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A gift for my customer's brother.  A journal with unlined blank pages bound in dark brown goatskin leather with raised cords on the spine.  A classic binding that lets the beautiful leather shine.

 

custom chocolate brown goatskin leather brother journal with raised cords

 

dark brown goatskin brother's journal

with raised cords

  

- pages size 6" wide by 9" tall

 - 200 pages (400 page sides to write on)

- tan linen ribbon page marker

- mottled Nepalese endpapers

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

- raised cords on the spine outlined with blind-stamped lines 

- blind-stamped lettering in lower right corner of front cover

- approximately $255

 

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traditional dark brown goatskin journal with raised cords

 

traditional dark brown goatskin journal front detail

 

traditional dark brown leather journal endapapers

 

traditional dark brown leather journal title page

 

Made for a talented artist friend, I wanted something that showcased the beautiful leather on the cover and had an arts and crafts feel. The square cetlic knots help accompish this as does the blind-stamped dragonfly on the front cover (a motif that is often found on arts and crafts style pieces).

 

 

custom two tone goatskin leather arts and crafts sketchbook with dragonfly and celtic knot

 

two-tone arts and crafts style leather sketchbook

  

- pages size 9" wide by 11" tall

 - acid-free sketchpaper pages

- book is roughly 3/4" thick

- Italian marbled paper endpapers (not pictured)

- cover is British tan and dark brown goatskin leathers in a modified 1/4 binding

- wide raised bands on the spine outlined with blind stamped lines

- square celtic knots added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and copper stamping foil

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

- approximately $345

 

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traditional leather three quarter binding arts and crafts sketchbook flat

 

traditional leather arts and crafts sketchbook spine

 

My customer wanted me to make this book for a friend who had plans to write a novel. This book was meant to hold the first, hand-written version of that novel.  The book has blank pages, a printed title page, and a very traditional 1/4 binding (where the spine is made of a different material than the front and back covers). Clean and classic, it's the perfect look for that novel.

 

custom traditional red leather quarter binding

 

personal manuscript in a traditional 1/4 binding

  

- pages size 6" wide by 8 and 3/4" tall

 - 150 pages (300 page sides to write on)

- cover is red vellum book cloth (that exact product has been discontinued, but I can still use a red linen cloth product for a project like this)

- spine is red pigskin leather

- raised cords on spine

- gold lettering on front cover and spine

- decorative gold line where the cover meets the spine (the book cover can be no larger than 9" tall in order for me to use this gold line for decoration in this way)

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

- approximately $250

 

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traditional red quarter binding in leather and cloth whole cover

 

traditional red quarter binding in leather and cloth title page

 

The traditional 6" wide by 9" tall dimensions of a "novel-sized" book were altered slightly here to give the book a slightly taller, narrower, more "Gothic" feel.  a little additional detail was added to the front and back covers by creating raised panels that gives the edges of the covers a nice "matted" look.  This book also has very traditional raised cords on the wide spine outlined in silver foil.  Small crosses are stamped in the corners of the front and back covers in pewter foil.

 

custom black leather gothic style journal grimoire

 

gothic-style journal

  

- pages size 6" wide by10" tall

 - 250 pages (500 page sides to write on)

- cover is black goatskin leather

- raised panels on front and back covers

- small crosses stamped on cover using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and pewter stamping foil

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

- raised cords on the spine

- raised cords outlined with silver foil lines

- approximately $240

 

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traditional black leather gothic journal flat

 

Sometimes, you just want to enjoy the beautiful leather on a cover and not have anything to distract from it.  This set of three very traditional volumes have plenty of pages for writing and beautiful goatskin leather covers.  They have complimentary ribbon page markers, marbled paper endpapers, traditional raised cords on the spine, and blind stamped titles on the front.

