RuthBleakley

Handmade Unlined Journals and Watercolor Sketchbooks

Cocoa Beach, Florida | 739 Sales

RuthBleakley

Handmade Unlined Journals and Watercolor Sketchbooks

Cocoa Beach, Florida 739 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   Have you ever seen Japanese Chiyogami paper before? Every sheet is silk-screened by hand and has a gorgeous dimensional texture, plus it usually includes a metallic gold or silver ink. Check out my most recent journals and feast your eyes on this beautiful paper I brought home from Japan. Free gift boxes available upon request!

Thank you for visiting my shop! If you want to see behind-the-scenes photos of me making these books, visit my bookbinding blog: www.RuthBleakley.com

In the summer of 2016 I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Japan to be on a *reality TV show* where I visited the factory that I buy my paper from, and learned to make paper! You can read about it here: http://www.bit.ly/JapanShow1

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Last updated on Jan 16, 2019

Have you ever seen Japanese Chiyogami paper before? Every sheet is silk-screened by hand and has a gorgeous dimensional texture, plus it usually includes a metallic gold or silver ink. Check out my most recent journals and feast your eyes on this beautiful paper I brought home from Japan. Free gift boxes available upon request!

Thank you for visiting my shop! If you want to see behind-the-scenes photos of me making these books, visit my bookbinding blog: www.RuthBleakley.com

In the summer of 2016 I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Japan to be on a *reality TV show* where I visited the factory that I buy my paper from, and learned to make paper! You can read about it here: http://www.bit.ly/JapanShow1

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I bought this gorgeous Japanese paper on a trip to Tokyo, Japan! flag-jeflag-pa It has glittering gold accents sparkles
These journals are engraved with my laser cutter, the design is burned into the cardboard, not printed with ink. The dark color comes from soot - fire
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Treat yourself to a beautiful, functional work of art with one of my colorful, detail-oriented, well-crafted handmade journals.

Hi, I'm Ruth! Welcome to my bookbinding etsy shop! Those are my ghost hands up there creating that awesome fish journal - and if you wait a few seconds, you'll see my face, too!

I was born with a love of books - my mom, grandma, and the great-aunt who raised her were all Librarians. I even tried a short stint working at a library too, hoping to carry on the family occupation. However, I found myself drawn toward the book repair side of things more than the shelving books side of things, and eventually found myself back in the studio making my own books. All that time spent repairing books taught me a lot about creating books that are meant to last, though!

Sometimes I joke that my real hobby is collecting beautiful paper, and that I learned bookbinding so I'd have a way to show it all off - but I really enjoy the meditative process of cutting, folding, glueing and sewing a book together, as well as the satisfaction that comes with creating a useful item that I know will last for years.

My limited edition or one-of-a-kind journals often sell out within days of listing, so if you don't want to miss out, be sure to sign up for my email newsletter on my website at www.RuthBleakley.com.

This summer I had the thrilling once-in-a-lifetime experience of winning a trip to Japan to be on a reality TV show about Japanese Papermaking! You can read about it here: http://www.bit.ly/JapanShow1

My love of paper extends to my day job, too, which is creating unique nautical wedding invitations and stationery from antique science illustrations - you can check out that shop at www.etsy.com/shop/ConcertinaPress

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  • Ruth Bleakley

    Owner, Creator

    My name is Ruth and I'm a bookbinder and stationery designer. Working from my sunny Florida studio I create all of my work with my own hands - the book covers are hand cut, the pages hand folded and the books are sewn together by me!

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