I've been pretty excited to share this news for a while now! A few months ago I designed two notebooks for an online brand called Denik. One of the reasons I was so drawn to this partnership is because Denik takes a portion of each book sale to build schools around the world. This year Denik is building a middle school in Mali, Africa! Check out their current non-profit partner Mali Rising. From Denik: "Our belief is that art can change the world, a mission we wish to accomplish through the betterment of education."
I chose to do two different styles of notebook in order to appeal to a wider variety of people. The first one I settled on is a hand-drawn layout of a C.S. Lewis quote. I really love this quote because I feel like it can apply to so many situations. I'm a firm believer in looking ahead and moving forward. This little turquoise notebook has become the one spot where I write down all of my goals! I've only had it for a couple of weeks but I love being able to look back at my goals (and intentions!) from the first few days. It's nice to see which goals I met and which ones I'm still working toward (and maybe which ones are no longer a priority.) The color of the notebook is just so dreamy, too!
The second notebook I designed is also hand-drawn. I opted to go slightly less twee with the second one haha. I did a rough illustration of a matchbox and matches with the phrase "May the bridges I burn light the way" - I kind of really dig that sentiment. I think it's a counterproductive to hold onto people and things that hold you back or stand in your way. Now I'm not saying you should blow off everyone and go on a ladder-climbing rampage or anything haha! I just think you should do what you need to do, ya know? A fun little feature on this notebook is that the back cover is a gorgeous orange color! (And there's even a little match on the spine, too)
My favorite feature of the notebooks is their soft, milky cover. It seriously feels like butter. The inside features 200 pages of 75% recycled (blank) paper. It's perfect for jotting down ideas, sketching out plans, or taping in receipts and ticket stubs that you don't want to lose. They're both softcover notebooks and they've even got my little graphic on the back! Fancy! All Denik journals are produced in the US.
Both of the journals I designed for Denik are now available to purchase on their website. Any profit (5%) I earn from the sale of these notebooks will be donated to the Middle Tennessee non-profit no-kill animal shelter Happy Tales Humane. Thanks for letting me share my excitement! Hopefully you'll see a design that you dig (even if it isn't mine!) xo