The Handcrafted Journal

I'm a paper geek. One of my favorite places to be is in an art supply store or the supply cabinet at an office. I love all the possibilities of paper, patterns, texture and color. So when I saw these incredible handcrafted journals on Etsy recently, I wanted to order one of everything. 

Kristi Baker of Winchester, Virginia is the master creator of these keepsake journals. She finds her supplies from art stores and approaches her craft with thoughtfulness and care. As she shared, "I hate waste and try to create a use for everything." I love the detail of the small envelope she includes on the inside of each cover. The binding is a little art piece in itself...

You can just tell these journals are a labor of love. Kristi has three kids and tends to work in the wee hours of the morning- painting, marking, drilling, sanding, gluing and sewing. All by hand, step by patient step.  

These little leather journals are fun too... Kristi makes them out of recycled leather that she finds here and there. They're perfect for quick thoughts on the go. All of her work keeps the creative mind at play and adds a stylish, original touch to any desk. If only all office cabinets had journals like these inside. But then again, I'd hoard them all for myself...


Photos: Kristi Baker    Content: Sweet Peach

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Reader Comments (6)

Wow, these are so unique. I love the one with the red cover.

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenny D.

I love that they have a vintage look. Would love to see these in person.

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKL

Thank you so much for the feature. It is truly an honor!

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristi Baker

These are gorgeous!

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTina

I love the little leather journals. They're perfect for when I travel as I'm always looking for something to write in when I find a new place that I love. Thanks for the inspiration and the link.

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ. Adams

catching up on blog posts - but I had to say I love these journals. i love journals in general even though I don't always write in them. but I find them a necessary accessory when the a great thought does come up!

February 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpam

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