get carried away on the booktide...

Edinburgh, United Kingdom · 280 Sales


get carried away on the booktide...

Edinburgh, United Kingdom 280 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   Happy Birthday To Us! To celebrate our five year anniversary & as a way of thanking our lovely customers for their support over the years, we're offering 10% discount on all items, all year! Just quote booktide10 at check out. We also have a special offer just now on pink suede baby albums with 30% off!

Last updated on Jun 9, 2016

Happy Birthday To Us! To celebrate our five year anniversary & as a way of thanking our lovely customers for their support over the years, we're offering 10% discount on all items, all year! Just quote booktide10 at check out. We also have a special offer just now on pink suede baby albums with 30% off!

Sharon Thompson

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Sharon Thompson

satchel journal - a6 - personalise it!
Gardening Journal
satchel journal - a5 - personalise it!
Rose & Black Quill Guest Book A5
Many Cargoes Book Clock
The Great Cattle Trail Book Clock
A5 Cameo Journal - Plain or Personalised
satchel journal - a4 - personalise it!
ribbon-bound linen guest book - a5 landscape
ribbon-bound linen guest book - 21cm sq
travel journal - blank pages - PERSONALISE IT!
harris tweed journal A5 - personalise it!
personalised scrapbook album 21cm square
Personalized Baby Journal
wedding planner in ivory linen
travel journal - lined pages - PERSONALISE IT!
ribbon-bound guest book - a4 landscape
classic guest book
flowers guest book
ribbon-bound guest book - 30cm square
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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

erikalmcguire on Oct 14, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This album is stunning in person! I recently purchased a custom version of this album as a wedding gift for my sister. It was so easy to communicate my request via Etsy and the album was created & shipped in a very short time. My sister & her new husband are very excited about there new album.


elocher on Sep 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This album is so beautiful, exactly as I hoped! Many thanks.

Beverley Orr

Beverley Orr on Sep 15, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

We absolutely love this guest book & cannot wait to show it off at our wedding!

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Book Girl's Story

In 2010 I fulfilled a life-long ambition of learning to bind books. At the same time I had just finished 3 years of full-time university study & was looking for some direction. A thought lapped at the edges of my imagination. Perhaps I could make bookbinding my work as well as my fun?

The outlook wasn't great. 'You can't make a living from book-binding anymore,' said one professional binder. Nevertheless the waves of thought grew & I saw a small gap in the wedding market for simple, subtle & elegant guest books & photo albums.

With some well-timed encouragement & advice from established sellers & crafters whom I now call friends, I began to design my own brand of books & people bought them! One little wave followed another & eventually I realised I had a viable business.

We're now a small family business, specialising in tartan & tweed covered books & albums, as well as making traditional journals & some less traditional ones too! We love mixing materials & textures, merging ancient techniques with the modern. Everything we do is done with care & a lot of gratitude at what the tide has brought to us.

What will the booktide bring you?

Shop members
  • Sharon Thompson

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I've always loved books. My first bookbinding effort was a raggedly sewn pamphlet in which I wrote all the things that made my 7-year-old self happy. I'm still making hand-bound books & now I get to share my booky happiness with with others too!

Shop policies

Last updated on April 26, 2016
Welcome to booktides, we're so glad you found us? We lovingly craft hand-bound books & albums in our little Edinburgh bindery & because we're happily Scottish we specialise in tartan & tweed! Your bespoke order is welcome.

Get carried away on the booktide...

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
PayPal & cards accepted : )

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations should be made before items are shipped. We try to post items as quickly as possible, sometimes the same day, so please let us know just as soon as you can if you change your mind. Bespoke items are not available for refund if work has already begun on them.
POSTAGE: Most items are sent by first class recorded delivery. Larger orders are sent by tracked courier within the UK. For international shipping, the majority of orders are posted by International tracked airmail service & by tracked courier service for larger items outside the UK.

Please be aware that customers are responsible for all DUTIES and CUSTOMS charges that may be incurred.

PACKAGING: Brown paper packages is our favourite thing! Under the brown paper your order will be snuggled up in bubble wrap & often corrugated cardboard too. Where possible your book or album will come boxed for protection on its journey to you.
Refunds and Exchanges
All booktide items are handcrafted & packaged with care. Should you have any problem with your purchase please let us know and every effort will be made to ensure your satisfaction either by the offer of a replacement item of the same kind, or a refund. Should you change your mind about your order after purchasing, we are happy to refund payment for NON-BESPOKE items if you alert us before your item has been shipped.

Please be aware that because items are handmade there may be a little variation in the materials and items may differ slightly from photographs. Each item is unique and that's what makes them special : )
Additional policies and FAQs
Bespoke orders welcome!

More information

Last updated on Apr 26, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalised orders

We offer customisation for most of our books & albums. Take a look at our GALLERY and the SWATCHES page for ideas and see the materials we have in stock. Mix and match to your hearts desire. The only limitation is that we cannot bind your spine with paper, but paper covers are fine. So feel free to 'get carried away...'

Our supplier's website is a great place to start. If you don't find your tartan we may still be able to source it for you. Send us a convo or email with your tartan request. We'd love to hear from you.

Care instructions

Our albums are made the traditional way with plain pages - not sticky & without sleeves.

We recommend using photo corners to place your photos in your album. Many of our albums come with a free box!

You can replenish your supply at stationery shops, some departments stores or camera shops. Or contact us to request another box for a small fee.

Gift wrapping and packaging

If you would like us to add a gift tag to your item with your personal message, just get in touch & our bookbinding elves will be delighted to do that for you.

Most of our journals and scrapbooks come in a presentation box, perfect for giving as a gift. We are still looking for a supplier of high quality boxes for our albums & at the moment are unable to offer the same packaging. Rest assured they are well parcelled in postal boxes or equivalent with lots of protection, ready for you to add your special gift wrapping touch.

Wholesale availability

We have experience in supplying wholesale order to buyers - from small businesses to governments. For our wholesale prices, simply contact us & we'll email them to you. Don't hesitated to contact us with any queries.

Sizing details

We run our little bindery in the UK & use British terminology & metric measurements on our listings. If they're got you a bit confused, here's a list of our standard journal and scrapbook sizes converted to inches to help you visualise.

"A6" 15 x 11 cm = 5.9 x 4.3"
"A5" 21 x 15 cm = 8.2 x 5.9"
"A4" 30 x 21 cm = 11.8 x 8.2"
21 cm sq = 8.2" sq
30 cm sq = 12" sq