InHerOwnWords

Wedding Albums, Baby Books, Journals, Susan Kay Art

Roseville, Minnesota · 35 Sales

InHerOwnWords

Wedding Albums, Baby Books, Journals, Susan Kay Art

Roseville, Minnesota 35 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Greetings, I'm Susan Kay. I specialize in original vintage style hand bound books for baby, weddings and special events to record and share your memories with future generations.

My Father was an amazing storyteller. My Mother wrote beautiful poetry. Sadly my father passed away Sept. 19th, 2015. Since my Mother's Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2012 she no longer has the ability to control her thoughts, hold on to memories, nor write them down to share with us. Though these are devastating losses and may seem bleak to some, out of love and in their honor my line of books and cards were born. My mission, helping others tell their own story to share with loved ones. Together You and I will work in creating a gift of love.

This classic romantic style comes alive with poetry, art and flowers. Original Designs and Art by Susan Kay.

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Last updated on Mar 24, 2017

Greetings, I'm Susan Kay. I specialize in original vintage style hand bound books for baby, weddings and special events to record and share your memories with future generations.

My Father was an amazing storyteller. My Mother wrote beautiful poetry. Sadly my father passed away Sept. 19th, 2015. Since my Mother's Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2012 she no longer has the ability to control her thoughts, hold on to memories, nor write them down to share with us. Though these are devastating losses and may seem bleak to some, out of love and in their honor my line of books and cards were born. My mission, helping others tell their own story to share with loved ones. Together You and I will work in creating a gift of love.

This classic romantic style comes alive with poetry, art and flowers. Original Designs and Art by Susan Kay.

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A Passion for Design

Greetings, I'm Susan Kay, I specialize in original vintage style handmade books for weddings, baby and special events so that you can record and share your memories with future generations.

I'm a poet at heart, with the soul of an artist. You'll find my love and passion for the language of flowers, poetry and art intertwined in my original designs.

My Skills and Talents Came from My Parents:
My Father was an amazing storyteller. My Mother wrote beautiful poetry. Sadly my father passed away Sept. 19th, 2015. Prior to my Mother's Alzheimer's diagnosis in 2012 she no longer had the ability to control her thoughts, hold on to memories, nor write them down to share with us. Though these are devastating losses and may seem bleak to some, out of love and in their honor my line of books and cards were born.

My Mission:
Helping others tell their own story to share with loved ones.

Hand Bound Books and Process:
Book design is a minimum 12 week process. This locks in your book order and sets my work schedule. It allows time for research and crafting the actual book design, putting together my storyboards, folding and cutting papers to fit book size, finishing page corners, hand lettering, hand stamping, and creating original works of art on individual book pages, cutting book covers, adding book cover fabric, paint or paper, dry time, adding embellishments, hand sewing book pages and book binding. A lot goes into these little treasures and I enjoy making each and every one! Each book I design has it's very own story to tell. Making it a one-of-a-kind keepsake treasure.

Creative Process:
My creative process begins with a story. Something someone has told me, something I've read, heard on the news or something I've photographed.

My Works of Art:
Are compositions of images cut, placed, layered and arranged to create visual elements which then form a design and transform into new works of art.

Intertwining the romantic elegance of the Victorian era poetry books, you’ll find my original designs created in old world charm. The use of poetry, the language of flowers and words of wisdom help create my stories.

Build A Book Tool:
Build A Book was a tool I created to help me design handmade books for my clients. Giving them the opportunity to help in my creative process truly allows me the ability to offer one-of-a-kind keepsake treasures you won't find anywhere. With their help I've been able to envision new designs, offer new categories and new works of art. My clients have given me this wonderful opportunity and I'm truly grateful!

Life:
Life is a STORYBOOK of memories and lessons learned. My view of how precious life is completely changed with the loss of my Grandfather and a gift he had purchase for me prior to his death. My Mother wrote this inscription: "This was bought by Grandpa W. with the wish that it be given to you on your confirmation. My full name and May 15th 1966 was embossed on the front of my beautiful black bible. Over the years this worn and well used bible has become my most treasured gift of all time.

I try not to worry so much about the little things and focus only on the day at hand. I have no control over the larger plan ... that is in the hands of my Father.

My Studio:
We live in the great state of Minnesota in the Midwestern United States, surrounded by the gifts of nature to the beautiful written word. Minnesota is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes". Its name is based on the Lakota Native Indian word for sky-tinted water.

Our studio is nestled in the foothills of the Mississippi River Valley. We are surrounded by beautiful parks and long and winding bike trails … a perfect place for the soul *smiles*

What Makes Me Happy?
I LOVE the magic of Christmas * Chocolate * long walk’s with my husband * conversations with my son and grandsons * time spent with my family and friends * bird watching * curling up by the fire place with a good book * smooth jazz, new age, Celtic, blue grass, folk music * and of course playing in my studio with my art *smiles* for me … this is the good life *smiles*

Blessings:
I have been blessed to have a wonderful husband, family and great friends that are very supportive and have encouraged me to pursue my dreams, to create my works of art. I've been blessed to share those works of art my Father has graciously helped me create. How lucky can one girl be? *smiles*

Love and Peace To All,
Susan Kay and Scott Cudahy

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  • Susan Kay

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer

    I have not the gifts of storytelling as my Father. Nor do the poetic words come to my mind as they did my Mother. But my Father in Heaven blessed me with gifts from both, so that I may write my own story. Susan Kay

  • Scott

    Owner

    My husband plays a supporting role in our business. A journeyman in carpentry, a creative artist of whimsy with a wonderful sense of humor. We make a great team!

