how to use a visual journal + visual journaling #2

the shop re-opening is 1 week away!


i'm so excited and i'm so very nervous....and, and, and my new booklets journals ARE the star of the show.

these booklets are filled with 48 pages of 28lb paper, perfect for writing AND visual journaling and that's exactly what i wanted to show you in the next couple of weeks ...ways in which you can use them.  today i'll be doing some visual journaling.

what's a visual journal?

[bctt tweet="Visual journaling is just what it says...journaling with pictures and/or collage to tell your story. " username="kgracehowes"]

as a mixed media artist { see me working on some pages here } i still enjoy the collage process and combining it with my journaling i get to be creative in my practice and, the perfect place to do some visual journaling, is in my new booklets.

communing with nature

one of the things we as a family always like doing is visiting local state parks to walk the trails. it was such a  beautiful day with no rain in site.  i can't do much walking {complications from a foot surgery a few years ago } but when i can i'll walk until i can't.

funny how it took a bit of "persuading" on our part to get #coopthedog up on that stump for a pic but the minute we sit on a bench to snap one of us ....notice how he has no probs photobombing us.  ha!

totally loved this day and wanted to record a bit of it so here's a video of visual journaling in action in a booklet journal of course { p.s. i talk more about the paper i use for the booklets in the video}.

i've made many, many journals over the years but these simple booklets with covers that are fun and colourful make me so happy!  I hope you have fun meandering through yours as you tell you own stories in its pages.

see ya in a bit with more ways to use your booklet.


Shop re-Launch is JUNE 15th!

Red_Lattice Journaling Booklet

it's the JOURNAL SHOP re-opening y'all!

i've been working like a mad woman, lol, behind the scenes stitching up some new journals i'm calling booklets { don't worry, i can still make you a custom journal }for the shop re-launch.

these simple, totally adorable and vibrantly colourful journals will be part of my new shop unveiling.  check back here in the coming weeks for cool ways to use YOUR booklets.  i'm so, so stinkin excited that i get to create books again, this time with a purpose.... to start a JOURNALing Revolution!

click below.....i dare ya, lol!


{ thanks to my friend Liz for that shoutout }

YUP...it's real people!

i want to bring people together to share themselves within the pages of a book.  to feel alive right now AND to find their JOY.  i have so many ideas on how these little booklets will unfold my hands can't stitch fast enough.  but that's is a very good thing, trust me.  why?  cause it's all for YOU silly! 🤗

the shop re-opening was announced first to my JOY Love Tribe through my newsletter.  if you have yet to join { what ya waiting for?? } sign up below to be the first in line { a virtual line of course } to get one of my new "grace journals".

in addition i've got a few surprises i'm adding to the shop plus, plus plus i'll be hosting a grand re-opening giveaway BUT { big big but here }, in order to take part in the giveaway you must first become a JLT tribe member { see, no biggie right? }. fill out the form below and let's get this party started!

but 1st, can you do me a favour please?  help me spread the word about my fantastic news { click to tweet or share this post with your friends.  and thanks! ↓

toodles y'all,


SPECTRUM the workshop is almost here!

{ update: SPECTRUM workshop is happening now!  head over here to take part. oh. my. word.

i feel like the rabbit in alice in wonderland.  you know.....the one who ran around proclaiming how late, late, late he was.  but no worries, i'm not that late.  this giveaway is still gonna happen.

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a little info about the SPECTRUM workshop

SPECTRUM, an online holistic-creative workshop hosted by hali karla of hali karla arts is going on its third year!  there are 20 NEW featured teachers in SPECTRUM 2016  { including moi! } and more than 20 returning contributors offering a variety of workshops, inspiration and invitations { see list below }.

this spectacular workshop is intended to empower, nurture & celebrate your innate creative expression, start you on a healing journey if needed and move to enhance your personal development.  each participating teacher, bringing her perspective to this offering, will use one of the following themes:

Forgiveness  |  Shifting Perspective  |  Navigating Uncertainty  |  Integration  | Alchemy    Connecting with Nature  |  Honoring Body  |  Trusting Joy  |  Expressing One’s Truth

note:  pre-registration for SPECTRUM 2016 has already begun. it starts May 2 people!

