and you have not answered. Not good client relations.

Posted by MARK DAVID HEATH on 8/7/16

Finally The Best Work Journal

Perfect lay-flat binding. Basic black: No whimsy on the cover. Plenty of lines. Plenty of pages. Compact. Sturdy. Affordable. I use the Bullet Journal format and keep two months of work calendar and notes in each. Thanks for this great design.

Posted by Tim on 4/3/16

Convinced and Committed!!

I've tried many journals, and returned to this one. I just re-ordered six to have ready at all times. The leather cover, I prefer brown, is stylish and a subtle attention getter at a very good price. I use the 8x5 at my desk and in daily meetings. I also carry the 5x3.5 in my suitcoat pocket during events where I cannot carry my larger journal in hand. Great for award dinners, cocktail events, etc where I might need to take a few notes.

The satin ribbon page marker keeps me from skipping pages. The rear accordion pocket is perfect for collecting business cards during a meeting, leaving no chance of losing them, and it is perfect for storing 2-3 spare business cards of my own. The cloth elastic strap keeps the journal closed so no loose papers can slip out. Perfect Perfect Perfect! I am committed to using the C.R.Gibson Ruled Journal for life. Please don't ever change this product.

Posted by Richard on 11/7/15

The Best Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been buying journals for over 15 years for my boss. He uses them as a notebook and according to him, this is the best he has ever purchased. Very good quality!

Posted by Roberto on 3/9/15


In my 52 years of life, I've finally found the best journal to record my daily notes for work! I'm thinking of customizing some.

Posted by Roberto on 2/2/15

Awesome Product

Love this journal, and I use it everyday! For it's price, it really delivers. The only downside of this journal I have seen is that I have had it and been using it for over a year, and it still does not have the distressed and softened look that genuine leather would have probably undergone. But for one who does not desire a distressed look, and likes the clean, structured journal, this is perfection!

Posted by Molly O on 11/12/14

This Is The Standard

These journals are absolutely perfect for keeping organized, jotting down thoughts or reflections, or taking notes on the go. They are simple and very attractive in design. They are perfect in terms of functionality and usability. The leather skin and binding protect the journal and allow you to use 100% of each page. The paper is excellent quality and the pocket in the back cover is rather sturdy as these sorts of pockets go. In short it is the absolute best simple journal available, and it is priced lower than any of its competitors. I will never need to look for another journal again. "C.R. Gibson Writings" are the best to be found.

Posted by Joe on 8/30/14

Better than Moleskine

Looking for a comparable journal to the standard Moleskine? This is it at half the price.
I collect leather journal covers and use these for note-taking in my college classes.
I highly recommend these as a substitute for overrated Moleskines

Posted by June on 8/19/14

Top Shelf Quality

From the beautiful black leather to the quality paper and elastic closing strap, this journal reeks quality and detailed workmanship. Color me a customer for life.

Posted by Terence C on 7/23/14

Exactly what I was looking for

This journal was the perfect solution to keep me organized at work. The sturdy construction and smaller manageable size were exactly what I was looking for.

Posted by Tim B. on 2/11/14

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