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8,156 km Journal Swap with Hanna

Last summer, Hanna and I concocted a plan to swap handmade journals. So we each created a stitched journal and mailed the journals across the ocean. What fun for two girls who love to sew papers! First, I will share the journal that I made for Hanna. 

This is the journal I made for Hanna.  The cover is a messy patchwork of fabrics.

Now let's {take a peek inside}.

There's a page that's extra wide, with a fold out {above, folded out; below, folded in}

In the journal, I added quotes to inspire Hanna to continue her greatness and to continue inspiring others around the globe with her creativity and fresh perspective. There are a lot more pages, and you'll see those gradually fill with words over on Hanna's blog, with a weekly view of our swapped journals each Saturday.


"A goal without a plan is just a wish."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Here's the journal Hanna made me! This cutie arrived, delivered with glorious journal fodder goodness from Sweden. Now here's the thing about handmade swaps. You never truly know what you are going to get. You tuck your adorable handmade goodness in an envelope and kiss it goodbye at the post office and hope to get something wonderful in return. And hope that your envelope doesn't get lost in the postal network between here and there. And then it's a GOOD MAIL DAY when you finally get your treat, handmade art to treasure. 

And fill with words!

front & back of the journal

And a peek inside. Very yummy and inviting my words to each page.

List Prompt: 5 Loves of Spring. List five things you love about spring, or any season you wish.

The Best Things About Spring {Best 5 Spring Things}
1. Tulips blooming, such happy flowers.
2. The garden in Texas is in full bloom.
3. Lovely outdoor temperatures.
4. Thunder and lightening galore.
5. Cool mornings and warm afternoons.


Apparently I was stuck on the actual weather in the spring, forgetting about much else, like the foods, the beginning of baseball season, and so many other loveliness that is spring. 

Please join Hanna and I in our creative list-making adventure. You can use this button if you want to play along with us and link to Hanna or Tammy {either one is fine!!!} Next Saturday we’ll post the next list prompt! Be sure to pop over to Hanna's introduction to our journal swap.


  1. There's a great question from reader Beautiful Dreamer about inspiring yourself to do art when you aren't feeling well. Help us with your perspective.
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Reader Comments (10)

Your journals look awesome, Tammy! What a fun project. Thanks for inviting the rest of us to join in!

09.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndria

Wow! So beautiful! Can not wait to see more!

Hello Tammy, Ah, swaps - the trauma of waiting for them to arrive and wondering what will come in return. I've been very lucky in what I've received so far. I've been following your blog for a long time and think it is totally amazing. You have such wonderful ideas. I've just ordered all six of your emags and look forward to receiving them very much.

09.17.2012 | Unregistered Commentersheila 77

beautiful! list lovers unite! :)

09.17.2012 | Unregistered Commenteraimee

Great start of a great series of posts Tammy! Love that you listed thunder and lightning as a great spring thing! It IS! Yes indeed, lots of good things happening all year around.


09.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenteriHanna

Hi Tammy - this looks like so much fun. Both of your journals are so fun and creatively stimulating. I'm definitely in! I will put your button up when I do my next post. Carolyn Dube and I are co-hosting a challenge at Artists in Blogland beginning October 1 called "Fall Fearless and Fly." I hope you'll participate in it and share it with your readers. We have a bunch of amazing artists participating with us and I hope you'll think it's as cool as we do. Here's the link:

09.18.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Sporn

Stunning!! Now to get cracking on to an art journal page...this list is amazingly easy for me since I am living in Spring right now!!! :) I already know my list.

09.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

My Spring post is up, have I linked it okay? I wasn't sure, I can make changes.

09.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

Tammy! Can you BELIEVE I'm here at your blog?!? How can this happen? It's not Instagram! It's not Twitter! It's not Flickr! What is it?!!

Okay, I'm fine now. I'm sure the answer is: it's a blog!!!!

This list prompt thing grooves me out. I must do this. I don't know how to do it. I'm going to go look at comments. I think you mean to give you five things about Spring? Do I put it on my blog? What do I do?!?!!

Don't tell me. You must not baby me, because I'll never learn.

09.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Totally joining in with this once I've done my DPPs :) This looks like lots of fun!

09.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne

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