Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Back in November, I came across Rag&Bone Bindery via Decor8. Is anyone out there familiar with them? Before I found them on Holly's blog, I'd never heard of them, but it looks like they've been around since the late 90s. Rag&Bone Bindery is a company owned by husband/wife bookmakers out of Rhode Island and they make the most beautiful handmade books, journals and photo albums. Sure, they're a bit pricier than your Walmart versions and not as efficient as Snapfish or MyPublisher (both of which are better tasked with larger-scale photo projects), but I like supporting small businesses and artists (bookmaking is, after all, an art). Beyond that, I think beautiful, handcrafted products can be more inspiring -- and a lot more fun -- to use than their "made in China" counterparts. In any case, lured in by Decor8's 20% discount (now expired), I decided to purchase Rag&Bone's digital scrapbook ($39) in this Amy Butler print:
I wish I had known about Rag&Bone Bindery before I got married as they also make lovely guest books ($48), which can be beautifully inscribed (for an additional fee):
And for the new (or expecting) moms, I really love baby's first book ($68). Bound in ribbon, it includes fill-in-the-blank pages for some family history and all of baby's major milestones. I think this would be a truly awesome baby shower gift (and no, I'm not pregnant, but I do have a few friends who are and this is giving me ideas!):
For new moms and dads (and grandparents), the brag books ($34) are small and portable enough to keep at the office should anyone so much as mention children. I'd keep one around with pictures of my darling Olivia in it but for fear of major teasing!