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Greetings, FPN fellows!
Today I wanted to share with you two books that I made for Esther, a member of this community.They were one of the last custom orders that I made from the first 2000 sheets that I bought of Tomoe River (and I wanted to thank the community, since it was a pretty big success and I run out of paper really quickly - but I will order some again on November :P ).

Esther asked me to make two journals for her. They were both a present from her boyfriend for her birthday.

The first one was a springback journal, a sturdy and durable binding. It was approximately 21 x 15 cm (A5 or half letter size) and it had 200 pages (400 counting both sides; normally would be 400 pages or 800 counting both sides, but I didn't have enough paper left) of that white Tomoe River paper that all of us love.

I used a gorgeous purple leather. I really love the shades that the color acquires once I work on it. It goes from deep, royal purple to a subtle, pale violet. It has some sort of soul and character. That's one of the things that I love from working with leather.
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She chose paste paper that I handmade for her endpapers.
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The headbands were also sewn by me. I tried to make the best combination possible to match the rest of the journal, so all makes a whole.
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She wanted to have her name "Esther Steele" blind tooled on the cover of the book. As you can see, the stamp goes deep, and adds texture to the cover.
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Finally, she asked me to make a box for it. I used purple cloth for the outsides and white velvet for the inside. In this way, the journal will feel more like a present, but also will be protected so it can last a lifetime.

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For the second journal, she chose a Ethiopian style. It also was approximately 21 x 15 cm and had 200 pages (400 counting both sides) of cream Tomoe River paper.
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She wanted a combination of brown leather with Bomoart paper, and hold together by a brown elastic band. The Bomoart paper that she chose is one of my favorites. It has some vintage, nostalgic feel to it. I think it goes wonderful with the brown orangish leather.

 

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Here you can see the nerves on the spine of the journal. It feels great to stroke the leather and feel the bumps.

 

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Since the cover was already quite full, I advised her to go for a simple endpaper. This is a Canson cardboard.

 

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She also wanted a box to keep her journal safe. This one was made with beige cloth, brown velvet for the inside and some of the same Bomoart paper for the top. Again, the combination gives a sense of unity to the box and the journal.

 

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Well, that was a long post, but I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any comments or questions, I will be happy to answer them. Thank you for reading.

 

Have a nice week!!

 

 

Anna

 

 

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ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! I love both of them! You are a true artist!

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Anna, I probably don't have to repeat my self, but great workmanship! (again)

 

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How does it feel to be a master of your craft? Amazing work. I Hope you will alert us when your next batch of Tomoe River paper comes in, I would like to put one on my Christmas wish list.

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So beautiful! I love beautifully bound journals, but I have this problem where I can never find anything special enough to write in such a lovely book, so they sit empty....

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Man, my life will not be complete until I get me one of them Springback Journals and a matching box! I need to get through these two I have here first. I may or may not have a massive journal/paper addiction....

 

Beautiful work as usual, Anna!

 

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Anna, I probably don't have to repeat my self, but great workmanship! (again)

 

:D

 

Thank you! I do try my best each time I make a journal :D :D

 

 

Stunning - love them........

 

Thank you! It's a nice feeling when your work gets so much love :wub:.

 

How does it feel to be a master of your craft? Amazing work. I Hope you will alert us when your next batch of Tomoe River paper comes in, I would like to put one on my Christmas wish list.

 

I can assure you I am not a master in my craft. I do admit that after many years practicing I am not an amateur, but I am far from being a master. I am actually spending this month working in many workshops to learn more: I am learning gilding with 24k gold, transfer, leather mosaic, different techniques on dying leather,... So much to learn!!

I have a list of people who want me to contact them once I have more TR. Would you like to be on this list?

 

So beautiful! I love beautifully bound journals, but I have this problem where I can never find anything special enough to write in such a lovely book, so they sit empty....

 

Hehehe I used to have this problem too. But FPN is full of posts on what to write in journals, so that was a great help on ideas on what to write in them.

 

Man, my life will not be complete until I get me one of them Springback Journals and a matching box! I need to get through these two I have here first. I may or may not have a massive journal/paper addiction....

 

Beautiful work as usual, Anna!

 

FPB

 

I'll be happy to make you a Springback + box when the time comes! I hope you are enjoying your two journals for the moment. I do have a paper addiction, too. And that is a problem when you travel to Japan. Be sure to carry a huge suitcase if you ever travel there!!! Full of cute-to-die papers!!

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Anna did a fantastic job, both journals are so beautiful I do not even want to write in them. So far I have picked them up a thousand and one times, looked at them, ran my hands over the nice soft leather, flipped through the pages, dreaming of what I want to write. Both have matching boxes with velvet and a ribbon to lay under the book for easy removal of the book. The boxes are just as beautiful as the books.

