Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Presenting the Artsy Journal - a birthday giveaway

Happy Birthday to me! I'm turning 42 today and I'm ever so pleased about it. No aging hangups for me, no siree!

 I want to celebrate this occasion by doing a  blog giveaway for you all. Well, technically I guess only for one of you, but you all may 'compete'. ;-)

It may come as no surprise that the giveaway consists of a journal handmade by me, myself and I. I worked on it all Saturday before Easter and when I say all Saturday I mean all Saturday. The making of this journal took about ten hours in my studio and sewing room! The things I do for you guys! ;-)

Nah, don't worry, I wasn't suffering, I was having way too much fun putting this baby together. I'm calling it the Artsy Journal and it looks very different from any journal I've made so far. It's a littly grungy and hippie-like in my opinion, not so slick. Let me give you a tour of the journal.

THE FRONT COVER

On the cover are images of art supplies (taken in my studio) that were transferred to fabric and then sewn onto the cover fabric. The lettering was stamped on fabric as well. There's different color ribbons on the cover and the edges are trimmed with pompons.

FRONT INSIDE COVER

The front inside cover is made of thick paper. A paper pocket is sewn onto it and attached you see three pretty paperclips for you to use inside the journal. Inside the pocket are some labels and tags from my stash for you to use as well.

PRETTY PAPERS INSIDE

The journal is full of beautiful printed papers in all sorts of colors. The journal consists of about 40 pages (that's counting front and back of the papers) and is bound in one signature.

MORE PRETTY PAPERS

Some of the pages will have this weird fold on the corner. There's no deeper meaning to this, it's the result of a really stupid retailer where I ordered the papers. They were presented in the package in such a way that you could see all the papers and the only way to do that was to fold some of them. I don't know what they were thinking.  Silly or not I think it ads to the grungyness of the journal. We'll call it extra character! ;-)

THE BACK OF SOME OF THE PAPERS

The papers are all printed on only one side. That means sometimes the back is an off white and sometimes it's colored. When the pages were empty I added some stickers or other elements. I did however choose to ad as little as possible, because I want you to use this journal and make it your own. Feel free to remove the stickers if they bug you.

THE CENTER SPREAD

In the center of the book is a half page spread and attached to it (with yet another cute paperclip) is a little zip baggy with some left over fabric and trim to use in your journaling. If you look closely you can see on the right page that the journal also has a few handmade tabs attached to it.

MORE PRETTY PAGES

An example of another pretty printed paper and of the color of some of the back of the papers. So not all papers are white or cream on the back. It's a very varied selection of papers. I always like that a lot.

THE BACK INSIDE COVER

The inside of the back cover also has a pocket attached to it. In this pocket are some loose pieces of paper to use for collage. You can also see I signed the journal and attached my name in big stamped letters.

THE BACK COVER

And that's the back of the journal. Again with photographs and lettering spelling some good advice to whoever receives this journal. ;-) The spine of the journal is bound with a selection of beads and has some ribbons attached to it. It's the first time I used beads in a binding and I'm pretty proud of it. ;-)

THE WHOLE THING STANDING

And finally a look at the journal standing up to give you an idea of the variety of papers in it.
The journal measures 18 x 26 cm , which is about 7 x 10 inches, a very nice size to work in and to take with you on your journaling endeavors.

I hope you like this journal enough to want it for yourself. If you do all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. You can do so until next Wednesday, April 18. I will announce the winner sometime that evening by doing a draw from the participants. All I ask is that you do indeed check to see if you've won. It doesn't have to be on Wednesday precisely, but at least sometime next week. I spent weeks on my last giveaway trying to track down the winner and I don't want to do that again. If you leave a way to contact you in the comment, be it through mail or  facebook or your blog that would be great, but otherwise please check back. Thank you.

Well, that's it. Can't wait to see who wins this journal and gives it a happy creative home! For now I wish all of you a happy and artsy Wednesday!

73 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Caatje! I would love to win a "Caatje Original" :) Im a huge fan of your work.

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  2. Goedemorgen Caatje en gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag! Een mooie dag om jarig te zijn, want de zon schijnt!!
    Weet je, dat jij zowel mij als mijn beide dochters (van 9 en 13 jaar)geinspireerd hebt om te gaan 'Art Journallen'? Het is zo ontzettend leuk om te doen; we moeten nog veel leren en oefenen en de ene keer is het resultaat mooier dan de andere keer. Als dit boekjej vol is, zou ik ook graag eens zelf een boekje willen maken van allerlei papier, stof enzo. Een Art Journal van een échte prof als jij zou ons vast nog meer inspireren :-) - ik waag dan ook graag een gokje.
    Fijne dag, geniet ervan.
    Groetjes, Anita

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    1. Wat ontzettend leuk om te lezen Anita! Hopelijk hebben jullie nog vele jaren journal plezier voor de boeg.

