Giveaway: Handmade Journal (That YOU Can Embellish)

June 25, 2012, 15:46 pm  Posted by Lark

One of the things that I enjoy most about making handmade books and journals is imagining what will fill their pages, especially when I give those items away as gifts. When I make a journal I always make the effort to create an artful, finished cover. I recently realized, though, that perhaps the end recipient would like to embellish and personalize the cover to their own tastes. Since it’s hard to find such a blank canvas journal I’m offering one up here for one lucky person.

As you can see below, I left an exposed spine so you can also show off the inside pages. It would be fun to match up the art from the outside in.

I also find that many art sketchbooks come with so many pages than I hardly ever get around to finishing a whole book that feels cohesive and focused on a central theme. So this journal only has a handful of pages to craft a short visual story.

And one last detail: I made these blank covers from recycling the boards of three ring binders, so they have that nice rounded corner. Let’s hear it for determined, creative repurposing!

To enter for a chance to win this handmade journal, please leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Monday, July 2nd. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and notified by Friday, July 6th. Click here for the official rules.

In the spirit of our recent book Mod Podge Rocks! perhaps you would like to decoupage a design on the cover using one of the various Mod Podge finishes and their brand new Design Elements just launched this month. Or maybe you’re more into the creative exploration of collage. Then let The Collage Workbook be your guide. Whatever your medium or inspiration, we hope that whoever receives this journal will use it as a creative spark!


40 Responses

    Purple Potatoes says:

    looks like a nice book, it would be great to win it

    Ameliametalwork says:

    I like the way you left the stitching exposed, I love making books too! Always wonderful to have a “blank canvas” around!!

    Anonymous says:

    I love the spine being exposed – certainly makes a statement!

    DonnaJ says:

    This is truly unique and beautiful.  Awesome!

    Kelly massman says:

    I would be totally excited to win this handmade journal! i really want to learn to make them myself and it would be great to have one in hand–though it looks complication! Thanks so very much for a chance to win!

    Karla Webb says:

    This looks so cool.  I would love to get a copy.  Thanks!

    elena mary siff says:

    would be lovely to have this journal..possibilities for it are endless!!

    Maria M says:

    Oh this is great!  I love the cut-out section of the spine. Really nice work.  Thank you for giving us the opportunity to win it!

    Bobbie says:

    I love this! what a great blank slate, the possibilities are endless! I want one…..

    Mozefire says:

    I’d love to embellish this beautiful handmade journal with my colorful musings

    Melissa says:

    What a wonderful idea!! — especially exposing the inside page to allow for a synthesis of outer and inner.  Thank you for your most generous giveaway.

    Sharon Driscoll says:

    What crazy person doesn’t want a new journal to play in!  And you’re right – one with a blank cover is hard to find…ooo, so many ideas and so little time.  I’d love for you to enter my name in your drawing.  Thank you for the opportunity and the work.

    heidi says:

    What fun! And I already have an idea for how I will fill it up! Thanks for offering this to your readers!

    Kellye says:

    Awesome! I would love a new, blank slate journal to embellish! Thanks for offering this up to us readers!

    Usairdoll says:

    What a super fun idea! How exciting to create a book, from cover to the last page.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.


    Hs says:

    What a wonderful book. I love writing in female student in 1938 with my fountain pen – perhaps on this new book – I hope.

    I would love this for my daughter. She would make such a creative cover.

    Teri p says:

    This is a great looking journal! Thanks for the giveaway

    Sue Anderson says:

    What fun!  LOVE the journal.


    Elleninfla says:

    I usually buy my journals although I’ve begun to decorate the covers of the black and white composition books to give as gifts to friends who write. I don’t know if I’m the best person to receive this journal as, more than likely, I’d use it as a writing journal and not for artwork. I’ve seen some of the artistic journals and have really loved them. But I would enjoy decorating the covers and keeping this one for myself. Thanks you Lark Crafts.

    Anna Belkina says:

    Love it!

    Edie Evans says:

    Awesome book – I’d really love to learn to make one like it. Next best thing, win it!

    Wanda says:

    What a fabulous journal!  Thank you for the chance to win!

    Micci says:

    This is great! I was just looking for a new journal.

    Katie V. says:

    I like the rounded corners. :-) Thanks for a chance to win!

    Christine Bolin says:

    I would love to win a journal I could finish.  Thanks for the chance to win.

    Missparotat says:

    This is so beautiful!

    Corene Everett says:

    would love one of these!

    Mary jane says:

    Awesome! I would love to win a journal to finish!
    Mary Jane 

    donna says:

    I love this journal (and Lark books)!  I am sure I won’t be selected but I am feelin’ lucky.  Thanks for the chance!

    Carmen Nuland says:

    I can think of all sorts of uses for this journal! Thanks for the chance to win!

    marymac says:

    My granddaughter  would love this Journal. She is just getting started in the craft world.

    Karenacadle says:

    I’m into visual journaling and this would be fabulous!

    g.flores_28 says:

    Would love this for picture collages!(:

    -SYG- says:

    Absolutely DELIGHTFUL to find a journal to PERSONALIZE … Thank you so much for your obvious love of creative creativity!

    emily says:

    i love making journals too, i have mostly made them as gifts. also i like the recycled piece of it. there is so much stuff in this world why make more out of brand new when you can reuse. would be happy to win but also appreciate seeing a different style. nice work!

    barbs says:

    this looks like a dream journal.  opens flat, clean pages and plenty of spaces to personalize.  would love to win it!

    Michelle in Wyoming says:

    I have never tried to do a journal. I am excited to try this art form.

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