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Travel Journal | Dot Grid Upcycled A6 Traveler's Notebook | Recycled Notepad, Vintage Postage Stamp Mail Art | Eclectic Boho Gift for Writer

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Imaginary Landscape #7 (dot grid page series): the Watering Hole
Pocket Notebook / Travel Journal / Dream Diary etc

Keep your everyday/travel notes in style with this one of a kind notebook collaged with vintage postage stamps from around the world.

* Front cover features an original collage of used postage stamps blended into an abstract landscape of grassy greens through to dusty teals (and including various wildlife)
* You will receive the exact notebook shown in pic 1
* Dimensions = 10.2cm x 14.8cm = 4 x 5.8 inches (3mm narrower than standard A6 size)
* 48 pages of dot grid recycled paper (dot spacing = 0.7cm = 0.3")
* Firm-but-flexible, textured kraft cardstock covers
* Stapled binding covered with grey cloth binding tape
* Optional DIY pocket or index tabs - see pic 5 then choose from drop-down list
* Beautiful wooden-barrelled pen shown in pics not included! Please visit http://NobbysNibs.etsy.com for current selection available...

Upcycled with an original, one of a kind collage of vintage world postage stamps, the cover of this softcover, pocket-sized notebook has been stampified into something entirely unique - nobody else will ever own a notebook quite like this one! (See below for collage details.) I have made every effort to represent the colours as closely as possible, but please remember that what you see may vary due to the differences in colour representation on different computer monitors/screens.

Use your altered notebook for all your first class ideas, travel notes, urgent to-do lists, keeping track of your penpal's addresses or a journal of your outgoing/incoming mail. Alternatively, it is the perfect gift for a travelling friend, or anybody with a love for all things postal, boho. hippie, spiritual etc.

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You may opt to select an extra accessory for your notebook from the drop-down list. The DIY pocket is printed with a full colour reproduction of one of my postage stamp collages. The DIY Index Tabs are printed on high quality 170gsm sticker paper. Choose from the following:

* DIY pocket - Rainbow
* DIY pocket - The Blues
* DIY Pocket - Natural
* DIY A-Z Index Tabs
* DIY Calendar Index Tabs

Additional inserts and add-ons are available separately: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TangleCrafts?section_id=6386953

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The postage stamps used date from a wide range of periods, from early 20th century up to the late 1970s (or thereabouts) and bear fragments of postmarks and other cancellation marks as a testament to their former active service for worldwide postal services, providing a real sense of history. The unique collage on the front of your notebook Includes stamps from Ceylon, Egypt, Finland, Gabon, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey, Tuscany, and the United States.

You will receive the exact notebook shown in pic 1.

Every collage in the First Class series evolves from a very organic process: each postage stamp used is very carefully selected for colour and size to fit the random spaces and subtle colour progressions of your collage, creating an unrepeatable artwork, just for you. (You can read more about my process here: https://tanglecrafts.wordpress.com/process/ ) The stamps are glued into place with an acid-free, xylene-free adhesive then coated with a matt sealant, preserving some genuine fragments of postal history alongside your own first class ideas.

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Simply packaged in a plain cellophane packet, this is a customised, high quality notebook with firm (but flexible) textured kraft cardstock cover, secure binding, and grey binding tape covering the outer spine. Inside are 48 dot grid recycled paper pages.

The notebook is a little wider than a Moleskine small cahier, the slim size is ideal for tucking into a pocket or throwing into a bag/purse for notes-on-the-go.

The inner front of each notebook is printed with a short 'blurb' about the First Class notebook series. The inner back of each notebook is printed with a quote about philately. The back cover is printed with a 'TangleStamp', which will be individually signed & numbered using an archival quality (iron gall) ink.

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...are welcome! Please contact me with your requirements/preferences and I will be happy to create a new collage, just for you!

