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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Cynthia Schelzig

I don´t like to go swimming….really…I jog, workout…the whole bit to stay fit but I am not a fan of swimming or lounging around on sandy beaches, etc. I find it boring:)but what definitely is not boring are your coooool little books!!! I think I “need” one for my stash:) Have a good weekend!

inaja Miranda

My favorite place to go swimming is at Ipanema beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Linda Greiss


My favorite place to swim is in Lake Norman, Mooresville, NC right off my parents dock at their lake house! Thank you for the chance to win your great books!


Kristie Proctor

Of course, my favorite beach is in Woods Hole: Nobska Beach. Views to the left are of the lighthouse, to the right, the airplane house, and in front, one can cast their eyes past the ferries/boats directly over to Martha’s Vineyard! The surf has perfect waves, and the sand sports an occasional piece of sea glass, too!


I like swimming in chlorinated water best, haha. There are too many mysterious creatures lurking in the ocean, I prefer to swim in a pool where I can see the bottom =)


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