Spellbinderie

Unique Wedding Guestbooks, Ring Boxes & Keepsake Gifts

Couzon-au-Mont-d’Or, France 1328 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars (305)

Spellbinderie

Unique Wedding Guestbooks, Ring Boxes & Keepsake Gifts

Couzon-au-Mont-d’Or, France | 1328 Sales

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Announcement    Spellbinderie: a bookbindery in France specializing in unique guestbooks, journals, scrapbooks and ring boxes made from antique books as well as hand stamped brass & copper keepsakes. For once-in-a-lifetime or to give as a gift!

Follow me on Instagram @Spellbinderie and on Facebook for sales announcements and photos of custom work.

NAVIGATING THE SHOP
To easily navigate the shop, please browse the sections found on the left side of the main shop page. Notes are provided below for further details:

• ORNATE, SMALL, MEDIUM & LARGE VINTAGE BOOKS
There's a section for each size to help you find the book cover you want. Keep in mind any book cover can be made as you want, from a guestbook to a journal or engagement ring box. Photos in these listings show the book that will be used to create your order as well as sample photos of finished work for your reference. Don't hesitate to contact me with questions!

• CUSTOM
These sections show sold work in an array of styles for inspiration. The samples shown are no longer available but I can make something similar for you, just contact me with your request.

• ADD ON: Options that can be added to any order, includes nameplates, accent paper, scrapbook binding, ribbon and much more.

• PERSONALIZED BRASS OR COPPER PLATES:
Nameplates, bookmarks and wallet cards hand-stamped with the text of your choice.

WHY EXPOSED SPINE? There are two professional reasons I use this binding technique for my rebound books.
1. Often the old fabric that covers the spine is too fragile
2. Proper technique. Most old books have rounded spines rather than flat. To properly rebind these old books, it's necessary to make a new rounded spine which requires proper training and tools. This method also requires perfectly matching the original spine's width which dictates the page count. While I am trained in the art of rounded spines, I offer exposed spines for rebound work due to its strength and durability as well as the above reasons. Please be aware when buying rebound vintage books. If the spine fabric is kept, check to see if the spine is rounded. If the bookbinder created a flat back when the book was originally created with a rounded back, you'll notice the spine fabric is too loose. Unfortunately these bindings often do not last.

Announcement

Last updated on Sep 3, 2018

Spellbinderie: a bookbindery in France specializing in unique guestbooks, journals, scrapbooks and ring boxes made from antique books as well as hand stamped brass & copper keepsakes. For once-in-a-lifetime or to give as a gift!

Follow me on Instagram @Spellbinderie and on Facebook for sales announcements and photos of custom work.

NAVIGATING THE SHOP
To easily navigate the shop, please browse the sections found on the left side of the main shop page. Notes are provided below for further details:

• ORNATE, SMALL, MEDIUM & LARGE VINTAGE BOOKS
There's a section for each size to help you find the book cover you want. Keep in mind any book cover can be made as you want, from a guestbook to a journal or engagement ring box. Photos in these listings show the book that will be used to create your order as well as sample photos of finished work for your reference. Don't hesitate to contact me with questions!

• CUSTOM
These sections show sold work in an array of styles for inspiration. The samples shown are no longer available but I can make something similar for you, just contact me with your request.

• ADD ON: Options that can be added to any order, includes nameplates, accent paper, scrapbook binding, ribbon and much more.

• PERSONALIZED BRASS OR COPPER PLATES:
Nameplates, bookmarks and wallet cards hand-stamped with the text of your choice.

WHY EXPOSED SPINE? There are two professional reasons I use this binding technique for my rebound books.
1. Often the old fabric that covers the spine is too fragile
2. Proper technique. Most old books have rounded spines rather than flat. To properly rebind these old books, it's necessary to make a new rounded spine which requires proper training and tools. This method also requires perfectly matching the original spine's width which dictates the page count. While I am trained in the art of rounded spines, I offer exposed spines for rebound work due to its strength and durability as well as the above reasons. Please be aware when buying rebound vintage books. If the spine fabric is kept, check to see if the spine is rounded. If the bookbinder created a flat back when the book was originally created with a rounded back, you'll notice the spine fabric is too loose. Unfortunately these bindings often do not last.

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About Spellbinderie

Sales 1,328
On Etsy since 2011

My journey to France for love put me on the path to creating for love

In 2010 I took a leap of faith and followed my partner to his hometown in France, a city I had never visited before. Once settled in, I often spent free time at second hand shops admiring old French books sitting untouched on shelves marvelling on how these gorgeous books could be collecting dust rather than being loved and treasured. I spoke with book dealers and antiquarians who told me these lovely books were published in mass in the 1800s and given out as gifts to students and now weren't of much interest or value to anyone. So I began to think about ways to upcycle these beauties. Having previously done a bit of hobby bookbinding, I decided to try removing the covers and rebinding them into blank books. I quickly fell in love with the work and began making more and more. After some trial and error and further study of the craft to perfect my skills, a friend recommended I open a shop on Etsy to sell my creations. Since then I've been fortunate to work with many incredible clients, often on their own romantic journeys, that have touched me with their warm hearts and inspired me with their creative ideas.