 

custom set of three goatskin leather journals with raised cords

 

three classic goatskin leather bindings

  

- pages size 8" wide by 10" tall

 - 250 pages (500 page sides to write on)

- ribbon page markers in colors complimenting the covers

- marbled paper endpapers in colors complimenting the covers

- covers are goatskin leather

- raised cords on spines

- raised cords outlined with blind stamped lines

- approximately $295 per book or $885 for all three

 

 

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traditional goatskin leather bindings three front covers

 

traditional green goatskin leather journal endpaper

 

traditional tan goatskin leather journal endpapers

 

traditional dark brown goatskin journal endpapers

 

Traditional with a little extra...a very classic goatskin leather cover with raised panels on the front and back. This book has the addition of an Aquarian star, carved from a separate piece of binder's board covered in hand-pared dark brown goatskin leather, accented with gold pigment, and attached to the cover in a slightly recessed circle.  The spine has raised bands with a blind stamped art deco design imprinted on the bands.

 

custom leather aquarian star journal supernatural

 

aquarian star journal

  

- pages size 6" wide by 9" tall

 - about 150 pages (300 page sides to write on)

- hand-marbled Italian marbled paper endpapers in a black and tan ripple pattern

- burgundy grograin ribbon page marker

- british tan goatskin leather cover

- raised aquarian star covered in dark brown goatskin leather and accented with gold pigment

- raised panels on front and back cover

- approximately $230

 

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traditional leather aquarian star journal front detail

 

traditional leather aquarian star journal flat

 

traditional leather aquarian star journal spine

 

traditional leather aquarian star journal endpaper

 

This book was created for a couple to write about the milestones in their relationship over their lifetime.  My customer had some specific requests including that he wanted the blowing leaves to go across the front and back covers as if they were emanating from the tree at the bottom of the spine.  This book has many classic elements (the 3/4 binding and the raised cords on the spine) but also has a modern look with the leaves scattered across the covers and the spine.

 

custom goatskin leather three quarter binding with blowing leaves

 

goatskin 3/4 binding lifetime relationship journal

  

- pages size 8.5" wide by 11" tall

 - 200 pages (400 page sides to write on) of off-white lined paper

- red ribbon page marker

- red hand-marbled Payhembury marbled paper endpapers

- cover is dark brown and british tan goatskin leathers in a 3/4 binding layout

- leather edges (there the dark brown leather meets the tan leather) on cover are flush

- raised cords on the spine

- cords are outlined in dark brown hot foil stamping pigment

- oak tree on spine added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and brown stamping pigment

- lettering on cover added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and gold stamping pigment

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

- approximately $310

 

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traditional three quarter leather lifetime relationship journal flat

 

traditional three quarter leather lifetime relationship journal detail

 

This set of very traditional bindings will act as baptism record books for a church for decades.  My customer wanted a very rich look so I used a very rich and luxurious goatskin leather and actual 22 karat gold foil stamping.  A fleur-de-lis die was ordered for the cover stamping and very traditional (if slightly hard-to-read) Olde English type was used for the front cover and spine lettering.  My customer also requested endpapers that looked like "wrinkled gold" and I searched until I found some.  He was also very specific about the page size and lined pages were custom printed in a 6" wide by 9" tall size for this project.

 

traditional brown goatskin baptism books decorative spines

 

baptism record books

  

- pages size 6" wide by 9" tall

 - 200 pages (400 page sides to write on) of off-white lined paper (lined paper in this side was custom printed for this book)

- "wrinkled" gold endpapers

- cover is dark brown goatskin leather

- raised panels on front and back covers

- raised cords on the spine

- cords are outlined with blind stamped lines

- fleur-de-lis decorations on spine added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and 22k gold stamping foil

- lettering on cover added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and 22k gold stamping foil

- approximately $225 each

 

goatskin leather baptism book front covers

 

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goatskin leather baptism record book front cover

 

goatskin leather baptism record book back cover

 

goatskin leather baptism record book spines

 

goatskin leather baptism record book gold endpapers

 

goatskin leather baptism record book open pages

     
     
     

 

 

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