Custom books made from upcycled record album covers

Portland, Oregon | 1125 Sales


Custom books made from upcycled record album covers

Portland, Oregon 1125 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Note from shop owner I will be vending at a local show October 13th & 14th. It will take me some time to sort inventory afterwards but I should have things back up available here by the 25th. Thank you for understanding. If there was a book you saw that you were hoping to get- feel free to message me so I can snag it for you before my show!

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Note from shop owner

Last updated on Oct 7, 2018

I will be vending at a local show October 13th & 14th. It will take me some time to sort inventory afterwards but I should have things back up available here by the 25th. Thank you for understanding. If there was a book you saw that you were hoping to get- feel free to message me so I can snag it for you before my show!

Thanks for stopping by Turntable Books!

No vinyl was killed in the making of these books!™

Are you an album cover lover?
Follow me on Instagram @TurntableBooks45 to see Album Cover Of The Day posts and coupon code anouncements

Prairie Wind

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Last updated on June 19, 2018
My name is Prairie and I hand make books out of recycled record album covers and various other upcycled materials. I've always loved books. When I discovered blank ones I found the first canvases onto which I could paint. My world has been full of blank canvas... cardboard scraps, napkins, candy wrappers, take out boxes, receipts, flyers, paper towels, junk mail, and the list could go on forever. All of these things I've scribbled thoughts onto over the years in a desperate attempt to capture what I see and freeze it in time. Over the years I have learned it's easier to keep various books available instead of loose papers.

I decided to start making my own journals over 20 years ago because I could make exactly what I wanted. I could choose any size I wanted, any paper I desired, and design the covers however I was inspired to. It opened up a whole new world to me in writing, as well as in my journals themselves. I had so much fun making my own books I decided to make custom books for others.

I also have a love for old things from the past. Things that hold special memories or are no longer useful but SO cool! There's always new things to be found in the old, always life to be found in hidden places and forgotten things. I find endless inspiration when making something new out of something discarded. It inspires me on many levels, and I think adds more charm to things than fresh new materials.

I've always loved records. I've made all sorts of things out of ruined, discarded or unwanted ones. I find record album covers to be hilarious, tragic, nostalgic, amusing, astounding, creative, impressive, provocative, whimsical, and downright awesome. Sometimes I don't know all of the bands or artists I get in but have been learning about them all as I go. The album art is good (or awesomely bad), the pictures amusing, the words hilarious, and the vinyl I use is in definite need of some new life & appreciation.

I work exclusively with record stores to ensure that: No Vinyl Was Killed In The Making Of These Books!™ I work exclusively with local record stores to ensure that I am NOT destroying anything that still has life left in it. I have also been branching out working with record stores that are not in my area who are willing to send me their empty covers.

I hope you have fun looking through my window into the past and are inspired by what you find here. Send me your stories or fond memories-that’s my favorite part of doing this!! Even if you don’t buy anything. I love the stories and memories, they inspire me deeply!

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I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
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I hope you love your book and are completely thrilled with it! If you are not happy with your purchase I would love to do whatever I can to remedy that. Please notify me immediately with any issues you may have.

I will happily refund, or replace your item with another, and offer a full refund for your purchase upon receiving the item back.

Shipping is NOT refundable and buyer is responsible for covering all shipping charges for all transactions.

I do automatically refund all shipping over charges that are $2 or more. The new shipping calculator should eliminate that and quote you exactly what my wholesale shipping rates are for you. If you feel it is off, please let me know so I can check.

Please contact me if you have any problems or are not completely satisfied with your purchase. I am quick to respond and happy to do whatever I can to ensure you are happy with your purchase.

I ship all my books in sturdy boxes and careful packaging to avoid damage. They are sent in a sealed clear bag and my business card included. I also wrap them in colored tissue paper so each one is a gift to open. If for some reason you receive your item damaged, please contact me immediately and we can arrange a replacement or refund.
Payment is due at the time of purchase.

I accept PayPal as well as direct check out on Etsy which accepts all major credit cards.
I ship all orders out in 1-3 business days after your payment has been received. All my books listed on here have already been made so there is not a waiting time to finish them and I generally get them shipped out quickly.

All my items are shipped USPS Priority Mail service, unless you choose something different before checkout. If you desire a different method or have trouble choosing the shipping option you would like please let me know.

