Illustrated Travel Journal

Illustrated Travel Journal

Inside the Journal

Inside the Journal
This illustrated journal is of a study tour to Israel in 2012. Join in the journey to biblical sites and learn some of Israel's amazing history. Immerse yourself in page after page of watercolor sketches, handwritten text, even illustrated recipes, maps and study notes of biblical teachings. The artist freely shares her thoughts as she walks the Land. Each artist book is carefully handbound in premium leather, wrapped with an attached braided cord. This is a special limited edition of 200 journals, each bound, signed and numbered by the artist.

Illustrated Travel Journal - $125.00

Illustrated Travel Journal - $125.00

8 Blank Note Cards & Envelopes - Set A

8 Blank Note Cards & Envelopes - Set A
Images of Set A

Set A - Note Cards (Set of 8) $12.00

8 Blank Note Cards & Envelopes - Set B

8 Blank Note Cards & Envelopes - Set B
Images of Set B

Set B - Note Cards (Set of 8) $12.00

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Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

A portion of each sale goes toward sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ globally and training others in the study of God's Word.

A sincere thank you for each purchase.



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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Thank you!

My stockpile is fast dwindling as journal after journal makes its way to people all over the United States. It has been great to hear from many of you. I am making more and so thankful for your business and your friendships. Perhaps this one is on its way to you!

I would love to hear from you in the comment section.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Studio on This Snowy Saturday

Here is a peek into the studio today. I'm anticipating a great Saturday.  Out the window snow is falling, a little acoustical guitar sets the mood and an enjoyable task at hand. Ahhh......

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Israel Journal Update: The leather is here and book binding is underway.

Oh, the smell of leather! It summons me back to endless days in childhood, riding my horse through wooded trails and along back country roads. The clip-clop of her hooves, birdsong and the creak of saddle leather filled many joyous days. These days frequently come to mind with rolls of leather in my studio. I wish you could be here to enjoy it with me. These are delightful days in my basement studio with wintery winds blowing outside and a toasty fire in the little fireplace. The crafting of an Israel Journal begins with premium Horween cowhides. Yes, entire sides of hides. Since they are from an actual animal, there are occasional scrapes, scratches, and holes to work around as I make the cuts. In my case I measure multiple times and say a prayer before a rotary blade touches this leather. So far, so good....

After carefully measuring and cutting to cover size I end up with a stack like this. I then will strategically punch holes along the spine area for sewing and other holes to keep the journal safely enclosed when not in use.

Each page of text and watercolor has been individually torn to size, folded, stacked in 3 page signature groups, the spines of each pierced with carefully measured holes so that the signatures can be hand sewn to the leather covers. Here I am applying the endsheets to the fist and last signatures. The endsheets host the names of random locations we visited while in The Land. 

Following this, it is time to sew the text block (the folded and stacked signature pages) to the leather cover.

I love this stage! A few are nearing completion. Just a few more steps in the process....

...and then I must build piles!! 

As the stash increases, I will update concerning the finishing touches on the journal and a way for you to purchase, should you desire. Thank you so much for your interest in this project. Many of you send encouraging emails and phone calls. My prayer has always been that this will be used to the Lord's glory and to honor His holy name. May it be a sweet smelling sacrifice. I would love to hear from you, please feel free to leave a comment in the comment section of this blog.

Hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving and may your Christmas season be blessed with family, friends, laughter and most of all with the One whom it is all about.

     "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
       For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people,
       And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
       In the house of David His servant --
       ......To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies,
       Might serve Him without fear,
       In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days....
                                                                              Luke 2:67-69, 74-75

Blessings to you all,

Friday, October 3, 2014


Oh my! On the drawing board today (quite literally)....choosing leather for the cover of the Israel Travel Journal. The leather is luscious. The fragrance is rich.

This is amazing leather and I can't wait to see how the finished product will look.

Meanwhile I have been tearing pages day in and day out. Each little section you see here represents one journal. There are 32 per box in this picture, plus another box partially filled, over 100 copies so far..... But what am I doing sitting here at the computer, I have more work to do!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

It's home!!

Guess who is home? After 5 hours on the road and a heavy load for my midsized car, the little art book has arrived safely home. Though it is all just sheets of paper now, it will become a book very soon. My sweet husband unloaded the car, packed the boxes of printed pages in our Polaris and backed up to my basement studio...

It was a pretty heavy load.
All laid out on our basement kitchen counter. (The little kitchen too, is a work in progress, as you can see)
It seems weird, but these stacks of boxed-up pages are so exciting to see. It represents hour upon hour of work, but it is one step closer to the finished product.

In the midst of all the hub-bub we had a couple of twins dressing up for the 4th birthday of their precious cousin. They are pretty excited to get to that party, fairy wings and all!

Hummm, how did these pictures get in here anyway?

Meanwhile downstairs in the studio, I have been tearing pages. Page after page after page. Yeah, its a lot of work, A LOT of work, but how else does one get those lovely torn edges?
Studio set up.

Tearing the pages includes ripping off the unwanted white
margin of each side of each sheet of paper.  Like this....
.....and this.....
....and finally THIS!

I end up with a lot of this!

And finally get this! Stacks of book block waiting for folding and binding....
but that is another post for another time.

You may be wondering what the finished project will look like. What is the cover to be? Well, stay tuned in to this little blog....

Friday, August 15, 2014

Summer in the Studio

Today I sit in my studio and a cool breeze blows. It is an uncommon, yet so lovely, coolish August in Michigan. Typically the pond is low at this time of year, the grass a rain-starved brown, the heat and haze of hot summer prevailing. Not so today. It is mid-70's, refreshing and energizing. The proof copies wait at the printers, and I wait for word from them.

A couple views of the proofs.

As I wait, I have still been productive. See those stacks of folded papers in the background? Those are 2009 Israel Journal "cast offs" that I have been using to make prototypes for the 2012 Israel Journal.   My first choice has always been a leather cover, which seems natural for a travel journal, don't you think? So, using left-overs and cast-offs, and some leather I had purchased a couple of years ago, I have begun playing with construction design for the new journal. Here is what I have come up with so far:
The dark thread (third from the top) just arrived yesterday, and is what I had in mind all along. I like it. New leather samples should be here any day now. All this behind-the-scenes stuff is pretty exciting in my little 40 acres piece of woods! (And the luscious smell of leather doesn't hurt either.)
One more thing I haven't mentioned yet. There will also be notecards, for those who still send wonderful little notes via snail mail. Two different sets (8 cards each) will be available. The images on the cards are from both Israel Journals. Set 1 from 2009 Journal, Set 2 from the yet to be released 2012 Journal. These are also at the printers, but will look like this:
Just wanted to let you know that the days are busy and the work is progressing. Thank you for your kind interest. I will keep you updated and would love to hear from you!
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