Today's feature is ToBoldyFold, a shop that makes absolutely gorgeous, hand-bound leather journals. Melissa handcrafts each journal in Boston, Massachusetts. The journals are produced in collections of 25 books, each unique and handcrafted. Leather journals are a wonderful gift for anyone on your list. Poets, artists, travelers, and keepers of personal journals especially love hand-bound leather books. You can also visit Melissa at her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and of course her website. Happy shopping!
|How did you get started crafting?|
I've been an artist all my life. I was brought to a lot of museums as a kid, and was very much inspired by them. I was encouraged to create things with my hands, and from there I never stopped.
Why did you decide on To Boldly Fold for your business name?
It came from a lot of brainstorming. I wanted a strong name that would talk about paper but also be quirky.
Do you have a muse?
My muse is nature. I'm constantly amazing by the patterns, colors, and the intricate ways in which nature fits together.
Do you take custom orders?
What does a typical day look like for you?
I work three days a week, so on the days that I'm in the studio, I pack in as much as possible. I start my day off on etsy. I post a new book every morning. Then I build books for the rest of the day. Depending on what stage of production I am on, I either tear down paper, fold or punch holes in sections, cut leather, sew, or do finishing touches like buttons. I also tend to set one day a week away for photo shoots.
Where would you like to go with your business?
I'd love to make it a full time production. I love what I do, and would like to make it more than just a part time venture.
What is one strange or funny thing you'd like to share with us?
I love snail mail.