About Us

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Welcome to the Purple Onion Books. I am a small, artisan bookbinder based in southeastern Alabama. I offer several types of hand bound books for all your needs whether it is a wedding book, baby book, bullet journal, junk journal, writing journal, travel journal or sketchbook. My signature looks are mixed paper, embellishments with ribbons and “flaps” within my journals. I also include antique graphics and often my own photography. I like a lot of whimsy and a little bit of dark.

I strive to use high quality, acid free, environmentally friendly, tree free or sustainably farmed/recycled papers for my books. I also use scraps and offcuts from other projects in order to keep waste out of our landfills. I love nature and especially trees, so I try to do my part to keep them standing.

The Purple Onion Books was founded originally as a way to de-stress after a long day at work. I love paper, fabric and hand stitching. In 2008, I found a way to bring them all together in the form of bookbinding. I began with the Coptic stitch method and have branched out from there.

If you are into journaling of any type, scrapbooking, nature, vintage items or old houses, then I may have a few items of interest to you!

When I’m not in my studio, I love to look at old houses, go to antique stores, walk in the woods (I love trees) and visit quiet, old cemeteries. Our little family lives life in a big, old house that has been kept as original as possible in a tiny community 20 miles from any town. We keep it pretty simple here and have a small homestead of sorts. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Thanks for checking me out!

Michelle