Spellbinderie

Unique Wedding Guestbooks, Ring Boxes & Keepsake Gifts

Couzon-au-Mont-d’Or, France | 1116 Sales

Spellbinderie

Unique Wedding Guestbooks, Ring Boxes & Keepsake Gifts

Couzon-au-Mont-d’Or, France 1116 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars (274)

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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Just finished this beautiful custom order guestbook. More photos on Instagram! @spellbinderie
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A peek at some mockups and the end result of a guestbook made for a client. From start to finish Spellbinderie works with you to create a keepsake to treasure!
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About

Up Cycling Unwanted Books into Heirloom Keepsakes to Treasure

Spellbinderie was launched in 2010 offering unique blank books made from beautiful old French books whose bindings are damaged or whose text simply no longer have worth. Each book is carefully dismantled to salvage the covers for the rebinding process. Next a new text block is created using old world techniques: creasing the paper with a bone folder, hand-tearing the pages, piercing the sewing stations with an awl and sewing with strong linen thread and needle. Finally the rescued covers are attached and voila, a unique heirloom quality keepsake perfect for your treasured memories, writings and drawings.

Spellbinderie has been featured in numerous blogs and is proud to have been chosen to create the 2011 Etsy Wedding Fair official guest book.

Karen Rudd started her career as a fashion stylist and costumer in NYC in the late 1990s. She changed course in early 2000s to pursue her passion in documentary film, working as an editor on several docs including the well-received and acclaimed "The Iran Job". Shortly after moving to France with her partner she began to study bookbinding, a hobby of hers for many years. Her binding skills have been honed via self-study and training with bookbinder Mark Cockram in London. Karen also has a paper ephemera shop: Coups de Coeur, and a bookbinding supply shop: Spellbinderie Too, on Etsy. She also offers Coptic bookbinding workshops in her home just outside 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 old books and paper.

  • 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 Sep 25, 2018
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 Non-Personalized & Custom Items

You may cancel any order within 24 hours of placing it and receive a full refund no questions asked. For non-personalized / custom items, the cancellation period man be extended until the item is shipped. Please notify Spellbinderie tin writing via Etsy message or email of your cancellation request.

Once your return is authorized, you have 14 days to send the goods back. Proof of return, such as a tracking number, is recommended. A refund will be provided within 14 days of receiving the returned item.

For custom & personalized orders, if you wish to cancel more than 24 hours after purchase, please contact the shop owner to inquire about a partial refund.

Returns

You may return any non-customized / non-personalized order for up to 14 days after receipt. Simply contact the shop to alert the seller of your request. Return shipping fees are the customer's responsibility unless seller made an error or item is not as described. Customers are recommended to ensure adequate packing and insurance for loss or damage in transit. A service with proof of posting and delivery should be used. The customer is chargeable, up to original order value, for goods that are not received back or are returned damaged / not in original condition.

For international returns from outside the EU, packages must be marked as "RETURNED GOODS".

If you have any questions about your return, don't hesitate to contact the shop.

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