Craft it Forward: Living Journal

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In early February, I launched my first Craft it Forward.  Here’s how it works.  The first five people to comment on the original post receive something handmade with the gardening nirvana touch.  In return, they agree to pay it forward, crafting their own unique item for the first five people on their list.  Craft it Forward encourages community, creative spirit and camaraderie.  It also encourages flexibility, so I expanded my list from five to seven based on interest in the project. Isn’t it fun making your own rules?

Further, in the era of the internet, who doesn’t like ‘real’ mail?  If you haven’t started your own Craft it Forward, today is a good day to get one going.

First up: A Living Journal

This manilla-covered journal has heavy-duty art paper, appropriate for ink, paint and pencil.  You can see the original, unadorned journal here.  Recipient #1 is a talented artist in her own right.  She paints, sketches, sculpts fabric ‘dolls,’ along with myriad other projects.  I’ve been on the receiving end of her own talents, including a set of tie-dye tea towels and a hand-felted, one-of-a kind, purse.

I crafted the cover, using as assortment of ribbon in rainbow order, with some peace signs thrown in (her favorite) for additional interest.

Ribbon Journal: Craft it Forward

Peace and a rainbow of ribbons

Ribbon Journal Closeup


An attached, expandable envelope lines the inside cover, great for collecting bits of inspiration.  For now, I’ve tucked in a few seeds she can plant in her garden.

Journal Interior

A Peak Inside…

The journal came wrapped in a sleeve of silky-strong paper too nice to toss, so I fashioned it into a simple bookmark, using other scraps on the face of the envelope.

Creative Journal

Creative Journal by Dyan Reaveien of dylusions

Packaging Bookmark

I trimmed the wrapper and used it as a bookmark

Personalization, gardeningnirvana style

Personalization, gardeningnirvana style

Finishing touches include her first initial made from a balsa wood letter, then covered in paper and inked along the edges.  It’s embellished with flowers (of course)!

I hope she enjoys filling it as much as I enjoyed crafting it. Perhaps a year from now she’ll let us take a peak into a few pages and I can feature her work on gardeningnirvana.

Life is art, live yours in colour!

Life is art, live yours in colour!

What's inside?

What’s inside?

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24 thoughts on “Craft it Forward: Living Journal

  1. That is so lovely Alys! I love the envelope on the inside cover and the adorable little tie. You have created such a personal and thoughtful gift – she’ll love it I’m sure! x x x


  2. Really cute Alys! I love the all the colours and Peace signs. So 70’s and hypnotic. Remember Goldie Hawn all painted with “sock it to me baby” inked on her? LOL, the 70’s were awesome for music, TV, art and clothes. You’re so smart to reuse the wrap as a bookmark. You’re right, too cute to toss out. I’ll have to visit the links in depth when I’m done packing…xoxo


    • So nice of you to take a break from you packing to say hello. You’ve been knocking out your own CIFs. So inspiring yourself.

      Yes, who could forget Goldie Hawn. I wanted to be her, so carefree and sexy and funny to boot. That show was a trendsetter. Like nothing else.


      • What’s with WP, I just found a giant file of unread messages ?
        LOL, I tried to look up CIF on Google and it says it means ‘Cost, Insurance, Frieght’ .

        I guess I’m more of a newbie at this than I thought. You’re such a hipster Alys, HA, What is CIF? Sock it to me!


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