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  3. Hartelijk gefeliciteerd, Caatje, ook hier, maar dan zonder taart. Wat een prachtig 'journal' om een hard copy Pinterest te maken!

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  4. HOERAAAAAAA (tja, ik kan niet zingen, maar juichen kan ik als de beste!) Gefeliciteerd Caatje, met deze prachtige leeftijd! Ik kwam echt alleen maar langs om je een fijne dag te wensen, maar val zo te zien met mijn neus in de boter - nou ja, dat moeten we nog afwachten dus - maar de KANS is aanwezig en op het moment dat je zei (en ik zag) dat het een 'hippie journal' is, was ik om! Groooovyyy!!! Ik waag dus ook graag een gokje! Ik wens je een hele fijne dag meis!

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  5. Happy Birthday Caatje,
    Your Journal is lovely.... What an idea...sharing part of yourself on your Birthday... Your an inspirtation. I would really love to be the winner of your journal. Keep on creating...

    Toni

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  6. Nogmaals gefeliciteerd tante Caatje!! Ik zou heeel graag zo'n door jou zelfgemaakte Journal winnen, zoals je mss weet ben ik zelf ook redelijk Creabea, maar dit laat ik over aan de pro's zoals jou.. ;)

    Liefs Kim

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  7. Happy Birthday, Caatje! That is a lovely idea, and a beautiful journal. Celebrating you is a good thing. Best wishes, Linda

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  8. Happy Birthday! Eat a slice of cake for me please! =)

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  9. Happy Birthday, Caatje! I love, love love your journal and would be thrilled to win it. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Warm regards,
    Marilyn

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  10. hij is echt heeeel mooi geworden Caatje.. geniet van je dag :-))

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  11. I've enjoyed your blog for a long time and admired your art. That journal would be very welcome here in the US in Florida!!

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  12. Happy Birthday Caatje! I'm a fan of your work, so it would be a thrill to win one of your books! I'm in the Art Journal yahoo group, too - but I'm a lurker :) Maybe I'll get up the nerve to show my work one day...
    Toni (tj4heels@gmail.com)

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  13. Happy Happy Birthday ! 42 is a wonderful age ! enjoy everyday !

    love the journal!

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  14. Happy birthday Caatje and many more! Your book is just beautiful and if I won it, I'd enjoy filling it! Love the pom pom fringe :)

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  15. What a fantastic journal!!! You put a lot of effort into making it so beautiful! And happy birthday --- enjoy them no matter how old you get, it's much better than the alternative. I'll celebrate my 75th birthday in September, and I still feel young...

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    1. I'm gonna go for at least 42 more years and sure hope to feel that way too!

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  16. Happy Birthday Caatje, I'm so glad to have discovered your blog. The journal you made is fabulous!

    Tricia (lilwhiteninja at yahoo dot com)

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  17. I hope you have the best birthday ever Caatje! Your journal is beautiful!

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  18. Happy Birthday Caatje! your journal is lovely.

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  19. Happy Birthday Caatje! I love reading your blog and watching your journals progress. I have enjoyed your journal tutorials and and especially love your Moon Journal. The idea of working in an atlas is very cool. I would be totally thrilled to win this beautiful journal. Thank you so much for the chance! Maybe a future tutorial on how you made the journal?

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    1. I'll keep that suggestion in mind, Mary, who knows?

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  20. Happy Birthday Caatje!!! You are such a talented, brilliant artist, and this journal is just gorgeous!!!

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  21. Hartelijk gefeliciteerd, Caatje. Je hebt een prachtig journal gemaakt, ik zou hem heel graag van dichtbij bekijken!

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  22. Happy birthday, Caatje. Whoever wins this is a very lucky person - it's beautiful!

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  23. Nou zeg, wat een fantastisch mooi journal heb je gemaakt ! En dat allemaal in 1 dag? Niet normaal meer. Ik zou er heel graag voor willen meedingen. Nog bedankt voor jouw tips over de gesso, ik ga zeker op zoek.

    Ennuh..... een heel fijne verjaardag. Zelf ben ik net 41 jaar geworden vorige week. Ook een rammetje?

