my story

 

I live with my husband Edwin and our two sons Bruno and Caspar in The Hague, the Netherlands. I studied ‘Boekhandel en uitgeverij’ (Bookstore and publishing) in Amsterdam.

I am always busy with something and find it difficult to sit still! I describe myself as creative, enthusiastic and an optimist, but also a perfectionist. I'm a team player, but I don’t mind being alone. I love to listen to the radio (80s and 90s hits!) and to read magazines about interiors and design. You can often find me in a thrift shop. I only wear blue! I prefer lunch to dinner and enjoy a good cappuccino with a slice of carrot cake.

I am a benefactor of Stichting Handboekbinden (Foundation of Handbook Binding) (www.stichtinghandboekbinden.eu) and friend of Museum Meermanno (www.meermanno.nl) in The Hague.

I started The Cartonnerie in 2003. I always wanted to do something creative, but I spent a long time searching for what kind of creativity, until I went to a ‘box making’ workshop, also called French cartonnage. Since then I have been designing and making boxes & folios by hand. In my studio I design all the products myself: my own designs and custom designs. I love a challenge, so I like it when clients have their own ideas. We’ll discuss these and then I’ll see if it’s possible, technically. These assignments are the most fun!

 

The base of my designs is carton, greyboard sheets. I cut this board to size and then assemble it. I then line the products with linen or velvet and personalize them with printed text or foil printing. In this way I can design everything myself and I’m not limited by a standard size. This means that every design is unique and original and completely handmade!

 

I work with FSC certified greyboard and paper, linen made from natural fibres, water based glue and I try to recycle as much waste and packages as possible. I also separate the paper waste. I feel it’s important to contribute to the environment in a positive way with my studio and not to overburden it. I also buy a lot of products from local suppliers in order to support them and to minimize my CO2 footprint.

 

If you want to learn how to make your own box, folio or portfolio, you can take one or more of my online courses. I would love to teach you my beautiful craft!

 

If you need advice or have a question about running your creative business, please send me an email so I can see if I can  help! 


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KIND WORDS

I was looking for something very special and high end for when

a client first unveils their wedding invitations, something we have spent weeks creating for them.

Sabrine did not disappoint, the craftsmanship on our boxes was second to none

and anyone that comes in contact with one is blown away by their sheer beauty.

Our expectations have been exceeded and the quality of her work is just impeccable, we are in awe!

  Ailbhe Cronin, wedding invitation designer

 

 

I have been looking for some bespoke invitation boxes for a while and was so excited to discover Sabrine!

Her work is absolutely breath-taking and I am in love with my branded velvet boxes.

I can't wait to hand them out to wedding suppliers!

Sabrine was really easy to work with and the quality of her work is beautiful,

I am so happy I found her!

Paige Cartledge, Paige & Co, wedding invitation designer

 

 

I love these boxes!

They are absolutely beautiful. I'm speechless.

Thank you for all the time and hard work you put into making them.

I'm blown away by your kindness and talent.

Thank you for making these for me.

Mallory Dawn, wedding photographer

   

 

Working with Sabrine was so seamless.

She was quick to respond and made sure she had my vision in mind for my box.

And she absolutely delivered! The box I received was so beautiful.

You can tell she handmakes each item and spends time making sure they're absolutely perfect.

I couldn't be more pleased! 

Arielle Peters, photographer

  

 

A true master at her craft.

Sabrine was so lovely to work with on my branded boxes.

Carefully bound to hold a timeless keepsake. 

Melissa Nezezon, wedding invitation designer

 

 

 The boxes are SO GORGEOUS. I'm so in love with them!

You did such an amazing job. Love the pristine edges,

the fabric quality, everything is perfect.

I can't say thank you enough! 

 Eunice, jewelry designer

My clients are seen in

Martha Stewart Weddings | Wedding Sparrow | Magnolia Rouge | Style Me Pretty | BRIDES | Dusty Blue

and more...