Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pohakanten Journals {Review} #LLRGiftGuide2015

Hello. My name is Colleen, and I am a stationary addict. I have no desire to cure this addiction.  I love the way paper feels in my hands.  I can't help but hoard any stationary supply I can get me hands on- pretty papers, pens, stickers, die cuts, journals, planners, oh, just EVERYTHING!

When I was young (not even going to admit how long ago!), I kept a diary that I wrote in every day- sometimes twice a day. Soon, I was writing stories in my notebooks.  At one point in my life, I wanted to be a novelist. 

Shortly after our first son was born, I was invited to a Creative Memories party. While creating my first scrapbook layout, I became hooked. In the years to follow, the time I spent in my craft nook (really, just a tiny space in our basement) were the most enjoyable and relaxing hours in my day (aside from spending time with my family, of course!). 

Unfortunately, I was injured at work by a student which resulted in years of physical and occupational therapy, casts, splints, and surgeries.  I was unable to use my right hand, so I had to give up paper arts.  As time passed, I missed it something fierce.

I can't remember how, but eventually I learned about the filofax. I bought one with the intention of keeping my life organized. But then I saw pictures on Facebook of filofax pages that were decorated with colored pens, washi tape, and stickers.  Hmm.. see where this is leading?  :)

So, yes, I found myself being creative in my planner.  The paper, sticker, washi tape, and pen addiction was rekindled.  Even so, I still missed the freedom I used to have when I was scrapbooking.  

Discovering the traveler's notebook was just what I needed to get my addiction and creative juices really flowing again.  Now, I collect faux doris as well. (I say collect merely because once again, I am in a full-arm cast for a little over a week still. Once this beast is gone, I will be back at it creating once again.  I have big plans for those notebooks!)

SO... sheesh! That was a long back story that I needed to tell so you can understand how excited I was when Elew Mompittseh, owner of the Etsy shop Pohakanten Journals. invited me to review one of her delicious handcrafted traveler's notebooks.

Pohakanten Journals offers one of a kind leather journals and accessories. The 6" x 9" leather wraps are made only once a year- in August, so what they have in the shop is all they will have of that style until the next August.

The journal I chose to review is a traveler's notebook field note size and made of high quality hand-tanned buttery-soft mule deer leather. The elastic strap is adorned with fox fur, natural turquoise, coral, and heishi beads. It is the softest leather I have ever touched.  Elew was kind enough to send two notebooks for the journal as well- a 2016 calendar, and a grid-style notebook.

I have great plans for this beauty. Her pages are going to fill with plans, ideas, post schedules, and contacts for my blog. It will not only be a great brain dump journal, but it will also help me stay organized with this blog. (I promise to share photos every now and then.)

Pohakanten Journals currently has a beautiful selection of handmade journals. Whether
you want to buy a gift for someone who enjoys writing or planning, or if you want something unique for yourself, I highly recommend you take a gander at the great selection Pohakanten Journals has to offer. 

Connect with Elew at Pohakanten Journals on Etsy and on Facebook.

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You simply must check out Pohakanten Journals for all of your journal needs.  Elew is generously offering my readers 10% off your purchase through December 15.  Use code LLODAAT2015.

The product(s) provided for the review were sent to me free of charge from the company or the PR agency. The product(s) offered for the giveaway are free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and not by any means influenced by any other part.

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