Meet the Makers

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Want to know whose hands are quietly and confidently crafting these books? Meet Meredith and Avelino, the team behind UpDown.

Our Books

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In this digital age, we revel in the sensual pleasure that is handmade books. The deep texture of bookcloth, the rich color of paper, and the sweet smell of waxed thread: this fuels our creative passion.

Your Book

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We have the perfect book waiting for you. Visit our shop on Etsy to find your bookish soul mate, or get in touch with us to create the book of your dreams.

We'd love to work with you...

Let's build the book of your dreams. Need some ideas? Here you go...

It's your big day, everything is perfect, and you're not about to forget a moment of it. Let us work with you to create the perfect wedding album or guest book to capture those special memories. Let's talk themes and color schemes--just drop us a line at updownbindery@gmail.com

There's nothing quite like the birth of a new baby, right? So much excitement and happiness, and that amazing experience deserves to be documented. Let us work with you on creating the baby album or new mommy book to suit your needs. Tell us all about your big delivery at updownbindery@gmail.com

We love to work with upcycled and vintage materials. There's nothing quite like the thrill of making something old new again while being eco-friendly and earth conscious at the same time. Have something in mind? Let us know at updownbindery@gmail.com.

In this era of email and Instagram (hey, we love them as much as you do!), it's nice to slow down for a moment and create the space for reflecting and recording your life. That's where we come in. Tell us your occasion (a trip abroad), your favorite color (pink, green, neon orange!), or your style (kitschy, mod, minimalist). We'll work with you to create a book that's perfectly you. Chat with us at updownbindery@gmail.com

Dispatches from the Studio

Let's hang out and gab about books and how awesome they are.

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    A little thank you gift for you…

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    July has been a busy month for me, and the end is no exception! I’ve been on the road to New Mexico, New York and Canada, and now I’m spending a week in Kansas and Missouri. I’ll be gone through August 3, so please note that any orders placed in my Etsy shop between now and […]

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    Looking for inspiration?

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    All the time, I hear people talk about how they are afraid to buy or use beautiful journals (especially handmade) because they are afraid they’ll mess them up. Before we go any further, let’s get something straight: You can’t mess them up. You can only make them better!  As a bookbinder, I can tell you […]

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    Up Close and Impersonal

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      The guestbook for Avelino’s new gallery show, Up Close and Impersonal, is all finished! It’s a small, but it was made using photos from the exhibit. I can’t wait to travel to New Mexico for the opening!   

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    Shop Spotlight: Summer Sunshine and Tie-Dye Dreams

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    Let the sun shine in with this freewheeling blank journal. The covers feature the softest tie-dyed paper in pink with red accents. It’s hand bound using a quarter cloth binding style. The spine is wrapped in a sunny yellow book cloth. The interior, unlined pages are made from an Italian watercolor paper.  Best of all? It’s […]

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    Congratulations to our winners!

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    I’m pleased to announce that these books and bracelets will soon by flying away off to their new owners! We randomly drew three lucky winners from our more than 600 entries in the Books and Bracelets Give Away. Congrats to Maranda, Luna, and Emily! Thanks also to everyone who entered and helped spread the love […]

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    A little handmade love…

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    I love shopping on Etsy even more than I love selling on Etsy. And so when I have a moment to go hunting for great new finds, I like to collect these handmade gems into a Treasury. My most recent is called Summer in the Country, and it’s a round-up of great gear and accessories […]

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