Because your story deserves an amazing place to be told

Toccoa, Georgia · 3706 Sales


Because your story deserves an amazing place to be told

Toccoa, Georgia 3706 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Announcement   Travel journals with pockets and envelopes, wedding guest books, instax albums and books for all occasions.


Last updated on Feb 11, 2017

Travel journals with pockets and envelopes, wedding guest books, instax albums and books for all occasions.

Cindy Leaders

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5 out of 5 stars

loverockies on May 17, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This is an absolute gem of a notebook -- beautifully made and designed -- it will be such an impressive gift! Seller does a great job communicating, is accommodating to requests and even sends a photo to be sure it's what you want before mailing it. Thank you so much!

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I have to say, I love my new book wraps!
Put your own bucket list items on the cover of this custom made book, made to hold memories of years worth of adventures!
Now available with the map of your choice! Asheville is a fabulous place to adventure. Convo me about a map of your destination or home town.
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Bookbinding: A Love Story

Some time in 2007, I became obsessed with handmade books. Exposed spine coptic bound books, to be precise. I saw a photo of one online and became absolutely driven to learn how to make them.

I had to make books.

Had. To.

I bought half a dozen instructional manuals to try to teach myself, but as a kinetic learner, I just couldn't get the process from a flat page. (Have you ever looked at knitting instructions? Stitching instructions for books are very similar. Yeah. Not happening.)

I finally gave up on teaching myself and searched the internet to look for a class somewhere close to me. I stumbled upon a place I'd never heard of: John C. Campbell Folk School.

They had me at hello.

It was a lot of money to spend on something that seemed a little frivolous in light of other pressing demands of the day. But in May 2007, I spent a week at the Folk School learning how to make books. Little did I know what a life changing week that would be.

I got home, bought basic bookbinding supplies and immediately set up a shop in my home office. I had no plans whatsoever, even then, to make a business out of bookbinding. I just had to make books. I couldn't stop.

By the end of the summer, the books were really starting to pile up. Like, literally. Around that same time, I heard about a little website called Etsy. I decided to give it a try.

Years later, the office is now the studio, and I work at making books full time. I'm still obsessed.

I have to make books.

Have. To.

In 2015, I came full circle and taught a week long class in bookbinding at the Folk School myself. I turned out five new bookbinders that I think are a little obsessed themselves now. It's contagious. After great reviews, I was invited back in 2016. You can read about it at my shop website.

If you got this far, thanks for listening. Buy handmade.


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Last updated on Feb 11, 2017
Frequently asked questions

I'm in the US. How will my order be shipped?

All domestic orders are currently shipping priority mail. Because I know you. You don't like to wait. ;)

I'm an international buyer. How will my order be shipped?

The default for orders outside the US is for first class international shipping. First class takes 2 to 3 weeks to arrive in most locations, but may take longer if a shipment gets hung up in customs. If you would like to upgrade to priority mail, let me know, and I will figure out a cost for you.

I've done the best I can to estimate and charge the actual cost for shipping. Books are heavy and international shipping costs have more than doubled over the last several years. I apologize for the high prices, but I don't make money on shipping. These are the actual costs.

Can you pinky swear promise I'll get my book in time for [insert Important Occasion here]?

Well, no. I can only personally guarantee a ship date, not a delivery date, since once I mail it, I'm not in charge of when it's delivered. Unless I bring it to your house. Which I'm happy to do if you live in my home town. Otherwise we both have to trust to USPS to do its job in a timely manner. I offer upgraded shipping on every item, so please go with your own personal trust level in the postal service to get it to you in the available time.