Custom Hand-Folded Book Art by Genevieve Vicente

Rockville, Maryland

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Note from shop owner My shop is currently closed. I apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience! If you have any questions that haven't been answered in my FAQ's, please feel free to drop me a message!

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Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

My shop is currently closed. I apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience! If you have any questions that haven't been answered in my FAQ's, please feel free to drop me a message!

All the best,

Genevieve Vicente

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My Folded Story

Hello! Welcome to my shop! My name is Genevieve and I'm the shop owner and page folder behind Folded Stories. ☺👋

To give you a little background on me- I'm a new first-time mommy, I love sipping tea, watching old movies, reading a good book and creating things. I actually come from a family of artists. My grandmother is a painter, my mother used to make our clothes when we were small, and my sister is a graphic designer. Growing up I have always been obsessed with creating things, and one of my favorite types of art is origami paper folding. Because I'm a perfectionist with OCD for tiny details and an inherent need to create, folding books just came so natural for me.

Shortly after our daughter was born early 2015, I decided I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. My awesomely supportive husband suggested that I turn my hobby of page folding into a home based business. Soon after, Folded Stories was born! I'm so blessed to be home with my loves while doing what I love to do. 😊

Thank you for your interest in my shop and for supporting a mommy owned small business! 💋


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  • Genevieve Vicente

    Owner, Designer, Folder

    I'm a first time business owner and stay-at-home mommy. I live in Rockville Maryland with my amazing husband, our beautiful one year old daughter and our sweet cat Rocky. They are my life and my inspiration. :)

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022
Welcome to my shop! Each of my special books go through a very time-intensive process before it makes its way to you. A labor of love... I hope you enjoy my creations as much as I enjoy making them! :)

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Because each book is made to the specifications of each customer, refunds will only be issued if the book was damaged or lost while in transit.
Each book will be folded upon receipt of payment. Once I've started folding the book, I cannot accept cancellations.
I will send you a note that I've received your order within 24 hours of purchase.

Most of my books ship out in 2-5 days but depending on the number of orders I receive, it may take anywhere between 1 to 2 weeks. I regularly update my turn-around time on my "shop announcement" which can be found on the welcome page of my shop. If you need your book a bit faster, a rush order may be placed for a nominal fee to ensure that it is completed in 1-2 days from purchase.

Each book will be carefully packaged and shipped via USPS Priority Mail for domestic orders. Upgrades are available as requested.

I will happily ship straight to a giftee as well as include a personal note as requested, just leave me the info in the note to seller at checkout.

While packages generally arrive MUCH sooner, I allow the post office up to 2 weeks for Domestic delivery & up to 4-5 weeks for International delivery before resending/refunding for non-delivery.

Thank you for your understanding! The postal service is a fickle being.

Please remember that shipping around any holiday can be very unpredictable and Priority Upgrades are recommended to ensure faster delivery times!

IMPORTANT NOTE: International buyers are responsible for any and all Customs Charges, Taxes & Additional Postal Fees

More information

Last updated on May 11, 2022
Frequently asked questions
What is folded book art?

This art form goes by many names—folded book art, book sculptures, custom books—and is the product of meticulously folding the pages of a book to create a given design.

Do you cut the pages of the books?

No. Many people ask how I cut the pages of the books to give it such a distinct shape, but actually I don’t cut them at all. Each page is folded at a different point along the outermost edge, and can even be unfolded again to read! Occasionally a book does have a rather bold picture in it though, and that page may be removed to maintain the uniformity of the book.

Where do you get your books?

The majority of the books that I use are from used book stores, thrift stores, donation centers, and online retailers. They are used books that are given new life! The books are carefully chosen to make sure they are up to my standards- so they don't have stains, smell like cigarettes or have obtrusive titles.

What if I want to select the title of my book?

While I do my best to select appropriate books for each piece, I understand that some people want to have a bit more control over the book used. If you'd like me to fold a specific book, you may have it shipped to me.

Before sending me any books, please contact me prior to your order to let me know what book you are looking to use, including the dimensions, number of pages and what you would like folded into it. I will get back to you to let you know if the book will work. Please keep in mind that the longer or larger you want your name, date or image, the more pages the book will need.

That looks like it takes forever to make! How long does it take you to make each book?

Folding books can be a very time-intensive process. The process begins with shopping for the perfect books, and then researching the best designs to place in each book. I then create a pattern for each book, and then can finally start the folding process. When I first began folding, it took me weeks to finish a book! With lots of practice and improved technique, I have gotten that time down by quite a bit. The number of hours that go into each book varies on the size of the piece. I typically take between one and eight hours per piece for the folding portion alone.

Can you ship to a giftee? Can I send a gift message?

Yes! You can have your gift shipped directly to your giftee. Just be sure to fill out their information as the shipping address during checkout. You may also include a gift message in the "note to seller" section. I will gladly gift-wrap the book for you as well. :)

Can I have my book rushed?

Yes. I post my current turn-around in my shop announcement. If you need your book finished sooner, there is a "Rush" listing you can add to your order to bump your book ahead of the line. The book will be finished within 1-2 days of payment. The book will be sent using the shipping option YOU choose! Shipping upgrades are available and are recommended for even faster delivery.

Please note that I can only offer rush services once a week in order to maintain the quality service I provide to my other customers. I will remove the listing if rush service is not available at the time.