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Handmade Books

Lovely books for writing, drawing and sketching

Made in the heart of Dartmoor, Devon

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ALL ABOUT ME

Making books

Such lovely paper

I use paper sourced from the UK, as well as faraway places such as Italy and India.

I use recycled paper for the pages, greyboard for the covers, which is another recycled material. I bind all my books with natural cotton thread. Many of the papers I use for the covers are also recycled, including Indian cotton rag paper and lokta paper, which is made from the bark fibre of a species of the Daphne shrub, which grows in the Himalayas. 

Working from home on Dartmoor

I love working from home looking out onto my garden and the moor, in between baking cakes, reading books and taking our two dogs for walks.

A selection of books

Just some of my previous work. All sorts of lovely paper used for making my totally unique decorative books.

My books can be used for writing notes or a journal, drawing and sketching

Featured collection

  • A5 decorative beaded notebook
    A5 decorative beaded notebook - Joy Makes Books
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    A5 decorative beaded notebook - Joy Makes Books
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    A5 decorative beaded notebook - Joy Makes Books
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    A5 decorative beaded notebook - Joy Makes Books
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Reviews

Just wanted to say thank you for the first two notebooks that arrived today. They are absolutely gorgeous! I ordered another two straight away to give away as presents.The paper is of a really high quality and the fact that the books open flat makes them versatile and comfortable to use.

Tiina

Just received my book! I immediately tested the paper with one of my fountain pens that likes to lay down a lot of ink. No feathering and no bleed through. I love the thickness of the paper and knowing it is recycled makes me even happier. The binding is beautiful. I love the color contrasts on the book I chose. It was especially nice to receive a postcard within the packaging. Well done, Joy!

jleighhes

Just a quick note to let you now how much I'm enjoying the book you made for me. The paper is a treat to write on and the book opens wide making writing so much easier.

Kate

I just received the book. It's amazing. Lovely packaging and even more lovely notebook. Even unboxing it made me happy. First pen tests went really well and I can't wait to use it. Your mom did an amazing job. Please keep the online shop after Covid, so we can order again once we need a new notebook.

Leuchtturm 1917

Thanks for my order, first class service, first class product, received them this morning, they are simply beautiful. 

June

I just received the books. They're somehow even more beautiful than the pictures and I'm very excited to write in them!

Yasmine

Yes, I have received my book, and it's PERFECT!! Even more beautiful in real life. Thank you very much!

Lucy

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