I do offer combined shipping and it always saves money to buy in bulk. My listings should automatically reflect discounts when multiple items are in your cart to make things easier for you but sometimes it does charge separately. Let me know if something seems off or it is too high and I will make sure the settings are correct. I do automatically refund any overages of $2 or more.

I also offer local pick up so contact me prior to purchase so that I can send you my coupon code for free shipping on local pickup. I have pick up locations available in NE and SE Portland, Oregon.

International Shipping times may take longer, please plan on standard shipping times for all international purchases.

** If you are sending item as a gift let me know if you want it packaged differently and I will be sure to do all I can to make it extra special. Also do not forget to include the ship to address for your recipient instead of your own**
Additional policies and FAQs
Below you can find lots of info divided into sections like the following: what you can expect your book to look like, custom orders, wholesale orders, other books & services, contact info, and suggested uses for these unique books. I apologize for the length of it but some may find it useful. Feel free to scroll down through it to find the section you are wondering about. If none of those sections interest you do not feel like you have to read any further.
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What you can expect your book to look like:
Working with recycled materials poses many challenges, but I try to make the best product I can with the materials I am given. I carefully hand trim each cover salvaging the most I can of the amazing artwork on the album cover. Every book is made with care to preserve as much originality as possible.

I work with recycled materials and there are always tiny variables that make each of my books unique with that special hand made feel. There may be slight flaws in the materials as they have lived a long and happy life shielding vinyl from scratches. I do my best to clean and fix everything possible, but you will find them to be full of character and may see remnants of their past life. If there are any major things to be noted I will have that clearly stated in my item description.

For example: This book has original candle wax spilled across it. Were they listening to Cheech & Chong when it happened? We may never know. Since I can't determine which decade it happened in and therefore can't label it even more vintage, there is no extra fee for the wax.

Or: Someone obviously was so in love they had to scribble "Gene Simmons + Suzie=4ever!! KISS rocks!" in permanent sharpie on this one. Since you might be THAT Suzie, I won't charge extra but there is no discount, and no way to remove.

Have no fear, I will clearly mark or photograph any major flaws that you should know about. Since these are recycled record albums, you can expect normal wear and tear of vintage vinyl. When I trim the edges off it usually minimizes the worst wear and tear and gives it nice new edges. Please understand that each one is unique and poses unique challenges in saving it. You will undoubtedly see remnants of its past adventures. I will not always have pictures of every flaw unless I feel it noteworthy enough to mention.

These are recycled materials with their own character uniquely imprinted onto each cover. These things I find only add more charm, and I personally love that about them. If for any reason you are unhappy, let me know and I will happily replace or refund the album book for you.

Each book is hand trimmed with careful consideration to salvage as much writing and images from the original album. Generally they are all close to original 12x12 size unless that was not possible due to damage or other things. There are some smaller sizes I have been experimenting with due to requests for smaller sizes, and I try to be extremely artistic and thoughtful in the trimming of the smaller ones with constant awareness to keep the integrity of the original album. I can do any size you like and love custom orders.

The paper I use is also recycled and acid free. It is a medium weight paper that is good for writing, sketching, doodling, journaling, songwriting, etc. I offer other paper option upgrades if you want to paint in them or do things that require heavier paper. I have an average of 30 sheets in each large book and 30-50 in each small book. There may be some variance resulting in more at times. I can make custom books with any amount of paper in your choice of papers. I do have a listing called "extra pages please" that you may purchase and I will double your pages.

You may even find bonus surprises inside!! (Yes, Cracker Jack boxes are still around)
If the vinyl sleeve is cool or has lyrics and pictures I include them in the front & back covers as insert pages. If you do not like them, or wonder why I saved them with that crinkled corner, they tear out easy so don't worry. If there are posters I find inside, which is RARE, I do not cut them up but include them clipped inside book.

I also have been known to include drawings, articles, and otherwise totally awesome & strange things I come across. Again, my main goal is to preserve as much of the original state that I found them in as I can! These also tear out easy if you do not have the same sense of humor that I do.

All my books are wire bound by hand using a binding machine. This is a wonderful and versatile binding that allows them to be laid flat or flipped around to the back. It is necessary to watch your wire binding though and be careful not to smash or crush it. You can sometimes fix them yourself but if you have any problems or find your wire got smashed in your book bag let me know and I will happily rebind them. I offer this service at no charge but you will be required to cover shipping both ways.

