Published on June 5th, 2008 | by Skye Kilaen9
Journals, Journals, Journals: Recycled, Upcycled, and Handmade
Ah, the journal. I have about 5.2 billion of them scattered throughout the house, much to the annoyance of some other people who live here and don’t understand that when I ask for “the green one,” I mean that green one and not that green one. I have a journal for notes on films, a journal that reminds me what to look for when thrift shopping, and a couple of journals with notes from conferences I’ve attended in the past couple of years. Journals are so lovely.
Kelly has written about Ex Libris journals and Night Owl Paper Good journals, and Tara tipped us off about her friend Nicole’s recycled wallpaper journals from Freshly Blended Press. I took a spin through Etsy to see what other upcycled, recycled, and handmade journals I could discover…
Holy cow, it’s insane over there!
I had to narrow it down to journals that use recycled, found, or scrap paper inside as well as recycled material in the covers, because otherwise my brain was overloading. I didn’t even scratch the surface, but here are some of my favorites:
Lilypad Lounge has quite a few journals and notebooks that are a combination of vintage papers and found papers. The vintage postcard one looks intriguing.Ivy Lane Designs has tons of notebooks made with various themes: food, drinks, music, games, pets. I particularly love the Lime Fruit Bars one and the Crayon one and the Sweethearts one (even though I can’t eat them because they’re not vegetarian) (the candy, not the notebooks), and the root beer one and the motorcycle.
Cabin + cub has cute little 4×6 notebooks with squirrels, swallows, and chipmunks on them.
If that’s not enough, here are even more to choose from:
- Green Travel Journal (pictured above)
- Magic Shaquille O’Neal Basketball Card Note Pad Recycled / Upcycled Journal Notebook
- Recycled post card notebook
- Mature set of 2 journals
- Monopoly Game Property Mini Journals
- The Specials Recycled Vinyl Record Journal (and you have to read the story she tells about it)
And this journal roundup would not be complete without mentioning a couple of journal makers outside the land of Etsy.
Papergeist makes notebooks from reclaimed office paper. They’re so serious about recycling, they’ll buy back the coil from your journal when you’re done with it so they can use it again in your next one. You can choose from blank, lined, a weekly calendar style, and a to-do list style. Available covers are shown in the store.
And finally, the Rowan Morrison found paper journal. I may have to buy one of these today.
I’m sure I should have some amazing closing statement here, but all I can say is “Wow!”