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A true one of a kind gift

Have you ever wanted to give someone a handcrafted journal or book but didn’t know where to begin? Not to worry. I’m often approached about producing special bookbinding commissions. It’s an exciting but very customer involved process, so let me take the mystery out of the equation.

Japanese stab binding photo book 11 x 16″

The first thing is a discussion as to what you want to do. What, if anything, is going to be printed on the inside? Are you going to format and print it yourself or do you prefer that I printed it. For the most part, I find it best if the customer does their own formatting and printing, as this can be cost prohibitive if I do it all. However, if you don’t want to or don’t have time, this is an option.

If it’s a blank journal, the question then becomes how is the recipient going to use it? Is it going to be an art journal or for writing only? Depending on the purpose, there are many paper options and thicknesses to choose from.

Bat Mitzvah gift – 5 x 7″

After discussing the basics, we need to determine book size and style. Do you want a traditional book or something a little more unusual? What materials would you like to use? It can be pretty much anything you can envision. Paper, cloth or leather are traditionally used, but can vary in the way it’s all put together. Do you want a one of a kind with special artwork for the covers? For the most part, the projects I work on do include a one of a kind element in them such as a print or painting.

In the end, what are you paying for? You are paying for expertise in this field, materials, and time for design and making the book. Is it worth it? That’s up to you. Not to toot my horn too much, but I’ve never had a customer that was unhappy with my work. Give me a shout if I can do something for you!

Folder for a mom to keep coupons, and other things organized 7 x 9″

Blank journal gift 5 x 7″

Live Boldly!

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Where’d that come from?

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Happy 2017

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How to tie the journal

It seems simple enough to retie the journal, but incase you need a bit of guidance I made a video.


Holiday 2016 Markets

I’m here, I’m there, I’m everywhere! I do hope to see you at one of these great events. So mark your calendars and bring your phone to show me the coupon! Eastern Market is a year round market, but this holiday season they are doing fun crafts for the kids each Sunday and holiday music […]


Markets for Spring

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This little piggy went to market…

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