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"The Enduring Hills", upcycled from a discarded library copy of the 1971 2nd edition, by Janice Holt Giles, is just the place to record one's observations of nature, personal woes, and most clever insights.

60 pages (120 sides)
Spine Length: 8.5 inches (21.6 cm)
Cover Width: 5.23 inches (13.3 cm)

I created this book by removing the cover from the original book, taking care to preserve the original end paper. Next, I added a small library-style pocket in the back to hold the copyright page (or whatever you'd like to store there). The unlined pages are hand-cut, by me, and bound snugly in a Coptic style with sturdy linen bookbinding thread. The Coptic binding allows the book to lay flat for easy writing and drawing. And the page paper has a light tooth and good weight which works well with pencil, ink, and light applications of dry adhesive (such as acid-free glue stick). I use Faber-Castill pens with mine!

Frequently asked questions about AmyLBurns

I love making custom hand-bound books! They make wonderful gifts, and most books are perfect to use as guest books, scrapbooks, sketchbooks, and journals. Customize the cover art, cover paper, page paper, or even provide your own vintage cover.

Turn around time for custom work is between 1 and 3 weeks, plus shipping time.
Most items are mailed wrapped in kraft paper, tied with raffia, ribbon, or hemp, with a gift tag. If you require something more, please let me know and I'll work with you to make it happen.
All items are one of a kind and made in a smoke-free / pet-free home with my own two hands, right here in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

The one exception are greeting cards and postcards which are reproductions of my original work, and are printed by me in my studio.
What kind of pen should I use for my book?

The weight and light tooth of the page paper makes it suitable for pencil and ink. Sharpies are discouraged - these seep through paper rather easily, and their acidic chemicals will do unattractive things to your pages over time, shortening their life.

A regular ballpoint pen is okay in a pinch, however I recommend an archival / ph neutral pen (Micron or Faber-Castell are two great and readily available brands). The inks in these pens are meant to last, and they write softly and do not create indents in the pages like ballpoint. You can find many color choices at your local crafts or art supply store, or online if you have time to order.

For black pages, I recommend gel pens or white charcoal.
To arrive on time for 2016 Christmas holidays, your Ready To Ship order must be placed by December 19th (USA) or December 1 (International). For custom work, your order must be placed by December 10th (USA), or November 21 (International).

1971 - The Enduring Hills - Coptic Journal or Sketchbook - unlined pages - Ready To Ship


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Upcycled vintage hardcover book, Irish linen bookbinding thread, Page paper is cream unlined 100lb text weight, archival and 30 percent recycled, made with wind power
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 216 reviews
  • Favorited by: 11 people