Welcome to my blank book website!

To order one of my books, e-mail me at tedra@fineblankbooks.com



I enjoy collaborating with you, my customers, to create the book you are imagining.  Please e-mail me at tedra@fineblankbooks.com to start working on your custom order.  (Also, click on the link above to my Information page to read more under the headings “custom orders” and “how custom orders work”.) 

If you are interested in a custom book, please contact me to discuss the details of a possible order.  Every detail affects the price.  If you see something in my gallery on this site, but feel the price for "something like that" is too high for you, please contact me because sometimes there are ways to decrease the cost of an order by using different cover materials, or simplifying a cover design and I can't give you a price on YOUR possible order until we discuss the specifics by e-mail.

Blank books can be used as journals, guest books (for weddings or other events such as retirement and anniversary parties), sketch books, travel journals, or as a place to record family recipes and/or family stories....really the sky is the limit.  Some people even continue the old Victorian-era custom of having a guest book for their house where guests write an entry whenever they come to the house for a dinner party or other event.

Every book on this site has been made by me, by hand.  What you are paying for when buying a book like this is the time and care involved in the design and assembly.  The more complicated the construction, the more expensive the book.  These are REAL books that are made to last.

Please look around for as long as you like and thanks for visiting my blank book website!

Copyright 2014 fineblankbooks.com

Tedra K. Ashley-W., bookbinder

Custom ~ Blank Book ~ Journal ~ Wedding ~ Guest Book ~ Scrapbook ~ Photo Album ~ Diary ~ Anniversary ~ Clamshell Box ~ Handcrafted ~ Bookbinding ~ Book of Shadows

My name is Tedra Ashley-Wannemuehler and I am a professional bookbinder.  By that I mean that I do bookbinding as a full time job, 5 days a week (sometimes more!).  It is my profession, NOT a hobby.  You can learn more about the small bindery where I work at the website www.lincolnbindery.com

I truly enjoy making blank books completely by hand.  I originally set up this site to act as an outlet for selling the blank books I had already made after I decided to stop selling my books at summer arts festivals where the unpredictable weather (and sometimes unpredictable festival-goers) were not the best environment for my books.

Over time, I have realized that what I enjoy most is making custom books.  Currently, about 99% of the work I receive from this site consists of order for one-of-a-kind custom journals, albums, guest books, and boxes for books.

I still have a very small number of already-finished blank books and photo albums for sale.  Please click on the link near the top of this page to see everything that I currently have available for purchase.


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on Facebook and see new work before it is added to the gallery page of this website, leave comments, ask me general questions about bookbinding or "like" my page to get me closer to 500 "likes".  Click on the link above to go directly to the Facebook page.

The fineblankbooks.com logo is now available on a variety of items from Cafe Press including t-shirts, sweatshirts, and stainless steel travel mugs.  I am selling these items at cost in hopes that you might find something you like, purchase it, and wear it or use it to be free advertising for me!  Click on the above link and you will be taken directly the fineblankbooks_wear store at Cafe Press.  Thanks for helping spread the word! 

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Now reluctantly on Twitter

If you are a fan of infrequent and less-then-riveting Twitter postings, you can follow me at:
@tedraashley
I usually post photos of new work to Twitter first, then Facebook, then my website
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Books available for purchase on the "Books for Sale" page

I rarely make already-finished books for sale these days, but I've added a few new ones!  Please click on any of the photos below to be taken to the "Books for Sale" page where you can see more photos, specific details, and prices on already-finished books that can be shipped immediately.
If these books were custom-ordered, they would cost more, so you're getting a bit of a break on price with an already-completed, ready-to-go book.  And some of the older already-completed books have been marked down.  Please check the "Books for Sale" page and scroll down to find the price cuts in the sale section.

COMING SOON!!!!!!!!!!!

I will be doing my once-a-year in-person book sale again this year!

What:  The Craft League of Champaign-Urbana (Illinois) Annual Sale

When:  Saturday, November 15th, 2014 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Sunday, November 16th, 2014 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Where:  The Urbana Civic Center, 108 East Water St., Urbana, Illinois

Why:  This is a great 2-day INDOOR sale with work from many talented artists.
 
You'll find everything from pottery to glass to jewelry and my books!
It's a great place to shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.
I hope to see you there!  I am working hard to have more lower-priced handmade books for this sale.
I'll have all books pictured on my "Books for Sale" page as well as many that are brand
new and aren't pictured anywhere yet...including some books that have fold-formed copper inlays on the front cover.