I have many more one-of-a-kind collaged notebooks available – please view my other listings to see if anything catches your eye: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TangleCrafts?section_id=15317478

Alternatively, I can custom-collage a notebook in your own preferred colour combination. I have stock of ruled, plain, squared, and dot grid page notebooks, ready to collage - which would you like? https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TangleCrafts?section_id=18745649

You can also upgrade any notebook yourself with a TangleCrafts notebook insert (eg pockets, index tabs, bookmarks, calendars), available separately here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TangleCrafts?section_id=6386953

Frequently asked questions about TangleCrafts

Custom orders & commissions are very welcome! Simply click on the 'Request Custom Order' button or 'Contact Shop Owner' on the shop homepage, to discuss your requirements.

Choose your favourite colours, a different size, and/or stamps from a particular region. I can also add a custom date 'postmark' and/or a hand-stamped, personalised message (additional fees may apply to some customisation options).

Notebooks are available in sizes from A6 to B5, and framed artwork (with or without matting) from A6 to A1. Prices & shipping vary according to dimensions and weight.

PLEASE NOTE items customised with specific personalisation (therefore not re-saleable) do not qualify for return unless damaged.
Wholesale prices are available for volume orders. 
Discounts vary by item & minimum order quantities apply.
One-off print-runs of printed designs can be arranged upon request.
For a quote, please contact me with your requirements. 
Please see individual listings for stated despatch times, or contact me for a quote if requesting a larger custom order. You will always be contacted in the case of any unforeseen delay in despatch of your order. 

As a general guide to processing times:
- ready-to-ship items will be despatched within 3 days
- smaller custom orders within 5-7 working days
- larger custom orders will be proportionally longer 

I aim to despatch all orders promptly, but please order in plenty of time if you require something for a specific date. If you are outside of the UK, please err on the side of caution and allow at least a month in addition to processing times listed per item.
Unless an upgrade is purchased at checkout, your order will be delivered by:

- 1st class post within the UK (usually 1-2 working days)
- Standard Airmail to any overseas destination (usually 7-14 working days)

Please note, delivery times can be longer at certain times of year (eg Christmas) when general volumes of post are higher.

Unfortunately there can occasionally be unforeseen delays within the various postal services, at any time of year. This is the exception rather than the rule, but please do allow up to a month for overseas delivery, before assuming lost.

Please contact me if you are worried about your delivery.
Please note, tracking is NOT included as standard with any order, due to the services offered by the Royal Mail. Proof of Posting is obtained for all items shipped.

For extra peace of mind, a shipping upgrade is available at checkout on most items, for an additional fee.

- Within UK, upgrade option is 1st class Signed-For delivery, which requires signature on delivery, but does not include tracking. Special Delivery (including tracking) can be arranged upon request, but will be subject to an additional £5 charge.

- Outside UK, upgrade option is Tracked & Signed delivery, which includes both tracking and signature on delivery. Tracked-only (signature not required) can be arranged upon request, for the same delivery upgrade cost.
Please contact me if you have not received your order within the expected timeframe (see above). I will be happy to either send a replacement or refund item costs, as necessary.

If your order has arrived but has been damaged in transit, please contact me as soon as you can to explain what has happened. I will request a photo of the damaged item, then each case will be assessed individually. Either a replacement item or partial refund or full refund will be issued, depending upon circumstances and extent of damage.
Please accept my apologies for any errors in item listing! Please contact me with the details as soon as possible following receipt. I may request a photo to confirm where the issue lies.

If an item has been incorrectly described, I will reimburse return postage and issue a full refund of original purchase price upon receipt of the returned item.

If an incorrect item has been sent in error, I will reimburse return postage and send replacement item upon receipt of the returned item.

Items must be returned within 30 days, in original, re-saleable condition, to qualify for refund or exchange.
If you are simply not happy with your order, for any reason, please contact me before taking any further action. Items may be returned within 30 days, as long as you have first contacted me.

Return postage cost is responsibility of buyer. I will issue a full refund of original purchase cost, upon receipt of the returned item. Items must be returned in original, re-saleable condition to qualify for refund.

PLEASE NOTE made-to-order items may still be returned, but items customised with specific personalisation (therefore not re-saleable) do not qualify for return unless damaged.

Travel Journal | Dot Grid Upcycled A6 Traveler's Notebook | Recycled Notepad, Vintage Postage Stamp Mail Art | Eclectic Boho Gift for Writer


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