Shop policies

Last updated on January 7, 2017
Buy with confidence. Your satisfaction is my business. I'm proud to offer my award winning designs.

IMPORTANT: To avoid delays in communication and or delivery please make sure your contact info here on Etsy is Up To Date. It's imperative I be able to contact you through a current email address and or mobile phone. In order to ship please make sure your address is current. Thank you so much!

I respect your privacy. I will only use your name, email address, or other personal information to:

* Communicate with you
* To fill your order
* For legal reasons

Greetings, I'm Susan Kay. I specialize in original vintage style handmade book designs for weddings, baby and special events so that you can record and share your memories with future generations.

I am the artist in residence. From design to creating, everything starts on a blank sheet of paper, then handcrafted by me and made especially for YOU. I pride myself in offering my clients high quality products and excellent customer service. It really is all about YOU!

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All payments are due in full at time of purchase.

PAYMENT:
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Shipping
WE SHIP WITHIN CONTINENTAL US LOWER 48 STATES
View individual items for shipping details. Shipping charges listed reflect actual costs.

IMPORTANT: Make sure your current email address, your shipping address on Etsy and Payment Provider used are up to date and match. We do not refund for incorrect shipping address.

LOCAL PICKUP:
Do you live in Minnesota? Live in the Twin Cities area? You're certainly welcome to stop by and pick up your merchandise! Prior to making your purchase please **contact me** so I may adjust the shipping.

HOLIDAYS:
During the high traffic times of the year shipping may take longer. When making your holiday purchases please make sure you allow plenty of time for your package to reach it's destination. Should you be requesting a custom order please note no rush orders are accepted.

SHIPPING OF HANDMADE BOOKS:
Book design is a minimum 12 week process. Handmade books ship US Priority Mail. Always allow plenty of time prior to your event for your purchase to reach its destination.

US PRIORITY FLAT RATE SHIPPING WITHIN CONTINENTAL US LOWER 48 STATES
Approximately 2 -3 business days.

IMPORTANT: Make sure your current email address and shipping address on Etsy and the Payment Provider used are up to date and match. We do not refund for incorrect shipping address.
Refunds and Exchanges
I'm in constant contact and work closely with my clients. I also share project photos to keep them involved in the design process. My products are custom made. Due to the extensive research, design time, and handcrafting of my works of art I do not offer refunds, returns, exchanges or cancellations.

HOWEVER I stand behind all my works of art. It's important to me that I meet your expectations. If for some reason you're gift purchase is not up to your specification please contact me within (48 hours) of receiving your order so I have an opportunity to meet your expectations. I will do my very best to make sure you're happy with your shopping experience and your gift purchase. Customer service is my top priority.
Additional policies and FAQs
HANDMADE is not perfect. Little imperfections add character and beauty.

PRICES:
Pricing is based on the costs of materials used, creation time and shipping costs. Prices will increase when materials and shipping increase.

WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO:
We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, and/or to cancel a sale if deemed to be in the best interest of our business.

Due to the variety of computer monitors ... colors viewed may vary slightly. I do my best to keep the colors true to my photos.

More information

Last updated on Mar 23, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

HANDMADE BOOKS:
Time Frame:
Book design is a minimum 12 week process. This locks in your book order and sets my work schedule. It allows for communication between me and you, time for research and creating the actual book design, putting together my storyboards and sending phone images of what I've done. Folding and cutting papers to fit your book size. You'll find some books but not all with finished page corners, hand lettering, embossing and hand stamping. All my books offer original works of art, book covers finished with fabric, lace or paint and embellished. Book binding is done using a Coptic stitch developed by early Christians in Egypt. Each book I design has its very own story to tell making it a First Edition Keepsake Treasure.

Care instructions

Handling: "One must always be careful of books and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us." Quotation by Cassandra Clare

HANDMADE is not perfect. Imperfections add character and beauty.

Disclaimer:
Do not allow children to handle your book. They may have small embellishments which if pulled off can be a chocking hazard.

Gift wrapping and packaging

My handmade books are carefully and beautifully wrapped.

Wholesale availability

My works of art are not available for wholesale.

The Language of Flowers

My Language of Flowers line is available in custom handmade books and greeting cards.

Sizing details

Handcrafted books listed in my shop are designed and created in Victorian style. My books are 1st Editions made exclusively for each individual client using original works of art and public domain poetry relating to their story.

Sizes Offered: View individual listings for details.

5 x 7 inch |Portrait only| 16 pages, eloquent details, poetry with original art

6 x 6 inch |Victorian booklet style| 6 pages, eloquent details, poetry with original art.

9 x 6 |Guest Book landscape only| 16 or 32 pages, eloquent details, poetry with original works of art.

NOTE: My guest books are UNLINED. This is to tempted your guest to do more than merely sign their names. The unbroken expanse encourages guests to leave longer messages.

Sizing details

PRINTS: Do not come framed. They're printed on an 8 1/2 x 11 inch professional paper. View individual listings for more details

Custom and personalized orders

*** VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION ***
To prevent project delays ** It's imperative client be in constant contact with me through the initial design process in order for me to capture the true personality traits of those your book will focus on. Delays in receiving your information and details will have an impact on your project start date, completion as well as the delivery date noted.