In a town on the River Stour, about 16km south of Stratford-upon-Avon, Sharon Highway produces her beautiful leather journals.
“I always loved creating things. I did a lot of sewing with my Mum as a child. “ In 2011 she stitched up her first- ever leather journal for a gift, ”and that was it, I got hooked.”
“The name Mallory Journals is actually an echo of the village I grew up in in Leicestershire called Kirkby Mallory. And I think it sounds great!” says Sharon.
She started hand crafting her journals in earnest, in 2012 when she got married. “I wanted to give a personal gift to the Bridesmaids, Best Man and Ushers at the wedding. So I decided to make a journal for each of them with a personal message from us inside. They went down really well so I made another batch for my (Etsy) shop. Since then I have developed a style all of my own, adding beautiful paper linings, ribbons, cords etc. They have so many uses; Journal, Diary, Sketchbook, Scrapbook, Recipe Book, travel journal, bucket list, gratitude journal, baby journal etc.”
“I am always on the lookout for lovely papers and ribbons and get so excited when I see something new to try.”
“I came across Rossi paper about three years ago and loved the designs. The quality is brilliant for my Journals. They are a fabulous weight and beautifully printed. They have a lovely variety of patterns. They also introduce new designs regularly. My favorite design is the golden dandelion by far. It is so sumptuous and I sell lots of Journals in that pattern.”
Sharon uses Italian leather for all her books…”Leather is a natural material and marks, creases etc. are an inherent part of the leather and add to the look of these books. “
Many of her journals are original, one of a kind or limited editions. She likes creating unique handmade and personal books; “Some items in my shop are available and ready to ship, or you can request a custom order if you have a particular colour or design in mind.”
“I am currently working on a couple of new things; journals with lined paper, as I am asked a lot for this. And also, there is a new trend for Bullet Journals, so I have sourced some dot grid paper and am good to go! I also have a leather delivery next week with some new colours.”
This Journal is Hand bound with soft pale blue Italian leather. The cover is lined with a really beautiful peacock feather paper from Rossi. The Journal is closed with a waxed cotton cord and finished with a wooden bead.
Each Journal contains 160 pages (double sided) of top quality cartridge paper, ideal for writing and sketching. Five individual signatures are sewn into the hand cut leather cover with natural linen thread.
“All my Journals are refillable, meaning you could if you wish keep reusing your beloved book over and over again. I supply a kit for the customer to do this themselves.”
For more information on Sharon’s beautiful journals:
Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire CV36 4GF