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Tedra Ashley-Wannemuehler, bookbinder



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On the cover of this very thick journal, my customer wanted a fox in a tree.  A very small fox in a large tree would not have enough detail, so we decided that the fox would be hiding in the tree branches on the front, with a full tree on the back  cover.  I love that my customer decided against any lettering on this cover so nothing detracts from the detailed raised designs.  There was a great deal of time spent carving the cover board on this project.

 

custom red leather tree of life and fox journal

 

fox in a tree journal

     

- page size 8 and 1/2" wide by 11" tall

- 400 pages (800 page sides to write on)

- pages are off-white, lined, acid-free paper with light gray lines and college-ruled spacing

 - red satin ribbon page marker

- cover is red pigskin leather over carved binder's board

- approximately $690

 

 

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custom red leather fox and celtic knot tree of life book fox detail

 

custom red leather fox and celtic knot tree of life book tree detail

 

custom red leather fox and celtic knot tree of life book whole cover

 

custom red leather fox and celtic knot tree of life book flat

 

This book is an anniversary journal where the couple writes in it each year on their anniversary.  My customer wanted a nature theme with a touch of Celtic design.  The blind stamped leaves "blow" across the front cover, the spine, and  onto the back cover. The dragonfly on the front is stamped in pale blue foil.  A Celtic knot on the spine provides the Celtic influence.  All of the elements my customer wanted were incorporated here without the cover looking too busy.

 

custom brown leather dragonfly and blowing leaves journal

 

blowing leaves journal with light blue dragonfly

     

- page size 7" wide by 8 and 1/2" tall

- 180 pages (360 page sides to write on)

- pages are off-white, acid-free, lined paper with light gray lines and college ruled spacing

- dark brown satin ribbon page marker

- cover is dark brown goatskin leather over binder's board

- decoration on cover added using custom metal dies, hot foil stamping, blind stamping technique, and light blue foil

- raised cords on spine

- blind stamped lines around spine cords

 - celtic knot on spine added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and pewter stamping foil

- approximately $285

 

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dark brown leather dragonfly and leaves journal front

 

dark brown leather dragonfly and leaves journal front detail

 

dark brown leather dragonfly and leaves journal spine detail

 

This journal was created for someone who had just graduated college.  Her aunt wanted to give her a personalized gift and since her niece had an interest in Japanese culture, we decided on a cherry blossom and branch design.  There's one small sprig of cherry blossoms on the back cover as well.  The cherry blossoms are complimented by a decorative endpaper in a cherry blossom print.

 

custom black leather raised monogram with cherry blossoms journal

 

cherry blossom journal with monogram

     

- page size 8 and 1/2" wide by 11" tall

- 100 pages (200 page sides to write on)

- burgundy satin ribbon page marker

- decorative cherry blossom print endpapers

- cover is black pigskin leather over carved binder's board and tag board

- lettering on spine added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- approximately $290

 

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custom black leather cherry blossom and monogram journal whole cover

 

custom black leather cherry blossom and monogram journal endpapers

 

For this project, my customer provided me with a sketch (see original sketch below to the right) and I replicated it as a raised design on the cover as closely as possible.  This included the challenge of taking the tree trunk design across the spine where the raised design under the leather had to be cut from leather (so it would flex with the spine) rather than the thin board used to create the raised designs on the front and back covers. There is a stargazing couple on the front cover pointing up at a shooting star and a pair of foxes on the back cover under a large tree.  My customer wanted a very specific four-pointed star so I ordered a custom die for that.  My customer wanted red accents so the endpapers and the ribbon page marker are red.


 

custom navy leather stargazing couple album

 

stargazing couple album

     

- page size 10" wide by 13" tall

- 50 pages (100 page sides to mount photos on)

- pages are off-white, acid-free, Arches cover with the natural deckled edge left on the outer edge of every page

- red satin ribbon page marker

- acid-free solid red endpapers

- cover is navy pigskin leather over carved binder's board (front and back cover) and leather (spine)

- stars added to cover using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and silver and pewter stamping foil

- shooting star tail accented with silver foil leaf

- approximately $345

 

navy leather stargazing couple album original sketch


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custom navy leather stargazing couple album spine

 

custom navy leather stargazing couple album deckled page edges

 

custom navy leather stargazing couple album printed title page

 

 

 

I can never predict what my customers will request.  This journal was a Mother's Day gift to my customer's wife who loved collecting sand dollars and also loved the color purple.  I carved this sand dollar from binder's board and covered it with hand pared purple goatskin leather before attaching it to the book cloth cover in a very slightly recessed area.  More purple accents were added with purple endpapers and purple lettering on the front cover and spine.

