WhitePigeonBindery

Making Handbound Journals Since 2012

Seattle, Washington | 924 Sales

WhitePigeonBindery

Making Handbound Journals Since 2012

Seattle, Washington 924 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars (156)

Announcement   Please note: I am now only mailing orders on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Thank you for understanding!

Follow me on Instagram at @WhitePigeonBindery to see when new journals are added to the shop!

I love doing custom orders! Have something in mind that you don't see listed? Please contact me and I will see if I can make something just for you!

Custom printing is available by request!

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 23, 2019

Please note: I am now only mailing orders on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Thank you for understanding!

Follow me on Instagram at @WhitePigeonBindery to see when new journals are added to the shop!

I love doing custom orders! Have something in mind that you don't see listed? Please contact me and I will see if I can make something just for you!

Custom printing is available by request!

Katie

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Updates

Planning a succulents themed wedding? Pick up this guest book today! I updated it with white eyelets and pistachio thread to match the paper. cactus
December, January, and February brides and grooms: did you know that all of my wedding guest books, including lined paper upgrade, are 20% off until December 1st? man_in_tuxedobride_with_veil Order yours today!
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About

librarian + books

I started this shop after taking two book binding classes with my SO and Diane Flack as the teacher. As a (wanna be...as in, MLS-card-carrying, but not in a library) librarian, it makes me feel connected to books and the library without actually being in one.

These books are made with care and love, and I am always (unintentionally) looking for new papers. That gothic one? The paper is from Victoria, Canada, purchased on vacation.

I hope to one day make a pilgrimage to Hollander's, which is in Ann Arbor. www.hollanders.com If you see something there that you love, shoot me a message, I will order it, and you will have a book made just for you. :) There is also a PaperSource in the Seattle metro area, so same applies as with Hollander's. My theory is...if you like it, someone else will, as well. Just browsing through papers can be so inspiring!

Additionally, I want to learn new stitches or variances on the coptic bound stitch, like the caterpillar/centipede stitch.

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Shop members

  • Miss Katie

    Owner

    Thirtysomething crafter living it up in the Emerald City! I might have a slight paper problem...

Local

Find WhitePigeonBindery at the following upcoming markets!

  • Tacoma Wayzgoose
    King's Books
    218 St Helens Ave
    TACOMA, WA

    Apr 27–28

    Join us for our fifteenth annual Wayzgoose, or, letterpress and book arts extravaganza!

  • West Seattle Spring Night Market
    Duos Lounge
    2940 SW Avalon Way
    SEATTLE, WA

    May 3

    Right in time for Mother's Day, join Flock Collective for our seasonal curated pop-up market featuring local artists, makers and bakers. Grab a beverage and browse handmade jewelry, candles, handbags, prints and much more. This event is FREE & all are welcome!

  • Tacoma Is For Lovers
    King's Books
    218 St Helens Ave
    TACOMA, WA

    May 4–5

    Join us on Saturday May the 4th and Sunday May the 5th as we take over King’s Books, Jankuland and Destiny City Comics and celebrate everything spring! Shop 20+ vendors! And there will be different vendors each day! Find that perfect gift for all the mommas in your life, and find something for those grads, too!

  • Fisherman's Village Night Market
    Downtown Everett
    EVERETT, WA

    May 17–18

    Welcome to the first ever Fisherman's Village Night Market, featuring two nights of art, food trucks, live music, beer garden and over 40 vendors. As always this event is family friendly. We can't wait to celebrate the night with you all see you soon!

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Sep 15, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Boards
I use single ply .80 Davey board with long cut grain. Davey board is optimal over chip board because it doesn't warp or start to bow when glue is applied.

Text block
Please see my "Tell me more about the text block (paper you write on) inside the journals!" question for details!

Glue
I use acid free, archival quality glue.

Eyelets
My eyelets come from the Etsy shop Designs by Jude (https://www.etsy.com/shop/designsbyjude). They are excellent quality and the paint does not chip.

Thread
I use four ply waxed linen thread from Ireland.


Coptic stitch
This is a traditional book binding stitch. It is extremely secure and the journal lays flat when opened.

French stitch
This is a more decorative book binding stitch. It is not as secure as the coptic stitch, but provides detailing on the spine. It also lays flat when opened.

Celtic weave
This is the most decorative book binding stitch I make. It involves two separate threads being interwoven together. This binding lays flat when opened and is only available for blank journals.

Please feel free to send me a message if you want a specific stitch used to make your book and you don't see it listed.


My journals come in six sizes and in five different styles of paper:

6" x 4.5" blank
6" x 9" blank (lengthwise, like for a wedding guest book)
7" x 5.25" lined
7" x 7" (this is for mixed media journals only)
8.75" x 6.25" lined
8.75" x 6.25" dot grid
8.75" x 6.25" graph
8.75" x 6.25" Tomoe River
9" x 6" blank
12.5" x 9.5" blank (this is for watercolor sketchbooks)

If there is a cover paper not listed with a size that you want, please let me know so I can make something special for you!


Let me know if you need your item wrapped for a special occasion! When I mail out journals, they are packaged in a cellophane bag to protect them in case the mailing envelope gets damaged in transit.


Yes! Send me a message and I will get back to you within 24 hours to see if it can be accomplished. I love working with my customers and helping their vision become a reality. :)


In my blank journals, I use 28 lb Mohawk superfine paper in eggshell. It is thicker and nicer than copier paper. For my lined journals, I use Italian paper that is more of a cream color compared to the blank paper. In both my dot grid and graph paper journals, I use Rhodia paper, which is highly recommended if you use fountain pens. The graph paper is not like the 20 lb graph paper you are used to seeing! The Tomoe River paper is only available in blank. I have their white paper in stock, but let me know if you would prefer their cream paper!


Your new journal is shipped in a priority envelope and should get to you in 2-3 days if you live in the US. If you buy two small blank journals, I will refund the shipping for the second journal since both will fit in a priority envelope. If you buy two or more small lined journals or larger, they are shipped in a medium flat rate box. A medium flat rate box can fit up to 8 small blank journals or 4 large journals (this does not include watercolor sketchbooks), so any overages will be refunded.

International shipping is based on weight and I do take a small loss for everything sent international. International packages are sent in a bubble envelope or a box, if ordering more than one book.