Monday, October 27, 2014


I am so over the top excited to share this with you today! 
Let me start with little back story. 
The owner of Paplin Products, Andy, comes into She Scrapbooks when he is spending time in The Villages.  They sell quilling supplies and we carry a little bit of it. 
He comes in and we usually chat a bit.
He has asked me over the past two years if there is anything new I could think of that I would like to see  in the industry.  The first thing that popped in to my mind was an "inky" Art Journal.
I love to use Distress Inks when Art Journaling, but I have always found it difficult to "blend the ink onto any of the papers in any of the journals.  I have tried them all! 
I wanted to see an art journal with pages made of thick shipping tag material.
Also wanted the pages to lay flat when the book is open so you can work across the spine.  
The last time he came in he said Okay...lets make it!
He went home and ordered the stuff and we were on the phone back and forth.
I was so excited and wanted to tell everyone, but I couldn't wink. 
So skip to today!
They are ready to go.
They are ready to ship out to stores! 
I know they will be available at She Scrapbooks and Rocky Mountain Memories in Colorado this week. If you would like to order one or two, wink, Call one of these stores.
There are two sizes of INKY ART JOURNALS...
6 x 8 and 8 1/2 x 11 to start off with!

I have these in my hot little hands.
I am so excited about these and I happen to have extra!
I  think I will do a giveaway! 
All you have to do is leave me a comment and tell me what you think of this idea! 
I will randomly pick a winner one week from today.
Please tell your other artsy friends.
Below you can see what they look like.

Below you can see how nice and flat it is when open. 
There is a little INKY art on the front just to show how nice the ink works on the paper. 
The covers are plain THICK chipboard so you can alter it, paint it, Distress it...whatever you want to do to it. 

 It's hard to see but the pages are made of thick Manila Shipping Tag material...yummy!!!
 The 6 x 8 size is perfect for on the go!
It has 32 yummy pages to work on!

Okay...Now that I have talked your ear off. 
Don't forget to leave a comment so you can be entered into win...
The prize will include one of each size. excited!
Giveaway closes tonight at midnight.  Winner will be picked Tuesday 11/4 by 6PM EST. 
Edited: The winner is Shari Trumbull.  
Shari Please email me your addy at and I will get your Journals out to you!
Thank you for all the excitement over these INKY ART JOURNALS! 
I hope you will be able to find them in a store near you! 


  1. You are amazing, Pick me!!!! Brings back memories huh? Keep shining bright, love you.

    1. No idea why that came out anonymous

  2. Love, love, love the graphic you choose fir the label! Great idea, great product!

  3. You have thought of all the drawbacks of other journals. Yea!

  4. How very exciting to be part of something so ingenious! Congratulations! These will surely be lots of fun!

  5. my comment via my iPad seems to have not taken so here we go again. ;-) I think this is a fabulous idea! I love working on the "tag" surface and having the journal lay flat is very very very wonderful. Great idea Yvonne! =)

  6. Wow, a single sensible idea becomes a reality. I love that it is plain so it can be decorated..... congratulations on thinking up a great idea AND getting it out there. Hope it comes over to this side of the big pond.... Anne x

  7. Wow! Congratulations and what a great idea to have for the paints! You think of everything, Yvonne!

  8. It stands To reason that a smart woman would think of this!! Oh wait that would be you my friend! Congrats

  9. Sweetie, you are brilliant! Congrats on making your awesome idea come to fruition. These are going to revolutionize art journaling!!!

  10. Yvonne... Yay!!! FINALLY SOMEBODY GETS IT!!! Congrats on a fabulous idea. Just when I am deciding to spend more time creating my own art thru sketching and painting, you are releasing this incredible design in art journals! I think you could revolutionize the market!!! Thanks for the chance to win one of these little babies! <3 Candy

  11. So happy to see your hard work paying off. ... can't wait to get one of these

  12. This is exciting! Might actually get me doing art journals. I hate wrinkled pages.

  13. Great idea! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  14. Congrats. I love this. Great job Yvonne.

  15. It's a grand idea - the kind that you scratch your head and say wonder why no one did it before! Congrats on seeing it come to life - I'm so happy for you. Mary Werner

  16. What a great idea! I would love to have one.. thank you for the opportunity.

  17. Congratulations Yvonne! Love the product and can't wait to get one!

  18. Wonderful! Can't wait to try such a cool album. You go, GIRL!

  19. What a neat idea! I have asked my girls for an art journal for Christmas and yours would fit the bill. Congratulations on the new product.

  20. Yvonne this is a fabulous idea. You are right : it's hard to find a journal which takes the DI very well. And also important : lays flat !!!!!
    Thank you for encouraging the industry to create this.
    And thank you for the give-away. Would love to win... Lol...
    Hugs from Spain... Monica

  21. Such an awesome idea! Congrats on making your dream product a reality!

  22. Whoopiee! I am so excited! love you-- Holly

  23. Ohhh it's perfect. I'd love to get it as I don't know when, if, it will arrive in Spain.Very good idea Yvonne.

  24. You should be so very excited, Yvonne! WOW!! I think these journals are Fabulous! I find that manila stock has become my go-to surface to create upon and having a journal with not only sturdy, manila pages, but pages that lie flat, too! I've tried art journaling (once) and was so unhappy with how the inks soaked right into the page, that I haven't gone back to trying. Maybe with journals like this, I'll try my hand at art journaling again :) Congrats on wonderfully crafty ideas coming to fruition!! XOXO-Shari T.

  25. Yvonne, this was a great idea you had. Happy you had someone to work with on it. I, too, love playing with inks - oh, I just love Playing. I would love to have these. Thanks for the chance.

  26. EXCELLENT idea! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  27. That's awesome Yvonne! So happy for you. The journals sound great!

  28. Yvonne, thanks for the very detail description of the new art journal and chance to win one. Very cool concept!

  29. Wow! What a brilliant idea - definitely agree about normal journal paper!! Thanks for the opportunity to win :o)

  30. New ideas are hard to come up with and you have DONE it! I love these! And I do so miss your store since moving back to CA :( I think a visit to FL is in order!

  31. i'm so excited for you yvonne! what a great idea - and the books look awesome!

  32. Love following you! Neat journal :-)

  33. AMAZING!!!! Can't wait to see one in person!