For the Record

Special memories deserve special treatment, and Marina Paper’s handmade journals provide a distinctive place to record your experiences, ideas, and reflections. French architect Marina Shrestha launched Marina Paper in 1993 with a goal of preserving traditional Nepalese artistry. After years of traveling, Marina settled in Nepal in 1980 and became fascinated by the famed Daphne paper, which is made from a shrub that grows in the foothills of the Himalayas. Today, Marina Paper continues the region’s papermaking tradition in a socially and environmentally responsible way. Each journal is handmade by seven people with seven different skills, from harvesting the plants to producing the materials to assembling the final product. The company collects and recycles all of its paper scraps, and its workshops produce little waste. Marina finds inspiration in nature and in centuries of tradition, and her creativity shines through in the journals’ distinctive color palette and eclectic styles. Her vision translates into beautifully textured, authentic journals that are the perfect vessels for recording ideas, travel notes, and everyday reflections.

Marina Paper

Handmade Journals

For the Record

Special memories deserve special treatment, and Marina Paper’s handmade journals provide a distinctive place to record your experiences, ideas, and reflections. French architect Marina Shrestha launched Marina Paper in 1993 with a goal of preserving traditional Nepalese artistry. After years of traveling, Marina settled in Nepal in 1980 and became fascinated by the famed Daphne paper, which is made from a shrub that grows in the foothills of the Himalayas. Today, Marina Paper continues the region’s papermaking tradition in a socially and environmentally responsible way. Each journal is handmade by seven people with seven different skills, from harvesting the plants to producing the materials to assembling the final product. The company collects and recycles all of its paper scraps, and its workshops produce little waste. Marina finds inspiration in nature and in centuries of tradition, and her creativity shines through in the journals’ distinctive color palette and eclectic styles. Her vision translates into beautifully textured, authentic journals that are the perfect vessels for recording ideas, travel notes, and everyday reflections.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Amy
    Amy

    Greetings everyone! My name is Amy from the Daily Grommet team. I am stepping in today for Marina as she's not available, unfortunately. We are very excited to launch Marina paper today and can't wait to hear your thoughts.

  • Maria
    Maria
    4/8/2013 12:30 PM

    I would be really interested in one of these for my sister in California but ideally it would be in red (as in the picture) rather than tangerine. My sister is a devout Buddhist and thus prefers red (or maroon).

  • Amy
    Amy – Special Guest
    4/8/2013 12:40 PM

    @Maria Radford

    Hi Maria,

    I have that journal right here and it is indeed a red color. Just called tangerine.

  • Marina
    Marina
    4/8/2013 12:43 PM

    @Maria Radford

    This is quite a dark tangerine, nearly red. I think it would fit for Buddhist.

    Here in Nepal, in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries we can see a very wide range of red colors from dark orange to maroon. No monk robes with the same color. They are all different and that gives a very nice impression.

  • Marina
    Marina
    4/8/2013 12:39 PM

    Finaly, I managed to be available, until 2 pm. Do not hesitate to ask any question you wish. Marina

  •  Marie
    Marie
    4/8/2013 12:49 PM

    Lovely journals, from what little I can see ... I would like to be able to see the binding and the paper itself ... is it deckled?

    What weight is the paper? If it is at least 90lb, it would be suitable for watercolor painting!

  • Marina
    Marina
    4/8/2013 1:09 PM

    @ Marie

    The paper is not deckled and it is quite thick.

    There is Daphne handmade paper alternating with french drawing paper. You can do watercolor painting on both kinds of paper.

  •  Lesly
    Lesly
    4/8/2013 12:56 PM

    I would also like to see the inside; please!

  • Marina
    Marina
    4/8/2013 1:12 PM

    @ Lesly

    On the video you can see the inside.

  •  Pamela
    Pamela
    4/8/2013 3:05 PM

    What is the size on the journals?

    Thank you

  • Amy
    Amy – Special Guest
    4/8/2013 3:45 PM

    @ Pamela

    Hi Pamela,

    You can always find info on sizing on the "details" tab. The dimensions are 6.5"L x 5"W.

  •  Carol
    Carol
    4/8/2013 3:17 PM

    That's exactly the question I was looking to have answered. What is the size, please? LxW and also the thickness. I would like to actually use it as a travel journal + sketches. Thanks. They are lovely.

  • Amy
    Amy – Special Guest
    4/8/2013 3:45 PM

    @ Carol

    Hi Carol,

    Take a look just above. Someone else had the same question. I can find out thickness and get back to you. There are 74 pages.

  •  Ron
    Ron
    4/8/2013 3:41 PM

    in the video, it says leather like cover, is it real leather or not real leather..

  • Amy
    Amy – Special Guest
    4/8/2013 3:47 PM

    @ Ron

    Hi Ron,

    Thanks for your question. The cover on these journals is also made from the daphne paper, not leather. It definitely feels more like paper than leather.

  • Marina
    Marina
    4/8/2013 6:55 PM

    @Amy Bernstein

    It feels like paper when you touch it (and it is paper) but the appearance is somewhat like leather.

