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This one-of-a-kind travel journal was upcycled from the 1978 printing of "Making Your Family Life Happy" by Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania.

120 unlined pages (front / back) = 3 registers with 10 folded sheets each.

Spine Length: 6.4 inches (16.3 cm)
Cover Width: 4.2 inches (10.7 cm)
Thickness: .66 inches (1.7 cm)

Upcycled vintage hardcover book.
Unlined bright white 70 lb text weight paper.
Several feet of hand-dyed linen bookbinding thread.

I removed the cover from the original book and re-covered the inside with luscious light green Lokta paper. The pages are hand-cut with rounded corners, and bound snugly in a long-stitch style to allow the star stitching pattern to be visible on the spine of the book. I used linen bookbinding thread hand-dyed with roasted grains to maintain the vintage feel and look. The cover is green with gold lettering.



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I love making custom hand-bound books! They make wonderful gifts, and most books are perfect to use as guest books, scrapbooks, sketchbooks, and journals. Customize the cover art, cover paper, page paper, or even provide your own vintage cover.

Turn around time for custom work is between 1 and 3 weeks, plus shipping time.
Most items are mailed wrapped in kraft paper, tied with raffia, ribbon, or hemp, with a gift tag. If you require something more, please let me know and I'll work with you to make it happen.
All items are one of a kind and made in a smoke-free / pet-free home with my own two hands, right here in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

The one exception are greeting cards and postcards which are reproductions of my original work, and are printed by me in my studio.
What kind of pen should I use for my book?

The weight and light tooth of the page paper makes it suitable for pencil and ink. Sharpies are discouraged - these seep through paper rather easily, and their acidic chemicals will do unattractive things to your pages over time, shortening their life.

A regular ballpoint pen is okay in a pinch, however I recommend an archival / ph neutral pen (Micron or Faber-Castell are two great and readily available brands). The inks in these pens are meant to last, and they write softly and do not create indents in the pages like ballpoint. You can find many color choices at your local crafts or art supply store, or online if you have time to order.

For black pages, I recommend gel pens or white charcoal.
To arrive on time for 2016 Christmas holidays, your Ready To Ship order must be placed by December 19th (USA) or December 1 (International). For custom work, your order must be placed by December 10th (USA), or November 21 (International).

Small Travel Journal - upcycled vintage cover - Long Stitch - Making Your Family Life Happy 1978 - 120 pgs


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: glue, paper, linen thread, book cover, Lokta paper
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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