░░░ Quality Handmade Leather Journals & Guestbooks ░░░

Liverpool, Canada · 2919 Sales


░░░ Quality Handmade Leather Journals & Guestbooks ░░░

Liverpool, Canada 2919 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars

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Note from shop owner Sorry I missed you! The shop is closed for the season and will reopen in the new year See you then! :)

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Nov 30, 2016

Sorry I missed you! The shop is closed for the season and will reopen in the new year See you then! :)


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Unique journal designs, perfect for the enthusiastic literati.

La Paperie & Cozy Handmade Journals® is a one-woman bookbinding venture, creating 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", my 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 I 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. I also incorporate 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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{ A B O U T }

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 as front office manager 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, 30-something bookbinder. Married her "Mr. Darcy". Natural denizen of the ocean. Owned by 4 indoor cats. Rejoices over canoeing and wilderness camping. Tea fiend. Appreciates the little things in life... like whales.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 10, 2015
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

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
I only accept PayPal payment - it is safe and secure! Through Paypal, you can also pay with credit card, bank transfer and eCheck (item will ship when eChecks clear). Items will not ship unless full payment is received.
All shipped packages from my shop will now include tracking and insurance. However, on-time delivery is not guaranteed. Delivery times are *estimations* only, and do not include 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. 8-12 business days
► USA: Tracked Packet – approx. 10-16 business days
► INTERNATIONAL: Tracked Packet Int’l – approx. 14-18 business days

DELAYS : Please note that I cannot control the delivery time due to customs regulations, so please wait patiently. On-time delivery on any package is not guaranteed due to the fact that random custom checks and hold-ups 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 upgraded shipping (Xpresspost/Priority) and your package doesn't arrive within the estimated time, a refund of the upgraded shipping fee (minus Airmail rate) will be refunded once I file an insurance claim and CanadaPost agrees to issue a refund.

ADDRESS: Ensure that this 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 OR replace (if possible) a lost item.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to be completely happy with your order and am confident you will be. If not, your item can be returned, for replacement or refund. Item must be in original unused condition when returned, or else refund or replacement will not be given. Return shipping is your responsibility - it is best to insure the item for its purchase value when returning it, as no refunds will be given if item is lost in the mail.

Sorry, I do NOT accept returns for customized journals, which includes journals that are engraved. If you have a question about an item, please ask me *prior* to purchasing it and having it engraved. Once it's engraved, it's YOURS.

Please see above "Shipping Info" for details on lost or delayed items.
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, I re-use decent shipping materials. Please do your part to reduce waste!