Repurposed Art / Sketchbook / Mixed Media Journals
These journals are perfect for aspiring creatives and seasoned artists alike. Guaranteed to spark your imagination, capture the muse, and be a unique creative experience.
Did you know that approximately 320 million books end up in landfills every year? The majority of these books are challenging to recycle due to the glue used in their binding. I repurpose old, damaged, and discarded books into beautiful, one-of-a-kind journals. Creating journals from these books is a sustainable solution to minimize book waste and give these forgotten books a second life. The result is a unique piece that not only serves a practical purpose but also adds a touch of nostalgia and creativity to everyday life.
What sets my handmade journals apart is the wide variety of materials I incorporate into each piece. When I go out searching for treasures in disguise, I always come across new and unique items. Old maps, book pages, feed sacks, and even vintage love letters have found their way into these enchanting journals. The result is a visually captivating creation that takes you on an adventurous journey with every pages turn. For those who prefer a more traditional aesthetic, I also offer journals with lined, tea-stained, or watercolor paper.
As a commitment to sustainability, every part of the book is either reused, repurposed, or recycled. The pages that are not used in journals are shredded into tiny pieces and added to the soil in a small farm in west Texas. This not only reduces book waste but also enriches the limited clay soil, preparing it for a future garden. I hope my project serves as a reminder that every little effort we make can have a significant impact on our environment.
Reinventing these books is a way to breathe new life into forgotten treasures of the past, and to find beauty in the damaged and discarded.
By supporting my project, you’ll contribute to reducing book waste, promoting environmental sustainability, and adding a touch of literary charm to your life.
Each journal is unique. Many of the pages have prints or marks from their previous life to help you jump-start your creativity.
The intimidation of a new sketchbook can be paralyzing. My journals welcome you to create. When you pick it up it instantly feels comfortable. They already have a story in them just waiting for you to help it become realized. There is so much room to create and each page will spark your imagination.
They are meant to be used. Please don’t sit this on the bookshelf or coffee table and forget about it. They will only become more beautiful with your marks. Need help starting? My page Journal Prompts may help.
These perfectly imperfect journals will unlock your creativity and take you on your own unique journey. I invite you to find a special place where you can begin or continue your own story.
Unlock your creativity with this one-of-a-kind handmade journal.
To learn more about my repurposing project, donate materials, request a custom journal, or see what’s currently available, I can be found at the Dallas Farmers Market most weekends.
The first of every month I post a handful of journals online to sell. They are a random selection of journals. Some may have Watercolor Paper, Lined Pages, Tea Stained Pages, Canvas Pages, and the ones I like to call Adventurous which all the pages are different. There may be repurposed Hardback Book Journals, reclaimed Turkish Rug Journals, reclaimed leather journals or journals made of things I haven’t thought of yet.
Bags of Inspiration
Each bag of inspiration is thoughtfully gathered and put together by me. Items in this set include new, used, and found items. Some items are quite old so there might be small tears, marks and stains, and fragile paper.
I love aged paper and the characteristics that come with each one. Use these pieces as inspiration or a starting point for your art. Cut, tear, paste, sew, staple, paint, draw, the list is endless of possibilities.
Each package is completely different. Items may include book pages, playing cards, items from previous projects, sheet music, maps, tracing paper, canvas, watercolor paper, feathers, tags, envelopes, vintage lace, ribbon, trinkets, and other random curiosities
The packet is approximately 7.5″ tall and 5″ wide and jam-packed with fun stuff.