Bring Out Your Creative Side with Ellie Claire Deluxe Signature Journals #GiftGuide

Journaling has always been a favorite pastime for me. Not only can I get my thoughts out on paper as a way to express my innermost feelings, but it's also a wonderful opportunity to write noteworthy memories that have happened in my life. This is especially important, since I ultimately want to pass my writings down to my son. In addition to journaling about my day to day life experiences, I also like to partake in Bible journaling. Sometimes I receive a word from God that I feel compelled to jot down. Other times I'll come across a scripture passage that happens to have a special meaning to me in that point in my life, and I'll want to notate it for future recitation.

With the holiday season just upon us, you may be thinking about what to give that special someone in your life who may also enjoy journal writing. Perhaps you are looking for that perfect gift for the art enthusiasts in your life, or maybe you personally enjoy journaling and would like some ideas on your next journal purchase. Either way, I have three different Ellie Claire Journals that I couldn't wait to share with you. All three of these journals are part of the Deluxe Signature Collection and have something uniquely special to offer.

About the Faith and Lettering Journal:
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.

I've always been fascinated with beautiful typeface that can stand out in a chunk of text. What's even more impressive is being able to learn some of the various steps and techniques to help me replicate elegant writing that can be used in all kinds of media, particularly journaling. If you've ever perused Bible journaling images in a search engine or on Pinterest, then you may know all too well what an amazing craft this can be. Truth be told, it can also be a bit intimating if you're particularly new to it. That's what makes the Faith and Lettering Journal truly special. While this journal will definitely appeal to lettering enthusiasts who may already be skilled with various techniques, it's also appropriate for those who may not be so experienced in the skill.

Krystal Whitten is the creator of the Faith and Lettering Journal and a professional letterer. While this is still meant to be a journal to jot down your thoughts and musings, it can also be used as an introductory lesson to hand-lettering. Throughout the journal you'll find tutorial pages and plenty of blank space to get well on your way to creating beautiful typography that you can then incorporate into your day to day writing. From simple San-serif font to graceful calligraphy, there are various styles that are taught.

Sometimes I enjoy incorporating a happy mix of text and illustrations into my writing. The creator of this journal was also sure to incorporate multiple tutorials on how to doodle and draw various banners, arrows, and containers. These are especially fun and can help give any journal entry a little extra flair and excitement. One of my other favorite features is the inclusion of full-color pages with scripture passages from the Bible all displayed in stylish typography, along with step by step intructions on how to achieve your own scripture inspired artwork.

Additional features in the Faith and Lettering Journal:

  • An elastic pen loop, so you always have a writing tool available
  • Beautiful examples of some of the author's creative work
  • Heavyweight pages with three different designs for various types of writing and drawing activities, including traditional lined, box graph, and dot graph
  • A fabric spine and a gorgeous, colorful exterior hard cover with gold foil lettering

About The Illustrated Word Coloring Journal:

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.

This journal is more traditional in a sense that it offers plenty of lined paper throughout, so that you can capture your reflections in writing. Where this one is a little more unique than a simple lined journal, is the fact that it also serves as an adult coloring book, while offering a little bit of art history along the way!

The Illustrated Word is the type of journal that would make a fantastic gift for those who appreciate historic art or medieval themes. Inside, are miniature illustrations replicating forty different pieces of ancient artwork that were originally created by monks during the Middle Ages. Coloring enthusiasts will appreciate the opportunity to either replicate each piece or recreate a new version using the many full-size coloring pages inspired by original art. One of my favorite features of this particular journal, besides the photos of fascinating ancient artwork, is the inclusion of scripture passages on some of the coloring pages. I've actually been tempted to tear out some of these pages after coloring them, so that I can frame and display them.

Additional features in The Illustrated Word:

  • A beautiful hardcover exterior with a cloth spine and gold foil lettering on the front cover, along with a colorful design that encompasses the overall theme of this journal and what you'll find inside
  • Notations on the bottom of each page to introduce every historic art piece, along with the approximate timeline of when it was created. (I especially enjoy this feature, because it gives me a chance to further my research on any one particular work of art, so that I can learn more about it's history and the story behind it.)
  • Sturdy, heavyweight writing pages to help limit the possibility of bleeding through when using certain writing tools. (I sometimes like to use gel pens when journaling, and the thick paper really helps to ensure that my writing doesn't show through on the other side of the page.)

About the Illuminate Your Story Journal:

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.

This is another beautifully put together journal that allows the journaler to try their hand at typography. You don't need to be a master at it, either, since there are plenty of step by step instructions that will walk you through creating polished letters and flourishes that closely resemble what are typically found in ancient manuscripts.

Illuminated manuscript would be the proper term of this style of writing. The letters themselves almost tell their own story with various themes (animals, floral designs, and other embellishments). In addition to an array of tutorials and blank spaces to practice this unique craft, there are also plenty of lined pages for journaling personal passages. There's even even the inclusion of various scripture verses from the Bible, as well as quotes from famous authors such a Leo Tolstoy and Laura Ingalls Wilder. I thought this was a nice feature that can also offer a little bit of inspiration on what to write about. One of the neat things about the manuscript tutorials provided in this journal is that they offer examples of various writing styles from different periods in time, including Insular, Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance.

With plenty of extra features, the Illuminate Your Story Journal would most certainly make a fantastic gift for art lovers or those who have a fascination with typography (particularly illuminated manuscript), even if they have never practiced the skill, beforehand. With this journal you could easily bring your writing to life in a unique and special way.

Additional features in the Illuminate Your Story Journal:

  • Smaller, compact size that's perfect for traveling and taking on the go (It fits right in my purse)
  • An elastic pen loop to conveniently keep a writing tool handy for spur of the moment journaling
  • A sturdy hard cover exterior with colorful embellishments and gold foil writing (a special theme that is also discussed in the introduction of this journal)
  • An elastic strap to help keep the journal closed when not in use
  • A keepsake pocket glued to the back interior cover that allows me to keep special mementos and notes that are not permanently included in the journal
  • A ribbon bookmark sewn right into the spine that allows me to keep my place for easy reference (I love this feature and always appreciate when it's available on a book or journal)

From hand-lettering, to coloring, to illuminated manuscript creations, these three Ellie Claire Deluxe Signature Journals will surely bring out the creative side in you.