Care of Your Handmade Book

Leather Books

Your book has been individually hand bound in the finest goatskin or calfskin in archival binding styles that are both durable yet flexible. They contain acid-free Mohawk Superfine Smooth 118gsm paper for all pens and pencils. Memory Books are bound with Mohawk Heavy paper will spacers in the spine to support inclusions such as photographs, cuttings and postcards. Use acid-free adhesive methods for your inclusions, such as glue dots, photo corners or spray mount. Washi tape is also a popular and colourful option, especially for scrapbooking.


It is best to store your book flat when not in use, such as on a desk, rather than standing on a bookshelf. Please protect your book from rain, liquids or oils as they may mark the leather. To avoid colour fading, please keep your book away from prolonged periods of direct sunlight, for example leaving it on a windowsill.

Marbled Notebooks

Your Marbled Notebook contains Mohawk Superfine Smooth paper and is covered in Contemporary or Vintage hand marbled papers designed and produced by some of the best professional paper marblers working in Britain. The notebooks are hand sewn in linen thread and have rounded cover turn-ins for longevity. The paper is suitable for all fountain pens, ballpoints, biros and pencils.


The nature of hand marbling is that some excess paint may remain on the paper's surface. To minimise transfer of paint I have treated the paper with fixative, however please protect light surfaces and textiles and keep the cover turn-ins where they are rather than using them to mark your place in the notebook. If excess paint is troublesome, you can wipe the covers with a soft cloth or kitchen roll. 

Khadi Books

Japanese Sketchbooks and Wabi-Sabi Notebooks are bound in handmade recycled 100% cotton rag from the textile industry. The are hand sewn in linen thread in archival sewing styles to ensure your book never falls apart. The paper is gelatine-sized for ink, watercolour and printmaking and will support inclusions such as collage, mixed-media photographs.


With these entirely paperback, 'exposed' designs, you will see their natural variations and imperfections increase with use and over time; this is an intended outcome with these designs. 

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


Marbled Notebooks
 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