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!
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!
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?
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!
Get carried away on the booktide...
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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