Handmade journals, photo albums, and guest books

Montpelier, Vermont · 872 Sales


Handmade journals, photo albums, and guest books

Montpelier, Vermont 872 Sales On Etsy since 2005

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   All of the journals, photo albums, and guest books in my shop are handmade by me in my studio in beautiful Montpelier, Vermont. My handbound books are made using only the finest acid-free and archival materials. I welcome custom work, so please convo me if you’re interested in working on a project together.


Last updated on Mar 15, 2016

All of the journals, photo albums, and guest books in my shop are handmade by me in my studio in beautiful Montpelier, Vermont. My handbound books are made using only the finest acid-free and archival materials. I welcome custom work, so please convo me if you’re interested in working on a project together.

Elissa R. Campbell

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Elissa R. Campbell


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5 out of 5 stars

J T on May 23, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This is a lovely photo album. Extremely pretty. The artist is super nice, too, and it was shipped lightening quick with beautiful packaging. Highly recommend this artist!

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3 photo albums off to a wedding in New York!

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Handmade Photo Album - Sea Green Floral - Large
Handmade Photo Album - Sea Green Floral - Large
Working on photo album covers today.

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Handmade Photo Album: Brown Cranes small
Handmade Photo Album: Brown Cranes small
This Drool photo album is off to a new life in Florida!

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Handmade Photo Album: Drool small
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Everyone has a story to tell...tell yours.

So here's my story...

I entered the world of bookbinding in the 2nd grade with my first creation,“ The Dog Who Couldn’t Bark,” using oak tag, construction paper, and staples. The cover and pages were cut into the shape of a dog.

I wouldn’t revisit the craft until I was in graduate school studying Art Therapy. I worked part-time at a store named Paper Source, a store in Cambridge, MA. The craft had a great effect on me – I ending up writing my graduate thesis on using bookbinding in the Expressive Therapies.

Unfortunately, I once again abandoned the book arts after entering the “real world”. A few years later, the company I worked for advertised a craft show where employees could exhibit their work. I thought, “Hey, I remember that time I made books…I liked that. Hmmm…” I started making books again – this time, it stuck.

Blue Roof Designs came to life in 2000. Yes, I live in a house with a blue roof. Actually, it’s the second house I’ve owned with a blue roof.

In my studio in beautiful Montpelier, Vermont you will find me working with handmade papers from around the world, satin and brocade cloths, leather, and silky ribbons. I strive to create books that maintain the beauty and integrity of the materials with which I work. I especially love working with papers that are pieces of art, in and of themselves. All of the materials I use are acid-free to ensure the longevity of your photos.

I really enjoy making blank books – each book is meant to be transformed by the owner. I consider it “accessible art.” The owner of one of my books will put his or her own life experiences into the book, making it truly one-of-a-kind.

I'm honored to be a member of the Bookbinding Etsy Street Team (B.E.S.T.) Check out my feature on the B.E.S.T. blog:

Shop members

  • Elissa R. Campbell

    Owner, Bookbinder, Slave To My Dog

    Curly-haired bookbinder from Vermont with big love for cheese.

  • Wiggum

    Boss Man, Nut Dog

Shop policies

Last updated on February 17, 2017
Welcome to the shop of Blue Roof Designs, a.k.a. bookbinder Elissa Campbell. All of the journals, photo albums, and guest books in my shop are handmade by me in my studio in beautiful Montpelier, Vermont. My handbound books are made using only the finest acid-free and archival materials.

All of my work is made in a smoke-free studio. I am pet-friendly and have a dog named Wiggum. He's a standard poodle and very cute. :)

If you have any questions about any of my work, please feel free to contact me - I do love to talk books!

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
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I accept Etsy Gift Cards, Paypal and personal checks. I also accept payments through Etsy Direct Checkout. I will not ship your purchase until payment has cleared/been received, so please take this into consideration when you choose your method of payment. If payment has not been received for a purchase within 4 business days, the order will be canceled and the item relisted.

Please note that checks from outside of the U.S. can take up to 4 weeks to clear, so please be aware that there may be a lengthy delay in shipping your order.

Vermont residents will be charged 6% sales tax (unless you're lucky enough to purchase on a tax-free holiday). If you live in a Vermont jurisdiction with a local option sales tax (Brandon, Burlington, Colchester, Dover, Killington, Manchester, Middlebury, Rutland Town, St. Albans Town, South Burlington, Stratton, Williston, Wilmington, Winhall), you will be charged 7% sales tax (Vermont state sales tax + 1% local option tax). I know it sucks, but it’s the law and I have to do it.
Unless an item is made-to-order, I ship within 3-5 business days of having received a cleared payment. If you have any special shipping needs, please convo me and let me know - I want to make sure that your needs are met.

