My first series of handmade notebooks!

Among the notebooks I made during the past 6 months I chose the one that was most pinned, or mentioned…the one that received the highest score.

So I’ve made almost 30 different kinds, all A6 and with different colours. I’ve also produced 4 little A7 notebooks and 4 bookmarks, as prototypes for the moment.

The colours used for the carboards are: Pink, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Black.

The colours used for the pages are: Green, Orange, Yellow, Beige, Lavender.

Everything, bookbinding - illustration - cut out, is handmade.

I hope you’ll like it!

Wanna buy them?! Take a look at my Etsy Shop! ;)

Custom Notebook

A client from Italy emailed me with specifics about a notebook she wanted to have ready for her mother’s birthday in June.

Her mother likes to bake cakes and cookies, so the illustrations should have been about sweets. She chose the papers for the covers and I took some pics here to study the possible results. I had some hard time deciding the subject for the pop-up and finally ended up with a cake.

Yesterday she emailed me telling me that she received the notebook and that she was really happy with it, and that it was more beautiful than in the pictures - (I have to admit I sent her very basic pics..).

So here it is, I hope you’ll like it!

Custom Journal/Photo album

So, a client asked me a journal with pockets, A5 size, starting from this one, with some pages to use as photo album.

About the cover: he chose the paper among the classic ones I always have ( Grafiche Tassotti). I used a blue fabric for the spine and part of the covers as I did in a recent photoalbum/journal. 

He wanted to add somewhere in the journal 4 poems he actually personalized for his girlfriend. (So romantic!). I decided to handwrite the poems on the vegetal paper I usually use to protect the pictures in the photoalbum part (typo: Apple Chancery). I don’t know about you, but I really like the effect of the words on pictures;)

Hope you’ll like it!

This A6 size notebook could be an evolution of the previous one I made.

COLOR: It’s just like that: the combination of lavander & pink made me add a yellow touch. Why? I don’t know (well, yes, I know…I’ve a lot of yellow paper around here;))

SHAPE: Now, why did I choose to cut out the pieces…? That’s because lately I’ve been thinking about how to put all the 3d paper sculptures shapes (like the ones Jen Stark does) on a bidimensional medium preserving the “handling” factor. That’s kind of impossible, I mean, I couldn’t get the same results, but I managed to play with the paper thickness a bit. 

Hope you’ll like this tiny first attempt of adjustment between sculptures and notebooks.

There will be consequences ;))

I made this notebook following my great passion for cut edges on the cover.

I started with the flowers (as you can see in the previous post) and shifted here to geometric shapes. I was looking for a new perspective of the interaction between simple, plain colors and lines.

I tried to take advantage of the double cover to give an ultimate effect.

Why am I using pink right now? The answer is really simple: because I have a lot of pink (and lavander) paper!

Hope you’ll like it!

A6 Pink flower cut notebook.

This notebook has the same decoration as the green one I made some month ago. I’ve always wanted to start a series using this kind of cover, so this is the first variation.

The difference here is that I added a brown cardboard flyleaf that repeats the same cut edges the cover has.

The illustrations on the cover are handmade.

Traditional binding system, blank recycled pages.

I hope you’ll like it ;)

Ps..: If you’re interested, you can buy it here, I made only one;) (—->SOLD<—- if you want me to make a new one, just email me!)

Spring is here! A5 Custom Agenda/Photoalbum

My client wanted a functional diary: half notebook, half photo-album, with pockets. When she saw the daisy paper she asked me to use it for the cover and for some boxes I’ll post tomorrow.

COVER// Hard cover. The beautiful paper is from Grafiche Tassotti. The spine and the corners are protected by green fabric.

PAGES +PHOTOALBUM//Half of the diary has light cream blank pages (72g) while the other half is a photo-album, with heavier paper (200g) + vegetal paper. As you will see, the right page is fashioned to put the pics on it while you can write on the left side…notes and memories about the pics etc.

POCKETS// My client asked me to add some place to put business cards and other notes. So I made this two really thin pockets. One has a cut in the middle, that helps to put the cards inside without forcing the cardboard, and you actually don’t notice it..

I hope you’ll like it!

I made 2 of them, so if you liked it, you could buy one ;) If you want something different, you could always request a custom item (on the left column).

Front cover Back cover Enleaf + flyleaf Front matter Photo album pages Handmade Illustration on vegetal paper Handmade Illustration on vegetal paper Pop-up Pocket + colored papers A6 size

Here it is my latest work: a custom A6 size diary, based on this one.

My client told me that her friend (the final recipient) was fond of nature, birds and bright colors.

COVER// We agreed to use the same style of colorful papers I already used for other diaries on my blog. By the way..I buy them here in Madrid, in the Tiger shop. (Someone asked me if it was possible to buy them online, but I don’t think so..). The front and the back cover have different patterns, as you can see. The spine is in fabric.

PAGES// Light cream plain pages (72g). Every signature contains 8 leaves. Alternatively, they’re wrapped in vegetal paper ( in that case, the leaves are 6)

ILLUSTRATIONS// I started to look for vintage educational charts images and pictures about birds. I found a lot of material to make my handwritten illustrations on vegetal paper: 6 in total. I used a 0.3mm ink pen.

POP-UP// Birds! What a beautiful subject for a pop-up. I used a 180º angle fold kind. The paper is always from the Tiger shop, just another pattern. 

POCKET// I love to put pockets in diaries and agendas, it makes them more functional somewhat. There are 6 little 8x10cm colored papers (one side is white) in the pocket.

PHOTOALBUM// I recently started to insert photo/album-styled pages in the diaries I make. Maybe that’s because I spent last summer developing films in Italy?? Maybe, but I do it because I love to be given the chance of it! If you think about it, many times you don’t put a picture on a notebook unless you see the little white triangles..;). So there you go!

I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Ps.: If you want to get sneak peeks about my daily work in progress, take a look here! ;)

This A6 diary was made for a client as a birthday present for a friend.

He chose among my agendas the one with the cut edges, but he wanted something some surprise inside. So I used the same decoration on the cover for the illustrations that are inside, on the vegetal paper pages. There’s a vegetal paper with an illustration each 8 plain pages.

The cover is simple red cardboard. The flyleaves are also cardboard (double sided color black/white). 

On the back of the first flyleaf you can see there’s a red greeting card. You can pull it out once used, and replaced it with a picture.

The pop-up is illustrated with the same flower decoration that are all around this agenda. My client was very happy :)

Well, I hope you’ll like it.

I hadn’t thought about that, but actually, it could be a good S.Valentine’s present! ;)

A6 size for this diary/photoalbum, a present thought for a very classy lady. As you can see, I covered the cardboard with my beloved Grafiche Tassotti paper. In the main diary there are no illustrations, just plain pages.

Inside the pocket on the left, there’s a little photo album with a poem from Antonio Machado, who was appointed to me as one of my client’s favorite poets. 

I used the same Tassotti paper to cover three little boxes that go with the diary. I think I’m going to study another way to cover the boxes for the next time, there is so much potential there…Well, they’re a good match for a diary, I think.

I hope you’ll like it!