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Made to order personalized artist journals crafted from vintage French books. Included inside is a unique mix of old and new, these artist journals are anything but ordinary. Hand torn ivory paper for writing and sketching, reclaimed paper for notes and vintage illustrations for their beauty. Makes a wonderful gift, for yourself of someone special.

As per our conversation,
Meditations book
Approx 300 pages total, sketch paper, reclaimed paper, illustrations
Spine kept intact

The photos displayed here are of a sold journal. This is a sample listing, please contact me if you'd like to order something similar. Or browse my shop to see available books in stock that can be custom made for you. Any cover can be used to make an artist journal.

Prices vary based on size & age of book as well as types of paper selected and amount of illustrations and total page ccount. From $55 - $195. Please let me know your budget when requesting a custom order.

To create an art journal, I first carefully remove the old cracked text block, using the paper for a variety of other crafts. The cover is then bound to the new mix of paper and illustrations. The binding technique I use is sewn with linen thread on a handmade bookbinding frame, providing a sturdy yet flexible binding. This binding allows the journal to open completely flat, perfect for writing and drawing comfortably.

**Please note that sometimes it is possible to keep the spine covering, as seen in the sample photo, but usually it is removed for an exposed spine style which allows the book to open flat, preferred by most artists.

- See production time below for information on when your order will be ready to ship.
- International shipping times vary, averaging 2 - 3 weeks, can take longer
- Expedited shipping & Rush Service may be available, additional fee
- Ships from France

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Frequently asked questions about Spellbinderie

Spellbinderie's blank books are made to order after payment is received. Please click on the shipping tab to see the estimated processing time before placing your order. If you have a strict deadline, please be sure to contact me to confirm.

Shipping estimates are in addition to the processing time.

Rush orders may be available, please inquire.
RUSH ORDERS may be accepted, please contact me with your deadline & location to confirm. Rush orders are fulfilled after normal business hours ensuring that previously placed orders are not delayed. There is a $20 - 40 service charge depending on deadline and complexity of order.

EXPRESS SHIPPING is available at checkout for an additional fee. Please note that this is separate from a rush order and does not decrease your processing time. Express is guaranteed to arrive in 2 - 5 days to most locations. Shipping is provided by Chronopost in France and is usually delivered by your national postal service.
NOTE: A phone number is required for shipment, kindly provide one at checkout. Your signature is required upon delivery.
Your right to cancel any non-custom/non-personalized item starts the moment you place your order and ends 14 days from the day you receive it. To cancel an order or return an item, Spellbinderie must be notified, via Etsy message or email. For EU buyers, a link to a withdrawal form will be included in your receipt email. You are welcome, but not required, to use this form.

Once your return is authorized, you have 14 days to send the goods back. Proof of return, such as a tracking number, is recommended. A refund will be provided within 14 days of receiving the returned item.

Custom and personalized products are not returnable but your satisfaction is important to Spellbinderie. Please contact the shop to discuss options.
Please return goods in proper packaging, unused and undamaged. Returns shipping costs are the customer's responsibility unless seller made an error or item is not as described. Customers are recommended to ensure adequate packing and insurance for loss or damage in transit. A service with proof of posting and delivery should be used. The customer is chargeable, up to original order value, for goods that are not received back or are returned damaged.

For international returns from outside the EU, please mark your package as "RETURNED GOODS".

If you have any questions about your return, don't hesitate to contact the shop.
Orders are shipped standard with La Poste using priority mail. Express shipping through Chronopost is available as an upgrade, see Express Shipping for more information.

Please make sure that your delivery address is correct when placing the order. For Paypal, l only ship to the address provided from Paypal in accordance with their regulations.

For packages that are lost or damaged in the mail, please contact me and your local post office immediately so an investigation can be opened. Photos of items that are damaged in the mail are required. Once the photos are received, you will be fully refunded.
The page count given in listings counts both the front and back of each paper, not individual sheets.

I offer two types of exposed spine bindings, Coptic for smaller light weight books and Raised Support for larger, heavier books. These exposed spine binding offer flexibility and beautiful design options for rebound books. Due to the nature of rebinding old books, the original spine must be destroyed in most cases.
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•For guestbooks/journals: Your text is due no later than one week prior to your ship by date

•For plaques: Your text is due as soon as you order

Please check your Etsy messages regularly to approve drafts.

Unfortunately text sent later than stated above or not approved in a timely manner may result in a delayed ship by date.
There are two reasons I use the exposed binding for my rebound books.
1. Often the old fabric that covers the spine is too fragile
2. Proper technique. Most old books have rounded spines rather than flat. To properly rebind these old books, it's necessary to make a new rounded spine, not a flat spine. This method also requires perfectly matching the original spine's width which dictates the page count. If the new text block doesn't fit the old spine the way it should, the book will not open and function correctly long term.

I offer exposed spines for my rebound work due to its beauty combined with practicality and most of all to ensure you receive a rebound book that will last.

RESERVED Artist Journal Sketchbook with Mixed Paper . Upcycled Vintage Book. Sample Listing


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: vintage book, illustrations, sketch paper, writing paper, thread, glue, reclaimed paper
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from France
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