The idea for About Blanks started in 2013 when founder Kjell Betlem came across a pile of old 1940s books at the back of his local library that had been written off. Feeling quite sad that people weren't reading these books anymore, he took them home and made them into beautiful sketchbooks. Before he knew it he'd found himself starting up a business - and a perfect gift for book lovers!

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The story behind About Blanks


The business slowly evolved and moved to new premises in Rotterdam in 2018. Today, About Blanks is still all about re-use and re-purpose. Throughout the whole process it finds ways to work as sustainably as possible, using only FSC certified paper and ensuring any little rubbish produced is recycled.


Using books that otherwise would have been thrown out at some point because nobody reads them anymore, is an important part of working sustainably. Sustainability goes beyond reusing and recycling materials. About Blanks products are made in a social employment facility, where people with a disability or poor job prospects can get paid work and consequently participate in society.

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    Unique gifts for book lovers

    Looking for the perfect gift for a book lover, that isn't a book? About Blanks rescues old, unwanted books and turns them into original, one of a kind notebooks. Featuring covers from classics such as Robinson Crusoe, through to more obscure titles.

    Why I Love About Blanks

    I adore that About Blanks rescues unloved books from being thrown away, and repurposes them into these original notebooks.

    The thick blank pages are ideal for notes, journaling, doodling or sketching. A great gift for book lovers of any age.

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