Custom Leather Journals, Sketchbooks, and Paper Goods

Illinois, United States · 1272 Sales


Custom Leather Journals, Sketchbooks, and Paper Goods

Illinois, United States 1272 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   Paper goods are my specialty! If you are looking for a custom book, you have come to the right place-I love special requests.

Feel free to follow me on instagram: @evosphotos

Last updated on Sep 28, 2016

Paper goods are my specialty! If you are looking for a custom book, you have come to the right place-I love special requests.

Feel free to follow me on instagram: @evosphotos

Erica Birk

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Erica Birk

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5 out of 5 stars

kevlarseven on Oct 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I got this as a gift and the transaction couldn't have gone smoother. I ordered it on a Friday, it shipped on a Monday, and was here by Wednesday. I can't speak to actually using the item myself but the ordering process was simple and it is exactly as described. Very soft leather too! Thank you!

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Perfect anniversary gift- especially for year one (paper) or three (leather)!
Working on building up the holiday inventory today- because so many people wait until the last minute to buy- and I can't sew fast enough to keep up during the rush. No harm in being ready for the holidays a little early! wink
New black leather journals just launched in the shop! This leather can be personalized with initials, unlike my previous black leather.
There are listings up for both lined and unlined versions of each size!
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How it all began

My name is Erica and I founded Absolutely EVO in 2009. Books are the main focus of the business, and the majority of the books I make are from my line of classic leather journals. With my attention to craftsmanship and use of only the best materials, you can be sure your thoughts, dreams, and memories will be recorded in a high quality handcrafted book that can be cherished for years to come.

Why Absolutely EVO? A friend in a high school art class had a habit of calling people by their initials, and the nickname EVO was born. The name stuck. It seemed fitting that since I earned this nickname during an art course, that it would become part of the name of my business.

Why books? I took a book arts class while earning my B.F.A in Art Education, and it sparked my interest in this unique art of book binding. Shortly after taking the course, I secured a job for the Conservation Lab for the University Library, where I worked to repair, preserve, and conserve books. Some of the books I worked on were hundreds of years old. There was something special about working to save the history contained in the pages of those books. By creating my leather journals, I hope to continue to help preserve unique and special stories- your stories.

My business has grown more than I could have dreamed in the past few years, and I feel truly fortunate to be doing what I love and to love what I do. I look forward to what the future holds!

You can visit the shop here: http://absolutelyevo.etsy.com
Follow me on Instagram @evosphotos

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Last updated on Aug 15, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Can I get my order faster?

You are welcome to upgrade your shipping to a faster speed during checkout. Please note this will not change processing times, only the speed of the shipping method once your order is created. If you need your order by a certain date and aren't sure if it will make it in time, please contact me to see if I can meet your deadline.

How do I add Personalization?

If personalization is available on an item, you will be able to select the amount of characters in the drop down menu in the listing. Once you add the item to your cart, you will be able to type your letters in a “notes” box.

Longer names may not fit on the cover (depending on the size of the book), so please inquire if you need more characters than listed in the drop down menu.

What Personalization Characters are available?

All English alphabet characters A-Z in UPPER and lower case, as well as 1234567890 and the & sign. Only one font is available.

How do I add a title page?

Add the listing below to your cart, and be sure to type the quote or message in the “notes” box during checkout, and specify your font choice. A proof will be sent to you for approval before printing.


Can you gift wrap my order?

Yes! Find the listing to add gift wrap here:

What thread color will best match the leather?

The following color combinations are the closest matching colors for each leather color:

Chocolate leather= Dark Brown thread
Golden Brown leather= Brown thread
Caramel Leather= Light Brown thread
Tan Leather= Tan/Beige thread

What is acid free paper?

“Acid free” refers to the pH of the paper. Some papers can yellow and become brittle over time (think old newspapers). Acid free paper combats this problem, and will stay in much better condition for much longer than papers with a higher acid content. My books are meant to last a lifetime, so I now use acid free paper in all my books.

Will I be charged sales tax?

Only Illinois orders are subject to sales tax.

Do you wholesale?

I love working with retailers! Send a convo or check out Absolutely EVO on etsy wholesale for more information on how to order.