Giveaway of Handmade Journals for You

September 13, 2010, 07:09 am  Posted by Lark

A dozen years ago I attended a class taught by Paulus Berensohn at Penland School of Crafts about making and keeping handmade journals. I’ve been making them ever since. During my time at Penland I picked up the classic bookbinding references Non-Adhesive Binding and its companion 1-2-&3-Section Sewings by Keith Smith, and they’ve been a huge source of inspiration ever since. As is the case with many artists and crafters, I often make far more journals than I would ever keep—so I give ‘em away all the time. Over my summer vacation I made journals for each of my Craft Your Life teammates, and still I had more! This is where you come in. I have six extra journals to give away to you: check out the video to see what they look like.

Making a blank journal is half the process. Filling the pages up with art, dreams, doodles, recipes, lyrics and poems is the real journey. Here at Lark Crafts we have wonderful books to accompany your artistic pursuits through the blank pages ahead. If you are interested in recycling the troves of paper that come through the mail and shopping cart, check out Eco Books by Terry Taylor for repurposing ideas.  Live & Learn: Real Life Journals by Gwen Diehn combines inventive book binding projects with plenty of examples of how to compose images and words into a truly personal journal. Painted Paper by Alisa Golden and Hand Lettering by Marci Donley & DeAnn Singh provide a wealth of visual inspiration for content too.

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I’m pleased to be giving away six of the journals I’ve made, in the hope recipients will enjoy them—and in the hope that some of you will be inspired to take up this craft yourself. To be entered for a chance to win one of the six journals we’re giving away, leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m EST on Monday, September 20. One winner for each book will be selected at random on Monday, September 27, and announced on Wednesday, September 29. Click here for the official rules.


92 Responses

    Christine says:

    My dreams are stamping in their stalls to be set free, in one of your beautiful journals. Giving away journals seems to be such immensely good karma, what fun ! thanks, Christine

    Anonymous says:

    Giving it away is the kindest possible gesture and will no doubt produce texts worthy of such deep thoughfulness. Thank you for this opportunity.

    robindreyer says:

    Hey, nice stars and beautiful books.

    Amy T says:

    Hmm. You make more journals than you can keep; I don’t have time to make them anymore. Sounds like a match made in Heaven to me!

    Janel says:

    I went to a book festival in Ann Arbor yesterday. Bought a teeny, tiny book brooch from a couple traveling the country in a gypsy wagon making miniature books! Seeing all of the handmade books and actually watching bookbinding in-progress made for a day full of oohs and aahs for me.

    Marsy says:

    I love handmade journals! They make even the most mundane notes and sketches seem better.

    Useful Books says:

    What wonderful journals! The trend toward journaling on actual paper in handmade books is telling in a day and age when electronic media is so pervasive. It gives us and future generations something to touch and hold. We need it!

    Rachel says:

    please enter me in your generous giveaway ! thanks !!!

    Profcnc says:

    Kristi, thanks for sharing the joy of handmade books through this giveaway.

    Cassie O. says:

    Your books look fantastic! Excellent work!

    Kristi says:

    I agree. One reason I love making journals is because it doesn’t involve looking at a computer screen. There is still no substitute (for me) for the feeling of turning a page, be it blank or otherwise.

    Melaniejaneb says:

    these are so beautiful.

    Fely says:

    Your books look beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

    Sharlyngp says:

    I have always wanted to make a journal(s), but have never made the time and don’t exactly know how to do it. For an upcoming trip, I have gathered some items that I’m hoping will enable me to do some journaling while I’m gone. I would love to be entered in your contest! Hopefully, seeing one of yours will give me the confidence I need to get started! Thanks!

    Beth says:

    as the happy recipient of one of Kristi’s handmade journals, I can attest to their wonderful beauty and craftsmanship! the six winners of this giveaway will be lucky folks, indeed :)

    Janet says:

    Winning one of these gorgeous journals would be just wonderful!! September is my birthday month so it would be the perfect way to celebrate.

    Ami says:

    I, too have a birthday in September and would love to receive one. I’m reading the “Stencil me in” book I just received as a present, and came to the website looking for some additional information.

    D Kinder says:

    I got a book on creative binding techniques from the local library a couple weeks ago. I haven’t had the time to try out any of them yet though because of family vacation time, but I’m looking forward to doing so very soon. Yours are all beautiful and inspiring.

