Leather Journals & Sketchbooks -100% donated to charity

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Top shop for gifts.

Buyers bought gifts from this shop and gave them 5-star reviews!

WeAreBoundTogether is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Sorry I missed you! Will be back soon!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on 19 Jul, 2021

Sorry I missed you! Will be back soon!

Andrea Davis

Contact shop owner

Andrea Davis


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

About WeAreBoundTogether

Sales 728
On Etsy since 2012

Beautiful books created out of a desire to help others

Diagnosed with severe Endometriosis, a painful and chronic disease, I couldn't work a “normal” job and had a lot of time on my hands. I was determined that I could still do something to help others. In 2012 I started “We Are Bound Together”, which combined my love of art and book making with that desire to help and contribute to a better world. I have always been into visual arts, since my earliest memories. Always being independent and somewhat stubborn, I am self taught in most of my artistic endeavours, and a perfectionist. I love colour and texture and each day brings new excitement when I look forward to what I can create.

I've never had any formal schooling in bookbinding, not even in art (unless you count high school). But I've always been artsy and can usually figure it out if I need to. So I learned the craft and art of bookbinding on my own.

I especially love working with the soft leather. The way it feels, the way it smells, it's so pleasing. All the papers I use for my leather journals are artist quality, an important quality that keeps the pages, and anything you add to the pages, from yellowing.

I also make books with recycled floppy disks as well as RFID blocking credit card sleeves. With today's current technologies we have to change the way we protect ourselves from theft.

All the proceeds from my shop go to support my passion - those who are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus. By persecuted, I refer to those in danger for their lives, health, etc. People who have lost so much for their faith. Organizations to whom the proceeds are donated to are Voice of the Martyrs and Open Doors.

By doing something that I love, I am now enabled to do something for those I love.

Shop members

  • Andrea Davis

    Owner, Maker Of Handbound Books

    Ever since I can remember I've been artsy. If it was something I could do with my hands - I enjoyed it. Anything from baking, gardening, painting, playing the piano and of-course bookbinding.

  • Winnipeg Etsy Street Team


    Proud member of the Winnipeg Etsy Street Team

Shop policies

Last updated on 13 August, 2020
Welcome, I'm so glad you found my store!

What started out as a search for fair trade and ethically made products led me to my craft of bookbinding. Now I bind for a purpose. 100% f the proceeds from my shop go to charity. Check out my site www.weareboundtogether.com for more info.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Apple Pay Gift card
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Dispatch items back within: 21 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 6 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
How many times have we heard, "If you aren't satisfied, I'm not satisfied"?

I put a lot of time and effort into what I make, and my desire is for us both (as customer and seller) to be satisfied with your purchase - really.

If you are unhappy with your purchase please contact me within 14 days of your purchase. If the item is a gift and will need some extended time for a possible return, please let me know when you purchase the item. Item must be in original condition unless damage occurred during shipping, in which case, you will need to contact me immediately with photo of damage. Shipping will be covered by the customer.

No returns on custom orders.

You must contact me prior to sending an item back for a refund.

Refunds for non-deliverable items will include a 20% processing fee.
I accept Paypal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Etsy Gift Cards!

Items will be shipped upon receipt of payment.

If you wish to redeem a coupon, coupon code must be entered as part of the check out process.
All packages are shipped from CANADA via Canada Post.

I will refund shipping for local (Winnipeg, MB) pick ups. Please sent me a message *before* purchase.

I will ship to the address on your Etsy account. Please make sure that this is correct. I use Etsy's shipping labels and it takes your address as it appears on your Etsy account. If you would like the item(s) to be shipped to a different address please let me know in the "message to seller" when placing your order.

Please make your your address is correct. Extra shipping charges will be your responsibility if I use the address provided and it is incorrect.

If sending your items to a business, please also include the business name on the address.

Lost packages due to an incorrect address will take a lot more time to sort out. In that event, it may eventually be sent back to me if the shipping company decides to return an undelivered package to the sender (me). However this does not always happen. Item may get delivered to a stranger and it may take months for me to receive an undelivered package.

Refunds for non-deliverable items, which are sent back to me by the shipping company, will be refunded on request minus a 20% processing fee. Alternatively, I can resend the package, once it has been returned, for the additional cost of shipping.

Refunds for lost items sent to a correct address may take a couple months to process as the package still may get delivered or returned to myself, or for me to resolve a dispute with the shipping company. Upgrading to include tracking at checkout would speed this up in the event an item does get truly lost.

Items shipped to the USA and countries other than Canada must have a customs declaration form filled out. I cannot simply state "gift". If you want to keep a gift from being found out by a house-mate consider shipping to a friend, simply state the address to be shipped to in the "message to seller".

∴∴∴∴∴∴∴∴These shipping times are an estimate and not a guarantee∴∴∴∴∴∴∴∴

★★CANADA★★ Packages are shipped Regular Parcel unless otherwise upgraded during checkout. Shipping times range form 4 - 12 business days depending on exact location. Shipped books will have a tracking number.


★★USA★★ Packages are shipped Small Packet USA Air with NO tracking, unless otherwise upgraded during checkout. Shipping times are average 5-15 business days.

**Shipping to the USA from CANADA is not as quick as shipping from USA to USA. A package may take up to 28 BUSINESS DAYS to arrive. This is not standard, and most arrive in a timely matter, but this is a warning and is out of my control.** ★★UPDATE★★ Due to covid and USPS being ordered to slow down certain deliveries, orders can be expected to arrive late. I am sorry this is completely out of my control. Please be patient in dealing with late arrivals. I understand this is extremely frustrating.

***Please note, there is no tracking on items to the US. If you like to upgrade your shipping so that it includes tracking, you can upgrade the shipping during checkout.

