Spotlight on Ink and Page Journals High-Quality Printables

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One of my favorite Etsy shops is Ink and Page. They focus on

journals and stationery. I love the artistic style of their journal kits, and every time there is a new kit, I go crazy!

Recently I made a gothic journal for my granddaughter using various kits from this shop. The journal turned out beautifully, and my granddaughter was thrilled with her journal.

  1. Shop Overview

    • Ink and Page has over 25,000 sales on Etsy and is a Star Seller, which means that they answer messages from customers quickly, and have lots of positive reviews.

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  3. Warning!

    • Their printables are so beautiful that you may become addicted (like me) and start collecting them, just for the fun of it!
Happy crafting!

Ballet Animals Watercolor Clipart


These are the most adorable little ballet animals, done in watercolors,
in a set of clipart made by Jen Digital Art at Etsy. So much fun for
all of your paper crafts such as journals, planners, scrapbooks and more.
Or use them for pretty party invitations and greeting cards.

Organizing Lace Samples for Shabby Chic Crafts

Here's a pretty way to organize your laces & trims using a rolodex or memorydex.
I got the cards from Shabby Art Boutique. This is the set that includes the cards.

Gothic Journal Using Kits from Ink & Page

Here is a gorgeous journal that I made for my granddaughter, for Christmas. She loves the gothic style, so when I asked her if she would like a gothic journal, she was like YESSSSS!!! I hope she will love it. Have a look at this short video, to see how it turned out...

I used the following kits from Ink & Page:

Gothic Garden, Haunted Library, Poison Garden,
Midnight Gothic & Wraithwood Manor, but
there are LOTS MORE you can choose from!

Bullet Journaling Classes - an Honest Review

So, you love the idea of doing a bullet journal, but maybe you are a little intimidated about some parts. Maybe you are asking yourself how to bullet journal, or what supplies are needed for bullet journaling, and so on. In order to help you out, today I'm reviewing a few classes on bullet journaling in order to help you save some time!

These classes are from Creative Fabrica, and you can get one month of full access for only $1 with my special link. If you already have a CF subscription with full access, the classes are included at no extra cost!

Doodle Practice for Fine Motor Skills

Today's Doodle

I love to doodle, but I would really like to fill in a bigger design with small doodles. I often find it hard to come up with a big design on my own, so I printed out these coloring pages and filled one in with smaller patterns. It's relaxing, and it's great practice for both my hand and my eyes. I might color it in sometime, when I'm bored, or I might cut it into smaller pieces to use in my art journal, but for now I'll just keep it in my sketch book.

I started with one of these, and filled it in with small doodle
patterns instead of coloring it. I used a 0.3 fineliner in black.

Mixed Media Collage for Beginners


Abstract Mixed Media Collages on Index Cards
by Marcy Coate

Lately I've been really enamored with abstract mixed media that is done on a collage background. There are lots of them on Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube, and I've been trying with a few, but just so frustrated. I could never get the background to turn out like anything except a muddy mess. 

However, the other day I was downloading something or other from Creative Fabrica, and I came across this shop that is full of beautiful collaged backgrounds in all different color palettes. So I thought...wait a minute! You could print those out on plain white cardstock and do your mixed media stuff on top of that!

So I tried it, and the photo above is the result. I printed the backgrounds 4 to a page so that they are about the size of index cards. Then I went crazy with my acrylic markers, Sharpie markers, water soluble pastel crayons and some watered down white acrylic paint for the splatters. I'm so pleased with the result.

At first I was a little timid, making small marks, but then I decided to make some bigger, really odd shapes to just experiment. After all, if it didn't turn out the way I wanted I could always print out the backgrounds again and start over. I's just paper!

I feel like the artist in me has finally been liberated! Stay tuned for a YouTube video where I'll show you some of the techniques that I am using.

The Benefits of Journaling

I love journaling. I enjoy writing in my journals just as much as I enjoy making them. Sometimes people ask me what to journal about, so I thought I'd try to answer that question in a blog post, and also list some of the benefits of keeping a journal.

To start off, here is a quote from "Journaling has been scientifically proven to speed healing, increase productivity, reduce stress, anxiety and depression, AND improve creativity."

Have you ever tried journaling? I have, and I can say that I do agree with that quote.

Journaling can have benefits for anyone, at any stage of life. For centuries, people from many different cultures and periods in history have turned to journals as trusted friends. Reflecting on daily experiences, relationships, and personal values can be a great way to help you get in touch with your thoughts and feelings.

