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This is a very special, one of a kind journal made of vintage brown leather. The leather belonged to an old suitcase which I bought long time ago in a fair in Lisbon. It is thick and healthy, and this was its preservation state: mainly superficial scratches and the overall appearance of the old leather, but otherwise in very good condition. I tried to preserve its authenticity as much as possible, so most of the burning marks and the sewing around the edges are original.

The spine was designed to resemble a real book cover; The relief was obtained with strips of leather underneath the one that covers it. The decoration on the spine is made with silver and brown leather paints. The front and back covers are decorated with 4 metal vintage charms which I bought in a fair in Bucharest. They are placed in a way to remind of the reinforcement system used in old books.

The leather of the covers is doubled by cardboard which I painted in black around the edges. The end pages are made of thick, slightly textured brown paper.

The binding is longstich, made with beige strong linen thread.
The headbands are hand sewn by me from black and beige linen thread. The book has ~ 120 pages (240 sides) of white, hand torn paper. The paper has 100 gsm and will work for both writing and sketching in dry media.

The book measures ~25 x 20 cm (9.8 x 7.9 inches) and is 2.7 cm (1.1 inches) thick.

This journal is an art object. You can use it as a family book or as a journal, either way, you will definitely love it once you’ll meet it.

* Please note, this journal will ship from Romania (Bucharest) where I am at the moment. Shipping will be made to the address provided by Etsy and not the one on your PayPal.
Due to its size and metal accessories, this book weights around 1000 gr (2.20 lbs). This explains the high shipping rate.

The Magic Book, Brown Vintage Leather Journal


  • Materials: leather, paper, cardboard, thread, metal charms
  • Ships worldwide from Romania
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