    AVLvegan says:

    Handmade journals are one of my favorite things to buy, but my favorite journals always seem too fine for scribblings. If only I had 18th century penmanship instead of the typist’s scrawl (:

    Rachel says:

    These are beautiful keepsakes! Thank you for making them!

    Moira Richardson says:

    Wow! Those are beautiful! I just started art journaling, so would be THRILLED to win one of these journals. Hurray!

    Lynn says:

    I love handmade journals.

    Debbie says:

    I would love an opportunity to win one of these beautiful journals!

    Renai says:

    Beautiful journals!

    These are very beautiful books! Thanks so much for your generosity in offering these to readers here!

    Julie says:

    Wow, your journals are so nice! What a great give away!!

    Brett H says:

    Hello. This is a comment. This is a lame comment. Thanks for being awesome.

    Tanya says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway and I plan on trying journal making.. Until then i would love to win one of your lovely handmade journals for my sketchings

    Tamie says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win. It’s so nice of you to share your handmade craft.

    Mosaic magpie says:

    I would love to win one of your journals. Journals are great for all kinds of things, ideas for new projects, writing down your dreams, keep by the phone for notes.

    ChrissyD says:

    I love making lists. I write them and then i re-write them. I love crossing off things on my list. I LOVE journals, it’s where the list live. I can’t live without journals or lists!

    gerri newfry says:

    i’m a bookbinder too, but also a collector of handmade books. i’d love to add to my beloved basket of books.

    Melissa says:

    Your journals are beautiful and your generosity amazing. It would be an honor to mingle my creative endeavors — words and sketches — with yours.

    Rbloom says:

    I love handmade journals. I’ve been wanting to learn to make them myself. I will add it to my, have to learn list. These journals are lovely. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Cat K. says:

    I have a friend here in Asheville who is an archivist and teaches a journal-making class at Montreat most summers. I made one with her a couple of years ago, but I can never have enough journals. I have such a hard time filling them up, though, because I feel like the special ones ought to be dedicated to something equally special. They do make great gifts though.

    becky says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and the inspiration to get back into bookbinding!

    Lela boyd says:

    I LOVE THE JOURNALS!! If you see this comment HI KRISTI, it’s Layla, Ray’s daughter! Hope I win!!

    Celeste K says:

    Inspiring — I keep collecting elements for creativity— but they sit in boxes. Ready or not, it’s time to create!

    Jan says:

    Beautiful…would love to own one of your handmade journals.

    Clara says:

    Thanks so much for your generosity, Kristi. I’d love to be the recipient of one of your beautiful journals. I, too, took a book arts class at Penland and fell in love with bookmaking, although I never have enough time to indulge my addiction. I now have paper lust, ‘though, and have collected more gorgeous paper than I could ever possibly use.

    Carmen says:

    Thank for the video, images and give away.

    Dixdizzy says:

    I love journals of all shapes and sizes but I have a fear of messing them up with content. Silly girl.

    Shirley says:

    I have seen these journals and they are beautiful! Hope I can be a winner.

    Carol says:

    Hi Kristi, Your creativity is amazing and your journals are as beautiful as your paintings.
    Love from California.

    Sayraphim says:

    This journals are so beautiful! Journal muse – I’m going to set myself the task of making at least one this weekend. Thank you for the inspiration!

    Kaje says:

    Hmmmmm. A piece of (he)ART from K.P. herself?!?! Where do I sign up? Oh, wait . . . here. I am tossing in my beret, as it were, in hopes of being a winner, moreso than I already am, of course! They are (de)lightful, (de)lovely, and I am sure, (de)liscious!

    I learned how to make handmade books in high school so I totally appreciate the effort that goes into them. I still haven’t written in mine…so much pressure!

    Michelle says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! I’ve made one handmade journal years ago–it would be fun to take up the craft again.

    Kaje says:

    P.S. I like the one in slide 12, if I win!

    Custerlawsons says:

    Thanks for the lovely info on making handmade journals…I appreciate your attention to detail. It would be great to have a handmade sketch book for my pottery designs.