 

custom purple cloth and leather sand dollar journal

 

purple sand dollar journal

     

- page size 9 and 1/2" wide by 10" tall

- 22 pages (44 page sides to write on)

- purple endpapers

- printed title page

- cover is purple vellum book cloth over binder's board

- sand dollar on front carved from a separate piece of binder's board and covered with hand pared purple goatskin leather

- leather sand dollar inset into a very slightly recessed area on the front cover

- lettering added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and purple stamping pigment

- approximately $210

 

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custom purple cloth and leather sand dollar book front

 

custom purple cloth and leather sand dollar book front detail

 

custom purple cloth and leather sand dollar book title page

 

custom purple cloth and leather sand dollar book open

 

This scrapbook was created for the wedding of one of my lifelong friends.  The wedding was taking place where the couple originally met; in the boundary waters area of Minnesota.  The front cover features a raised scene of a canoe paddling through a lake with lily pads in the foreground and a forest in the distance.  The back cover features several stamped compass designs reflecting the adventerous, world-traveling nature of this couple.  I was honored that they used this book in part of their ceremony.

 

custom burgundy leather boundary waters album

 

boundary waters scrapbook

     

- page size 10" square

- 50 pages (100 page sides to mount photos on)

- pages are off-white, acid-free, Arches cover with the natural deckled edge left on the outer edge of every page

- cover is burgundy vellum book cloth over carved binder's board

- raised cords on spine

- spine cords outlined with pewter foil lines

- lettering on spine added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- compass designs on back cover added usign a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and silver and pewter stamping foils

 - approximately $380

 

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custom burgundy leather boundary waters album front

 

custom burgundy leather boundary waters album front lily pad detail

 

custom burgundy leather boundary waters album back cover with compass

 

custom burgundy leather boundary waters album spine

 

This guest book was created for a couple who were married near Mt. Hood in Oregon and my customer who was ordering this gift for them instructed that there "had to be pine trees".  I carved a forest of pine trees (and one leafy tree) from the cover board and included a path leading into the forst.  This is a very high-relief carving and is about the limit of how "tall" a carving can be on the cover of a book.

 

custom dark green leather forest wedding guest book with trees pine

 

forest guest book

     

- page size 11" wide by 8" tall

- 100 pages (200 page sides to write on)

- gray grosgrain ribbon page marker

- marbled endpapers in a gray stone pattern

- cover is dark green pigskin leather over carved binder's board

- lettering added to cover using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- approximately $290

 

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custom dark green leather wedding guest book with raised forest and trees detail

 

custom dark green leather wedding guest book with raised forest and trees endpapers

 

custom dark green leather wedding guest book with raised forest and trees open pages

 

 

 

Created for a customer who liked quail eggs, the only other request for this cover was that it be done in light colors.  Light-colored book leather can be difficult to find, a challenge to work with, and expensive, so this cover was done in eggshell linen book cloth.  I had some pricey British calfskin in a "sprinkled" pattern which perfectly suited the quail egg.  I carved the egg from a separate piece of binder's board and carefully rounded the edges before covering it with leather and attaching it to a slightly recessed area on the front cover.

 

custom cloth and leather quail egg journal with feathers

 

quail egg journal with feathers

     

- page size 5 and 1/2" wide by 8 and 1/2" tall

- 150 pages (300 page sides to write on)

- white satin ribbon page marker

- cover is eggshell linen over binder's board

- quail egg on cover carved from a separate piece of binder's board and covered with hand pared sprinkled calf book leather

- feathers added to cover using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and white stamping pigment

- lettering added to spine using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and light blue stamping foil

- approximately $180

 

 

 

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custom cloth eggshell linen quail egg journal leather egg detail

 

custom cloth eggshell linen quail egg journal white feather detail

 

custom cloth eggshell linen quail egg journal spine

 

 

This scrapbook used two techniques...a stamped dragonfly in silver foil with a recessed area carved from the cover under it to suggest the shadow of the dragonfly flying over water.  The front cover was kept simple with lettering on only the spine and back cover.

 

custom navy leather dragonfly with shadows album

 

blowing leaves journal with light blue dragonfly

     

- page size 10" square

- 50 pages (100 page sides to mount photos on)

- page are acid-free off-white Arches cover 

- printed title page

- endpapers are a sage green with a stone texture pattern

- cover is navy pigskin leather over carved binder's board

- raised cords on spine

- spine cords outlined in silver foil

- lettering on back cover and spine added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- approximately $320

 

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custom navy leather album with dragonflies and shadows whole cover

 

custom navy leather album with dragonflies and shadows front detail

 

custom navy leather album with dragonflies and shadows flat

 

custom navy leather album with dragonflies and shadows page edges

 

My customer sent me black and white artwork of this hummingbird so that I could have it made into a metal die to stamp the image on the front cover in gold foil.  I had the die for the redbud leaves already and those were blind stamped "blowing" across the front cover, spine, an, back cover.  I liked having the hummingbird as the only gold element.

