The amazing Sharon Thompson of Beauty Bound Books sent me a super cute little travel journal, and I just want to give her a little mention because I loooove it!
'I love books - reading them, writing in them, thumbing the page edges... The first book I ever made was a raggedly sewn pamphlete titled "My Happy Book" in which I wrote all the things that made my 7-year-old self happy.
'Four years ago I established Beauty Bound Books, offering handbound journals and photo albums, specialising in tartan and tweed covered books. We make a wide range of books, from our poplular leather satchel journals to traditional baby, wedding & family albums with prices starting from just £10. We love using British products like Harris Tweed and family tartans, as well as leather, marble paper, satin, silk and linen bookcloth. In addition to the designs we have listed for sale, we are are always happy to take bespoke orders and work closely with customers to make the book they want but haven't been able to find.
'Beauty Bound Books is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and thanks to our modern-day website www.beautyboundbooks.com and other sites such as Etsy and Folksy, we're able to keep the ancient tradition of bookbinding alive for customers all over the world from New York to Dubai to 'Down Under'. We've got it covered!'
Vintage-style travel journal, hand-bound using traditional bookbinding techniques
"The backpacking girl silhouette is a unique BBB design"
Hot-tooled leather panel, stamped with every want-to-be-travel-journalist's favourite word duo - "TRAVEL JOURNAL"
CD pocket, with a cute "vintage map" covering-layer
Satchel-style leather strap ft. my 'business card holder'
"After your book was covered and bound it was pressed overnight in an antique cast iron nipping press. And the next morning a book was born!"
The design of this journal is gorgeous - I love the cutout girl figure carrying a backpack with her hair flowing behind her, placed up on a part of Asian mappery. As I want to travel the world (you'd never guess by this journal, would you?), this is perfect for me, and the design is just *does the French hand-kissing thing* mwah!
One of the things that I adore about this journal is the fact that it has a CD holder and letter/ paper holder envelopey thing on the inside covers - perfect for carrying notes and receipts and business cards! When I went to Turkey a few weeks ago, I was picking up business cards for cute little restaurants 24/7, and this has the perfect spaces in it to hold them which is awesome! The CD holder is perfect for, well, CDs, but I'd use it to keep the backups of my camera photos safe and scratch-free.
Another thing that I love about this journal is the ribbon that sticks around from the inside binding of the book, as it's a great bookmark and you can't lose your page, even if you tip the book upside down (tried and tested, mostly on purpose)! 5 stars for conveniency, Sharon!
The binding of the book, along with it's overall appearance, is awe-inspiring - it has such a professional finish that you would expect it to be made from a machine, not the loving hands of a book crafter. Fabulous quality. Love it.
If any of you guys want to get your own hands on one of these awesome journals, you're quite smart and obviously have good taste in writing material, and you should jump right over to Sharon's store riiiight now.
*Whispers* but comment on this faboo blog first ;)
~ This was not a sponsored post, but instead a few words of appreciation for Sharon, who sent me one of her AH-mazing journals. I'm not getting paid to feature Beauty Bound Books on The Blog Hermit, but was instead sent one of her gorgeous books :3 ~