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Inspired to Create

Working from the third floor of her historic Old Louisville home, Kris Stewart creates unique journals, sketchbooks and photo albums, bringing beauty and function to everything she makes. Years spent studying art and enjoying nature allow her to see the world as a canvas of color, pattern and texture, and this appreciation comes through in her designs. Kris is an experienced artisan who approaches every new challenge with a fresh outlook and a desire to grow. She's a bit of a perfectionist (ok, maybe more than that), and brings an uncommon precision to her work. Bookbinding has been her passion for over 20 years.
How does someone get into bookbinding you wonder? In Kris's case it was the right opportunity at the right time. She was staying home with her newborn when she came across a beginning bookbinding class at a local shop. Intrigued (and desperately needing to get out of the house), she signed up. After three hours of folding, gluing and stitching she was completely hooked! That was 1998 and she's been learning new skills and making books ever since, opening her original online shop on Etsy in 2010. Her only employee, Lucy Sunshine, is a Catahoula Leopard Dog who was recently promoted from Footwarmer to CTM (Chief Trouble-Maker).

In her spare time Kris loves exploring her neighborhood with its fabulous architecture. She wishes she could check out all the great restaurants in Louisville but laments, "So many calories, so little time." She also enjoys traveling as much as possible, always wanting to know what's around the next corner.

kris in the studio


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What customers are saying

38 reviews
Excellent Product

I ordered the large red leather bound journal, after having poured over literally hundreds of possibilities from across the world. I had never thought to care about the quality of binding or the different it would make to have an artifact come to life in my hands. I can see how appreciating the quality of craft makes a huge difference in the focus I can have in my writing. The journal was shipped express, arriving to my front door on a snowy Sunday only a few days after I ordered it. It exceeded my expectations in every way.

Beautiful Journal

This journal is gorgeous and well made. I have now bought four journals from Scroll & Ink (one for myself, one for my husband, and two as gifts for others), and each one was beautifully crafted. The leather is soft, the color is rich, and the finish is expertly done. The orders are always ready quickly, and Kris is very kind. Highly recommend.

A special gift.

Christmas surprise ! Bought this as a gift can't wait for it to be given. It is so cute.

Handbound Leather Journal, Fern Green Leather with Blank Pages
Beautiful work with super-soft leather

Kris's work sure is beautiful and stellar. Love the fern green color of my journal, and it is a super-soft leather. It's a perfect compact size to take with you. The loop for your pen on top is so convenient. The pages/paper also take to your pen ink really nicely. She shipped same day, and I received it so quickly. If you want to get back into journaling, this is definitely the way to start. The smaller pages are just enough to write out your thoughts. Somehow this journal makes me feel more motivated to write. That's a bonus!

Perfect !

Order arrived quicker than I expected . I am excited to give as a Christmas gift. Perfectly wrapped by Kris ready to pop into a gift bag. Thank You.