Handmade travel journals & Illustrated cards

Durham, United Kingdom · 2546 Sales


Handmade travel journals & Illustrated cards

Durham, United Kingdom 2546 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Giant Octopus - A4 Digital Print - Illustration
Festive Yeti - A4 Digital Print - Illustration
Cat's Cradle - A4 Digital Print - Illustration
Wolf Girl - A4 Digital Print - Illustration
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Malapert on Apr 20, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful stuff from Helen as always. This multitalented artist is a pleasure to deal with in every way! Photos to come!


Malapert on Apr 20, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Again, a fabulous & creative journal from Helen which is a pleasure to fill. Photos to come! 🤗💖✨


Malapert on Apr 20, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful journal as usual from the very talented Helen! I'll be sending photos as the journal gets filled up. Margaret 🤗💖😱

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A selection of props used for photographing a new book in my shop.

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Work in progress! All my books are made from scratch and hand stitched by myself :)

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Tied up and ready to post!

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Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend...

...Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
- Groucho Marx

Like many people, I liked to make and draw at an early age. After leaving school, I went to college to study art. It was a multi-disciplinary course where I practiced everything from oil painting, watercolour, pen and ink, mark making, ceramics, printmaking, textiles, to bookbinding.

I found bookbinding to be both therapeutic and rewarding, and got slightly addicted to the making process. I developed my own style over the years, creating my the kind of books I love to use.

After college I studied illustration and design at university. I made all my own sketchbooks and work journals, which were a huge hit with fellow students and lecturers. I got my BA and Master's degrees, and began my Etsy adventure!

You can see more behind the scenes stuff on Instagram @helencoldwell or share pictures from your journal with #mybadbooks - I love seeing what people do in my journals :)


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Shop members

  • Helen Coldwell

    Owner, Creator

Production partners

  • MOO Print

    London, England

    All my greeting cards are currently printed by MOO Print using 340gsm, FSC credited paper stock.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 12, 2016

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I currently accept payment via PayPal, Etsy direct checkout, and Etsy gift card.

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I ship worldwide from the UK. Your order will be dispatched within 1-3 business days after purchasing.

I use 1st Class via Royal Mail.

I use Royal Mail International Standard (airmail). This does not include tracking. Tracking can be purchased at an additional cost of £5 GBP (please contact me before purchasing if tracking is required).

International delivery can take up to 3 weeks to arrive, and sometimes longer around the holidays and at busy times of the year. I cannot guarantee delivery dates, unfortunately.
Refunds and Exchanges
If for any reason you are unhappy with your purchase, please contact me and I will do my best to remedy the situation with a replacement or refund where appropriate.

Items may be returned for any reason within 14 days of receiving your order. If the item is not faulty, you may return it at your own expense for a full refund (minus the original shipping cost). If the item is faulty or damaged, I will refund the order including shipping.

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