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IMPORTANT ORDERING INFORMATION: I am not accepting orders with a late May through early July due date! I will be in Italy from late May through early July.

You can reserve a custom listing for a late July due date and onward. Please message me if you have any questions!

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I will write, bind and illustrate a short, one-of-a-kind children's book tailored to your child/children!

The photos displayed are of past children's books I've been commissioned to make. Other examples of books I've written/made can be seen on my website: www.chelseawardart.com

PLEASE message me prior to purchase in order to discuss your project and time frame more in depth. And please read all the information below as well.

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◦ Size: typically 7" x 7" to 8" x 8" and bound in a way to keep the pages strong against wee hands.

◦ Page count: typically 7-12, depending upon how long the story is.

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◦ Upon contact/purchase, I will contact you in order to find out what kind of story you'd like (rhyming, short, long etc) and gather details about who you want to story to be written about.

◦ Once I have enough information, I'll write the story. Upon completion, I'll email you the draft. Once approved, I'll get to work binding/sketching/illustrating and creating! I will also request photos to use as reference for the illustrations. As soon as it is done, I will wrap it, ship it and let you know that it is en-route to your home!

◦ Turnaround: On average, 4-6 weeks but this is not a guarantee. Typically it will take at least 1-2 weeks just to write the story. After the story's final approval by you, it takes at least an additional 2-3 weeks to cut, bind and illustrate. Please note that construction of the actual book can not start until final approval of the text. Some books have taken more than a couple months to complete in the past. It depends on my workload at the time I receive your commission.

I will work as fast as possible to get this special book to you asap but it does take time! I don't like to make more than a few at a time, in order to make each book as perfect and special to you as they are to me.

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◦ CUSTOM STORY by ME: After gathering information from you, I'll write the story all myself! You can read more information above, under "HOW IT WORKS."

◦ STORY by YOU: Sometimes I have clients come to me with stories their father, sister or they have written themselves that need to be brought to life. This is possible! $305 is the starting price, longer stories may cost more in order to account for the time to illustrate a larger book. PLEASE message me prior to purchase so we can discuss the details in order to determine if our styles of writing/illustrating are compatible.

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Other important things to know:

◦ If you have a rush order, please message me prior to purchase to confirm I will be able to create your book in time for your special event. A rush fee may be charged. Rush or Overnight shipping is available too, please message me to get an estimate.

◦ If you are outside of the US, please message me prior to purchase so I can calculate the shipping more accurately!

◦ All US orders will be shipped priority, which includes a tracking number and insurance.

Frequently asked questions about SketchyNotions

Unless otherwise noted or requested, all items will be shipped USPS Priority. This includes insurance and a tracking number. Domestic shipping usually arrives within a week. All items will be wrapped to ensure safe delivery, both with domestic and international orders.
There are listings for multiple customized items in my shop. Please allow at least 1-3 weeks for your item to be created and shipped.
Custom orders purchased without prior consultation could result in additional charges. Please message me to discuss your custom order prior to purchase.
If you have a rush custom order, please message me prior to purchase. Custom items that are rushed will be charge a rush fee (10-15% increase).
All illustrations, designs, custom children's books stories, wedding albums and photo albums are property of Chelsea Ward and © Sketchy Notions. This includes any draft or final text, illustrations and/or designs. They are NOT to be reproduced or distributed in any form without written permission by Chelsea Ward herself. Failure to adhere to these stipulations could result in legal action.
All items are wrapped in butcher paper and tied with bakers twine, in addition to being wrapped to withstand shipping. If you require further gift wrapping or a special note to the recipient, please leave a "Note to Seller" at check out or message me.
All Sketchy Notions cards, prints and calendars are available for wholesale. Please message me to receive a link to my Etsy Wholesale Linesheet.
Illustrations: Damaged prints or illustrations can be replaced for the full retail price, unless an item arrived damaged due to shipping.

Books & Albums: Damaged books or albums can be returned for repairs/rebinding. The cost for a book repair is the amount of materials (paper to replace damaged covers/pages), time to repair, and shipping.

Custom Children's Book | Personalized, One-of-a-kind & Hand Illustrated



  • Handmade item
  • Materials: watercolor, watercolor paper, handmade paper
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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