To take your book of greeting cards one step further, I've partnered up with Helen from Letter & Adore. Her work is fabulous & puts the perfect finishing touches on your books.
At the bottom of this page is a form for you to get started on your order. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once books are finished on my end, they are forwarded on to Helen for calligraphy. She collaborates with you on the lettering style/design & determining which ink/paint to use with the paper/cloth you decide on for the books. Since this is a collaborative project, we'll have a three-way conversation to confirm your material & calligraphy choices.
Each book holds up to 45 cards, or a stack of cards up to 2.5" thick. Depending on how many cards you have, I might need to split them into two books. Mini books can be made for RSVP cards or other smaller cards.
Invitations can be adhered to the inside front cover either by pocket or photo corners, & small gift tags or irregularly shaped cards can be inserted into a pocket on the inside back cover.
- Shipping cost to you
Horizontal spine calligraphy (pictured) is only available for books set of 2 or more (5″ minimum spine width required).
Vertical spine (like regular published books) & front cover calligraphy is available for all books.
- Material cost (starting at $8.70)
- $60 (for the first book)
- $40 (for each additional volume)
- Shipping cost to Helen
Each book holds up to 45 cards, or a stack of cards up to 2.5" thick. On average, finished books are roughly 9" x 6" with spines up to 3".
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STEP 1 // PICK OUT MATERIALS
I get all of my materials from Paper Source, so you would just need to tell me specifically which papers, ribbons, etc., you would like your book to include & that will be added to the final cost. I do have some leftover materials from other orders that are discounted. See below for my current inventory.
If you are wanting multiple books made with different materials each, either let me know the 3 finishing choices for each book in the Special Request box of the order form, or fill out the order form multiple times with your different orders.
the outside cover material
- pick at least 1 sheet
- prices range from $3.95–$11
Please pick a flat paper, not a roll. If you would like to use two or more sheets per book, let me know in the Special Requests box of the order form.
to tie the book shut
pick 1 roll
- prices start at $3.95
Please do not pick any baker's twine, rafia, tape, washi tape, paper tape, or ribbons like the olive leaf ribbon. I will inform you if I think you should pick a different ribbon.
STEP 2 // SORT YOUR CARDS INTO THE ORDER YOU WANT
Let me know if you have your cards in a specific order, & I'll do my best to make sure they stay that way. If you want, you could put a stickie note on each one with their order number, or lightly number them in pencil (small print!) on the back in a corner. I suggest putting them in a ziploc bag if you mail them in a big box where they could fly around free.
If you don't care about order, I'll just bind them together at random.
STEP 3 // MAIL YOUR CARDS TO ME
Please do not include any envelopes & make sure all cards are empty of gift receipts, gift certificates, etc. If any card has additional notes or messages inside, I'll be sure to keep those attached to the cards. If I find anything that may have been overlooked, I'll be sure to send it back. Don't forget to get tracking on your package in case it gets lost!
If you would like a pocket added for smaller cards, please include those cards so I know how large or small to make the pocket.
STEP 4 // PAYMENT
Once you've picked out your materials & I've received your cards, I'll set up an Etsy listing just for you where you can pay.
Step 5 // Calligraphy
Once books are finished on my end, I will forward them onto Helen for calligraphy. Fill out your calligraphy desires below in my form & I will forward the information along to Helen. You can also fill out the form on her website or email Helen what you want written on the cover &/or spine of your book. After she gets all of the necessary information from you or me, she will send you an invoice via PayPal for your custom project. You will receive a digital proof of your cover/spine design within 7 days of full payment.
You wait *impatiently* to receive your uniquely handmade & calligraphed album(s) in the mail.
If you're ready to order your book(s), you can either email me at email@example.com, or fill out the form below. I'll be in contact with you as soon as possible to get your order started.