TheAlteredDiaries

EXPRESS YOURSELF! Handmade Journals and Sketchbooks.

Vancouver, Canada · 244 Sales

TheAlteredDiaries

EXPRESS YOURSELF! Handmade Journals and Sketchbooks.

Vancouver, Canada 244 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Jody

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Announcement   Looking for something different? Whether you're interested in mixed media, journaling or merely curious, there is something sure to peak your interest. I am a Bookbinder and a Mixed Media collage artist. I make journals, sketchbooks and collage sheets.

Browse my selection of Junk Gypsy, Bohemian, Victorian, Asian Boho, Goth and Grunge creations.
See how I've use some of my own collage sheets to make my own notetbook covers, greeting cards and Altered Art tags. Gain some inspiration or simply purchase a unique, one of a kind item.

If you are looking for a full listing of all my notebooks and journals go to my Bookbinding blog and website at:
http://thealtereddiaries.weebly.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

I have lots of unlisted stock. So feel free to convo me if you can't find what you're looking for. Also convo me for old collage sheets that may have been discontinued or updated.
Have a browse and enjoy your visit.

Announcement
Last updated on Jun 7, 2016

Looking for something different? Whether you're interested in mixed media, journaling or merely curious, there is something sure to peak your interest. I am a Bookbinder and a Mixed Media collage artist. I make journals, sketchbooks and collage sheets.

Browse my selection of Junk Gypsy, Bohemian, Victorian, Asian Boho, Goth and Grunge creations.
See how I've use some of my own collage sheets to make my own notetbook covers, greeting cards and Altered Art tags. Gain some inspiration or simply purchase a unique, one of a kind item.

If you are looking for a full listing of all my notebooks and journals go to my Bookbinding blog and website at:
http://thealtereddiaries.weebly.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

I have lots of unlisted stock. So feel free to convo me if you can't find what you're looking for. Also convo me for old collage sheets that may have been discontinued or updated.
Have a browse and enjoy your visit.

Jody

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Jody

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About

From Mail Art to Bookbinding - My Journey

Nervousness introduced me to trading Mail Art and cut and paste collages and journalling.

Joining Flickr introduced me to an community of amazingly talented photographers and digital artists. I was introduced to Photoshop and Altered Art and how to make it. This was my art school.

An Altered Art bookbinding workshop in London, UK introduced me to the fine art of bookbinding. From there it was a natural progression to creating journals and Artist Sketchbooks. I then added my digital art to some of the covers. So all the decorated covers are my own digital art.

And so, my little studio by the sea filled up with finished projects.
Etsy introduced me to selling online. Which helped me share all my creations with the world.

Everything in my shop is 100% handmade by me in my apartment studio by the Pacific ocean. I love creating whether it be doing digital artwork on my Mac or cutting and pasting. Sourcing materials I first search locally and then online through Etsy and my Bookbinding website which is listed below.

Art is truly a journey. A journey I've taken through many decades and places meeting unique and talented Artisan friends.

THE BOOKBINDING PROCESS
I'm a proud member of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG). I have completed Bookbinding 2 with the Guild.

The book pages are sewn together in a French stitch over twill type tape. The spine is then glued. Endbands are either glued on or hand sewn with silk. The mull or super (looks like cheesecloth) is glued on the spine as well. It is left to dry overnight under weights.

The cover is made separately. Bookboard is covered with white paper using wheat starch paste. The paper edges are sanded off and then the cloth and decorative paper added on. Where the bookcloth and paper meet I make a groove for the edges to go into giving the cover a finished appearance. If you want to see the full process of cover making read my blog post. http://thealtereddiaries.weebly.com/blog/anatomy-of-a-book-cover-part-1

Cover and pages are glued together and book is left overnight again to dry under weights.

I'm learning how to make boxes and will be adding them to the shop. Meanwhile if you want to see the boxs that I and others have made visit my Pinterest boards. https://www.pinterest.com/AlteredDiaries/handmade-boxes/

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    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Head cook and bottle washer :)

Shop policies

Last updated on July 22, 2016
Welcome to my shop!
Every item in my shop is an original one of a kind and handmade by me.
NOTE: Some colours may not be accurately displayed as monitors and lighting conditions differ.
I hope you enjoy my shop!

For a full listing of ALL my books visit my Website Shop at:
http://thealtereddiaries.weebly.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

Bonus! If you live in the lower mainland and are in Downtown Vancouver let me know and I can set up a listing that you can pick up, MINUS postage . This makes for big savings on books.

