The Library of Lives and Letters

Salem, Massachusetts | 221 Sales


The Library of Lives and Letters

Salem, Massachusetts 221 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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katie marie

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Here's a small selection of books from this fall's vintage bazaar! Some were sold, some are still available!


new life for old books: notebooks for all occasions.

My name is katie marie and I am the proud self-proclaimed librarian of the Library of Lives and Letters. I'm pleased to say I've been making journals since 2008. I took one course in bookbinding, and just couldn't stop! I learned how to make covers, but as a lover of all things vintage, I felt the need to preserve the books that others had loved, but no longer need. I have taken these books and repurposed them with a whole new life.

When looking for books, I usually drawn in by the cover, I then inspect the contents of the book and then look for any damage. First and for most, I would never repurpose a first edition, secondly I'm just as interested in the illustrations of the book as I am of the cover.

My first collection of books were from my college library, all stamped DISCARD, from there I started looking a yard sales, book fairs, and few lovely people have made donations to my cause.

All of my books are bound in coptic stitch, which allows for the book to open flat when in use.

I produce books for all occasions (journals, guest book, sketchbook, wedding book, baby book, etc.).
I love custom orders because I feel that a journal is a very personal book, so the purchase should be as personal as possible. Please don't hesitate to ask me for just the book you are looking for.

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  • katie marie

    Owner, Librarian

    The Library of Lives and Letters was created in May 2010, the month I graduated from Massachusetts College of Art. I received a BFA in Art Education. My main courses of study: sculpture, fibers, and book binding. Now I am the proud proprietor of LLL.

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Last updated on March 16, 2011

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