Unique Guest Books, Journals & Scrapbooks

Lyon, France · 876 Sales


Unique Guest Books, Journals & Scrapbooks

Lyon, France 876 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

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Spellbinderie is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Spellbinderie will reopen on Tuesday with a 10% off sale for orders over $25. Note! Orders placed during the sale won't ship until after September 5. Don't hesitate to contact me if you need assistance, I'll be checking my messages daily.

spellbinderie [!at] gmail.com

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 18, 2017

Spellbinderie will reopen on Tuesday with a 10% off sale for orders over $25. Note! Orders placed during the sale won't ship until after September 5. Don't hesitate to contact me if you need assistance, I'll be checking my messages daily.

spellbinderie [!at] gmail.com


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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

anniebarker86 on Jul 20, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

It is perfect! Karen was amazing, she even used the font that we asked for, that matched our invitations. Couldn't be happier!


VenturaLauren on May 28, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

After being a long admirer of Spellbinderie, I splurged to buy a custom guestbook for my upcoming wedding. I couldn't be happier with my book - it's absolutely beautiful! Karen is a true professional - the book is incredibly well made with such attention to detail. Karen was extremely helpful and walked me through every step of the order process/custom design choices. The shipping was fast for an international order - I received the book less than 10 days after Karen notified me of the shipment which was such a great surprise. I am thrilled with my book and can't wait to share it with my wedding guests. It will be a treasured keepsake.

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The Magical Craft of Binding The Old With The New

Spellbinderie is a unique book bindery located in Lyon, France. All books are professionally bound using rescued antique books, new paper and old word techniques.

In 2010, I relocated from Brooklyn to Lyon with my partner, leaving behind my former career to try something different. Enchanted with books and vintage since a young girl, and desiring to work more with my hands and less with my computer, I chose to learn the art of bookbinding. During my studies, I often strolled along the Saone River, enjoying the vintage book markets found along the riverbanks and was captivated by the gorgeous French book covers I found there. Soon the idea to rebind them with new paper was born and at the conclusion of my studies, opened my studio, Spellbinderie. The blank books in my shop are made from carefully sourced vintage editions rebound using old world techniques: creasing the paper with a bone folder, hand-tearing the sheets, piercing the sewing stations with an awl and sewing them together with strong linen thread. Spellbinderie guest books, journals and scrapbooks are one of a kind keepsakes that combine the best of the old and the new, making them perfect for once-in-a-lifetime events as well as every day.

Spellbinderie has been featured in numerous blogs and is proud to have been chosen to create the 2011 Etsy Wedding Fair official guest book. Don't hesitate to contact bookbinder Karen Rudd for features or to discuss projects. Custom orders are always welcome!

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Shop members

  • Karen

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Professionally trained bookbinder with a passion for upcycling old books and paper.

  • Raoul


    My amazing partner who helps with the hand-stamped metal plate orders, made my bookbinding frame, keeps my paper cutter working smoothly and makes me coffee every morning.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Jun 17, 2017
Frequently asked questions


Spellbinderie's blank books are made to order after payment is received. Please click on the shipping tab to see the estimated processing time before placing your order. If you have a strict deadline, please be sure to contact me to confirm.

Shipping estimates are in addition to the processing time.

Rush orders may be available, please inquire.


RUSH ORDERS may be accepted, please contact me with your deadline & location to confirm. Rush orders are fulfilled after normal business hours ensuring that previously placed orders are not delayed. There is a $20 - 40 service charge depending on deadline and complexity of order.

EXPRESS SHIPPING is available at checkout for an additional fee. Please note that this is separate from a rush order and does not decrease your processing time. Express is guaranteed to arrive in 2 - 5 days to most locations. Shipping is provided by Chronopost in France and is usually delivered by your national postal service.
NOTE: A phone number is required for shipment, kindly provide one at checkout. Your signature is required upon delivery.

Right to Cancel

Your right to cancel any non-custom/non-personalized item starts the moment you place your order and ends 14 days from the day you receive it. To cancel an order or return an item, Spellbinderie must be notified, via Etsy message or email. For EU buyers, a link to a withdrawal form will be included in your receipt email. You are welcome, but not required, to use this form.

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.

Custom and personalized products are not returnable but your satisfaction is important to Spellbinderie. Please contact the shop to discuss options.


Please return goods in proper packaging, unused and undamaged. Returns shipping costs 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.

For international returns from outside the EU, please mark your package 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 Paypal, l only ship to the address provided from Paypal in accordance with their regulations.

For packages that are lost or damaged in the mail, please contact me and your local post office immediately so an investigation can be opened. Photos of items that are damaged in the mail are required. Once the photos 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.

Siret / Business ID

809 73 930 00015


•For guestbooks/journals: Your text is due no later than one week prior to your ship by date

•For plaques: Your text is due as soon as you order

Please check your Etsy messages regularly to approve drafts.

Unfortunately text sent later than stated above or not approved in a timely manner may result in a delayed ship by date.

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

There are two reasons I use the exposed binding 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, not a flat spine. This method also requires perfectly matching the original spine's width which dictates the page count. If the new text block doesn't fit the old spine the way it should, the book will not open and function correctly long term.

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.