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Leather journal featuring handmade papers

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For a man or woman, this rustic, one-of-a-kind leather journal is bound with long-lasting archival materials and fits easily into a pocket or purse.

The cover is made from a piece of dark leather plucked from a Chicago shoemaker's discard bin, and its raw edge makes for a dramatic front closure. Inside, I used handmade papers created with recycled scraps from my studio for a decorative touch.

Size: 3" x 4.5"
Pages: 140
Style: Italian Longstitch
Uses: journal, sketchbook, travel companion

This book is sewn in the historic Italian Longstitch binding style, which allows the stitching to become a decorative element on the spine. Pages lay flat when open for easy journaling or sketching. The book is bound using a light brown waxed linen thread. The closure strap is also a light shade of brown.

The interior pages are made from a lightly textured cream paper. The pages are hand-torn, giving the edges of the book a rustic natural feel. Decorative pieces of an earthy pink handmade paper wrap the sections of pages for a decorative touch. I made this handmade paper myself, and it contains colored speckles and flecks throughout.

To see photos of my papermaking process, visit this blog post:

You'll receive the exact book shown in this listing.

All books are made in a smoke-free, pet-friendly environment.

About the artist:
Katie Gonzalez studied the art of bookmaking in Cortona, Italy during the summer of 2006. Visiting a medieval bindery, working with luxurious materials, and learning to make paper by hand instilled a sense of traditional techniques into her work. She combines that background with her contemporary graphic design degree from the University of Georgia. She lives and works in East Nashville with her husband and her brindle bullmastiff.

To learn more about me, my inspiration, and the bookbinding process, please visit my blog. You might even see what went into making this item. Visit

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Leather journal featuring handmade papers


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: paper, thread, leather, recycled paper, waxed linen thread, handmade paper, textured paper
  • Feedback: 84 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Tennessee, United States