Let "OLD SCHOOL" Refresh your SOUL. This kit contains everything you need to successfully make your own 9 x 11 inch (sheet size), 40 page daVinci size journal (bottom one in stack).
It includes a video lesson and Live workshops to assure your success. It also includes FREE personalization options to add an even greater personalized touch to the journal you made with your own hands. The materials we use are some of the finest in the entire world.
READ ON to learn more and be sure to watch the Product Video.
Learning to make your own Personalized Italian Leather journal will... teach you a new skill, QUICKLY give you a great sense of accomplishment and memories that will last your entire life. It's also great for a project with your kids, grandkids or as a group.
It will also BOOST your ego when show others and tell them that YOU made it.
EACH KIT CONTAINS:
A pre-punched full grain Italian leather cover (Rustic Brown only) Leather is about 2.2mm thick. It is wonderfully soft with a great leather scent and not at all thin, limp or flimsy.
A pre-punched 40 page text block of hand torn Arches Text Wove paper. This paper is made in France, 100% cotton rag, 120gsm in weight and wonderful for everything from writing to water coloring.
A needle for sewing your book.
Enough threads to sew 3 books. (Black, Sage & Blue thread colors... no substitutions)
Video Instructions to sew your book, emailed to you before your kit arrives.
FREE with this Kit:
3 initials or a Symbol debossed onto your cover (normally up to $14.95) Images of available Symbols are shown in product images.
matching Leather Bookmark (normally $9.95)
OPTIONAL with this Kit: A .079 gray binders board cover template and Paper Punching template so you can create more books.
LIVE TRAININGS: Your Success is our Success Learn even more tips and tricks and become part of a community with our weekly workshops, demos and trainings.
You will be invited to take part in our live trainings, demos and weekly workshops to advance your skills.
Make It With Arthur monthly LIVE workshops where we will make your book with you LIVE.
An email with a link to an instructional video will be sent to you before your kit arrives. You can watch it online or download it to your device.
see the Options Tab for more details.
When ordering you can choose:
GET FREE PERSONALIZATION OR a SYMBOL: 3 initial personalization or a symbol debossed onto the cover will add a personal touch to the journal you make. And it's FREE 😍 GET OPTIONAL TEMPLATES TO MAKE MORE: The Template option is the binders board for the the cover and a paper punching template for additional text blocks. Each kit already comes with enough threads to sew a total of 3 journals.
You can read more about our leather and papers under the Materials Tab.
(see Personalization tab to learn about our full range of personalization styles)
Shipping: Our items are shipped with $9.95 flat rate shipping via USPS 1st class or Priority mail. Transit times are usually 2-3 days, counting Saturday but not Sunday.
Returns: All of our items come with a 30-day hassle-free return policy.
While we are your Makers and you know exactly where your leather goods come from, it’s also important to know the source of the materials we use in making them for you. If you would like more info about our products and sources then let’s connect to discuss.
Italian Leather: Our Primary Ingredient
We are soft leather experts and have developed proprietary techniques for working with softer Chrome tanned Italian leathers.
Unlike the stiffer, belt like, Vegetable tanned leathers, our leathers are soft right out of the box. Like the blue jeans you wear that only get softer and more comfortable with age, our leathers will immediately conform to your lifestyle and develop a great patina over time, making your life’s adventures more memorable and meaningful.
Unbranded English Cow –Chrome/Oil tanned - Full Grain – Struck thru (dyed all the way thru the hide) Tanned in Italy – Unavailable anywhere else in the world.We worked with a 6th Generation tannery in Italy for 2 years to develop our proprietary leather.
We offer you a choice of 3 European, hand-torn papers: Arches Text Wove, Frankfurt White, and Frankfurt Creme.
Whether you write, draw or do both... using anything from a fountain pen to watercolor brushes, you will have the perfect paper.
Our Standard paper is Arches Text Wove. The Frankfurt papers are our premium papers and while made more for fountain pens, work very well for water coloring too.
