They said about us

A commission with Stopan is a straightforward, exciting and rewarding experience. The website leads you clearly through the basic decisions to be made about the design of your journal and the photographs show the options available – very helpful if, like me, you are new to book design.. It could not be easier. This is just the starting point for a conversation with Stopan. The design will evolve, the details worked out as your ideas crystallise in conjunction with Stopan's expert advice. I wanted a simple design and gave him only a broad outline of the tooling; he read my mind perfectly and produced a wonderful drawing that captured the spirit I was looking for. Once this is done, he gives an estimated completion date and starts work on your book, keeping you informed of progress and sending photographs of the stages. It is fun to see your commission taking shape. My journal being ready exactly on time, I went to Sofia to collect it in person, and to meet Stopan. It was a special moment. The finished article is beautiful to see and even more delightful to hold. The craftsmanship is outstanding and clearly undertaken with a love not only for the craft but also the materials. With one of Stopan's journals in your hand, you have a direct connection with a skill that traces back centuries and you have the knowledge that you are helping keep that skill vibrant in the 21st century. What could be more rewarding than that?

Custom Ordered Journal

They said about us

A couple of years ago, I stumbled on Stopan’s YouTube page while searching for bookbinding. Initially, I was not only taken in by his fantastic bookbinding, but also is videography talents. I continued to follow his creations, all the while dreaming of someday owning one. That day finally came back in August, when I reached out to him and inquired about a commission. I cannot fully express Stopan’s personal attention and willingness to provide input based on his experience. Every, single detail was discussed. Suggestions and advice were given, a blueprint was drawn up for the perfect journal, custom tailored for me and improved with Stopan’s artistic vision. I was presented, in writing, an outline of my commission. I was quoted a price and a timeframe, which was fulfilled. I could not be happier with Stopan, the journal he created, and the overall experience. I have since placed another order for two limited edition lino prints, and an absolutely gorgeous dip pen, created by Stopan’s father. Thank you again, for a wonderful experience.

Custom Ordered Journal




This form is made to be of use to anyone considering making a custom order from our bindery. You’ll find the most common aspects of a book categorized in various check boxes below. If you find any of the terms unfamiliar, please visit this article relating to custom orders to use as an additional guide:




I currently offer custom journals with paper size only in A6 format. The dimensions of the page being 15 x 10.5 cm or 5.9 x 4.1 inches. The base value for every custom order is 200 € (EUR) with each detail in the form contributing to the end price.

This form is a tool intended to help start the conversation regarding your custom order and is not a purchase form. Please mention any additional information you’d like to share in the end or feel free to contact us!

200-250 +10€300-350 +20€400-450 +30€500-550 +50€

Simple +30€Leather Joint +50€

Tapes +20€Cords - Sunken +20€Cords - Raised +50€Double Cords - Raised +80€

Single Boards +30€Double Boards +50€

Simple Weave +10€Complex Weave +30€Leather Braid +50€

BrownCrimsonYellowBlueOther + 50€

NoneSimple Blind Tooled +10€Simple Gold +50€Simple Mixed +30€Medium Blind Tooled +30€Medium Gold +150€Medium Mixed +50€Complex Blind Tooled +100€Complex Gold + 250€Complex Mixed +150€

NoneOne on Fore Edge +50€Two on Fore Edge +100€Three - One on Each Edge +200€

NoneFour on Outer Corners +100€Eight - One for each corner +200€

NoneCentral Piece on Front Cover +50€Central Piece on Both Covers + 100€

NoneGold + 100€Gemstones - Specify in Comment

NoneMahogany +100€Ebony +120€Rosewood +100€Bocote +120€Mixed +150€


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