Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Journal Lovers
She doesn’t have to be a mother to be celebrated. Every woman contributes to the well-being of the community. While Mother’s Day can be a difficult holiday for some to celebrate, there are ways you can say, “thanks,” and “I love you.”
Don’t run out and spend a lot of money on a generic gift basket or perfume. Put some thought into what she likes to do. Does she have any hobbies? Does she collect special things? Would she just like to have some alone time?
Pay attention to what type of journal she likes to use. She may already have strong preferences in journaling supplies. In general, you can’t go wrong with good quality paper, journals, pens and colored pencils.
This is not an affiliate post but all of these items can be found on Amazon.
Here are a few favorites:
These two books come highly recommended on Amazon. The Creative Lettering book on the left focuses more on traditional techniques while The Ultimate Brush Lettering Guide (my personal favorite) focuses on brush lettering, like it says. This is a comprehensive book that teaches about the types of supplies to use, different techniques to get those flourishes and composing signs using complimentary fonts. The practice sheets are specific to letters, phrases, and flourishes.
The Rhodia dot grid pad
This has nice dot grid paper that doesn’t bleed readily. One exception–Sharpie brush tip markers bleed through everything. The paper is smooth so it doesn’t wear out your markers.
Most of the blog posts I’ve read about brush lettering recommend Tombow Brush Pens. These are dual tipped, brush tip on one end and fine point on the other. They run about $20.00 a set. They are a little expensive for just practicing, but you really need to practice with them because they have a completely different feel in how you hold them. The brush tip makes drawing the letters a lot easier than regular markers.
• Metallic gel pens Slicci by Pentel. Probably the best gel pens I have used.
• Crayola Signature Detailing Gel Pens–I am absolutely delighted with their gel pens. Check this out:
I was amazed at the quality of the pens. This set includes glitter gel pens and metallic gel pens.
The colors vary from glitter to metallic. The glitter pen colors are brighter while the metallic pens are more subdued.
• Bic 4 color pens in two different color sets. They come in very handy. I have always loved these pens.
• Micron liners in black, sizes 01, 03, and 05.
• Paper-Mate Flair fine point felt tip for thicker lines
• Crayola twistable colored pencils. I like this brand best for my use, great for doodling. The colors are strong, and convenient to use. There are more expensive, blendable pencils, but I’d only get those for a more serious art than just doodling.
Probably the best investment I have made in all my paper crafting. I don’t remember how much it cost, but it was worth it. This thing gets a lot of use.
Fiskars paper cutter and edge rounder. These are super handy tools.
You need to use a mat under the paper cutter. The edge rounder has four types of edges you can select. Insert your paper and squeeze. It is really easy on your hands.
It can punch up to 15 sheets of paper at a time. It can also punch 1 piece of chip board for covers. It can punch from 6 to 12 inches long. It is easy to adjust the punch pins. The knob in the back adjusts to the size of your binding wires. Instructions are right there to remind you how to use the Cinch. You can also use spiral binding. Make sure to buy the same brand of supplies, We R Memory Makers, or the sizes of binding are not likely to fit. This runs about $75.
The Polaroid Zip Printer
This is the Polaroid Zip Printer. It is about the size of my cell phone, a little bit thicker perhaps. This is probably the most funnest toy of all. It uses special zink paper. The ink is actually imbedded in the paper so you don’t get smears and smudges, and you don’t have to deal with adding ink cartridges. It prints via Bluetooth from my cell phone using Polaroid’s special app. The app lets you make edits to your pic if you want. The print comes out at 2 x 3 inches, the size of a business card.
I find that it is super convenient for printing off smaller pics perfect for fitting into my journal, and each print has an adhesive backing. The refill paper is a little costly. If you buy it in bulk you can get it for like 50 cents a page. I chose this method over the Fuji Instax because I didn’t want to fiddle with another camera, even if it is instant. My iPhone takes great pictures so I really didn’t need the camera. I wanted the convenience of printing off smaller photos without having to print out a whole sheet and cut them out one by one.
It can be a little temperamental, but if you update the app as needed it works great. I’ve been very happy with this little unit. I paid $115 on Amazon about 18 months ago.
From Storybook Press:
Gladden the Heart Too
This little journal is designed for parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and school teachers. Basically, anyone who has contact with children.
Kids are always saying some of the funniest, and sweetest things. This is just the right size to keep handy to write down those precious and profound quotes in the moments they happen.
The Dirt Between My Toes 6-Year Gardening Planner/Journal
This book is a planting planner and journal so you can plan and keep record of what worked and what didn’t. Sorry, it’s not a “how-to” book. Most of the how-to’s are over my head. This is just for enjoyment—extended long after the blooms have faded.
Close to My Heart–Family Favorite Recipes and Fondest Memories
Every family has traditions. Traditions bind us together and food plays a huge role. It is vital to preserve those for our children and grandchildren. That’s why I made this book—to help every family keep their memories alive.
The Write Journal
This journal makes a great gift for anyone who likes to write. It comes with three blank monthly calendar pages, 3 months’ worth of journal pages to set and evaluate goals, a story premise page, brainstorming pages, cast of character pages, character life story pages, a time line, revision notes, and note pages for other nagging story ideas.
Mom and Grandma Tell Me Your Story
These are sold on Amazon by Storybook Press and others. They have some beautiful graphics. Any Mom or Grandma would love spending time in these books, reliving and retelling their life stories.
Remember, you don’t need to spend a lot of money. It really is the thought you put into your gift.