Bespoke Service: ribbon, strap, fob or thong?

by Susan Green August 28, 2018

Bespoke Leather Journal Bound with a Silk Ribbon

Bespoke clients commissioning a handmade leather Journal, Sketchbook, Wedding Guest Book or Memory Book have four closure options to choose from. 


In the same colour as the book's leather covers, straps wind around the book and are held in place by a discreet leather buckle. Ideal for any kind of book, especially Memory Books where some expansion in the book's width can be expected. 

Leather Memory Book in Crimson and Grey, bound by hand in England

Leather Strap on an A4 large Memory Book in Crimson and Grey

Leather bound Memory Book in Bright Blue and Orange, handmade in the UK

A Bright Blue and Orange Memory Book at A4 large size with a leather strap.

Ideal for Journals or Sketchbooks (but not Memory Books), these quick-close magnetic snaps double up as a penholder. Usually made in the same leather as the book covers, but contrasting colours may be available on request - please enquire.

Peach Journal with penholder

Magnetic Fob on an A6 small Peach and Aqua Leather Journal

Peach and Aqua hand made journal with fob


Ideal for any kind of book, available in Neutral, Tan, Dark Brown, Navy and Black, they are narrower than the leather straps. Other colours may be available on request - please do enquire.

Wedding Guest Book thong closure

Natural leather thong on an A5 medium Classic Wedding Guest Book


Ribbons lend a romantic, feminine feel to Wedding Guest Books and Journals. Silk and linen offer unique tactile qualities that enhance the enjoyment and appearance of your book, with colours to co-ordinate with your binding thread colour. Woven silk ribbons in heritage patterns and colours can be arranged by special request. 

Leather Notebook with Silk Ribbon closure, handmade in the UK by Susan Green

A Grey and Coral Leather Journal, A6 small size with Grey silk ribbon. 

Handmade leather Wedding Guest Book with Linen ribbon to tie closed

Natural Linen Ribbon on an A5 medium Rustic Wedding Guest Book.

White Leather Notebook with Linen Ribbon tie, handmade in England by Susan Green

Linen Ribbon used for an A6 small Leather Notebook

Bespoke Leather Journal with heritage woven Silk Ribbon hand made in England by Susan Green

This bespoke Leather Journal in Peach and Blue, A5 medium size, was commissioned with a heritage woven silk ribbon in an acorn pattern.

Please get in touch if you'd like to discuss your options, have any queries or would like to order a bespoke book bound especially for you. 

Susan Green


Tel: +44 (0)7748 759 371


Susan Green
Susan Green


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Size Guide

Use this Size Guide to check the dimensions of the books you're considering purchasing (dimensions are external and refer to the closed book unless otherwise indicated). If you'd like some guidance with selecting the correct size, feel free to contact Susan the bookbinder: email or call +44 (0)7748 759371

Leather Memory Books, Wedding Guest Books, Journals and Sketchbooks
A4 Large Portrait 12 inches or 305 mm 8.5 inches or 215 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A4 Large Landscape 8.5 inches or 215 mm 12 inches or 305 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A5 Medium Landscape 6 inches or 155 mm 8.5 inches or 215 mm 1.5 inches or 38 mm
A5 Medium Portrait 8.5 inches or 215 mm 6 inches or 155 mm 1.5 inches or 35 mm
A6 Small Landscape 4.5 inches or 114 mm 6 inches or 155 mm 1 inch or 25 mm
A6 Small Portrait 6 inches or 155 mm 4.5 inches or 114 mm 1 inch or 25 mm


Miniature Journals
 One Size 3 inches or 76 mm 2.25 inches or 60 mm 20 mm or 0.75 inches


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 A4 Large 297 mm or 11.5 inches approx. 205 mm or 8 inches approx. 64 pages
A5 Medium 210 mm or 8.25 inches approx. 145 mm or 5.75 inches approx. 56 pages
A6 Small  150 mm or 6 inches approx. 100 mm or 4 inches approx. 48 pages
A7 Pocket 106 mm or 4.25 inches approx. 72 mm or 2.75 inches approx. 40 pages