  •  Nina Lockwood
    Nina Lockwood
    4/9/2013 8:44 AM

    Once the journal has been filled with writing or drawing, can the papers be replaced? Thanks!

  • Amy
    Amy – Special Guest
    4/9/2013 10:32 AM

    @ Nina Lockwood

    Hi Nina,

    Good question. There aren't replacement papers available at this time. If that becomes an option in the future, we'll be sure to update our site with that information.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Marina Paper

Handmade Journals

For the Record

Special memories deserve special treatment, and Marina Paper’s handmade journals provide a distinctive place to record your experiences, ideas, and reflections.

French architect Marina Shrestha launched Marina Paper in 1993 with a goal of preserving traditional Nepalese artistry. After years of traveling, Marina settled in Nepal
in 1980 and became fascinated by the famed Daphne paper, which is made from a shrub that grows in the foothills of the Himalayas. Today, Marina Paper continues the region’s papermaking tradition in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

Each journal is handmade by seven people with seven different skills, from harvesting the plants to producing the materials to assembling the final product. The company collects and recycles all of its paper scraps, and its workshops produce little waste.

Marina finds inspiration in nature and in centuries of tradition, and her creativity shines through in the journals’ distinctive color palette and eclectic styles. Her vision translates into beautifully textured, authentic journals that are the perfect vessels for recording ideas, travel notes, and everyday reflections.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Amy
    Amy

    Greetings everyone! My name is Amy from the Daily Grommet team. I am stepping in today for Marina as she's not available, unfortunately. We are very excited to launch Marina paper today and can't wait to hear your thoughts.

  • Maria
    Maria
    4/8/2013 12:30 PM

    I would be really interested in one of these for my sister in California but ideally it would be in red (as in the picture) rather than tangerine. My sister is a devout Buddhist and thus prefers red (or maroon).

  • Amy
    Amy – Special Guest
    4/8/2013 12:40 PM

    @Maria Radford

    Hi Maria,

    I have that journal right here and it is indeed a red color. Just called tangerine.

  • Marina
    Marina
    4/8/2013 12:43 PM

    @Maria Radford

    This is quite a dark tangerine, nearly red. I think it would fit for Buddhist.

    Here in Nepal, in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries we can see a very wide range of red colors from dark orange to maroon. No monk robes with the same color. They are all different and that gives a very nice impression.

  • Marina
    Marina
    4/8/2013 12:39 PM

    Finaly, I managed to be available, until 2 pm. Do not hesitate to ask any question you wish. Marina

  •  Marie
    Marie
    4/8/2013 12:49 PM

    Lovely journals, from what little I can see ... I would like to be able to see the binding and the paper itself ... is it deckled?

    What weight is the paper? If it is at least 90lb, it would be suitable for watercolor painting!

  • Marina
    Marina
    4/8/2013 1:09 PM

    @ Marie

    The paper is not deckled and it is quite thick.

    There is Daphne handmade paper alternating with french drawing paper. You can do watercolor painting on both kinds of paper.

  •  Lesly
    Lesly
    4/8/2013 12:56 PM

    I would also like to see the inside; please!

  • Marina
    Marina
    4/8/2013 1:12 PM

    @ Lesly

    On the video you can see the inside.

  •  Pamela
    Pamela
    4/8/2013 3:05 PM

    What is the size on the journals?

    Thank you

  • Amy
    Amy – Special Guest
    4/8/2013 3:45 PM

    @ Pamela

    Hi Pamela,

    You can always find info on sizing on the "details" tab. The dimensions are 6.5"L x 5"W.

  •  Carol
    Carol
    4/8/2013 3:17 PM

    That's exactly the question I was looking to have answered. What is the size, please? LxW and also the thickness. I would like to actually use it as a travel journal + sketches. Thanks. They are lovely.

  • Amy
    Amy – Special Guest
    4/8/2013 3:45 PM

    @ Carol

    Hi Carol,

    Take a look just above. Someone else had the same question. I can find out thickness and get back to you. There are 74 pages.

  •  Ron
    Ron
    4/8/2013 3:41 PM

    in the video, it says leather like cover, is it real leather or not real leather..

  • Amy
    Amy – Special Guest
    4/8/2013 3:47 PM

    @ Ron

    Hi Ron,

    Thanks for your question. The cover on these journals is also made from the daphne paper, not leather. It definitely feels more like paper than leather.

  • Marina
    Marina
    4/8/2013 6:55 PM

    @Amy Bernstein

    It feels like paper when you touch it (and it is paper) but the appearance is somewhat like leather.

  •  Nina Lockwood
    Nina Lockwood
    4/9/2013 8:44 AM

    Once the journal has been filled with writing or drawing, can the papers be replaced? Thanks!

  • Amy
    Amy – Special Guest
    4/9/2013 10:32 AM

    @ Nina Lockwood

    Hi Nina,

    Good question. There aren't replacement papers available at this time. If that becomes an option in the future, we'll be sure to update our site with that information.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.