Elva Carri contacted me via email last week to tell me about her range of upcycled hardback notebooks, called Old Book Hides. Elva makes notebooks and sketchbooks out of old hardback books. She did acknowledge that as I writer I may find this whole process brutal but she reassured me that, “I mind the insides…I don’t just burn them or laugh as I rip them apart or something.” The books come hand bound or wiro bound. The hand bound ones can also include some of the original book pages and the wiro-bound ones can also come with page refills.
The notebooks are very reasonably priced and a great way to re-use old books that may otherwise be chucked out. Elva sells her wares online at oldbookhides.com or can be found at the Dublin Flea Market on the last Sunday of every month.