Xpresspost upgrade must include the buyers phone number as required by Canada Post, please include in "message to seller" in checkout. Not providing a phone number will void Xpresspost's on time guarantee***


★★INTERNATIONAL★★ buyers are welcome, however please note that you will be responsible for all extra fees related to international shipping (duty and custom fees, extra taxes). Customs declarations must be filled out for International items as well (see above).

***I cannot guarantee delivery times.***

I know this is frustrating. But I know from experience overseas that a package may very well arrive a month or more late. I am truly sorry.
***If you would like a more exact quote on shipping costs please contact me prior to purchase***

***Xpresspost upgrade must include the buyers phone number as required by Canada Post. NOT PROVIDING A PHONE NUMBER WILL VOID XPRESSPOST'S ON TIME GUARANTEE***

***Estimated delivery times are at least one month!***Contact me to upgrade your shipping if you need a specific delivery time***It may be shorter, but it very well may not be, please give yourself time.


If you need the item within a certain deadline, feel free to contact me before you pay and I can get you quotes on shipping and times. If Canada Post can make it work, I can make it work.

Item(s) will not be refunded simply because item(s) did not arrive on time. Item(s) may be sent back to me in original condition for a refund, shipping will be customers responsibility. Please contact me prior to sending the item back for a refund.
Additional policies and FAQs
Feedback brightens my day! If you have any issues with your product, please contact me so I can resolve the issue before you leave neutral or negative feedback. I'm sure together we can work something out!

All items are made in a smoke free, pet free home.

Please note that these are all handmade items, thus slight imperfections are part of the character of handmade. Although they may be similar, no two items will be exactly alike.

All books are created using non-sweat shop supplies, often from up-cycled products (book board, fabric, floppy disks), or from materials made in USA, or Canada (paper, thread).

I am open to custom orders, however, please note that a custom order will take more time to receive, as I will have to make the item for you. If you are interested in a custom order please email me well in advance. I will do my best to make it in a timely fashion. A quick email will be able to let you know when you can expect the item.

A rush on custom orders may or may not be available for an additional fee, depending on the amount of other orders I am already filling. Please contact me prior to purchase is such a rush is required.
For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Andrea Davis, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at weareboundtogether [!at] gmail.com.

More information

Last updated on 13 Aug, 2020
Frequently asked questions
Do you do custom work?

I gladly accept custom work similar to the styles you see in my shop. Such customizations may include colour of leather or thread, size of the book or number of pages.

Feel free to contact me if you require something more specific. Keep in mind that custom orders take longer to prepare. Please leave at least 2 weeks for production, depending on the size and quantity of the project. Large quantities may take longer.

Please refer to shop listings for items that are already customizable.

Are your books refillable?

At this time I do not make refillable journals/sketchbooks as my binding technique does not lend itself to that. The decorative stitching on the spine of the book is also functional, it is what holds the book together. Each stitch would need to be cut and the new pages sewn back in.

Can you add a title page?

You have your choice of printed (www.etsy.com/ca/listing/253600967) or hand painted (www.etsy.com/ca/listing/253594705) title pages. Please keep in mind that this will add extra time to your book production and I need to be in contact with you for finalization on proofs. These can only be added to custom journals. Please see listings for more details.

Can you add my initials to the cover?

Adding initials to leather takes certain tools and techniques and only on certain types of leather. At this time I cannot offer this service.

A title page is a great way to add a personal touch to any custom journal, and is not as limiting as engraving/burning. Please see previous questions for more details.

I need this order by a certain date! Can you expedite the shipping?

***Note*** Due to covid-19, delivery Canada post no longer guarantees it's shipping estimates***XpressPost may arrive faster than regular post, but it still may not be within the expected time frame.***

Most of my listings include options for upgraded shipping. These include tracked and XpressPost options. XpressPost, although expensive, is the only one with guaranteed delivery times. I do not do next day delivery. The charges are based on Canada Post's rates and are for the shipping costs only.

This is a gift for someone. Can you wrap it nicely and include a note?

All my books are wrapped in brown kraft paper and tied up with ribbon because it's fun getting gifts, even if it's for yourself. On a number of occasions I have included notes to the recipient from the purchaser. This is no problem to send a few lines and is at no extra cost. If you would like to include such a note please include what you want to say in the "note to seller" when purchasing from my Etsy shop.

What is the difference in paper weights?

My blank journals come in two different paper weights, 70lb and 98lb. The 70lb weight is great for sketching, drawing, and writing. The 98lb paper is quite thick and in addition to sketching, is also great for light water media work (watercolour, ink, acrylic, etc). The 98lb paper is also much more sturdy and is an excellent weight for adding pictures, ticket stubs and other memorability to it. Both are acid free and archival.

70lb weight can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/WeAreBoundTogether?ref=1549470§ion_id=11549470

98lb weight can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/WeAreBoundTogether?ref=1549470§ion_id=19017612

Why do you need a phone number for the XpressPost Shipping upgrade?

I am very sorry to have to request such personal information as a phone number. This is a requirement of Canada Post and will only be used for the XpressPost shipping upgrade.

The phone number of the recipient is required by Canada Post. It will help with any customs delay issues.

If a phone number is not provided, the on time guarantee will be void.

I like your books but want a different size.

The sizes of journals which I make are located in the "sections" tabs in my shop.

They include:
4"x6" available in 70lb sketch paper
5.5" x 7" available in 70lb sketch, 98lb mix media or lined pages
6"x9" 140lb watercolour paper
8"x10" 70lb sketch paper

It may be possible to make a journal slightly smaller than the ones listed above, however the 8" x 10" is the largest I can do at this time.