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About greentrikepress

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Green Trike Press

Green Trike Press was launched in 2008. The name encompasses many aspects of my business.

The "Green" in the name showcases my use of recycled and reclaimed material in my work.

The "Trike" is named after a watercolor painting of a tricycle I painted for an arts festival when I was very young. My logo is inspired after that painting and is a constant reminder of my journey as an artist.

The "Press" alludes to my antique book presses I use to create the journals.

Green Trike Press was created upon completion of my MFA from Columbia College Chicago Book and Paper Center. I studied all things Papermaking, Bookbinding and Letterpress.

I have a deep love of these crafts. I am constantly inspired by the time, the dedication and the history of the beautiful historical processes.

I believe in this day and age of iPhones and iPads and incredible apps - there really is still a place for beautifully made handmade journals - created with love and care - and waiting for someone to pick up a pen or pencil and let their ideas, hopes, fears and memories flow onto the pages (maybe in cursive handwriting...perhaps?) and let their story be told. Sharing their story not for a tweet or a post ~ but simply and quietly for themselves.

I create these journals to capture the special events, journeys and adventures not to be forgotten. I use a variety of historical bindings and often use a variation of stitching to create the journals. Every single step is created by hand. I hand tear down the paper sheets, hand cut every book board, hand sand and paint the book covers, fold and prep pages, hand punch the holes and hand stitch the binding. The time consuming process is evident in the finished journal ~ as each one is truly unique from the next.

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  • Kirstin Demer

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer, Bookbinder

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Last updated on February 3, 2011
Welcome to GreenTrikePress! I have been creating for as long as I can remember...and the very first thing I remember is my watercolor painting of a green tricycle. (Which by the way is framed and hanging in my parents house!) So, thus Green Trike Press was born! I have my MFA in all things letterpress, bookbinding and papermaking! I try and use mostly recycled material to create new work...notebooks from old paper...books from old leather....thanks for stopping by and please enjoy my shop!

Check out my blog at:

And my other website:

The leather, vinyl and vintage fabric is often upcyled from thrift shops, reclaimed from surplus stores or rescued from antique shops! I love the aspect of using material that has had a previous life...or is surplus from other projects - and using them to create *new* journals.

The interior of my journals are (unless otherwise noted) filled with:
Strathmore Drawing paper - acid free, cream colored paper
*and sometimes in combination with*...
Salvaged "Modern Reference Library" Encyclopedia pages

Often I use vintage buttons...these sweet little gems have also been rescued from antique shops from around the world!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Please contact me if the item arrives damaged.

Questions or Problems - just convo me! Thanks!
Items payed through Paypal.

If payment is not received within 3 days of the sale - I will cancel the order and relist the item. Please make sure that you complete your Paypal sale. Thanks!
All orders are carefully packaged, gift wrapped and shipped within a week of payment.

I try to keep my postage rates accurate with the cost of the shipping - the rest goes directly for purchasing packaging material, shipping tape, ect.

Please convo me about international orders and I will be happy to give you a price quote!

Please Note: Etsy address and Paypal address must match for shipment. If they are different addresses - you must contact me to verify the correct address for shipment. (Either by convo or just leave a "note" through payment confirmation page).
Additional policies and FAQs
Please talk to me about custom orders!