Thursday, July 31, 2014

Super Sponsor Giveaway: Indian Journals

Hey beautiful people!

We are blasting off our week long giveaway party with a returning Super Sponsor!

If you remember the lovely Indian Journals, they're back and ready to offer you another amazing product review and giveaway.

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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.

Vishruti of Indian Journals is so sweet and genuine to work with. I hope you enjoy my review of one of her large sari journals and greeting cards. Indian Journals packaging is always nice and fitting. For international mail coming from India to the U.S., it arrives at a timely manner every time. Plus, Vishruti is so sweet to work with and wrote me a separate thank you card as well. :)

Here is the large journal and random blank greeting card I received. The greeting card was blank inside, high quality cardstock, and came with a white envelope. It was a nice little add-on to the journal that I received from Vishruti's other stationary shop: Paper Plaza.

I chose this gorgeous blue and turquoise sari journal that I fell in love with immediately. ($8.99)
The details on this sari journal were truly exquisite with beautiful sequences and threading for extra detail. I'm a tactile person so just feeling it makes me happy because I can tell how much work went into creating it. I can't believe how inexpensive these handmade journals are! It's one of the most gorgeous journals with handmade Indian paper inside. The paper is thick and durable for all your thoughts, drawings, etc. 

Here's what the back looked like. Technically, you can choose which side you want as the front or back also! My favorite colors are cool colors so purple, blue, and teal just drive me crazy. I thought it was a funny coincidence that Vishruti of Indian Journals made one with my all time favorite colors.

It's stunning! The texture of the sari fabric and sequences add so much personality to this journal. Each journal at Indian Journals is also one of a kind since they are handmade and won't ever look identical to one another. For that very reason, I feel special having my own and I think it would be such a marvelous gift! The middle of the journal is bound like so below and very durable in it's simple design.

Here's a size reference just to give you an idea of how big it is in my hands. I reviewed a medium sized journal last time and loved it's on-the-go size. This large journal is still light and easy to carry around in a backpack, tote, or medium sized purse.

Let's move onto some of my favorite items in stock and some fun interview questions to get to know Vishruti of Indian Journals!

Big Indian Sari Journal,Pink Red Sequins, Ornate Sari Saree Cover, Blank Sketch Book, Illustration Journal, Idea Presentation Book, Handmade
Large Sari Journal $8.99
What made you decide to start creating and designing journals?

Vishruti: Since my teens, I have always been interested in Eco, Organic, Recycled, Earth-Friendly ways of living. The idea of saving trees slowly led me to foray into paper products made from recycled and handmade paper. I also started to show keen interest in re-using and up-cycling leftover fabrics into creations of usable art. Likewise, coming from a design background, I nurtured a very strong inclination of developing and using aspects of Traditional Indian Folk Art in our everyday lives. Something that could become a part of our daily routine and not just remain obscure in libraries. Indian Journals was thus born out of my fondness to re-use fabrics, of handmade paper and of my passion to revive and work with Traditional Indian Folk Art.

Sling Bag, Hobo Bag, Everyday Use, Patchwork Embroidery Sari,OOAK Pink Party Bag,Embroidered Bag, Stylish Tote Bag, Gift for her, Girls Gift
Sling Hobo Bag $9.99
Share with us your creative process in designing pattern and color combos for your products-- is it spontaneous or planned?

Vishruti: The word is spontaneous.My days are full of vibrant colours as I mix and match remnants of Embellished Sari's , Cushion covers, Embroidered Dupatta's. It’s remarkable to see how beautiful and distinctive each Fabric Covered Journal can emerge. The Traditional Art designs are again amazing creations, especially when we see the same Indian Folk Motif turn vividly different just by playing with colours. Every journal seems to be a living being with its own special character and moods !
Large Indian Paisley Art Journal, Light Pink, Blank Pregnancy Book, Special Memories Journal, Maternity Gift, Keepsake, Big Plain Notebook
Large Indian Paisley Journal $8.99

What is the hardest part about making a journal?

Vishruti: Neatness. There are machine slips and wonky papers. So the hardest part is definitely to create a product and make it look stunning at the same time. 

Dana: The 2 journals that I received so far were both really clean with pages well stacked, cut, and threaded. They are made with so much love!! 

That's my review and giveaway! I hope you guys enjoyed the photography of my journal and the products that Indian Journals offer. I love the eco-friendly upcycling of embellished fabrics and paper to create such beautiful journals. What a great idea!

Now for the giveaway!!

One of you lucky birds can win a medium sized journal of your choice along with 5 greeting cards for your stationary collection. :) (The picture on the right is my instagram post)

NOTE: Indian Journals is #2 on our rafflecopter entry list. You can enter all viral point entries at the top and then enter all 3 entry options just for this lovely sponsor.  Be sure to leave a comment on what item you favorited/liked best on etsy as a comment on this post! Good luck!

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  1. My favorite: www.etsy.com/listing/181559714/sari-art-journal-blue-red-purple :-)

  2. Thank you for this lovely giveaway!
    Fingers crossed!

  3. thanks for this giveaway! i hope i win :)

    omg that shirt is so cute and kawaii! and it looks good on you :)

    p.s. pls check out my blog, im having a giveaway right now

    1. Thanks for entering Jel! I entered your giveaway as well. Not sure what shirt we're talking about? Haha!

  4. So happy there's another giveaway by IJ ... would love to win one :)
    Loved this - https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/185847055/indian-elephant-art-journalsea-blue?ref=listing-8

  5. I adore the elephant journals! https://www.etsy.com/listing/157350891/indian-elephant-art-journal-fuchsia-pink?ref=shop_home_active_15

  6. Thanks for the fantabulous review Dana
    Simply stunning photos and just amazing review

    Love your blog

  7. Hello!!
    I'm following you on Bloglovin' and GFC.
    I completely admire your blog...It's at a point I can only dream to reach!! I hope you'll check mine out and let me know what you think!! Thank you!!

  8. My favorite: https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/185847055/indian-elephant-art-journalsea-blue?ref=listing-8


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