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Last updated on Dec 2, 2022

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Unique journal designs, perfect for the enthusiastic literati.

La Paperie & Cozy Handmade Journals® began as a humble pursuit to design handmade journals/sketchbooks for personal use. Beverly creates quality leather journals, sketchbooks and guestbooks that are handmade using centuries-old craftsmanship. All of the leather is hand-cut, all of the bindings are hand-stitched, and the paper is hand-torn... the old fashioned way.

Home of the original "quoted journal", Beverly's work pays homage to favourite authors and classic literary greats, with many journals featuring quotes on the first page of the book.

The leather is a treat to hold in your hands. With each journal, she try to preserve and incorporate the brand marks, textures, naturally-formed holes, raw edges and idiosyncrasies of the leather, along with the journal's design. This is to emphasize and accentuate how unique each piece is – no two are ever the same. She also incorporates many unique journal designs and closures that you will not find anywhere else, thus, guaranteeing a unique journal every time. Perfect for the enthusiastic literati!

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Hi, my name is Beverly. I'm the self-taught bookbinder behind La Paperie & Cozy. Home, for me, has always been a small coastal town on the east coast of Canada.

As a child, I loved journals and filled them with writing almost as quickly as I collected them - I'm happy to say it is something I've never outgrown. Today, as an avid writer and sketcher, making my own books was a natural 'next step,' you could say. I initially started making books for myself as a hobby in early 2007. I discovered Etsy at that time and loved the 'handmade online community' that it offered. In November 2007 – after leaving my part-time job at a small newspaper office – I established La Paperie & Cozy Handmade Journals, my bookbinding venture that I am proud to call my own.

Bookbinding/Book Arts is quite possibly the most *perfect* creative outlet for me, as it combines three of my passions: books, writing and artistic design.

The creative freedom that my work allows is something I hold dear. I enjoy creating new book designs and pairing them with favourite quotes. I love the actual binding process; I find it very soothing... almost therapeutic. All my books - journals, sketchbooks, guestbooks - are handmade using centuries-old craftsmanship. Home of the original "quoted journal" (quotes on the title page), my work pays homage to favourite authors and classic literary greats coupled with many unique journal designs.

I lovingly gift wrap all my books by hand before sending each on their journey, whether it be down the street or to the other side of the world. Each book is imbued with a little bit of myself... it is an amazing feeling to be able to share that with others across the globe!

PRIOR to purchase, please read my 'Shop Policies':

Shop members

  • Beverly the book artist

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Writer, reader, sometime-thinker, bookbinder. Married her "Mr. Darcy". Natural denizen of the ocean. Owned by 4 indoor cats. Rejoices over painting, canoeing and wilderness camping. Tea fiend. Appreciates the little things in life... like whales.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 23, 2019
A purchase from my shop is a binding agreement to the policies below.

To avoid disappointment and misunderstanding, please become familiar with these policies PRIOR to purchase (especially regarding shipping)... and feel free to ask questions at any time! It is always best to ask questions about the products PRIOR to purchase.

I am sorry for the necessity of these stringent policies. Therefore, you must PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Accepted payment methods

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Returns & exchanges

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Cancellations: not accepted

Please contact the seller if you have any problems with your order.


Full payment of item(s) received at time of purchase.


All shipped packages from my shop will now include tracking and insurance. However, on-time delivery is not guaranteed, as delivery times are *estimations* only and do not take into account possible delays at customs. Please contact me for rates that include faster/guaranteed on-time delivery such as with Xpresspost or Priority - an invoice for additional shipping costs will be sent to you via Paypal, and your package will ship when all fees are paid.

ESTIMATED DELIVERY TIMES (exclude weekends & holidays):
► CANADA: Expedited – approx. 6-8 business days
► USA: Tracked Packet – approx. 8-14 business days
► INTERNATIONAL: Tracked Packet Int’l – approx. 14-18+ business days

DELAYS : Please note that I cannot control delivery time due to customs regulations, so please wait patiently. On-time delivery on any package is not guaranteed due to random custom checks and hold-ups which can delay a package going across borders; this is beyond my control. I cannot be held responsible or refund your purchase price should your journal be delayed for any reason while in transit. The best I have to work with are estimates given to me by CanadaPost. If you have purchased Express shipping and your package doesn't arrive within the estimated time, a refund of the upgraded shipping fee (minus Airmail rate) will be refunded after I file an insurance claim and CanadaPost agrees to issue a refund.

ADDRESS: Ensure that the ship-to address is correct, as I cannot be held responsible for packages that don't make it to you due to an incorrect address. You will be responsible for shipping fees to re-ship it to you should the package be returned to me due to incorrect address.

GIFTS: If the item you've purchased is going to a third party, mention this in "notes" when checking out, and confirm the ship-to address. Request if you would like me to enclose a small complimentary gift note along with the book from you (a short note from you, so the person knows who they're receiving the gift from). All of my books come wrapped and ready to give as gifts, with no receipt enclosed.

LOST: If an item is thought lost, contact will be made with the postal system - proof that the package was not received will be investigated by the postal service, prior to an insurance claim being filed. An item is not deemed 'officially lost' in the post until 45 business days have passed; I will fully refund a lost item if proven lost by postal system.

Additional policies and FAQs

I hand-cut the leather, hand-tear the paper, and hand-stitch the books. I'm certainly not as accurate as a machine and there may slight inconsistencies or some things may be a bit uneven here or there... but each of my books is unique and carefully hand-crafted with love! :)

Please keep in mind that leather is a natural material and each piece is different. Actual colour may vary slightly from the colour on your screen due to monitor color restrictions. I use cowhide, unless otherwise stated in the listing.

Whenever possible, to reduce waste, I up-cycle shipping materials.