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Spellbinderie has been featured in numerous blogs and is proud to have been chosen to create the 2012 Etsy Wedding Fair official guest book. Most recently her unique proposal ring box books were nominated as an Etsy Design Award Finalist (2019).

Karen Rudd previously worked as a documentary film editor in NYC before moving to France with her partner, where she honed here bookbinding skills via self-study as well as study with bookbinder Mark Cockram in London.

Karen also has two other Etsy shops: Coups de Coeur, a paper ephemera shop, and Spellbinderie Too, a bookbinding supply shop. She also offers bookbinding workshops upon demand in her workshop near Lyon, France.

Don't hesitate to contact Karen to discuss a project, request a custom order or schedule a workshop (small groups welcome).

To go directly to the website: www.spellbinderie.com

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Shop members

  • Karen

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Professionally trained bookbinder with a passion for upcycling vintage books and paper into treasured keepsakes for gifts and events. Selected to create a guestbook for Etsy's Wedding Fair 2012, Finalist for Etsy Design Awards 2019.

  • Raoul

    Assistant

    My amazing partner lends a hand with the hand-stamped metal plate orders and brings me coffee every morning.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Aug 13, 2019
Frequently asked questions
WHEN WILL MY ORDER BE READY? DO YOU DO RUSH ORDERS?

Spellbinderie's blank books are made to order after payment is received. Each listing has a processing time indicating how long it will take to make your order once you've paid. Tight deadline? Rush orders may be available, please inquire.

CAN I MIX & MATCH OPTIONS FOR MY GUESTBOOK / JOURNAL?

Yes! Made-to-order guestbooks and journals can be made to your specification. You can always choose the Standard or Gold package then add on other options yourself, available here: www.etsy.com/shop/Spellbinderie?ref=seller-platform-mcnav§ion_id=18135987

Or contact me with your request(s) and I'll create a custom package for you. Don't hesitate to request options that you don't see in the shop. I'm happy to work with you!

Right to Cancel Before Order is Shipped

You may cancel any order within 24 hours of placing it and receive a full refund no questions asked.

To cancel personalized orders after the 24 hr timeframe, please contact me. I'll be happy to cancel if I haven't started work on your order. If work has started, we can discuss a partial refund.

For non-personalized / custom items, the cancellation period is extended until the item is shipped. Please notify Spellbinderie tin writing via Etsy message or email of your cancellation request.

Returns and Refunds

For non-custom / non-personalized orders, you may return items up to 14 days after receipt. Please notify the the seller first. Return shipping fees are the customer's responsibility unless seller made an error or item is not as described. Please ensure adequate packing & include tracking + insurance to avoid issues. The customer is chargeable, up to original order value, for goods that are not received in original condition.
For international returns from outside the EU, packages must be marked as "RETURNED GOODS".

For custom and personalized items, customer satisifaction is important, please contact the seller to reach a resolution. Refunds granted on a case by case situation.

Standard Shipping / Lost or Damaged In Mail

Orders are shipped standard with La Poste using priority mail. Express shipping through Chronopost is available as an upgrade, see Express Shipping for more information.

Please make sure that your delivery address is correct when placing the order.

For packages that are lost, a refund will be given once my post office declares the package lost. Investigations can take 30 days.

For packages that are damaged or stolen en route, please contact your local post office immediately to open an investigation. Photos of the packaging and items that are damaged are required. Once photos and a copy of your stolen package report (if applicable) are received, you will be fully refunded.

Page Count & Binding Method

The page count given in listings counts both the front and back of each paper, not individual sheets.




I offer two types of exposed spine bindings, Coptic for smaller light weight books and Raised Support for larger, heavier books. These exposed spine binding offer flexibility and beautiful design options for rebound books. Due to the nature of rebinding old books, the original spine must be destroyed in most cases.

ATTENTION PERSONALIZED ORDERS

•For guestbooks/journals: Text must be submitted no later than one week prior to your ship by date

•For plaques: Text must be submitted within 24 hours of your order.

Please check your Etsy messages regularly to approve drafts.

Unfortunately text sent later than stated above may result in a delayed ship by date.

Why can't the original spine be kept as is?

Often the old fabric that covers the spine is too fragile to keep. Additionally most old books have rounded spines rather than flat. To properly rebind these old books, it's necessary to make a new rounded spine, not a flat spine. This method also dictates the page count whereas an exposed spine allows choice.

I offer exposed spines for my rebound work due to its beauty combined with practicality and most of all to ensure you receive a rebound book that will last.

VAT Not Applicable / TVA non applicable

Spellbinderie is not VAT registered therefore VAT is not applicable.

TVA non applicable - article 293 B du CGI