Rag & Bone Journals Are Back

May 1, 2008

We’re pleased to announce the return of our handmade journals to our online store. We stopped making journals back in January while we decided whether to continue offering them. They’re labor intensive, being handmade and all.

We still make them exactly the same way as we did for the 18 years before we stopped in January. Hand-cut and hand-sewn signatures, heavy weight paper which is acid-free and has a nice “scritchy-scratchy” feel. They’re available in every cover option and we still make them to-order, so your book will be made just for you.

The books I designed when I first learned bookbinding were journals. They really are made the same way today as when I was making them in my bedroom in Boston. Not much has changed in the binding process for Journals, other than we now work in a funky studio, as opposed to the corner of my bedroom. Back then I’d make a handful of different sized journals, with all sorts of covers, stuff them into a backpack and take the “T” (subway) to Harvard Square, lay out a blanket, and sell them to Harvard students. Looking back, those “were the days” as they say. I ‘d come home with a little bit of money to purchase more materials and start over again.

That’s how Rag & Bone started. I think it was more exciting than it sounds. I loved living in Boston, especially when we moved into our first loft surrounded by other artists and I was starting to make a living from bookbinding. Not knowing what was and wasn’t possible, just winging it. Back then everything seemed possible. I just kept thinking that if I could make a living selling books in Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts, I could start a business creating books for a national market. I didn’t think in those words, or those terms, but that was the goal, to turn the business into something that could last.

So I’m happy the journals are back. They’re my little friends who were with me back in the beginning, back when I had no idea what I was in for, just a love of the craft. Back in the corner of my bedroom and in the first studio I rented for the bindery. They were there when I announced to Ilira that I had a name for the bindery, “How about Rag & Bone?”. A lot has happened since then, but our love of the craft remains.

We reduced the prices for journals, they were $36.00, now they’re $29.00. We only offer them online, we don’t wholesale them anymore, so we’re able to reduce the retail cost. {PSSST - if you’ve read this far, we have a promo code for you: Just enter the word: journals into the discount code field during checkout and you’ll get free shipping. Good until 06/01/08}

Thanks for reading!

Rag & Bone Journals


  1. i’m glad their back. i’ve used many and given many as gifts to friends. i would always buy one or two at your studio sale to keep on hand for a sudden gift.

    Comment by Kristin — May 1, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

  2. (eek, i should proofread before hitting send, i really do know the difference between there, their and they’re.)

    Comment by Kristin — May 1, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

  3. They’re Their Kristin, we all make those mistakes from time to time.

    Just kidding.

    Thanks for the comments, and the compliments mean a lot coming from a bookbinder!

    PS: Still enjoying Jeff Buckley? You know there’s a great documentary about Jeff featuring Brad Pitt - of all people. Check it out if you can.


    Comment by Jason Thompson — May 1, 2008 @ 4:02 pm

  4. OH so happy THEY’RE back!! Did you offer them just for me? I gave up journaling because nothing was beautiful enough.
    oh the thoughts that I’ll think…

    Comment by suzanna — May 1, 2008 @ 9:02 pm

  5. Thank you Suzanna! Your comments mean so much. I’m going to print them up on our break room wall, the crew loves to know there’s a life for our books after they ship out from the studio. I’m happy they’re back too.


    Comment by Jason Thompson — May 2, 2008 @ 10:13 am

  6. I’m so glad too! I just ordered one for Mother’s Day. I have blogged often about the wonderful texture of the inner pages, the sturdy binding and the delightfully fresh cover papers. Thanks for bringing them back!

    Comment by Heidi Reimer-Epp — May 2, 2008 @ 11:24 am

  7. YEA! YEA! YEA!
    these are my favorite and thought i would go nuts w/out them~so glad you brought them back!

    Comment by donna — May 5, 2008 @ 9:31 pm

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