    Groetjes, Cindy

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    1. Yep, een heuse ram mag ik wel zeggen. Haha! Jij ook nog gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag!

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  24. Caatje, this journal is gorgeous!! What a truly spectacular prize!! I would love to win it!! My email is trecewrites at yahoo dot com.

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  25. Ohhh ik ben een grote fan van je werk! Bekijk al je creaties met open mond, het ene boekje nog mooier dan het andere! En deze is zooo gaaf! Zo lang aan gewerkt en dan weggeven, dat is een echte give-away als je het mij vraagt. Ik doe graag mee!
    Groetjes Carolien

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  26. Wow! So cool and funky! Been journaling since the 80's and would be thrilled to give your journal a home! You can reach me at gayleshoe at yahoo dot com.

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  27. Happy Birthday Caatje! I hope you enjoy your special day. Thank you for the kindness of giving away a present on your special day. I also don't have hang-ups about againg and am happy to hear you don't either :)
    What is your personal assistant's name? he or she is adorable!
    Cheers to your health!
    Dawn

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    1. His name is Peer (pronounced 'pair'). You can read all about how he came into my life here: http://caatjesartsystuff.blogspot.com/2011/12/meet-my-new-furry-companion.html

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  28. Gefeliciteerd, 42 is een prima leeftijd (ben het zelf ook :).
    Je journal ziet er geweldig uit, zou het graag verder vullen.

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  29. gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag dat eerst,
    En ik vind 'm geweldig en het lijkt mij erg leuk om in een echte Caatje- journal te schrijven :)

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  30. Ha Carin, gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag. Jij dacht natuurlijk ik wil hééél véééél felicitaties dus doe ik er give-away bij. Nou dat is gelukt denk ik, al had ik je zowiezo wel gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag, maar....
    een echte Caatje lijkt me wel hééél errruuug leuk om te krijgen

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    1. LOL, jij hebt me helemaal door Carla! ;-)

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  31. This journal is gorgeous (I will never get tired of saying that I think!) Happy Birthday Caatje! I'm so glad you seem to like Birthdays as much as me! I hope you've had a wonderful day.

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  32. Happy Birthday!!! The journal rocks. Enjoy your special day with your whole heart.

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  33. A beautiful journal-would love to own it and add to it-so glad you are happy to be here and not worry about aging-it's a privilege, not a sentence! emmagessel@gmail.com

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  34. To me, this journal reflects a festive street fair complete with cotton candy ..... a very sweet treat! I send wishes that your birthday be as bright and joyful as your creativity. Best regards from a ROD classmate.

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  35. Happy birthday, Caatje! What a phenomenal journal to offer as a giveaway. I would be thrilled to win it!! Thank you for the opporunity. I hope you are enjoying your special day!
    aleakaskey@yahoo.com

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  36. That's so generous - what a beautiful journal!

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  37. Happy birthday Caatje. Thanks for a chance to win your beautiful journal. Thanks for sharing your journal pages on a regular basis. I love looking at them.
    Aloha, Kate

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  38. dag jarige Caatje Karin, gefeliciteerd met je geboortedag. straal en straal deze dag en ik hoop dat je omringd zult zijn met lieve mensen.
    je geeft een prachtig "echt" Caatje journall mee op jou dag, heel bijzonder.
    warme groet, Rika

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  39. I would LOVE to win your journal! I check in every couple of days to read what you've been up to and thoroughly enjoy your blog. Happy Birthday also! Marlene (mdurbala@cfu.net)

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  40. Gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag!!! Hopelijk heb je een leuke dag gehad. Ik moet nog 4 nachtjes slapen... dan ben ik aan de beurt :-)
    Hieperdepiep... wát een feest!!

    xx Tessa

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    1. Ooh, bijna nu. Alvast een hele fijne dag gewenst! Gefeliciteerd.

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  41. Happy birthday Caatje! What a wonderful gift to give away on this occasion. :) I'll be 41 this year and embrace it myself. It's just a number right?

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    1. It's a wonderful number! I was 41 all year for the past year and loved it. Can totally recommend it, haha.

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  42. What a gorgeous book - I feel inspired just looking at it! Love your work 8)

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    1. Hey, I just read the comment abouve me! Happy birthday Caatje - hope you're having a momentous day!

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  43. I would Love to win your beautiful journal. What an awesome way to celebrate your Birthday. Many, many wishes for many more.
    Melanie in PA

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  44. Happy Birthday!! What a gorgeous journal!

