Manor Books

Welcome to Stockdell Manor Books, my line of handmade books. Although music has a major position in my life, I have been a lifelong artist working in photography, stained glass, and multimedia painting over the years. Additionally, books have held a special place in my heart and life since day one — I’ve always been a certified bookworm book junkie. My recently awakened obsession with crafting handmade books has been a natural progression in my art life.

One aspect of my bookwork is the creation of artisan books, often mini-sculptures, and sometimes including pop-up features. Definitely tour through my blog to see a selection of these books. I especially like one of my books which was inspired by my upcoming album… Beneath the Starry Moonlight. I made it for myself but someone actually wanted the book for a wedding present. I made a few changes and TADA—a special present for a couple getting married under a full moon. Email me if you would like to be informed when the CD is released in mid-2020.

For the blank books I make, I use artisan decorative papers, creative binding processes, and frequently include antique buttons from a special collection. Some are made with the secret Belgium binding technique… Some with a concertina effect using envelopes so you can stash your notes and collectables away… Some have the antique buttons. Some have… surprises! All include quality paper and distinctive artistry.

Each book is unique and should inspire creativity in the owner whether they are using the book for journaling, keeping a travelogue, or curating their own artwork. They make perfect bridal or wedding gifts or could be a special “note” book for your favorite musician.

Notes from Customers

“The books came today and I am blown away. The two that I saw in the pictures are amazing in person but the one you made for me is beyond words. It is absolutely perfect and the insert was a lovely surprise. I don’t even know how to thank you. Your work is just beautiful. Please know that I will treasure these books always.” MG June 2019

“The books arrived Friday afternoon and I have spent the last 48 hours turning them over and over in my hands and touching every page. I love them. The materials are beautiful and the handwork is truly amazing. I wanted so badly to keep them for myself but this morning I finally decided who should get each one..” EF May 2019

For Sale

There are a few books in inventory for sale right now and custom orders are always welcomed! The prices are shown below each image. Shipping is extra. Email me for full details manorbooks@stockdell.com.

  • The April 2020 collection The April 2020 collection
  • Beautiful Chinese Cherry paper with a coptic binding. $45 Beautiful Chinese Cherry paper with a coptic binding. $45 The book has thick watercolor paper in it so it would be perfect for sketching. 5.25" x 8" $45
  • Beautiful Chinese Cherry paper with a coptic binding (inside view). $45 Beautiful Chinese Cherry paper with a coptic binding (inside view). $45 The book has thick watercolor paper in it so it would be perfect for sketching.
  • Perfect bound notebook with embossed lilac paper. $45 Perfect bound notebook with embossed lilac paper. $45 This book is 9.75" x 6.5" with think paper for journalling or sketching. Inside has a hand-marbled metallic paper and a special envelope.
  • Perfect bound notebook with embossed lilac paper (inside). $45 Perfect bound notebook with embossed lilac paper (inside). $45 This book is 9.75" x 6.5" with think paper for journalling or sketching. Inside has a hand-marbled metallic paper and a special envelope which you can just barely see in this photo. Lays fairly flat for writing.
  • "Music is Magic" Secret Belgium binding book (front cover). $40 "Music is Magic" Secret Belgium binding book (front cover). $40 3.5"x 5" Secret Belgium binding book, custom harp and music art cover with harp charm bookmark. Staff music paper inside along with two envelopes. $40
  • "Music is Magic" Secret Belgium binding book  (both covers). $40 "Music is Magic" Secret Belgium binding book (both covers). $40 3.5"x5" Secret Belgium binding book, custom harp and music art cover with harp charm bookmark. Staff music paper inside along with two envelopes. $40
  • "Music is Magic" Secret Belgium binding book (inside). $40 "Music is Magic" Secret Belgium binding book (inside). $40 3.5"x5" Secret Belgium binding book, custom harp and music art cover with harp charm bookmark. Staff music paper inside along with two envelopes. $40
  • Perfect bound book with hand-marbled metallic paper. $30 Perfect bound book with hand-marbled metallic paper. $30 This book is 4.5" x 5" with gold paper on the fly leaf.
  • Green floral Secret Belgium binding book. $35 Green floral Secret Belgium binding book. $35 5"x 7" Secret Belgium binding book with two envelopes. $35
  • "Flowers for Mom" Jacob's Ladder (side one). "Flowers for Mom" Jacob's Ladder (side one). $25 (sold—available for custom order) These fun moveable ladders are the perfect way to say "I love you" to Mom, a spring bride, or yourself!
  • "Flowers for Mom" Jacob's Ladder (side two). "Flowers for Mom" Jacob's Ladder (side two). $25 (sold—available for custom order) These fun moveable ladders are the perfect way to say "I love you" to Mom, a spring bride, or yourself!
  • "Red and White Heart" Jacob's Ladder - "Red and White Heart" Jacob's Ladder - $25 This fun moveable ladder has blank white panels with red ribbons - one with hearts. Write a long love note, sketch, or add your own photos. The the perfect way to say "I love you" to Mom, a spring bride, or yourself!
  • "The Simple Life" mini-coptic book "The Simple Life" mini-coptic book $20 The book is 2.5" x 3" and will be bound shortly. You could pick the thread color! The text and images are from a book on simplifying your life.
  • Handmade floral paper mini-coptic book Handmade floral paper mini-coptic book $20 The book is 2.5" x 3" and will be bound shortly. You could pick the thread color!
  • Red Matchbox with mini book inside. alt=5" />5" /> Red Matchbox with mini book inside. $15 This tiny matchbox (2.5"x1.5") has flower motif with pearl accents on the front. The tiny box in side is blank so you can write a long love note, sketch, or add your own photos. The the perfect way to say "I love you" to Mom, a spring bride, or yourself!
  • A cornucopia of books! A cornucopia of books! This photo shows a small sample of books from late 2019. Most have gone to good homes but custom orders always welcome. A few are still available. See following photos for details.
  • Secret Belgium binding book - small $35 Secret Belgium binding book - small $35 3.5"x5" Secret Belgium binding book, burgandy paper cover. $35
  • Secret Belgium binding book - small $35 (inside) Secret Belgium binding book - small $35 (inside) 3.5"x5" Secret Belgium binding book, burgandy paper cover. $35
  • Harp Star Books - Limited Edition Harp Star Books - Limited Edition A limited edition book of 3D harp photos. $40 (two available with hard boxes and of with a soft box cover $35)
  • Harp Star Books - Limited Edition Harp Star Books - Limited Edition A limited edition book of 3D harp photos. $40 (two available with hard boxes and of with a soft box cover $35)
  • Red and tan clam shell box $30 Red and tan clam shell box $30 $30.
  • Red and tan clam shell box $30 Red and tan clam shell box $30 $30.

     

Sold

Here are pictures of a few books that already have loving homes.

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Oh, and I could be just slightly obsessed with making matchboxes as well. Just slightly… One set I made had the cover a book we were reading in book club—inside there were favorite quotes from the book. I think these would make excellent bridesmaids gift or for other special occasions. We could customize the inside with a tiny book where the bride could write notes or do a photo spread… Just imagine!

Book club matchboxes with quotes inside.