 

custom brown leather gold hummingbird and leaves album

 

hummingbird and redbud leaf album

     

- page size 9" square

- 32 pages (this book only had spacing to allow mounting photos on one side of every page, so my customer had 32 pages to mount photos on)

- page are acid-free off-white Arches cover 

- natural uneven deckled paper edge left on the outer edge of every page

- cover is dark brown goatskin leather over binder's board

- leaf decorations on cover added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and blind stamping technique

- hummingbird on cover added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and gold stamping foil

- approximately $270

 - plus the cost of the hummingbird die (ordered for this project from my customer's artwork) approximately $120

 

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custom dark brown leather gold hummingbird album with leaves whole cover

 

custom dark brown leather gold hummingbird album with leaves front detail

 

custom dark brown leather gold hummingbird album with leaves spine

 

Books can be a bit more colorful and a bit less expensive when they have cloth covers.  I cannot do raised or recessed designs with cloth cover materials, but I can add a variety of stamped decorations.  If a book like this is custom-ordered, I can also add lettering to the front cover and/or spine.

 

custom cloth two tone dragonfly and celtic knot arts and crafts journals

 

variety of cloth-covered hardcover books with dragonflies

and celtic knots

     

- variety of page sizes ranging from 6" wide by 4" tall to 3 and 1/2" wide by 10" tall

- variety of numbers of pages (mostly 50 - 100 pages or 100 - 200 page SIDES to write on)

- page are archival, unlined paper

- covers in a variety of linen and vellum book cloth materials over binder's board

- cover decorations added using cusotm metal dies and hot foil stamping in a variety of colors

 - covers laid out in a variety of asymmetrical designs with a solid-color back cover and a two-tone front cover

- approximately $60 - $90

 

 

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custom two tone cloth hardcover dragonfly journal with celtic knots 1

 

custom two tone cloth hardcover dragonfly journal with celtic knots 2

 

custom two tone cloth hardcover dragonfly journal with celtic knots 3

 

 

 

 

This scrapbook was created for a couple who were about to set off on a rock climbing trip through the Alps.  They wanted the cover to depict a specific villiage surrounded by cliffs, a waterfall, and a traditional Swiss chalet.  The cover also features a turquoise stone set into a sterling silver bezel as the center of a compass design.  The landscape design continues on to the back cover with the waterfall spilling over the cliffs.  This book also has beautiful marbled paper flysheets in vibrant shades of green, blue, and purple.  The book's endpapers have a raised, textured topographic map pattern.  All of the elements of this book reflect this couple's sense of adventure and exploration.

 

custom dark green leather swiss alps album with turquoise stone

 

swiss alp scrapbook with turquoise stone

     

- page size 10" square

- 50 pages (100 page sides to mount photos on)

- page are acid-free light tan Arches cover 

- marbled paper flysheet

- topographic map patterned endpapers

- cover is dark green pigskin leather over heavily carved binder's board

- raised cords on spine

- spine cords outlined in silver foil

- lettering on cover and spine added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver and pewter stamping foils

- decoration on front cover added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- real turquoise cabochon on front cover set into a sterling silver bezel setting and mounted on the cover in a slightly recessed area

 - waterfall on back cover accented with silver foil leaf

- approximately $720 (at least $100 of this cost is in the turquoise stone in handmade silver bezel setting)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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custom dark green leather swiss landscape album with turquoise stone whole cover

 

custom dark green leather swiss landscape album with turquoise stone front detail 1

 

custom dark green leather swiss landscape album with turquoise stone front bezel setting detail

 

custom dark green leather swiss landscape album with turquoise stone back cover with mountains and waterfall

 

custom dark green leather swiss landscape album with turquoise stone spine

 

custom dark green leather swiss landscape album with turquoise stone page edges

 

custom dark green leather swiss landscape album with turquoise stone topographic endpapers

 

custom dark green leather swiss landscape album with turquoise stone marbled paper flysheet

 

This cover features a raised and recessed dogwood blossom design.  The petals are recessed into the cover with raised, bumpy centers.  My customer requested "medium-sized dogwood blossoms that go up the front edge of the cover".  The dogwood blossom design is balanced with a title in silver lettering in the upper left corner.  This book also has some lovely pale blue British marbled paper endpapers.

