LkMichiganBookPress

Lay-flat Watercolor Sketchbooks

Kalamazoo, Michigan On Etsy since 2014

1,729 Sales | 5 out of 5 stars

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This shop got multiple 5-star reviews in the past 7 days.

LkMichiganBookPress

Lay-flat Watercolor Sketchbooks

Kalamazoo, Michigan | 1,729 Sales

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Crystal Shaulis

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Crystal Shaulis

Announcement    Lake Michigan Book Press is located at the Park Trades Center in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. Every book is handmade-to-order by Crystal Shaulis, an art instructor and former Intern Manager at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. Her artist books have been on exhibit at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, University of Nebraska and the Muskegon Museum of Art.

At Lake Michigan Book Press, we're about quality over quantity. ‘Handmade’ is not just a buzzword in our studio - we love binding books and it shows. Meticulous precision is given to every detail, from the cover down to the elements you can’t see. Underneath every book cover is a board that has been carefully cut; the edges and corners sanded until smooth - Each sheet of paper is cut and inspected before being folded individually then nested together. These elements are sewn together using one continuous length of Irish linen thread, insuring the binding will always remain tight with pages intact, yet flexible enough to lay flat. When you buy handmade, you’re supporting fellow creators.

Are our books inexpensive? No, but anyone who holds one will never wonder if it was.

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 30, 2020

Lake Michigan Book Press is located at the Park Trades Center in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. Every book is handmade-to-order by Crystal Shaulis, an art instructor and former Intern Manager at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. Her artist books have been on exhibit at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, University of Nebraska and the Muskegon Museum of Art.

At Lake Michigan Book Press, we're about quality over quantity. ‘Handmade’ is not just a buzzword in our studio - we love binding books and it shows. Meticulous precision is given to every detail, from the cover down to the elements you can’t see. Underneath every book cover is a board that has been carefully cut; the edges and corners sanded until smooth - Each sheet of paper is cut and inspected before being folded individually then nested together. These elements are sewn together using one continuous length of Irish linen thread, insuring the binding will always remain tight with pages intact, yet flexible enough to lay flat. When you buy handmade, you’re supporting fellow creators.

Are our books inexpensive? No, but anyone who holds one will never wonder if it was.

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About LkMichiganBookPress

Sales 1,729
On Etsy since 2014

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

At Lake Michigan Book Press, we're about quality over quantity. ‘Handmade’ is not just a buzzword in our studio - we love binding books and it shows. Meticulous precision is given to every detail, from the cover down to the elements you can’t see. Underneath every book cover is a board that has been carefully cut; the edges and corners sanded until smooth - Each sheet of paper is cut then inspected before being folded individually and nested together. These elements are sewn together using one continuous length of Irish linen thread, insuring the binding will always remain tight with pages intact, yet flexible enough to lay flat. When you buy handmade, you’re not just supporting a fellow creator - you’re supporting the belief that your belongings should only enhance your life.

Are our books inexpensive? No. But anyone who holds one will never wonder if it was.

Lake Michigan Book Press is located at the Park Trades Center in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. The majority of our materials are purchased locally, from fellow Michigan vendors or those located within 200 miles of Kalamazoo.

All books are bound by Crystal Shaulis, a bookbinding instructor who teaches many workshops every year through the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. Her artist books have been on exhibit at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, the University of Nebraska and the Muskegon Museum of Art.

You can see more of Crystal's work at crystalshaulis.com
or register for a workshop at kalbookarts.org

I also formerly assisted with Etsy shop KzooBookArtsCenter.Etsy.com while employed at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center.

Shop members

  • Crystal Shaulis

    Owner

    Bookbinding instructor and Intern Coordinator at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

  • Jesse Williams

    Assistant

    Supporter and occasional paper folder <3

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Last updated on May 17, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Can you print my logo on your books?

Yes. Our kraft books can feature your logo on the front or back covers. Colors other than kraft are also available, just ask.

Any book can feature your logo on the inside cover using the 'Inscription' upgrade under the 'add ons' section.