 

The journals are very well made, Anna put her heart and soul into the making of these journals and it tells. Not only that, Anna has great customer service skills, she helped me decide what I wanted, what may not look very good and what may. The turn around time on the work was just as exceptional.

 

Anna even wrapped each book like a birthday present, it was so exciting to open. Anna added several little goodies as an added surprise. I really enjoy the little pocket size notebook that she sent, well maybe a little smaller than what most would think of as pocket size. But at about 2 1/2 square inches, with approximately 35 pages, with a marbled purple cover, it fits just right in my pocket to run to the store to pick up a few odds and ends or just keep in a pocket in my purse to jot down little notes and thoughts for later.

 

As Anna mentioned above, these where a birthday present. It so happened that Anna was going out of town on the same day as my birthday, but she took the time out of her busy day to send me a special "Happy Birthday" message. Anna's pictures do not do her work justice, as beautiful as the pictures are the real items are a million times better.

 

Thank you Anna for such lovely treasures!!! I am already thinking about my next journal.

 

Esther Steele

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Anna...!

 

My compliments! Simply lovely!

 

I want one....!!!!!

 

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They are both beautiful! My taste is definitely the style of the purple one, though my color preferences definitely run to brown colors. How much does something like this run? I have a birthday coming up at some point and if the price is right I can start dropping hints to hubby!

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Anna did a fantastic job, both journals are so beautiful I do not even want to write in them. So far I have picked them up a thousand and one times, looked at them, ran my hands over the nice soft leather, flipped through the pages, dreaming of what I want to write. Both have matching boxes with velvet and a ribbon to lay under the book for easy removal of the book. The boxes are just as beautiful as the books.

 

The journals are very well made, Anna put her heart and soul into the making of these journals and it tells. Not only that, Anna has great customer service skills, she helped me decide what I wanted, what may not look very good and what may. The turn around time on the work was just as exceptional.

 

Anna even wrapped each book like a birthday present, it was so exciting to open. Anna added several little goodies as an added surprise. I really enjoy the little pocket size notebook that she sent, well maybe a little smaller than what most would think of as pocket size. But at about 2 1/2 square inches, with approximately 35 pages, with a marbled purple cover, it fits just right in my pocket to run to the store to pick up a few odds and ends or just keep in a pocket in my purse to jot down little notes and thoughts for later.

 

As Anna mentioned above, these where a birthday present. It so happened that Anna was going out of town on the same day as my birthday, but she took the time out of her busy day to send me a special "Happy Birthday" message. Anna's pictures do not do her work justice, as beautiful as the pictures are the real items are a million times better.

 

Thank you Anna for such lovely treasures!!! I am already thinking about my next journal.

 

Esther Steele

 

Oh, I don't know what to say with such an amazing comment... you left me speechless! I am truly happy you loved it so much!!!

 

Anna

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Anna...!

 

My compliments! Simply lovely!

 

I want one....!!!!!

 

Oh, thank you very much!! Well, you can have one, if you want :P, but you will have to wait until November, but sure you can :).

 

They are both beautiful! My taste is definitely the style of the purple one, though my color preferences definitely run to brown colors. How much does something like this run? I have a birthday coming up at some point and if the price is right I can start dropping hints to hubby!

 

Thank you very much for your comment! I also prefer the style of the purple one (but in terms of color preference I tend toward purples :), but dark chocolate browns are also nice). About the birthday, congratulations, but now I am far away from my workshop, so it is impossible to make any personalized journal :(. But, if you are still interested I can put you in the list of people that want me to contact them once I return in November and I can pm you with all the information regarding the journals.

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Yes please, put me on your list, my birthday is in December, so that is perfect :) Your work is beautiful and that you use Tomoe River paper is heavenly! <3

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Oh, thank you very much!! Well, you can have one, if you want :P, but you will have to wait until November, but sure you can :).

 

 

Thank you very much for your comment! I also prefer the style of the purple one (but in terms of color preference I tend toward purples :), but dark chocolate browns are also nice). About the birthday, congratulations, but now I am far away from my workshop, so it is impossible to make any personalized journal :(. But, if you are still interested I can put you in the list of people that want me to contact them once I return in November and I can pm you with all the information regarding the journals.

May I get on that list too? :)

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Yes please, put me on your list, my birthday is in December, so that is perfect :) Your work is beautiful and that you use Tomoe River paper is heavenly! <3

 

 

May I get on that list too? :)

 

 

Done! You are on my list now :).

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So beautiful! I love beautifully bound journals, but I have this problem where I can never find anything special enough to write in such a lovely book, so they sit empty....

 

I'll add pictures of what I have done in my journal so you will feel better about messing up your journals. :)

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Bounces in seat. I have a journal on order from her and cannot wait to see it. I hadn't realized that she makes boxes too. Oh dear.

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