 

custom navy leather dogwood blossom journal

 

dogwood blossom journal

     

- page size 8 and 1/2" wide by 11" tall

- 184 pages (368 page sides to write on)

- pages are acid-free off-white lined paper with light gray lines and college-ruled spacing

- gray satin ribbon page marker

- pale blue marbled paper endpapers

- cover is navy pigskin leather over carved binder's board

- lettering on cover  and spine added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- decoration on cover and spine added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and pewter stamping foil

- approximately $295

 

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custom navy leather dogwood blossom journal spine

 

custom navy leather dogwood blossom journal marbled paper endpapers

 

This album was created for a couple's anniversary.  The album and box set needed to reflect their love of nature as well as the crane which had symbolic importance for them.  This cover has a wrap-around design with blowing leaves going from the front cover, across the spine, to the back cover.  The crane is stamped on the front cover using a custom metal die (ordered for this project) and pewter stamping foil.  The wide spine is accented with raised cords and stamped with a date in Roman numerals and silver foil.  The crescent moon and lettering on the back are done in silver foil.  This album also has gorgeous marbled endpapers in shades of green.  I made a custom clamshell box for this album.  The box fits the album perfectly.  The box reflects the colors on the album; shades of green and brown with more brown leaves "blowing" across the box cover to reflect the leaves on the album.

 

custom dark brown crane and blowing leaf album

 

crane album and clamshell box

     

- page size 10" square

- 50 pages (100 page sides to mount photos on)

- page are acid-free off-white Arches cover 

- printed title page

- marbled paper endpapers

- cover is dark brown goatskin leather over binder's board

- raised cords on spine

- spine cords outlined in pewter foil

- decoration on cover and spine added using custom metal dies, hot foil stamping, pewter stamping foil, silver stamping foil, and blind stamping technique

- lettering on spine (roman numerals) and back cover added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- custom clamshell box covered with green linen book cloth and brown linen book cloth

- box lined with acid-free Arches cover paper

- leaf design on box added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and dark brown stamping pigment

- approximately $295 (album) and $175 (box)

- plus the cost of the custom die for the crane (created for this project) which would be approximately $130

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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custom dark brown leather crane album with moon whole cover

 

custom dark brown leather crane album with moon crane and leaf detail

 

custom dark brown leather crane album with moon detail

 

custom dark brown leather crane album with moon type detail

 

custom dark brown leather crane album with moon deckled page edges

 

custom dark brown leather crane album with moon spine

 

custom dark brown leather crane album with moon marbled endpapers

 

custom dark brown leather crane album with moon clamshell box with leaves front

 

custom dark brown leather crane album with moon clamshell box with leaves open with book

 

custom dark brown leather crane album with moon clamshell box with leaves open flat

 

I enjoy making books with unique dimensions.  This one is very tall and thin with a raised pinecone and branch as the only decoration.  The raised design is accented with copper pigment.

 

custom burgundy leather thin tall raised pinecone journal

 

tall, thin, burgundy leather notebook with raised pinecone

     

- page size 3 and 1/2" wide by 11 and 3/4" tall

- 112 pages (224 page sides to write on)

- blank, unlined, white archival paper pages

- marbled endpapers

- cover is burgundy pigskin leather over carved binder's board

- raised pinecone and branch design accented with copper pigment

- approximately $165

 

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custom burgundy leather tall thin pinecone journal whole cover

 

custom burgundy leather tall thin pinecone journal front detail

 

This book uses several metal dies together to create a cohesive design.  The front of the book features multiple images of a trout stamped in gold next to small burgundy pigment "air bubbles".  The back cover has a fishing fly in burgundy pigment.  I enjoyed playing with the two-tone aspect of this cover reverseing the colors of the cover material and stamped decorations.  The cost on this book is kept lower by using cloth instead of leather for the cover and using die-stamped decorations that I already had.

 

custom cloth two tone fly fishing journal

 

two-tone fly fishing journal

     

- page size 4 and 3/4" wide by 8 and 3/4" tall

- 44 pages (88 page sides to write on)

- page are archival and unlined white paper

- marbled endpapers

- cover is burgundy vellum book cloth and yellow linen book cloth over binder's board

- decoration on cover added using custom metal dies, hot foil stamping, gold stamping foil, and burgundy stamping pigment

- approximately $80

 

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custom cloth trout fly fishing journal two tone front detail

 

custom cloth trout fly fishing journal two tone fly detail

 

custom cloth trout fly fishing journal two tone marbled endpapers

     
     
     

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