I send all of my handmade work insured. I usually ship via USPS (either First Class or Priority Mail) and if not that, then via FedEx. I do make a point of comparing costs before selecting the final method of shipping. Unfortunately, my larger photo albums don't fit inside flat rate Priority Mail boxes. I tried to do it. It wasn't pretty.

In the event that additional costs are incurred after the item has shipped (due to an incorrect or incomplete shipping address), then the buyer is responsible for covering those costs. For example, if an address correction is required, then I will contact you prior to authorizing the correction so that the additional payment can be made.

I know my shipping costs may seem high. Many of my books are heavy, some weighing at least 2 pounds each. In addition, some of the books are large in size. I don't mean to imply that my books are fat-bottomed girls, but you get the picture.

I make a point of packing my books really well. In fact, I'm a well-known bubble wrap abuser. A quote from one of my customers: "...there was so much bubble wrap, I thought you were playing a trick on me". I can't help it - I want to make sure you get your book safely and in good shape! I try to reuse shipping materials whenever possible. I only reuse clean fill (bubble wrap, paper, etc.) and boxes that are structurally sound.

International Shipping:
If you are from outside the U.S. and want to make a purchase (and don't see your country listed), please convo me and I'll let you know the shipping cost. I'm happy to work on orders on an individual basis and can post custom listings.

Customers are responsible for all customs and duty fees and/or taxes - listing purchase and shipping costs do not include these fees. Please investigate this possibility before placing your order so that you're not hit with an unpleasant surprise. Returns will not be accepted in the event that these fees are not paid.

By the way, I'm an honest gal, so all customs forms will state the actual value of the item(s) purchased.
Refunds and Exchanges
In the event that you are dissatisfied with your purchase, I am happy to perform an exchange or refund as long as you contact me within 3 business days after having received your order. Items should be in new and salable condition. Shipping costs will not be refunded. Return shipping is the responsibility of the buyer.

I make a conscious effort to pack my work so that damages do not occur during shipment. However, if your order arrives damaged, please contact me as soon as possible so that I can work with you to resolve the issue. I send all packages with insurance so that any damage is covered. Please save all packaging materials in the event that a claim needs to be filed.

I will not accept any returns that result from non-payment of customs and duty fees and/or taxes.

Custom orders are not refundable.

Please contact me directly with any questions or concerns - I want you to be happy and believe strongly in providing excellent customer service.
Additional policies and FAQs
A general note about my work:
All of my work is handmade by me. No two pieces are identical and that’s part of the charm of handmade work. Please allow for minor variations in appearance from what is shown in the item listing photos.

A note about materials:
Because many handmade papers are used in the production of my items, variations in inclusions or paper tone may vary. I will make all attempts to ensure consistency through the product styles. In addition, differences in computer monitor settings may affect the appearance of my work on your screen. If you would like a sample of the exact paper/materials that will be used, please let me know. Feel free to contact me regarding any other concerns or questions.

All personal information gathered by Blue Roof Designs is kept completely confidential and not shared with anyone. Ever.

All images and content are copyrighted to Blue Roof Designs and may not be used without permission.

More information

Last updated on Feb 17, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Wholesale availability

My handmade books are available for purchase at wholesale and I'm happy to provide a price list and terms upon request.

Those interested in making wholesale purchases from Blue Roof Designs are required to have a verifiable business license or sales tax exemption certificate from their state. A copy of these documents should be provided prior to the first order.

For more information, please send me a convo.

Custom and personalized orders

If you want a book, but have different colors/patterns/textures/sizes in mind, please let me know. I have access to hundreds of papers and other materials that could be used to create your dream project. I would love to brainstorm the possibilities with you.

Please note that custom orders are not refundable.

Care instructions

With proper care, your journal or photo album should last for many years. Here are some tips on how to preserve your book:

• Prolonged light exposure can fade the colors of the covering materials of your book, along with any botanical inclusions in the paper. Store your book in a protected location.
• Storing your book upright on a shelf can result in gravity pulling on the binding. Your binding will last longer if you store it flat.
• Botanical inclusions may come loose from the covering paper - this is to be expected. If desired, you can secure the leaf or petal by using a light coat of glue on the back and pressing it overnight with a heavy book (be careful not to squash the ribbon).