Frequently Asked Questions

Are your books refillable?

At this time I do not make refillable journals/sketchbooks as my binding technique does not lend itself to that. The decorative stitching on the spine of the book is also functional, it is what holds the book together. Each stitch would need to be cut and the new pages sewn back in.

Possibly in the future I will design a different option...but until then I am afraid I will not be able to fulfill your request.

If you are fine with the book not being refillable, I can work out a quote for you. I am able to make different sizes of books which are similar to those in my shop.

Do you do restoration work?

Restoration work, especially restoring Bibles, involves an entirely different way of bookbinding, which at this time I do not offer.

Do you do custom work?

I gladly accept custom work similar to the styles you see in my shop. Such customizations may include colour of leather or thread, size of the book or number of pages. Feel free to contact me if you require something more specific. Keep in mind that custom orders take longer to prepare. Please leave at least 2 weeks for production, depending on the size and quantity of the project. Large quantities may take longer.

I also have customizable options for my regular journals such as thread and leather colour, and page count. You can choose from one of my custom order listings; 4" x 6" journal, blank journal, blank sketchbook, lined journal, oak journal, pine journal, watercolour journal, or 8" x 10" sketchbook. Please allow up to 5 days for production.

For more information about ordering a customized journal see my page on Custom Orders. I like this book in your shop. Can I add more pages?

Adding more pages would fall under the customization category. As the books available in my shop are ready to ship (already made), I would need to create a new book for you. You can choose from one of my custom order listings; 4" x 6" journal, blank journal, blank sketchbook, or lined journal. Simply add the appropriate listing for either your choice of extra lined or blank pages along with your custom order.

As always, feel free to contact me if you require something more specific. Keep in mind that custom orders take longer to prepare. Please leave at least 2 weeks for production, depending on the size and quantity of the project.

Can you add a title page?

Yes! I can add a title page to most custom books. You have your choice of printed or hand painted title pages. Please keep in mind that this will add extra time to your book production and I need to be in contact with you for finalization on proofs. Please see listings for more details.

Can you add my initials to the cover?

I can add a limited number of initials to select leathers only. Currently those leathers are "buck" and"brown".

What locations can you ship to?

I ship worldwide. All items are shipped using Canada Post.

I need this order by a certain date! Can you expedite the shipping?

Most of my listings include options for upgraded shipping. These include tracked and XpressPost. XpressPost, although expensive, is the only one with guaranteed delivery times. I do not do next day delivery. The charges are based on Canada Post's rates and are for the shipping costs only.

I placed an order 2 days ago and it hasn't arrived yet, can you give me the tracking number for my order?

As stated in my Policies, by default there is no tracking on items to the USA or internationally. If you wish to include tracking you may upgrade at the time of purchase by selecting the proper shipping upgrade option during checkout. Unfortunately I cannot upgrade your shipping option once the package has been sent out.

Books shipped within Canada will have the tracking number and will be sent in the email with the shipping notification.

Is your leather recycled?

It is actually more expensive, and often, more wasteful to use recycled leather. I have on occasion used an old leather jacket that was beyond the capacity to be worn, but I do not believe in the waste of purchasing a decent jacket from a thrift store to cut up for books, when it could otherwise still be worn.

Is the paper handmade?

The paper is not handmade, the price would increase dramatically if it was. However my paper is made in the US or Canada, and is artist grade, acid free and of archival quality.

This is a gift for someone. Can you wrap it nicely and include a note?

All my books are wrapped in brown kraft paper and tied up with ribbon because it's fun getting gifts, even if it's for yourself. On a number of occasions I have included notes to the recipient from the purchaser. This is no problem to send a few lines and is at no extra cost. If you would like to include such a note please include what you want to say in the "note to seller" when purchasing from my Etsy shop.