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~ to learn more details about SPECTRUM, including all of the contributors and workshop offerings for this course click here ~   

now to the good news.  i have another spot in the  workshop to give-away to one lucky winner. this time around i'm also including in the giveaway one of my lovely "grace journals",  a mini sketchbook that is hand cut, bound and stitched by me { did i tell you i love making journals? }

Celtic Weave Red Leather Sketchbook |SPECTRUM

to enter this GIVEAWAY* click the rafflecopter link below that'll have you doing the following:

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  1. sign up to begin receiving my newsletter { bonus....you'll get subscriber-only access to my new JLT resources library full of fun pdf's and tutorials, more added weekly }
  2. share this link  http://bit.ly/SPECTRUM2016-gh on your favourite social media site ...twitter, instagram, facebook, google+, etc ...... to let everyone know about this fantastic workshop!  { feel free to tag me! @kgracehowes }
  3. leave a comment below to share your favorite creative self care technique/routine ~ be that splashing paint at a canvas  ~ doodling to your hearts content ~  filling up pages with colour in your fave colouring book (don't forget to tell us which book you're using...there are soooo many good ones out there AND where you shared }.

*p.s.  each way you enter earns you 1 chance in the giveaway.  complete all 3 and you get an extra  entry { which means a total of 4 chances in the pot to win the giveaway prizes }

remember to bookmark this page { or this link } so that you can check back to see if you've won my give-away.  i will announce the winner here on the blog April 27th.

below is a list of all the teachers for Spectrum 2016.  recently hali put together a video sneak peak of the teachers and their lessons.  check it out...

see you in class.


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Spectrum Teachers { links are clickable }

Hali Karla http://www.halikarla.com/blog/ { our brilliant host } Andrea Schroeder http://www.creativedreamincubator.com/blog Angelique Arroyo http://schoolformedicinewomyn.com/ Bebe Butler http://www.bebebutler.com/ Beth Morey http://www.sheofthewild.com/ Briana Goetzen http://www.orangespiralarts.com/ Carissa Paige http://carissapaige.blogspot.com/ Cat Caracelo http://catcaracelo.com/ Catherine Anderson http://catherineandersonstudio.blogspot.com/ Chris Zydel http://creativejuicesarts.com/ Effy Wild http://effybird.com/ Elloa Atkinson http://www.elloaatkinson.com/ Grace Howes    http://www.redbarn-studios.com/  { that's me! } Gretchen Miller http://www.gretchenmiller.wordpress.com/ Kara LC Jones http://motherhenna.blogspot.com/ Kelly Johnson http://www.wingswormsandwonder.com/ Kitty Oppegard http://handoverheartstudios.blogspot.com/ Kristal Norton http://kristalnorton.com/ Lisa Hofmann http://dandelionseedsanddreams.blogspot.com/ Lisa Wilson http://www.beingbreath.com/ Lucy Pearce http://dreamingaloud.net/ Malini Parkehttp://www.maliniparker.com/ Meghan Genge http://www.meghangenge.com/ Melissa Harris http://www.melissaharris.com/ Michelle Turbide http://michelleturbidestudios.com/ Petrea Hansen-Adamidis http://www.arttherapist.ca/blog Rachael Rice http://rachaelrice.com/ Robin Hallett http://www.robinhallett.com/ Shelley Klammer http://intuitivecreativity.typepad.com/ Suki Ciappara Ka'Pinao http://sukihealingarts.com/ Tara Leaver http://taraleaver.com


{ note:  as a contributing artist, by using my affiliate link to purchase the workshop i will receive a portion of the registration fee as compensation for the workshop so please let your friends know to use my link provided here.  thanks!  }

by signing up below unfortunately you will not be counted in the giveaway.  please use the rafflecopter signup form above for official giveaway entry: