TheAlteredDiaries

EXPRESS YOURSELF! Handmade Journals and Sketchbooks.

Vancouver, Canada · 285 Sales

TheAlteredDiaries

EXPRESS YOURSELF! Handmade Journals and Sketchbooks.

Vancouver, Canada 285 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Jody

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Announcement   Looking for something different? Everything is all original and all handmade by me in my studio.

I'm a Bookbinder and a Mixed Media collage artist. I make journals, sketchbooks and collage sheets. So whether you're interested in mixed media, journaling or merely curious, there is something that is certain to inspire you.
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 notebook covers, greeting cards and Altered Art tags. Become inspired 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.
Thanks for dropping by.

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 6, 2016

Looking for something different? Everything is all original and all handmade by me in my studio.

I'm a Bookbinder and a Mixed Media collage artist. I make journals, sketchbooks and collage sheets. So whether you're interested in mixed media, journaling or merely curious, there is something that is certain to inspire you.
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 notebook covers, greeting cards and Altered Art tags. Become inspired 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.
Thanks for dropping by.

Jody

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Jody

Gypsy Girls Collage Sheet
$3.50
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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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  • Jody

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Head cook and bottle washer :)

Shop policies

Last updated on February 2, 2017
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 & cards 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

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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.
HOW TO USE A CREDIT CARD WITHOUT JOINING PAYPAL
http://thealtereddiaries.weebly.com/shipping--policies.html
Shipping
*New lower Canadian rates with tracking for Western Canada!

SHIPPING
2 -3 weeks for shipping to Eastern Canada and the USA.

*CANADIAN CUSTOMERS*
I'm pleased to tell you XpressPost now offers a large cardboard mailer to Western CANADA which covers BC to SASK. The mailer also comes with a tracking number. So I will send all packages to western Canada using the XpressPost mailer.

UK 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
Let me know before purchasing using the conversation function if you want a tracking upgrade. After approving the upgrade I'll update the listing for you.
*If you are in western Canada read the above notice.

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

BOOKS
*** UK BUYERS ***
Good news! There is NO VAT on books and no customs fees on books SHIPPED to the UK.

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.

IMPORT FEES AND DUTY
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.

Return goods within 28 days for a full refund excluding shipping.
Returns must be in good condition so I can restock the item. Once I receive the items I'll issue a refund. Restocking fees do not apply.

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.

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.

Packages returned to me due to not being claimed by the customer will be reshipped if the customer pays for shipping.

COLLAGE SHEETS

* INSTANT DOWNLOADS - Non refundable
If there is a problem with the download please DO contact me so I can fix it.

All my collage sheets, bookplates, stickers and ATC backgrounds are Instant Downloads. 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.

No need to repurchase a download if you lose it while working on it. The link for the download stays live for a week or so.

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
Information I collect is used for one thing only and that's to get your purchase to you. I'm old fashioned that way.

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.

Cut and paste this URL to see my entire collection of
HANDMADE JOURNALS, CARDS AND SKETCHBOOKS.
http://thealtereddiaries.weebly.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

More information

Last updated on Feb 2, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Are all your items handmade?

Yes. Absolutely everything in my shop is handmade. All my cards and ATC backgrounds are my own design.
Collage sheets. except for obvious clip art are my own design. My images are cleaned up, digitally coloured and brought up to 300 DPI.

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 blog is on the same site.
Or you can click here for my blog.
http://thealtereddiaries.weebly.com/blog

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?

If you want tracking convo me and I'll give you a price then update the listing to include tracking.

Currently I provide FREE tracking to the western provinces. This includes B.C., AB and Sask.

In 6 years I've only lost one package.