Handmade travel journals & Illustrated cards

Durham, United Kingdom · 3043 Sales


Handmade travel journals & Illustrated cards

Durham, United Kingdom 3043 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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5 out of 5 stars

jj2140 on 17 May, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

This product is adorable. Perfect size, unique. I was almost tempted to keep it for myself and not gift it 😀


ettaalice on 16 May, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

WHAT FUN! I can't really believe this journal arrived in mint condition with lots of interesting stamps all over it. The journal itself is full of interesting envelopes and papers from the UK. If you're thinking of ordering it--DO IT! I am tickled pink with the whole experience.

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Handmade, hand-carved, and hand-printed lino print! raised_hand_with_fingers_splayed More process pics on my Instagram page @helencoldwell
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Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend...

...Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
- Groucho Marx

Like many people, I liked to make and draw at an early age. After leaving school, I went to college to study art. It was a multi-disciplinary course where I practiced everything from oil painting, watercolour, pen and ink, mark making, ceramics, printmaking, textiles, to bookbinding.

I found bookbinding to be both therapeutic and rewarding, and got slightly addicted to the making process. I developed my own style over the years, creating my the kind of books I love to use.

After college I studied illustration and design at university. I made all my own sketchbooks and work journals, which were a huge hit with fellow students and lecturers. I got my BA and Master's degrees, and began my Etsy adventure!

You can see more behind the scenes stuff on Instagram @helencoldwell or share pictures from your journal with #mybadbooks - I love seeing what people do in my journals :)

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  • Helen Coldwell

    Owner, Creator

Production partners

  • MOO Print

    London, England

    All my greeting cards are currently printed by MOO Print using 340gsm, FSC credited paper stock.

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Last updated on 24 May, 2018
Frequently asked questions

Do you do custom orders?

Yes, I'm happy to do custom orders. Send me a message and we can discuss the details!

Can I change the words on the cover?

Yes, I'm happy to do this free of charge. Please leave your request in the 'message to seller' box when you checkout. Some punctuation can't be created, but letters and numbers are fine.

Can I track my order?

No, I don't use tracking as standard. If you'd like to add tracking to your order, there's am additional fee of £5 GBP. Please let me know at time of purchase and I can arrange it for you.