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to be hand-bound by Alex and Magu at Transient Books.
Glimpse inside the studio here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TransientBooks/about/

This multi purpose, oversized journal is ideal for writers and artists. Perfect for writing, ink, collage, sketching, watercolor*, you name it. Exquisite design, high quality binding, all acid free materials. The heavy weight, matte pages have a lovely drape and the book's overall dimensions inspire one into great creations.

Note: All photos in this listing are examples of what is possible. You design your own cover, we walk you through the process. (See design questions below.)
We gladly provide cover mock ups. See what your book will look like before ordering!

8.5" wide by 11" tall by 1.5" thick, hard-back cover.
21.6 x 28 x 4 cm
150 sheets/300 pages of heavy weight, matte paper. WHITE.
All acid-free materials.
Hand-crafted from start to finish.
We use what is called a Tight Back Binding for these thick books. They have reinforced, rounded spines that we shape by hand. See how they're made here: http://transientbooks.com/process.html#2
They lay open all the way flat for comfortable use.



FIRST you zoom in on the fifth photo above, the color palette.

SECOND, you make the following choices:
1. Color of the spine canvas. (If you'd like a FULL CANVAS cover, as in the first photo above, just let us know what color you'd like, and do not choose a color of cover paper.)

2. Color of the cover paper.

4. Text on cover? (Please specify font and placement on the cover.)

5. Inlaid image or logo on cover? (Send us a jpeg as an attachment in an email.)

6. Color of ribbon page marker? No extra charge. Just let us know a color preference.

7. Browse the "extras" below and add any that appeal to you to your shopping cart.

8. Send us a convo with all this news.

And that's it.

The possibilities are infinite! E-mail us with any questions or ideas.


A. Deckled edges? (Hand torn fore edges.)
$14 more per book
See https://www.etsy.com/listing/106022911/extra-deckled-edges-for-our-exquisite

B. Hard Back Slip Case?
$66 more per book
See https://www.etsy.com/listing/61503883/custom-hard-back-slip-case-to-house-85-x

C. Clam Shell Box?
$88 more per book
See https://www.etsy.com/listing/92355961/custom-clam-shell-box-portfolio-for

FAQ about our $118 Deluxe Sketchbooks:
--*Watercolor: Many clients use these books for watercolor, although the paper is not specifically for this medium. Many clients have been very happy with its response to this medium, but do keep in mind it is not specifically water color paper. When doing watercolor, the page below the one in use should be protected with a sheet of plastic.
--We CANNOT LINE the pages. The sheets are too large to fit through our printers. We can include a lined insert upon request, free of charge. This can be slipped under the page in use as a guide.
--We CANNOT print on the ROUNDED SPINE of these books.
--Extra ribbon page markers are no extra charge, just let us know what you'd like.

Frequently asked questions about TransientBooks

We gladly GIFT WRAP, no extra cost. Just let us know you're interested.
We gladly do custom orders! Our turn around varies, do consult.
And, we're very happy to provide cover mock ups free of charge. Just let us know what you have in mind.
We gladly offer wholesale or bulk order discounts. Just let us know what you're interested in.
On all custom orders we provide cover mock ups before creating your book.

Custom Journal / Sketchbook / Notebook - Exquisite, Large, High Quality. Artist's Sketchbook. Multi Purpose Notebook.


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: 150 gram matte paper, binders board, all acid free, ribbon, string, japanese paper, mull, pva glue, wheat paste
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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