About Us – Our Story and History | Paperblanks

About Us

Our Promise & Values

At Paperblanks, we create products that inspire creativity, empower expression and celebrate special moments.
An homage to art and culture, our line of journals and creative tools sparks the imagination by offering a connection to artists and cultural movements from all eras and regions. Expression has no limits with Paperblanks.



With a variety of products, formats and interiors, we provide the tools to unleash the creativity already inside you.


Empowering Individuality

Express your individual style and personality through the covers you choose and what you create inside the pages.


Celebrating Moments

Our high-quality journals create a precious moment of reflection and can be cherished for a lifetime.

Where We Began

The Paperblanks journey begins with a simple desire – to find the perfect everyday journal.

In the early 1990s, Vic Marks, a writer and publisher looking to create the perfect notebook, connected with Supriti Bharma, a lifelong learner looking to play with new forms of artistic and spiritual expression. Since those early days, people have joined the Paperblanks family from all walks of life and corners of the world, with their unique histories, independent voices and diverse cultures bringing new ideas and perspectives to our company.

In 2022, our 30th anniversary year, our founders retired and Paperblanks became part of Hachette UK, taking us on a whole new adventure. Hachette UK, the United Kingdom’s second largest publishing group, upholds a mission to “make it easy for everyone, everywhere to unlock new worlds of ideas, learning, entertainment and opportunity.” This pursuit, in alignment with our sense of curiosity, discovery and self-expression, will continue to guide every decision we make. With every new experience we bring back the art, stories and cultural traditions that have been shared with us. Our design library echoes our personal ethos: always evolving, always open.

So, while what we do is make journals, that’s not who we are. Paperblanks is a mosaic of diverse, passionate and dedicated individuals around the world. What joins us is a commitment to create beautiful, high-quality objects that bring joy to all who experience them. It’s not only our journals that make us unique – it’s our passion. It’s our perseverance. It’s our people.

  • Vancouver

    1992 - We launch our first Paperblanks collection from Vancouver, our Canadian hometown

  • Manuscripts

    1995 - We introduce Literary Manuscripts, an early precursor to our Embellished Manuscripts and Old Leather Collections

  • Europe

    2002 - Paperblanks launches in Europe

  • European Office

    2004 - We open our European headquarters in Dublin

  • Dayplanner

    2005 - We expand beyond journals, offering planners and address books for the first time

  • Edge Printing

    2011 - We first use ornamental book edge printing

  • 25th Anniversary Journal

    2017 - We celebrate Paperblanks' 25th birthday with a special Anniversary Edition journal

  • Pencil Cases

    2018 - We introduce pencil cases to our collection

  • Dot-Grid Planner

    2018 - We launch our line of dot-grid planners for the bullet journalling community

  • PB Logo

    2019 - We introduce a new look for Paperblanks, with an updated logo and unique icon

  • Filing-Storage

    2020 - We introduce our first set of filing and storage solutions and a new line of specialty stationery accessories

  • 30th Anniversary

    2022 - We officially join Hachette UK during our 30th anniversary year

What’s Next for Paperblanks?

We’re so inspired by the expressive and creative ways journallers and artists like you share your unique style and reveal personal truths. That’s why we’re always seeking new ways to delight and inspire with the products we offer.

Coming up in 2022, we will be celebrating our 30th anniversary! Stay tuned for exclusive behind-the-scenes content, special promotions and, of course, brand new product releases! Follow our birthday hashtag #Paperblanks30 to keep up with all the festivities.

If you have an idea for a future Paperblanks product, please get in touch! You can connect with us on social media or use the form built into our Contact Us page.