North Wind blank book journal diary planner altered book vintage book

North Wind blank book journal diary planner altered book vintage book



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vintage book, fine writing paper, wire binding


Upcycling old books to create new favorites as blank book journals or diaries. A vintage 1909 story At the Back of the North Wind with full-color illustrations, a chapter of the original and packed with blank fine writing paper in various colors and weights. Stunning red cover, front design with gold debossed titling, simply lovely. Covers in nearly pristine condition, a rare find. Measures about 5 x 7 inches.

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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Marilyn Krehbiel Mar 30, 2020

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

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Lori Gail Monaco Mar 10, 2020

5 out of 5 stars
Beautifully made Alice in Wonderland journal and very quickly shipped! This is an EXCELLENT seller!

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ghanayemlisa Mar 7, 2020

5 out of 5 stars
This is so precious and beyond what I expected!
I love it!

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spraguet1 Feb 25, 2020

5 out of 5 stars
I love, love, love it! This book turned out sooooooooo cute! Can't wait to use it! I've ordered from this seller before and she never disappoints! Great customer service too, extremely helpful and seller is so easy to correspond with! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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