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I am Ellen Nicole Allen, a book binder and native of Kaysville, Utah.

I make handmade journals, sketchbooks, notebooks and albums. I make creative and unique books to be used to house creativity: sketchbooks, journals, and notebooks for artists, writers, musicians and journalers. It is all the easier to create (write or draw) something beautiful when it is in a beautiful book.

I am inspired by culture and beauty as well as unique quirkiness all around me. I draw from pop culture: literature, movies, television shows, and music as well as the quirky and beautiful things around me. As a journaler, I highly value a unique book that has character, personality and charm. I try to bring that individuality and character to each of my handmade journals. Every book is unique, in design and in hand bound details.
I use a variety of…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 18
  • Joined March 30, 2011

Favorite materials

vinyl records, legos, tie dye fabric, hemp, waxed linen thread, recycled paper

About

I am Ellen Nicole Allen, a book binder and native of Kaysville, Utah.

I make handmade journals, sketchbooks, notebooks and albums. I make creative and unique books to be used to house creativity: sketchbooks, journals, and notebooks for artists, writers, musicians and journalers. It is all the easier to create (write or draw) something beautiful when it is in a beautiful book.

I am inspired by culture and beauty as well as unique quirkiness all around me. I draw from pop culture: literature, movies, television shows, and music as well as the quirky and beautiful things around me. As a journaler, I highly value a unique book that has character, personality and charm. I try to bring that individuality and character to each of my handmade journals. Every book is unique, in design and in hand bound details.
I use a variety of materials when making my journal covers.

I use recycled materials: used vinyl, used fabrics, used books, used posters and calendars to create dynamic and unique journal covers. I make handmade recycled paper combined with artist quality sketch papers as the text blocks for my books. I also create hand painted covers with various abstract techniques (paste paper, sink art, etc.) for colorful and truly unique books. I also use my own original photography from Southern Utah, the Great Salt Lake, London, Paris, Scotland, and other locations. I also do custom made journals where my patrons can submit their own photos to be put on their book.

I mainly bind in the Coptic style which is one of the most ancient forms of bookbinding. I love to be able to draw upon an ancient technique of binding and combine it with the new ideas and images for covers. It reflects the way that our rich culture has built upon and ancient history, but is always moving in a new direction; combining the old with the new in an eclectic and unique way.

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