Accepted payment methods

Payment
I take all major credit cards and Paypal. If you want to use your credit card on Paypal it's easy. I've written some instructions with a photo on my bookbinding site.

http://thealtereddiaries.weebly.com/shipping--policies.html
Shipping
NOTICE
The mail will be moving for 30 days.
Canada Post and the union have a 30 day cooling off period. On August 8 I will update everyone. Sorry, I have no control over this.
At issue:
- Equal pay for women (a charter right) guaranteed under Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights.
- Pensions. New hires will not have a guaranteed pension plan. Instead they will have a pension plan similar to a 401K.

NOT AFFECTED - COLLAGE SHEETS AND ALL DIGITAL DOWNLOADS
Will work as usual. They are not affected at all by the strike.


SNAIL MAIL
Sometimes Canada Post takes awhile, but always makes it. I've only lost 1 package in 6 years.
Packages to the USA can take up to 3 weeks to reach their destinations.

Europe and Asia seem to be quicker at about 10 days.

Most items are shipped in padded envelopes or cardboard mailers.

I'm located in western Canada and use Canada Post to ship out all packages using surface mail (land and sea) or if an upgrade to air mail is only a couple of dollars extra I'll upgrade your package to air for FREE.

TRACKING
Due to the very high cost of tracking packages in Canada, your package is not sent out with a tracking number. If you would like a tracking number please inquire about this before purchasing and I will let you know your shipping options.

NOTE that I'm currently not shipping to Brazil. Any purchases will be refunded.

BOOKS
UK BUYERS
Good news! Take advantage of your high £. There is NO VAT on books and no customs fees on books going to the UK.

The shipping prices accurately reflect what I have to pay or lower. Any overcharges for shipping over $2.00 will be refunded to your Paypal or credit card using Paypal.

VANCOUVER AND LOWER MAINLAND FOLKS - SAVE MONEY!
If you want to pick up your order, then contact me before purchase and I'll set up a new listing minus shipping fees. This can save you a lot of money on shipping; especially on books. I'm in the downtown Vancouver area.
If you have already paid, then I'll do a shipping refund once the order has been picked up.

INTERNATIONAL BUYERS
All taxes and duties are the responsibility of the buyer. I'll try to meet any special shipping requests.
Customs fees and other fees imposed by your home government are the responsibility of the buyer. Here's a link to help you figure out what those fees may be.
http://www.dutycalculator.com/new-import-duty-and-tax-calculation/saved_calculations/view_details/190704918/

NOTE FOR ALL BUYERS
Check your address and email to ensure it is correct. All merchandise will be shipped to your ETSY address unless otherwise noted in message to seller. Shipped items cannot be retrieved.
Refunds and Exchanges
If there is a problem please contact me through the Etsy conversation feature. Please return goods within 28 days. I have tried to describe items accurately. If you have any questions, don't be shy, just email me for more pics or questions. I'll be happy to comply. Return postage is the responsibility of the customer. Returns must be in good condition so I can relist the item. Once I receive the items I'll issue a refund. Restocking fees do not apply.

Please check your address. All items will be sent to the address on your Etsy account because items lost in the mail due to the customer incorrectly entering their shipping address will not be refunded. The mailing labels I use take the address from your Etsy account.

There are no refunds on packages returned to me due to not being claimed by the customer. If this happens, the customer will be responsible for paying the additional shipping costs to ship the package again.

COLLAGE SHEETS

* INSTANT DOWNLOADS
All my collage sheets, bookplates, stickers and ATC backgrounds are Instant Downloads. These are non-refundable items. Once again, check your Etsy email address as that's where your download will be. Also check your junk mail or spam if you can't find it.

It's a good idea to make a copy of the download as soon as you get it. If you need another copy of your purchased download please contact me and I'll get another one to you. We've all been there.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to send me an Etsy convo. If there's a problem, feel free to contact me.
Additional policies and FAQs
NEW BUYERS
If you are new to Etsy, here's some helpful information to get you started.
http://www.etsy.com/help/article/339

At this time I don't do custom orders or wholesale.

SHOW OFF YOUR WORK
If you'd like to show off your creations made with my collage sheets, feel free to post your photos on my Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/NeonSunStudios8
You just may become insanely famous :)

Stop by my Handmade book website and blog at:
http://thealtereddiaries.weebly.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

More information

Last updated on May 24, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Are all your items handmade?

Yes. Everything in my shop is handmade.

Do you have a website or Blog?

Yes, I have both. Here's the link http://thealtereddiaries.weebly.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html
My bog is on the same site.

Do you ship internationally?

I have shipped everywhere from Korea to Sweden and Australia. Sorry to say I don't ship to Brazil.

Do you provide tracking?

No, I ship from Canada. Canada Post will tack on a huge amount for tracking. The price of tracking starts at $30. In 6 years I've only lost one package. However if you want to pay for it I'll add tracking