Wow —- “creatively enrich your life . . .”  That is one pretty tall order, but I truly believe it is not empty hype. As announced here, Journal Your Way is Lark’s new-in-paper edition of a previous volume in the Live & Learn series.

Lark's new paper edition of Journal Your Way

This new publication by Gwen Diehn shows how to design and construct a blank book that will fulfill your personal vision of a handmade journal, and in so doing, will inspire you to fill those pages with honest and intimate thoughts, warm memories, meaningful memorabilia, funny sketches, doodles, and creative drawings. In this way, journaling becomes a personal adventure that you can’t wait to begin and continue.

Utilize the artist in you by painting on pages with watercolor.



And while I’m talking about the adventure of journaling, let me offer to expand the experience—at a cost you’re going to like. Lark is presenting the chance to win not one, but THREE books that will enhance your journaling insight and bookmaking abilities.

In addition to Journal Your Way, one lucky reader will also win a copy of The Complete Decorated Journal (also by Gwen Diehn) and Journal It! by Jenny Doh. That’s one winner; three books—a trifecta!





Here’s how to enter for a chance to win all three books: leave a one-sentence journal entry in the comments to this blog post. For instance, my comment might be something like, “Today I wrote a terrific blog article on the Lark Crafts website that I hope will generate a high number of responses.” Leave your comment/entry by 11:59 EST on Sunday, September 22nd. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and contacted Monday, September 23rd.

The lucky winner of the three journaling books, selected by random drawing, is Meredith Helgeson. Congratulations, Meredith!














The Complete Decorated Journal is an outstanding source for ideas and techniques to produce bindings and layouts as well as unique-looking pages, while Journal It! includes a number of mixed-media embellishments for creating your journal. Together, along with Journal Your Way, these three volumes present a master class about creative bookmaking and self-expression through journaling.

Good luck and happy journaling!


23 Responses

    Kristin says:

    “Today I entered a contest on the Lark Crafts blog in the hopes that I might win some books and be motivated with my journaling again.” :) I already own The Complete Decorated Journal and it’s the most inspiring journal book I’ve ever read…and it’s one of those rare craft books that you can actually read cover to cover and enjoy.

    Jonee says:

    My journal entries seem to fall short of what I really want to say so I would appreciate some inspiring direction.

    Cheryl Scaccio says:

    Spent the day being immersed in art!

    Anonymous says:

    Today I saw an inspiring book to help me journal better! I hope I win all three of them.

    Meredith Helgeson says:

    Today I walked and took some great photos that I can now journal about

    Sharon says:

    Journaling inspiration would be great. I thought it would be nice to leave a journal for each one of my children for “someday”.

    Rhonda Desgranges says:

    Today, I might be in luck. My poor journaling practices may be turning around; especially if I win the three books from Lark Crafts. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Anonymous says:

    Here we are, starting off a brand-new day, with a chance for me to win some great journals from Lark Craft. Maybe today will be a good one!

    Shawn says:

    This morning I awoke to my lovable granddaughter calling for “mi-mi” on the other side of my bedroom door, it’s a beautiful day.

    Daisy says:

    Today I’m daydreaming about getting back to journaling again once I get this cast off my wrist and can write properly again.

    Melissa Ward says:

    My journaling has become visually boring and I’m looking for inspiration!! Thank you for your generous giveaway.

    stephanie merk says:

    Composition of the day: delicious meal, great conversation and potato stamping!

    Julie Flando says:

    Today: a little watercolor for my blog, kids at school (yipee), seeking new inspiration and new techniques as I watch the sunset out the window at my library job… beautiful day!

    Tanya McGuire says:

    I have not had a chance to play in my journal all week. What motivation three new books would be. Thank you for the chance to win.

    Anita says:

    Today I made an entry in a contest to win three amazing book on journals at the Lark Crafts site.

    Carmen N says:

    Today my family attended church, had a late breakfast, I got to play with my little one in the craft room and now I’m watching a good football game while our toddler naps.

    Cece says:

    Taking time to see what is here and what is there and imagining it all in a journal

    Anonymous says:

    I love Gwen Dien’s books and art! “The Complete Decorated Journal” is my desert island journaling book. If I *had* to give away all of my journaling books (though I hate even thinking about that – I love my books) that is the one I’d keep! If I had won I would have given away the new copy of “Complete” to someone I know will read it and enjoy it, pay it forward style. The other two I’d keep for myself, happily! (I’m going to go order “Journal Your Way” – I’ve waited far too long with it on my wish list!)
    [Edited when I realized the contest was already closed - Oops]

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    I wanted to have a journal of daily life

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