Inspir&e .. Handmade books .. Bookbinding and beyond..

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Inspir&e .. Handmade books .. Bookbinding and beyond..

38 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Inspir&e ..

.. is a brand of mine based on my hand-made & hand-crafted bookbinding activities. Bookbinding .. and beyond, actually.
Including both traditional materials /techniques, as well as other /mixed media techniques and materials .. used for special, one-of-a-kind artistically crafted pieces of ´book art´ .. or for just simple everyday use notebooks, journals, artist books etc.
For a little bit more (incl. some ´behind the scenes´/making-of info),
please visit my (Tumblr) blog:

About my work:
My products - little blank books, journals, diaries, notebooks or various types of original/unique mixed media book-art-objects etc. - are all truly handmade - hand sewn/stitched, hand bound, hand painted, hand crafted/sculpted, hand punched, drilled, cut, hand-dyied/stained, patinated etc. by me. As for the material - I usually/mainly work with paper .. but I also use some other materials, too - mostly natural or recycled: wood, leather, textile, wax, sand etc. And polymer clay, too. For some products I also use scrapbook papers, or various fragments of vintage motives or elements found in second-hand/antiquarian bookstores, etc. Or - I create, design, sculpt and/or decorate the entire book, incl. covers, from scratch.
All made in my home studio.
With love.

About me:
Originally, I come from a different field - my original professional focus is (digital) 2D/still image postproduction & digital imaging & restoration - Photoshop specialist, retoucher, illustrator, graphic designer, photographer, animator ... For the past 15 years - within my small freelance digital Image Lab/studio - I have been providing retouching /illustration /design services .. and/or teaching & coaching other retouchers and graphic designers how to master Photoshop, etc.

But -
though I´ve been loving my original profession and digital technologies all the time - I also always loved - and somehow was being attracted to - traditional media and real /raw natural materials, just as well.
Inks, real paints, clay, wax, wood .. mixed media techniques ...
And paper ..
In any form or shape..

That is why, some time ago, I started to spend a bit less time at my computer, and a bit more time in my ´real-/traditional media´ studio ..
I have been experimenting with bookbinding and traditional crafts & mixed media since I can remember - in the spare time in between my digital projects .. just to relax from too much sitting at the computer, initially ... But - to my own surprise - after some time (of more or less random personal creations and ´self-taught´ experiments and explorations) - it somehow happened to slowly develop into a standalone ongoing comprehensive project .. with its own client base (and a few fans, too).

Inspir&e studio is still a pretty new project, though ...
long way to go yet ..
But - at least I know - that Inspir&e .. & bookbinding .. now became an important part of my ´creative´ life .. And as long as I have a chance to spend my time doing what I love - either for myself - or for someone else perhaps too - I am happy.
If only days could be a bit longer ..

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My (other) Etsy shops:
alenahovorkova (personal art /original & prints) (not active atm.)

ImageLabStudio (Photoshop-related resources/assets only) (not active atm.)

2DStudioDigital (stock imagery / cliparts /graphics / printables etc.) (not active atm.)

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Shop policies

Last updated on May 20, 2015
Welcome to my little Etsy gallery & shop.

Accepted payment methods

Returns and exchanges
I try to produce quality handmade products -
the best possible quality I can achieve,
to my best ability and experience ..

I also always ship my parcels packed with a great care, so as it is delivered to you safely and without any harm.

In case the item happens to be delivered in bad condition /demaged though - or gets lost in mail, eventually - then - (upon a return and/or demage proof and/or when Post Office ´lost in mail´ claim is resolved) I provide full refund, incl. all shippment fees.
I accept PayPal payments
(Etsy doesn´t support Direct Checkout for the Czech Republic, yet)

PayPal payments are available also for those who do not have PayPal account.
For more (how-to) info please see

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I accept payments in advance,
before the goods are shipped.
After making an order - please - pay immediatelly or within a few days, if possible. Thanks.

In case I do not receive the payment within about a week - and there´s no communication accessible/possible between us -
I´ll cancel the transaction. Thanks for understanding.

In case you have any questions,
or not sure about the payment/products etc.,
please feel free to contact me, I´ll be happy to help.
I live in /ship from Europe,
the Czech Republic.

International shipping takes some time - even a few weeks -
so please - BEFORE YOU PAY - (especially in case you need your purchase delivered by some particular date) - ensure that there´s enough time left.
For international shipping, I can´t guarantee quick(er) delivery ´on time´,
I am sorry.

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All my books (& other products, eventually) are truly hand-made, currently in stock.
In case you make a purchase, I try to ship as soon as possible -
within next 24-48 hours after the payment is received, usually.

I do not make custom work, though, atm.

If you wish to purchase more than one item - and not sure about shipping fee -
please feel free to contact me.
I may not reply immediatelly (different time zone, out of studio/town reasons etc.), but I will get back to you as soon as possible, within 24-48 hours, usually.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please note /About my English:
I use English on everyday basis - and have no bigger problems understanding the regular language/conversation, basically - but - since English only is my alternative second /textbook learnt/ language - my spoken/written English is not perfect, though. Sorry for possible mistakes I may make, eventually.