There are a lot of options when I make a custom blank book. Among other things, you get to choose:
- Size (8.5×11 or smaller is easiest, but I’m pretty creative. If you want to go big, I want to figure out how to do it. ADVENTURE!)
- The endpapers (marbled? solid? what color?)
- The decorative paper on the cover
- The bookcloth along the spine
- The color of ribbon bookmark(s) (I can do up to three ribbon bookmarks)
- Cloth corners or regular
- Hand-sewn endbands or regular
- How many pages?
As a very special feature, I can send you sheets of paper for you to write special messages, wishes, prayers, etc. upon, which will then be bound inside the book. You can see how that’s done in this post, in the photo titled “smoothing the inside cover.”
That’s So Complicated!
I know, right? There are a lot of options! Yikes! But don’t worry. I’m here to help.
Really, all you need to have ideas about are:
- What’s the book for?
Writing? Drawing? Painting?
- Who’s the book for?
You? A friend? What kinds of colors do you/your friend like?
I can walk you through the rest.
Is it Expensive?
It’s about the same price as my regular books. Medium custom books are $65-$75, large ones are $130. If you want something really unusual (custom shape/size, 500+ pages, etc) I’ll do an estimate for you and you can decide if you’re interested.
I have a bunch of partial tarot decks for journals like the purple and red ones above – a shallow inset into the cover keeps the cards from catching on anything. I have a bunch of blanks ready-made, or can do a custom one. Ping me and I can go over what decks I have. You can also send me a postcard, greeting card, whatever to be inset for no extra fee.
Are you in? Drop me a line!
Here are some custom journals I’ve made for folks: