Ellie Claire Art Journal Review

I was recently asked if I would like to be part of the Ellie Claire Art Journal blog tour … and of course I said “Yes!”. 

I was sent these three beautiful art journals to review, and while I am delighted with them all (who wouldn’t love combining art and faith?!), the Illuminate Your Story Journal was by far my favorite. It’s hard to express on a blog how truly enchanting these journals are, but I thought I would try to give a few key points of each one.

Unfortunately, I was not able to get any photos of my own before this post, so you can’t see it in the picture above very well, but each of these journals are very textured, and feel wonderful to the touch. If you are not a book lover, this may sound a bit strange, but for those of you who are not only visual but textile creatures, I am sure you will understand exactly what I mean.

Ok, let’s get started, shall we?

Illuminate Your Story Description:

Learn to create your own beautiful illuminated letters with this how-to journal.

Use the almost-lost art of illuminating letters to enhance your writing, Bible journaling, or sermon note-taking. Rich illustrated manuscripts in the Museum of the Bible’s collection inspired these gorgeous letters. Easy to follow instructions, practice pages, and encouragements guide you through the creation of amazing start letters, flourishes, and more.

My Thoughts:

While the Illuminate Your Story Journal may not be as colorful or fancy on the outside, the inside of this journal is full of wonderfully detailed guides on how to create beautiful lettering!

It is a hardback journal that includes a satin ribbon bookmark, an elastic pen loop and elastic band to keep the journal closed, along with a keepsake pocket in the back to store your personal notes or memories.

The outside is textured, embossed, and has gold foil details, so while the image here may make it look fairly plain, it really is a lovely journal. If you have an artist in your family that loves to journal, this would be a great gift!

 

Faith & Lettering Description:

New from professional letterer Krystal Whitten!

With guides, instructions, and tutorials, this is a fun and inspiring way to create beauty with words. It is the perfect place for journalers to practice Bible journaling, lettering quotes and verses, or decorating a page with original thoughts and plans.

Exploring your God-given creativity has never been so rewarding.

My Thoughts:

The Faith & Lettering Journal is bright and colorful on the outside. This is also a hardback, with texture, embossing, gold foil details, and a pen loop. I love the colors that adorn it, and it makes me happy just to look at it.

While I didn’t feel this journal was as detailed as the Illuminate Your Story Journal, it does have some fun guides to follow for lettering, banners, etc. I think for me though, there was too much blank space (pages with just dots or grids).  I do realize that these are practice pages, but it would have been nice to have more examples, and less blank space. It would still make a fabulous gift for the artist in your life!

The Illustrated Word Description:

Create your own masterpiece with this journal that has forty glorious illustrations from ancient manuscripts that have been recreated as line drawings.

Just as medieval monks brought Scripture to life through intricate inked illustrations in handwritten manuscripts hundreds of years ago, you can now create your own stunning keepsake that will be treasured for years to come.

My Thoughts:

Again, a gorgeous hardback journal with texture, embossing, and gold foil details. (Have I mentioned yet how stunning these are? )

The Illustrated Word Journal is more of a “normal” journal, with lots of lined pages. Interspersed throughout are coloring pages for you to enjoy … much like the outside cover shows.

This journal would be more for the artist that likes to color, but is not so much interested in learning how to do lettering or hand drawn images. This gives the ability to journal as normal, but add a little color to your pages with ease.

I am so grateful to have been a part of this blog tour, and I want to thank Ellie Claire for including me!

Now, how about sharing this with someone you think might enjoy one of these awesome journals?

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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