    Anonymous says:

    Those are beautiful journals and the detailing is amazing. I’ve never thought of creating my own journals despite that I tend to buy journals all the time. Maybe I should look into creating my own…

    Dee @ GoodChoiceReading says:

    Aw Yay! I love Journals and homemade ones are even better! Thanks!

    Dee @ Good Choice Reading

    Knittingmomof3 says:

    Your journals are absolutely beautiful and I would be thrilled to own any of them. I am keeping my finger crossed that I am one of the lucky six.

    knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

    Birdson says:

    I have never seen this craft & really love the idea, my girls R both into writing in their store bought :( journals can’t wait to hear them fight over who gets one of YOUR one of a kind originals .

    Tabitha says:

    Beautiful! I would love to win one! :D

    OOOHHH…very cool. THanks for this opportunity. I’ve been buying the composition books for my girls to write in and thought I should start writing down my random musings. Where better than in a pretty handmade journal!

    Soapboxinmymind at yahoo dot com

    Pau Funa says:

    WOW. They’re so pretty and so well-made! NICE! :)

    Robert Kirkpatrick says:

    Hey Kristi; Looks like you have hit the big time with your UTube video, Congratulations.
    Cousin Robert in TEXAS, B Cing U soon.

    RickMelby says:

    I love the show and tell! hopinghopinghoping that I can snag one of them. reallllllllly like the paste paper ones, wanting one especially for my wife, who is a journal junkie!

    Jane orford says:

    looks fantastic made for inspiration

    SyntheticGypsie says:

    Lovely journals! Thanks for being so generous with your many talents. Life’s brighter when you’re around!

    Susan Susanlambert says:

    they look wonderful. Handmade is the best! Susan Lambert

    RaccoonLdy says:

    There’s nothing quite like opening a new, handmade journal and spending hours thinking about what that first mark will be! Beautiful journals, and like everyone else, I would love to win one!

    holytoledo3 says:

    I love the journals and would love to own one myself. What you are doing with this giveaway is a very generous thing and it is much appreciated. I hope I’m lucky enough to be able to own one.

    Debpariseau says:

    What a talent you have!

    Kmroig says:

    never have enough journals…for lists, doodles, profound thoughts :-), quick drawings, watercolor, pastel, collage…well I told you I like lists!

    Karen says:

    Oooh, I’d love one! Fingers crossed!

    What a FABULOUS gift to win, THANK YOU for this chance!

    Karen Oland says:

    Great looking journals. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Cindycarawaybeadwork says:

    Fantastic! I love journals and blank books of all sorts and carry one with me everywhere :) These are beautiful –

    Sharon Driscoll says:

    These are wonderful! Now I can’t wait to go out and purchase a few bookbinding tomes – Thank You for the post.

    Erica says:

    So lovely. Would love to win one! :)

    Dhidey says:

    What a lucky discovery for me. I had never heard of larkcrafts until I saw you on someone’s twitter feed from tcce10. The books are beautiful and I would love to win one. Even if I don’t–I’ve become a fan

    marissamakes says:

    Your journals are so wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing those titles… I’ve always been interested in learning bookbinding, but never knew where to start. I hope that you have a lovely weekend!

    Scottichick says:

    Great Idea, very generous. Don’t you want to sell them?

    Virginia C~ says:

    Beautiful work (I know from making books for scrapping projects- it’s not easy)!

    Claudiamadridflores says:

    very cute looks very hard to do!

    Jim Carmin says:

    Lovely idea all around, and lovely work too. Thanks.

    Breiab says:

    I love the look of your journals. I have been trying my hand at making some. You can definitely never have enough journals.

    C. Wilson says:

    I am a journal addict. I love the crafting of these books, and thank you for offering them to us.

    Susan Spiers says:

    So many great ideas! Where do they all come from?

    Danajeanward says:

    Ooooh! I would love one of these!

    Meadowlarkgurl says:

    In the midst of being 47, expecting a first grandchild, being unemployed and my closest friend’s son being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, I believe it’s time to start journaling. Or beyond time. But I need to do something.


    donna robinson says:

    been out of town and missed this but they are great…would love to make some..Hope those that win are appreciative. donna Robinson

    donna robinson says:

    been out of town and missed this but they are great…would love to make some..Hope those that win are appreciative. donna Robinson

    Sarah says:

    Oh I’d love to win!!!

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