What's New In the Studio


Winter on campus at Melbourne University again!

I'm heading back to Summer School in Winter with the Calligraphy Society of Victoria from July 2 - July 7, 2019.

So Bookseed will be closed during this time! 

However, orders can still be placed and I will be back in the studio from July 8 happily making your special pieces.

Attending some very special classes with visiting International artists, so hope to publish some 'Show and Tell' on my return!



The new BIG BRASS BLOCK has arrived!


I now have a BIGGER BRASS BLOCK for debossing items. 


And a bigger brass block means longer words or names!

The Upper and Lower Case shown in the block above will give you an idea of the amount of letters and combinations that I can deboss in one pressing.  

So be creative...think BIG or long!  My new BIG BRASS BLOCK has you covered :)


Leather Satchels for iPad, Tablets and Notebooks

Leather Satchel lined with liberty of london print

Beautiful leather satchels to hold iPad pro, tablets or old fashioned notebooks and pens.

Available in the full range of leathers. Go classic with the traditional subtle black lining, or go luxurious with prints from the house of Liberty of London. Or one of the selected designer fabric ranges. Order here...


The Strawberry Thief

Beautiful Fabrics to Line Journals, Covers and Book Wraps

The fabrics have been so popular that I've now increased the range and added them to the customer selection of the website.  A select range of stunning prints for the house of Liberty of London.  Some based upon the timelessly elegant work of William Morris.

And a small range from select group of the World's leading designers. Including local designer Jen Kingwell. 

Just add the desired fabric to your cart and your item will be lined with your selection.

Good Luck choosing - they're all so lovely!

See the range: Fabric




Leuchtturm 1917 and The Official Bullet Journal Leather Covers

Very excited about this latest product.  I've created a special reinforced pocket in the back with cutouts that allows full access to the elastic closing strap of these beautiful German made notebooks. 

Popular since 1917, they are also the maker of the The Official Bullet Journal which is same size as the classic 1917, so this cover fits both.

See the range here...



After Pay is now Available

After Pay payment services are now available online and in store.


Beautiful Italian Paper

I have great pleasure in welcoming a new paper to my studio.  The beautiful Knight paper that is made in Italy. It will now be used in all my journals and is available in 90 and 120gsm weights.  I've been trialling this paper over the last few weeks and it's superb.

With the closing of the Shoalhaven paper mill in Australia my regular watermarked paper is now being made overseas and the quality and is no longer up to the standard that I set for my range. This is the first change in paper in 10 years for Bookseed.

There will be a slight changeover period as I amend the wording of the products in the online store but please assume that all new orders will carry the Italian paper going forward.

And it takes inks and fountain pens beautifully! 


Leather Desk Mats


Beautiful Leather Desk Mats are now a part of my regular range. Backed with soft cork that is lined with felt, these desk mats provide a lovely cushioned surface for writing.  And a warm soft feel to a sometimes cold desk.  Can also be used to hold a keyboard or laptop with the side then creating an ideal mouse mat surface.

Available in the full range of my leathers.  Create a uniquely personalised gift by debossing initials or a short name into the desk mat.  And for Fathers Day I'm including the debossing on the Desk Mats as my gift! 

Leather Desk Mat


International Orders Now Online


International orders can now be processed online. I've linked in with Australia Post which provides the facility for International postage to be calculated at checkout via the shopping cart. Customers can also choose a variety of postage options.  It seems to be working well and is now much easier for my overseas customers to purchase.  Welcome to the World of internet shopping!

Accessories Range

I have added the accessories range back to the website but now it has the beautiful designer fabric linings.  Just added are Passport and Card Holders. Leather luggage tags will added very soon. Please enjoy choosing your fabric and leather combinations! Begin your designing here...

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The Designer Collection


I'm very excited to announce the release of my new range which I've titled - THE DESIGNER COLLECTION!

I've been playing with beautiful fabrics and threads and combining with my favourite leathers to give magic to my favourite pieces.  Including those talented artists from Liberty of London. And I've chosen prints from leading designers such as Kaffe Fassett, Tula Pink, Kathy Doughty and Sarah Watts.

I'm delighted with the results. And now I'm offering the chance for you to do some designing too!

I'm offering these beautiful fabrics on some of my most popular items and allowing you to choose the leather colour and fabric combinations...Enjoy!

And if you need a hand, please just give me a ring or send me an email.  Happy to advise.

Get started with your design here... 

Espresso Bean Rich Brown Journals with Wide Strap

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I have now added to the wide strap range with the beautifully rich espresso brown leather.

See more here... 

The MAJESTIC Journals' Public Debut

Majestic leather journals Majestic and Regular leather journals

These oversized majestic beauties have been the joy of a few book lovers who order custom made journals... a rather elite group! But they're too good to hide away, so I'm now adding them to the shopping cart for everyone to enjoy.  Double the stitching on the spine there are 12 holes and 384 pages - double the regular sized A5 journal.  I've included a picture above so that you can get a sense of the impressive stature of these gorgeous journals.  I know that some people use my journals as a decorative feature - displaying on antique desks or shelves etc.  These are glorious.  But of course, also functional.  And ideal when you've got a lot to write about! They're $125 (the regular A5 journal is $89). In the shopping cart under Leather Journals A5.  Here is the Antique Oak....