Our papers are all 120gsm in weight which give them the body you will love. They will not feather or bleed with a fountain pen and are acid free. You can also watercolor on our papers. They take light and heavy washes well and will dry completely flat.
And because you can write on both sides with any pen or pencil, it's like having twice the amount of usable pages you would have in a book with thinner paper.
We also hand tear all of our papers from larger parent sheets to give you the rough, authentic and artisanal look and feel.
Solid Brass Hardware
Our hardware is all low lead solid brass
Low Lead means harder and stronger hardware.
Unlike much less expensive Zinc, Solid brass is not only strong and patinas well but the low lead content complies with California safety standards.
We have 2 finishes, Antique Brass and Nickel Matte and because we believe in building things the way you want them, we offer you the choice of hardware finish on all of our products. If you don’t see that choice then just ask us.
We want your tools in life to match your individuality without compromise and inspire your life’s adventures.
Threads and Cords
All kinds and all colors
Waxed Linen, Polyester and Nylon thread and cords are used to hand-sew our permanently bound journals and for creating the Solomon’s Knot on our Modular Journals.
We have all kinds of proprietary techniques for making our journals and you can learn them all with our DIY kits.
Ancient and Hand-carved Beads
The beads we use are anything but common.
Some of our beads are over 300 years old. Others are individually hand carved. Some are and rustic and tribal in nature while others are more elegant.
We use ancient African trade beads, Jade, Lapis, unpolished Tiger Eye, Jasper, Opal, solid bronze and Sterling Silver and are always adding to and changing out line.
If there’s one thing that really gets us off it’s making your item look totally cool and unique.
And, when it comes to Personalizing your item, nothing gets more personal and unique. That’s why we offer so much more than just initials, a name or a short line of text.
While it’s impossible to list all the creative and different ways we can personalize your book, bag or cover, we tried grouping them into the categories below. Any and all of these can be combined so if you need something special then contact us.
Also, keep in mind that while we usually have standard placement for personalization, we can put it just about anywhere on your item at your request. There is no additional charge for that but you do need to tell us.
Leather Patches are one of the most Unique forms of personalization we know of and nobody that we know of does it.
This is where we create a leather patch, put whatever you want on it… a Symbol, up to 3 full lines of type…. basically, whatever you would like, and sew the patch onto your item. Because setup on these can take a long time, we typically make at least 2 just in case we make a mistake. But we usually don’t so in that case we will either just give you the second one or sew it onto your bookmark (if it's included) and if it fits.
Combinations & Variations: We can combine patches, Symbols, Single or Multi-line Personalization in whatever way/s you would like.
There are near unlimited variations and we do our best to make your patch look as cool as possible. But if you have certain placement needs or desires then you can just let us know.
If you have a logo or graphic you would like debossed into your item or on a patch then we can do that too. The max size is 5x2 inches. We send out to have a special metal die made which can be used over and over again.
Custom Metal Casting
beads, logos, findings and more...
We have partnered with G&S Jewelry Mfg. in Albuquerque to vacuum cast your wildest dreams in just about any metal you would like.
We can make just 1 or many pieces for you. This is great if you want to create a journal and use your own custom bead design for your own Unique series of modular journals. It can be a corporate logo or a family crest, a meaningful symbol between you and your loved one... almost anything you would like.
Creativity is your only limit. So let your imagination run wild and contact us with your idea. You can watch our on location video to learn more and give you an introduction to the process. Just click the button below.
Our products are individually hand-crafted to order and shipped directly to you. There’s never unsold inventory, no middlemen and no high markups. All of these savings are passed on to you so you get the best in style, materials and craftsmanship at a fraction of traditional retail prices. Win-win.
30 Day return policy Free return shipping in the contiguous US. Risk-Free shopping experience. Learn More HERE
Hand-built on our Workbench
Made while thinking of you. ...from our hands to yours