Custom Orders
I do custom work if you are looking for specific albums or desire other things turned into books. I offer a wide range of custom papers inside as well including: drawing, bristol, card stock, watercolor, sketch, lined, music, and graph. At this time all lined, music, and graph papers are limited to sizes 8.5" x 11" and smaller until I find another source for those formats larger. I can also custom make books with more or less pages than my general listings. If you would like your own pages bound in a book I can do that as well. That is great for guest sign in books, business email sign ups, and other customized uses. I'm more than happy to cater to your personal needs so feel free to ask!

I can use an existing album you have or purchase one for you. My goal is to not kill good vinyl so when I purchase them I will first scour through the As-Is bins and empty covers I get from my local record stores. If it is not possible to find damaged I include the album with the book, but please note it does not fit inside perfectly anymore.

Your custom order may be easy to find or completely obscure and difficult to find. I have some pretty good connections to find about anything you want, but the cost of the album can increase a custom order significantly. I use great communication in the process and get an idea of what you want to spend on one before I purchase one. If I cannot find one in your price range, I let you know the price range I found it in.

The possibilities are endless! From the size of the book, to the number of pages, to the paper inside there are lots of choices. I would love to help you build your dream book! Contact me for more details.

VHS books
I always intended to do the VHS books but began with records and worked on my process first. I started making the VHS ones a few years ago and they've been a big hit. I rarely have them listed on Etsy but have 300-500 in stock so let me know if you are looking for one.

Other Services
I will repair or rebind my books anytime you find the need, so please don't hesitate to ask. I can set up an Etsy item for this and will only need you to pay shipping costs both ways.

Have an idea for something that gets discarded often to be made into a book? Let me know! If I like it and decide to try it I'll send you some of the first ones for free! I mostly stick to the record albums but I am slightly obsessed with book making and often try new things. (If you can't tell)

Wholesale Orders
I offer wholesale rates and love working with stores. I have display boxes that hold 20-25 books and have a very small footprint. They come free with any order of $100 or more. For more information on a wholesale account please message me directly so I can find out more information about your shop and send you prices and photos of displays.

I offer bulk promo books for retailers as well and they are a fabulous way to advertise your business in a unique way. I use your own postcards or cards and turn them into notebooks. Message me for more details if you are interested in learning more.

Other Info & Contacts

Follow me on Instagram @TurntableBooks45 for the most up to date pictures and inventory, works in progress, what shows you can find me at, and of course Album Of The Day fun!

Email: turntablebooks45 [!at] gmail.com

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Feel free to even if you just want to tell me a story associated with an album! That is honestly one of my most favorite things about this, I get to hear the greatest stories and hear some amazing memories. I even have been privy to a few confessions, haha. I love hearing your feedback, your suggestions, and even how you stumbled across my store. So shoot me a message anytime you like!

Turntable Books F.A.Q. & Other Random Info
FAQ's are available upon request. Email me at turntablebooks45 [!at] gmail.com to receive a copy or if you have questions regarding my products.

Suggested uses for Recycled Record Books:
Many people who don't regularly keep a journal or are not sure what to do with a blank book often ask me what they're for. In case you are wondering also, here is a list of suggested uses:

o Journaling, diary, poems & writing
o Sketching, art & doodling
o Song writing notes
o Home brewing notes
o Guest/sign-in books for parties or events
o Email sign-up list for your business
o Scrapbook for your concert/movie tickets
o “To Google” lists all in one place to look back on (try it, it’s hilarious!)
o Card/Game Score keeping
(think volumes of the family Pictionary wars or your card scores to brag about)
o Random lists (to-do lists just got awesome)
o Homework & school subject notebooks (be the envy of all your classmates!)
o Throw one on your coffee table & let your friends doodle away
o Joke & Gag Gifts (your white elephant gift will be a guaranteed steal!)
o Catalog your music collection (or your favorite vocabulary words)
o Memorable & sentimental gifts (replace mom & dad’s you scribbled on as a kid)
o Record your dreams, count your calories, write down your goals, vacation memories, family recipes, garden plans, movie lending library notes, children’s sketchbooks,…. Endless more fun, goofy, memorable & random uses!
I do not use your personal information for any reason. Your information remains private and yours to give out. If you’d like to be on my email list please let me know and I’ll add you to it! Otherwise I do not take or share your information for any reasons.