I like having journals around — to collect prayers, notes, and odd observations. Sometimes they are filled with grocery lists. Pretty much all of them end up unfinished because I get distracted with the bright and shiny of a new journal!

New year, new paper, new start. A few I created this week as gifts for friends:

Journal for Bruce

For Bruce, who is traveling regularly to Africa, doing amazing work. I used an old almanac to include geography text on the back:

Bruce journal, back

Journal for Julene

A birthday gift with a bit of Heather Bailey flare.

Journal for Dana

For Dana, a PhD student in Forestry and birthday girl. I finally had a chance to use this patch, which I’d been holding on to for years in my sewing box:

Badge for Dana

Journal for Tina

It scratched a creative spot in my brain to use different materials — sewing cardstock, vintage trim, fabric, paint, stamps, hot glue. I’m trying to make more time to for this type of play; doing so simply makes me happier and more patient.


10 Replies to “Journal”

  1. Sooooooo pretty! Let me tell you that even though I didn’t join you with the handmade projects from the book you showed before, i am knitting!!! And i’m not a knitter!!! Baby bkanket is my first big project. I meant to make scarfs many times that ended up unfinished or plain ugly. I’m having so much fun with the blanket 🙂 and you inspire me to keep going!

  2. These are awesome! I have been making some journals out of recycled cardboard & random scratch paper around the house (which I then take to have bound)…but I’m wondering, what do you use to attach your materials to the covers of your journals? glue? hot glue? something else….? These journals are so great. What a very thoughtful gift. I’m sure the recipients will love them!

    Oh and I am CONSTANTLY distracted by shiny new journals! I love them!!

  3. Maria said what I was gonna say, so I’ll say they are really cool!!! Journals are great for many uses (I use one to record the books I read and what I thought of them) and hand made ones are special. Your friends will enjoy them and think of you thinking of them whenever they use them!! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

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