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Friday, November 16, 2018

Ellie Clair Journals Review #ellieclairegifts #journaling#handlettering

I have always encouraged my kids to keep an art or writing journal. Some of them have kept the habit up for years and years and some of them never write in one. Ellie Claire has three new beautiful journals out that would make wonderful gifts for your loved ones that like to draw, write, or color. And they may inspire some people to start keeping a journal even if they never have. We received all three journals and they are all hardbound and very pretty. The binding is a bit different and makes these journals more unique. The spine is a thick fabric with the front and back has embossed hardboard covers. All three journals will lay completely flat to make writing and lettering easier. The paper is very high quality and will not bleed through.

The Illustrated Word is an illuminated Bible coloring journal. The cover is embossed vine design. It has lined pages for journaling with a colored image in the corner. It has coloring pages of images and some of them are just squiggles. There are also some that contain a scripture with its reference.

The Faith & Lettering Journal comes in a floral and pink cover. The added eyelets and fabric piece on the side makes it look like a scrapbook and it can also hold your pens. This journal was created by Krystal Whitten a graphic design artist who has a passion for hand lettering. She hopes this journal will inspire you to reignite your devotional time and help you imprint Scripture on your heart. Krystal is also the creator of The Lettering Prayer Journal and wants you to slow down and make time to focus on Scripture.

This journal is a little different than most I've seen. It has pages for hand-lettering practice, Bible journaling, sermon sketch note-taking, and places to just write. Some of these pages are lined, some have a faint grid or dots to help you perfect your writing. Words of encouragement, thanksgiving, and Scripture are throughout the journal allowing you to copy the hand-lettering the exact same way.

Illuminate Your Story Journal is also hardbound with a fabric spine with added eyelets and fabric to make it very attractive and to hold your pens. This one also has an elastic ribbon coming out of the back cover to wrap around the front cover to keep it closed. The simple lettering design of the cover gives the journal a peaceful feel.  I was surprised to find the History of Illuminating Letters in the front. There is also an article on The Process and a list of supplies needed to create your own lettering. This journal has pages divided into blocks to teach you how to create letters. There are letters to copy, a design to add to them, and graphics, vines, and squiggles to intertwine each letter. There are also some pages set up the same way but you draw birds, flowers, and squiggles. Lined journal pages are throughout the book and they each have a quote on the top.

When we were asked if we would like to review the new Ellie Claire journals we were given the option to of any of them or all three. I decided to take all three partly because I wouldn't be able to decide which one to get and I'm glad I did. They all far exceeded my expectations and my girls were already claiming the one they wanted as soon as we opened the package.

Journals always make for great presents for people who love to write, but these journals would also make a great gift for people that don't already journal often. The designs and variety of pages are not as overwhelming as a blank journal. People who already journal will love to practice their lettering and fill these pages with their thoughts.

Disclaimer: I received three journals free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.

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