Handmade Journal Giveaway

October 06, 2011, 15:59 pm  Posted by Lark

I confess, I’m an enthusiastic newbie to the wide world of TRAVEL. And I have found that one great way to treasure and revisit the memories from my trips is through the collection of my many moments through writings, photos, brochures and knick-knacks of the journey into an handmade journal. If you’ve ever tried compiling your travel mementos together into traditional journals before, you might relate to the design flaw I discovered in my own hand-bound journals.

Overstuffed. As you can see above in an old example, once I packed in the plethora of vacation mementos and photos, I ended up with ever-expanding, overstuffed mess. I finally gave up and cut whole signatures out to make room—a harsh solution for a valued journal. So, after my most recent travel adventures, I set out to make a journal that would have room to fit it all in.

Here’s my solution: I stitched signatures directly to the spine board which provided a fixed space between each one. There are only a few signatures and the width of the spine allows room for expansion. Plenty of room!

However, my old over stuffed journals still lacked a specific design element: available housing for my digital photos and videos. Who amongst us these days doesn’t have a digital camera in hand to document travel highlights? With this in mind I decided to add a disk holder in the back of the book so that the digital memories could be stored alongside the more tangible artifacts of my adventures. Tradition meets technology.

But wait, dear blog readers … I didn’t just make a journal for myself. I made this one to share with one lucky winner! Just leave a comment: tell me about a favorite vacation, how you store all your mementos or how you would make an ever-expanding journal.

To enter for a chance to win this handmade journal, please leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Monday, October 17th. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and notified by Thursday, October 20th.

Click here for the official rules <http://www.larkcrafts.com/craft-your-life/uncategorized/sweepstakesrules/.


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