A diary is a publication in the shape of a Book or Notebook, with blank parts in order to make notes to remind about and plan various events (both personal and professional) and pending issues.

You could say that a diary is the resource used by people to manage their daily tasks in a specific time sequence.


There is no single format for diaries, although generally, one of their main features should be to make them easy to use, so it is advisable to use small, easy to use formats, such as: A5, A5 landscape, A6, 21x21, 16.5x23.5 or even 10x15.

Although, if necessary depending on the contents, we can also opt for a somewhat larger format, such as A4.


Colour (four-colour), black or mixed.


For the inside of the diary it is most common to use offset paper, to ensure it is possible to make notes, although this type of paper can be combined with pages that only contain  information and these can be coated paper or specific speciality papers, if necessary.

As for the cover of the diary, the possibilities are unlimited, although the most common are:
Coated, offset, recycled and specific speciality papers.


The most common methods for binding diaries are: Wire-o, spiral, rustic milled or rustic stitched thread and even hard cover.

Type of Cover

The most common types of diary covers are: Single cover, hard cover...

Hard covers or cardboard covers: In this type of binding the inner sheets are covered with a rigid cardboard cover that is 2 or 2.5 mm thick.

In wire-o or spiral bound diaries, it is also quite common to protect the diary covers with a cover and back cover made of rigid material, PVC or polypropylene to ensure greater durability. Even printing on them.

Finishes and Effects

These are some of the resources and finishes that can be used on the covers and on some of the inside pages of the diaries if necessary:

  • Plastic-coated
  • UV varnish
  • Drip off varnish
  • Stamping
  • Embossing
  • Round edges
  • ...

Plastic coating or laminates protect the product and prevent its deterioration over time.


Diaries generally have the dates printed on their pages corresponding to the days of the year, organised by months or weeks, with a space to write notes and personal information of various kinds.

Diaries can also be completed with other additional information pages of various types, depending on the type of diary in question and for whom the diary is intended. The information, where appropriate, is very varied, some examples are: local saint's day, road maps, addresses and useful phone numbers, measurement converters, moon phases, etc.

The useful period of a diary is usually one year, although it can also be adapted to a specific school or sports calendar.

If the diaries are for school, aimed at children, it is advisable to use spiral plastic in manufacturing to avoid accidents.