National Quarterly is a shop on Etsy that is run by a husband/wife duo. They make gorgeous hand bound journals, books, sketchbooks, as well as custom items. For the months of June and July they are donating 100% of their profits to their family members who recently lost everything in a house fire. You can read more about what happened, and find out how to help right HERE.
I really love the story of how National Quarterly came about, this is an excerpt directly from their ‘About Me’ section.
“Lindsay and David grew up in southwest Ohio and have known each other since high school. While David attended college in San Francisco, Lindsay moved to Atlanta. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Academy of Art University, David decided to move to Georgia where Lindsay was pursuing a career in Administrative Healthcare Management.
The two got hitched in December of 2012. They crafted each piece of their wedding decor by hand, including all of the table centerpieces; which were upcycled hardbound books.
After the wedding, the duo ran out of creative projects to work on. The combination of David’s artistic abilities paired with Lindsay’s love of books and knowledge of administrative operations made for a perfect creative endeavor. And thus National Quarterly was created.
The ancient art and craft of bookbinding fulfills both practical and aesthetic functions. But with the technological movement of books being read on iPads, Kindles or other electronic readers; hardbound books have become almost obsolete.
In an effort to maintain their decorative significance, National Quarterly strives to make true pieces of art out of each book they encounter. From restoration bindery of antique pieces to up-cycled library decor and custom orders; they have the craftsmanship and devotion to showcase bookbinding through traditional methods and techniques.”
Every item that you find at National Quarterly is very well made and beautifully functional.
I received a journal/sketchbook to review.
I love the way that items were packaged. National Quarterly wraps them the way most antique books were gifted. They use butchers paper and twine, and it gives these books a gorgeous, classic feel. The use of twine with bookmaking can actually be traced back to India, where bookbinding started. This just shows how much care National Quarterly takes to make each customer feel special.
I received this beautiful design for review. It’s part of the Monarch Collection. I will be using this journal for Sadie and Benny. I like to keep track of all of the funny things they do. Children grow so fast and being able to write about the special moments is something I enjoy doing. I actually prefer the sketchbook type of journal, because I allow Sadie to create her own sketches so she can look back on them when she gets older.
It’s easy to find inspiration when you are writing in a gorgeous hand bound journal from National Quarterly. I love that their journals are sleek, and sophisticated.
This would make a perfect gift for any musician in your life.
National Quarterly also offers custom book restoration. I thought this service really sets them apart. It shows how they go above and beyond to help their customers save precious memories.
They also create a beautiful custom baby book. This book is filled with 24 full color pages. It’s the perfect way to keep track of your child’s firsts. Isn’t this print adorable?
National Quarterly is a wonderful place to shop for any gift you may need. Journals make a perfect gift for weddings. What a wonderful way for the bride and groom to document their first year of marriage.
You can see everything that National Quarterly has to offer by checking out their Etsy shop right HERE.