Isaac Watts, in his book Improvement of the Mind (free download from The Library of Congress) said, "Once a day, especially in the early years of life and study, call yourselves to an account what new ideas, what new proposition or truth you have gained, what further confirmation of known truths, and what advances you have made in any part of knowledge. ”

Lorraine Nilon, in her book Spirituality, Evolution and Awakened Consciousness, wrote "Contemplation cultivates an inner connection, an awareness of yourself. I don’t mean your emotional self; I mean the part of you hidden beneath your emotional baggage — your soul’s consciousness.”

Anne Frank, whose diary is perhaps the most well known, in modern times, wrote,“I can shake off everything if I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn,” 

Journals offer a safe space to express difficult emotions, making it easier to work through distressing thoughts that you might not be ready to share out loud.

So, I thought I'd start off with a few lists. 

Different types of journals:

  • plain writing journal (aka diary)
  • art journal
  • bullet journal
  • junk journal, which is often a handmade journal made from actual junk papers, or an altered book whose pages have been prepared so that they can be written on, or you can use digital kits that you print out on your home or office printer, and then use a simple binding method to put the pages together and then use the booklet as a journal

If you are interested in printable kits, I have some freebies at one of my blogs (click here) then click on the "Freebies" tab in the top menu bar. You can also see some examples of different journals that I have made on my YouTube channel.

Here are some reasons you should journal:

  • to calm yourself
  • to write positive affirmations (or do what they call "manifesting")
  • to focus on one particular thing or goal
  • working through any type of loss - such as a grief journal
  • to emphasize the importance of certain things you want to remember
  • or any other specific purpose that you feel is important to you

What should I write about?

You might like to start off with what is called a "brain dump" - just let it all out. Or maybe do your own version of a brain storm - jot down all the ideas that come to you, without trying to evaluate them or put them in order - you can go back later and do it.

You can journal about spiritual topics that you want to focus on, or do a written style of meditation.

You can write down Bible verses or prayers.

Another thing that I like to do is to write down quotes that I want to remember, or copy out my favorite poems to read later.

You can also write a list of things that you are thankful for. This is great for getting your focus off of your problems and onto the positive things that are already a part of your life.

What styles of journaling can I do?

It can be reflective or analytic. You might even try writing a conversation between your heart and your head, or between two or more fictional characters who represent different points of view that you want to consider. Or like I said before when I was talking about the "brain dump"... write it all down - everything goes - just get it all out. You can deal with the individual pieces later on.

These are just some of my thoughts and ideas - if you'd like to get more input from other journaling fans, here are some resources for you:

Podcasts about journaling:
in particular I recommend episode 61: The Power of Journaling. and episode 64: Why You Need to Count Your Blessings
An interview with author Katie Dalebout, writer of Let It Out: A Journey Through Journaling also has several podcasts that I like:

Journaling to Create Calm with Marni Amsellem, Ph.D.

Six Ways to Use Journaling to Access Heart Intelligence with Sheva Carr

Discover Legacy Journaling with Merle Saferstein

Breathing in Full Sentences: Journal Writing as a Spiritual Practice with Christina Baldwin

Journaling: Relief for Anxiety and Depression with Maud Purcell

Books about journaling

OK, I have not read any of these books, but they all are top recommendations at

The Miracle of the Morning Pages Journal by Julia Cameron

Let It Out: A Journey Through Journaling by Katie Dalebout

The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

No Excuses Art Journaling: Making Time for Creativity by Gina Rossi Armfield

The 52 Lists Project by Moorea Seal

Writing Prompts for Adults: 365 Days of Journal Writing Ideas, Self-discovery Questions, Daily Reflections to Find Direction, Boost Creativity and Discover Who You Are

Places to get journaling prompts: (ideas for things to journal about) - 64 Journaling Prompts for Self Discovery
or use your favorite search engine and search for "journaling prompts"

Make Ephemera by Tracing Pieces from Other Kits

Sometimes you might want ephemera to match journal kits that don't include enough pieces. No problem! Just trace pieces from another kit onto printed cardstock to match the journal that you're making.

Here are examples that I made using a corner pocket and a rectangular pocket from my Vintage Sewing Journal freebies, available in my Facebook group.

Place the ephemera pieces on your printed cardstock.
Trace the outer edges with pencil.

Cut out the new ephemera pieces.

Mark the placement of any fold lines onto the new ephemera,
to help you when you are making flaps that fold under.

Fold the flaps over the edge of a ruler, and then
flatten them firmly with a bone folder. You can
also use the handle of a butter knife, to do this.

Put a little bit of white glue on the flaps and
place them on the page of your journal where
you want them. Decorate according to your
journal's theme and your own personal taste.

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