lapaperie's Shop Announcement

► PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE MAKING YOUR PURCHASE, as well as my Shop Policies http://etsy.com/shop/lapaperie/policy

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FAQ ~ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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CAN I SWITCH OR ALTER QUOTE PAGES?
("I like this journal but would prefer another journal's quote page.") No. Unfortunately, I cannot replace or alter a quote page once it is bound into a journal. I print off the quote page prior to binding it into the journal. My books are permanent bindings, so once they're bound, their pages cannot be altered. If you like a journal but would rather not have the quote page, I can remove it without damaging the book - simply put this in the 'notes' section upon checkout.

WHAT KIND OF PAPER DO YOU USE?
Unlined, white 28-lb. paper, Forest Stewardship Council Certified (unless otherwise mentioned in the listing, i.e. some of my guestbooks utilize sketch paper instead). This paper does not have ‘tooth’; it is smooth and creamy feeling. The paper is acid-free and archival.
● Standard-sized journals (5½”x4¼”): Every page is painstakingly hand-torn from its original A4 size... therefore, one side of the page will be hand-torn and the rest will be a regular edge; I randomize the torn sides so that the tears look somewhat consistent throughout, giving the book pages a 'ragged' look overall. It is time-consuming to achieve, but the look is unique and pleasing.
● 9"x6" books: The pages are not hand-torn and have regular edges.

WHAT BINDING IS USED ON YOUR JOURNALS?
The bind is a variation of longstitch and it is carefully stitched by hand. This is an old-world, hearty binding that dates back to the 14th century, Germany. Every journal I make opens flat, so you can write all the way into the margins, without breaking the spine.

WHAT KIND OF LEATHER DO YOU USE?
I use top-grain cowhide, unless otherwise mentioned in the listing.

DO YOU ACCEPT CUSTOM ORDERS?
No, sorry - not at this time. Only my ready-made journals are available for purchase. I still do engraving of purchased journals, as well as the "add a back pocket" option - both are located in the "Customization Options" section of my shop.
Engraving (freehand): http://etsy.me/1NCcyZr
Add Back Pocket: http://etsy.me/1NCcnNI

CAN I GET LINED PAGES IN MY JOURNAL?
No, sorry. I am not creating custom journals at this time, so only ready-made journals with unlined pages are available in my shop.

HOW DO I TIE MY JOURNAL'S STRAP INTO A KNOT?
If you have a leather strap closure on your journal, and wish to tie the strap in a knot like in some of my product photos, I have recorded a quick tutorial here: http://youtu.be/X1mMsnDQNzI

HOW DOES YOUR REFILL SERVICE WORK?
So... you've written your last page in your favourite La Paperie & Cozy journal; it is completely full. Quelle nightmare! Now what? No need to panic! Purchase my refill service. Simply select the size you require.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/lapaperie?section_id=10726516&ref

WHAT ARE YOUR SHIPPING POLICIES?
Please read them here: http://etsy.com/shop/lapaperie/policy
A purchase from my shop is a binding agreement to these policies, so it is your responsibility to become familiar with them. As a general rule, minimum shipping time within Canada and the USA is 10-16 business days, unless upgrade is purchased. That is not counting any unforeseen delays at customs for non-domestic shipments (unfortunately, beyond our control).

MY ORDER IS TIME SENSITIVE…WILL IT REACH ME IN TIME?
While I would love to offer guarantees, unfortunately, I cannot and will not promise your package will reach you by a specific date. Realistically speaking, we all know that postal systems and customs are fickle; this is beyond our control, unfortunately. CanadaPost gives us *estimates only* on delivery times. While unlikely, there is always a chance that packages can be held up at customs, regardless of the mode of shipping. Such is the risk of shipping, especially across borders. The standard method of shipping I use is economical, but does not include an on-time guaranteed delivery date. Please contact me if you're interested in upgrading for faster shipping. It is up to YOU to decide if you feel it will make it to you on time, based on the estimated delivery times that I am quoted by the postal system. For more info, please read the above shipping policies and my Shop Policies at ---> http://etsy.com/shop/lapaperie/policy

WHY BUY A HANDMADE JOURNAL, WHEN I CAN PURCHASE A CHEAP ONE AT ANY STATIONERY OR BIG-BOX STORE?
Mass-produced books do have their place, but a handmade journal is special. My journals are completely handmade, and as such, are not without their flaws... and quite honestly, therein lies the charm of a handmade item. I hand-cut the leather, hand-tear the paper, and hand-stitch the bindings. I'm certainly not as accurate as a machine, so there may be slight inconsistencies in each piece. If you want a perfect machine made book there are plenty out there. However, each of my books is unique and carefully hand-crafted with love, the way they were hundreds of years ago! You can be assured NO ONE else has a journal exactly like it - that’s something to write home about (or in your journal)! Also, please keep in mind that leather is a natural material and each piece is different. Actual colours may vary slightly from the colours on your screen, due to monitor colour restrictions.

ABOUT THE SHOP
La Paperie & Cozy Handmade Journals® is a one-woman bookbinding venture by the ocean in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada - creating fine leather journals, sketchbooks, and guestbooks that are handmade using centuries old craftsmanship. Home of the original quoted journal, my work pays homage to favourite authors and classic literary greats. I incorporate many unique journal designs, perfect for the enthusiastic literati. Your order will arrive beautifully packaged, ready to give as a gift, even if the gift is for yourself!

HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU?
Preferably, contact me here via an Etsy message!
Homepage: lapaperie.ca
Blog: lapaperie.blogspot.com

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WHAT'S NEW?
La Paperie & Cozy was recently featured in LeatherFacts.org article! http://leatherfacts.org/old-looking-leather-journals

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