Mini Journals!

Mini Journals!

I have been enjoying making the large journals, but felt there was a need for mini journals as well. I find I am often waiting in places without internet access so these little notebooks offer an easy place to make notes, sketches, lists, or keep size or color information handy – whatever you need!

The journals have smooth paper pages and are a neat 4.5″ tall by 3.5″ wide, by about ¾” thick, and have an elastic cord closure so your journal doesn’t fall open in your bag. To make the closure more interesting I raided my button box to find coordinating buttons to add to the elastic. Many of these buttons date back to the 1960s or beyond, and are the extra buttons from sewing projects carried out by my grandmother, mother, and later me. You may get a button from my mum’s winter coat or cardigan, or one from my school uniform dress – whatever it is, hopefully it will make you smile when you see it!

As with the large journals i have created the cover designs digitally, then had them printed by Spoonflower. I have created quite a few bright floral designs plus calmer ones using color blocks or abstract designs so there are a wide range of cover options.

honesty mini journal This mini journal has an orange leaf design and a mother of pearl button on the closure. Each book has 160 pages sewn into four groups or signatures. Each journal comes with four metal charms on paperclips that you can move to identify a page so you can easily find it again.honesty mini journal page edges

 

 

 

 

 

teal mini journal full coverteal mini journalThis journal has a more abstract design which is a slightly rusted orange and teal on the front, changing to a royal blue on the back cover.

 

If you could use a little journal – or know someone who would love one as a Christmas present, please visit my Etsy shop!

The Unboxing Phenomenon

The Unboxing Phenomenon

I might not spend too much time on Instagram or YouTube, but I am still aware of the phenomenon of videoing the opening of a box. Since these journals are probably going to be given as gifts, I wanted to make the experience of unwrapping them something to anticipate and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

It was surprisingly difficult to find a deep, rectangular box to use, however I persisted and found these corrugated card boxes with a fold down lid. The journals nestle neatly inside the box, on a bed of shredded paper to keep them safe in transit. The journal is then wrapped in tissue paper and sealed with a sticker saying, “Handmade with Love”.

 

 

 

 

It still seemed a little too predictable, so as a final flourish I wrote a welcome note to the new journal owner, with suggestions for ways to use the journal. The letter is signed by me, then sealed with gold wax and stamped with a bee symbol. There will be a layer of plastic to keep the boxed journal safe from the rain while in transit, but I am hoping the recipients of these journals will enjoy the experience of unwrapping them.