Monday, June 2, 2014

Super Sponsor Giveaway: Indian Journals

Hey ladybugs! and... gentbugs if men are reading this. :D

Today is a special super sponsor post with Indian Journals.
(Shop renamed from 'AdyaInternational' to 'IndianJournals' on 21st March this year)

Indian Journals present One of a kind hand made journals using Up-Cycled Patchwork Embroidered Sari's , Brocade Saree Fabrics and Indian Art Screens using with Eco-friendly materials such as Recycled Handmade Paper. Each journal is a piece of art, special and unique in its appearance and RTS ready to ship.

I had the privilege of reviewing a journal from Indian Journals that I picked. Here's what it looked like:

Elephant Art Journal ($6.99)

The packaging was simple and clean, well taped to handle the travel over seas. I also got a friendly note-- which I love! Journals of different sizes range from $4.99 to $21.99 at Indian Journals and offers international shipping from India.

It's funny because I chose the elephant for similar reasons as Vishruti, the owner of Indian Journals explained so well.

What is your favorite product to design/make?

I personally LOVE the elephant design. I love the animals and I feel that they carry immense positivity, fortune, compassion and good luck. I also love mixing and matching remnants of sari's , cushion covers, dupatta's, edges of embroidered fabric and looking how beautiful and distinctive each sari cover can emerge. The best part is that everything coordinates with each other. We as Indians are not afraid to use color – any amount is OK – and that truly reflects in my creations. Art designs are also lovely to make when we see the same motif turn vividly different just by using a different color on the background. Every journal seems to be a living being with its own character and mood!

The journal is a hardcover that feels as thick as cardboard, rimmed with fabric that matches the string wrap to close the journal. It was very unique, one of a kind, and it makes an awesome gift. Since they are prepackaged and ready to go, you can save on shipping and have it sent straight to a family member or friend as well if they don't live by you!

The pages were very durable, thick, and 100% handmade cotton paper from India. It's great to draw on or write in as long as you have a strong ink pen. Ball point ink works as well but you might need to get it going with a few strokes before getting in the groove of writing. As you can see, this journal is a perfect size to carry around in a backpack, purse, or during your travels. :) If you want something bigger, Indian Journals offers a few different sizes to meet your needs as well.

Here's what it looks like closed. You can't see it in photography but there is gold on the elephant's back that actually glistens. It's a great little intricate detail to the cover. The only issue I noted was some fray string here and there but it's an easy fix cutting them off. :) I really love blue greens and this turquoise backdrop with the calming elephant made it my first Indian Journal pick. I know we could all use some calm in our lives!

Here's a little preview of a doodle I started:

And that my friends is my lovely journal review! Let's move onto some favorites/interview questions:
How did your shop get started?

My journey on Etsy began before my marriage, in 2009. At that time, my Etsy shop was an extension of my existing organic cotton fabrics and garments business and was originally named Adya International, like my off-Etsy business. As time passed, and my interest in eco, organic, recycled, earth-friendly products grew, I slowly forayed into paper products made from recycled and handmade paper. I also started to show keen interest in re-using and upcycling leftover fabrics into creations of usable art. The journals were a natural by-product of this idea.

Tell us about your latest artistic muse, inspiration, project, new items.. etc!

Inspiration has undoubtedly been ecological conservation. Renew , Reuse and Recycle has always been my Mantra and my unconscious habit even before I knew it. Another important muse and inspiration has been Indian Art and its worldwide appeal since ages. So I wanted to make sure that I incorporate it. Up until April 2014 , we only had one size (6 x 4 inches) – which we now call the medium size . This sold very well and gave me good reviews. In April I introduced a small and a large size. Much to my surprise, the new sizes worked really well and created new demands – I am now enthused to create an extra large size and I will introduce it in my shop by the end of this month.

With Regards to designs – the best part about my shop – especially in the sari journal section is – uniqueness. All the patchwork sari journals are one of a kind and no two can ever be the same – not even similar! They are beautiful embroidered, sequinned and sometimes even beaded sari covers. They add so much drama and elegance, that they make a simple act of journaling very pleasurable and beautiful. The art journals are again images of Indian Miniature Paintings from authentic folk motifs. They are reproduced with beautiful backgrounds – sometimes ancient royal court scripts or sometimes Sanskrit mantras. Most of the art designs are from the Rajput and the Mughal era.

Here's a coupon code to get your shop on: " CHEERSTONOVELTY15 " for a 15% discount

I hope you guys enjoyed the review-- now for the giveaway!
One winner will win a lovely large Indian Journal of your choice that is worth $15.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck!


  1. Thanks for such a lovely review post

    1. No problem Vishruti! My pleasure! The giveaway is going so well so far!! :D

  2. Cute journals, love the paisley one

  3. Hello! Your shop is lovely! My favorite is the Large Indian Paisley Art Journal Light Pink. https://www.etsy.com/listing/185989516/large-indian-paisley-art-journal-light?ref=shop_home_active_6
    Why? Because I love paisley & pink!! Thank-you

  4. I loved most of the jounals but https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/185847055/indian-elephant-art-journalsea-blue?ref=shop_home_active_6 is my favorite because my surname actually means Elephant in Hindi :)

  5. https://www.etsy.com/listing/190559263/extra-large-indian-sari-journal-dark?ref=shop_home_active_2

    I love blue and green together!!! I already have some of these journals and I love them!

  6. Love the peacock journal, cause of all the blues.

  7. I love this one: https://www.etsy.com/nz/listing/190571340/large-indian-journal-wedding-favor-blue?ref=shop_home_active_19 because it is gorgeous!

  8. Indian Elephant Art Journal,Sea Blue Green, Handmade Recycled Paper Eco Friendly Diary Blank Notebook, Indian Traditional Good Luck Elephant is my favorite journal because I love the colors. I love the blue shade of the cover and I love the elephant!!

  9. I really like the colors in this one:
    Thanks for the chance!

  10. i love this one: https://www.etsy.com/be-fr/listing/186148902/big-book-paisley-indian-art-journal-sea?ref=shop_home_active_1
    the colors are so lovely and full of life
    thank you for the opportunity to win

  11. Love it! This is so cute: the colors and the design. https://www.etsy.com/listing/176795036/paisley-art-indian-journal-sea-blue?ref=shop_home_active_3

  12. love this https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/185847055/indian-elephant-art-journalsea-blue?ref=shop_home_active_6

  13. https://www.etsy.com/ru/listing/157350891/indian-elephant-art-journal-fuchsia-pink?ref=shop_home_active_9
    because I love elephants!

  14. thanks for lovely chance!!!

  15. i love the om journal cuz i felt it gave some positive vibes and provided peace of mind to pen your thoughts

  16. I like out of the large journal selections the Big Indian Sari Journal Pink/Red colors with sequins. I am attracted to it's bright appearance and the mixture of color would be a pleasant place to hold my thoughts.



  17. Indian Elephant Art Journal, Mint Green, is so pretty!!!!!


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