For as long as I can remember, my Grandmother kept a diary. Now that she is no longer with us, these journals of her days are family treasures. There is rarely anything extraordinary in these diaries, rather just a simple record of her days, from who visited or called on the phone to the weather. Each entry is heartwarming, and I hope to someday have a record like this to share with my family. The “Illuminate Your Story Journal” is a beautiful way to start journaling and perhaps create something that I can pass down to my children.
The journal is beautiful from cover to cover. The hardcover journal has a cloth binding and measures 6.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches. I love this size for drawing and journaling. Each page is large enough to write down your thoughts for the day without feeling overwhelming.
There is an elastic pen loop on the spine to store your favourite pen. I love that the spine opens completely to lay flat while I am writing. There is also an elastic closure to keep your journal closed and a ribbon marker to help you keep your place.
The journaling pages are lined and there is an inspirational quote at the top. I love these quotes for those days where words just don’t flow easily because it gives me something to reflect on. The paper is heavy, and non-bleed which is important when using markers and pens, especially for left-handed people like me.
My favourite part of the “Illuminate Your Story Journal” is the lettering. I love to collect fonts on my computer, and I am so excited to learn how to create my own letterings. There are examples for each letter of the alphabet, and some letters have two variations.
Each example has a step-by-step visual and written instruction to guide you through creating amazing letters. Each letter starts with the simplest shapes and continues to add more detail to create a beautiful letter.
I used a plain sheet of paper to begin my lettering practice because I was reluctant to make the pages in my book appear messy. After struggling to get the right dimensions for my letter, I realized how important the graph paper was to help keep the proportions of each letter correct. Next time I will practice directly in the book and use the graph paper to help me with my size. I love how there is really no ‘right or wrong’ way to create your letter. Once the basic shape is in place, you can add your favourite details and flourishes.
Taking the time to focus on a letter helps get me into the mindset to write. It is like a meditation tool that helps me to get into a reflective mindset. When I draw, I block out all external distractions and focus on the task at hand. When I have completed my letter, I feel calm and ready to write.
In addition to the lettering instructions, the book covers the “History of Illuminated Letters”. This is very interesting to read through to understand the various styles of letters in the book.
My favourite feature of the journal is the “Keepsakes” folder inside the back cover. It is a place to store your treasures like handwritten notes or favourite photos. I love to store the special notes and pictures that my children give me in the folder.
The “Illuminate Your Story Journal” is a beautiful journal that will be cherished throughout generations.
Get your copy on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. The “Illuminate Your Story Journal” Is the perfect companion to the “Faith and Lettering Journal” and “The Illustrated Word – An Illuminated Bible Coloring Journal“.
* Disclosure: I received a complimentary “Illuminate Your Story Journal” through Worthy Publishing in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.
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