Journaling has been a part of my life since the sixth grade. I started out writing about my friends and my daily activities and as the years progressed, I found myself writing about my hopes and dreams for the future. I cherish the time I spend writing in my journals, and I love to sit back and read through old journals. It is amazing how many things I hoped and dreamed about that have actually come to fruition.
We recently received 3 different Ellie Claire Art Journals to review. We received the Faith & Lettering Journal, the Illuminate Your Story Journal, and the Illustrated Word Coloring Journal. All three of these journals are beautifully made. Designs are embossed into these hardback books and the illustrations inside are so cute too.
The Faith & Lettering book has a pencil/pen loop on the spine so you can always ensure you have a much-needed writing utensil. The book has an introduction which includes a how-to use the book section. Blank lined and dotted pages are inter-mixed with Bible verses and pictures. I have found that I get inspiration to write from the different verses. Also included is an area to learn how to draw some of the designs. They have the design, a place to trace the design, and two practice areas for the design. It is such a cool idea! The pages are heavier than standard copy paper, and my gel pens do not bleed through. (Sharpie markers will be visible on the reverse) This book is an ideal size and it is one of my favorites!
The Illuminate Your Story journal also has the pencil/pen loop, along with a built-in bookmark and an elastic strap to keep the book closed. An introduction and a how-to section are also included in the journal. One thing I really liked is the history that is included. It tells you about the periods of time that different lettering and decorating were used. There are blank, lined pages as well as pages for you to learn to draw the different styles of letters and other images. Some of the lettering is HARD to learn to do, without a lot of practice. The paper is much like the other journals, and I suggest you stay away from using Sharpie pens that will bleed. Inside the back cover, you will discover a keepsakes folder. I am putting my practice letters in that folder. This book is smaller than the other two books. It is just a little larger than my iPad mini.
The Illustrated Word is the final journal we received. It is about the same size as the Faith & Lettering Journal. My 20-year-old daughter, Kat reviewed this book. This is what she has to say about it. Coloring pages are intermixed with the lined pages so you can color and write your thoughts as you go. The paper is stronger than standard copy paper, but markers will bleed through it. Colored pencils and gel pens work great and look wonderful! The coloring pages include Bible verses and are really nice. Some of the pages have pictures of paintings and manuscripts that are hundreds of years old. This book is very relaxing and is perfect for the colorist in your life.
We send a huge thank you to Worthy Publishing and Ellie Claire Gifts for sending these beautiful journals. They have been such a blessing to both Kat and me. You can follow Ellie Claire Gifts on Instagram by clicking here.