Introducing... the NEW Purple

Cue the music, flash the lights, eyes on the catwalk.... and here she comes.... this year's Purple Leather is deep, deep, violet and soft and luscious!

I'm delighted with the latest addition to my regular leather range.  It's very, very soft and feels beautiful.

Currently available in A5 journals in three colour combinations: Purple and Red - Purple and Turquoise and Violet Purple !

I will be adding more items to the range such as: Notebook covers and Bookwrap and A4 journal so please email or phone if you would like to order prior to them being available online.

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Travel Journals in Ravishing Red

Travel Journal in Red Leather

The popular Aussie Travel Journal is now available in the rich ravishing red leather.

This red leather is a perfect traveller - soft and supple but very hardy - ideal backpacker!

See more here > Travel Journal - A5 Red

Pocket Sized Travel Journals - Non Leather

Paper Fabric Travel Journals are Vegan Friendly

Very excited to announce the release of journals made from NON leather Kraft Paper Fabric.

I've been experimenting with this new product for a couple of months now and I'm very pleased with the results. Soft, flexible but very strong.  They even claim it can be washed however, I would NOT ADVISE washing your journals.  The paper inside is still the beautiful archival paper and it's not water friendly :)

Ideal for Animal Lovers and those who would prefer not to use Animal products. It's also Vegan Friendly.

And another bonus is that you can draw, paint, sketch, write messages on the outside of the journal. Great way to personalise for yourself, or write messages for a loved one travelling.

Like my other travel journals these now also feature the centre Story Board that is made from the beautiful Italian Drawing Paper.

I will be adding more items to the range as soon as I can but if you would like something from my regular range made with this new Paper Fabric then please just let me know.

See the journals here...



Pocket Sized Travel Journals

Featuring the new Story Board Centre

Beautiful Italian Drawing Paper concertina centre... ideal for drawing, mapping, sketching or dreaming!



The Story Board Centre in beautiful heavyweight paper hides secretly in the centre ready to expand and reveal.

The new pocket size travel journal (A6) is ideal for tucking into small spaces and taking with you when you're on the go.  Will still hold a phone if it's not too large and is available in a range of colours.

Personalise with a title page or monogram the leather cover for a unique gift for a loved one.

Learn more here...


Leather Display Folder Covers

Leather display-covers

Love the feel of these and how quickly they transform the everyday plastic display pocket folder into something beautiful.

Available in a range of leathers, or contact me for your preferences.

See more here... or look under the Leather Stationery Section

Leather Notepad & Sticky Note Covers Return

For lovers of fine stationery!

Leather Detective Style Notepads

Leather Sticky Note Covers

Leather Monogrammed Stationery Duo

The popular Sticky Note covers are back in stock. And a new addition with the 'Detective Style'  Notepad cover. 

And I've created a Duo Stationery Set for savings on a monogrammed impression!

Ideal for Fathers Day!

See more here...


The Book of Dad


Treasure Dad's Story.

Capture those Pearls of Wit or Wisdom in a handcrafted leather journal. Ideal for Fathers Day. Available in both A4 & A5 sizes.

See here...


The Guest Book is Back

Leather Guest Book Handcrafted in Australia

The return of an old favourite.  The Guest book is back in both Landscape A5 and Portrait A4 sizes.  Available in the full range of colours - (I'm still photographing the range so just ask for your colour in the meantime).

View the Guest Book here...


Classic Black & Gold - A Traditional Favourite


I've been busy in the studio trying to build up my stock of classic favourites. 

I hand dye the Antique gold french cotton which creates that timeless elegance when stitched into black leather.

See the journal range here...


The Chesterfield Range

When my leather supplier showed me his beautiful range of leathers used to make the classic Chesterfield furniture, I just knew that I had to include it in my range. 

I have both the Emerald Green and Ruby Red colours.  Richly dark with a hint of the undercolour peeking through in the well worn areas of the pieces.  I've been learning about the 'rubbing back' technique to reveal the hidden colours, which also gives an old look and feel to the piece.  Or the type of much loved look that well used treasures obtain - the patina.

These leathers are available in all of my range: Journals, Book Wraps and Notebooks.  I'm still trying to build up the stock to photograph but can certainly make on request.  So feel free to email me if you would like something made from these lovely leathers.

Sadly Emerald Green is no longer available from the supplier.

Chesterfield Leather Boook Wraps.  Handcrafted from the leather used to create the classic Chesterfield furniture. Available in Journals, Book Wraps and Notebooks.


The Aussie Travel Journal Now in Black


The popular Aussie Travel Journal is now available in three version of Black:



Creating a Journal - A short video

Many thanks to my young and enthusiastic filmmakers - Alex, Giulia and Valmorey who filmed this short video in the studio last week.




I am delighted to announce that I can now offer monogramming of initials on most of my leather items! 

Many of you have been asking and waiting patiently and I've now finally got the equipment in the studio.

Currently offering the beautiful 'blind debossing' - where the gorgeous brass letters are heat pressed into the leather. 

Creating a beautiful subtle, elegant and timeless result.

See more here...