Nautical Chart Notebooks

Handmade Nautical Chart Notebooks by Ruth Bleakley

I had my last craft fair of the season yesterday so I spent the week making lots of these awesome notebook sets out of nautical charts. I live right near the ocean and have acquired quite a collection! I’m going to have a GIVEAWAY this week [UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed! Congratulations, Amanda from Born Bookish!], a random set of nautical notebooks will be mailed to you! (worldwide!) Scroll to the bottom of this post for details on how to enter (it’s easy).

In the meantime, here are some photos of me making the books!

handmade books by Ruth Bleakley Handmade nautical chart booklets in a row by Ruth Bleakley Using a Corner Rounder in Bookbinding - Ruth Bleakley Handmade Notebook Labels Nautical Notebooks by Ruth Bleakley Notebooks made from nautical charts by Ruth Bleakley

[UPDATE] And the winner is…Amanda from Born Bookish! Congratulations Amanda! Thanks to everyone else for entering, and keep your eye out for more giveaways!

To enter the Giveaway: [CLOSED]

(to win a random set of nautical notebooks, and yes, it’s open worldwide!)

Mandatory: Leave a comment below, and tell me where your favorite place to go swimming is! (Freshwater or saltwater!)

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Winner will be chosen by random selection and will be announced 11 AM eastern time Sunday, August 19th!


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Shanna Bolcen

One of my favorite places to have swam was off of Andros Island is thd Bahamas. The water was unbelievably clear and the reef was gorgeous! I still cant believe that they counted that as a study aboard and not a spring break!


I love swimming in warm water – salt or fresh. My favorite place would probably be a dip in the Gardon River with a view of the Pont du Gard. I’d love to be back there now. The waters where I live (Vancouver Island) are much too chilly for swimming.

Janel Gradowski

I live in Michigan, about a 20 minute drive away from Lake Huron. But the water in the “big” lakes can be quite cold. We have a cabin near a wonderful inland lake called appropriately enough, Sand Lake, since it has a sandy bottom and great beaches.

Thanks for doing the giveaway. I love these notebooks!


My bathtub…no sharks there! ๐Ÿ™‚ ps..not sure which I love more, these awesome notebooks or your beautiful photography! Truly, is there no end to your talents? xo


I think my favourite place to swim has to be on when I was visiting relatives and visited the beach at Ogunquit. I have lots Of lovely memories from there and vow that the next time I’m in the USA I’ll return there!

Also! I follow you on twitter, Facebook and pinterest and have signed up for your newsletter!

Robin Allison

My favorite place to swim is in the ocean! I love it when the waves try to knock me over ๐Ÿ™‚
I love when I see your notebooks! They always make me smile. I am impressed with all your work you do! I am now getting your newsletter, following you on Pinterest & liked you on Facebook!


Mostly any type of freshwater swimming. I’m not a fan of the stickiness and skin irritation that comes with salt water swimming. Great memories of New England Lakes !


Hi Ruth,

My favorite place to swim is the ocean with warm water…like Maui,Hawaii or my heated swimming pool. I just recently found your blog with all your beautiful books that you’ve made.


Hi Ruth
I love swimming in the sea most of all – but especially at
any of the beautiful beaches along the East coast of South Africa where the sea is warm and the sand is soft….


These are so cool! I am a swimmer and love swimming in the pool, but I really enjoy going to the beach and swimming in the ocean.

Tammy Murdock

I love swimming anywhere warm!!pools, lakes or the ocean….as long as I am not totally frozen!

Ann-Kay Design

From time to time i like swimming in a pool, but my favorite place to swim is the Atlantic Ocean and the beaches of Fort Lauderdale in particular.


I’m not really into swimming, but last month I went to Sitges (Barcelona) in a really hot day and it was so calm and peaceful I didn’t want to leave the water, I just loved it!


My favorite place to swim is anywhere my beautiful grandchildren happen to be swimming, whether it’s the pool or the beaches of the Jersey shore. If C, C and B are there, it’s a favorite!
PS. Love these notebooks…they’re the perfect gift for a sailing friend!


The Gulf Of Mexico is blissful for swimming, boogie boarding, kayaking and more, especially when winter chills you to the bone in Saskatchewan ๐Ÿ™‚


I’m following you on Pinterest! I love pinterest, especially all of the crafty pins.


My parents live in Florida, so whenever I visit them I get to go to the beach! They live a 10 minute drive from the east coast. The dog beach is my favorite, so I can bring my pooch!

Robin Allison

My favorite spot to swim is in the ocean in Mexico!! Even though I lost my favorite pair of sunglasses I still love it!
LOVE your site & your work!!

Diana Gillet

I love swimming at Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs, Florida. Ahhhhhh summer!


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