    Add me to your drawing. That will be on my mom's birthday (91), so if I win, I'll have to consider giving it to her (but she won't write in it and I will, so I don't HAVE to give it to her).

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    1. LOL, i won't tell her about it if you won't. ;-)

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  45. Happy Birthday! Your journal is beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity and I hope you enjoyed your day!

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  46. Happy Birthday Caatje! What a great thing you're doing by giving this journal away! Aren't we supposed to give YOU gifts? hahahahaha. I can promise if I were to win this journal that I will share with you ever single page, arting, writing, etc. that I do on those gorgeous pages. I'd be so honored to have one of your journals!
    phagar@mindspring.com

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    1. Forgot to say that I'm an old hippie from way back, so the little bit of hippiness is perfect for me.

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  47. What an honor! I haven't owned anything like this and am so excited just ENTERING this giveaway - wow, can't wait to see if I win. I love coming to your blog to look around. I am new to the Art Journals group and so glad I joined! (pick me!) :-)
    Linda B.
    lindaablkb at yahoo dot com

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  48. I was hoping for some hoop jumping...sigh...ok here's a comment instead. Awesome journal.

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    1. LOL! Mary, you may jump through as many hoops as you like. It won't help you to win the journal, but it should make for an interesting sight! ;-)

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  49. Happy birthday! What a fun journal,folds and all. They do add to the character.

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  50. happy birthday. i hope you had a great day. love how colorful.the journal.is

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  51. OMG! WOW! I cant believe you spent the whole day making this absolutely stunning journal to give to one of us lucky blog readers. Ill admit Im a lurker,lol, I joined RODs about 2 months ago & found the art journaling group through you too but as yet for health and work reasons ive not been able to start on my RODs yet. Looking at your awesome blog and journals and journaling is so inspiring to me as im a new art journaler. I would really do almost ANYTHING, lol, to win your journal and that would most definetly get me inspired enough to want a RODs ready for when i finished writing in that (if i win that is) I hope you had the most awesome, wonderful birthday and that all your dreams and wishes for this year come true, art and otherwise. Thankyou for being an inspiration and i read all the time but dont have much in the way of internet data to comment much but i must finish my blog and Rod so i can start journaling and posting. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to win one of your beautiful journals and signed by you too, LOVE IT. LOVE EVERYTHING about the journal and i hope i win. My email in case im lucky is shazza007@hotmail.com Many thanks for the chance to win

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  52. Hello...I just wanted to leave a note to, first, wish you a Happy Birthday, and to, second, let you know that I just found you today, first on Flickr, then I visited your blog. I loved your art and your sense of humor so much that I stayed all afternoon and evening and read every one of your entries all the way to the beginning.

    Most of all, thank you very much for the ideas and tutorials you've shared here, along with the blog posts dedicated to the question of whether or not we should try to sell our art, or keep making it for the joy of it. This is something I constantly try to figure out, and what you wrote really resonated with me.

    I look forward to more visits to your blog...May your day be blessed and creative!

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    1. Thanks so much Becky. I left a message on your blog in answer to this comment.

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  53. Happy (belated) birthday - just catching up on blog hopping after my holiday.....lovely lovely journal. Would be thrilled to win as would anyone else. Hope you had a fabulous day with lots of treats :-)

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  54. Wow, it's gorgeous, just lovely!!! I've been reading your blog for a few months now and really enjoy it and your tutorials are awesome. And now this wonderful give-away. It would be thrilling to win this beautifully creation!
    Also want to wish you a belated 'Happy Birthday'! I hope that you had a wonderful day!
    Thank you !!!

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  55. Thanks to all of you for your wonderful comments and words about the journal, the blog and my birthday. Makes me very happy indeed!

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  56. Happy Birthday to a fellow Aries! My 50th birthday was April 6th.
    I'd love to have a Caatje original to inspire me.

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  57. Happy belated birthday! And what a wonderful give-away. Anyone (especially me lol) would treasure one of your handmade journals. We are so lucky to get the chance. Thank you!

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  58. mi, mi, mi, mi, mi, mi, mi, mi, MEEE!

    Happy Birthday to you!!! It's my BD month too!

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  59. Happy birthday! Lovely journal, and I really like your use of beads in the binding.Beautiful papers, too. Well done.

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  60. Happy Birthday! Your blog posts are so inspiring and I adore your journals. I recently started playing with circles and ribbons to get more familiar with watercolors. Thanks formthe wonderful opportunity!!!!

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