Victorian novel book journal blank book planner notebook Helena Richie old book

Victorian novel book journal blank book planner notebook Helena Richie old book



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simply old book, fine writing paper, wire binding


Upcycling old books to create new favorites as blank book journals or diaries. A charming Victorian novel published in 1906, so this book is over 100 years old. And in lovely condition, the front cover pastedown is nearly perfect. We rarely find books this fine at this age.

We kept a chapter or so of the original and added handmade paper at the front with a quote from JK Rowling (typed with a vintage typewriter on handmade paper). And we packed in a bunch of fine beige unlined writing paper and complementary colored cardstock. A lovely lovely gift.

At Write On, Inc., we carefully select vintage books (or contemporary books with amazing covers and interior pages) that have no commercial value, so don’t worry, we haven’t destroyed a valuable antiquarian treasure. We are upcycling old treasures (some slightly shelf worn, just adds character) and creating new ones—especially if you capture your poetry and daily thoughts inside or use it for a sketchbook. (We even recycle the pages we have removed into other flea-market craft items.)

Each book journal is one of a kind. These book journals make thoughtful gifts for colleagues, friends, family and especially for your personal use. A perfect daily journal, travel journal, food diary, thoughtful gift, or sketchbook. How about a baby shower gift everyone will talk about? Or a wedding guest registry?

But here’s the real cover story: Sometimes vintage books are in plentiful supply or they’re being recycled by local libraries. We carefully list any of value on Amazon and with others that have unusual or striking vintage covers and wonderful color or black and white plates, we create journals so you can repurpose yesterday’s books—some may be over 100 years old (please see specifics on this listing) or childhood or inspirational favorites.

Read between the covers: Many spines are tattered, so we remove those, smooth the edges and gently bind with spiral o-wire. Before we put it all together, we select paper that matches or coordinates with the original pages, include a number of blank pages with no lines and then include charming color plates, black and white illustrations, maybe a contents page, or poems directly from the original book.

We have begun using 100% recycled fine-quality off-white paper in some of our book journals. And experimenting with various card stocks mixed in and some sections of lined paper. Each is its own unique creation. Watch for various colored papers too in the same book. You can be assured that much of our blank paper is being recycled from stock and educational institutions.

Please email or convo with specific questions about number of pages, size, or special requests. Yes, we can create journals from your special books. Our inventory is always updating with new treasures uncovered in attics and libraries. Check back often. And thank you for favoriting our shop or our book journals.

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Emily Apr 5, 2020

5 out of 5 stars
Such a cute idea!! Great communication with seller and she even sent a free book because she was out of one of the books I wanted!! Great shop!! Thank you!

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Danielle Apr 4, 2020

5 out of 5 stars
Great quality, great communication with seller. Item arrived before expected arrival date!

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Mary Carter Apr 1, 2020

4 out of 5 stars
Not what I expected but cute idea. Will keep and use. The cover is the same as my old typing textbook - love that!

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Marilyn Krehbiel Mar 30, 2020

5 out of 5 stars
This is perfect for my daughter's graduation. Thank you!

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