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More Glorious Fun with Handmade Paper from Nepal!

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More Glorious Fun with Handmade Paper from Nepal!

Hello Friends, and a very Happy Independence Weekend to you all!

I'm having a ridiculously good time working with this luxurious handmade paper from Nepal, and wanted to share with you how it looks on the new line of journals just out this week:

You haven't even seen the front covers yet, and I know your eyes are already drinking in the gorgeous, saturated colors of this paper.

Made from the lokta plant (a kind of laurel, for you gardeners out there), this paper has been a vital sustainable industry for folks in the Himalayan region, particularly the Kathmandu Valley, since the 12th century. The artisans there have perfected the creation of this beautiful and strong paper, and we are honored to work with it here at the Press.

Introducing, the Kathmandu Journals:

The quick specs:

  • 7" tall by 5" wide, and a half-inch thick
  • 100 interior pages (bamboo)
  • hand-sewn with linen thread
  • $22 each
  • 10% of proceeds goes directly to earthquake relief in Nepal
  • purchase direct from us here

After selecting the large sheets of Nepalese paper, we cut them to size and then affix them to rugged Italian-made cover stock. The result is a cover that is not only beautiful, but durable. The warm-white interior pages, made of sustainably-sourced bamboo paper, are then hand-sewn with linen thread in a multi-section figure-8 binding style that is very strong and allows the book to open flat. 

In honor of the long-standing tradition of beautiful paper-making in Nepal, we are currently donating 10% of the proceeds from each of our journals featuring Nepalese paper to the relief effort in the wake of the recent earthquakes in that region. Each Kathmandu Journal you purchase helps us help the men and women of Nepal. For more information on the disaster and the relief work, click here.

May each of you enjoy a safe and celebratory holiday weekend!

With thanks and peace to all,

St Brigid Press


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SlimGems Handmade Notepads

SlimGems upright Made to fit in a shirt pocket, back pocket, purse, or car console, we're affectionately referring to these sweet guys as "SlimGems" ~ perfect wee notepads to carry where e're ye may roam.

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Here at the Press, we've got one started for grocery lists, one for To-Do-This-Week, and one for composing haiku! Handmade from fabulous-feeling, tough, Murillo Italian paper, the covers come in two rich colors ~ gold and deep green. Interior pages are fine-writing bamboo paper, 48 pages in all, hand-sewn with blue or gold linen thread. The final, gorgeous touch for these notebooks is an accent of elegant hand-marbled paper by Susan Hastings. Finished size: 4" x 2". Price: $4.25 each.

Only available direct  ~  order through our secure Online Store!

With thanks, and all best from the Press,

St Brigid Press

Beautiful hand-marbled paper by Susan Hastings, featured on the cover of each SlimGem notepad.

Close-up of the SlimGems' covers, with hand-marbled paper decorations.

Each notebook is hand-sewn here at the Press, with blue or gold linen thread.

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