jumpingwhalebooks

handbound journals and sketchbooks

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Announcement    Bookbinding is a mindfulness practice for me. Measuring, stitching, and glueing requires me to focus all of my attention on the immediate task at hand. I am deeply thankful for the privilege of creating and dreaming with beautiful materials.

I am someone who craves tactile satisfaction. I design my books for people like me who love the scratch of pen/cil on paper and appreciate the sensory nourishment of high quality materials, from the fuzzy fabric of bookcloth to the tooth of smooth paper to the gold shimmer in a silkscreened chiyogami print.

All of my books are created in a smoke-free/pet-free home. I also make custom orders- guest books, albums, planners, exposed-spine sketch books. Feel free to message me if you have specific requests for colors/patterns. Unfortunately, I am not trained in restoring/rebinding antique books. Thanks for reading this and thanks for visiting my store!

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Last updated on Jan 9, 2023

Bookbinding is a mindfulness practice for me. Measuring, stitching, and glueing requires me to focus all of my attention on the immediate task at hand. I am deeply thankful for the privilege of creating and dreaming with beautiful materials.

I am someone who craves tactile satisfaction. I design my books for people like me who love the scratch of pen/cil on paper and appreciate the sensory nourishment of high quality materials, from the fuzzy fabric of bookcloth to the tooth of smooth paper to the gold shimmer in a silkscreened chiyogami print.

All of my books are created in a smoke-free/pet-free home. I also make custom orders- guest books, albums, planners, exposed-spine sketch books. Feel free to message me if you have specific requests for colors/patterns. Unfortunately, I am not trained in restoring/rebinding antique books. Thanks for reading this and thanks for visiting my store!

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About jumpingwhalebooks

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On Etsy since 2010

Tactile Joys, Visual Satisfaction

I have been binding books for almost 10 years, ever since my first bookbinding class at San Francisco Center for the Book. Sometimes I feel like a dinosaur in a world of electronic devices but the scratch of pen on paper will always be a satisfying, self-affirming tactile action for me.

My shop is small because each book takes over 2 hours to make (again: DINOSAUR), plus I have other jobs. I enjoy using high quality, acid-free materials that are pleasing to the touch and I only bind books when I'm in a good mood because otherwise I will make mistakes and ruin expensive materials. These books are sturdy and built to last- they have traveled all over the world in backpacks.

I also make custom orders- guest books, exposed spine sketch books, and larger sizes than what is listed on this site. Feel free to message me if you have specific requests for colors/patterns. Unfortunately, I am not trained in restoring/rebinding antique books; you need a college degree to do that right. Keep in mind that custom orders require a minimum of 1 week to complete and will cost more than the books listed in my shop depending on the type and amount of materials required for the project.

Thanks for reading this and thanks visiting my store!

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Last updated on January 23, 2023
Congratulations on finding my shop! My books are best appreciated by people who enjoy the sensory satisfaction of holding a handcrafted object in their hands. I hope my journals will bring joy to you and your loved ones.

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