I offer two types of journals in my shop:
Blank Journals and Keepsake Journals,
both of which I broadly refer to as Handcrafted, Artist/Artisan Journals.
Every single book is made from the highest quality materials:
-Professional bookbinder's board for the covers
-Archival grade adhesive
-100% Irish linen waxed thread
-And 50lb drawing paper.
Every single sheet of paper is individually coffee dyed for an aged effect. In addition, a small amount of baking soda is added to the coffee, which reduces acidity and preserves the integrity of the paper over time. Due to the nature of coffee dyed paper, it is best to stick to a basic black/blue pen or a pencil when writing and sketching in your journal.
I hand-stitch all of my journals using the ancient binding method known as Coptic Stitch.
Coptic Stitch creates an "open spine" effect -
this allows the spine to be very flexible yet very strong, and best of all, it allows the book to lay completely flat when open.
This means a flat and smooth writing surface with every page!
The gorgeous, chain-like stitches are an element of design in and of themselves, and make these books stand out from every other one on the shelf.
All Blank Journals come with the following:
-Corner protectors on the front and back covers
-One pocket on the inside of the front or back cover
-A name plate on the inside of the back cover
-200 pages or more of
coffee dyed 50lb drawing paper
-And a deck of 36 journal prompt cards.
These Blank Journals are fabulous for quick note taking, daily writing, light sketching, or traveling. They add a touch of unique elegance and facilitate reflection wherever they go.
Below is an example of a blank journal, in this case, one with blue velvet covers and Tim Holtz endpapers.
These books are indeed worlds contained between two covers, filled with endless writing space and inspiration.
They have the same basic elements as blank journals, but in addition to that, they are filled with:
patterned paper, maps, stamps, digital images, pockets, tags, journaling cards, envelopes and much more, all centering around a particular theme.
The amount of detail in a given Keepsake Journal varies, but they are always at least the same dimensions as Blank Journals, usually larger. They also come with the complete deck of 75 journal prompt cards.
Below are pictures from three separate Keepsake Journals.
They are basic examples of the magical and luxurious atmosphere these books can create.
I can create a journal with any style or theme,
but ultimately, these books are an extension of myself.
My favorite styles include:
Celtic, Medieval, Baroque/French, Old World Eclectic and Victorian/Gothic.
I like all things a little dark, mysterious, and of course, ancient.