I received copies of the Faith & Lettering Journal, the Illuminate Your Story Journal, and the Faith & Lettering Journal from Ellie Claire Gifts to review. Each journal is a lovely, colorful hardback with an embossed cover highlighted with metallic gilding. The journals are attractive enough to earn display space on a table yet portable enough to carry for note-taking or journaling. Pages on all the journals are thick enough to hinder bleed through and are probably too thick for tracing from other sources. The lovely illustrations would appeal to almost anyone from older child to an elderly adult who loves artistic books. I know several people who would probably love to receive one of these gorgeous journals. Instructions for creating illuminated letters or the popular lettering inspired by journaling bibles are clear enough for beginners or more advanced artists to follow. My only complaint is that the journals are so lovely I hate to mar their beauty with my own scribbles.



The perfect resource to discover and develop your own personal style for lettering and illustrating your faith. New from professional letterer Krystal Whitten! With guides, instructions, and tutorials, this is a fun and inspiring way to create beauty with words. It is the perfect place for journalers to practice Bible journaling, lettering quotes and verses, or decorating a page with original thoughts and plans. Exploring your God-given creativity has never been so rewarding.

My Review:  The Faith & Lettering Journal is an attractive hardback journal with beautifully illustrated color pages as well as unfinished pages ready for you to color yourself. Step-by-step lessons and tip allow the user to learn and practice hand lettering and simple illustrations at her own pace. Plenty of lined pages offer a place to either write down your thoughts or add creative lettering, quotations, or verses of your own. The book opens fairly flat which makes it easy to draw or write in. An elastic tube on the spine is an excellent place to keep a pen handy. This is the perfect journal to stretch your imagination and to make it your own.

Use this almost-lost art of illuminating letters to enhance your writing, Bible journaling, or sermon note-taking. Rich illustrated manuscripts in the Museum of the Bible’s collection inspired these gorgeous letters. Easy to follow instructions, practice pages, and encouragements guide you through the creation of amazing start letters, flourishes, and more.


Cloth spine opens for lay-flat journaling; Elastic pen loop on spine; High-quality, non-bleed paper; Uplifting, inspirational quotes sprinkled throughout; Drawing guides, grid background practice pages, plus lined pages for journaling; Ribbon marker, pocket, elastic band closure

My Review:  If you have ever admired the illuminated ancient manuscripts such as the Book of Kells and wished you had the talent to produce similar artwork, the Illuminate Your Story Journal is the perfect book for you. This journal offers step-by-step instructions for illustrating each letter of the alphabet with space to practice your own. Space is available for personal journaling or notes and includes encouraging scripture verses scattered throughout the book. This beautiful volume includes a pen loop on the spine, a ribbon bookmark, a pocket for keepsakes, and an elastic band to keep the book closed when not in use. A good bit of effort went into the creation of this journal. In my opinion it would be a wonderful gift for a teen who loves art or for adding to homeschool curriculum.

Glorious illustrations from ancient manuscripts recreated as line drawings for the reader to color.
Create your own masterpiece with this journal that has forty glorious illustrations from ancient manuscripts that have been recreated as line drawings. Just as medieval monks brought Scripture to life through intricate inked illustrations in handwritten manuscripts hundreds of years ago, you can now create your own stunning keepsake that will be treasured for years to come.
My Review:  The Illustrated Word Coloring Journal is also a beautiful hardback journal that contains not only illustrations from ancient manuscripts but full-page line drawings that the journaler may color herself with her chosen media. Ample room has been included for journaling or taking notes. This book does not have an elastic pen holder or bookmark but nevertheless would also be a welcome gift for a special teacher or pastor, etc.