Crafting Storybook Weddings!

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Courtney Rae Dydek

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On Etsy since 2011

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Crafting Storybook Weddings

Every wedding is a story, a fantasy imagined by the bride and groom - a moment, a feeling, a scene. My decorations were crafted to help you write your own love story, and like your story it will continue to last far beyond "I Do."

When I was newly engaged to a writer, who proposed while we celebrated my completion of the National Novel Writing Month challenge, it didn't take too long for us to figure out what we wanted that "moment" to be like. A storybook wedding was the only way to go.

My mind would (and continues to) burst with ideas, not all quite right for my wedding, and so BookCraft was born as a way to share my ideas with other blushing brides to be.

Shop members

  • Courtney Dydek

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Photography, Shipping, Customer Service, Marketing, Management

    A new wife and entrepreneur, a leaner and a teacher. I love being able to use all my interests to run this store from decorating to writing to photography to math & statistics.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022
Welcome to BookCraft,
Bringing new character to old books.

This store is the product of four of my loves in life: My love of creating & crafting, my love of books & libraries, my love of writing with a cup of coffee at my side, & my true love - my fiancé. It was the combination of these loves that inspired me to create BookCraft - A store of handmade decor & gifts inspired by or made from books for book lovers, fans of up-cycling, or people who just love creative, rustic, & vintage inspired items.

The books that I am currently using to create my items were all purchased at a charity book sale hosted by a church. My fiancé & I went there to purchase books to use in our wedding, which is book themed, & we ended up buying well over 200 books! I knew that I would not need to use all of those books to create the decorations for our wedding but I wanted to buy them anyways since the amount charged was quite a bit less than what I had originally budgeted to spend & I figured that I would find something to do with them. It was after spending 2 months looking for a job & coming up empty handed that I realized how I could use the books. In June or 2012 I made the decision to open up BookCraft, as a way to earn money for our wedding. It is my full time job, mostly because it is the only job I could find, & I intend to keep it that way for as long as possible.

I love it. I love every aspect of this business from creating the items, to writing the listings, to taking the pictures, to promoting the shop, to interacting with the customers. Yes, I even enjoy the accounting. I had no idea when I opened this store that I would enjoy the work as much as do. I would love to do nothing other, than what I do. And I love to thank those that allow me to continue doing it. That is why I created my Come Again Policy - to thank my customers for allowing me to continue creating my products & managing my business. You can read more about my Come Again Policy in the "Additional Information" section of my policies page.

I hope you enjoy perusing my shop.
Have a wonderful day,
Courtney Rae Troup



Returns and exchanges
NO REFUNDS, however, if the product(s) arrives damaged or otherwise looks unsatisfactory convo (Etsy message) me or email me with pictures of the problem. I will send you a new version of the same product(s) or order free of charge.

All products are handmade and as such may have minor defects. Such minor defects are not eligible for exchange. The minor defects that are not eligible for exchange include & are limited to the following:
~ In the case of any product that should have straight lines: lines that are at an angle of 3 degrees or less.

~ In the case of any of the paper flower products sold, petals that do not perfectly line up with one another.

~ In the case of any product that shows the edge of a book page that was once attached the spine of the book: slight tears no more than 1/4 inch long or traces of glue along the edge.

~ In the case of any order: differences in size between products of the same order or between products of a different order. This excludes a product that is bigger or smaller than the approximate size range given in the items description giving or taking half an inch.

~Most products are made from old or new books and as such have colors that vary between white, gray, and yellow. These colors vary from book to book and from page to page within the same book. As such colors CANNOT be guaranteed from product to product or with in the same product if it takes more than one book page to create. Due to these coloring differences exchanges are also not eligible for complaints about the product(s) color varying between shades of yellow, white, and gray with in the product or between different orders.
Currently, I only accept payments through PayPal.
Current processing time is 2-3 WEEKS.
Please DO NOT purchase if you need the item shipped out sooner than 2-3 WEEKS.
You will receive an email notification when your order has been shipped. Please NOTE: The 2-3 weeks processing time does NOT include shipping time. For Shipping time estimates please look below:

All US orders are shipped via USPS First Class or Priority Mail.
All US orders will have tracking information included in the email notification sent to you. Please note it may take up to 24 hours for your tracking info to appear on the USPS website.

Once shipped items will take 2-5 business days to reach you, though during high traffic seasons such as Christmas items can be delayed by a week so it is highly suggested that you order as early as possible during these times.

I offer shipping to the following countries/continents:
New Zealand

International orders do NOT have a tracking option. Once shipped items can take 2-3 weeks to reach you, however, during big gift giving seasons, it can easily take 6 weeks and sometimes as long as 2 1/2 months for a package to be delivered after I ship it.
Customs fees may apply to certain packages, these vary from country to country and are the customer's responsibility pay.